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Schell's Emerald Rye - August Schell Brewing Company

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87
very good

131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

We are excited to announce our latest year round- Schell’s Emerald Rye! Schell’s Emerald Rye is assertively hopped (hopped again, and again, and again, and then dry hopped) to impart a firm, dry bitterness and features the uniquely fruity, hoppy aroma of the German Emerald hop. With 60 IBU’s this lager rivals that of an IPA, but unlike an IPA we lagered it, giving this beer a crisp, smooth, clean finish on your palate. A biscuity malt foundation gives it balance and a luxurious, deep ruby color. A hint of rye enhances the subtle spiciness of the Emerald hop and complements the delicate notes of lemon and orange marmalade within the aroma. The rye also adds a layer of spicy complexity that leaves you wanting more.

60 IBU

(Beer added by: bsp77 on 07-20-2012)
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Photo of fizzy
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%

Oh my gosh!!! This is from a small ancient, craft brewer in central Minnesota? This is the same brewer that was spared destruction during the Sioux War of the 1860s because the Indians had no beef with the Schell family. What a history, and now to complement they year round offering with Emerald Rye. There is nothing more to say about this brew except EXCELLENT.

fizzy, Dec 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

dunix, Nov 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

HANGOVER, Nov 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Beer4Mike, Nov 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Duff27, Nov 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

tdmccarthy, Nov 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

ddavison, Nov 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

bif_fat_sellout, Nov 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Will96, Nov 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

largemouthdmb, Nov 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

PackersRGreat, Nov 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

JJWIGHT, Oct 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

ArfArf, Oct 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

solargoat, Oct 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

doucmehu, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of KarlHungus
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%

This beer pours a clear red color. The head is one inch of off white foam that recedes slowly leaving a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of toasty caramel, hints of cherry, a little bit of spice, and some nice floral hops. This is a pleasant and complex aroma. The taste is a bit firmer than the aroma with a sharp, but not overpowering bitterness. In fact, the bitterness is very well integrated into the malty, caramely, spicy flavors that are the core of the flavor. Like the aroma there is a ton of complexity going on here. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a really good beer that is going to become part of my regular rotation. Great job Schell's!

KarlHungus, Oct 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

koes0024, Sep 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

bwiechmann, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of NilocRellim
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%

Beer poured out from the bottle and into a pint glass. It was deep caramel in colour with an orange/reddish tinge. Had good clarity to it. Smelled of peppery rye with slight malt. Distinct hoppy rye taste with a clean finish.

Would I buy this beer again? Maybe.

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of Scotchboy
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

Another great local sent by Aaron (thanks man) poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark caramel color, off-khaki head with decent lacing and only moderate retention.

S: Spice and herbal hops, orange, citrus rind, malty and bready, some caramel and toffee.

T: Right in line with the aroma, starts with spice and rye and finishes with a flash of toffee...pretty malty and bready but also balanced with a moderate herbal hop presence and bitterness.

MF: Dry, medium body with appropriate carbonation levels...creamy, moderately bitter and dry.

O: A good rye beer for sure.

Cheers Aaron!

Scotchboy, Sep 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

mdmusch, Sep 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

troyvar, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

Schell's Emerald Rye Lager, August Schell Brewing Company, New Ulm, Minnesota. Best by January 3, 2013. Beyond that, no other information. Gratefully, too, no gobbledgook.

So, then, let's crack 'er open. And see what we find.

First off, what's "emerald" about it? This is no green beer. It's poetic license, the green standing for hops, maybe? It's a clear, rich, amber brew, close to crimson. Sizeable, cream-toned head sits atop, leaving lace.

Aroma: Hops are here, and grow louder with time. Grassy, grapefruity, lime and lemon, …lovely, lovely stuff.

Taste: Spicy rye malt greets the tongue first, tasting like liquid pumpernickel. Which hops are hanging on top? Can't tell, don't know, but it's keeping things tasty. Some caramel malt flavors shine through, a trickle of cocoa, traces of toffee.
Medium-bodied, but fully flavored. Sturdy mouthfeel. Solid. Absolutely solid. Soft, malty finish, hops hang in there through it all, without sticking out or making a scene.

This one's a unique effort from August Schell. It fits no particular style, and doesn't try to …there's nothing to say but, "it is how it is." And it's sessional and delicious. That fits into their wheelhouse, as people like to say these days.

Mmmm, mmm, good beer and you can drink it.

feloniousmonk, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of garymuchow
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%

I was a little slow to get on this one. So many new breweries and beers in MN to try. Since it's a yearly, no harm no foul.
Nice crunchy rye aroma with a soft hopping. The distinct Schell aroma (from the yeast or water - I can't tell), is in the background and blends nicely overall.
Nice dark amber of bronze and very clear. Dense tan head that settles out relatively slowly and leaves some drippy lacing.
Very nice and enjoyable complex flavors in a drink that is clearly a lager with clear crispness and clean feel. Some really nice hopping with a clear hop flavor and long soft bittering on the finish. Yet it doesn't mask the wonderful malt flavors with a nice crunchiness/nuttiness and bite of spice from the rye.
Fullness from a reasonable soft carbonation. Moderately light feel overall in a lager way. Another piece that works well overall.
This truly great beer pushes the limits in so many ways without passing to the point of excess. So many times I'm at the point of "that's rich" and yet soon enough there I am desiring and then taking another pull.
Well done, well done, well done.

garymuchow, Sep 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

eatswodo, Sep 08, 2012
Schell's Emerald Rye from August Schell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.