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Schell's Stag Series: Fresh Hop Citra Pils - August Schell Brewing Company

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89
very good

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Humulus85 on 11-02-2012)
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Photo of falloutsnow
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From: France44 dot com
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Tulip

Bright, citrusy, pale pilsner malts, Schell's has an interesting beer with their Citra Pils, and further showcases a brewery that is doing some excellent, more experimental brews alongside their equally everyday beers. If this were a year-round and regularly available in my city, I would pick this up fairly often.

Pours a 2cm head of clean, white foam, of small to medium-sized bubbles. Above average retention of about two minutes, falling to a thin cap atop foam atop the body. Lacing is excellent, a sheet of white foam wrapped around the entire inside of the glass. Body is a hazy, rich, golden-yellow, about 50% opaque from sediment. Light brings out a pale yellow hue throughout the beer. Carbonation is visible through the haze, allowing for the viewing of plentiful, active bubbles.

Aroma is of grapefruit juice over slightly bready pilsner malt, with hints of tropical fruit like passion fruit and guava. Scents are very deep, almost like breathing in a fog of malts and fruit-hops.

Taste is of grain, pilsner malt, and grapefruit and tropical fruit hops, reminiscent of a pilsner-like Squirt soda. Front of palate notices modest spiciness mixed with sweet, doughy pilsner malt. Sweet tropical fruit like guava and passion fruit are also present, though toned down. Mid-palate finds mild grapefruit with pilsner malt being dominant, with mild bitterness and orange, guava, pineapple, and passion fruit flavors. Graininess is also pleasingly apparent here. Back of palate notes an increase in bitterness and slightly doughy pilsner malt. Fruit is present, but less so, and slight grains. Aftertaste is of slightly sweet pilsner malts combined with slightly sweet grapefruit, passion fruit, and pear juice flavors. Mild lingering bitterness.

Beer is medium bodied with carbonation of medium intensity, leading to a slightly fizzy, then quickly foamy and smooth mouthfeel; works for the style and the beer itself. Closes semi-dry with a lingering bitterness.

falloutsnow, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of andrew8626
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

andrew8626, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of pweis909
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A=pale, straw colored, transparent. Thin white head that recedes a little too fast. Otherwise, looks like a pils.
S=light malty aroma that I associate with pils, with some citrus/cat-pee hops. Not disgusting, but not really welcome.
T= more of the same. Delicate pilsner-like malt quality, a little minerally, but with a cat-pee hop taste that seems out of place to me. Fortunately, the hop is not done to AIPA levels, or I fear the pilsner qualities would be lost.

While I like this beer, I don't love it. I would prefer the regular Schells pils for a pils, and other beers for an American hop fix. It could just be that I'm not a fan of wet hop, or that these hops were not of high quality, or it could be that my palate is insensitive to some of the fruitier qualities that citra is known for. I will not turn this one down, but unlike Schell's pils, I also will not seek it out again.

pweis909, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of scot_chale
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- 3 fingers of pillowy white head give way to a golden-straw body with very active carbonation. lacing is heavy and the head fades to 1 finger but does not disappear.

S- fruity esters with classic german pilsner noble hops. mildy potent. very inviting.

T- It's hoppy, but it's balanced. The malt base is set in well so that the hops can be present properly, without overwhelming the palate. a rather grassy, straw type delivery but the hops really carry this one through.

M- it's dry- very carbonated, and mild bodied. it's easy drinkin' for any crowd.

O- Nice offering. I haven't had a fresh hopped beer before, and pilsners and I get along, but don't always care for each other. I'd take this over a stella any day. Cheers to schell's and can't wait for the next stag!

scot_chale, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of sacrelicio
4.25/5  rDev +6%

sacrelicio, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of darky
3.25/5  rDev -19%

darky, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of DukeX13
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

DukeX13, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of Schlais
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Schlais, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the opportunity to try this beer on tap. It pours a slight yellow color, a little cloudy, with a cotton-white cap of foam. Fairly pungent. The citra hops provide a major component for the aroma. Lemon and floral aspects complement the bready malt. The citra is fairly strong on the palate as well. So nice pilsner malts pierce the the armor of the hops. The hops have lemon character but also a fair bit of bitterness that seems to be associated with freshness. This unmistakeable fresh aspect of the hops brings a uniqueness to the beer. It tastes a little different than most. I do like it.

BeardedBoffin, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Chucker17
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Chucker17, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of dunix
4/5  rDev -0.2%

dunix, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of Petcha
3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at New Bohemia in Minneapolis

A: Clear, bright yellow

S: Not the citra grapefruit piney hop smell I was expecting, but then again I had to remind myself that this isn't an IPA. Very sweet, mostly tropical fruit mix

T: Similar to the smell, I get very little citra hop characteristic. Taste was a bit too sweet, border-lining on medicinal at first but grew on me as I drank.

M: Good carbonation

O: Not sure if the idea of a wet hopped pilsner really works for me personally, but I appreciate the ingenuity of the style. I think this could be a great beer if they can bring out a bit more grapefruit and/or pine from the hops.

Petcha, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of deebo
4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Longfellow grill
A-served in a pint glass this beer is light golden with a slight haze and a finger of frothy head
S-those delicious citra pils are first and front center. Followed up nicely by a clean crisp non adjunct pils aroma
T-a great pilsner base beer accentuated by that great citra hop aroma and taste.
M-smooth crisp and creamy. Loving it. Slightly lower carbonation than in most pilseners and it works great here
O-wow this beer blows me away. Absolutely tremendous. Schells keep this one in your repitoire!

deebo, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of fuzzcherry
4/5  rDev -0.2%

fuzzcherry, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of inbierveritas
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

inbierveritas, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Princeton's Liquors. I love me a good German pils and this doesn't disappoint. I get a fruity bouquet of floral lemon in the aroma, but then the bready, dry finish of a traditional pils. There's a toasty malt backbone to the flavor with subtle juicy citrus floating around before the peppery, dry finish. It's bitter, it's refreshing, and it's delicious twist on the classic German pilsner. Give it a try. My hat is off to Schell's on this very drinkable and interesting beer.

tempest, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of budgood1
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a very pale straw gold colour with a fluffy snow white head that has a lot of sticky staying power. tons of chunky lace. huge aromatic flowery/lemony hop aroma. smells delicious. the taste is pretty much straight cracker and bready pils maltiness with a flower petal hop addition that gives it a sturdy yet delicate profile. the balanced and intricate flavours play nicely with each other, giving off a seemingly complex yet shockingly simple overall taste experience. the citra hop is pretty much all citric lemony goodness with very little discernible bitterness. there is a tremendous thirst quenching aspect to this, and i wish i could have tried this during the hot summer months to fully appreciate it's quaffable goodness. it finishes quite dry with little residual sweetness. this pils has a medium to medium/light body and an incredible soft, supple and pillowy mouthfeel with just a hint of chalkiness. drinkability is off the charts. maybe it's a good thing this isn't the height of summer...i would be slamming this down with reckless abandon.

overall this is a homerun for me from the Schell brewery. if it were up to me i would make this a summer seasonal. i love Zommerfest, but this is outstanding. i'd drink the hell out of this and the world class Hefeweizen at the same time. definitely recommended.

budgood1, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of dfried
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fairly clear straw color with a hint of haziness, foamy white head. Zesty aroma of hops, bready malt and German yeast. It's amazing how a beer that uses 100% Citra hops can still have a somewhat traditional pils aroma, almost a floral noble hop character with just a bit more emphasis on lemony citrus notes. First sip of clean slightly bready malt. A lot more of the Citra character comes through in the aftertaste, still lemony on the backdrop of the clean pils malt bill but orange and tangerine notes are apparent. Not spritzy but moderate carbonation keeps it light and drinkable. Overall this beer is a home run in my book. An incredible example of a fusion on old world ingredients and techniques with new world hops. I haven't tried many other fresh hop lagers, but this is light years ahead of the ones I have.

dfried, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Cramerican
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Cramerican, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of josephwa
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

josephwa, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of mothman
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don't do much reviewing, but this one requires a review. I have drank so much of it and I can't get enough.

Pours a nice amount of white head that leaves solid lacing. Color is a clear pale golden yellow.

Aroma: Floral, earthy, and fresh. Lots of fresh hop flavors. Very citrusy. Bready with a hint of biscuit. Lemon zest. Stunning.

Taste: Mind. Blown. A dry bready malt profile with a ton of citrus flavors and earthy spices. Floral and herbal. The citra hops provide a nice amount of bitterness with awesome flavors.

Mouthfeel: Dry and crisp. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends extremely clean.

Overall, this has to be one of the best beers I have. This is by far my favorite pils and something I could drink all the time. Pils is a favorite style of mine and this tops all the others I have had. I am impressed.

mothman, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of ZAP
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Golden color...nice frothy white head.

S-Interesting...earthy and floral with citrus notes...at first I am sensing a lot of lemony characteristics....on the second bottle pour though a general citrus (oranges/tangerines) emerges but not a dominant , overwhelming smell of citrus...all the elements seem to blend and emerge at different times..pretty complex and like I said interesting.

T-A real enjoyable doughy/bready maltiness...love the malt in this beer....the hops complement....this is certainly not a Citra hop bomb....but the hops lend a sweeter lemon drop like touch....

M-Drinks more like a Bohemian Pilsner than a German Pilsner as it is much more rounded as I like to describe it and it does not finish with much dryness as a German Pils would...that or perhaps even a Helles....it reminds me of one of my favorite beers this past year....Sam Adams Alpine Spring. This I am sure is much more costly to make with fresh hop citra in it...at 10.99 a sixer at Surdyks I may purchase one or two more. Would love to see this year round at a basic price but that is probably not possible. Another excellent Stag Series Beer

ZAP, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Bighorn
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Bighorn, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of garymuchow
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure this what they imagined, not because it's bad, but because it would be hard to imagine this. It's very unique. I'd also say for a lighter lager it warms up really well.
Aroma has a doughy vanilla quality. There is fruit too, but more in the background. Not a typical hop character.
Big full white head. More pale straw in color with a slightly cloudy appearance.
A nice sweetness up front and again with a doughy character, but it seems to be a part of the hop character as well as the malt. An apparent bitterness, but it has an enjoyable softness to it and is never dominating or to excess. Long finish.
Less than moderate feel, but a little bigger than average for style. A real smooth feel even with the carbonation.
The more I drink this the more I enjoy it. It drinks easily. Has a refreshing lager quality. Has interesting and unique flavors. Increases interest as it warms. Is big enough for fall/early winter drinking.

garymuchow, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of pisomojado8
4.25/5  rDev +6%

pisomojado8, Nov 21, 2012
Schell's Stag Series: Fresh Hop Citra Pils from August Schell Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.