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

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Humulus85 on 11-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mothman
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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 pilsners I have had. 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.

Photo of ZAP
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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

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.

Photo of Mdog
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy yellow, big head.

Smell: Doesn't really smell like a pilsner, a little citrus, bready/yeasty notes like a wheat beer.

Taste: Cracker-like breadiness, mix of grassy and citrus hop flavor. Wheaty taste.

Overall: This is kind of a strange beer and even though the numbers aren't great, I like it. It doesn't really taste like a pilsner, seems more like a somewhat hoppy wheat beer. The citra hops didn't really make a big impression on me here.

Photo of JackieTH
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright straw yellow with a finger of foam that quickly settles to a thin trace without lacing. Smell has a citrus peel, slightly earthy and yeasty character. Taste- has a quick wash of the citrus pith/peel flavor and a pleasant carbonation which is quickly pushed to the edges of the tongue by a dominating yeasty/flour/corn/rice character. Mouthfeel holds together well with the aforementioned pleasant level of carbonation this wants to be and is sessionable. Finish is faintly lemony, mildly sweet, but not cloying. Interesting beer from Schell's.

Photo of herman77
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden yellow with a fluffy white head. Good retention. Nice lacing.

S: Light citrus. Fairly earthy and green smelling. I do get a bit of that sulfur aroma that has been mentioned above. I think that's from the pilsner malt or yeast? A bit disappointing, would of thought I would get some fresh smelling hoppy goodness.

T: Sweeter than the aroma. Very mild hop bitterness, its more of a juicy citrus flavor. Traditional german pilsner taste (which would be really good with out the fresh citra) with that really nice semi sweet/juicy citrus. Finish is just a tad dry.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Feels fairly creamy though, nice.

O: Great drinkability. Who else is making a fresh hop german pilsner!? Another very solid beer from Schell's. This beer will not wow you, but I really don't think that is what they were trying to do. It's something different and worth trying.

Photo of morimech
3.1/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy pale straw color with one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin film. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Expected a citrus hop aroma but that is not all I got. Also get a sulpher and mineral smell that is not all that pleasant.

Sulpher in the flavor as well that detracts from the citrus. The malt does not add much except for some dry cracker-like flavor. Bitterness is moderate.

Light body with lively carbonation. Feels good for a light lager.

Just does not work for me. This is the second sixer with the first coming soon after release. Seems to be fading fast with some undesirable flavors coming forward.

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big five finger white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A crisp and clean pils aroma that is fairly citrus forward. Citrus hops upfront with hints of oranges, lemon zest, and a little grapefruit. Light hints of earthy resin. Sweet pale malts and wheat grains with hints of biscuit, crackers, hay, and lager yeast. A fairly sweet and slightly tart smelling beer.

Taste: Starts out with a sharp taste of citrus hops with some orange, lemon zest, and light grapefruit. The citrus is pretty tart. Light taste of spicy hop resin. Solid bready malt base with a taste of biscuit, yeast, hay, and crackers. The tartness gives way to the bready sweetness by the finish. A quite unique taste for a Pilsner. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very crisp and clean. Fairly tart and juicy.

Overall: A pretty interesting and fresh take on a Pilsner. The citrus zesty tartness makes this seem more like a summer seasonal type beer, but it is a nice change of pace for the fall/winter.

Photo of jjanega08
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating other than Batch #6
Bottle stamped
020113
021139

A= Pours a very light yellow color. Among the lightest of beer colors I've seen. A white bubbly soda like head comes up and forms a skin on top of the glass leaving some spotty lacing behind.

S= The smell is interesting. It's not a straight overearing hop aroma like I was expecting. There is a sort of sulfery aroma to it. A little dirtier than your average pils.

T= The sulfer goes away in the taste and makes room for a sort of wheaty taste. I don't know if wheat is used in his however. A nice hop flavor that again isn't overbearing and over the top.

M= Super creamy

O= This isn't quite what I was expecting. I was thinking it was going to be a super hopped up over the top beer. Nope. Schell's has made a nice drinkable subtle pilsner here. Worth checking out but not worth going crazy for.

Photo of jera1350
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lightly hazed pale yellow color. Thin, but creamy and somewhat sticky head of clean white foam.

Fruity, lemon peel, a bit of cattiness and cracker.

A nice citrusy/lemon flavor with grassy notes and a bready/biscuity malt backbone. Very clean and refreshing with a hoppy finish and mild bitterness.

Heavier side of light bodied. Very velvety carbonation.

Great drinker and an excellent pilsner. Not a huge fan of the style, but this is very nice. No problem consuming a couple of these bad boys.

Photo of hardy008
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a 2 finger white head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has biscuit malt, lemon, and a light amount of grapefruit.

The taste is sweeter than the aroma made me think it would be. There is sweet malt, biscuit malt, lemon, and grapefruit. There is also a good deal of hop bitterness to balance out the sweetness.

Light to medium bodied with modest carbonation, and a somewhat creamy feeling. Finishes somewhat dry. A very nice Pilsener from Schell's.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Golden straw shade with a soapy white head. Slightly hazy.
S: Fresh floral hoppiness and just a bit of citrus. Hops aromas are delicate so that the lager yeast is also quite prominent. I also get a bit of sweet corn (obviously no corn used).
T: Hop flavors are delicate but bright with faint floral and lemon characters. Distinctly different from traditional pilsners. A cracker malt body trails opening hop flavors followed by a lingering grainyness/slight herbal bitterness.
M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. A bit dull.

Despite the featured Citra, this is a pilsner and definitely not going to be mistaken for some kind of hoppy pale lager hybrid. The hops here are used for a unique take on a pilsner, but are complimentary, not the main feature. Overall, I enjoyed this and will probably pick up another 6 pack.

Photo of beachscrat
4.66/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dense head of foam. Clings to glass entire way down to the bottom.
Hazy pale straw yellow.

Aromas of sweet (perhaps american) malts and orange citrus. Maybe zest as well.

Toasty & BIG malt backbone with bitter sweet finish, sweetens to orange pulp as it warms. Clean finish. Very well balanced.

This is yet another stellar lager from a long list of hits from Schell's brewery. These guys know lagers.

Photo of bsp77
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Hazy, straw color with massive, sticky, stark white head. Great lacing.

Smell: Very dry apple and hay. Citrusy and peppery. The Citra is not as noticeable as hoped for in the aroma.

Taste: Somewhat of a traditional Pilsner backbone, with straw, apple and pepper. However, there is a strong citrusy juiciness that is very prominent. Not really bitter at all, just juicy. More pepper on the finish.

Feel: More moderate in carbonation than most, with an almost creamy body. Nice. The trade off is that this is not as dry or crisp on the finish as desired.

Overall: Of course this is not a German Pilsner, but it doesn't really fit any category. This is simply a very citrusy and juicy pale lager that sacrifices a little of that great Pilsner mouthfeel for taste. Schell is getting very good at creating unique lagers that show that lagers don't have to always be traditional, such as this, Emerald Rye, Hopfenmaltz, and the Czech-Style Dark Lager. Well, the last one IS traditional, but mostly unknown in the US.

Photo of gatornation
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fresh from a 12 oz bottle

A- pours a cloudy pale yellow color with a white 2 finger head that recedes to a fresh cap with a fair amount of lacing,looks perfect in the glass

S- was citrus,grapefruit bready malts tart lemon a wheat smell

T- zesty citrus hops with tart lemon orange and grapefruit notes and bitter hops sweet german malts with some bready traits nice pils flavors with zesty hops done nicely

M- crisp tart and bitter with the fresh hops but in a light way almost like a wheat beer itwas balanced with malts and medium carbonation

O- a pils first but drank like a wheat with citra hops its crisp with light hops a touch bitter a great tasting brew Schells is really putting out some nice brews this year from emerald rye,snowstorm 2012, chimney sweep

Photo of Humulus85
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Number 6 in their Stag Series. Unfiltered, fresh Citra hopped Pilsner? Yes please! From a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours a cloudy straw yellow. A nice finger and half of bone white foam displays decent retention and some pretty nice lacing.

The nose is zesty (almost bitter) grapefruit/lemon hops and a nice graininess. Not super complex, but very clean. Almost smells like a shandy.

Follows the nose. The grapefruit/lemon hops upfront are prominent but still somewhat subtle. They quickly blend (but never go away) with the more typical pilsner malt flavors. A touch sweet in the middle but finishes on the dryer side. A modest, but welcome bitterness throughout. Very clean in the finish as well.

Light in body, great carbonation, exceedingly drinkable, and quite refreshing; just like a Pilsner should be. The added hops coat the mouth but don't linger.

Overall, this truly lived up to my expectations. It is by no means a hop bomb, but it isn't trying to be. A great twist on a traditional style. Schells has one of the best domestic Pilsners on the market, so they should know how to manipulate it. My only disappointment is that this came out in November and not in June. This would be a seriously awesome summer brew, but I get the whole "fresh hop" thing. Also a great alternative to the heavy hops bombs that come out after the harvest, and I gotta give Schells props for not falling in that line. Grab this one while it's fresh! Cheers!

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