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

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Schell's Stag Series: Fresh Hop Citra PilsSchell's Stag Series: Fresh Hop Citra Pils
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Humulus85 on 11-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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
88 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.