Schilling Beer Co.

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Lager - Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #9
Ranked #7,010
4.14 | pDev: 5.31%
Schilling Beer Co.
New Hampshire, United States
Notes: Hanse is an unfiltered (“Keller”) Pilsner. Straw-gold in color, crisp and clean-finishing with assertive hop bitterness. Noble hops are present on the palate.
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Earthy and grassy hop notes on the nose. Grain forward balanced nicely against the grassy bitter hops. Very light in body. Nicely carbed. Real good, easy drinking yet complex lager.

Jul 22, 2021
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 2021/03/09
Pours a med larger frothy pillowy rich 1 finger head with good retention, fair sticky lacing. mostly clear golden straw color

Nose nice cereal grain pilsner malt, little doughy hint of fruity esters, light floral hops

Taste brings more rich malt, grainy, little doughy, cereal, little grainy sweet pilsner, soft lager with some complexity, prob decoction, faint fruity character, med hop bitterness with herbal slight floral, finishing spicy with med higher crisp bitterness, dry crisp German pils finish

Mouth is med to lighter bod, quite soft, med to a bit higher frothy carb

Overall nice German pilsner with a little kellerbier young character

May 09, 2021
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beergoot from Colorado

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium yellow body; clear; lively carbonation; thick, sticky, sculpted head. Light cereal grain base on the nose carrying notes of dried berries and grass; herbal. Pungent quality to the taste; a bit minty and yeasty; a trickle of lemon gives a mild tartness; white pepper bitterness. Medium body; mild sticky sweetness; crisp.

This beer brings richness and fine flavor to the palate. It has an interesting combination of herbal and fruit-like quality throughout.

Jul 11, 2020
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hopley from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Best Pilsner I've ever had!

Although certainly not traditional a traditional Pilsner - this one really blew me away! It had a smooth creamy mouthfeel, frothy and foamy with huge and lasting head, haze, a pale yellow color, and a mildly sweet grainy malty crackery taste - almost had a "New Englandy" IPA thing to it without the ABV or the hops. Really psyched on my first taste of Schilling! Cheers!

Feb 08, 2019
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from The Packie
Slightly hazy light golden in color with a bubbly white head that persists. Bready crackery maltiness with a touch of apple. Spicy earthy floral hops counter well.

Jan 13, 2019
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 1/8/19

A: Medium gold with some straw tones - mostly clear with some chill haze - pours with a small white head, fades to a wispy cap and retains a medium collar, leaves some nice lacing

S: Nice balance of soft malts and traditional German hops - grassy Noble hops in a nicely non-aggressive way, some herbal notes - clean, soft malts - pilsner and maybe some soft Munich malt - soft grains, not exactly bready - very clean overall

T: Wonderfully balanced, as the aroma suggests - lightly grassy and herbal German hops, touch of spice - soft, grainy malt body - slight touches of toasted bread, hints of honey, crackers - low amount of sweetness but not overly dry - very clean with low bitterness in the aftertaste

M: On the light side of medium, medium carbonation, some malty smoothness but mostly crisp and clean

O: Clever Hanse

I find it fitting that the first beer I've bothered to review in 2019 is a pilsner. I've been craving lagers lately, even in the dead of winter, and the reason is that amazing ones like this are becoming more widely available. Drink this.

Jan 09, 2019
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 16 oz. can. Sampled on January 5, 2019.

The appearance is an unfiltered, slightly cloudy looking straw yellow with smooth bubbling carbonation going upward to the lingering white foamy head.

The aroma has an array of grainy, bready, crusty, and crackery malt characters with a hint of lemon and grassy hops.

Medium, smooth mouthfeel.

It is sweet and grainy at first but there is this oily kind of hop finish that lingers for a short while. Still mildly bitter and generally a likable beer.

Jan 05, 2019
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can served in a pilsner glass. Pours a lovely sunny gold with a tight, one inch, bright white head that slowly dissipates into a rocky froth. Clarity is semi-translucent. Nose is subdued and clean - hints of grass, lemon and noble hops. Taste consistent with nose with a crackery malt pop at the finish. Mouthfeel is light in body with an even, assertive carbonation. Overall, another winner from these guys. Lovely and drinkable.

Jan 05, 2019
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beautiful looking beer with hazed golden straw color and a bright white head that hangs around and decorates the glass. nose is bready, spice, mellow lager yeast quality. on palate is a very clean grain profile evoking crackers and cereal, there is your typical lemony, grassy, and slightly spicy floral hop quality, as well as a juicier like orange and grapefruity fruityness. overall quite hoppy and very tasty and a cool take on pils.

Dec 31, 2018
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Gatch from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 111818.
Super delicious Pilsner. Excited to try more from these guys bc if you make a good light lager, everything else falls into place. Tasty malt bill, great hop character in the finish, and super drinkable.

Dec 29, 2018
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy, dirty gold color. Moderate head but very little lace (a few minor spots).

Bready aroma of pale pilsner malt. Light floral hop.

Sweet lighter malt beginning. The hop bitterness is stronger than most pilsners, leaving a longer aftertaste than typical. Higher carbonation with an elevated body. A very good beer that veers from the traditional pilsner path.

Nov 03, 2018
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Can
No date

Pours a slightly hazy dark straw with two fingers of rocky white head that settles to a healthy film. Good retention; tons of gorgeous lacing. (4.25)

Spiced clean malt aromas with some lemon zest. (4.25)

Bread crust, hay, clean malt flavor, Euro hop bite. (4.25)

Dry with a kind chewy (but not big) body, zesty carbonation and a nice, clean finish. (4.25)

A very, very nice Pilsner.
This is different enough to seem different and classic enough to seem timeless. It pours nice, with a gorgeous head. The aroma and flavor are both simple-yet-complex, light malt and floral, peppery European hops. It is very drinkable and has that necessary quality of feeling light and drinkable as well as rich and substantive. It might be a touch bready-er than I would have expected but, like I say, it's for the greater good. (4.25)

Sep 25, 2018
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 16oz can, dated 08/01/18. Served in a pub glass.

Pours a clear honey colour with fairly active carbonation and a towering creamy head of fluff. A shade darker than your typical pils. Retention is on the order of five minutes, leaving a thick cap and moderate lacing.

A hearty nose of doughy bread, damp grain and and cider with just a whiff of lemon zest and spice.

The taste is thick and bready up front, all sweet yeasty dinner rolls and fruit spread, with late arriving substantial bitterness, the aforementioned lemon zest and spice.

Feel is at the same time fat and doughy and clean and quenching. Better-than-medium bodied and well carbonated. Seems bigger than 5% but remains eminently drinkable.

I hate the term 'poundable' but I'm going to go ahead and use it anyway: poundable. There, I said it. This beer is bready, fat and chewy, thick and malty and hopped all to bejeesus. I like it a lot.

Sep 13, 2018
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a lightly cloudy golden color with 2 fingers of effervescent white head. The head leaves a ring of lacing before settling into a thin sheet.

The aroma brings notes of peppery spice, sweet bread, crackers, and piney hops.

The flavor brings notes of bread, crackers, citrus, and finishes piney and bitter. Floral and clean.

The feel is light bodied with pretty good carbonation. A bit light in carbonation for the style, but still crisp and refreshing.

Overall, a very good pilsner that's clean and hoppy and highly drinkable.

Jul 17, 2018
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bobv from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft pour at Doc Ponds, Stowe, VT.

3/4 inch white head with some lacing. Beautifully bright body. Nose of cracker, spice, and slight hops. Taste mirrors nose with a nice Pilsner feel and overall a great little Pils right here. Cheers!

Jun 18, 2018
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