Schell's Fresh Hop | August Schell Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Singled hopped with Mosaic hops.

Added by gatornation on 11-06-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by GeezLynn:
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4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle reviewed early November.

A: Pretty golden straw with a white head. Good retention. Several bottles have had a little precipitate, which as best as I can tell, is hop particulate.
S: Nice cracker pilsner malt, fruity, floral hops. Just a little peppery. Reminds me of last year’s version despite hop difference (not too many of this style to compare, I suppose). I think this one is a little more aromatic.
T: Nice combination of bitterness, citrus, white pepper, pine and berry flavor. I usually don’t get that much depth from most hoppy beers. Finishes dry with a bit of white wine character.
M: Light body with medium-heavy carbonation. Lively but pretty smooth

Really like this one. Last year’s was pretty good, but Citra doesn't seem to be my favorite hop. Conversely, I must be a big Mosaic fan because this and the Indeed '13 (Mosaic) Fresh Hop were right up my alley.

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More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Hazed pale golden yellow, excellent layer of suds that sticks well to the glass. Orangey, woody, and resiny hop aroma with some cracker and doughy malt. Very smooth, orange zest, cedar, soft resin, bready, peppery, slightly biscuity, clean, doughy, leafy drying finish.

Love the Mosaic hop, well done on keeping this balanced yet leaving a solid fresh hop impression.

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Photo of bsp77
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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. Citrus and berry from the Mosaic hops. Slightly stronger aroma than I noticed in last year's Citra, mostly due to the berry notes.

Taste: Somewhat of a traditional Pilsner backbone, with straw, apple and pepper. Citrus, berry and tropical notes from the hops. Not really bitter at all, just juicy. More pepper on the finish.

Feel: More moderate in carbonation than most, with an almost creamy body. A little more crisp than the Citra but slightly thinner.

Overall: I really like that Schell's will focus on a different hop varietal each year. I would give this one a slight nod over last year's Citra simply because I like Mosaic a little more. Hop preference aside, both were very good beers.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a fairly hazy straw yellowish orange with a lot of bubbles. Huge four finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell:A bright, zesty, earthy, and fairly sweet aroma with lots of hop hints and pils malt. Upfront mix of earthy, floral, herbal, and citrus hops. Hints of grass and dank wet pine resin. Citrus fruit hints of orange peel ,lemon zest, grapefruit, mango, and lime. Bready malt balance with hints of pilsener malt, straw, cracker, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Hints of pepper spice as well. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a fruity, earthy, and sweet bready wet hopped version of a pilsener. Upfront hop taste with earthy, floral, citrus, and herbal notes. Grassy notes along with some wet and dank pine resin spice. Citrus fruit notes of orange, lemon zest, lime, mango, and grapefruit. Bready pale malt presence with notes of pilsener malt, biscuit, cracker, straw, grains, and yeast. Slight taste of pepper spicing. A very good zesty taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, clean, juicy, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty good hopped up twist on a Pilsener. Good wet hop flavors with a solid pils malt balance.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of morimech
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pale straw color with a very slight haze. Two fingers form during the pour and slowly settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

I really dig the aroma. It is herbal, floral, dank, and slightly spicy. Not getting much malt aroma but the hops are the focus here as in any fresh hop beer.

A lot of hop flavor as well. This hop flavor might not appeal to everyone, but I really enjoy this. The dankness from the fresh hops come out along with nice herbal and floral notes. Light spice kick as well. The malt is dry, crisp, and clean. Moderate bitterness.

I was just a bit letdown with the carbonation. I would like it just a little more lively. Otherwise a solid, light pilsner body.

Still not sure if a lager is the best way to showcase fresh hops, but I enjoyed this much more than the previous year's Citra hopped version. A very unique and well crafted lager.

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Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD: 013014

Hazy pale straw gold, fluffy head of white foam. Sticky halo of lacing in the glass, lasting surface coverage. Lasting surface skim.

Sulfuric lager yeast aroma initially, subtle hop character in the background, pleasant but the lager yeastiness is almost too overpowering. As it warms the Mosaic hop gets a little more pungent and green, slightly catty with traces of green onion.

Simple pilsner malt forms the base vehicle that showcases the subtle and fresh Mosaic hops nicely. Light grassy bitterness, honeysuckle, shortbread. Light bodied and easy drinking. Nice and clean, the hop presence is unique but a little bit too subtle.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jakemn91
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gatornation
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Fresh hop pilsener single hopped with Mosaic

A- pours a clear pale golden yellow color with a brilliant white head that recedes to a fresh white cap lots of nice lacing on glass
S-German malts and hints of tropical, fruity hops some earthy dankness
T-nice tastes of fruity hops sweet and floral on the palate i also get an earthy dankness in there nice malts
M- crisp and pure like a pils nicely carbonated
O- this is not a fresh hop IPA its a Pils and a very tasty one

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of garymuchow
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Pilsner Urquell glass.
A really doughy malt presentation is primary and this seems to mix with a kind of a generic wet hop aroma - or to state differently an aroma that I pick up in wet hop beers that seems to be unique to that style.
Nice big white cap and loud settling with some lacing. Pale gold and slightly cloudy look.
Still more malt forward than hops (doughy, bready), but the hops are persistent especially after the initial take. Nice solid bittereness flows through to the end. Soft hop flavors of fruitiness, a little grassiness - that could be bumped up a bit, if possible. The fruity characteristics of the hops open up as this warms. Some sweeter grapefruit shows.
Moderate carbonation and a bit less than that in body. Good feel for style.
I like this. An unique take on wet hop and pils and a new tradition from Schells that will continue to make autumn a time to anticipate.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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Schell's Fresh Hop from August Schell Brewing Company
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