30th Anniversary Pilsner Series - Mandarina | August Schell Brewing Company

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August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by gatornation on 03-12-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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Photo of steveh
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another shout out to Chaz & Grant for their huge generosity in allowing me to try some of these beers I'd otherwise never see.

I'll admit up front that I'm skeptical of a Pilsner using Mandarin hops, but I'm going to base opinion on my taste buds. 6.5 ABV Pilsner?

A -- Clear, deep gold with a smooth, off-white head that settles to a thin and persistent cap.

S -- Mildly piny and spicy with some mellow breadiness and peppery alcohol fighting for attention.

T -- Bready, crackery malts up front followed by a spicy -- slightly citrus hop character. Finish is breadiness with an aftertaste of citrus that turns to dry spiciness from alcohol. Hard to believe this is 60 IBU because the bitterness is very subdued and balanced by the malts.

M -- The mouthfeel is soft to dry with a light to light-medium body.

O -- Okay, I'll admit that I like this modern-day take on the style and would buy more when available. It's not a dead on, to-style Pils, but the hop character doesn't get carried away and send this into the APA zone, at least -- no APA I've tasted so far.

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Photo of Jason
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Brilliantly clear golden hue, tight tiny bubbled lacing does a great job sticking around. Thick citrus rind hoppiness in the nose, kiss of cracker-like malt as well. Lovely crispness and smoothness, dry malt backbone is a good foundation. The Mandarina hop is very unique with grassy, pithy, rind and slightly spicy flavors. High level of bitterness keeps this one lively sip to sip.

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Photo of Torey
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of bsp77
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Light, slightly hazy, yellow with moderate white head and slight lacing lines.

Smell: Mostly straw and citrus, with some apple, pear and peppery hops.

Taste: More citrus than in their standard Pils. Grassy, grainy and straw-like, with sweet apple and pear. Has a peppery finish that is just a little bit bitter.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light body that is almost creamy, not quite as dry as I like in a great Pilsner.

Overall: Just a more citrusy version of their standard Pils. Solid but hoped for more variation.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes. L: Brilliant straw gold with a thin white foam collar. S: Malt, low background levels of sulfur, floral hops. T: Clean grainy malt, no fruity esters, crisp and bitter finish. F: Smooth, light, above average carbonation. O: A flavorful, refreshing beer that appeals to a wide range of tastes.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of morimech
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, pale straw color with just over a finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass. The four different pilsners in this 12-pack looked very similar with the exception of the Roggen which had much less carbonation.

Light fruity and citrus hop aroma that is vaguely of tangerines. Mild pilsner malt adds its complimentary bready hints. Smells well rounded.

The Mandarina Bavarian hops do add some unique flavor but they hardly dominate the flavor and aroma as the label claims. Even if I perceive the bitterness as being a little bit more than Schell's other pilsners, it is hardly hop dominated. Dry malt with a touch of citrus with hints of grass and pepper. Almost like some Noble hops snuck in there.

Light body and nicely carbonated. Nice crisp feel that fits light lagers nicely.

I like this new hop and hopefully it makes its way into more beer. A good, solid beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of CraigP83
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Light as can be almost clear. Metallic grainy smell synonymous with German pils. Dry earthy hop flavor, metallic aftertaste. Nothing special, I'd grab a mass produced adjunct lager before I sought this out again

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jakemn91
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

BB 072414
A- pours a clear sunshine yellow color with a pure white 1 finger head that recedes to a fresh cap very little lacing
S- pils smells of grain and malt with bread and cracker wet grass slight citrus
T-clean malts and hops just a slight touch of tangerine in this would have liked more of this hop,pepper and light spices end with baked bread and lemon grass
M-clean and crisp on the palate slight metallic bitterness
O- its a pils and its good would like more of the tangerine to shine

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deleted my old review.

Appearance : flowing, foamy head, about four fingers tall. Mostly transparent, with a very light golden color.

Aroma : crisp, clean aromas with mild corn and wheat, I mean - this is what I envision a good pilsner should smell like. It's fabulous.

Flavor : it's a bit on the bitter side but its not at all bad. I think when I was reviewing it before (I gave it an overall 2.14) I wasn't used to the style. The hop is slightly dirty, or earthy maybe, but the rest of it finishes clean and just like a pilsner should.

Mouthfeel : like sucking on a cloud. That's the best I can come up with. It's so light, almost nonexistent. It ends a bit dirty and dry, but crisp at the same time.

Overall : I'm not one for bitter but id buy this again. It's a damn good representation of a pilsner and I'd drink them with ease. Nice work fellas.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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30th Anniversary Pilsner Series - Mandarina from August Schell Brewing Company
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