Arminius | August Schell Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Schell’s Arminius is a showcase of a unique blend of German, French, and American hops. It’s brewed with over 2.5 lbs of hops per barrel, and double dry hopped for a distinctly hoppy lager with wonderfully fruity and floral hop aroma. A clean malt bill combines with the crisp, smoothness that can only be achieved from a traditional lager, providing the perfect platform to highlight the hop character. Distinctively different, distinctively hoppy. Keep cold & drink fresh.

Added by gatornation on 05-13-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by MattyG85:
Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a large pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About one finger of white head which fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A floral and fairly spicy hop forward aroma with hints of grass and fruit. Upfront earthy and floral hops with hints of grass, pine, and Noble hints of spice. Citrus fruit hints of lemon and orange. Bready malt hints of grains, biscuit, caramel, cracker, and yeast. A pretty solid aroma that is kind of minty.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp, floral, and somewhat spicy hop forward taste with notes of grass, fruit, and grains. Floral and earthy hops with some upfront notes of wet grass, pine, and herbal spice. Subtle citrus fruit presence of lemon and orange. Solid malt balance with bready notes of grains, cracker, biscuit, caramel, and yeast. A pretty solid spicy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and nicely spicy and smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid hopped up lager. Nice taste of spicy hops with a solid malt balance.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of nproehl
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Smell - Clean, grassy, hoppy. Not overwhelming, but fully present. Hoppiness fades quickly, leaving a clean malty nose, slightly sweet.

Appearance - Pale golden. Very clear. Pouts into a tight head, dissipating quickly.

Taste - Hop forward. Not overwhelming bitterness. Hoppiness is not overly floral or piney, rather green, fresh. Maltiness comes through, stands well. Lingering bitterness.

Feel - Rich, not overly thick. Very clean, not harsh.

This is an excellent "IPL". Very, very clean, despite the large hop presence. The hop characteristics thankfully stray away from being overly citrus-based, and come across well-balanced between sweet, fresh, and grassy. The malt base is satisfying. It sits well, and is pleasantly filling. It is not sessionable. Overall, this is a very good beer, one that could be used to help define this emerging style.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.08/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of tempest
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked a up a can from 4 Firkins. Interesting beer, an American lager — not as dry as a pilsner — with a mix of earthy European hops. The character is a bit grassy with a little orange peel and pepper, though not as big as an IPA. It'd call it on par with a good American pale ale.

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Photo of morimech
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I was excited when I heard about this beer. I thought a bigger Hopfenmalz would be excellent. Pours a pale straw color with a large, macro type head that quickly settles to a thin skim of suds. A little spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma of floral and mildly spicy hops. Bready and cracker like malt rounds things out. Not really that aromatic though.

Clean, crisp, dry flavor. Mild hop flavor of pepper and floral notes. Just not much going on in the flavor. Bitterness is low. Tastes like a common Euro lager but fresher and not skunked. I do appreciate the crisp and dry qualities as it is refreshing.

Deceiving body as it feels much lighter than a beer carrying this ABV. Robust carbonation adds to the deception.

If a person is looking for an IPL, this is not it, but a nice strong pale lager.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Joe for this surprise extra!

Brilliant gold, bright and reflective with sharp clarity. Two fingers of foam initially that settled to a skim that kept up surface coverage for the duration of the glass. A sticky half inch band of sticky lace encircled the rim of the glass.

Very delicate and softly hoppy aroma, though still unique and clearly hoppy. Similar to smelling fresh hops on the vine before breaking them up. Slightly floral and fruity, passionfruit is vague but it's there, lending a somewhat exotic edge.

Light and smooth, mild guava creaminess, firm grassy bitterness that lingers in the finish. Pretty seamless and very drinkable. Leaves me wanting a little more amped up hop character, but it's not an IPA, and what's there is a pretty unique blend. Thanks again Joe for the beer!

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Photo of TooGood
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Hopsiam14
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of bismarksays
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of MNAle
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smooth, easy drinking. Pale golden color. Head fades quickly, Light carbonation. Somewhat weak aroma, but what there is is nice.Hops present in the aroma. Initial taste is hoppy, but not citrusy. Doesn't have as much bite as the 70 IBU would suggest. Hops bite fades to a malty finish. Very well balanced. At 6.5%, this is not a session beer. Overall, I like it. Nice to see Schell's branching out.

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2.74/5  rDev -28.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Concerning appearance, I love the label art on this pint can. Just looks enticing. There's something about the brass/gold looking metal on the top of this can that helps me not take it too seriously. That is, it reminds me of old-timey beer while having a decidedly modern look to it. The beer itself is a slightly orange gold with a field of slow, tiny bubbles floating up from the bottom to sustain a soft, smooth off-white head.

Smells oddly appropriate, like a hopped macro-lager. There's a dry, dirty macro-lager essence here, with bits of sour grains and basement, but its nestled well into a field of simple woody hops.

The flavor makes me wonder why this style isn't more popular. It's got a pretty familiar macro-lager base, but, again, it's got an enticing and refreshing hop profile. Can you say "gateway beer?" This -may- be a way to get a macro-swilling buddy into the craft. A cross of highbrow and low brow.

Feels just a little heavier than I'd like, or seems appropriate. There's also a little bit of a CO2 sting in the finish too. Is "light pale lager" even a style? That may bring out a little more in this beer.

I'm a bit smitten with this one. Perhaps its just due to the novelty, but I will most certainly buy this again.

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Photo of jakemn91
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gatornation
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear pale golden color with a fast receding head that leaves no collar and no lacing swirling the beer reveals a fresh collar
S- slight smells of fruit,floral hops in addition to some citrus tones with bready malts
T- European and American hops that reveal just a slight floral edge give way to clean and bready malt bill nothing dominates here a slight herbal and grassy taste also lingers in the mouth
M- crisp and clean light on the hops smooth lower carbonation on the palate
O- a hybrid lager on the lighter side with hops,I would have liked more hops in this,its very drinkable but one i would not go out of my way for will drink it from time to time

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Photo of jwc215
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours bright golden yellow with a fluffy white head that leaves a thin sheet of lacing down the glass.

The smell is floral/herbal and citric with a fresh grain aroma in the back.

The taste is very well-hopped - citric and floral. The touch of sweet grain in the middle add smoothness and support/balance. Finishes with a grapefruit taste, but clean, as a lager should be.

Very creamy, smooth and refreshing. The body and carbonation level fit the character of the beer wonderfully.

An outstanding hop-forward pale lager!

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Arminius from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 91 ratings