Schell's Pils
August Schell Brewing Company

Schell's PilsSchell's Pils
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From:
August Schell Brewing Company
 
Minnesota, United States
Style:
German Pilsner
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
82
Avg:
3.64 | pDev: 13.46%
Reviews:
192
Ratings:
174
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Nov 26, 2021
Added:
Aug 17, 2001
Wants:
  18
Gots:
  24
SCORE
82
Good
Schell's PilsSchell's Pils
Notes: Originally brewed in 1984, Schell's Pils is a shining example of the true European Pilsner style beer. Brewed with 100 percent barley malt, where the Sterling Hop flavor is showcased. Its full hop characteristic and delicate aroma were developed in Pilsen, Bohemia around 1840. This style was widely copied by early American breweries. Over the years, however, it has been lost to the much lighter-bodied, low-hopped relatives we refer to as American "Premium Category" beer.
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Rated: 3.63 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 26, 2021
 
Rated: 3.63 by craigbelly from Iowa

Jul 18, 2019
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Reviewed by bbtkd from South Dakota

3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Schell's Pils, 5.3% ABV. Pours pale golden, with a 1+ finger white foamy head that left decent lacing. Nose is malty. Taste is moderate bitter hops, slight sweetness. OK mouthfeel, overall OKish. Wasn't expecting much here, this was part of a sampler I bought solely for the Sahti in the pack that I needed as one of my last styles to try. Figured, what the hey, may as well try it. I'd take this over a Bud.
Apr 12, 2019
 
Rated: 3.77 by adosen01 from Minnesota

Mar 16, 2019
 
Rated: 3.43 by mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

Feb 26, 2019
 
Rated: 3 by SaintTent from Minnesota

Sep 23, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Sep 22, 2018
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Stamped on neck of bottle is '081818 000351'. Label ID's ABV as 5.0%.
Clear, pale straw colored body. Small head minimizes to scattered islands and bubble fed ring. Leaves rings and strings of lacing.
Aroma is bready malt and spicy hops in the background.
Taste is bready malts and tangy with spicy hops. Some grassy aspects as well. Some bitterness at the end.
Light mouth feel, and very refreshing. Good carbonation.
Very easy to drink and full of flavor. Leaves a clean and sharp taste.
Jun 16, 2018
 
Rated: 2.32 by colbra from Minnesota

Jun 09, 2018
 
Rated: 2.68 by Chilmer from Iowa

May 24, 2018
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Reviewed by Scott17Taylor from Iowa

3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours straw yellow with fluffy white head.
The aroma is bready with a slight citrus and herbal hop note.
The flavor is sweet bready malts, a graininess that is similar to an adjunct lager and a sharp hop bite on the finish. The hoppiness is more floral and perfumey than anything.
The mouthfeel is medium with a very pleasant carbonation.
Overall it's okay, there are better Pilsners, but it's cheap and good.
May 21, 2018
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Reviewed by MNAle from Minnesota

3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bready aroma, some spice. Brilliant light gold color, tall white, thick head, with moderate level of rising bubbles. Nice looking pils. Moderate feel. Mild and smooth initial taste: bread and spice, with a good level of bittering coming along in the middle, finish and aftertaste. Clean finish.
May 14, 2018
 
Rated: 3.81 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota

Feb 26, 2018
 
Rated: 3.7 by Rilesmiles from Wisconsin

Dec 31, 2017
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a bright gold color - completely clear and mildly effervescent. Thick velvety white head dissipates slowly but not completely. Rings of white lacing are left on the glass.

Smell has light notes of grain, bread, lemongrass, and grassy hops.

Taste follows the nose with notes of grain, grass, lemongrass, and some light bread notes. Moderately bitter on the finish with a slight metallic like flavor.

Feel is light and drinkable. Somewhat dry on the finish.

Overall an alright pilsner - there are much better examples out there.
Nov 11, 2017
 
Rated: 2.77 by yat282 from Minnesota

Sep 24, 2017
 
Rated: 4.14 by BLTmn from Minnesota

May 28, 2017
 
Rated: 4.21 by TheLuckiestMan from Minnesota

Apr 29, 2017
 
Rated: 3.72 by Nolster from Minnesota

Mar 22, 2017
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Reviewed by matcris from Arizona

3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A slightly hazy lemon in color with small amount of bubbles rising. Half a finger of off white head that quickly settles to a ring and leaves a fair lacing down the glass. The aroma is malty, almost cheerios like and a little bit grassy. The flavor is biscuity and full, with a grassy and slightly peppery bite. A small bite. Plenty of carbonation, medium body, and dry all the way through the swig. Overall a nice, pleasant brew with nice traditionalhop flavor.
Dec 12, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois

Dec 04, 2016
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Reviewed by krombacher_fan from Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
This is everything I want in a pils. It's the best American brewed czech pils I've ever found. Overall a great tasting, incredibly smooth beer. Going to buy a million of these when I'm back in Minneapolis. 5*
Nov 29, 2016
 
Rated: 3.92 by RyanTheLion13 from Iowa

Nov 24, 2016
 
Rated: 3.06 by Demi from Minnesota

Nov 12, 2016
 
Rated: 4.45 by Slim_720 from Wisconsin

Aug 13, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by Jodio from Texas

Jul 28, 2016
 
Rated: 4.02 by bobtaylor0414 from Pennsylvania

Jul 03, 2016
 
Rated: 3.95 by CraigP83 from Minnesota

Jun 24, 2016
 
Rated: 2.97 by PMarcy78 from Minnesota

Apr 30, 2016
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Reviewed by Squire from Mississippi

3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Old name, new interpretation.

A somewhat modern take on the style by people who know how to brew beer but decided to take a conservative approach. Not a bell ringer, rather a mild version that isn't too challenging. They made their beer and that's allright. I find it a bit thin which over accents the hops and can be called at best refreshing.

Worth trying but no loss if you don't.
Apr 16, 2016
 
Rated: 3.6 by Ssippisam from Minnesota

Mar 12, 2016
 
Rated: 3.76 by deebo from Michigan

Mar 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.88 by BrewNoob1 from Minnesota

Mar 08, 2016
 
Rated: 4.03 by jakemn91 from New Mexico

Feb 23, 2016
 
Rated: 3.67 by fuzzcherry from Minnesota

Feb 03, 2016
 
Rated: 3.71 by MrUse from Minnesota

Jan 26, 2016
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Yellow beer, effervescent carbonation, white head, 1/2" depth, retention is not its strong suit. Grain, lemon, grist. Real mild.

Taste had a little more perceptible alcohol and bitterness than most BMC AAL type of beers. Prickly hop contributions to the bitterness.

About as average as can be, does nothing bad or very good, standard quencher beer.
Jan 24, 2016
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Reviewed by Evilyak from Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Great looking beer. Clear, yellow, with a thick head.

Smell is floral and bright. First taste was a bit off for me, but I rapidly came around. Taste is clean and crisp, with a surprising hop bitterness at the middle and especially at the end.

Quite a pleasant brew.
Jan 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.38 by nmann08 from Virginia

Dec 25, 2015
 
Rated: 3.88 by Rawwie from Minnesota

Dec 19, 2015
Schell's Pils from August Schell Brewing Company
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