Schell's Pils | August Schell Brewing Company

187 Reviews

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of pweis909
4.97/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pale straw color, with a thin head. Hop aroma is perceptible and inviting. A light malt comes through with the taste, and there is little hop bitterness. This is a nicely drinkable summer day kind of beer. As it is winter, I'll have to wait for my next one.

Editing: Well, I waited until a warm autumn day and sampled a bottle at the Schell's Brewery. It was damn near perfect. I'm guessing that the beer they serve there is at the perfect maturation stage ane well cared for - the sterling hops were just amazingly fresh, and the malt was crisp with a light sweet distinct graininess. I could have sipped this beer all day.

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Photo of TeamSeinfeld
4.83/5  rDev +32%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Schell's makes good beer especially when it comes to lagers. The deer brand, mai bock and octoberfest are prime examples of this. But the Pilsner is hands down the best. The balance of hop and malt is nearly perfect, few so called pilsners can come close to pilsner urquell the original, and Schells Pilsner is the best american example. Best drank when poured into a pilsner glass to appreciate the color and head that never fades away. Well worth the 11.49 a 12'er it has been at St. Anthony for the last year.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.77/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Starting a new review after admiring and going back to this fine beer many times in the past few years. The body may be hazy when chilled, but I don't believe that detracts too much from the overall experience. What I admire most about this beer is balance. Sure, it is a German Pilsener, a style not known for huge hops, but this beer has a hop profile well defined, impressive, and very complementary to the slightly sweet malt. A little fruity tasting, but crisp, refreshing, and one of the best bottled beers in Minnesota. My favorite of the style, hands down.

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Photo of stoutman
4.68/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

TASTEE. Naturally krausend for a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Full of rounded hop flavors and aromas with a perfect malt sweetness underneath. Very light and crisp.

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Photo of Offa
4.62/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So far, this is my favourite Schell beer and one of the best US pilsners I've had.

Golden, it has a small but dense white head that slowly shrinks to a ring and leaves some decent lace.

The aroma is grain, yeast, dust, hay, herbs, and pine.

The taste is bread, toasted grain, pine, lemon, and a hint of nuts. It has a firm malty body with enough sweetness and character to carry the definite hoppy flavour and bitterness to it. It is lively, engaging, with nice complexity, zesty, crisp, and highly enjoyable overall.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.57/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is such a good beer. Starting from the wonderful, almost flowery aroma, nice and foamy head (that does decrease too quickly) and dark gold, yet crystal clear color. I really like the balance of dryness and malt smoothness in the flavor, and that it's there from front to back, then leaving a gradually fading dry finish. The mouthfeel may be too much for some, I describe it as a rich beer, but its of no bother to me. A good beer for virtually anytime, as well as a nice beer to start novices into the world of interesting beers.

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Photo of Lostbeer35
4.57/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Yummy yummy...

I've heard a lot about this beer...and I was not disappointed.

The look is a gorgeous clear, very filtered gold color. For me the smell could be a bit more floral, but thats coming from a, IPA guy. The taste is great. A little more body than your standard Inbev/miller "pilsner." The mouthfeel is crisp with a nice dry finish.

The Schell's Pilsner bottle that I'm drinking right now looks a bit different than the one posted. The new one is a green, a throwback to the label design of 1984...pretty cool looking.

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Photo of MNJR
4.52/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Straw yellow color with a touch of gold, but the appearance is about the only thing average about this beer. Smells clean and fresh with light lemony hops and rich biscuity notes. Tastes exceptionally good. My favorite US produced Pils is generally Trumer Pils, and I give Schell's a better score. Trumer seems a bit thin and weak in comparison. This is rich with great grain flavors, lemony biscuit flavors, minty, with (what should be if it's not...) an award winning clean dry hops finish which is why I like Pilsner beer so much in the first place. The 5.0 score goes to the mouthfeel: just incredible carbonation; spiky at first and expanding until it thins on the swallow. Perfect weight for this style, not too thin or thick. I can't see any lover of great Pilsner beer not going absolutely crazy for this beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: light grainy pils malt, slight sweetness, noble hops, no fruity esters, no diacetyl.
Appearance: Brilliantly clear pale yellow-gold, 1” head quickly dissipates but provides delicate lacing.
Flavor: more full flavored that standard American lagers, noble hop bitterness medium, leans to the hop, Pilsner malt flavor with a touch of malt sweetness but the finish is dry and the hops shine – moderate malt. Mouthfeel: medium body, medium carbonation, creamy, rich.
A very good Pils.

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Photo of JamesS
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden straw color with nice head and nice bubbles, with a bit of decent lacing. Great scent, a deeply sweet malty aroma with a hint of pepper. Excellent taste, refreshing and crisp, a great malty sweet beer with a nice slight pepper finish (nice noble hops). Goes down wonderfully smooth. A great lawnmower beer, or any time beer really.

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Photo of krombacher_fan
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
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*

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: White/slightly yellow head, about three fingers tall with a dense bubble pack. Beer is golden with nice active carbonation bubbles and phenomenal clarity.

S: Mild, and smooth. Just a hint of skunking, my fault, but still it doesn't take away too much from the beer. Could be a little crisper and more intense maybe

T: Very smooth, wonderful. Maybe a little tropical fruit in the finish, but dry. It's confusing my palate. Still, extremely refreshing and wonderful. IMO, one of, if not the best German Pilsners available in the US.

M: Pretty much perfect here. Full but not heavy, carbed without being bloaty. Just wonderful

D: This may be my summer drinker, I am thinking. At least the one to have around the house.

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Photo of hardy008
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Freshness date of 051610 (May 16, 2010) Stamped on the neck.

Hazy yellow color with a white foamy head with good retention. Smells of lemon, pale malt, and hops. Has a pleasing sweet malt flavor, and the hops, lemon, and some nutty flavor also come through nicely.

Crisp, clean, light bodied, and properly carbonated. This is a Pilsner the way it is meant to be. Very drinkable, and my favorite Pilsner on the market so far.

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Photo of docfootdude
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just discovered this brewery on a recent trip to IA. Picked up a sample sixer. Our local distributors don't carry AC products here in IN.

Beautiful clear pour with an inch of crisp foam. Great bready aroma with some hop nose in there.

Body was full and there were zero off flavors which is great for a pilsner. I would guess that this leans a bit to the bitter/ hoppy end of the scale for pilsners, but I don't count that a flaw other than covering the malt profile a little bit.

I only wish that I could have picked up a case; this is the perfect summer beer. I wish more breweries paid attention to making simple and well crafted beers such as these.

Gives me something to look forward to after the 8 hour trip back to Iowa next time.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Schell's mug.

This beer is a crystal-clear pale gold with a two-finger head from an aggressive pour that quickly compacts to some light foam on top of the beer and some spotty lacing down the glass.

The aroma is crackers and biscuits with a hint of a floral note.

This pils tastes great. Smooth malt with a taste of lightly crisped toast and a hit of lemon and pepper from the hops and a lingering mild bitterness that's quite nice.

Mouthfeel is thin and slightly sticky.

Overall, a fine and refreshing pilsner that goes down great. A "yellow" beer with lots of flavor.

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Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to morimech!

Freshness date of 041710 stamped on the neck - poured into a pils glass:

Pours bright golden. Streams of carbonated bubbles form a thick white foamy head that settles to a thin, lasting cover. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of grassy/floral hops with grainy maltiness. The hops and malts interweave to produce a very pleasant classic pils aroma.

The taste is sweet upfront - grainy, slightly nutty, maltiness slowly fades to a floral, balanced dryness in the finish. It has a refreshing finish, as a good pils should.

Clean, light-bodied (though towards medium with some thickness about it being light-bodied).

A nicely-made pils - certainly "sessionable" - This is what the macro "pilseners" should be!

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice golden yellow with a fair amount of head. Aroma is very nicely balanced with enough malt to back up the strong (for a pilsner) hops. More flavor than most pilsners, but very well balanced. I was really surprised at how good this beer is.

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Photo of spointon
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured this from a 12oz brown bottle into a DFH stemmed glass.

A= This beer poured a lightly hazed yellow gold color with a 1/4" white head. The head dropped to a thin ring very quickly but left behind some of the nicest lace I have ever seen on a pils.

S= Smelled of pale malt with a citrusy sweetness that was just perfect. The hops were floral with a touch of grass in my nose.

T= This started off grainy and mildly sweet, but quickly developed a depth of flavor showing biscuit, honey, and a floral/herbal hop note. The finish cleaned all that up and made my mouth dry enough to want some more.

MF= Lighter side of medium bodied with a clean and crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation was well evident without being too sharp.

D= Extremely drinkable. This is a hell of a session beer and makes me wish I could get it regularly. If I could, this would be my lawnmower, baseball game tailgating beer of choice.

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Photo of GetYourRiotGear3
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into 12 oz. glass.

- Really nice golden straw color. Head settles into thin film with nice lacing, and good carbonation.
- Sweet and floral smell, a little fruity.
- Quality grain and malt character. Slight fruitiness. Overall good flavor and body suited for a pils.
- Definite drinkability, a solid beer choice.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice golden color with a thin, ever clinging head, some slight carbonation is present. Aroma of wheat and somewhat of clean and grassy, quite pleasant. An initial onslaught of wheat and a bit grainy taste with an end of nice hops, which seem to be noticed in the background throughout. A smooth and clean taste and mouthfeel throughout, high on the drinkability scale. Considered a staple, a 4 Season Beer, awesome pilsner.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dirty, dull and pale straw color with a nice irregular slightly off white head that fell to a small irredular film after a few minutes that stuck around until the end. When I held my pint up to get a good look at the beer, I noticed tons of evenly spaced tiny particulates floating towards the bottom. I sincerely doubt this is bottle conditioned, so I’m guessing I may have a problem. Only one way to tell.

Smells vibrantly juicy with a nice orange zest and some freshly squeezed orange juice with a dash of pineapple. There’s also a dry woody biscuit dough hiding behind the fruit with some strong oak and moss.

Much to my surprise, the surprising fruity character came through in the flavor as well. It starts a bit like milk and bread dough at first but picks up those orange juice note but then a nicely paired dry and oaky bittering hop pops up and rounds off the flavor delivering a little orange zest and the slightest touch of cedar. The oak and orange zest lingers on into the finish leaving my tongue tingling awaiting the next sip.

The mouth feel is really light and smooth with a nice and sparse big bubbled carbonation that made this beer a pleasure to drink.

Floaties aside, I was really surprised by this beer. It’s extremely solid and particularly well done. The fruit elements made this one really enjoyable and the mouth feel was particularly solid making this beer an easily affordable complete package.

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Photo of ryanocerus
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As others have said, this is an excellent American Pils. But it is not my favorite style, and the Czech pils are much better. It poured a clear dark golden with little to no head. The aroma was very nicely hopped with a slight malt presence. The flavor was nicely hopped as well, and clean. The mouthfeel was above average, nothing great, but not bad either. I had to give it high drinkability. Refreshing and light.

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Photo of corporatejim
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is on tap at the local Broadway Bar and Pizza. I have really come to like this beer, which is really something I think since I don't really care for a lot of American Pilsners'

Poors a beatiful golden color in the glass. A tad of a head which leaves nice sticky lacing down the inside of the glass. Sweet malty aroma with a bit of grain also present. Taste is slightly sweet with a little hoppiness present as well. Nicely carbonated. This is a very drinkable beer. In my humble opinion, one of the best American Pilsners on the market.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a white bubble head that dissipates quickly.

The smell is of malt, grass and floral hops, very nice for a pilsener.

The taste is good, fresh grassy taste, smooth malt and floral hop flavors, great example of the style.

Crisp refreshing mouthfeel, good level of carbonation with a light body.

This is a very drinkable beer, I could drink quite a few of these bad boys and love every sip.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pous a soft, white head that has decent persistence. Grainy, grassy aroma. Straw gold, with a slight haze. Starts almost tart, bright, and floral. Medium hop bitterness has a slight pine-grapefruit aspect as it peaks (this is a very quick flash), moves back into a more floral character as the malt comes through in the finish.

This is actually a really damn good pilsner. It's a bit more aggressive in the hopping than I am used to, but like any good Midwestern lager, it is still delicately balanced and refined. It is effervescent yet silky across the tongue, too!

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