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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Reviews: 187 | Ratings: 348
Photo of matcris
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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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 Squire123
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, hint of wheat, and a hint of adjunct. Fits the style of a Czech Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, hint of wheat, and a hint of adjunct. Overall, great appearance, decent aroma, body, and blend.

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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 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 maedhros09
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear light gold with a finger of white head that disappears pretty quickly
Smell: Cereal maltiness and herbal hops
Taste: Moderate maltiness with little sweetness. A pretty substantial herbal hops kick. Bold and sharp flavors.
Feel: Light to medium bodied, pretty average carbonation for a craft pilsner.

Overall: A full-flavored "robust" pilsner with a big hops kick. I think Schell's is closer to the European examples of the style than a lot of other American craft brewers. There is some sharpness to the flavors that might exclude it from session drinking, but for a summer grill-out this is perfect.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden color, with a relatively small foamy head.

Subtle smell predominantly of malts, but with some floral elements as well.

The herbal notes are definitely emphasized in the taste, with subtle hops and malt. Mouthfeel is light as expected, with moderate carbonation.

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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 Foyle
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass

Appearance: Pours a thick sudsy 3" white head that recedes very slowly with plenty of lacing. Color is pale straw with plenty of streaming carbonation.

Aroma: bready malts, yeast, some grass and bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: light bodied and frothy with a mostly dry finish.

Flavor: pungent earthy and grassy hops balanced with sweet lightly toasted barley.

Overall: well done pilsener, very much to style.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pils pours a golden color with not much of a head. There is a nice crisp aroma with small hints of floral hops. The taste is very crisp and rich, with some noticeable hop flavors that leaves just a hint of bitterness. Good body, and very nice strong flavors. Overall its a nice strong pils, with a nice noticeable hop and bitterness.

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Photo of fizzy
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

At 66 YO I've consumed a lot Schell's beer over the years. Before they became a craft brewery they old standbys were great. Now they make Grain Belt, Hauenstein, and a variety of craft beers and do so with wonderful success. Kudos to Schell's !!!
Schell's Pils is just plain wonderful. Need I say more? Dozens of small craft breweries pine for being as successful as Schell's. Summit has made it. Sierra Nevada has made it. Sam Adams has made, and hundreds more. When it is all said and done, good "old" Schell's, right in our backyard has been one to succeed !

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Photo of harrymel
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 24JUN13

It's a yellow beer with a solid sheet of fine, bone white foam that seems unrelenting. Smells like grain, hints of corn, some sweetness, some metal. Flavor is what I would consider pretty hoppy for the style; sharp musty hops with some hints of resin and metal alongside a nice crisp malt undertow. Medium bodied with moderate carb and a nice dry finish. Nice beer.

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Photo of PieOhMy
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into pilsener glass.

A Transparent amber. Thick white head slowly dissipates and leaves a thin lacing down the glass. Some bubbles rise from bottom.

S Nice wet grass/hay aroma. Malts. Peppery. Good zesty nose on it.

T Very surprised by the balanced extremes. Very hoppy and malty. Spicy/peppery wave. This taste remains.

M Light body. Fizzy and carbonated. Finishes nice and smooth.

O Good pilsener. Although not a staple of the style, I like the hit of hops. Clean and refreshing. Any fan of the style will dig Schell's Pils.

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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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Photo of Weli
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale Straw with a delicate finger width of frost white foam dissipating to a thin lacing

S-Subdued aroma, slightly floral

T-Very clean malt flavor, appropriately balanced by hop bitterness. earthy hop flavor.

M-Cold, crisp and refreshing. Thin as per style

O- A very enjoyable pilsner. Not my favorite style but this was one of the better examples I've tasted. Clean and crisp without sacrificing flavor. Hint of malt sweetness balanced by earthy noble hop character.

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Photo of sommersb
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 10-26-2012
Freshness: Best by 11-26-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Pilsner glass
Purchased: Received in a trade

Lots of bubbles fill my glass in the clear, straw-colored brew. Nice rocky white head of 2 fingers has very good retention and also some good lacing.

Aromas have sharp, grassy and hay notes. The taste has a light pilsner malt base, but is more about the grassy and slightly citrus hops. Has a moderate amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with a light body. The aftertaste is somewhat bitter.

Pilsners are very interesting to me, but this is a fine representation from Schell's.

Thanks to fLax for this one!

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Photo of herman77
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Super clear pale yellow. Small white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles streaming up. Good, sticky lacing.

S: Light sweet pale malts, pilsner malts. A bit bready and a touch of spice and citrus.

T: Great balance. Semi sweet pilsner malts with lightly toasted grains and just a bit of spicy bitterness from the hops. Semi dry, crisp finish that makes you want to go back for more.

M: Lighter body. Higher carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

O: Great drinkability. A great german pilsner in my book. Schell's really knows how to brew their lagers.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

Tasty pils, crisp, well carbonated(duh) with a zesty hint of lemon/pine. Look is a clear yellow gold with plenty of rising bubbles and a sudsy head. Goes down easy and actually has a good amount of flavor.

Decent as far as beers go, pretty damn good considering the style.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden yellowish orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge five finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Bright and slightly spicy. Bready pale malts and wheat cereal grains. Big hints of hay, crackers and biscuit like you would expect from a Pilsner. Big hints of lemon and a little orange. Some spicy, earthy Sterling hops as well. Smells pretty solid.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely bready and mildly citrusy take on the style. Wheat grains and pale malts with big notes of crackers, biscuit, and hay. Solid hop presence with esters of lemon and orange. Nicely earthy and spicy hops bring some balance to the sweetness. Pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp and very smooth. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A pretty good American take on a Pilsner. Good balance of bready sweetness and spicy hops.

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Photo of JamesMN
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slightly cloudy bright yellow. White head. I'm actually surprised by the cloudyness since a true pilsener should be completely translucent.

Aroma: Bread/hops/yeast. Not particularly great.

Taste: Pretty clean. Little bit of hops at the beginning and some pale malt throughout. Good amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Almost refreshing at first but the drinkability went way down as it warmed up.

Final Thoughts: I actually thought this beer was pretty average for a pilsener. It was much tastier when I had it on-tap a few months ago though.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A bit darker shade of yellow with a very elegant 1/2 inch of fluffy white head that sticks around for quite a while.

S - Yeast and corn smells are minimal and it mostly smells of sweet malts and mild grassy hops.

T - Pretty damn drinkable and close to the style Light grassy hops, pillsner malts, mild yeasts and a smooth corn like finish that is sweet. Crisp and long lasting flavors.

M - Light to medium. Great beer to sip or chug.

Overall this beer like their others is well crafted and distributed pretty well. Stacks up next to the better ones.

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Photo of TCbrewz
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow color with a white head; head dissipates slowly. Very clear as expected with evident carbonation. Pleasant grassy hop aroma, not a lot of maltiness on the nose. Flavor is very good, with more hop bitterness than expected. Good balance and a nice dry finish. Mouthfeel is great for the style: carbonation is perfect, appropriate viscosity, leaves a very nice flavor in the mouth. Overall this is a pretty great domestic pils. Very drinkable, free of off flavors. I would definitely get this one again.

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Schell's Pils from August Schell Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 348 ratings.
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