Schell's Pils | August Schell Brewing Company

350 Ratings

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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1/5  rDev -72.8%

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1.75/5  rDev -52.3%

Photo of RushLimbmalt
2/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A friend happened to bring over a sampler pack of Schell. I made the mistake of trying this beer. It pours a swill gold color and has a thin head. It had weird aromas that one might expect from a adjunct lager. That sickly corn smell. I did not expect that from a so-called German Pilsener. The flavor was even worse IMHO... It reminds me more of a can of beast that a glass of Pilsener.

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of KarlHungus
2.05/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a cloudy pale straw color with no head. Last time I checked pilsners weren't supposed to be cloudy. I have a felling this might foreshadow whats to come. The aroma is exacly like that of every other Schell product. Thin and vaguely sweet. The taste is as thin as the smell. It is much too sweet for a pilsner. The mouthfeel lacks any sort of crispness. Overall, beer is a big disappointment. For a brewery that prides itself on its German heritage, I would think that making a quality pilsner would be a must. I guess not.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.44/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - A four finger eggshell head rises above a slightly hazy marigold brew. The head exhibits good retention, and gets pitted and rocky while leaving lots of white webwork on the glass.

S - Fresh lemon and sea salt. Lemon cookie malt notes with a small suggestion of pepper.

T - Lemon cookie / lemon chiffon flavors with a juicy and tart lemonade aspect. This doesn't really taste like a German pils....the flavors are more lemony and malty than spicy and hoppy.

M - Light bodied and crisply carbonated with a puckering sour tartness on the finish.

D - I don't care for this one. This is nothing at all like the style should be, and the lemonade flavors are off putting for me. Way to sour and tart for sessioning. This is more like a shitty wheat beer than a German Pils.

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of youngleo
2.58/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured to a nice slightly offwhite head in color. Beer itself was golden yellow in color. The two fingered head didnt hang around very long. Just around the edges. Left some lacing at first then that dissapated. light in smell, just of lemon or citrus. Had a slight bitter aftertaste. The bitter aftertaste seemed to hang in the mouth for a little while. Also notes of lemon or citrus. Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was right. I didnt care for the bitter aftertaste. Maybe if this brew was ice cold some of the bitterness would go away and bring out the citrus. I only had one bottle to try.

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Photo of KI9A
2.66/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Beautiful golden, great puffy head, decent lace.

S: A strange mix of bisquits, and metal. Definate metallic smell.

T: Great, as it passes my tounge. Malts, citrusy hops, then, BOOM! At the back, there is a horrible metallic taste. Wondering if this is maybe a bad bottle?

M: Poor. The metallic taste lingers.

D: Take the metallic aftertaste away, and this is a SOLID Pils. I understand the reasons there could be a metallic aftertaste, but, this is too much. Drank half, poured half.

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Photo of jwilli7122
2.66/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

pours out a medium gold color. white head with much lacing and good retention.

all i can smell is hops.

very crisp on the tongue. very dry. acidic. medium body. hint of honey, some hop zing. I'm not a big fan of this type of hops...reasonably moderate in this beer though. It balances alright. Aftertaste is not pleasant to me.

This has some character, just not a personal favorite.

note: warms well. I suggest drinking this barely cool.

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Photo of ProfessorHops
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- gold and clear. With more reddish wood hues, then most American pils.

Smell- very hoppy and bold.

Taste- Bitter grain causes discomfort, but it backed down a little by a good roundness.

Mouthfeel- moderately thick

Drinkability- easy for the hop head, hard for a malt man. A bitter thick beer.

I've had more refreshing and better tasting Pils. But it's better than Bud.

Gulp Gulp,

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of JamesMN
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
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 jdhilt
2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a four finger, chunky white head that fades to a thin layer leaving a little lace. Ugly pale amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Slight malt and hop nose. Starts balanced maybe a little hoppiness, middle sweetness, clean finish. $1.29 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA.

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Photo of Sammy
2.97/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yellow pour with dishsoap head that sizzles out. Interesting bubbles. Some clean malt hops and faint citrus so you could get through it. Unusual afterburn, but at least it did not taste like dishsoap. Reasonable floral honey smell. One to try for pils fans. Cheers to feloniousmonk for the sample.

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2.97/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of CRichardsMN
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy straw yellow with a bubbly white head to the top of the glass (16oz pub). Head falls to a very smooth ring with a great pile of lace that would rival most stouts.

Nice malty grassiness with mild hops. Pretty mild.

Full balanced compliment of grain and hops. Tiny bit of sweet then a well rounded smack of bitterness. Finishes with only a slight bitter aftertaste. Much more beer in the beer than expected by the thin color.

Mild carbonation but smooth and moderately full bodied.

If all pilseners and lagers were as deceptively flavorful as this, I would be prone to drink a whole lot more of them. This one goes down easily.

Was invited to the beer bus tour of the August Schell brewery in New Ulm but had to work. Decided to buy the sampler pack and take my own mini tour. This is #1 of 6 styles (going to drink them in order from least to most anticipated) and I'm now really looking forward to the rest of them.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow beer with lots of carbonation, average clarity, the big head dissipates quite quickly. Aroma is grainy, almost like wheat and lemon, but everything is pretty minimal in that (well, every) department.

A little more evident alcohol and bitterness than one would think given the style and whatnot, a somewhat discernable hop presence, standard stuff, noble maybe or cascade in much less quantity since there doesn't seem to be the spicyness I've come to associate with a noble hop in a light body pilsner. Bit of sweetness.

All around, this is a relatively easy drinking beer at somewhat of a premium price for what you get.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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Schell's Pils from August Schell Brewing Company
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