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 RushLimbmalt
2/5  rDev -45.4%
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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Photo of KarlHungus
2.05/5  rDev -44%
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 -33.3%
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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Photo of youngleo
2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
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 -27.3%
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 -27.3%
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 -25.4%
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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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 jdhilt
2.91/5  rDev -20.5%
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 -18.9%
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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Photo of CRichardsMN
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
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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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -18%
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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Photo of battlekow
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewing this simultaneously with Lakefront's Klisch Pilsner. This is a perfectly average beer. It looks, smells, and tastes exactly like stereotypical beer. Pale gold, malty, smooth, refreshing, utterly lacking any distinguishing characteristics. Klisch is much better. Thanks to sopor for sending me a couple bottles of this.

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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 sauron681
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright golden color, that turns slightly cloudy. Starts out with a nice head but leaves soon enough, with very minimal lacing which also leaves quickly. Lots of carbonation and sticky bubbles on glass.

The aroma is of the typical pilsner/europe lager. A mild cabbagy smell, with the more predominant mettalic smell. To me, this tasted alot like a Pilsner Urquell. Quite fizzy on the tongue, with a dry bitter taste and finishes very chalky. Maintains a slight citrus tang on the way down. The aftertaste lasts forever.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.09/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light straw color with a thin head that doesn't last long, disappearing entirely in several minutes. Looks exactly like a light beer. If I was just going by looks, I wouldn't be too thrilled...

Aroma gives off lemon, bread and hay.

Taste: a rough sugar sweetness dominates, along with strong graininess and vibes of wet hay, honey and lemon. There's a kickback in the finish recalling the metallic/cooked-vegetable element of bad macros, but the main part of the sip almost makes you forget about it. Almost.

Mouthfeel is well-carbonated and more syrupy than expected. Had it been thinner, this could've been a terrible experience. As it is, it's simply a run-of-the-mill offering. There are many better German pilsners out there, but there are some enjoyable characteristics in the flavor and especially the mouthfeel that helped avoid total disaster.

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Photo of brewQ
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A classic golden yellow lager with a wispy head.

Aroma is illusive which seems to be in style- the brown bottle at least prevents euro skunking.

Althought slightly grassy and sweet the taste is not bad.

The carbonation allows it to finish rather nicely.

For a beer at the ball park or a pre-noon brew this is acceptable.

As another reviewer noted, the descriptive copy on Schell's bottles could use some work- quite weak.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Schell’s (not shell) pours a mostly clear golden yellow color. Decent pour with ok foam but some larger bubbles and overall the head fades quickly. Some lacing at the start but none at the end.

The smell was light even for a pilsner. If you really look some malty presence that was a familiar straw like pilsner essence. Lighter hops notes at the end as well.

The taste is more indicative. A sharp grainy taste from the malt with a decent bitterness that is mostly Saaz. The finish isn’t as dry as most pilsner but still has a good crisp finish. Could use more citrus for finishing hops. The yeast isn’t very noticeable as some could be but in my book that is good, not a fan of the skunky beers.

The body is light with good carbonation. A drier finish would be nice. Overall a nice 6 to pick up. Just need a marker to spell shell right.

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Photo of Cresant
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a pilsener glass. Coded 091208. The body was golden and clear. The head was creamy and white. This looked like the quintessential pilsener.

Smell was fruity. Biscuits. Hints of syrupy sweetness.

Taste was light fruitiness. Tangy balanced with non-descript sweet malts. Somewhat drying.

Mouthfeel was medium density. Somewhat zesty in the mouth.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear pale straw. Head is thick (3 fingers) and billowy white. A couple wisps of lacing.
S- The smell is somewhat sweet and crackery with a light floral note. Sweeter on the nose than most pilsners. There is also an apple like quality.
T- Same here. It's sweet and noticably floral here, but not as spicy as pilsners tend to be. The apple flavor pervades here.
M- A touch too light, but the biggest issue is that pilsners should have decently crisp carbonation and this one is not crisp. I find it far too low on carbonation. Dry finish.
O- Eh, it's drinkable enough, but the flavor profile doesn't fit my idea of a top notch pilsner.

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Photo of WesWes
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a 1/4" white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an all malt aroma that boasts of pale and Munich malts . The taste is decent. It has a dry pale malt flavor with some Munich in there as well. It has a bitter hop bite that really turns me off. It has a nice malty taste, but the finish is unfavorable. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent pilsner, but not my favorite for sure.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Very pale yellow. Lazy carbonation. Two finger bready head.

S: Sweet malt. Sugar syrup. Small floral hop.

T: Almost one dimesional with a bitter hop.Pilsners aren't usually vary complex and this is a true example of that, even though it seems they tried to make it interesting. Small amounts of banana, clovey-coconut.

M: Big on carbonation, little on anything else.

D: Okay but not worth seeking out (unless you really love pilsners...)

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Photo of russpowell
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden to bronze with very good effervescence & a 2.5" white head. Some lacing & no head retention

Smell: Malt & cornyness

Taste: corny up front, some floral hops follow &finishes astringent

MF: Light ot medium with good carbonation

Drinks okay, but nothing to get excited about to be sure

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Photo of happygnome
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: golden color with about an inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a little lacing
s: grassy notes ligh hop aroma
t: very clean and refreshing no taste is very strong very enjoyable
m: clean and smooth medium bodied beer that is not overly carbonated very nice

overall this is a very enjoyable pils that is very refreshing

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Photo of slyke
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Schell Pilsner pours a clear straw yellow color with a finger of white, fluffy head.

The smell is has malt and citrus floral hoppiness to it as well as a note of grassiness.

Taste is balanced. Again, malt with citrus floral and grassy notes.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with a slightly crisp finish.

Drinkability is decent on this beer. Smooth, balanced, and refreshing. I doubt I will seek this beer out, but I wouldn't opt for water if this was offered either. Worth a try.

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