Schell's Pils | August Schell Brewing Company

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3.65 w/ 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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Photo of ptarmigan98
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of battlekow
3/5  rDev -17.8%
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 Sweffin
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -17.8%
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 sparx1100
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of koes0024
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of thisladyluck
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of jpuetz
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Ross_Haddow
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of eph1291
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of jmkoscie
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of DaveMiller
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Beerlover
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of dragomni
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of sauron681
3.03/5  rDev -17%
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 Demi
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Metalmonk
3.09/5  rDev -15.3%
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 -15.1%
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 Brent
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very robust for a pilsner, almost like a pale ale. Moderate hops with lots of body, almost chewy.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
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 Danielr26
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Cresant
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
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 -12.9%
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 -12.3%
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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Schell's Pils from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 48.3% out of 100 with 350 ratings
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