Schell's Pils | August Schell Brewing Company

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Schell's PilsSchell's Pils

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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001

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Photo of JackieTH
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium gold with an inch of white foam leaving rings of lacing. Bottle label states "Schell's Pils"

Smell: Faintly malty.

Taste: Mildly toasted malt, lightly sweet. Mild bitterness appears toward the late-middle to end giving a nice crispness and clean palate for the next swallow.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium. Well carbonated.

Overall: Clean and easy drinking, if not outstanding in any significant way.

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

12-oz bottle poured into weizen glass

A - transparent pale yellow; pure white foamy head; some carbonation bubbles; nice lace

S - sweet malt, citrus, and flowery hops

T - bready with a touch of lemon and honey, well-balanced sweet/hoppy finish; great balance overall

M - creamy medium body; medium-high carbonation; smooth

O - I was not expecting much out of this one, but for a pilsener it's pretty good. Thanks, Schell's!

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Photo of youngleo
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
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 Duff27
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a full inch white frothy head on top of a golden beer. A few streams of carbonation float on up. Good lacing and head retention.

S- Clean smelling beer with a mixture of lemons and faint hops.

T- Noble hops. Some lemon zest with a bit of skunkiness.

M- Creamy. Carbonation bite on the end of each sip.

D/O- I remember this being better the last time I had it which must have been a few years ago. Still, a quality example of the style and if I lived in Minnesota (or anywhere distributed) it would be a go-to lower ABV summer beer.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
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 Stinkypuss
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Schell's Pilsner

Appearance: Light straw in color with a chill haze. This is acceptable here. Soapy head forms and leaves a sheet of lacing. Very good looking pilsner beer.

Smell: Grassy hops, bready malts.

Taste: Pretty much mimics an imported German pilsner. Tea like hops on a light bready malt body. Herbal and light citrus. Crisp. Alittle earthy.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, smooth, crisp.

Drinkability: A nice no frills pils. Very true to the style. I can dig it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was decent. Very clear golden straw in color with lots of carbonation bubbling up to the surface. A big head of white quickly faded but was replaced by a broken crown that clung to the sides of the glass. Aroma is light grain and hay, a touch of light piney hops as it warms, but nothing really bowling me over here. As you take a sip, it is very clean, very crisp, but does not have a terribly great depth of flavor. Light grain note, light bittering hops in the finish, but the flavor is fleeting and leaves the mouth dry and looking for a sip of something else very quickly. Most likely the reason this one went by soo quickly.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a bright looking offering with a best by date on the neck of 031311. Appears a brilliant golden hue straw colored really with a bright white eggshell like head. Forms fine speckled lacing down the sides of my glass. Aroma has a bit of sulfur going on with, lemongrss/herbal and a bready pale malt breadiness with hints of mineral water. Flavor citric/lemongrass hops actually not bad at all, not strictly German style but it's got a craft brewing approach. Harsh bitterness is a bit lingering, compared to a classic clean pils. Mouthfeel is light bodied effervescent sturdy carbonation, I talked about the finish. Drinkability overall is pretty solid a nice example of a pils, just not as good as the PA versions.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
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 Frostedluck
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought 6 bottles of Schell's Dark a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it, so I bought a twelve bottle variety pack of Schell's to try out their other products. I don't prefer pilsner, but the beer was very drinkable with good, although very simple, flavor.

Poured into pils glass from 12oz bottle.

A: Strong gold color and a large head forms on pour. High carbonation content is evident.

S: Not a very aromatic beer. I smell hops and malt.

T: Overall a good delivery on taste. Moderately bitter themes with a grassy herbal taste. I'm not impressed with the flavor left behind between samplings, but nothing offensive about it.

M: High carbonation lends to a very slippery mouthfeel. Nothing much to note otherwise.

D: There isn't much special about this beer, but it is very drinkable and there is really nothing negative or offensive about it. Considering the delivery of quality Schell's offers for the price, I wouldn't mind keeping some of this in my cooler.

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Photo of GetYourRiotGear3
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
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 WYVYRN527
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pils glass from a 12 ounce bottle.

A: Pours a rich golden hue, almost crystal clear, with a thick white head that settles to a thick film on the surface. Lacing is minimal, but carbonation is vigorous.

S: Grainy malt character on the nose with some fruity notes, along with a floral hop character.

T: Cereal grains up front, with some caramel and biscuit. Slightly fruity, with sweet honey-like undertones make way for a crisp, floral (almost grassy) hop finish.

Notes: This pils is light in body, yet very flavorful. A rock solid brew from the folks at Schell's, as it has superb drinkability. The definition of a session beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a freshness date of 111910. Pours a lightly hazed yellow color with a frothy topping of white head. Retention is above average, as is the nice lacing. A good looking pilsner, for sure.

Nose is classically grassy noble hops, hallertau perhaps? Light grainy malt with a little bit of sweet Smartees candy and sulfur showing through.

Grassy hops are showcased nicely and get a little bit floral on the finish. Malts are very light and pretty much only add a mildly sweet backdrop and a surprisingly creamy body. Lots of hop flavor and lots of bitterness make this finish very crisp. Not the smoothest pilsner out there, even a little rough around the edges...but pretty enjoyable and a good offering from Schell's.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking this one at the Lutsen Resort on the North Shore in MN.

Pours a clear straw yellow body with a big white head.

Light toasty, floral, medicinal aromas.Drinking this one at the Lutsen Resort on the North Shore in MN.

Pours a clear straw yellow body with a big white head.

Light toasty, floral, medicinal aromas.

A simple, light pilz. Soft toasted, bready malts with floral, herbal hops and moderate bitterness. Dry, balanced, clean and smooth.

Not a lot going on, but the bitterness is surprisingly prominant. A nice session beer find, doesn't hurt that is was the cheapest craft beer in the shop. Perfect everyday drinker, over-delivered for the money.

A simple, light pilz. Soft toasted malts with herbal hops and moderate bitterness.

Not a lot going on, but the bitterness is surprisingly prominant. A nice session beer find, doesn't hurt that is was the cheapest craft beer in the shop.

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Photo of bristol2120
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden with a decent head that shows moderate retention, and leaves minimal lacing. Decent, but very subdued aroma: the hops that are detactable lend a nice, citrus/berry and pine presence. Taste is also a bit subdued, but it is pleasantly hoppy, with just a hint of malt to be found. Mouthfeel is smooth, but unexpectedly undercarbonated. All in all, a decent and drinkable beer, though not outstanding in any respect.

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Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a golden yellow color with a nice white ring and lacing on side of glass looks good ..smell is floral hops with grassy and grain and malt smells ..taste is crisp with a hops and malts nicely balanced..this is not the best pils out there but its still very good crisp clean and refreshing

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pils glass, nice light golden color with a great head.

Smells like sweet malts, grass and hops

Malts up front with a little sweetness, the hops kick in at the end. The beer is to style so the hops are rather strong. My only gripe is that they seem a little harsh on the back end. They develop late and strong.

The beer feels average in the mouth. Nothing too special here.

Overall, the beer is one of the better American attempts at the Pils style.

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Photo of dstc
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale gold color with a big, foamy white head. Head falls very slow. Thick, beautiful lace.

Mild grain aroma and mild hops maybe.

Sweet malt and corn taste. Do they use corn? Not sure. Ends a little bitter.

Thin to medium bodied are rather smooth.

Not bad. Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of TeamSeinfeld
4.83/5  rDev +32.3%
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 tavernjef
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale dullish off light golden hay color with a tiny capping og off-white fizzish foam that rides to the sides quickly and remians with a powdery ascent. A few bits of lacing stick on the glass as its consumed.

Aroma is clean, fresh, and very lightly muted of husky grains, mushy corn or rice cereal, and what I think of a very tiny bit of golden raisin sweetness.

Taste is mildly grainy with a stained amount of starchy crispness that adds a tiny edge of toastyness to a lightly understated whimper of bready sweetness. Carries a light powdery dryness of bread flour coating along with a tipping grassy hop tinge that sinks in late way in the back of the palate. The only true complexity and showcasing of a pils character. Not bad really but good be stronger and bolder the whole way thru by a notch and a half.

Feel is light to medium in body, quite crisp with a tiny crunch in snap. Builds a slight sweetened backing in the mid range then goes to the bready bakery floury hop touch that adds its final touch of decent complexity.

An Ok to goodish Pils that's simple with a touch of German complexity. A definate drinker for the warmer/hotter day of Spring/Summer that screams outdoor activity refreshment.

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Photo of hardy008
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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 kegger22
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Schell Pilsner was a golden yellow color with a fluffy, two finger white head that had good retention.

The aroma was a little grassy but not much else; however, I've a sinus infection so I'll blame that instead of the beer.

The taste that first impressed my palate was saltiness. Not heavy salt like a gose, but noticeable and a good fit to the overall flavor. Otherwise, it was buttery and had that typical grain taste, though not particularly sweet.

The mouth feel was light bodied, lightly oily and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability was good; flavor, ABV and price combine for easy drinking.

IMO, this was not a remarkable beer except for one thing - the salt taste that I got made this beer for me. The was the sixth beer from a Schell's sampler that I have tried, and I have been impressed by the sampler. In fact, I have already returned to the store to buy 2 more sixers of the stout.

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Photo of bsp77
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Light, slightly hazy, yellow with moderate white head and slight lacing lines.

Smell: Mostly straw and grass, with some apple, pear and peppery hops.

Taste: Fairly similar to the smell but a little more pronounced. Grassy, grainy and straw-like, with sweet apple and pear. Has a peppery finish that is just a little bit bitter.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light body that is almost creamy, not quite as dry as I like in a great Pilsner but smooth.

Drinkability: Great thirst quencher. Over the years, this beer has become better balanced and more smooth.

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Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
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 katan
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a Sams Perfect Pint

A - Pours a light, bright golden color. Lots of bubbling, very clear. Strong head formation, but it was quick to break down.

S - A pilsner malt scent, but is overall a is extraordinarily light. Grainy and husky at times.

T - Clearly a bomb of pilsner malts, coming across potent but not overwhelming. Extraordinarily clear bite of those grainy sweet notes. Builds a phenolic mid-stream and hop note - exerting more alcohol than is there. Finishes with an acidic, floral, and almost boozy finish.

M - Strong body - even stronger carbonation. Aftertaste carriers some strong oily bitter textures.

D -Moderate drinkability - abv is manageable, but the taste would fool you. Flavors are strong enough to take you back a little. A bit filling.

Not as clean as I would prefer my pils - but nothing really wrong with this beer.

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Schell's Pils from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 352 ratings
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