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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Photo of beagle75
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, pale golden color with one finger of white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Crackery grain, fresh chile fruit, and toasted corn are all detectable. These qualities are in balance with each other and with a carbon dioxide presence.

T: Begins dry, with minimalist pilsner malt, brief dimethyl sulfide, and defining floral perfume that completely fills the palate. Perfume carries past mild acidity into the middle, where some weak mint-herbaceous aromatics also lurk. Ongoing floral qualities persist to the finish, where they parallel bitterness that is mild to moderate for the style.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This Bavarian-style pilsner is a rare flower bomb. Although it isn't a beer that seems likely to shock, it manages to catch the palate completely off-guard with the emphasis it places upon floral tincture. The quality is nothing like the airy and dilute floral of Cascade hops, yet it stops short of tasting artificial. It is hard to predict how such a beer would be received by drinkers.

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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 MNJR
4.52/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Straw yellow color with a touch of gold, but the appearance is about the only thing average about this beer. Smells clean and fresh with light lemony hops and rich biscuity notes. Tastes exceptionally good. My favorite US produced Pils is generally Trumer Pils, and I give Schell's a better score. Trumer seems a bit thin and weak in comparison. This is rich with great grain flavors, lemony biscuit flavors, minty, with (what should be if it's not...) an award winning clean dry hops finish which is why I like Pilsner beer so much in the first place. The 5.0 score goes to the mouthfeel: just incredible carbonation; spiky at first and expanding until it thins on the swallow. Perfect weight for this style, not too thin or thick. I can't see any lover of great Pilsner beer not going absolutely crazy for this beer.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My review may be inaccurate because the "best by" date says 06-02-11 and it is currently 12-15-11..

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with a half-inch thick head that dissipates quickly but leaves big random bubbles floating around.. Has decent lacing. Looks unfiltered, or it's just because it's old.

Smell - Sweet with a slight bit of coriander, grains and corn, and citrus.

Taste - Very bitter.. definitely some coriander in there. Has a strong yeast flavor. Grains, corn, and bready malts are also present.

Mouthfeel - Has a thin body with high carbonation.

Overall - Not a favorite of mine, a little too bitter. But it's still good and very refreshing.

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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Is a clear pale straw in color and has a couple fingers of head.

S- Pretty dull scent but some sweet and light floral scents. A little sweeter than most pilsner.

T- Nice sweet taste for a pilsner. It looks a little lighter than than the taste.

M- Pretty dry light beer low carbonation.

O- Alright, it is decent but nothing too great.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Transcribed from my notebook.

Translucent pale straw color, one finger short lived head with large amounts of lacing, a bit under-carbonated but medium bodied, smells of faint citrus hopping over a sweeter pilsener malt. Tastes of much the same, but more lemoney than citric in hopping, not as much spiciness as a typical pilsener, a bit sweeter than the typical pilsener as well...but none of these issues are really dealbreakers in severity.

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Photo of pBRale
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 9-17-11
Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Straw to pale gold pour with a foamy white head that settles relatively quickly leaving small amounts of fine lacing behind.

Smell: Rich malts and a hint of bitterness. Smells clean and fresh.

Taste: Sweet malts balanced by a small bit of sterling hops with a crisp clean finish that is slightly sweet and very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp and refreshing, super drinkable.

Overall: A very delicious pilsner with a refreshingly light body that is perfect for an afternoon on the boat or would make a very nice session beer.

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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 FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 6-26-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A – Poured a creamy white head with one finger of foam. Clear yellowish orange color, more yellow with lots of carbonation present

S – Slight malt aroma, lots of citrus notes. Little hop aroma

T/M – Lighter bodied brew, semi sweet malt taste. Smooth finish with a slight hop bite

D – Very drinkable brew, another good brew from Schell’s. A nice summer sipper with a clean and fresh taste. Very easy to have more than one of these. I recommend this brew.

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

Acquired via trade from cpolking so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of grain, lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then a decent burst of hops bitterness comes in. It’s not over-powering but it’s strong for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer worth pounding down for a long time.

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Photo of dnrobert24
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Schell's Pils" says the bottle. Clear, pale yellow, with a bumpy head that dissipates into a thin bubbly islands. Smells of cereal grains and noble hops hit me on the first pour, which kind of got me excited about drinking this beer, but as I dig into it, I have trouble finding that floral-cracker connection again. Not a ton going on in the glass. I could tell this is a bit high abv for the style. Not that I am a stickler for such guidelines, but the higher abv does nothing for the beer other than to mask the delicate pilsner malt. I can taste the hops just fine, a nice clean bitterness to go with the warm alcohol. I still get some floral notes from the post-sip lingerings. Not a bad drinker overall.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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 +2.7%
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 -29.5%
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 Duff27
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +18.3%
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 -2.7%
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 -0.3%
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 -0.3%
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 -12.6%
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 Frostedluck
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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 +13.9%
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 +9.8%
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 -3.6%
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 +1.4%
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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Schell's Pils from August Schell Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 347 ratings.
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