Schell's Pils | August Schell Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
schellsbrewery.com

Style: German Pilsner

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,226
Reviews:
191
Ratings:
361
pDev:
13.46%
 
 
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Photo of Ssippisam
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deebo
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jakemn91
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of fuzzcherry
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MrUse
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -17.6%
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 Evilyak
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great looking beer. Clear, yellow, with a thick head.

Smell is floral and bright. First taste was a bit off for me, but I rapidly came around. Taste is clean and crisp, with a surprising hop bitterness at the middle and especially at the end.

Quite a pleasant brew.

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Photo of nmann08
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rawwie
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Josholson666
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of classixIII
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, hint of wheat, and a hint of adjunct. Fits the style of a Czech Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, hint of wheat, and a hint of adjunct. Overall, great appearance, decent aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of thorkelson
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lostbeer35
4.57/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Yummy yummy...

I've heard a lot about this beer...and I was not disappointed.

The look is a gorgeous clear, very filtered gold color. For me the smell could be a bit more floral, but thats coming from a, IPA guy. The taste is great. A little more body than your standard Inbev/miller "pilsner." The mouthfeel is crisp with a nice dry finish.

The Schell's Pilsner bottle that I'm drinking right now looks a bit different than the one posted. The new one is a green, a throwback to the label design of 1984...pretty cool looking.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ta_hagen
4.56/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jpuetz
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Carb-Overlord
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: light grainy pils malt, slight sweetness, noble hops, no fruity esters, no diacetyl.
Appearance: Brilliantly clear pale yellow-gold, 1” head quickly dissipates but provides delicate lacing.
Flavor: more full flavored that standard American lagers, noble hop bitterness medium, leans to the hop, Pilsner malt flavor with a touch of malt sweetness but the finish is dry and the hops shine – moderate malt. Mouthfeel: medium body, medium carbonation, creamy, rich.
A very good Pils.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sweffin
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of maedhros09
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear light gold with a finger of white head that disappears pretty quickly
Smell: Cereal maltiness and herbal hops
Taste: Moderate maltiness with little sweetness. A pretty substantial herbal hops kick. Bold and sharp flavors.
Feel: Light to medium bodied, pretty average carbonation for a craft pilsner.

Overall: A full-flavored "robust" pilsner with a big hops kick. I think Schell's is closer to the European examples of the style than a lot of other American craft brewers. There is some sharpness to the flavors that might exclude it from session drinking, but for a summer grill-out this is perfect.

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Photo of Danielr26
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Schell's Pils from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 361 ratings