Schell's Pils | August Schell Brewing Company

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Schell's PilsSchell's Pils

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: German 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 santoslhalper
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a crystal clear gold with a thin, quick dissapering head. A decent amount of carbonation is present.

Smell: The hops are gorgeous is aroma and depth, but the malts smell bland. The pilsener crispness as just about dead-on.

Taste and Mouthfeel: At first, this beer has a suprising amount of zest and kick in the beginning. The hops are strong and tasteful. Towards the end they immeadiatly dissapear, and are followed but an almost corn aftertaste, with a strong bready finish. The beginning is great, the end.... not so much. The mouthfeel is crisp and smooth.

Drinkability and Overall: While not my favorite, this is an excellent example of a pilsener. Crisp, refreshing and smooth. The drinkability would be better, but the aftertaste is hurting it a little. I had this a long time ago on my road to "better beer," and I think I appreciate it much more now. Got 5 more Schell beers to try, and I hope they're all as nice as this.

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Photo of bashiba
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice golden color with a thick white head which leaves quickly.

Smells just a little citrusy along with minor hints of malts.

Taste is very nice and crisp, slightly grassy with a little lemon zest and just a touch of hops. Overall pretty nice for a pilsner.

Mouthfeel is a little more robust than I would expect and isn't slick or watery.

Drinkability is pretty good on this beer.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep cloudy gold with a sudsy white head. Leaves no lacings down the glass but looks impressive.

Smell: Very enjoyable! Syrupy and sweet with a nice wheat background. Very balanced.

Taste: Very buiscuit-like with a touch of honey. I'm sure this is supposed to be summer drinking but I find it very appropriate for the fall too. It's like biting into a crisp, juicy, and sweet apple.

Mouthfeel: Light, refreshing, and prickly from the carbonation.

Drinkability and overall: Nicely done. This is my favorite offering from Schell so far. They must use this recipe for some of their other styles. Their other styles have hints of this taste in it, I just couldn't put my finger on it. I'd recommend trying this one.

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

Pours a standard clear yellow color. Smell's not the greatest. Taste is just like your average pilsner, with a touch of lemon.

All in all, not a bad pils (it's not my favorite style), but it IS quite drinkable, which is always a plus. I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce brown glass bottle. A black and cream color coordinated crown cap, neck and obverse label lend a professional look to this beer. Described as a ‘Pilsner’. Yellow dot matrix numbers 04013 & 00010058 are visible on the neck. No strength is listed.

Appearance: Slightly darker than the Zommerfest Kölsch style ale that I just had, the Pilsner from August Schell has a dark gold body with a home made marmalade hue that lends a light haze to the look. An expansive off-white head soon forms but just as quickly it settles to ¼” thick collar covering that leaves a minimal amount of lacing, the head soon breaks to a lumpy mass of frothy floaties.

Nose: Pale Malt aromas that have some sweetness in them. The sweetness is not of the granulated sugar type, but more of a syrup or honey kind. There is a little acidic sharpness in the back end, citric like, which I presume comes from the Hops.

Taste: Pale malts with a biscuit feel and a light honey sweetness in the middle. The ending has some bitterness but leaves a cloying feel as you work your way through and into the finish. Rather dry-ish finish that suffers from a sweet malt finish at times.

Mouthfeel: As with the other August Schell beers that I have had, the carbonation is a massive attribute to the beers feel. Whilst this is light bodied, the conditioning adds a really creamy feel to the Pilsner.

Drinkability: I found this to be a bit clumpy for a Pilsner to be honest; it also lacked the Pilsner Malt / Saaz Hop crispness that you typically find. It is a fine accompaniment on a warm sunny Summer Sunday afternoon, but whilst it is refreshing, it is a beer that I couldn’t drink too many off, the lack of the crisp aspect hinders the Drinkability a little.

Overall: A tasty offering, it is far from lacking in this department, but it may be a little cloying, and lack the crispy edge, for those that prefer the East European version. That said, this is a lovely brew that is worth a try.

Thanks again to F’Monk for the chance to try this Minnesota Pilsner!

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Photo of ZAP
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Biggest knock on this is the somewhat chill hazed look to it....nose is sweet malt...almost smells liek a Maibock a little....medium bodied...crisp...clean tasting...nice maltiness but some zesty hop notes....spicy, but also some lemon spritziness...

I was surprised to find out I hadn't rated this...quality Pilsner...slightly better than average...certainly not in the same league as Prima-Pils...and I'd take New Glarus edel-Pils over this but it is a nice beer none-the-less....good summer beer..

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly hazy medium amber topped off by a medium-sized cap of dirty white. The head drops too quickly to a not-quite-covering film and leaves nothing more than a short collar of lace.

The nose is nothing to write home about. Grain/husk, mildly earthy hops and a faint skunkiness. I'm pretty certain that it isn't actually skunked, it's just that many pilseners smell that way to me to some extent. Must be one or more of the pils-specific hop varieties.

The flavor is actually better than the nose would suggest. There's plenty of malt and the fact that it's well-toasted gives this beer some character. It's also sweet and a little nutty with an underlying spiciness that isn't usually present in this style; at least in my limited experience. The body is firm and without appreciable faults.

Schell Pilsner is pretty good beer all things considered. It has more flavor and more personality than many domestic versions and that makes it okay in my book. I probably won't seek it out again, but this bottle was enjoyable.

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Photo of Sammy
2.97/5  rDev -18.6%
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 jwilli7122
2.66/5  rDev -27.1%
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 DrunkMcDermott
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this draft at the brewery last year, but this bottle leaves a better impression on me. Thin, transitory head. Darker than style, almost coppery. The malt is even a little toasty. There's a firm hop bitterness, just a little bit peppery. A very fine American pilsener. Can be slammed as a lawnmower beer or sipped slowly to enjoy its complexity. Previously named "Schell Pils."

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Photo of Tballz420
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy orange body, smallish white head topping it off. Smell is primarily citrusy, sweet. Highly carbonated, citrus also hits the tounge first. Sweet malt, well balanced. Very refreshing drink. A good pils, also different than the pilsners ive had lately. I would recommend it.

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Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The prototypical pilsner liquid gold color on the pour with a behemothic size white head that is bubbly in texture and after decomposition a sealing curtain of lace is formed. Nose is the archetypal crisp, clean and malt dominated with a sweet front laden with malt and a light to moderate top. The quintessential pilsner finish that is brisk in its acidity, the hops apropos to the style, pleasingly dry aftertaste, and a perfect partner to the “Fire Brick Lager” on a hot and sunny afternoon in the desert.

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Photo of granger10
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is just your typical pilsener. Nothing special about it but it is quite nice in it's own right. Buttery diacetyl hits the tastebuds first. Nice easy going mixture of hops and grains provide a smoothness in the beer. Unfortunately, it wasn't too crisp, likely from the lack of carbonation. A slightly above average pilsener.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear with a golden tint and lots of bubbling action racing towards a small white head. The aroma consists of a light grain and a crisp hop note smell pretty nice. The taste is quite faint with an earthy grain and light hopping taper into a lightly sweetened musty taste. This beer is quite crisp coming mostly from the carbonation and finishes quietly sweet. In this Texas heat, this drink went down very nicely! Cheers!

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Photo of frank4sail
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Malt nose with some sweetness in the sinus. Slight off yellow color with a decent white head. Sweetish malt flavor with some sharp hop noted thrown in the kettle. Not as clean on the finish as I would like, it seems to linger in the mouth a little.. Medium mouth slightly thick on the tongue for a pils.

Cheers to Budgood1 for the sample.

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full bodied pilsner. Smooth taste with just a hint of hops and fruit. Cloudiness in glass shows its character. This is a pilsner which is similar in style to a weiss. A very delightful blend of hops and wheat. Quick fading head. Overall, a very pleasing beer.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice golden yellow with a fair amount of head. Aroma is very nicely balanced with enough malt to back up the strong (for a pilsner) hops. More flavor than most pilsners, but very well balanced. I was really surprised at how good this beer is.

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

Not too long ago, this beer went by the snappier, near-rhyming name of Schell's Pils. Que sera sera...
Color is a perfect gold, and clear, with a firm and compact white head. Aroma is fresh, and full of citrus, spice, and tingling with hops, the perfect picture of a pils. Clean, zesty, and a tiny bit sweet.
Mouthfeel fairly bristles with hops, which persists throughout the long and tasty finish. There's loads of hops, though they eventually dry out on the finish, as any good pils should. Very dry and satisfying. Tingly and tasty, with a hint of fruitiness, but nothing to threaten the dominance of the dry hoppy flavor.
For quite some time, this has been the Minnesota standard for local pilseners, and that reputation is warranted. A terrific lager, indeed.

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Photo of bditty187
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tawny-gold hue, white head, smallish, little retention, no lace. The nose is largely doughy; the malt seems off, plus it is too grainy. But the flavors on the palate are great; a terrific mixture of hops, lemon, grain, malt, bread. Ideally flavorful, dry, the malt is well-placed, the hops are bitter enough, sweet finish. The carbonation is low; mouthfeel is smooth… fitting. Not very crisp. Drinkable. Almost wonderful… it just seems a little off in the nose. No complaints. If you’re a Pils fan, give it a try.

Thanks feloniousmonk of the bottle!

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice golden color with a thin, ever clinging head, some slight carbonation is present. Aroma of wheat and somewhat of clean and grassy, quite pleasant. An initial onslaught of wheat and a bit grainy taste with an end of nice hops, which seem to be noticed in the background throughout. A smooth and clean taste and mouthfeel throughout, high on the drinkability scale. Considered a staple, a 4 Season Beer, awesome pilsner.

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Photo of proc
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out with next to no head. Color is bright golden. Slight aroma of grains. This is a solid pilsner. Refreshing and quite the thirst quencher. There is actually a nice, slight bitterness to it that suggest the hops are in there. This would be a good BBQ or pizza quaffer.

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Photo of ryanocerus
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As others have said, this is an excellent American Pils. But it is not my favorite style, and the Czech pils are much better. It poured a clear dark golden with little to no head. The aroma was very nicely hopped with a slight malt presence. The flavor was nicely hopped as well, and clean. The mouthfeel was above average, nothing great, but not bad either. I had to give it high drinkability. Refreshing and light.

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Photo of cokes
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice American Pils.
Throws a moderately hazed, pale golden. Fizzy white head settles quickly, then sticks around as an edging.
Balanced nose of doughy malts and lemon-pepper hops.
Enters the mouth with an almost chewy doughiness. Settles into a crispier flavor resembling baked crusty bread. Hops exude some of the aforementioned lemon pepper notes towards the finish. Slight lingering sour/bitterness. Otherwise quite clean.
Medium bodied...on the thick side for a pils. Smooth and very refreshing.
A quick drinking american pils with rewards for those who stop to think.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pilseners are not my favorite style but I couldn't find much wrong with this. This was much richer than I thought a Pils could be. Nice balance of hops and malt, and it was tangy enough to hold my interest much longer than a typical Pils. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Wildman
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light golden color and formed a nice bubbly white head that formed a small amount of lace when it subsided. It had a medium amount of carbonation going on. The aroma was of hops, grain and a hint of lemon. The flavor was of hops, some bread aspects and a little citrus. The finish had a slightly doughy aspect to it brought on by the grain and it was a touch astrigent.

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Schell's Pils from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 356 ratings