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 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

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Photo of proc
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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 +13.7%
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 +11.8%
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 -3.3%
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 +6.6%
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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Photo of stoutman
4.68/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

TASTEE. Naturally krausend for a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Full of rounded hop flavors and aromas with a perfect malt sweetness underneath. Very light and crisp.

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

Bright and clear gold-yellow, very little head to speak of -- mostly rim clinging bubbles and skim in the middle of the Pilsner glass. Barest hint of a hoppy aroma. Better than expected malt flavors, a "catch" of sweetness mid tongue. Hops are noticed later as a definite slight bittering in the back of the mouth, especially after a few sips. Not super crisp as some of the style are, but a good brew and very refreshing.

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Photo of budgood1
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

lovely golden slightly hazy color that leaves a healthy head which soon dissapates but sticks and stays the whole way down the glass. a moderate grainy aroma with muted hops... there is a lot of malt body to this pilsener with a nicely balanced slightly metallic hop finish. to me it is highly drinkable and enjoyable. it certainly blurs the line between lager and pils in a way i haven't experienced yet.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.57/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is such a good beer. Starting from the wonderful, almost flowery aroma, nice and foamy head (that does decrease too quickly) and dark gold, yet crystal clear color. I really like the balance of dryness and malt smoothness in the flavor, and that it's there from front to back, then leaving a gradually fading dry finish. The mouthfeel may be too much for some, I describe it as a rich beer, but its of no bother to me. A good beer for virtually anytime, as well as a nice beer to start novices into the world of interesting beers.

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

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with no freshness date. Picture of an old time saloon serving Schell beer.

Appearance: Rich and bright sunrise gold hued brew with and excellent clarity, very sticky white lace leaves rings all the way down the glass. Attractive to the eye.

Smell: Lightly sweet pale malt aroma of honey and a faint zing of lemon, trace of flowery hop within an extremely clean nose.

Taste: Light to moderate body, crisp and refreshing mouth feel with a tight and flowing carbonation. Broad malt flavour of sweet grain and mild toasted biscuit, full flavour of the malt hits hard in the middle with a continual flavour explosion of fresh whole grain crackers. Bitterness from the hops is clean and sharp and balances flawlessly with a bit of fresh flowery oil, herbal hop flavours appear middle to end. Dough malt with an almost nutty back ground adds another level of flavours to this brew. Touch of biscuity husk and hop flavour make the end long and drawn-out. Clean and semi-dry finish makes the taste buds beg for more.

Notes: This beer is shooting for the old world American pilsner style, if you have wondered what beer tasted like before Prohibition this gives and excellent glance at what the style might have been. A great beer to have around all year long. Clean and balanced, just the way it should be.

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Photo of Brent
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
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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Schell's Pils from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 361 ratings