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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
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 richaa01
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of PHBoiler
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of pisomojado8
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of JakeBarnett
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sixpack595
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
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 TheLuckiestMan
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spointon
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured this from a 12oz brown bottle into a DFH stemmed glass.

A= This beer poured a lightly hazed yellow gold color with a 1/4" white head. The head dropped to a thin ring very quickly but left behind some of the nicest lace I have ever seen on a pils.

S= Smelled of pale malt with a citrusy sweetness that was just perfect. The hops were floral with a touch of grass in my nose.

T= This started off grainy and mildly sweet, but quickly developed a depth of flavor showing biscuit, honey, and a floral/herbal hop note. The finish cleaned all that up and made my mouth dry enough to want some more.

MF= Lighter side of medium bodied with a clean and crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation was well evident without being too sharp.

D= Extremely drinkable. This is a hell of a session beer and makes me wish I could get it regularly. If I could, this would be my lawnmower, baseball game tailgating beer of choice.

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Photo of GetYourRiotGear3
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
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 GeoffRizzo
4.15/5  rDev +14%
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 DarkerTheBetter
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dirty, dull and pale straw color with a nice irregular slightly off white head that fell to a small irredular film after a few minutes that stuck around until the end. When I held my pint up to get a good look at the beer, I noticed tons of evenly spaced tiny particulates floating towards the bottom. I sincerely doubt this is bottle conditioned, so I’m guessing I may have a problem. Only one way to tell.

Smells vibrantly juicy with a nice orange zest and some freshly squeezed orange juice with a dash of pineapple. There’s also a dry woody biscuit dough hiding behind the fruit with some strong oak and moss.

Much to my surprise, the surprising fruity character came through in the flavor as well. It starts a bit like milk and bread dough at first but picks up those orange juice note but then a nicely paired dry and oaky bittering hop pops up and rounds off the flavor delivering a little orange zest and the slightest touch of cedar. The oak and orange zest lingers on into the finish leaving my tongue tingling awaiting the next sip.

The mouth feel is really light and smooth with a nice and sparse big bubbled carbonation that made this beer a pleasure to drink.

Floaties aside, I was really surprised by this beer. It’s extremely solid and particularly well done. The fruit elements made this one really enjoyable and the mouth feel was particularly solid making this beer an easily affordable complete package.

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Photo of Diaper-Daniels
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 BLTmn
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Photo of corporatejim
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is on tap at the local Broadway Bar and Pizza. I have really come to like this beer, which is really something I think since I don't really care for a lot of American Pilsners'

Poors a beatiful golden color in the glass. A tad of a head which leaves nice sticky lacing down the inside of the glass. Sweet malty aroma with a bit of grain also present. Taste is slightly sweet with a little hoppiness present as well. Nicely carbonated. This is a very drinkable beer. In my humble opinion, one of the best American Pilsners on the market.

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Photo of mattmarka1
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pmccallum86
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a white bubble head that dissipates quickly.

The smell is of malt, grass and floral hops, very nice for a pilsener.

The taste is good, fresh grassy taste, smooth malt and floral hop flavors, great example of the style.

Crisp refreshing mouthfeel, good level of carbonation with a light body.

This is a very drinkable beer, I could drink quite a few of these bad boys and love every sip.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pous a soft, white head that has decent persistence. Grainy, grassy aroma. Straw gold, with a slight haze. Starts almost tart, bright, and floral. Medium hop bitterness has a slight pine-grapefruit aspect as it peaks (this is a very quick flash), moves back into a more floral character as the malt comes through in the finish.

This is actually a really damn good pilsner. It's a bit more aggressive in the hopping than I am used to, but like any good Midwestern lager, it is still delicately balanced and refined. It is effervescent yet silky across the tongue, too!

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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 beveritt
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz bronw bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is the standard Schell label, which I believe depicts the brewery itself. A code is printed on the neck that seems to indicate this was brewed on the 341st day of 2006.

Appearance: Pours with just over an inch of initially big, bubbled white foam. This slowly settles and compacts, leaving 3/8 inch of nice, dense white head with some lacing already. The beer itself is pale yellow with a slight haze.

Smell: Very strong aroma, you can smell it before you even begin to bring it to your nose. Sweet with a little spiciness. SLight metallic aroma in the finish. Hints of citrus and grass.

Taste: Upfront bready malt flavor with not as much sweetness as you would expect from the smell. Rolls smoothly into a hint of furitiness followed by a decent level of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Average carbonation with a nice, mouthfilling body.

Drinkability: Admittedly, the light lagers are not my normal cup of tea, I lean towards very malty beers. Hwoever, this is great. Refreshing enough for a hot summer's day, yet complex enough to have year round. Big fan. I continue to be impressed by this brewery.

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Photo of jsh420
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

best by 09/19/09

pours bright clear gold with a 1 finger head that left notches down the glass

smell is very sweet - with bready malts and lemon

taste is a good mix with the bready malts first then bitter sweet hops and lemon which gives a nice bite - maybe a little honey i pickup also

mouthfeel is a nice light body pils with plenty of carbonation that gives you a crisp yet creamy finish

drinkability is good - a crisp light beer with clean flavors

this is the 3rd beer out of the schell sampler i have tried and so far they are 2 of 3 - i would buy this one again

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Photo of kegger22
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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 mattcrill
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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 PieOhMy
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into pilsener glass.

A Transparent amber. Thick white head slowly dissipates and leaves a thin lacing down the glass. Some bubbles rise from bottom.

S Nice wet grass/hay aroma. Malts. Peppery. Good zesty nose on it.

T Very surprised by the balanced extremes. Very hoppy and malty. Spicy/peppery wave. This taste remains.

M Light body. Fizzy and carbonated. Finishes nice and smooth.

O Good pilsener. Although not a staple of the style, I like the hit of hops. Clean and refreshing. Any fan of the style will dig Schell's Pils.

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