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

Photo of KeefD
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden yellow with a nice two finger head and good lacing. Aroma is grainy and sweet, light floral hops. Flavor is a bit sweet for a pilsner, lots of grainy malts, slightly floral with hints of honey and herbal hops. Bitterness is there but nothing crazy. Pretty well balanced actually. Crisp and refreshing, lots of carbonation. A good take on a pilsner and another solid offering from Schell's.

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Photo of umustdrink
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear faint orange color. Lots of carbonation bubbles running up the side. Fluffly white head sits at a shallow eight inch. Minimal lacing.

S - Smell is of sweet wheat with just a faint hint of the normal pilsener funk.

T - Very faint hop bitterness at first, with sweet wheaty notes present. Very sweet and citrusy throughout.

M - Carbonation bites a little but, bit it's not too bad. Good and filling.

D - This is a lot better than I thought it would be. One of my new favorites from Schell.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
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 bobtaylor0414
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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 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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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden yellowish orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge five finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Bright and slightly spicy. Bready pale malts and wheat cereal grains. Big hints of hay, crackers and biscuit like you would expect from a Pilsner. Big hints of lemon and a little orange. Some spicy, earthy Sterling hops as well. Smells pretty solid.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely bready and mildly citrusy take on the style. Wheat grains and pale malts with big notes of crackers, biscuit, and hay. Solid hop presence with esters of lemon and orange. Nicely earthy and spicy hops bring some balance to the sweetness. Pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp and very smooth. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A pretty good American take on a Pilsner. Good balance of bready sweetness and spicy hops.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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

12oz bottle poured into pilsner glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a nearly clear pale gold with a thick, tightly bubbled white head with nice retention, about an inch of it and with very nice lacing and a good cap of retention halfway thru the glass.

S: Very fresh and clean smell sweet malt aroma coupled with hints of floral hops. A very nice balance exists between the malts and hops which is a nice suprise as most other pilsners I've tried stick heavily on malt almost ignoring the hops alltogether.

T/MF: Very nice and sweet malt presence with carbonation that spreads the flavor evenly across the palate, also quite creamy for a pilsner. The beer finishes quite clean with a nice hop and grassy presence that does not leave the mouth feeling too dry. A very well balance beer. Nice on the malts, nice on the hops, nice solid beer.

D: I was quite impressed by this beer as it was not like I expected. I've had this beer before, but now I can say I truly took the time to appreciate this beer. I can't give this one fives yet because I need to have some more pilsners, this one turned me onto them again and I'm glad. I'd try this again in the future and share it with some friends next time.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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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4/5  rDev +9.9%

4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of fizzy
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

At 66 YO I've consumed a lot Schell's beer over the years. Before they became a craft brewery they old standbys were great. Now they make Grain Belt, Hauenstein, and a variety of craft beers and do so with wonderful success. Kudos to Schell's !!!
Schell's Pils is just plain wonderful. Need I say more? Dozens of small craft breweries pine for being as successful as Schell's. Summit has made it. Sierra Nevada has made it. Sam Adams has made, and hundreds more. When it is all said and done, good "old" Schell's, right in our backyard has been one to succeed !

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another example of why Schell is possibly one of the best major brewers going today. Another style, done the right way. Poured out to a slightly cloudy golden color with medium low carbonation. Nice head, came down to about 1/8 of an inch. No lacing noted in the glass. Odors of citrus and hops are well balanced. Taste is direct and straightforward. Hops, malt, some citrus acidity, and a good smooth bitterness. Finished crisp with some minor malt aftertaste. High drinkability. If this was readily available, i'd keep some on hand. Recommended.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Ish1
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tricerahops
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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