Schell's Dark | August Schell Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is dark because the barley is roasted longer– a flavorful lager that everyone will enjoy.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-17-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#45,399
Reviews:
124
Ratings:
282
pDev:
16.17%
Bros Score:
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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 8/3/2015. Pours crystal clear reddish copper/brown color with a 1 finger dense light tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, lightly creamy/bready, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a nice dark lager style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth, clean, and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of EdFed
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hopazoid
3.89/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jwessel
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.19/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Chrispy_Creams
3.07/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ta_hagen
4.39/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jpuetz
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served by a local chain ice cold in a frosty mug. Brilliant chestnut with a thin white foam collar. Malty aromas and a nice caramel toffee flavor with no roast or burnt notes. Medium light to medium body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of steveh
3.14/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Just a little disappointed in 2 cases with this beer. First: I thought it was supposed to be Schell's version of a Munich Dunkel, but even their web site calls it an "American Dark Lager." Shades of Mich Dark... or maybe Augsburger Dark? Second: what I thought was a bottling date on these beers is really a best-by date, so 05.22.15 might be a bit past prime. At least they stopped using the clear bottles and switched to brown.

A -- Clear, deep chestnut with a creamy, light tan head that settles quickly.

S -- Bready to nutty with a sweet character I remember from old regionals like the above mentioned Augsburger. I hate to think it, but it could be corn.

T -- Somewhat bready up front, but blending into a lightly grainy and almost fruity sweetness. It's not as estery as some ales, but there's a candy sweetness that's a little cloying. Finish clean, helping the cloying, with some molasses-like character in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a light to light-medium body.

O -- Overall, the nostalgia factor of the Midwest-style dark beers is nice, but I guess I'd rather find a good import Dunkel.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ssippisam
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.22/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nebill
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A mild dark. Light in color and taste, but a step above a light beer. A bit what like white zinfandel is to zinfandel wine.

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Photo of Kark
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau lager glass from a 12 ounce bottle on May 31, 2015.

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Photo of Metalsnota
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigAl18
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of d5001986
2.58/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lacking flavor. Not necessarily bad, just weak. I'd probably seek something else.

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Photo of Goodspeed83
3.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ALC82
3.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CraigP83
3.82/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Brown coloration medium carbonation. Taste and smells of artificial caramel flavoring. Doesn't blow me away

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Schell's Dark from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 282 ratings