Schell's Dark | August Schell Brewing Company

Schell's DarkSchell's Dark
BA SCORE
23%
Liked This Beer
3.34 w/ 274 ratings
Schell's DarkSchell's Dark
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:
#41,991
Reviews:
121
Ratings:
274
Liked:
63
Avg:
3.34/5
pDev:
16.17%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
17
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 274 |  Reviews: 121
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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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Schell's Dark pours a clear amber color with a nice size lacing head. There is a weak aroma, some roasted malts. The taste is light, nice noticeable roasted malt flavor. Weak body, a little flat. Overall its not great, nothing special, but it is a decent beer.

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Photo of redleg411
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wer34truh
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a relatively clear brown color, with a minuscule head.

Smells of bread, almonds, and some subtle sweetness - perhaps caramel?

Taste is very subdued, with an incredibly light mouthfeel. This is probably the least offensive dark beer I've had. Which also makes it quite forgettable.

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Photo of NeubTube
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Kyrojack
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of irish6174
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Two10tim
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%

Schell's Dark from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 23% out of 100 with 274 ratings
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