Keller Pils (2019)
August Schell Brewing Company

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German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #109
Ranked #31,765
3.7 | pDev: 11.89%
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Keller Pils (2019)Keller Pils (2019)
Notes: A crisp, dry pilsner, with a firm hop bitterness, our Keller Pils is unfiltered and full of character. The addition of Callista hops lends a fruity aroma of citrus, stone fruits, and berries. Golden in color and balanced in flavor, it stands tall against its lighter-bodied, low-hopped relatives.

39 IBU
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Reviews by Chaz:
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3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant pale golden / straw in color, topped with an off white head.

Assertive hop presence on the nose... a very welcome and convincing start! No off character notes, and a clean malt profile, rather similar to their Fort Road Helles*.

Hop aroma is present in abundance on the first sip, along with a slightly bittersweet malt character. Slight hop sharpness fades about mid-palate, and lighter biscuit malt character lingers. In addition, there are some classic Pils/Pale Lager grassy notes, but also fruit and berry notes from the hop. A touch of lemon rind (and some “cattiness”), too. A very mild bitterness lingers in the aftertaste, balanced by the biscuit malt notes.

While it is unfiltered, Keller Pils is nonetheless quite clear from its package (can), and I wonder if the draught variety is very different in appearance?

Lighter in body than I was expecting, but overall very pleasantly dry, which I appreciate most about the Pilsener style in general. Very good drinkability for the style, and to echo what I wrote about the nose, it’s very convincing for the style.

Overall it’s a decent Pilsener, and a suitable replacement for a legendary pre-Craft Pilsener.

(BBD: 05/30/16)

*Callista is the featured hop in this beer, and Keller Pils and the now-retired Schell’s Pils are markedly different. Whereas the old beer had more overall bitterness (especially in the aftertaste) and was less aromatic overall, the new beer is almost a complete 180 in its hop characteristics (at least aside from the fact that both beers were brewed with hops possessed of classic Noble characteristics, of course.)

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mattmarka1
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MNAle
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden yellow with gobs of rising bubbles. About the right amount of haze for a kellerbier (this isn't a haze-bro style, after all). 1 inch of white head from an "ordinary" pour into a pilsner glass. Leaves thick rings of lacing as the head recedes, and heavy lacing on the opposite side of the glass as you drink.

Crisp aroma of mild citrus, bread, floral, perhaps lemon.

Initial feel starts with a good carbonation bite; solid body for the style.

Taste is the bready malts but transitions quickly to a dominant hop citrus taste, again with the floral / lemon taste. (By "dominant" I mean over the malt flavors. This is not anywhere close to being an IPL. The citrus flavor is mild compared with IPA-styles). Mild hop bitterness begins in the middle and carries through into the finish and lingers in the aftertaste. Finish is dry and crisp. The flavor profile favors the hops over the malts resulting in a more Americanized than German presentation. A good tasting, refreshing beer nonetheless.

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Photo of mikerieder
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of steveh
2.89/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Have always liked Schell's beers -- they're the regional that got me into better beer back in the mid-80s. So why not try their new seasonal?* If only I could have read the can behind the fully sealed six-pack.

Poured from the can into my tall Becher. I hope the 071819 ink-jet number on the bottom is a canning date.

L -- Crazy pale, hazy lemon yellow color (seriously talking a 1 on the SRM scale) with a sudsy white head that holds up to a point.

S -- Mix of piny and citrus hops in the nose (why I wish I could have read the can -- or this BA page {and I have a smart phone}). Not familiar with Callista hops, but I personally don't think they belong in a Pilsner. A touch of DMS, but no malt character coming thru at all.

T -- More pine and citrus notes in an APA symphony, lightest of cracker malt and good bitterness from the hops.

F -- Light body with a smooth to crisp mouthfeel.

O -- Okay, it's terribly drinkable on a hot summer day, but when I read Pils on a label, especially from a brewery that knows good German style, I don't want a new-age hop APA in my glass. Sorry guys, this one doesn't pass muster.

*I've been expertly informed that this is no seasonal, but Schell's new year-round Pilsner. More is the pity.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pilsner glass.

Pours straw-gold with a two-finger off-white head that quickly settles. Decent lacing. A bit of haziness in the brew, but not as hazy as I expected for the style.

Aromas of pale clean malt, floral and fruity hops, citrus, and grass.

Bready malt flavors fill the gap between the initial citrus on the tip of the tongue and the grassy hoppy finish.

The brew is medium-light with excellent carbonation and a nice dry crisp finish.

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Photo of sparx1100
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gatornation
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear champagne yellow color very little head. Smell was floral hop with cracker meal grain . Taste had a noble floral/citrus hop taste nice grain and malt bill finish. Crisp pure mot feel a dry finish very crushable nicely done.

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Photo of Mdog
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow, ok head.

Smell: Hit of skunk, then hay grass.

Taste: Light breadiness, bit of lemon, moderate grassy hop finish.

Overall: Nice easy drinking kellerbier. Interesting lemon note to it adds some depth to the standard breadiness and grassy flavors.

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Photo of HopliteMpls612
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Taybeh
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of herman77
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Metalsnota
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of morimech
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

This would be an outstanding beer, if not for the hop choice. Nice malt base flavor that finishes dry just like how I want my pils. Bitterness is not at all assertive but just a balancing factor. Lively carbonated and a nice light body to ease drinking in mass quantities. But the hop flavor puts a damper on things. Berries and fruit is the predominant flavors and to this drinker does not fit with this style of beer. I would of enjoyed this much more with traditional Noble hops. Still no problem drinking this and may even buy another 6-pack to see if it grows on me.

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Photo of Can_if_you_can
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. No canning date information.
Clear, straw colored body. Half a finger of white head reduces to thin cap and ring. Leaves behind some strings of lacing.
Aroma of citrus and berries.
Taste of citrus, dark fruit, and berries. Balanced but the flavors do not pop. After taste is full of berries.
Thin to medium mouth feel. Dry but refreshing. Good carbonation.
Overall this is a very good tasting beer, but the flavors are scrunched together and kept from full expression. This is a true Minnesota brewed beer, nice but passive aggressive. Easy to drink but without a real after taste. In warmer weather I can see this beer as a true pounder, one after another.

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Photo of alexchilton
2.2/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Fairly clear for a kellar beer. Nose is somewhat muddled, but kind of tropical fruit like, Not what I expect from a German lager. Tastes follows the nose, but it's extremely dry and bitter. Like desert dry. Not sure how they made a beer so dry from expensive malts. The strange fruiteness of the hops doesn't scream German beer. The carbonation is also really low, leading to almost a flat beer when poured into a glass. Compared to Summit, this is a non-starter, which is disappointing since the price point is nice.

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Keller Pils (2019) from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 17 ratings