Schell's Zommerfest | August Schell Brewing Company

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Schell's ZommerfestSchell's Zommerfest

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as 89.3 The Current

Introduced on Memorial Weekend, 1998, and only available in the summer, Zommerfest is brewed in a 'Kölsch' style, which originates from Cologne, Germany. Its characteristics are fairly light—in color and in flavor. It is a pale gold color, low in hop flavor and aroma, with a light body and a somewhat dry finish. This is a pleasant, light-flavored beverage that goes well with any summer activity.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-22-2002

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3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant golden crowned by a creamy pillowy white cap. Rich and malty with some herby hops on the back – well done but has a bit more going for it than many traditional Kolsch.

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Photo of DaveMiller
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chaz
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant gold in color, topped with a white head. Carbonation seems light... except for when I cracked the can. BOOM! It was a gusher.

Nose is very mild, and neutral. There's a bit lightly-grainy malt, a little tall grass (hops?), but altogether it's just plain subtle.

Mildly-sweet and a bit tangy, a bit of bitterness at the end. It's a bit on the lower end of the scale in terms of ABV -at least as far as a lot of today's Craft Beers go- and I can appreciate that. Dry is the lingering impression, along with some biscuit-like malt character.

Nice mouthfeel. Lighter than I remember, and it coats the palate very evenly enough without pummeling it, and the carbonation seems to be just about perfect.

Not bad altogether, and I know that the recipe has changed in recent years (no more honey in the grain bill!), so it's always worth a try to revisit a brand after a recipe change. Last time around I remember it as having more punch, and as being a bit sweeter and more full-bodied.

Notes: This is the "89.3 - The Current" can -- see:
BBD: 100214

This is apparently *not* the same recipe as Schell's Zommerfest, although it is similar to that beer in many ways.

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

Sweet, slightly hoppy aroma. Clear golden color with a white head that takes awhile to dissipate. Carbonation is evident. Taste is as expected from the aroma, nicely balanced. Initial bitterness that hangs around for the aftertaste. This is a very nice beer. Not as light as I expected, but probably more true to style.

PS: Some people reviewed this beer under the Schell Zommerfest, although it is apparently a slightly different beer, since this beer has a lower ABV than the Zommerfest.

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3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of jwc215
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Freshness date of 09/21/14 on neck:

The smell is mild - some grain, a hint of dry yeast.

The taste is of honey-like sweetness - grainy - slightly nutty - with just enough balancing dryness in the soft, refreshing finish.

Crisp, clean, smooth and refreshing. The body is what is expected for the style.

It could use a bit more of a floral hop touch in the finish, but that is just my opinion. I'm far from complaining, however, because it's a solid example of the style and fits wonderfully as a refreshing summer brew!

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Round two of my birthday gift sampler pack.

Zommerfest is a Kolsch, which I have never tasted or even heard of before tonight.

Appearance - n/a, in a 12 oz glass bottle.

Smell - smells lemony, like the leinenkugel's summer shandy. Slightly metallic. Pilsner-esque. A hint of honey. Floral. Pleasant to smell.

Taste - there's a lot going on here. First thought was "wow". A coppery lemon wheatiness with a soft syrupy bitterness on the finish. Stays pleasantly bitter on the palate for a few seconds afterwards.

Mouthfeel - excellent balance of carbonation and smoothness. Not much I would improve here.

Overall - I'm impressed with the beer. New to the style so I can't compare to others in its class, but it's pleasant and drinkable.

Final note : Zommerfest is Best if drank by itself and not with food - not a good combination I've found.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Phocion
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Special edition 89.3 The Current labeled 16 oz. tallboy. Pours into a weizen glass with a thick, rocky, white head over a clear golden body. Excellent retention on the head and leaves big, thick, three-dimensional chunks of lacing everywhere.

Aroma is pilsner malt and wheat. Very bready. A bit of honey, but just a general overall pale malt sweetness. Slightly grassy and floral hoppiness.

Flavor is a very bready malt sweetness and slightly roasted. Dry, earthy and roasted finish.

Thin, highly carbonated mouthfeel. Crisp, but very thin.

Overall, this is a fairly bland beer and a poor example of a Kölsch-style. Way too bready and malt forward. Where are the fruity yeasty esters? Where's the clean finish? Another "meh" beer from Schell's.

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Schell's Zommerfest from August Schell Brewing Company
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