Schell's Zommerfest
August Schell Brewing Company

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From:
August Schell Brewing Company
 
Minnesota, United States
Style:
Kölsch
ABV:
5%
Score:
81
Avg:
3.56 | pDev: 12.92%
Reviews:
123
Ratings:
78
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Sep 01, 2015
Added:
Jun 22, 2002
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  10
SCORE
81
Good
Schell's ZommerfestSchell's Zommerfest
Notes: 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.
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Rated: 3.13 by iRun2Beer from Minnesota

Sep 01, 2015
 
Rated: 2.5 by jpuetz from South Dakota

Aug 07, 2015
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Reviewed by pat61 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.
Jul 29, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by DaveMiller from Minnesota

Apr 01, 2015
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Reviewed by Chaz from Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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:
http://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2014/02/11/the-current-beer-schells
BBD: 100214

This is apparently *not* the same recipe as Schell's Zommerfest, although it is similar to that beer in many ways.
Jan 27, 2015
 
Rated: 4.5 by Fargrow from Michigan

Dec 01, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by mkf629 from Kansas

Nov 23, 2014
 
Rated: 2.5 by LeeEvolved from Virginia

Nov 11, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by themorninglark from Minnesota

Oct 15, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by Donkster46 from Washington

Sep 27, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by Turbo from Minnesota

Sep 26, 2014
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Reviewed by MNAle from Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.
Sep 06, 2014
 
Rated: 3.65 by cbcrunch from Wyoming

Aug 26, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by SF_Posse from Wisconsin

Aug 23, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by MykeJ from Minnesota

Aug 15, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by enelson from Illinois

Aug 14, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by MN_Beerticker from Minnesota

Aug 14, 2014
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Reviewed by jwc215 from Arizona

3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
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!
Aug 09, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by Hopstrutter from Minnesota

Aug 06, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by kbaker91 from Minnesota

Aug 03, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by ovaltine from Indiana

Jul 22, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by gunterheidrich from District of Columbia

Jul 21, 2014
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
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.
Jul 18, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by herman77 from Minnesota

Jul 13, 2014
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Reviewed by Phocion from Minnesota

3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
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.
Jul 13, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by elec from Minnesota

Jul 09, 2014
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Reviewed by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Zommerfest pours a golden color with not much of a head. The aroma was non existent and not present. The taste was rather light and not very noticeable, some crisp flavors, but not really present. Light body, light flavors. Overall its not a "bad"beer and its not a very flavorful beer.
Jul 01, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by skynyrdbyrd from Minnesota

Jun 24, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by nowhere_native from Illinois

Jun 23, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by Letitryde01 from Minnesota

Jun 23, 2014
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Reviewed by BrianF from Minnesota

3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
First try on this one. Being from Minnesota, I try to make sure to try as many of the locals as I can.

I got this one on a hot, humid day after work. Im in construction so Im outside a lot, so I wanted something smooth, light and crisp. This purchase did not disappoint. I didn't hurt that my liqueur store had them on sale so the choice was fairly easy.

The first toast is just as I stated but finishes with a hint of grapefruitiness. I paired it with some home made Mexican food with a medium-hot homemade salsa. The combination of the salsa and Zommerfest left a great lingering taste.

Well pleased.
Jun 18, 2014
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Reviewed by liesea from Minnesota

3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
I don't know why I can't find anything about this beer. Not even on Schell's website. I finally found an article about it online. As the name implies this beer it the result of a partnership between Schell's and the Minnesota public radio's station 'The Current." There is a playlist dedicated to this beer on the current's website, which has some good local music.

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

The beer pours extremely clear with a thick white head that sticks around.

The aroma is quite sweet and very malty along with a nice amount of citrus.

The flavor is similar to the aroma with a very slightly bitter hop finish. Overall the taste is well balanced, but a little boring for me. Its not flavorful enough to be a sipping beer, but its to heavy to be a hot summer day at the lake kind of beer.

Overall I think this beer is great for what it is. I enjoyed 2 of these out on my patio on a beautiful Minnesota evening while listening to the current's playlist. I think the setting is what really made this beer for me, but overall it's not bad and a good beer to drink while winding down after a long day.
Jun 18, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by fuzzcherry from Minnesota

Jun 16, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by TX-Badger from Texas

Jun 09, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by karlt from Minnesota

May 31, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by SD-Alefan from South Dakota

May 30, 2014
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Reviewed by MattyG85 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 16 oz. can into a large pint glass. 2014 version named after the radio station 89.3 The Current.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A crisp and bready malt forward aroma with hints of grains and cracker. Pale malt with upfront hints of grains, straw, cracker, wheat, biscuit, and lager yeast. Light hints of earthy noble style hops. Slight hints of lemon and orange fruit. A pretty decent German style lager aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, a crisp, bready, and somewhat sweet malt driven taste with notes of grains and cracker. Upfont bready pale malt with notes of grains, cracker, straw, wheat, biscuit, and lager yeast. Good kick of earthy hop bitterness with some Euro noble notes. Subtle fruit notes of lemon and orange. A solid light lager taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, smooth, and fairly drying on the finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on the German Kolsch style. Nice crisp and clean light lager taste that is a good summer option.
May 24, 2014
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Reviewed by mnredsoxfan69 from Minnesota

3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
I bought it under it's labeling as Schell's The Current hoping it would be something new and different and that I'd be the first to post it. Alas, none of these panned out. This doesn't mean, however, that I didn't like it.

The pour is light gold with a big, rocky head that quickly dissipates to a ring around the edge. Good carbonation, very clear. Not much aroma, a very light, hoppy, malty scent, not unpleasant. The taste is rich, but not overwhelming. It's nice, sweet, mixed with bitter and lightly hoppy. Hard to get a fix on it, but not unpleasant. Light to moderate on the tongue with a little buzz from the carbonation with a clean finish. Overall, it's pleasant without being a palate wrecker, perfect for summer evenings on the porch with grilled shrimp and a Caesar salad. The taste isn't so strong that it will overpower delicate flavors like fish and shellfish, nor will the alcohol knock you on your tush, either. It does have flavor, though, which puts it head and shoulders above run-of-the-mill adjuncts. It's very good, but not great.
May 18, 2014
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Reviewed by jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Was tricked into buying this so I might as well review it, 16oz 89.3 The Current tall boy can

Big bubbly head, clear corn syrup look. Smell is spicy hop, earth, booze. Creamy feel with the perfect amount of carbonation (when poured). It tastes fruity and hoppy, like a muted SNPA. Harsh grain and alcohol show up when they shouldn't.
May 16, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by zestar from California

May 10, 2014
Schell's Zommerfest from August Schell Brewing Company
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