Schell's Deer Brand | August Schell Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Schell's Deer Brand was developed prior to Prohibition and has been Schell's flagship beer ever since. Brewed from 70 percent barley malt, 30 percent corn, and our unique 'Schell' yeast, Deer Brand is full flavored American Lager.

Added by Bitterbill on 07-10-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
145
Reviews:
60
Avg:
3.23
pDev:
14.86%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
14
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Nolster
3.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SlightlyGrey
3.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dms844
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Squire123
3.01/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.34/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well its funny when a smaller brewery wants to make a product to compete with the macro BMC AAL stuff. This is such an effort, replete with straw yellow color, lots of water dilution and a soapy white head that quickly wipes itself out.

Aroma was kind of funny. When you want horse blanket in your macro AAL, think, Schell. Ok serious though, there is some weird barnyard going on here, totally unexpected, not to style. Taste did bring a 70% barley malt bill, so it wasn't insubstantial but above malt liquor. Lacking hops, bitterness. Somewhere between a light beer and an AAL.

Would not bang again.

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Photo of jakemn91
3.47/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Josholson666
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Schell’s Deer Brand has a thin, white head, almost no lacing, and a clear, straw appearance, with some lazy, ascending bubbles. The aroma is of sweet, somewhat sharp, grain aroma, and the flavor is of grain, some sweet bread, very mild hop bitterness to round out the end of the sip. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Schell’s Deer Brand finishes crisp and easy going.

RJT

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Photo of jpuetz
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of lwillitz
3.24/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12-oz can into craft glass

A - crystal-clear body of pale straw yellow under 2 fingers of white suds, high amount of visible carbonation

S - adjunct grains (corny), light sweetness, metallic note

T - adjunct grains (hints of corn and rice), grassy bitterness

M - light body, highly crabonated

O - run-of-the-mill AAL; Schell's offers many excellent beers. Deer Brand is not one of them.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ssippisam
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of nebill
4.18/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A strong contender for an everyday drinkable beer at a reasonable price.

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Photo of rugyrl04
1.77/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Very little taste. Nothing to write home about.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.86/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First off I want to say, even though I'm right next door to minnesota, I had one heck of a time finding this beer. When i finally DID see it in the wild, I grabbed onto it like it was the last six pack on earth for fear I'd never see it again. Literally this search went statewide for about 1 year. So I am now the proud owner of six bottles of "Deer Brand" aka, Schell's Original.

Appearance : An unusually very, very pale body that almost looks crystal clear. It's got a slight tint to it that borders on yellows, but pale is definately the word here. The head is a stark white gorgeous fluff on top and recedes to a ring within a couple minutes' time. Lacing looks like icing on a cake.

Aromas : A dirty herbal aroma from hop comes out immediately, followed by some calmer, more delicate malt notes. The grain heads are apparent here, perhaps slightly baked. A faint metallic smell carves a backbone to the nose.

Taste : very smooth malts - a very delicate dance of barley and perhaps rice or wheat; it follows with an unusual "pasty" hop flavor that has a moderate bite; finally ending with a slight breadiness with some yeasty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel : very smooth yet retaining moderate carbonation to keep things interesting. The end contains a sandpaper-like parch, it's nice and adds character.

Overall : I was glad I found this. A solid beer with few caveats.

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4.85/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is what a man drinks. This is what I consider to be a great beer. Good price, and something I can enjoy in all seasons. Great to have while hanging out in the yard over the summer, and also a great remedy after a day of shoveling heavy snow. An interesting flavorful beer with a unique dry finish, a dryness thats pleasing and not off-putting like alot of the dry beers of the '90s. My tastes change, and I typically don't buy more than a 6 pack because by the time I'm done the 6, I'm ready for something new. This is not the case with Schell's. I buy this buy the case because I will always be in the mood for it. A perfect beer.

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2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of mfl620ks
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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3.04/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of themorninglark
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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2/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of Bravak
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Ok, this is much better than I ever expected. If you are craving an IPA, well no. But an awesome beer when craving a lager. Love the malt taste and simple mouth feel. My new lawn mowing beer and I think this one is a hidden gem.

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Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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Schell's Deer Brand from August Schell Brewing Company
3.23 out of 5 based on 145 ratings.
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