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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
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
144
Avg:
3.23
pDev:
23.22%
 
 
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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

( served in a talk hefe-weizen glass)

A-This beer is a clear straw yellow color with a pure white head. gentle carbonation.

S- light pils malt nose with some German hops bitterness, no strong aroma of fresh green hops just bitterness

T- German hops and pale malt are the main flavors with a light almost lemon apple hint. a slight honey malt in the finish as it warms, but very faint.

M- medium light mouthfeel with a light fizz to the feel.

D-This is a smooth clean beer that is refreshing yet has some interesting character but very subtle to mach the style.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.85/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy pale yellow hue. Very light in color. Thin off white head disappears quickly. Carbonation appears to be vigorous. Malt is faint and sweet on the nose. Light notes of grain as well. And just a bit of herbal hoppiness as well. Adjunct like sweetness with corn coming into play. There's a straw/hay like quality. Dusty grain. Crisp. A bit quenching, but lacking in depth of flavor overall. Good enough to drink on a hot summer day if there's no beer of substance to be found.

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Photo of Tballz420
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew is a very pale straw color, with a minimal white head on the top. Lagered bready malt is the main scent. The main taste of this brew is clean grain malt, with some slight flowery hop in the back. Thin mouth. All I have to say about this brew is that it is like a quality macro. Very basic taste, not horrible, but not one that wet dreams are made of.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Contrary to the report from our man in Des Moines, this says nothing about Deer Brand on the label, though it is known coloquially as such..no, wait, I found it on the 6-pack, Deer Brand, it is...haven't had one in several years, so my palate is pretty fresh for it...away we go...
Crystal-clear, golden color, big, fluffy, pristine white head, perfect fit for a lager.
Aroma, some hops, bright and floral, but a bit soapy, growing sweet, smellish cornish...wonder what adjuncts are at play here? Okay, I'll play nice...but it is "corny"...
Taste: clean, brisk, almost crisp, then fading quick. Very refreshing, highly downable, tastes pretty decent, actually. Not too much flavor, but it doesn't taste bad, and almost squeaky clean. I though this would be an empty, hollow, even unpleasant experience, and I'm a Schell's fan...silly me, it's a nice lager, nothing but. I'd never choose it against many of my favorites, but I can imagine this being quite a nice alternative in many Minnesota/Midwest locations where the only other options are Bud, High Life and the like.
Yeah, I can drink these, and it's not bad for $4.97 a 6'er! (At that's at an expensive downtown Mpls shop, must be cheapo outside of the cities.)

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.47/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label proudly proclaims "'Deer Brand' original beer" with no mention of the actual style. I've heard of near beer, but never deer beer. Venison-flavored perhaps?

Mildly hazy, soft lemon-gold with a modest number of tiny floaters swimming amidst the fine carbonation. The head is small, off-white and falls to a thin film rather quickly. I've seen higher quality heads on some macros. The nose is nice though; not a hint of skunkiness, adjuncts or off-aromas. It's mostly lightly toasted grain, but is pleasant for all that.

The flavor is mildly enjoyable as well and is sweeter than most Munich Helles Lagers. It's softly malty, and therefore almost wheat beer-like, and has a nearly nonexistent hop profile. Thankfully, there's no hint of venison. Even though this is not great beer by any stretch of the imagination, neither does it have any serious faults. The body could be more full, but it's a pretty drinkable offering and might even be considered a sessionable one.

Schell Original is a decent effort. I'll be on the lookout for more of their beer.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this straight from the 12 oz. brown longneck, with a brown deer label. The smell of this beer was dominated by malt, but I was expecting that. The taste was full and robust, but the thing that stood out from macro offerings, was the absence of any adjunct/corn flavors whatsoever. In the price range, and the lager category, this is one of my favorites.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.47/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a clearish golden yellow, very thin white head fizzed away super fast as it poured. Smell is all sweet fruity malts, very close to a white wine fruity likeness in the aroma, late notes of popcorn as it warms. Taste is smooth, crisp, mostly malts of light fruityness and grain, over quite quickly with a light creamy feel with a light fizzy carbonation and just a touch of hops carries over in the swallow. End is lightly crisp and dry. Nothing heavy here, its all about the light drinkin' and easy-goin'-down-smoothability. Which it has alot of. Its just a bit boring on the palette, basic, run of the mill, slightly-better-then-macro beer. Perhaps with a little help in the longer lasting taste dept., this could be a very good Munich Lager style brew.

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Photo of ZAP
3.76/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess they actually use cascades in this although you'd never guess it...still not a bad beer...depends on how you look at it....compared to top quality lagers this falls a little short(but is in the same ballpark)..but compared to the basic macros this is better than most (if not all)and quite good.

Pours a nice looking clear golden color...one inch head fades to nothing in seconds....nose is strained barley and corn...body is creamy and smooth...no bitterness....it is on the lighter side of medium bodied for this style....very drinkable...

Taste is sweet malt...like a helles light...I really think this is a decent every day beer and actually I'm surprised....Unfortunately this costs a little more than the macros but fortunately less than the micros....If you like regular macro beers this is worth trying....and if you hate macros you still might give it a shot because it could surprise you a little...Much better than their Schells Dark...

This would be my top choice for a basic every day...macro like lager...a great summer beer that won't break the bank....highly drinkable..

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Photo of ADR
2.7/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber and clear in appearance, head is 1/4 inch in height to start but fleeting in duration. Slightly malty aroma, just a bare sense of brown sugar. Flavor is very transparent and limited, overall, just a light impression of molasses and cane sugar comes through. The hopping seems poor, but with a light-bodied and sprtitzy carbonated general character -- this brew is easy enough to throw back in quantity. No apparent adjunct characters, just not a lot of flavor.

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Photo of budgood1
3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

the original "Deer Beer".....a nice enough lager. bought a sixer sitting lakeside this past weekend while fishing. slight malt character with just enough hops to make it more flavorful than your typical american lager. nothing too special, but it sure hit the spot when it was 90 degrees out in the summer sun. a minnesota original.

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