Wild Rice Farmhouse Ale | August Schell Brewing Company

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Wild Rice Farmhouse AleWild Rice Farmhouse Ale

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mothman on 10-03-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by tewaris:
Photo of tewaris
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass filled to the brim: pub style. However, vigorous swirling was unable to force any head, let alone Belgian magnificence out of this beer. The beer itself is very clear, and seems reddish golden colored in the pub light.

Aroma is big on fruit with hints of apples, pears, and apricots complimented by the tartness and a touch of pepper. Not heavy on phenols and quite inviting. Taste is similar to aroma: begins tart and fruity on the palate with prickly carbonation and ends in a lightly bitter, dry finish with light phenolic aftertaste. The beer is well carbonated but not as much as it should be, or maybe it just wasn't cold enough. The body is medium and full of flavor, and yet this ale is very refreshing.

I should drink this again at the right temperature and in the right glassware because I believe this beer deserves a better score. Recommended!

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Photo of bsp77
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Chalice.

Appearance: Clear, bright gold with initial frothy head which diminishes to a fine line.

Smell: Very Belgian with banana, clove, fleshy fruit and pepper. After some time, the aroma becomes a little too much like solvent.

Taste: Dried-out fleshy fruit and banana with strong clove and pepper spiciness. A little too subdued overall. Not sure I detect the wild rice, but there is an odd, slightly unpleasant aftertaste.

Feel: Very effervescent - heavily carbonated with a relatively light body and dry finish.

Drinkability: Based on the overall light flavor, it would be easy to drink if not for the aftertaste. Fairly weak Saison overall - between this and what I remember of SnowStorm 2007, I am not sure Belgians are Schell's forte.

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Photo of cokes
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly blurred brassy gold with a sporty white foam that rises and falls quickly, leaving little lace.
Lemon juice aroma with apple cider vinegar, a suggestion of wild rice nuttiness, and a vague yeasty mustiness.
Apple cider prevails in the mouth. Lemon juice and vinegar acidity add tartness. The yeast is doughy and dank, with musty cellar suggestions. Wild rice brings its calling-card nuttiness, which is neither entirely in-tune nor out of place with everything else. It gathers a late, floral, herbal hoppiness, and finishes continually tart.
A fairly high level of CO2 flushes itself out quickly, leaving it a bit flat feeling over time.
I'm in the middle of the road here. There are some interesting characteristics, but it doesn't really cohere into a interesting beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Princeton's Liquors. This is a pretty decent take on the style, but the lack of natural carbonation holds it back from being great. I immediately recognized the farmhouse aroma of lemon and citrus horse blanket. The body is dry and spicy but it lacks that fine carbonation. The nutty notes from the wild rice are a lovely touch, but overall this beer could use a touch more subtlety.

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Photo of morimech
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a thin head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Light lacing is left on the glass. Aroma at first is a little off putting. At first I thought it smelled like wet paper sacks or cardboard. As it opens up I would describe it as a phenolic spiciness. It does not lack in aroma but it just is not something I would describe as good. Luckily the flavor is definately better. A lot of spice up front, some vinous fruitiness, nutty, and dry malt. Very complex with a little rustic nature. Light body, nicely carbonated, has a good mouthfeel. Schell really stepped outside their box with this beer. A unique and suitable interpretation of the style.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

golden amber color that was completely hazed over and cloudy with a full three inches of head sitting on top of the glass that just dripped down the sides throughout the entire session.

aroma is deep hops and herbs right from the front. dense citrus and floral lavender and herbs come through very clearly and brightly as the smell is intoxicating and just remarkable. i really am not paying attention to those panning this one as i thought it was remarkable. such a bright and flavorful beer. deep citrus hops, lavender and chamomile, hints of herbs, fresh grasses, light spices

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear orangish gold color with a very large, rocky, foamy, sticky white head. Very good retention leaving a thin layer of lace.

S - Slightly strange aroma, not typical saison aroma. Some honey and plenty of golden fruit (apple, pear, golden raisin). Tart with some spice (white pepper and clove). Only traces of hay/barnyard aroma.

T - Similar to the nose with a weird flavor that isn't really saison like. Plenty of tart white grape/wine like flavor. Lemony citrus as well. Some golden fruit, like the nose, with a little sweetness. Decent amount of spice as well.

M - Light body with plenty of carbonation. Crisp feel.

D - Drinkable beer, but not really what I was expecting. I didn't have trouble finishing a bottle, but I don't really want another.

Notes: Interesting beer. Unfortunately I wasn't overly thrilled by it. A lot of white grape/wine and golden fruit with a tart feel, all of which was pretty unexpected. Not really saison like. Possibly worth a try, although I wasn't a big fan of this.

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this one...
Appears a transparent light gold with a small white cap that slowly fizzles away. Tiny bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of honey, dandelions, wet hay, and yeast.
Taste is of the aromas, with sweet honey flavors flowing along the palate.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, semi-sweet, and dry in the finish.

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Photo of ovaltine
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of AgentZero
2.63/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear orange color with a large white head. Decent retention, little bit of lacing.

S - Maybe by name, but on nose this is not a saison. Sweet rice smell with some sweeter fruit, banana, little bit of clove.

T - Too sweet and oily, golden fruits, lemon, little bit of citrus, and that common "rice" taste that rice beers seem to have. Not a fan.

M - Thin, oily, strong carbonation.

D - Drinks easier than a 7%, but the taste makes it hard to drink somehow. Too sweet and strange tasting, don't care for this.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into glass tulip.

$7.99 / 6-pk.

A: Bright amber to light copper body topped with a big loose off-white head that quickly dissipates leaving moderate lacing and a bubbly cover.

S: Light banana and clove aroma with lots of sweet bready character. Hints of lemon citrus. Very little hop on the nose.

T: Spicy pepper with a noticeable lactic tang over a predominately sweet fruit and biscuit backbone. No hop flavor or aftertaste, but this is a very entertaining beer that begs for contemplation.

M: Very light body with heavy carbonation. Extremely crisp and refreshing.

D: If farmhouse is your thing you will have no problem throwing this one back all night long.

O: Very impressive showing from Schell on this one.

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Photo of aliving1
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at stub and herbs the other day.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retetion and lacing. The nose is fairly attractive, showcasing honey and some orange and lime citrus. It's nice, though I wish there was more to it. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, though once again it doesn't really have as much flavor as I would like. Mouthfeel is light to the point the beer is a actually a bit watery, something that surprised me given the abv. Drinkability is pretty good, as I got no sense whatsoever of the 7% abv. in this beer.

An interesting and enjoyable beer, though I thought the flavor profile a bit simple and one dimensional. Still, I was happy to be able to sample this the other day.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear bronze color with orange hues. The head is two inches in height, and recedes into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of leather, hay, and a faint hint of barnyard funk. The taste is of pale malt with a bitterness that is higher than usual for a saison. There are yeasty flavors present, but they are on an equal plain with the malt and hops instead of upfront as they are in most farmhouse ales. It is good none the less, and the more I sip the more I like it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a good beer from Schell's Brewing Company. It is good to see them doing a limited release series. I look forward to drinking this beer while it is around, and trying the next beer in the series when it comes out.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So clearing out long unused boxes from the days when I used to trade semi-regularly, I found my first straggler, a beer unseen and wrapped in bubble wrap for 6+ months before I could get to it. Thank you, Bill. Best by 28 Feb 2011.

Pouring a mildly hazy orange with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and nice lacing. The nose has a blend of stale pale malt, some citrus (orange in particular), some grains and honey. There isn't much of a yeast character that I'd expect from a saison here, and it smells too sweet too. There is, however, a moderate ester character with some tropical fruit. That said, it is still pretty decent as a beer.

I really wish I'd found this beer sooner, as the flavors I'm getting now are pretty promising. Fairly dry with a mild acidity, there's some citrus hops leaning heavily on the flavor, orange and sweet lemons. Mildly yeasty, this is more like a hoppy Belgian Pale than a saison, which it has none of the characteristics of. I can't say I get much wild rice character here. Sweetness is medium-low with mostly the juicy hop character, as well as some honey. Drying, mildly tart on the finish (a blend of carbonic acid and apple-like acidity), this beer is moderately carbonated. A little alcohol also appears on the finish. Solid stuff, this. Given the age, this seems to have held up *pretty* well.

And for those who care, my scores here aren't for the style, if I were to score it as a saison, I'd give it a 4/2/2/3.5/2.5

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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Stub & Herb's.

A - Poured a clear, golden-orange color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left thin trails of lace.

S - It smelled slightly funky and quite fruity. There is a nice sweet aroma, too.

T - It had a good spicy bite with an apple-like fruitiness. Some pear, too. A little phenolic.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty nice beer. I was glad to find this on tap on my trip to the Twin Cities.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Able to snag an early bottle. Thanks David from Austin.
Poured into SN tulip glasses (Amazingly, I don't have any Schell's glassware - I need to do something about that - hopefully but not likely before the new Snowstorm arrives).
Very lightly colored - golden and brilliantly clear. One inch bleached out head with ample and rapid bubbles from the nucleation. Dripping white laciness.
Sweet then tart fruitiness that is followed by an evident phenolic of mild spice with pepper. Nicely complex.
Flavor is complex too. Fruit - tart citrus (lemon especially) and some banana - with a noticeable yeast flavor that seems to hold some wheat malt qualities too. Nice clean tartness yet finishes dry and leaving me yearning for a rapid re-wetting of the palate. Wild rice seems a tad hard to detect. There is a mild grounding flavor of earthiness that could be the rice or the yeast - nonetheless it helps with the complexity. Interesting mix of tartness, sourness and dryness - some takes seems more pleasing than others, but none are bad. I'm mixed on the phenolic and yeasty spiciness. I like the pepper, but there is a heavy laying down of straight yeast flavor that takes away somewhat from the rest of the flavors (small issue - and maybe unavoidable - and seems to diminish as warms).
Light body and refreshing feel makes for easy drinking.
An incredibly complex brew and unlike anything from this brewery. Bottle dated good until end of February. That might be interesting. My drinking partner on my first bottle made the comment that it was too out of season for him and that he'd prefer it about July 4th. Hard to argue that this may have hit the spot best then. Fortunately, we are in the midst of a heckofa' warm shot this October, so it doesn't feel so quite out of season for me. Nice brew and many thanks to Schell's (and Summit and Surly) for bringing such interesting home grown beer to the residents of the North Star State. This goes on the list of interesting, flavorful and enjoyable new beers of the past few years.
Yes sir, I liked it.
Since the review I've had several occassions to sample both bottle and on tap. The nuttiness from the wild rice varies. I like it when it's stronger (I noted it most on tap).

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Photo of tavernjef
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bodied lighter goldenrod yellow tone with lots of activity within at first. Topped briskly about a finger high by some crispy white foam. Good amount of lacing in choppy, chunky strings of lacing.

Aroma is light and fruity; appley, pear, and starfruit with a nice twang of wild rice, pasta water, lemongrass.

Taste is a nice meld of what the aroma lends with wild rice soup dashed with a bit of lemongrass. Ghosted spices splay about underneath and lift a bit around the finish on the back end of the palate.

Body is a round, lean, clean, semi chewy malt rendered, sweetish medium body; perhaps a tad thin in areas, but not. Just as it escapes some taste, the body recaptures some boost and creates a smooth sweet tangy side that's welcome and quite easy going.

A nice surprise to find on the shelf. A fairly solid wild rice beer with a twist of Saison that definately says Schell's.

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Photo of mothman
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color is a clear yellow gold with some active carbonation. Has a white head.

Aroma: Very tripel like. Bananas, cloves, yeast. Where is the wild rice? Doesn't smell like a saison. Belgian like.

Taste: The wild rice comes out a lot more here. It has bananas and cloves. Tastes like a tripel or a belgian pale ale. Some alcohol shows. Has herbal, grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, crisp. Lighter bodied, but filling if that makes any sense. Medium to high carbonation. Fairly clean. Ends dry with spices.

Overall, it's not bad but it doesn't taste much like a saison. I will have to try it out of the bottle when it comes out. A bit let down with this saison.

Edit: opened up a bottle June 2017. Probably 6.5-7 years old at this point. Still has the banana, clove, spice profile going on. Very Belgiany. But still, not much of a saison.

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Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed in a tent, in Itasca State Park, with two card-playing little girls next to me & real wild rice on the lakes nearby. Seems appropriate to me.

Pour is a pale yellow w/head. Distinct saison yeast in the nose, along with cloves & banana (is this a hefe?).

Wild Rice Farmhouse Ale is...strikingly odd. Hefe leads in the taste again, banana, cloves, cracked-earth-drought dry. Unsalted nuts & rice come out of the brew as it warms, but without seeing the label, I doubt I could identify the wild rice aspect. Did Schell's beat this into canoes the old fashioned way?

Just a strange brew, meng. Pretty good, but glad I only bought a single of this, it would take a very specific mood (like this one right here) to entice me to order up another one.

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Photo of ZAP
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color...nice fruity and spciy aroma...dried banana chips, limes... black pepper....a.

The taste is spot on for a saison...fruitiness is more citrus than banana and there is a slight sourness (limes)to the flavor..spicy notes are abundant as well.

Body is sprtizy and about medium is size...

I'm not a big fan of this style but this is well done. Never picked up any wildrice nuttiness or anything but it may have been overwhelmed by the yeasty/spiciness..

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Photo of budgood1
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out a bubbly, partly cloudy gold nugget colour with a frothy finger high head supported by some active carbonation. some chunky lace. aroma is some apples and pears followed by some earthy nuttiness and ever so slight sour teasing yeastiness. semi-tart flavours of apple and white grape appear then are gone followed by a moderate amount of sweet maltiness intertwined by a bit of yeast and lemongrass. alcohol spice shows up and delivers a warming sensation, too. the flavours are definitley layered and there is a bit of complexity involved here...definitely herbal and fruity with a touch of nuttiness. body is ample with a rounded yet carbed up mouthfeel, letting the drinker catch little nuances every time i sip. finishes dry. drinkability is pretty fair...at first i thought this might well be a summer quencher but the higher ABV lends itself well to be a winter quaffer as well.

overall i'm a bit conflicted as to how much i really like this. it's an interesting concoction and since i have limited experience with saisons and farmhouse ales, i'm judging purely on whether it agrees with me or not.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear golden body. Thin beige head with little stick to it. Aroma jumps out of the glass with snappy yeastiness and some spice and citrus. Nice fresh baked bread tones on the nose. Flavor comes right at you too. Spicy and fruity and estery and phenolic. I actually perceive some fusels as well, but they aren't prominent enough to be a distraction. Lemon peppered accents to the bready malt base give a bright feel to it all. Interesting flavor. Body is medium and the carbonation is moderately high. Finiish is quite dry. Interesting take.

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Photo of boomer31
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a light yellow (rich urine) color with a thin white lacing

S - hints of citrus (orange, lemon) and some leathery funk.

T - Zesty and light, citrus notes and almost bready. A bit dry but a nice light almost saison flavor.

M - Light bodied and highly carbed. Dry

D - Very easily down. A nice saison, very citrusy.

Overall a nice beer from schells. I think if they market this as a 'light summer' beer, it would be a hit with BAs and non-BAs alike. A good beer, nothing to write home about but fun for those that are less familiar with the style.

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Photo of Mdog
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear gold, lots of carbonation bubble streams, ok head.

Smell: Kind of hard to describe, but fruity and yeast is how I would put it.

Taste: Kind of wine-like grape at first, then some clove flavor followed by a lemon and black pepper finish.

Drinkability: I'll drink the 6er but not my favorite combination of flavors.

#2 in the Stag series, this is something a little different from Schell. I'm not a big saison drinker as I don't see much difference between them and less expensive weizens. The wine-like flavor reminds me of some boozy malt liquor, but the lemon/black pepper finish is pretty good. Interesting to try.

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Wild Rice Farmhouse Ale from August Schell Brewing Company
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