Wild Rice Farmhouse Ale | August Schell Brewing Company

Wild Rice Farmhouse AleWild Rice Farmhouse Ale
36 Ratings
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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mothman on 10-03-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of mattfungus
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have only found this one in the six pack mixes and I have to mix them up in the cooler so I can get just these, though if I make a mistake Schells still has a real good selection.

What I think makes them different from other beers in the midwest is their unique yeasty flavor. They dont hold back on it and a love the flavor of it.

This is a nice farmhouse ale and has an old fashioned flavor that makes feel like you;re stepping back to prohibition days.

The wild rice is barely detectable, and what it gives is some nice lacing to the finish.

The schells beer labels are nice too.

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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 pdoran10
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

my sister and i brewed a saison today and she brought this bottle over for me to try. love saisons, don't love wild rice, so hmm...

pours out a pretty translucent golden color with not much haze. I like haze in my sasions. this has the same appearance as lemon pepper longshot saison but more head, three full fingers that go away quickly with not much lacing.

smell is cotton candy belgian candi sugar, a slight yeatiness like a bakery. earthy hops very present.

taste is a bit sweet maybe from candi sugar up front which is a bit more sweet than i like. the yeasty belgian profile isnt very noticable in the taste. next i get a really nice tart bite, maybe from the wild rice? it some how tastes like dry, tart tangerine. some musty earthiness from the hops like a slightly ginger rain soaked grass. some flavors here i like, some i dont, but good.

mouthfeel seems thinnish. not overly watery, but a very clean non hazy beer. a bit lower carbonation than id like, but the level works here.

very drinkable and refreshing. the nice tart twang going on really makes this beer. could have quite a few of these in a night.

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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 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 jera1350
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pale gold color with a moderate off-white head. Lots of cascading bubbles throughout the body.

Quite belgian like in smell. A little bit of a funky straw scent. Some light fruit and white pepper.

Tart and funky up front. Plenty of lightly sour fruit with some horse blanket and wild rice graininess. Nice white pepper on the back end and into the finish along with a hint of alcohol. Nice combination of funk and tartness.

Medium bodied and mostly smooth. A touch of prickly carbonation.

Drinks quite nicely. I could do a couple of these. Really a nice beer that definitely fits the farmhouse bill. Recommended.

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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 feloniousmonk
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear yellow tint, slim white head on this pour.

Aroma: funky and wild, right on, saison. light citrus notes, gentle spice.

Taste: great play on the palate at first, low bitterness, but plenty of sass. Tart and tongue spanking, just a little sweet, with spice coming in loud and clear. Apple and pear in the flavor, a bit of citrus. Tasting the wheat here, not sure if I can pick up on the wild rice, though, not really my baiiliwick.

Tasty little guy, here, the second Belgian style ever attempted by August Schell Brewing. Really fits the feel of a true saison, with a Minnesota twist.

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Photo of ovaltine
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of I2uss
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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 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 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 hardy008
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a white head which is not very large, and vanishes quickly. The aroma is very sweet, and has bananas, cloves, yeast, and a very small hint of wild rice.

While still somewhat sweet, the flavor is not as sweet as the aroma. The wild rice comes through more in the taste, than in the aroma. Bananas and cloves are present, as is yeast, and some funk. Not a bad effort, considering that Schell's usually specializes in lagers.

Light to medium bodied, with a good amount of carbonation. Finishes dry, and is smooth, and easy to drink. This is a nice effort from August Schell, and I look forward to trying the next beer in the Stag Series.

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bold gold with canary colored edges and a disappointingly small and nearly featureless crown of ivory colored foam. Plenty of uprushing bubbles do their damndest to keep things inflated... eventually losing the battle in about three minutes. Minimal lace doesn't help.

The nose is earthy and somewhat fruity-spicy. Not exactly classic for the style, but not that far off either. The earthiness is most likely coming from the use of wild rice (which isn't rice at all, but a grain-producing grass) and a wee bit of rye.

Schell's Wild Rice Farmhouse Ale is interesting beer that has no shortage of flavors or flavor intensity. It wouldn't be nearly as good if the ABV was... say... 5.0%. Thanks to a good bit of messy esteriness (a positive), it tastes like some type of Belgian ale yeast was used.

The beer is more bitter-dry and tangy than sweet, although neither one draws too much attention to itself. Malt and yeast are clearly the stars of this show. WRFA tastes like a more earthy-phenolic-tart Belgian pale ale, with all sorts of flavors zinging this way and that. Come to think of it, that describes unfunky farmhouse ales pretty well.

The body/mouthfeel barely earns the above score. Just when it feels like it wants to fade away, it perserveres and adds a final blip of creaminess and smooth-edged carbonation.

Stag Series Batch #2 (Wild Rice Farmhouse Ale) is better beer than Stag Batch #1 (Barrel Aged Schmaltz's Alt). Here's hoping the boys from New Ulm come back to this one again, because it's one of the most characterful and tasty things they brew.

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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 pisomojado8
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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 BieresDesMoines
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle! Pours a very slightly hazy light orange almost to the point of deep golden with a big white tight head that looses up in a hurry and doesn't leave much lace to speak of. The aroma is perfumy with notes of banana, orange zest, light pepper, and floral hops right up front. The flavor is earthy and minerally with some orangepeel. As the glass progresses notes of rosewater, banana, and earthy hops show up. The beer is dry in a sort of crackery way. Seems much more like an odd earthy saison than a beer centered on featuring wild rice.

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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 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 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 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 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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Wild Rice Farmhouse Ale from August Schell Brewing Company
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