Wild Rice Farmhouse Ale | August Schell Brewing Company

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Wild Rice Farmhouse AleWild Rice Farmhouse Ale

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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
Photo of hardy008
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Mdog
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
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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Photo of dpnelson1978
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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 boomer31
3.72/5  rDev 0%
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 Bighuge
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
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 KarlHungus
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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 morimech
3.61/5  rDev -3%
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 jera1350
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
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 pdoran10
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
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 garymuchow
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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 mothman
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
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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Wild Rice Farmhouse Ale from August Schell Brewing Company
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