Schell's Pale Ale | August Schell Brewing Company

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Schell's Pale AleSchell's Pale Ale

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
replaced by Hopfenmalz

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 144 |  Reviews: 130
Reviews by freed:
Photo of freed
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pale poured a sunset copper capped with a thin white froth for a head. Nice looking, though somewhat deep in hue for a pale.

The aroma was a lax blend of noble hops. Rather British to the nose.

The taste was clean, stable, and interesting. The commingling of pale malts gave it very good depth and created a substantial body. The crisp hops also contributed to this very drinkable pale. The malts really give it a uniquely identifying characteristic, which is really a great trait in a beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear copper with a tight craterous white head that held nice retention leaving two sheets of lace behind as it settled very slowly into a creamy mass.Leafy herbal English hops in the nose quite a big dose at that over top over lightly sweet bready malt, quite balanced.Like the aromas this pale is about balance lightly sweet biscuit malt intertwined with leafy "green" hop,to me liker a bigger English style pale ale in character.Not a bad quaffer decent flavors it wont punch you in the face with hops wich is ok "sometimes".

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

Appearance – This one poured a deep, bright orange in color with a bright white, head.

Smell – The big, creamy caramel orange base came out nicely at the nose. The light, citrusy hops were a perfect complement.

Taste – Yes, this is a classic. The nice malty aspects of this Pale Ale went well with the solid citrus and grassy/floral notes. I particularly enjoyed the light rindy flavor that seemed to come up at the finish.

Mouthfeel – This one is light to medium-bodied and very creamy in the mouth with some excellent dryness at the end.

Drinkability – This is a great session pale ale. It is very even and balanced yet fun and exciting to drink.

Comments – Thanks to weefishheads for busting out this one at the PDX tasting. It was truly savored and appreciated.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
1.82/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The little label-text for this beer begins, "Pale ale is far from a traditional German style..." or something like that. Basically, it reads like an admission of guilt, or at least "hey we gave it a shot" subtext. Out it comes, a strange washed-out pumkin color with a thin layer of off-white bubbles. The nose is very faint and of herbal hops.

The taste is completely overwhelmed by biscuity malt,but distinct vegetal and metallic off flavors forge through. I can taste evidence of old hops, but hardly what I'd call "hop flavor". Pale Ale may be far from a traditional German style, but this is far from a Pale Ale, in any country. Drain-pour.

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Photo of skybluewater
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice honey gold color. The head lasts for quite a while, but leaves very little lace. Smells like a typical pale ale, but not very strong. Very nice flavor here. Tastes of caramelly malt and grapefruit hops.

This is a highly drinkable pale, one of the best I've had. Very flavorful, but not overwhelming. Definitely sessionable.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours copper amber with a thin off white head rather unimpressive no lacing to be seen either.

Aroma: Slightly citrus in nature and sweet malt fruit tones derived by the ale yeast, a sort of bready character with an off metallic finish to it.

Taste: Unimpressed here an astringent blend of hops bitterness with the slight caramel flavor in the malt, just harsh and hard to swallow down this beer is not my flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin and sharply carbonated summing this beer up as a solid one.

Drinkability: Can’t say I will ever buy this one again in fact I may just pass on the whole August Schell line of beers they are lacking in crucial areas this one mainly lacks in balance of flavors.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

( Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer has a deep amber body with a creamy white head and a nice gentle carbonation.

S- The smell of green and spicy hops is combined with a sweet pale malt.

T- This beer has a nice hop flavor that blends with a pale and biscuit malt base. The biscuit malt is kind of dry with a slight sweet light toasted flavor as well. The gentle bitterness of hops finishes this beer.

M- A medium mouthfeel with a slight fizz from the carbonation.

D- This is a well built Pale Ale. Not real hoppy but very smooth. I would like a little more complexity from the hops or have the dryness of the malt a little less pronounced.

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Photo of LordofTime25
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a copper color with a thin off white head.

Smells of buiscuty malts with a kinda earthy floral tone to it.

Tastes of carmel malts with a good hops bite that gives it that classic pale ale taste.

Very light bodied with a god carbonation.

A nice beer you could drink a few of.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Schell- Pale Ale

On tap at The Copper Stein- Terminal B Minneapolis Airport.

Appearance- light copper brown with no head.
Smell- light skunky malt with a macro adjunct hay/ straw/ corn aroma.
Taste- like it smells skunky malt with a cheap corn/ syrup blend.
Mouthfeel- sweet at first followed by a light syrupy sourness.

Overall- I think it turned. This is skunky bad, not horrible but I drank half and gave up!

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

Seems more English to me...whatever...
Nice deep golden hue, with an off-white head that shows some stick.
Floral hops bombard the olifactory sensations, but there is also an evident breadiness to provide counterpoint.
Taste is along similar lines. Caramel-drizzled bready hues establish themselves early on. Some coarse grains here as well. This is all rudimentary once the hops arrive. Big juicy floral blossoms and herbals provide the mantra for this beer. Bitter? Not especially. Hoppy? Absolutely.
Sturdy in the mouth. Nothing extravagant, but worthy nonetheless.
One of the better PA's (English or American) that I've tried recently.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from dark brown 12 oz. bottle into chilled pint glass.

Appearance - Deep golden color, almost amber. Nice foamy white head that doesn't retain long, but laces nicely.

Smell - Floral hoppy nose with nice citrus notes.

Taste - Good floral and citrus hoppy flavors with a little sweetness. A nice APA hoppy bitterness on the tongue on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Fairly light with a good carbonation.

Drinkability - I'm not a huge Pale Ale fan, but this one has a better hop and citrus, almost Grapefruit, flavor to it. A cut above many others of the style. I'd would definitely drink more. A nice balanced ABV for this style.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper orange with a thin tan head. Smells of sweet biscuit malt with a little bit of hops in the background. Flavor has more of the buscuit malts with a bitter finish and I think a hint of adjunct. Hops flavor is indistinct, flavor of general bittering hops, maybe a little citrus, some earthy herbal qualities, but pretty low key. Easy drinking and refreshing. Tastes like a nice simple beer. Best I've had from Schell's. Give it a try over the summer if you want something simple to go with your brat.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I toured the brewery a few years ago, the director told us they wanted to call it "German Pale Ale," but the gummint wouldn’t let them put a non-existent style on the label. So the label said "Garman Style" Pale Ale. And what does Schell make that isn’t German style? Pours a lighter coppery brown, thin head. Smell is indeed a bit more English than German. Interesting blend of English and German tatstes, as promised. Lighter in hop load than a "normal" APA would be, but a well-executed hybrid style.

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely bronze with a nice sized bubbly head.

Aroma is faintly English but packs plenty of spicy hops and a hint of pine.

Medium bodied, light carbonation. Seems like an odd hybrid of English pale ale and nicely hopped American pale, strange but nice. Some pineyness and nice bitterness but not at all overpowering. Finishes with a nice spicy bitterness.

Very nice pale, so far the best of the Schell beers I've sampled. Thanks to Tastytaste for the trade.

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

Pours light caramel/copper with a 1" white head. Slightly above minimal head retention & lacing

Smell: Fruitty & some grainyness

Taste: Floral hops & fruitty up front. Malt accents ound out the middle. Finishes fruitty

MF: Very good balance & very good carbonation

Very drinkable, easily one of the better beers in the sampler

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Photo of bditty187
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bronze/amber hue, good clarity, with a finger of slightly off-white head, fair retention, some spotty lace. Nicely balanced nose, equal parts citrusy hops and caramel malt. Straightforward and inviting. Excellent flavor profile, again, nicely balanced. The hops are ideally aggressive (for the style) but not out-and-out demanding, as the caramel malt is not overlooked. Pleasant, extended finish… dry, leafy but with malty, sweet, caramely influence. Medium-bodied with ideal carbonation. This English-style Pale Ale is exceedingly drinkable, if I had this beer available I’d drink it regularly. A session beer with pizzazz! Try one!

Thanks feloniousmonk!

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Photo of nortmand
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark red pour. Some head and minimal lacing.

Nice resiny, floral citrus aroma. Very nice.

Taste is very grainy, with a hop bite near the.end. Lot's of metallic flavors, but good otherwise.

Very sticky, sharp mouthfeel. Well carbonated though.

Pretty drinkable, easy pale.

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Photo of beveritt
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The label depcits what I assume is the Schell brewery, ti is on every label in some manner. No clear freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 3/4 inch of off white head. Settles slowly itno a thin layer of foam, leavinglots of lacing. The beer itself is amber. Clear, but with lots of suspended sediment.

Smell: Sligth aroma of piney hops, but not very strong.

Taste: Spicy hop flavor upfront with a bitter/citrus finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability: I like it. Good full flavored beer with enough hops, but not a hop bomb. The suspended sediment ditracts form the overall enjoyment. Doesn't really bother me, but not something I expect to see in a fresh pale ale. Maybe a 5 year old Belgian, but not this style.

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Photo of bashiba
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden orange with a thick tan head that laces down the glass well.

Smells of light malt with a flowery hop aroma and some citrus, not very strong, but good.

Taste is very crisp clean with hints of Lemon Zest and a slight herbal flavor with good hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is good with nice carbonation going on.

Drinkability is decent, would make a good refreshing summertime beer.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color, bordering orange, a nice perfume and citrus aroma, which are typical for a pale ale. Maintains a nice white lacing throughout, the initial taste of hops is dominant with a tinge of citrus, mainly orange peel, the finish is quite smooth and a bit dry, awesome taste and flavor, a great beer by Schell! The hops are jumping, but not so much where you would switch, this is very, very drinkable.

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Photo of morimech
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schell's calls this beer a German Pale Ale. One of a kind. Pours a clear amber with a large white head that has good retention. Moderate amounts of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Aroma consists of floral and citrus hints from the hops and a sweet smell from the caramel malt. Nicely balanced flavor of malt and hops. Sweet upfront with the caramel malt and citrus flavors from the hops. The bitterness at the end is mild but is definately noticed. The German yeast adds a unique dark fruit element before the finish. The body is medium/light with low carbonation. The texture is semi-creamy and quite good.

A unique beer and worth a try. Has a low ABV and the flavors are not over the top so it is very sessionable.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up as part of a sampler (at least where I am from these seem to be the only way to get beer from this brewery).

A: Poured into pint glass the beer is a clear amber, with a sticky off white head with decent retention and lacing. This sticky head seems to be the calling card of beers from this brewery, as they all look this way. A little lighter than most other APAs I've seen, also not too much carbonation, but still a nice looking beer.

S: Nice and bready with a decent kick off floral hop aroma. Something smells like it does not belong, something a bit off but I can't put my finger on it, it almost smells of pure alcohol, but not too much.

T/MF: Malt flavor dominates this pale ale with a nice thick bread and biscut taste coupled with a crisp bite of apple and lemon rind and pine nuts that leaves the mouth feeling quite dry. A bit more bitter than it initally led on as the hops attack the tongue.

D: Pretty nice and for me a bit more hop kick than Alpha Kings and Sierra Nevada Pale Ales I've tried in the past. This would not be my first choice when reaching for a pale ale, but still a nice change of pace from what I am used to.

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Photo of biteme398
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fairly pale color with some shades of orange in there. Small head that fades pretty quickly. The smell is interesting. Definitely hops but citrus as well. The citrus is sweeter than I usually get however. Taste is similar to smell. The hops are lighter than other American styles but they are still well balanced in the mix. Not terribly complex but still enjoyable.

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Photo of akorsak
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with DarkerTheBetter.

A: The ale is a pale amber color, a brighter orange color that is clouded by sediment. A two finger head sat atop the beer on pour and has laced nicely.

S: The nose is all malt, grainy with a touch of buttery note that is ringwood-esque. Some floral fruitiness also emerges.

T: The taste matches the floral (non-hoppy) flavors from the nose. A touch of hops is present to add some needed bite. The ale is nothing to get excited about.

M: The mouthfeel is dominated by the grains, full of bready flavors.

D: A good sessioner with the moderate abv but it's nothing to get excited about. The flavor profile is that of an APA, not an IPA.

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Schell's Pale Ale from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 144 ratings