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

Added by budgood1 on 12-03-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 144 |  Reviews: 130
Photo of TastyTaste
4.41/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy brow color with two fingers of white head. Looks very tasty. Smells of fruit and large amount of hops. Tastes full of hops bitterness. Very delicious. A little slick on the way down. Was very good with asian chicken. One of the best pale ale's I have had. Tasted almost strong enough to be an IPA.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
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 Adam2200
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried a sample pack with this beer luckily they put two beers of each in the pack. I am one to say I am not a pale ale drinker but this beer is a very good beer. I like the smooth taste. The smell is a standard ale with certain stoutness that surpasses others. the flavor is intense with light aftertaste witch is very good. I like this beer and recommend this sampler pack if able. Look at the website to see if you can get this pack

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Photo of Greggy
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I noticed this is categorized as an IPA. I think this is a mistake so I will review it from the viewpoint of a regular pale ale.

A- Nice golden color with no sediment, a nice 2.5 finger thick rocky head that ever so slowly recedes, but leaves some nice sticky lacing.

S- Balance Defined. Nice maltiness with just light hints of banana and light caramel but has a nice, but not harsh, hop aroma.

T- This is one smooth Pale ale. It doesn't have the hoppy bite that some have. It starts smooth and finishes smooth with a nice citrus backbone coming through in the finish but all the maltiness stays intact. This reminds me of the English Styling of Pale ale.

M- Ultra smooth and velvety with almost no carbonation but it works great with the great balance of the beer.

D- This could be my new session pale ale. It's affordable, can be found pretty easily in MN and tastes great without being to heavy. I can see myself with these in the future.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Starts off with a light pleasant malt, then the hops present subtley with a flowery sweetness and a bit of citrus. A thin but fairly steady (fizzy sounding) head. Clear, amber (maybe a little dark) with lacing. Nicely balanced beer. Built with a firm malt foundation surrounded by tartness, bitterness and a tasty hop presence. Good complexity. Finish is a long hop flavor. Decent smoothness. On the rich side (of course, it's Shell's). Well balanced carbonation. The balance in the flavors is what stands out most for me. Good brew.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce brown glass bottle. A dark green and cream color coordinated crown cap, neck and obverse label are just like that in the BA Database. The main label has an old picture of an August Schell Inn that is a throwback to the heritage of America second oldest family brewery. Described as ‘Pale Ale, A Legendary Ale’. Yellow dot matrix numbers 04098 & 00017862 are visible on the neck. No strength is listed.

Appearance: This has the classic amber-copper body with hints of a dark orange sunset when held to the light. The head that forms is a thin off-white creamy cap that has a light tan hint like that on many English Bitters; in fact its appearance immediately reminds me of such. The head doesn’t have much life to it, but it retains a covering and the lacing that it leaves, including some creamy “drink rings” looks good.

Nose: This has a very Pale Ale character to it, toasted Malts, caramel, citric hops and some fresh bread in the back end. Smells great.

Taste: Hmm, this is lovely. The first couple of swigs were taken quickly but immediately revealed a nicely balanced Pale Ale that had equal input from the American and English Malts as well as the East Kent Goldings. Caramel with a little toffee mixed in with a sharp hoppy bitterness that comes through in the finish with a floral twist.

Mouthfeel: Above average feel that has a lovely thick backbone thanks to the almost perfect conditioning.

Drinkability: Immensely quaffable, this one just begs to be partaken. The whole 12 ounce bottle lasted all of 5-10 minutes, even after a few other beers earlier today; it has a very likeable feel that is infectious. Drinks well.

Overall: Dare I say that this had a very English Pale Ale feel to it, and it is maybe why I have taken a shine to this offering from August Schell above all the other beers that I have tried from this Brewery, but I make no apologies for that. Mmmm, lovely jubbly! Very Nice.

A tip of the Bums English Cricket Cap to the MinneapolisMonk for this Anglo-American Pale Ale. Tally Ho!

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Photo of Amdahl
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very taste Pale Ale. I throughly enjoyed this beer. This beer comes in a brown bottle with no freshness dates on it. It pours a nice amber with ample white head. A very flowery aroma of hops is dominate. The taste of hops also is dominate. It finishes slightly bitter. This is a light to medium bodied beer. I am sure that I will be purchasing this beer again.

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Photo of freed
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
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 drslap
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am editing my review (1-2-09) , because I know how to review beers better now then I did on 8-12-08. (except for my choice of glass; I only had this one on hand at my friend's place).

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass.

Color is a yellow bronze with light head that leaves some decent lace.

Smell is of floral hops with notes of carmel malts. The taste is quite 'citrusy'. The floral notes come back and are much stronger. When I was drinking it, I thought I was drinking an IPA and then I looked at the category and it said it was an IPA, which made a lot of sense. This beer is a lot stronger than a regular pale ale. The malts are at a medium level, nothing overdone here. They taste kind of nutty.

Mourhfeel is very smooth, but bitter. The beer becomes very creamy at the end.

This beer is great! It is definitely one of my favorite from Schells. It is an IPA that is easy to drink and can definitely have a few in one sitting!

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Photo of cretemixer
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale orange amber in color. An ivory colored head that is dense and well formed rest for a while and then settles to a solid layer, leaving a thick collar and some nice lacing.
Sweet malt aroma with a mild floral hoppiness.
Somewhat tangy flavor. Grapefruit, a bit of caramel sweetness too. Pretty well balanced with a lingering bitterness.
Medium to light body with tingly carbonation. Nothing earth shattering here, but a nice easy drinking beer. Thank you sir(feloniousmonk), may I have another.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

" A legendary ale", the label boldly states, from the nation's second-oldest family-owned brewery.
Color, when held to the light, is a perfect orange, and the head is large and lacey, bubbly and white. Aroma is fresh and clean, yet still rich in fruit, with pineapple and citrus most prominent. On first sip, a mouthful of hops enters the fray, though the finish is short,yet sweet. Great malt back-up, and in fact, everything matches up very well. Very bright and tasty, hoppy and fruity, with a persistent caramel/nut feeling at the bottom.
An English style pale ale is outside the norm for this German brewery in rural Minnesota, but they managed to do a fine job, indeed. A perfectly flavorful session ale. My only quibble would be that, though hoppy, I'd enjoy this more with more hops. But that's me!

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Photo of jjanega08
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= beautiful orange color with a pretty impressive head and lacing.
S= pretty hoppy for Schell. Corny grain also comes through.
T= Hoppy like the smell. Citrus hops and some floral hops come through. Pretty impressive. Surprising for the brewery.
M= Clean and crisp. Dry finish
D= Very high. Excellent beer from Schell

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An extra in a recent trade, I think from Hawkeyedaz. The beer is clear and copper colored with a nice frothy foam that laces all over the glass. The beer smells nicely hoppy, light citrus and pineapple. The taste is hoppy and only slightly bitter, with nice counterplay by pale malts giving a nutty side to the beer. Nice carbonation gives an almost peppery quality to the beer. Medium body, very easy drinking. Almost like an ESB, a very good sessionable beer.

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear copper tea-like color with a nice cream-colored 2-½ finger head. A lovely smell of slightly burned toast and butter bellow from the bubbly head and make your mouth water. The taste mimics the smell along with light hops and and finish with a mild burned bitter finish. This light to medium bodied brew finishes a little on the dry side. Nice solid brew IMO! Cheers

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Photo of morimech
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
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 mynie
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours wonderfully. The dark amber of a good APA and this is the only Schell beer I've had that had any sort of head on it.

Smells of deep hops with hints of adjunct grain and a good malt odor that's surprising along with such strong hops. Pretty nice, actually.

Big hops upfront, moving into grainy biscuit along with hops in the middle. There's a very nice sweet malt backbone that leads into a dry, hoppy aftertaste. Terrific.

This is easily the best beer that Schell includes in their mixed sixer.

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Photo of budgood1
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i had no idea that they brewed a pale ale....from the back of the bottle: "first brewed in 1996, August Schell's Pale Ale is not a traditional beer for a brewery steeped in German tradition. We hope you will enjoy the flavor and aroma of our East Kent Golding hops along with the full bodied flavor of our European and American Malts". that all being pours out a clear orange color with a big fluffy white head. a strong aroma of hops with a malty undertone. taste is very strong of hops...almost IPA in style! a sturdy malt base is overridden by the bitter hops. it has a dry finish and a lingering bitterness on the tongue. very tasty if you like your EPA's hopped up. thanks to my dad for picking this up after his tour of Schell's last month.

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Photo of ski271
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium-dark copper with a very small, slightly off-white, thin, foamy head that quickly diminished to a film. Moderate lacing with a couple rings early.

Smell: Herbal, piney, and slightly citrus hops over an excellent roasted, nutty malt backbone. A little cereal and caramel in there too.

Taste: Citrus rind bitterness up front, followed by a moderate malt sweetness. Not quite as balanced as the aroma led me to expect, but still quite good.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, slightly oily texture, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a good pale ale, nothing mind blowing here, but definitely a good showing and worth a try. The best of the six beer in their variety case.

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Photo of skybluewater
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
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 Jodio
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tavernjef
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a light coppery amber with a nice cream colored head thats fairly tall at just under an inch, fades fairly fast, to a skim always present and some stringy lacing. Smell is a nice soft blend of doughnut-like caramel malts and citrusy/fruity hops that have a light apple-like aroma along with the actual apple flower (before its a fruit), nice little touch in the nose. Taste is also a well balanced little treat of soft bready mini doughnut-like malts, maybe the state fair is rubbing off on me but the caramel malts blended with the hops really reminds me of a doughnut like sugar or scone/muffin with a nice even surge of lightly herbal and fruity hops showing in near the finish. Incredibly smooth and steady medium body, light easy finish blending some light mild fruity crispness. Super drinkable and is a top O' da line session brew.

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Photo of Offa
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty and enjoyable pale ale nicely dryness and hoppy to just dominate malty sweetness, without being particularly bitter.

Amber, it has a thin but lasting off-white head and a little weak lace.

The aroma is very nice, malty with flowery hops and a fruity quality, hint os citrus and leaves.

The taste is fruity, flowery, leafy with toasted grain, leaves, and hints of citrus. The malt and hops are both quite noticeable but in great balance, making it is dry and neither particularly sweet nor particularly bitter, although I can detect hints of both. Despite the dryness, it is not bland and has a good feel, unlike many other beers that I find to be overly dry. It is smooth and goes very well with food.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pristine light amber, almost golden brew. Visible carbonation feeds a fluffy, airy light-tan head, which retained as a thin, but pretty consistent bubble layer.

S-Herbal hoppiness with a citrusy nuance. Perhaps a hint of toasty/nutty aroma.

T-Hebal hops dominate the flavor initially, giving way to a toasty, bready malt with a hint of sweetness. Hop bitterness is appropriately balancing. Finishes bitter, nutty, and dry.

M-Moderate body, unoffensive. Medium carbonation.

D-Pretty drinkable, while providing a fun profile of flavors. A quality presentation by the Schell Brewery.

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Photo of Chaz
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressively poured into a Libby mug produces a rocky, pale tan head. Good duration and lacing. Color is pale golden amber, and nearly brilliant to the eye. Moderate carbonation, with half a dozen streams of fine bubbles cascading upwards. Nose is slightly pronounced citric hops with a mild metallic tang and a nice blend of pale and caramel malts. Tangy, semi-sweet malt on the first sip, with notes of pineapple and mild caramel or candi sugar. Lingering bitterness. Fairly vigorous bittering aspects to what appears a rather light-bodied pale ale, this nonetheless exhibits a fuller body as it warms. Also, the caramel malt takes precedence in the flavor profile as this warms, but it never truly eclipses the hop bitterness which seems more notable with each sip – this reminds me very favorably of Anchor Liberty in this regard. The citric hop from the nose (Cascades?) expresses a pleasant aromatic aspect throughout, and acts as a nice, mild counterpoint to the slowly emerging biscuity malt characteristics. Not exactly fruity at all, but the hops do impart a citric (grapefruit) character, and there’s definitely some complexity and interplay going on here, it’s not an average APA in the least! Alcohol is all but buried here, making the quite drinkable. Mouthfeel is smooth and lively, not quite creamy: there’s a slightly acidic character here thanks to the hops. Final impression: I used to drink this when it was called “German Pale Ale”, and while I miss that colorful name, it hasn’t changed appreciably since its inception, which is a *good* thing. Apart from the generous hop use, I’ve always felt that this brew could admirably describe itself as a pale and fairly accurate rendition of an Altbier! A great beer.

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Schell's Pale Ale from August Schell Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 144 ratings.
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