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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Photo of mikesgroove
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

medium to light amber color with a thick head of white that sat on top throughout the entire session, nice lacing down the glass.

aroma is light, nice little notes of citrus, hints of apple, pears, light grasses and a smooth, even flavor or light fruity yeast. as i take the first sip i get the clean, crisp flavor right off the bat. really nicely done. clean and light hops, a good strain of yeast and very nice carbonation all lead to a solid pale

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Photo of rings
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I decided to give their Pale Ale a try.

While it's supposedly "steeped in German heritage"--which seems a bit odd for an English style--it can definitely be described as an American pale ale. It has more body than I expected and an East Kent Golding dry finish, which is rather pronounced. While perhaps a little thinner than most locally brewed versions, it's actually not too bad--in fact, it's surprisingly tasty--and fair representation of the style.

I'm curious to try a few more of their efforts.

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Photo of biteme398
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
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 brewdub17
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mostly brass body with spots of an opaque light orange takes presence in the center. Thick head sits atop and leave beautiful lacing.

Smell: Strong malty base takes shape with small amount of hop smells. A metallic, watery smell is present and not too complimentary.

Taste: A very malty base makes up most of the flavor. Hints of bittering hops comes later and is complimented well with small citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: Covers the mouth well with the strong malty sweetness and finds balance with the crisp finish and very small hop character.

Drinkability: Does a pretty decent job with balance and doesn't have many flavors that are too prevalent.

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Photo of dstc
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper orange with a full, foamy white head. Head falls slow to a minimal one but stays. Decent lace.

Sweet yet floral hop nose. Bit of yeast. Smells good.

Nice mild hop taste, floral and pleasant. Bit of a sweet malt background. Ends with a full bitter finish.

Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Very nice, easy drinking APA. I like it.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5-06-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Cloudy copper color with 2 fingers of foam, dispersed rather quickly, good lacing ring though, good amount of carbonation

S - Caramel and orange peel, malts and piney hops at the end

T - For sure picked up orange citrus taste, light to medium bodied taste

M/D - Taste a good amount of hops at first but mellowed out and got pretty mild and very easy to drink. A good brew from Schell's that should had. I recommend this brew

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Photo of AmberMan22
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright macaroni orange with a frothy bone-white head. scraps of lace cling along the glass during the ride.

Smells crisp and refreshing. Hops jump out immediately, but don't overload the tastebuds. Citrus backs up the hops, and some sweet butter-cookie pale malt provides the foundation.

This is certainly less hoppy than many APA's I've tried recently, and that's the only knock against Schell's Pale Ale.

Overall a very drinkable beer, but I think I'll stick to Summit if I want a good, local Pale Ale.

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Photo of kegger22
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Schell Pale Ale was an amber color with a half-inch, off-white head that faded to a collar.

The aroma was mostly sweet malt.

The taste was skewed toward the malty sweet side and buttery. The hops are only a slight factor, but this may be due to being past it's best by date. Still tasted pretty good, but I would like to try some fresh.

The mouth feel was light to medium bodied, oily and ample carbonation.

Drinkability was just fine; low ABV, good flavor and reasonable price.

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Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, slight earthy malt, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, hops, slight earthy malt, and slight dark citrus. Overall, a great blend, good body, and good aroma.

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Photo of jwc215
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to morimech!
Freshness date of 041710 stamped on the neck:

Pours a light copperish amber with a very thin white head that doesn't last very long. Vanishing dotted lacing slides down the glass.

The smell is bready with a spicy hop aroma - East Kent Golding, according to the label. Slightly tart citric fruitiness with some peppery spicing.

The taste is bready with sourdough and light tart-ish citrus. A sweet malt backbone balances it until hop bitterness comes through in the finish.

Light-to-medium-bodied. Flavor holds on for a decent amount of time.

An APA with an English hop touch - not bad at all. Very drinkable - pretty hoppy with malt backbone showing through to balance it... A nice, interesting pale ale from a brewery that is more known for their German-style brews!

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Photo of RJUGA03
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Basically a heavy golden transparent body with a ring-a-round the outter glass white-ish head.
S-Slightly caramel and toasted notes detected with a faint hop presence.
T-Sweet and pleasant on the uptake with lasting hopped finish.
M-Thicker/ higher gravity on the intake with a tingled dry lasting aftertaste.
D-This beer is drinkable, but not for me because it's overly average.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a deep golden color, almost orange with a nice cap of frothy head that sticks to the glass leaving nice bits of lacing. The nose is not overwhelming but is of earthy and floral hops, perhaps a touch of citrus, also a solid toasty malt backdrop. The taste is definitely skewed towards the hoppier side; the citrus seems to come out more in the form of grapefruit, there is some pine resin too. This is contrasted by a nice bready, toasty malt backdrop that definitely takes a back seat to the hops. A bit more aggressive on the hop bitterness, I've seen beers of this bitterness classified as IPAs before (a mild IPA albeit). Mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a slightly aggressive yet adequate carbonation. Overall a drinkable APA, perhaps the lingering bitterness could be cut back a bit but so far this is my favorite out of their 6-pack sampler.

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Photo of PaleAlien2
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange, like the color of liquid honey. Fairly minimal head leaves white lacing.

Smells really good. Nice pale malt with prevalent floral hops.

A little thin in the malt department. Backed up by a hop punch. Kind of a mineral aftertaste.

Body is somewhat thin.

Good but not extraordinary. Would make an excellent session ale.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into an American Tumbler. 121309 Date printed on the neck. No other info.

A - Totally clear and a gold honey color, it has a fantastic white head that's three fingers tall with superb retention. As it went down, it got very rocky but left massive amounts of lacing all over the glass! Foam stayed til the last sip!

S - Light, straw-like pale malts in the background with a mild but unique hop aroma of floral, light hops.

T - A mineral flavor comes across at first followed by dry and lightly bitter hops. Floral and a touch citrusy. The pale malts resided in the background giving it a lighter, hoppier flavor.

M - Lighter-bodied and bitter to the finish with a very dry feel on the tongue.

D - Appearance-wise it scored big-time. Otherwise it falls short a bit. Flavor suffers from a strong mineral presence and a lack of solid, distinctive components. It's alright overall for a session beer but I'd never seek it out again.

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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 CRichardsMN
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out into a 16oz pub glass. Pours bright mostly clear orange with a very loose off-white hear that falls pretty quickly and leaves very sticky bubbly lacing.

Sweet malts and very floral citrus hops, very full nose.

Tastes very much like the nose, nicely sweet caramel up front then a full floral citrus bite that flows into a slightly dry, tart bitterness. Full and straightforward flavors.

Lightly carbonated (though flowed over the bottle and glass with head) but smooth and full. Fills up the mouth and lingers around.

Though getting a little too far down the hop-water stream, this is a very decent beer. If it fit my preferences more closely, I've be all over this one.

#2 of 6 styles out of the August Schell sampler pack. I can't believe I haven't had anything from there before (only 120mi from home). Very solid representation so far. Bring on the thick stuff!

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Photo of pmccallum86
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden red color with a light fluffy head.

Smell is nothing to special, light hop aromas with malt scents also present, more malt than hops.

Taste is like the smell, nice array of malt flavors but just not enough hops.

Feels great going down, a nice session beer but it just doesn't make the mouth water.

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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 argock
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. Bottled on date on bottle neck. Purchased as part of 12-pack Schell's Sampler.

A: Sunny orange with 1-finger, oatmeal colored head with sticky retention and some lace crusting at the top of the glass.

S: Bright hops citrus and floral aromas are met with a pretty solid pale malt sweetness

T: Flavor is a little below the nose's potential, but it is enjoyable nonetheless. Light caramel and pale malt sweetness is mildly underwhelming but are propped up nicely by orange and more spicy, earthy hops flavors than detectable in the aroma profile.

M: A tad thin as more malting would give this brew a boost. Carbonation is predictably low and aftertaste is plenty sweet and hoppy.

D: A very good APA from a brewery better known for their lagers. More malt matched with a little more floral hops would push this one up a tier.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with freshness date

Appearance: Dark golden beer with nice clarity; a vigorous pour produces a big sticky fluffy ivory cap with good retention and awesome sheets of lacing all the way down

Smell: Nice mild floral hop character, just a bit earthy and minerally too, simple but nice

Taste: Decent levels of floral hops and a light/medium hop bitterness and some very light toasty biscuit...again simple but good

Mouthfeel: Light/medium

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Nothing special, but a very solid pale ale...almost more in the English tradition IMO; great beer to pair with pub fare

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Photo of JamesS
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a decent light copper color with some nice initial head and a bit of lacing. Nice slight hoppy scent, not horribly strong, but it's there with a slight hoppiness. Great taste, a nice beer with great hop aftertaste, mostly American hops to start, but with a slight eggy English hop at the end, too, I think. Goes down quite well, a nice APA.

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Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best by 11/12/09

pours golden copper with a 1+ finger head that leaves lacing all over the glass

smells of sweet malts and bitter hops

taste reminds me alot of SNPA but with more of a malt backbone

mouthfeel is light and crisp just what i want in a pale

drinkabiltiy is good - i just got one in the sample six pack but for a dollar less a sixer then SNPA i will buy this again

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Photo of meatmallet
2.72/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A medium amber color with a very thin white head. The head was gone instantly. There is a light steady stream of carbonation rising to the top.

Smell: Very light on the nose. Grapefruit, lemon, and spices mae up the majority of the smells in this one. Nothing too stand out though.

Taste: Malty and bitter which is to be expected. Like the Pilsner I just had there is a metallic taste to it.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Medium bodied and highly carbonated. It is dry like a wine. I was a bit disappointed in this one.

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Photo of Rayek
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nonic.

A: Pale amber with good clarity and active carbonation. The off-white head starts strong, has decent retention and leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Pleasant, if not overly complex. Biscuits, plus grapefruit and lemon citrus sums things up.

T: A moderate citrus bitterness dominates. A toasted malt flavor adds some extra complexity. Finishes with a light lingering bitterness.

M: The medium-light body is slightly oily and has the right amount of fizz.

D: This is a simple and easy drinking APA. There are better takes on this style, but this s nice beer in its own right.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
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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Schell's Pale Ale from August Schell Brewing Company
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