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 zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly orange color with hints of gold. It had a small, white foamy head that left behind minimal lace.

S - It smelled of caramel malt, grapefruit and some light floral notes.

T - It had a light burnt toast maltiness with citrus and grapefruit flavors. It is nicely balanced.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied IPA.

D - This is a very easy drinking IPA. It almost feels more like an APA, but it is still very tasty.

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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 oberon
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an orangey-copper body with a lush, frothy white head. Very nice lookin'.

Smell: Pale maltiness with a hint of day-old breadcrusts, watered-down citrus, and a faint buttery note.

Taste: Pale malts with a slight, toasty breadiness. Thin measure of sweetness. Thinned down taste of citrus. Tiny hint of butter. It's as though they took a potentially pleasant taste and cut it with water. Rats.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Very watery.

Drinkability: They blew it. And things had started off so well, too.

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

Slightly hazed rustic orange beneath a creamysoft canopy of light caramel-beige. The cap displays impressive persistence given that it doesn't look all that dense. As it falls unevenly, assorted squiggles of soapy lace affix themselves hesitantly to the glass.

The nose is nicely hoppy. So much so that I'd love for it to be a little more powerful. The Cascade and Kent Goldings fruity citrusiness is obvious. The more ballsy, spicy Chinook contribution isn't. While no one would mistake this beer for an IPA after smelling it, it has a more than adequate nose for the style.

Schell Pale Ale is hoppier than many pales, but doesn't come anywhere near the APA-IPA border zone (you know, the one that Alpha King blows right on by). A solid malt structure is in evidence and provides a toasted flavor that struggles to meet the hops on even terms. It doesn't quite make it, thankfully, but it's fair to call SPA balanced.

The hoppy portion of the flavor profile consists of grapefruit zest dipped in pine sap. That sounds like the description of any number of IPAs, but again, it's toned down enough to fit the style like hand in glove. I can't imagine anyone, even a hop novice, being overly challenged by this beer. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium with a pleasant, lingering, clean bitterness.

Schell Pale Ale is something of a strange brew on paper, although it works well enough in practice. The brewery uses pilsner malt, classic APA/IPA hop varieties and a German altbier yeast. I'm not sure what the goal was other than to create a tasty, drinkable pale ale. Mission accomplished.

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Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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 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 WVbeergeek
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
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 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 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 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 tempest
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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 plaid75
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a finger and a half creamy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a light sweet orangy hop and a good husky grain.

The taste started with a light caramel malt that sooned morphed into a subtle citric and peppery hop. Mild medicinal element at the finish.

The mouthfeel was average.

Overall a nice and simple APA. Highly drinkable and very sessionable. Thanks to bulldogsturge.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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 akorsak
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
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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Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained as part of BIF 10 from Garymuchow. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/2" beige head over the orangey-amber brew. Head is resilient, and laces well. Aroma is malty, with floral hops notes, and even some alcohol apparent, which seems out of place for the style. Maybe I'm just mis-IDing some fruit notes or something. Taste is more bitter than I expected, with less of the maltiness that I thought was coming. Does make for a good APA, however, with some interesting flavors. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good for the style, could be a session prospect if I could get some around here...

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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 ZAP
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nice deep bronze color...1/4 inch creamy head...

Nose is more malt than hop....some toasted shredded caramel...some light fruity hop fragrance as well..

Body is medium to light...

Not a super flavorful beer....more subtle...the malt again leads...but then on the finish a real hit of bitter hops..not pleasant though...more of a "bad" bitter....

As I drink this I find I don't really care for it that much. An odd tasting pale ale in some regards....Summit blows this away...Barely passable..

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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 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 KarlHungus
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-clear dull red color with a one finger white head. The aroma is sweet and malty like a good APA should be. However, like Schell's other beers, this beer's aroma is faint and lacking. The taste is quite pleasant with a malty start and a hoppy finish. Simple but effective. The mouthfeel is a little too carbonated for what I like in an APA. Overall, this is a fairly good beer. I would even go as far as saying that this is the best beer August Schell has to offer.

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Photo of jaxon53
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thank you to Maximum12 for sending me this beer in the Secret Santa '08 BIF. Served this slightly chilled, in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce bottle.

Appearance: Schell Pale Ale pours out a yellowish golden color that is completely clear. A somewhat vigorous pour gave about a finger of fluffy, bone white head. Head faded quickly, but left some spotty white lace behind after each sip.

Smell: Nose is full of grainy malt aromas. Slight hints of the East Kent Goldings hops. Has a earthy yeasty aroma to it. Touches of citrus fruits in the background.

Taste: Taste seems a bit rough at first. Malty, with a bitter, chemical like hoppiness. A bit sweet as well with an almost metallic flavor. Not a big fan so far.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of fizzy carbonation. Quite crisp.

Drinkability: Another tough aspect of this beer. Just can't get past the tough bitterness.

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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 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 RoyalT
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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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Schell's Pale Ale from August Schell Brewing Company
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