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 BigRedN
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of a mixed six pack. The bottle says Pale Ale, its listed as an IPA, which I will rate it as such. Date stamp on bottle of 060908.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass a clear, light orangey, copper color. My vigorous pour produced a thick white head, about one and a half inches in height. Head stuck around for a long time, settling to a thick cover half way through.

Smell: As is typical for the style the hop-related aromas come through. Floral hop scents, a touch piney as it warms.

Taste: A bit of a caramelly malt backing, with a decent hop bitterness. Not as hoppy as I would hope for for in an IPA though.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body and well carbonated. Finishes clean (low hoppy aftertaste) and a little dry.

Drinkability: My first beer in a mixed 6 pack that I bought. I believe Schell is fairly new to Nebraska, I just noticed this about a month ago. A decent beer, easy to drink for an IPA, I usually like my IPA's a bit more hoppy than this though.

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Photo of Mdog
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange/amber with a good head.

Smell: Mild citrus aroma.

Taste: Dry cracker followed by a dry citrus finish. A little breadiness shows up in later sips.

Drinkability: Light, and easy to drink.

This surprised me as I remembered it to be a little more full bodied and not as dry. It seemed to be very dry throughout but was tasty and easy to drink. Another quality beer from Schell's.

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Photo of timmlimestone
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pale golden Yellow with a rish head easily more than three fingers.

Smell - light hop flavors.

Taste - Very smooth Pale Ale nice light bite.

Mouthfeel - Slight acidic tone and fizziness.

Drinkability - This is good, real good. Very smooth malt character, but a little too heavy on the carbonation.

Overall a very good middle of the road pale ale. nothing to write home about, but definitely worth a nip.

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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 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 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 brewdoc75
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brewed just down the road in New Ulm. This beer pours a nice orangish hue w/ amber tones. Strong carbonation, but not too much. The head is strong initially but dwindles down to a minute lace. The aroma is nothing to write home about. Some nice floral hops are present, but not as much as I'd like. A hint of citrus from the hops, but not overly evident. The taste is good. Great hoppy flavors. Unique when compared to some other APAs I've had. There is definitely citrus flavors here, but there are some nice flowery flavors. A little more delicate than some APAs I've had. The malts are a little light, but there. Mouthfeel is a little weak. Lighter bodied pale ale. This makes it easy to drink, but it is a little watery.

All in all, this is an above average APA. Not phenomenal, but pretty solid. It comes in 12 packs and 6 packs where i live. I'll pick it up by the 12 pack. I think I'd like this during the summer after a nice round of golf or after I mow the yard. Another great beer from the Land of Amber Waters.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Pale Ale pours fairly clear, deep golden color with a thin white head. The aroma is moderately hoppy, fairly fruity as well. The flavor is moderately hoppy, floral and spicy. There is a low amount of sweetness, moderate fruitiness, and moderately bready like malt. The hop bitterness is moderate and body/carbonation is medium. Overall a good PA, more English than American IMO.

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Photo of biggmike
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an attractive orange/copper color with a decent slightly off-white head that dissipated pretty quickly. Aroma is difficult to distinguish as it is not real strong; a bit malty. Flavor well-balanced between malt and hops. Can detect the Cascade hops in this one. Mouthfeel is pleasant, lacing is okay. Kind of tastes like a less-hopped Sierra Nevada Pale Ale to me. Drinkability is prettty high. Not bad, I enjoyed.

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Photo of dogger6253
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Large, pillowy head with lots of lacing and decent retention. Dark orange body, very inviting.

Grapefruit, hops, a malty sort of scent too. Much like candy or sugar.

The taste is much the same, grapefruit, hops, sweet malt, but also gets some sweetness from a honey taste. Bits of corn in the taste as well.

There isn't much to the feel of this beer, it's light bodied, but smooth and pleasant so I have trouble scoring this higher than average. However, it is highly drinkable, very easy to sip.

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Photo of benito
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Pale Ale is the lone renegade in Schell's lineup--a non-German style...given how tasty it is, they should go this route more often.

A: Bright copper with a big, creamy head with long-lasting persistence.

S: Super malty--almost juicy in its fruitiness; almost no sign of aroma hops. Until I had my first taste, this had me concerned.

T: Great malty start followed by a hop blast and a strong, bitter finish. The hop flavors are mostly floral and have a nice bite. Were the hops less pronounced, this might be a decent it is, it's an excellent APA.

M: Excellent balance overall and good length too. This develops more complexity with each drink, as warming really allows the strength of the hops to play out in this beer. The transitions from maltiness to strong hops are seamless.

D: One of the most drinkable pales I've had.

Overall, this is a fine, hop-forward pale ale with a surprisingly muted aroma. Compared to Summit Extra Pale Ale--Minnesota's "other" craft APA, this is a very different brew with a little more malt tolerance. Both are worth a look, but this is a real treat.

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

Had yet to see this beer--or brewer for that matter--around my neck of the woods. Decided to give it a try.

Schell Pale pours a medium-brown/copper color with a pretty decent and fluffy-looking tannish head. There is a good deal of sticky lacing throughout the glass.

Smell is of medium hop aroma with a somewhat flat--but otherwise impressive--sweetness. A bit of a floral pull at the end of the whiff. To my mind this is very well-balanced.

Taste is full and moderately hopped. Again a very deep sweetness is present. A good citrus snap comes at the back of the swallow but not over the top on either that or hop flavor. Very different from some other pales in that the hop bitterness is present but muted. Well done and somewhat complex.

Mouthfeel is sharp and full with the right amount of bitterness for the style. Carbonation is moderate.

On the whole this is a very impressive beer. It is not over the top as so many American pales and IPAs try to be. Good flavor and well-balanced all around. Very smooth and drinkable. If it were more prominent around here I could see this becoming one of my standbys. Glad I gave it a try!!

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Photo of xav33
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Schell Pale Ale
12 oz bottle
Recent brewing, enjoyed 07/07.
Moderate pour in a mug.

Poured a clear light brown copper with a moderate somewhat lasting white head.

Smelt of moderate herbal hops and light caramelized bread.

Taste was upfront moderate spruce and grassy hops and light sweet bread followed by a moderate to strong spruce hops and light sweet bread on an average finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, watery, lively carbonated and lightly astringent.

This is a good pale ale. Soft overall, very well rounded on flavors. Very intriguing color for a pale ale!

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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 bluemoonswoon
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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 beveritt
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
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 happygnome
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a copper color with about a half inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a little lacing
s: acidic hop aroma some hints of sweet malts
t: acidic hop flavor balanced with sweet malts very very enjoyable
m: medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall this is a very enjoyable beer that i know will find its way into my fridge again

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Photo of HardTarget
2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: A hint of DMS and some citric hops.

Appearance: A nice copper glass with a bit of chill haze.

Flavor: Harsh metallic note at first sip, but it mellows to a firm hop presence. A bit earthy in the hops for me.

Mouthfeel: Firm carbonation bring outs a bit more of the bitter in the hops.

Overall Impression: A fair, if run of the mill Pale.
Big thanks to Chad for bringing some Schell beers back from Minnesota for us!

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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 sauron681
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice ruby red color. However, no head, no lacing, it was not the glass, I tried two seperate bottles. Had a very inviting nutty-toasty malt aroma. Kent Goldings are very predominant. Has a burnt caramel taste, that finished dry. Long carbonation, it lasted the entire session. This is acceptable for a pale ale, but I have had better ones, and even my homebrew pale ale was better in my opinion.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought this beer entirely too malty and not hoppy enough to be a good APA. Its considerable maltiness (like an amber) and its anemic hoppiness lead me to a pretty marginal rating. Given a very strong field of APAs, I must admit this is one of the weaker ones I've had recently.

There was some sort of date code on my bottle, but its white ink was so badly smeared I could not read it.

The beer pours a somewhat dull reddish color, with a good amount of head. Aroma is of caramel malt, with some slight Cascade-hop aroma. Taste is almost entirely malt. It is extremely malty in the nose, and there is barely a hint of citrus in the finish. Mouthfeel is OK.

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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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Photo of kimcgolf
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Schell poured to a bright amber color with plenty of carbonation bubbles, a medium white head that lingered well, and good lacing. Aroma was a little of a malt/hop mixture, but not really dominant of either, or anything else. Taste was pleasant, but again, it was hard to pick out any particualrs. Body was a little thin, and the finish was a mixture of hops and water. Not a bad beer, though.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass. It has a light amber color with a fair head that settles quickly. It has a balanced hop/malt scent. There is a strong hop profile in the taste strongly backed by tasty malt with a nice "smooth" hop finish. It has a medium body with high carbonation.

This is very good APA, enjoyable.

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Photo of therica
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting less, after reading some of the Schell reviews and having already been disappointed with the FireBrick.

Pours a nice caramel, darker than I would expect for a pale ale, and a nice foamy off-white head that stayed longer than expected.

Smell-- nothing overly noteable.

Taste-- strong bitey hops bitters that I actually enjoyed. I didn't experience the flatness mentioned by the previous reviewer-- possibly my bottle from the sampler-pack was fresher or something. Enjoyable for a hops-bitter beer.

Mouthfeel-- if you enjoy the hops-bitter aftertaste, it's right there. I'm less a fan of it than would seem average on this site-- and so for me it's a compliment that I actually liked it.

Drinkability-- I could drink a few of these.

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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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