Schell's Pale Ale | August Schell Brewing Company

Schell's Pale AleSchell's Pale Ale
144 Ratings
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 Mistofminn
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kinda of confused as to why this is filed as an IPA. I understand that Schell's says it has the "hop profile" of an IPA, but it clearly says "Pale Ale" on the label, correct? If they were going for an IPA, don't you think they would put that on the label. The whole mess just confuses me, so I'm just going to review this as a PA.

12 oz bottle from a sampler. Freshness date stamped on the bottle.

Pours a dark golden color with a nice off-white head. There is also a small amount of lacing here.

The aroma is citrusy hops, and malts. If this were a true IPA I would be expecting a much more bitter smell.

Strong hop bitterness. Ok I admit it's a little more bitter than I would expect from the average Pale Ale, so it's not completely outlandish to organize this as an IPA, but still, it's no where near as hoppy as some really strong IPA's. Besides, the malts are almost more pronounced than the hops.

Bitter aftertaste, to be expected.

I find this very drinkable. I won't be seeking this out specifically, but it's another quality beer offered by Schell's.

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Photo of DocTheDJ
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the bottle into a tall and wide 16oz Pilsner glass. (at good temp.!)

*Looks nice with a one inch head on a slightly vigorous pour. Head fizzles at fast to medium pace but small head is persistant. Surprisingly nice lacing (for its style) all the way down. Color is orangish/amber/gold, and almost completely clear. Nice carbonation balance and bubbles persist through session.
*Smells pretty good hops, citrus, and slightly spicy flora.
*Taste surprisingly good with a bit surprising amount of hops and a little citrus combination, light flavoring from the grain. A bit dry which is good for wanting more but with a strange bitter, tart after taste. After taste is not my ideal wanting (tastes like orange or lemon peals?)
*Mouth-feel was surprisingly good and definitely a surprise for it's amount of clarity, didn't feel watered down.
*Overall, this one is fairly average all around and might be okay for a session(esp. on a hot day) It's unique after taste is not my favorite but is unique. Might be excellent with good food pairing.

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Photo of jaxon53
2.7/5  rDev -25%
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 optiontwo
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into generic pint glass

Appearance: Clear orange yellow with one and a half inch white head. Good retention.

Smell: Apple and orange scents with malty sweetness.

Taste: Sweetness right away with a semi bitter hop bite afterwards. Subtle citrus flavors throughout and unfortunately a metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, carbonated well.

Drinkability: Pretty high.

Overall: I've actually never tried anything from Schell's and heard good things about this one but the metallic aftertaste is ruining it for me, maybe I got a bad bottle...

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Photo of ghebel
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Gold color with 1/2" head. Slightly turbid, not completely clear.

S - A good balance between malts and hops, but nothing stands out. Also has a fruity aspect in the background.

T - Mild to moderate bitterness. Good flavor overall. Again key word here is balance.

M - Medium body - smooth

D - Good drinkabilty. Smooth and tastes good. Nothing is overpowering.

Overall - An above average beer, but not great. I would buy it again and drink a few.

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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 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 sholland119
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received from beerbeagle as part of the Local Beer and Glass BIF. Thanks, Randall.

A-Pours a clear copper with a thin tan head.

S-Biscuity with a nice floral hop note.

T-Taste has some caramel malt and a bit of hop bite in the finish. Nice.

M-Mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.

D-A pleasant drinker. An interesting take on a pale ale.


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Photo of BigBry
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, as pictured above. Sampled during the brewery tour, and again from a mixed case.
Poured slightly hazy, golden orange color, slightly off white head. Impressive retention, with nice thin strings of soapy lace. Aroma has some nice hoppiness, fruity and slightly citrus. Good smell for a pale ale, could be more if it is compared to an IPA. There is a solid toasted malt background, pretty well balanced with the bitter, piney hops.
The mouthfeel is medium, with a clean bitter finish. A very drinkable pale ale.

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Photo of dnichols
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: It poured a rich orange body with a medium sized white head that receded quickly into a ring around the edge of the liquid. It had decent lacing that clung to the side of the glass. This one poured a deep, bright orange in color with a bright white, head.

S: It had a creamy yeasty white bread aroma that was complemented by lightly roasted sweet malts and hints of citrusy hops and white spices.

T: It had a pleasant sweet malty base with a sweet lemony flavor and some hints of white spices and grapes.

M: It was light bodied with a creamy sweet presence on the tongue. It was moderately carbonated and finished dry with little aftertaste.

D: This is a solid session beer. No great shakes but a decent well balanced beer that tastes good and finished clean.

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Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Dated 8/30/08. The body was pale honey color. Head faded to a ring and stayed throughout.

Smell was fruity. Caramel. Mild.

Taste was well balanced and reflected the aromas. Mild bitterness countered the sweet caramel malts.

Mouthfeel was medium in body but it had a lingering zestiness.

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Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
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 slyke
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Schell Pale Ale pours a golden-orange color with an inch of pillowy white head. The head falls to a well-sticking cap with nice lacing.

The smell is hoppy, with a hint of caramel.

Taste has a crisp start and finish with a caramel maltiness in the center.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation and a hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability is very good with this beer. I'll be picking up more of this.

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Photo of Greggy
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
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 BigRedN
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
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 +3.1%
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 -8.9%
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 -11.7%
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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Photo of Adam2200
4.32/5  rDev +20%
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 -12.2%
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%
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%
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 -1.1%
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 +8.3%
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 +6.1%
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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Schell's Pale Ale from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 144 ratings
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