Schell's Stag Series: Czech-Style Dark Lager | August Schell Brewing Company

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Schell's Stag Series: Czech-Style Dark LagerSchell's Stag Series: Czech-Style Dark Lager

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mothman on 04-15-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by GeezLynn:
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into dimpled mug.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown with decent tan head and spotty lacing.

Smell: Caramel, cherry, bread, and spicy, floral Saaz hops. Pretty good overall for a low abv lager.

Taste: Great balance of malts and hops. Complex mix of caramel, chocolate, bread, walnuts, cherry, straw, spice and maybe a touch of smoke. Moderate bitterness on the finish. The hoppiness is almost off-putting, but ultimately it makes it a more interesting brew.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, with a body that is on the lighter side of medium. Dry, crisp finish.

Overall: This is style that is rarely found in the US. Sorta like a Dunkel, but certainly more bitter, more refreshing, and with that distinctive Saaz character. It goes without saying that this is much better than Schell's Dark.

That's 3 great Stag Series beers in a row, after the phenomenal Rauchbier and the sublime Burton Ale.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown that is near black. Lots of rising bubbles. Big five finger creamy off white head with good retention. Leaves lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A malt driven aroma that is very toasty and roasty. Dark roasted malts with hints of caramel, toffee, and chocolate. Wheat grains and a dry biscuit smell. Some subtle hints of dark fruit plum and cherry. Also some moderately spicy European hops.

Taste: A dark and roasty taste that is more dry than sweet. Roasted malts with notes of caramel, chocolate, and toffee. Wheat grains, bready biscuit, and cracker. Midway come some subtle hints of dark fruit including cherry, raisin, and plum. Finishes with some Czech Saaz hops. Pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy, smooth and slick. Finishes pretty dry.

Overall: A very good version of a Czech lager. Nice and toasty with some dark fruit and a good balancing dryness.

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Photo of NateW
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of dbossman
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark reddish brown with a 2-inch and steady light brown head; okay lacing

S: A bit subdued but a pleasant grainy, musty, grassy quality does peak through as well as some faint citrus and herbal hops

T: More roasty chocolate malts on the flavors--the chocolate plays well off the grassy grains; this is bready and pretty true to style

F: Decent medium body, especially for a lager--crisp and yet creamy

O: This is a nice beer and like I said true to style; I could drink a few of these in the late spring/early summer--quite refreshing

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Photo of morimech
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with more than two fingers of head that fills the pilsner glass beautifully. Thick coating of lacing is left down the entire glass.

Aroma of the darker malt. Bready with notes of chocolate and caramel. Hops add a touch of spice to the mix.

One taste and I could tell this was a Schell's lager. Definately similar to their other lagers especially Schell's Dark which I like. Not much difference between this beer and the much more common Munich Dunkel style. This just has a bit more assertive hop profile. Nice malty flavor with just the slightest toasted note. Definately more bitter than most dark lagers with spicy hop flavor.

Lighter bodied dark beer with nice carbonation. Nothing really remarkable about it.

I was hoping for something a little more special considering the other beers in the Stag series. Nice refreshing beer which I assume has relatively low ABV.

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Photo of Bighorn
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of pathman
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of shadow1961
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

August Schell Stag Series Czech-style Dark Lager does indeed pour a dark dark brew (actually a very nice clear dark rose color up to the light) with a big pillowy head. Carbonation is quite active though not spritzy, and all those bubbles bring up a clean nose- chiefly toasty barley malt and a note of lager yeast funk. Up front, the flavor is similarly straightforward- clean roastey-toasty malt with notes of bakers chocolate, followed up with a bright and crackling (though not overpowering) herbal hop off the back. Mouthfeel is light and dry- though the brew is dark, there's nothing oppressive or weighty about it- just about perfect now that it's summer again.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of KarlHungus
4.87/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear mahogany color. The head is a massive two inches in height, and recedes slowly into an inch of sticky foam. The aroma is of toffee, caramel, and toasted bread with hints of roasted and burnt malt. This is one of the most complexly malty aromas I've ever encountered in a beer, and I really like it. The taste is just as malty as the aroma. It begins with toffee and caramel. There subtle yet noticeable roasted and burnt malt characters in the finish, and a nice breadiness throughout. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is exactly the kind of beer I love. I sincerely wish this beer was available year round as this style of beer is great with all kinds of food, and perfect in most kinds of weather.

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Photo of Kjendahl
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer's flavor profiles seems complex to me. Tastes include banana at first sip, Noble hops in the mid range and smoke at the end, yet a crisp finish. There's not much left on the palate.

The head was one inch thick in a pilsner glass and the lacing lasted for as long as it took me to drink the full beer, which wan't very long.

Color is a beautiful dark ruby red in the light.

The smell is very malty, yet the hops deceptively balance this beer.

Overall, a very fine brew. I didn't think the Stag series would be OK after the Burton Ale, but this is a worthy follow-up.

Good for Schell's!

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of garymuchow
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

'Always look forward to another Stag Series beer.
Poured into nonic type pils glass from the Czech Republic.
First want to note this is a good looking beer. Full dense dark blond head that settles some, but leaves lacing through out. This caps a very dark and very clear attractive body that hold dark reds and brown highlights.
Aroma is tight. Very tight. Some neutral yeast aroma's and at times a dark malt with slight roast.
As with many Schell's beer the temperature is quite important. A little warming up of this one really brings out the malt character. An interesting dark malt flavor with no sweetness that then moves to a slight smokiness that grows stronger as it warms. Still finishes clean with a pleasant lingering dryness with a hint of bitterness. Any hop flavors lay low in the background.
Seems like kinda' a hefty mouthfeel, for style, but this perception is enhanced by the ample and fully soft carbonation. Richness in flavors is subdued helping drinkability quite a bit.
Nice drinkable and enjoyable beer. Versatile (should go with many kinds of foods) and light enough for a session. Unique to have fresh around here.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can't resist trying the series beers that a lot of local breweries put out. So how could I pass up Schell's latest Stag series beer? I couldn't.

Pours very dark, though the color is impossible to discern in the glass. With light behind it, it becomes a very deep ruby red, and clear. One finger of off-white head, relaxes slowly to a bubbly cap. Nice lacing, too.

Smell is faint, so much so that I can't really pick out what it is. Some grains, a bit of brown sugar, and what's there is nice. But really, it's almost completely smell-less.

Definitely not taste-less, though not what I was expecting. I don't think I've ever had a beer that tasted very much like this. A little like molasses without the sugar. Dark, rounded, and slightly smoky, but without much that's easy to put a name on. Kinda like the husks of sunflower seeds. Low bitterness in the finish. Pretty good, definitely different. Quite flavorful, and I have nothing bad to say about it.

Mouthfeel is fine - medium-bodied, finishes kinda watery, with the flavors fading out quickly, but the feel lingering in the mouth.

This is a really interesting beer, and quite unlike anything I've had before. Has a strange, slightly smoky, like roasted seed husks or something.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear mahogany color with two fingers of frothy latte-colored head that lasts for several minutes, but only leaves minimal lacing behind. Light yet rich and flavorful body. Higher side of medium carbonation levels.

Smells a bit like a cross between pumpernickel, challah, and banana bread with a touch of chocolate and saaz spicing sting. They weren't kidding when they advertised it as bready. Dark rustic yeasty bread is also dominant on the palate. Basically, it plays out exactly like how you'd expect an imaginary cross between a czech pils and a dunkel to be. Bread, yeast, saaz spice, in a solid clean crisp combo.

Very good beer, worth trying.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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