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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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 40
Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stag series #5

Pours a layer of light tan head. Decent retention with some lace. Color is a dark caramel brown.

Aroma: bready malts. Reminds me of a pile. Chocolate and caramel reminding me of a dunkel. Spicy hops, maybe sazz?

Taste: chocolate and caramel. Bready pils malts. Spicy hops with a little fruity flavor. Very pils like. Very european.

Mouthfeel: crisp and clean. Lighter bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer. A unique style that the schells crew nailed. Very drinkable and flavorful. Well done.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

August Schell Stag Series Limited Release Batch#5: Czech-style Dark Lager.

"Modelled after the famous dark lagers of Bohemia, our version features dark bread and caramel notes that are accentuated by a decoction mash and balanced by the spicy Saaz hops."

Largely opaque, dark brown coloration, nearly tan/light brown, dotted, lace-leaving head. Looks nice.

Aromatics: sweet caramel malt hits the nose first. Next up, notes of vanilla, cocoa, and dark fruit.

Taste: all that comes together at the tip of the tongue, and floods to the back, before a generous brace of bitterness hits. Hops and malt in equal play in the mouth. Medium-bodied, yet fully-flavored. Sweet malt continues to met and matched by a fine layer of hop bitterness.

Very toasty and a little spicy, like a reuben on rye. I like this more and more as I drink it. Another successful stag entry.

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Photo of ZAP
4.97/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Mahogany colored...

S-Dark breads....some light black cherry notes as well...

T-Dark burnt notes or harshness....a lot of flavor...

M-Put together well....creamy and smooth with a richness to the body while also remaining highly drinkable.

O-Top Tier beer that will probably be under-appreciated by some. One of the most flavorful, yet sessionable beers I have experienced. I just decided I am buying a case of this next time I see it. Might be the best dark lager I have ever had. Would be a perfect beer for BBQ's and for almost anything...tailgating....shooting pool....meals....wonderful beer.

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A transparent amber brown body with a crystalline looking dark khaki head. Some nice lacing also.

Bread, whole grain crackers, caramel sweetness and grassy hops.

Very much like the nose. Grains, bread, cracker with some light sweetness in the form of caramel. Less of the grass in the flavor, but the hops add a nice bitterness. Some very light minerally/metallic component at the end. Very clean taste overall.

Soft and smooth carbonation. Light-medium bodied.

I could easily tip back a few of these. A clean beer with some nice interest. It's like a Schell's Bock blended with a hoppy pilsener. Nothing mind blowing, just a tasty beer. Pretty tame in comparison to some of the other beers in the Stag Series, but enjoyable overall nonetheless.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.87/5  rDev +22.1%
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 MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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 morimech
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
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 garymuchow
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
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 bsp77
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of zeledonia
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
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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Photo of hardy008
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a one finger beige head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has sweet caramel malt, dark bread, and Saaz hops.

The flavor has caramel malt, dark bread, Saaz hops, and a little bit of smoke. There is some sweetness which is balanced by the hops.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Has a slightly sweet light smoke aftertaste. Another nice beer from the Stag Series.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, good head.

Smell: Roast, mild sweetness, light grass.

Taste: Sweet, toasted bread. Mild roasted flavor on further drinks.

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy.

This was an interesting dark lager, not quite as flavorful as some schwarzbiers I've had, but pretty good. Not too heavy, light body makes this a potential session beer if you're looking for something with a little more flavor than a light lager.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Neck Printed
Asuming tis a freshness dating

A= Pours a nice dark black color with an off white thick finger and a half head that falls somewhat fast but leaves great lacing.

S= Smells typical Schells. Sort of poopy and a bit of unfermented malt. Really sort of one dimensional with a poopy sweet smell.

T= The taste luckily goes beyond poop and sweet malt. It has a nice roast character to it with a crisp clean finish. I actually am a bit refreshed by the clean finish. There is still a bit of the poop in the flavor but it's not over the top. A sweet caramel flavor follows and leaves a great finish.

M= Nicely carbonated and keeps you coming back for more.

O= Schells did a pretty nice job with this. Not everything needs to be a lager however. This is good but I feel like a little ale yeast would make a difference and make this brewery go far. They do what they do however and you can't deny a fishing trip with schells is great.

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Photo of dbossman
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
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 WYVYRN527
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsener glass from a 12 ounce bottle.

A: Dark mahogany color, with a thin off-white head that quickly settles to a thin film. Carbonation is subtle, and does not leave much for lacing.

S: Caramel and some chocolate notes, with spicy hop undertones.

T: Much more like a pilsener than a dark lager. Subtle hints of chocolate and toffee are masked by bready malt and floral, drying hop character. Finish is quite dry and clean.

Notes: Moderate in body with a soft mouthfeel. This beer is unique in many ways. Very easily drinkable, and is a good release for this time of year. Quite tasty! Not my favorite Stag Series offering, but still worth trying.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of Kjendahl
4.43/5  rDev +11%
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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Schell's Stag Series: Czech-Style Dark Lager from August Schell Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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