Schell's Stag Series: Fresh Hop Citra Pils | August Schell Brewing Company

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Schell's Stag Series: Fresh Hop Citra PilsSchell's Stag Series: Fresh Hop Citra Pils
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Schell's Stag Series: Fresh Hop Citra PilsSchell's Stag Series: Fresh Hop Citra Pils

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Humulus85 on 11-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of BillyLrsn
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of morimech
3.1/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy pale straw color with one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin film. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Expected a citrus hop aroma but that is not all I got. Also get a sulpher and mineral smell that is not all that pleasant.

Sulpher in the flavor as well that detracts from the citrus. The malt does not add much except for some dry cracker-like flavor. Bitterness is moderate.

Light body with lively carbonation. Feels good for a light lager.

Just does not work for me. This is the second sixer with the first coming soon after release. Seems to be fading fast with some undesirable flavors coming forward.

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Photo of Petcha
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at New Bohemia in Minneapolis

A: Clear, bright yellow

S: Not the citra grapefruit piney hop smell I was expecting, but then again I had to remind myself that this isn't an IPA. Very sweet, mostly tropical fruit mix

T: Similar to the smell, I get very little citra hop characteristic. Taste was a bit too sweet, border-lining on medicinal at first but grew on me as I drank.

M: Good carbonation

O: Not sure if the idea of a wet hopped pilsner really works for me personally, but I appreciate the ingenuity of the style. I think this could be a great beer if they can bring out a bit more grapefruit and/or pine from the hops.

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of JackieTH
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright straw yellow with a finger of foam that quickly settles to a thin trace without lacing. Smell has a citrus peel, slightly earthy and yeasty character. Taste- has a quick wash of the citrus pith/peel flavor and a pleasant carbonation which is quickly pushed to the edges of the tongue by a dominating yeasty/flour/corn/rice character. Mouthfeel holds together well with the aforementioned pleasant level of carbonation this wants to be and is sessionable. Finish is faintly lemony, mildly sweet, but not cloying. Interesting beer from Schell's.

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Photo of Mdog
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy yellow, big head.

Smell: Doesn't really smell like a pilsner, a little citrus, bready/yeasty notes like a wheat beer.

Taste: Cracker-like breadiness, mix of grassy and citrus hop flavor. Wheaty taste.

Overall: This is kind of a strange beer and even though the numbers aren't great, I like it. It doesn't really taste like a pilsner, seems more like a somewhat hoppy wheat beer. The citra hops didn't really make a big impression on me here.

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Photo of andrew8626
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of bsp77
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Hazy, straw color with massive, sticky, stark white head. Great lacing.

Smell: Very dry apple and hay. Citrusy and peppery. The Citra is not as noticeable as hoped for in the aroma.

Taste: Somewhat of a traditional Pilsner backbone, with straw, apple and pepper. However, there is a strong citrusy juiciness that is very prominent. Not really bitter at all, just juicy. More pepper on the finish.

Feel: More moderate in carbonation than most, with an almost creamy body. Nice. The trade off is that this is not as dry or crisp on the finish as desired.

Overall: Of course this is not a German Pilsner, but it doesn't really fit any category. This is simply a very citrusy and juicy pale lager that sacrifices a little of that great Pilsner mouthfeel for taste. Schell is getting very good at creating unique lagers that show that lagers don't have to always be traditional, such as this, Emerald Rye, Hopfenmaltz, and the Czech-Style Dark Lager. Well, the last one IS traditional, but mostly unknown in the US.

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Photo of pweis909
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A=pale, straw colored, transparent. Thin white head that recedes a little too fast. Otherwise, looks like a pils.
S=light malty aroma that I associate with pils, with some citrus/cat-pee hops. Not disgusting, but not really welcome.
T= more of the same. Delicate pilsner-like malt quality, a little minerally, but with a cat-pee hop taste that seems out of place to me. Fortunately, the hop is not done to AIPA levels, or I fear the pilsner qualities would be lost.

While I like this beer, I don't love it. I would prefer the regular Schells pils for a pils, and other beers for an American hop fix. It could just be that I'm not a fan of wet hop, or that these hops were not of high quality, or it could be that my palate is insensitive to some of the fruitier qualities that citra is known for. I will not turn this one down, but unlike Schell's pils, I also will not seek it out again.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Golden straw shade with a soapy white head. Slightly hazy.
S: Fresh floral hoppiness and just a bit of citrus. Hops aromas are delicate so that the lager yeast is also quite prominent. I also get a bit of sweet corn (obviously no corn used).
T: Hop flavors are delicate but bright with faint floral and lemon characters. Distinctly different from traditional pilsners. A cracker malt body trails opening hop flavors followed by a lingering grainyness/slight herbal bitterness.
M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. A bit dull.

Despite the featured Citra, this is a pilsner and definitely not going to be mistaken for some kind of hoppy pale lager hybrid. The hops here are used for a unique take on a pilsner, but are complimentary, not the main feature. Overall, I enjoyed this and will probably pick up another 6 pack.

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Photo of herman77
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden yellow with a fluffy white head. Good retention. Nice lacing.

S: Light citrus. Fairly earthy and green smelling. I do get a bit of that sulfur aroma that has been mentioned above. I think that's from the pilsner malt or yeast? A bit disappointing, would of thought I would get some fresh smelling hoppy goodness.

T: Sweeter than the aroma. Very mild hop bitterness, its more of a juicy citrus flavor. Traditional german pilsner taste (which would be really good with out the fresh citra) with that really nice semi sweet/juicy citrus. Finish is just a tad dry.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Feels fairly creamy though, nice.

O: Great drinkability. Who else is making a fresh hop german pilsner!? Another very solid beer from Schell's. This beer will not wow you, but I really don't think that is what they were trying to do. It's something different and worth trying.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating other than Batch #6
Bottle stamped

A= Pours a very light yellow color. Among the lightest of beer colors I've seen. A white bubbly soda like head comes up and forms a skin on top of the glass leaving some spotty lacing behind.

S= The smell is interesting. It's not a straight overearing hop aroma like I was expecting. There is a sort of sulfery aroma to it. A little dirtier than your average pils.

T= The sulfer goes away in the taste and makes room for a sort of wheaty taste. I don't know if wheat is used in his however. A nice hop flavor that again isn't overbearing and over the top.

M= Super creamy

O= This isn't quite what I was expecting. I was thinking it was going to be a super hopped up over the top beer. Nope. Schell's has made a nice drinkable subtle pilsner here. Worth checking out but not worth going crazy for.

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Photo of jera1350
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lightly hazed pale yellow color. Thin, but creamy and somewhat sticky head of clean white foam.

Fruity, lemon peel, a bit of cattiness and cracker.

A nice citrusy/lemon flavor with grassy notes and a bready/biscuity malt backbone. Very clean and refreshing with a hoppy finish and mild bitterness.

Heavier side of light bodied. Very velvety carbonation.

Great drinker and an excellent pilsner. Not a huge fan of the style, but this is very nice. No problem consuming a couple of these bad boys.

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Photo of gatornation
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fresh from a 12 oz bottle

A- pours a cloudy pale yellow color with a white 2 finger head that recedes to a fresh cap with a fair amount of lacing,looks perfect in the glass

S- was citrus,grapefruit bready malts tart lemon a wheat smell

T- zesty citrus hops with tart lemon orange and grapefruit notes and bitter hops sweet german malts with some bready traits nice pils flavors with zesty hops done nicely

M- crisp tart and bitter with the fresh hops but in a light way almost like a wheat beer itwas balanced with malts and medium carbonation

O- a pils first but drank like a wheat with citra hops its crisp with light hops a touch bitter a great tasting brew Schells is really putting out some nice brews this year from emerald rye,snowstorm 2012, chimney sweep

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Photo of TheSSG
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a HUGE, soft, white head that collapses nicely into a finger of head. Bright, distinctly citric aroma. Turbid, straw color. Starts off surprisingly hoppy with big notes of citrus rind, a touch of grapefruit. It has an almost coriander-like quality to it. Peaks to a low-high bitterness, then the malt comes through in the end, and blends with the citra hops to make an orange bread like flavor that lingers quite nicely.

Overall, this is a WONDERFUL showcase of citra hops. They actually pair EXTREMELY well with this Pils; there is a good amount of malt to balance the brightness of the hops, and the citric hop flavor is refreshing and pleasant. Definitely recommended.

(I had this near the end of it's cycle, and I can only imagine how much nicer it would have been bright and fresh!)

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the opportunity to try this beer on tap. It pours a slight yellow color, a little cloudy, with a cotton-white cap of foam. Fairly pungent. The citra hops provide a major component for the aroma. Lemon and floral aspects complement the bready malt. The citra is fairly strong on the palate as well. So nice pilsner malts pierce the the armor of the hops. The hops have lemon character but also a fair bit of bitterness that seems to be associated with freshness. This unmistakeable fresh aspect of the hops brings a uniqueness to the beer. It tastes a little different than most. I do like it.

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Photo of MN_Beerticker
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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