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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
schellsbrewery.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
59
Reviews:
26
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
10.7%
 
 
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Photo of GeezLynn
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
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 sparx1100
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of vobr0002
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of beachscrat
4.66/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dense head of foam. Clings to glass entire way down to the bottom.
Hazy pale straw yellow.

Aromas of sweet (perhaps american) malts and orange citrus. Maybe zest as well.

Toasty & BIG malt backbone with bitter sweet finish, sweetens to orange pulp as it warms. Clean finish. Very well balanced.

This is yet another stellar lager from a long list of hits from Schell's brewery. These guys know lagers.

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Photo of ChopsMeister
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of bsp77
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
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 gatornation
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
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 Humulus85
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Number 6 in their Stag Series. Unfiltered, fresh Citra hopped Pilsner? Yes please! From a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours a cloudy straw yellow. A nice finger and half of bone white foam displays decent retention and some pretty nice lacing.

The nose is zesty (almost bitter) grapefruit/lemon hops and a nice graininess. Not super complex, but very clean. Almost smells like a shandy.

Follows the nose. The grapefruit/lemon hops upfront are prominent but still somewhat subtle. They quickly blend (but never go away) with the more typical pilsner malt flavors. A touch sweet in the middle but finishes on the dryer side. A modest, but welcome bitterness throughout. Very clean in the finish as well.

Light in body, great carbonation, exceedingly drinkable, and quite refreshing; just like a Pilsner should be. The added hops coat the mouth but don't linger.

Overall, this truly lived up to my expectations. It is by no means a hop bomb, but it isn't trying to be. A great twist on a traditional style. Schells has one of the best domestic Pilsners on the market, so they should know how to manipulate it. My only disappointment is that this came out in November and not in June. This would be a seriously awesome summer brew, but I get the whole "fresh hop" thing. Also a great alternative to the heavy hops bombs that come out after the harvest, and I gotta give Schells props for not falling in that line. Grab this one while it's fresh! Cheers!

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