Schell's Pils Brewed by August Schell Brewing Company - New Ulm, MN
Originally brewed in 1984, Schell's Pils is a shining example of the true
European Pilsner style beer. Brewed with 100 percent barley malt, where the
Sterling Hop flavor is showcased. Its full hop characteristic and delicate
aroma were developed in Pilsen, Bohemia around 1840. This style was widely
copied by early American breweries. Over the years, however, it has been
lost to the much lighter-bodied, low-hopped relatives we refer to as
American "Premium Category" beer. Schell's Pils has won many awards,
including a gold medal from the prestigious Great American Beer Festival.
Beer Review by Beer Advocate:
Appearance: Rich and bright sunrise gold hued brew with and excellent clarity,
very sticky white lace leaves rings all the way down the glass. Attractive to
Smell: Lightly sweet pale malt aroma of honey and a faint zing of lemon, trace
of flowery hop within an extremely clean nose.
Taste: Light to moderate body, crisp and refreshing mouth feel with a tight and
flowing carbonation. Broad malt flavour of sweet grain and mild toasted biscuit,
full flavour of the malt hits hard in the middle with a continual flavour
explosion of fresh whole grain crackers. Bitterness from the hops is clean and
sharp and balances flawlessly with a bit of fresh flowery oil, herbal hop
flavours appear middle to end. Dough malt with an almost nutty back ground adds
another level of flavours to this brew. Touch of biscuity husk and hop flavour
make the end long and drawn-out. Clean and semi-dry finish makes the taste buds
beg for more.
Notes: This beer is shooting for the old world American pilsner style, if you
have wondered what beer tasted like before Prohibition this gives and excellent
glance at what the style might have been. A great beer to have around all year
long. Clean and balanced, just the way it should be.
August Schell Brewing
The August Schell Brewing Company is a brewing company in New Ulm, Minnesota. It
was founded by German immigrant August Schell in 1860 and passed into the
possession of the Schell family in 1866. It is the second oldest family-owned
brewery in America after D. G. Yuengling & Son and became the oldest and largest
brewery in Minnesota when the company bought the Grain Belt rights in 2002. In
September 2010, it celebrated its 150th Anniversary with a two-day festival.
The History of August Schell Brewery
In the fall of 1860, August Schell partnered up with Jacob Bernhardt, a former
brewmaster at the Benzberg Brewery in St. Paul, MN (what today was known as the
Minnesota Brewing Company). They erected a small brewery just two miles from
town along the banks of the Cottonwood River. During their first year of
operation they produced 200 barrels of beer, a very small amount based on
The location of the brewery was ideal. Aside from the beauty of its natural
surroundings (August was especially fond of his hikes into the woods), the
brewery was located next to an artesian spring, providing exceptionally pure
water for brewing. Its proximity to the Cottonwood River gave the brewery a
means of transporting beer and supplies, and the river also became essential to
the refrigeration process. Each winter, large blocks of ice would be harvested
and hauled up the hill where they would be stored in underground caves. The ice
would keep the caves cool throughout the spring and early summer in order to
allow proper aging and fermentation of the beer.