Sunday, April 27, 2014

Schell's 30th Anniversary Pilsner Series - 2014 Recipe

This beer is part of the 30th Anniversary Pilsner Series from the August Schell Brewing Company of New Ulm, Minnesota. They were established in 1860 and I believe they are the second oldest family owned brewery in the United States, behind Yuengeling (this is the 30th anniversary of the pilsner recipe, not of the brewery itself). This sampler pack contained the 1984 Recipe, the 2014 Recipe, a Roggen (Rye) Recipe and a Mandarina (hop) Recipe.

The beer pours the same yellow golden in color as the 1984 recipe. It also has a tall, foamy head, this of the utmost white. The aroma is similar, but more rounded, bready, still grassy, but less intensely bitter. The taste is a touch sweeter, again, still grassy, but the bitterness, while pronounced, is more subtle, less earthy and funky. This drinks easier overall, what with its rounded edges, although the mouth is a little less smooth, a little more carbonated. This version uses Sterling hops. If I was drinking the pils all night, I would want to start with the 1984 and then switch to this after a few, the 1984 is more intense.

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