Sunday, April 27, 2014

Schell's 30th Anniversary Pilsner Series - Roggen 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. "Roggen" is the German word for rye. This uses rye malt, and also German Tettnang and Smaragd hops.

The beer pours a pure golden yellow in color. There is a tall head of pristine white foam. The aroma is golden grain, a touch of sweetness, a touch of spiciness from the rye, with light floral, grass and straw. The taste is straightforward smooth American pilsner, grain and grass, with a fairly bitter finish, somewhere between the 1984 (most bitter) and 2014  in bitterness.  This is the easiest drinking of the bunch, but so far, I am digging the 1984 the most.

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