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He'Brew Messiah Bold - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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489 Ratings

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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 356
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 09-13-2003)
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Photo of Zach_Eshelman
1/5  rDev -70.8%

Zach_Eshelman, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of MrGaughran
1.25/5  rDev -63.5%

MrGaughran, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of harrymel
1.25/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Bottled: unk
Pours brown with a sheet of cream foam. Smells of sweet malts, a slight grape, prune smell on the nose, not really becoming of a brown ale. Empty flavor of sweet malt, grape artificial flavor again and some dirt. Very, very thin beer, oddly thin with sharp assertive carbonation. This beer is a huge fail, I can't believe a brewery is built on this kind of beer.

harrymel, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
1.25/5  rDev -63.5%

sendbeer, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of jneiswender
1.48/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--Dark walnut brown. No head

S--smoky, earthy scent, some cardboard

T--earthy, muddy, wet cardboard

M--scratchy, dry, but medium body

D--I cannot say that I would have this again. The whole brew just seems off. I don't really know what they are trying to do here.

jneiswender, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of terence
1.5/5  rDev -56.1%

terence, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of edskirk3
1.63/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

It's Hanukkah so I thought what the hell.

Twelve-ounce brown bottle. There's a serial number stamped near the bottom. I don't know what it means. Also, it's certified Kosher. Having been raised Catholic, I'm not sure what that means either.

Pours cola-brown with a head that's also like cola. The head exists briefly and eventually goes completely flat with no lacing. The aroma is light and musty with some faint toastiness. The flavor profile is dominated by notes of stale bread and little else. A small puff of smoke lingers at the end. Hop presence is virtually undetectable. Mouthfeel is sticky but also thin and flat.

The neck label says, "It's the beer you've been waiting for." Yeah, waiting for it to be finished. It reminds me of stale homebrew and I will likely not be picking this one up again.

edskirk3, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of Todd
1.73/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

12oz brown bottle. No freshness date, but it was recently brought into the store where it was purchased.

Pours a near black, deep brown with ruby hues. The off-white head is massive (2-3-finger thick), frothy, foaming and sticks to the glass as is slowly settles to a nice retaining lace.

Light aroma. Musty metallic with some esters of dark fruits, faint toasty toffee and smoke.

Medium bodied with a dull, but even, mouthfeel. One-dimensional malt character with an odd fruity flavor (like Kool-Aid with not enough sugar added) and moderate sweetness, faint toasty edge. A bit dirty and metallic. Hop bitterness is low to missing. There’s some hop flavor, but it’s very weak. Finish is also odd. It’s dry with tannins with a very slight smoky linger. Oxidation is definitely noticeable, with a paper-like feel and flavor throughout the entire experience.

Typical of a lot of contract brewed beers, this is a very dull beer. Quite boring actually. Says “Rich and Robust” on the label, but doesn’t deliver. Hell, it’s not even “bold.” It simply lacks any defining character.

Todd, May 13, 2005
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2/5  rDev -41.5%

DeezGunz14, Dec 02, 2011
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2/5  rDev -41.5%

ksimons, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of AltimusPrime
2/5  rDev -41.5%

AltimusPrime, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.08/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A dark brown brew with a large tan head that has very little retention. Only patchy flecks of lacing.

S - Smells faintly like molasses and seltzer water.

T - A slightly sweet molasses flavor with a bit of hay. A faint grassy bitterness on the finish.

M - Meium bodied, smooth, astringent on the tongue and gummy in the throat. A bit drying.

D - Meh. I've liked other He'Brew beers, but this one come up short. Not really worth having. A mediocre brown at best.

mrasskicktastic, May 05, 2007
Photo of DogFood11
2.1/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep dark brown with some reddish hue on the outsides. Tan frothy head is milky and lasting. full blanket lacing. Impressive look to this brew.

Holy metallic twinger,,,ghasp. Once you get past the aluminum, its heavily leaned towards the malts, a touch of a nutty flavor. some roasted quality to it, ends up a bit watered. This is not a sit back and enjoy type of brew, rather if feels like work. Finishes dry and a bit of bitterness from the charred malt.

Notes: ehhhh not for me man....Its just kinda lifeless in the mouth, the "chosen beer" thing is lame in my opinion, if your going to call your beer the chosen one you better produce.

DogFood11, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of Murrhey
2.17/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger khaki head. Decent retention. Dark brown color and well carbonated. Nice lacing.

S- Honey and lighter malts. Light smell for a darker looking beer.

T- Very sweet, honey and light flavors. Sickly sweet.

M- Medium bodied, ok carbonation.

O- It's alright. Nothing I'd go back and try again.

Murrhey, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Reaper16
2.2/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a rich brown with what I would call a beige head if there were any head to speak of. Super minimal foam leaves just a thin veneer of lacing in spots.

Raisin, slightly roasted grain and some sort of surprising plant scent. Tobacco leaf? All scents are muted, none make for a cohesive whole.

"Rich and robust?" "Bold?" No, this brown ale is neither. Weak grain taste, some very slight hopping. Tobacco tannins meet some unwelcome diacetyl butteryness. Esters on the finish... What is this beer trying to be? It doesn't taste like a brown ale. It could be a dark lager for all I know. The only flavor components that make them selves known have little to do with the malt and yeast used. Weak and confusing beer, this.

Thin, weakly carbonated, not drinkable due to its incoherence and overall blandness. This is a bad beer; I really can't say anything positive about it.

Reaper16, May 29, 2009
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2.25/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark brown color with a small head and lace.
Aroma of malts,toffee and plums/dark fruits.
The taste was mildly bitter with some sweetness. There were some light coffee hints and then I sensed the emergence of hops,but they retreated rather quickly.
The feel was medium body with moderate carbonation and a lack of complexity.
The dry finish and lack of balance played a big part of my disappointment with this brew. The malts seemed to disappear so fast and overall this beer was just a let down.

Notes: This style is one of my favorites,so I tend to have a much higher standard of reviewing with this style. I take all styles seriously,but the American/English brown Ales I have a soft spot for and I do not like it when I taste one that feels like a joke.

Lexluthor33, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of claytong
2.3/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

beet poop brown color. the taste was of bitter chocolate and malt and wasnt nicely blended, more bland than either of those. not sensational. highly doubt this is really the chosen beer but more just a ploy for people to buy it one time and never drink it again.

claytong, May 03, 2011
Photo of waldoiverson
2.33/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into nonic

A: dark brown, color of coca-cola with almost no head and very minimal carbonation

S: malty with a bit of caramel and vanilla

T: Sweet, clear representation of the nose, somewhat sugary

M: somewhat thin, minimal carbonation

D: pretty sweet stuff, not so sure

note: i'm wondering if this bottle was somewhat compromised on carbonation. If on my next bottle things are different, I'll make an update.

Update: all of the bottles were lacking in carbonation and as I consumed more i realized the sugary flavor tasted like tootsie roll pops...no thanks.

waldoiverson, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of jtothamo
2.48/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The Messiah Bold was my second experience with He'Brew products.

In this case, I was not impressed with the product. The appearance was what I expected with a "bold" beer. In the glass, it had a light espresso color, with an ample off-white head.

Maybe it was my sniffer on the day, but I didn't get a lot of smell or taste from this beer. Bland, dull, quite disappointing.

jtothamo, Oct 01, 2008
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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

justinbrown, Mar 19, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

kjkinsey, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of boudreaux
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

boudreaux, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of hippityhophead24
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

hippityhophead24, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of 1p5v
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

1p5v, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of mostpoetsdo
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: A light brown, for a brown ale, almost looks watery. With practically no head, and lacing.

S: Smells malty, maybe a little coffee.

T: Very disappointing. It has a watery malt taste, very bland.

M: Incredibly thin. Low carbonation, but as a negative.

D: It was hard finishing this one, just because of the lack of flavor. Can't imagine picking this up again, but will try other from this brewery.

mostpoetsdo, Jan 03, 2010
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He'Brew Messiah Bold from Shmaltz Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.