Schell's FireBrick - August Schell Brewing Company

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Schell's FireBrickSchell's FireBrick

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432 Ratings
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Ratings: 432
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 23
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-17-2002

FireBrick was introduced in 1999, and is named after the bricks that line Schell's old boilers. It is the culmination of an effort to bridge the gap between the "popular-tasting" beers and the heartier, hand-crafted ones.
FireBrick is a refreshing all-malt lager with an amber-red hue that reflects the feeling of the brewery itself.

It has been described by Ted Marti as having a "subtle maltiness combined with a hint of hoppy taste that creates a mild, pleasantly drinkable beer." It is made with four specialty malts, along with Vanguard, Chinook and Hallertau hops.
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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A style that I dont see enough and rarely find alot of quality in,poured into a stein a deep bronze color with a thinner slight off white head there was a slight chill haze to it.Nice aromas sweet caramel and toasted grain with a light leafy hoppiness a full aroma for sure,well rounded and food friendly flavors starting off with a big caramel buttery sweetness with an underlying firm toastiness with a small dose of spicey/herbal hop that lingers nicely in the finish.I think a very appetizing vienna lager its just good I cant find any real faults to it really.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light caramel colored beer has a 2-finger, sherbert head that falls fast t a thin layer. Nose is faint and like orange marmelade.

Woah sweetness! In keeping with the orange motife, this has a light tangerine tasting SWEET malt flavor. There is almost no discernable bitterness, just a kind of sugary sting that has more to do with carbonation.

Mouthfeel is mid bodied and highly carbonated.

An easy drinker, but it felt more like soda than beer. Honestly, I don't know how I feel about this one. I feel like the imbalance is kind of understandable, since the bittering/ hopping of these beers often feels like a forced issue. It is at least an interesting beer and I finished mine off pretty quick.

Photo of skybluewater
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color, just a bit of lace. Smells malty sweet. Taste is of sweet malt, with a bit of toastyness. Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy.

Pretty good brew here. I prefer Great Lake's Elliot Ness, but since that isn't available locally, I'll have to live with this one. Not that that's a bad thing...

Photo of NWer
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.
Bronze red, clear. Minimal head, no lace.
Classified a Vienna Lager. I assumed it to be an American Red.
Balanced to the malt side, it is a good drinker.
Slightly cloying on the aftertaste knocks the mouthfeel down a peg. Overall, a good beer worthy of the style.

Photo of Jason
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with no legible freshness date.

Appearance: Orangey tarnish copper hue with a bright clarity, thick froth forms and subsides to a dainty and creamy off white lace.

Smell: Sweet toasted malt aroma with a soft perfume-like hop twang to match, clean with a fresh grain smell.

Taste: Carbonation is at a moderate level, creamy slick mouth feel of malt within the firm medium body. Soft toasted malt flavours surround the taste buds and leave bursts of grain, bread and caramel. Melanoidian flavours of concentrated malt pops up in the middle, soft graininess is throughout. Hops are controlled with their bitterness and drop a light sharpness on the tongue. Bit of hop flavour is there but barely noticeable with suggestions of herb and flowers. The multi-leveled malt character shows each layer of complexity; breadiness, soft grain, caramel and toasted husk. On the sweet side, big malt residuals are left in the finish with undertones of toasted malt and a surprising long lasting hop finish also to make for a pleasant ending.

Notes: Very drinkable with big malt complexities. If you like sizeable malty lagers this will be a treat for you. Big enough to pair up with some schnitzel and kraut.

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a Pint glass bearing the logo of a competitive Minnesota brewery.

Appearance: Clear, light copper with fairly thin head and ligut lacing.

Smell: Toasted and caramel malts with a nice spicy noble hop counterbalance.

Taste: Fantastic toasted malt character, with notes of caramel and fruit. Finishes with a mild spicy bitterness.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation with a clean, medium body. Nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Refreshing beer that actually works for all seasons. Fantastic Vienna overall, and this is what I compare all other Viennas to. SA Boston Lager is great as well, but not a true Vienna.

Photo of ryanocerus
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this beer was better than most beer advocates did. The appearance was hazy copper with a short lasting head. The aroma was big malt, then faint spicy hops. The flavor was spiced malt, with a hop presence that was appealing. The beer was smooth with a long lasting flavor. Pretty good, though I don't have much experience with this style.

Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber orange with a huge three and a half finger off white head with very good retention and lacing.

Smell: Strong toasted malty aroma with a decent amount of hops that smell like the Hallertau variety. Has a bready Pils like aroma.

Taste: Very malty and bready with sweet caramel and toffee malts followed by a decent amount of bitterness from earthy hops. Very good balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall: A very solid lager from Schell's. Easy drinking and flavorful.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A darker copper and brown color, mild head, some lace. A mild aroma of very little, if you look for it, you can probably say you smell caramel, yeast, hops etc. . . but there really ain't much there.

Taste, parts of a red ale, more caramel, toffee, but its all pretty mild and nuanced, I could picture some old timers drinking this and wishing for something more bland, but saying it has some promise.

Very similar to SA Boston Lager. I get it if you're drinking this, you're not looking for massivity and complexity, and this beer delivers in that regard. There are no off flavors, its just a middle of the road beer with mild smooth malt additions, minimal hops and mild yeast.

Photo of ADR
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

One of the most drinkable of the malty beers. And I like that this style is still around. Its quite orange in color and pours with little head at all. There's a slight bready quality to the mid mouth impact, but the flavor is balanced and lessens evenly as its swallowed. I don't look for a lot of bite or chewy mouthfeel in Vienna Lagers, so I'm pretty happy with FireBrick.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Is an amber copper tone with a cream colored nice sized head leaving specks of lace as it dwindles down. Aroma: Slightly metallic with a roasted malt nut tone and an underlying hop bitterness they're very mild there is no fragrance jumping out at me. Taste: Taste is a clean sweeping amount of toasted caramel malts and bitter sweet tones, nicely balanced a little mild seems mass produced but still tasty overall. Rather uninteresting compared to some Vienna styles but this one beats out the Sam Adams lineup even though this one is lacking compared to Elliot Ness overall not a bad throwback. Mouthfeel: Thin highly carbonated not much texture to speak of. Drinkability: I could put down a few without being filled up, but I wouldn't really yearn for too many of these, they're not challenging my palate seems run of the mill and for the mill I don't run.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

Appearance: soft crystal clear coppery color with a thin off-white head that lasts for a minute or so.

Smell: Nice light honey malt smell a good hoppy aroma

Taste: Very smooth balanced taste with that light malty taste and hoppy taste throughout the drink that makes my tongue say "Mmm Beer". The Vienna malt taste comes through at the end with just a bit of hops. It is very well layered.

Mouthfeel - Good crisp finish with no alcoholic warmth. Moderate carbonation which is good for this style

Drinkability: Not as sweet as most American versions. This is a great beer for sipping on a hot summer day. One of the better American versions of this style.

Thanks to tavernjef for shipping this to me.

Photo of LordofTime25
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a copper color with a a fairly thick off white head. Leaves good lacing on the glass.

Smells of toasted malts.

Tastes of toasty malts with a decent hops kick that has a bitterness to it.

Has a medium body with a crisp finish!

Worth having a few ith avalible.

Photo of brewQ
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An energetic pour shows red/brown hues, in line with the Vienna Style.
The aroma, though feint, is of roasted malt.

Taste is flat- no malt v. hop interplay apparent.
Taste fades into a lackluster finish.

Drinkability is overdone on this brew, it has been emasculated.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very pretty crystal clear golden yellow with a massive white craggy head that slowly melts to very sticky white lacing.
Aromas are very light sweet malt and lager yeast.
Flavors are impressive....very clean and bright malts with a fresh baked bread type yeast followed with a touch of light fruit and citrus hops on the end.
Aftertaste becomes bubblegum and pale lemon.
Leaves the mouth clean and fresh.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery dark orange color with a 1/2-inch foamy head that leaves a little bit of lace as it drops off.

Is my nose way off or does this smell like an English pale ale? It's got that vibrant, slightly weird fruitiness to it, with a firm breadiness to it. An all-around pleasant and inviting smell. Hard to tell what's hops and what's malt, and who cares? Well-mingled and well-done aroma.

Flavor is full, rich and rounded, echoing the aroma in that it's got fruity and piquant hops, a robust malt backbone, notes of fresh-bread and pepper, and a tart/sour nip in the finish. Again reminds of a good English pale ale...or maybe I need to study up on my Vienna Lagers, because this isn't what I expected. Hangs creamy and round in the mouth, matched up equally against bold carbonation.

This is a really nice beer, probably hoppier and maltier than others I've had in this style. It's not a huge tongue-blasting flavor, but it's bolder than expected and can definitely hang with the best in the style. Easily the best of the 5 Schells that mnwags hooked me up with on a recent visit. Unknowingly I saved the best for last. Thanks Nick!

Photo of cokes
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

24 carats that reflects an orangish sheen. Plenty of white foam on top.
Toasty caramel nose with twiggy hops. Light, but effective.
Begins more malty than I'd haved guessed. Laden with nose-promised toast and caramel. But while in the scents were somewhat faint, the flavor is not. Very caramel, and very (though less) toasty. Just a touch grainy as well. Solidly built. Hopping adds exclaimation marks of grassy, mostly via lightly bitter, dried leaves. While this certainly leans in the malt direction, the hopping is notable on its own.
Medium bodied.
Soild just about sums this up. No "wows" to be had. Well, except in the sense that "wow, I can't believe I just downed 8 of those".
Well done.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz brown long neck bottle into chilled pint glass.

Appearance - Dark copper color with a nice foamy tan head that retained well and left nice lacing.

Smell - Malty, sweet and hoppy. Nice subtle nose.

Taste- Strong malt flavors and caramel. Slightly sweet with a subtle hop bitterness on the finish. A very nice tasting darker lager. One of my favorites of Schell's beers.

Mouth feel - Just the right amount of carbonation, creamy slick mouth feel with a medium body.

Notes: If you like toasted malt flavors, this is the beer for you. What it lacks in hops, it makes up for with malty goodness. A nice year-round beer, but probably better in fall and winter. Very nice.

Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice malt and balance with carbonation. Nice copper head. Drinkable, good example of type as not too sweet. 139-years of brewing experience contributes to quality. Fresh. Session brew.

Hat off to the Minni Minister of beer, feloniousmonk for the sample.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A frothy off-white head holds well over a slightly hazy and deep-amber body with a reddish cast. Some nice lacing adds to the appearance, although it doesn't stick to the glass for very long. The aroma displays a clean, gently sweet and mildly toasted malt that's quite welcoming. The body combines a firm maltiness with a gently crisp carbonation for a smooth and lightly creamy mouthfeel. The flavor delivers the rich Munich/Vienna maltiness that the nose promises; well-balanced by a firm bitterness. It's clean and fresh with the malt dominating the bitterness and just a touch of hop flavor at the tail end. It ends with a surge of sweetish, toasty malt followed by drying bitterness in a long and enjoyable finish. It's not complex; nor is it supposed to be. It's quaffability we're looking for here! Very nicely done and quite enjoyable. This beer appears to contain all of the aspects of a brilliant Vienna-style lager and I'd highly recommend it as a perfect companion to grilled and barbecued foods during the summer season.

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet caramel malt aroma, but something sour about it. Maybe the bottle's old. Smooth malty taste, finishing with a little bitterness. Flavor has elements of caramel and roasted/smokey barley. Easy drinking, pair with some ham, or just have a couple during the summer. Not the best vienna lager I've had, but an easy and nice alternative to adjunct lagers.

Photo of StanleysCup
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Beautiful golden-amber hue with a one-finger head.

Smell: robust, clean barley aroma with just a hint of esters.

Taste: Awesome maltiness and body that goes down smoothly.

Feel: no bite whatsoever - again, very smooth.

Overall: OMG, I could easily make this my go-to session lager if only it were readily available on the East Coast.

Photo of Southernbrew
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange-gold with a nice big, soft head.

Aroma is all about the malt. Soft and sweet with some fruitiness and toasted notes.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Several different flavors show up here. Nice breadiness blends with caramel as well as a pleasant grain flavor along with the toasted malts. The faintest of flowery hop flavors exists but is hardly noticable. Finishes with some nice toasted malt flavors.

Very fine beer, I am a dedicated hop head but every now and then a big malty lager hits the spot. Nicely done.

Thanks Tastytaste for the tasty beer!

Photo of russpowell
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a variety 6xer purchased in Grand Forks ND, so pretty much home territory.

Pours bronze with light effervesence & a thin filmy head that hols up. Oily appearnce & zero lacing

Smell: Diathecyl (sp?) & malt

Taste: Malty with slight caramel notes. Fruitttyness follows& along with a slight butter taste. Finishes grainy with caramel notes

MF: Thin, but good carbonation

Drinks about average, pretty mundane example of a vienna IMO

Photo of Infamous7100
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours deep nice looking amber. Clear with tinge of gold to it.
S: biscuity, malty. There is some honey as well. Interesting.
T: follows the nose at the front. Malty, bready and some sweet notes. This fades to slightly hoppy and bitter finish.
M: thicker than expected with medium carbonation. Slighty creamy maybe. It finishes crisp and dry.
O: nice beer. Simple, well rounded and flavorful. Easily could have a few of these.

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Schell's FireBrick from August Schell Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.