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Schell's FireBrick - August Schell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

369 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 19
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-17-2002)
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bcpriess

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Respectable Brew.

It had me at "this all malt lager." While this is not by any means a jaw droppingly awesome beer, it is a good, solid, beer that I could imagine wanting to drink from time to time. Schell's of New Ulm doesn't produce a favorite beer of mine, but I respect their work, and their commitment to lager styles, and for that alone they edge out Summit as the top Twin Cities brewery.

Although I am down on Schell's uber sweet bock, this is more of a light, malty, none too sweet brew. It seems like it might be the more forceful cousin of Grain Belt Nordeast, with a bit more of a char flavor.

A: Appearance is nothing special. This beer pours a deep amber, almost reddish color, with a thick beige large-bubbled head that rapidly dissipates. Par for the course.

S: Predominantly malt and yeast - not a generic odor - but not special either.

T: In addition to the malt and yeast (which you smell), there is an unexpected and interesting char flavor (I suppose the reason for the Firebrick name). This beer would be just the thing to drink with the pulled pork burrito at the BLB - although it is a fairly malty brew, there is no overpowering sweetness, and the char is exactly the kind of thing that would counterbalance a sweet meat. Paired correctly, this is a winner. As I mentioned before this feels like a more intense Nordeast - the key differences being that this is just slightly less sweet, and the presence of the char flavor.

M: Like many Schell's beers, a little on the dry side, but it doesn't leave any unwanted residues behind. An appropriate level of carbonation, maybe a little on the low side, but still somewhat crisp feeling.

D: Somewhat above average. This isn't an uber heavy drink that will leave you with a gutache if you approach it as a beer to drink for flavor. Would be refreshing as a hot weather beer. If you tried to down six of these, you would have a gutache, but then you wouldn't be reading BA either.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 00:14:55 | More by bcpriess
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Night 3 of my birthday gift sampler pack. Tonight I will be reviewing firebrick in a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance - big lacing when poured that sticks and remains like a the cream of a root beer float. Mmmmm.

Smell - toasted barley, bitter sour pilsner grains. Blueberry syrup. Spice.
Lots of character! I honestly get an image of "firebrick" in my head when I smell it.

Taste - Ok. Bitter and sour. "Eye-twitching" bitter. Really not used to the style. Can tell you off the cuff I am not a fan here. I'll try to describe beyond that : grass, dirt, wine vinegar. Starting to sound like a Tide commercial. Some yeasty barley.

Mouthfeel - moderate fizz with a full body.

Overall - Gross? I won't be trying this again. I'm sure this beer is great for its style (300 beer reviewers can't be wrong?), however it is definitely not one I'll be coming back for. Drain. Pour. Tonight I'm gonna save my sobriety and calories for a beer ill enjoy. At least I can say I've "beer there, done that".

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Schell's FireBrick from August Schell Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.