Schell's FireBrick - August Schell Brewing Company
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Reviews by bcpriess:
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
More User Reviews:
2.13/5 rDev -42%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
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".
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 04:41:53 | More by The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.58/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured on tap at a rochester honkers game. Pours reddish amber with a small white head. Smells of some dark roasted malt but not much else. Tastes of some dark roasted malt with a slight berry aftertaste. Beer is light bodied nice carbonation very crisp. Overall, an above average beer.
Serving type: on-tap
07-10-2014 00:30:43 | More by cyclonece09
2.88/5 rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
FireBrick pours a dark reddish color with a decent sized head. The aroma is non-existent. The taste has a harsh malt backbone and finishes with a very grainy taste. Nice body, unusual flavors. Overall its a bit harsh, and has some adjunct like flavors.
Serving type: bottle
07-01-2014 02:22:29 | More by vette2006c5r
Schell's FireBrick from August Schell Brewing Company
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