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
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3.86/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
A: brownish brick red in color, clear with a finger tip of white head, no noticeable lacing.
S: Like most light lagers, not a lot to smell here but there are noticeable malty toasted scents.
T: This is a pretty malty brew, sweet, soft but hoppy notes at the finish. Leaves a sweet, mildly bitter after taste.
M: Light bodied, medium to high carbonation, which confirms the smell and taste.
Overall: Good solid light bodied malty style lager, though may not be right for those who do not enjoy the malty sweetness.
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2014 22:35:14 | More by mcrow24
Schell's FireBrick from August Schell Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.