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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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tito42

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into straight pint glass. Best by 05/08/2011 stamped on bottle.

A: Foamy copper-white head. Very active carbonation bubbles. Beer is a light copper color.

S: Malty and slightly sweet aroma. Very faint clove or pepper smell.

T: Very nice roasted malt backbone followed by a rather stout earthy hops flavor. Some roasted coffee notes flutter in and out. Possibly some adjunct sweetness later in the pour. A nice balance between the malt and hops that is somewhat bipolar but works well overall.

M: Medium-bodied beer with a good dose of dryness with the hops finish. Smoother later into the pour. Feels watery at times, but also has a nice malt character.

D: Overall an interesting beer. Very malty at times, a bit hoppy at times. Rich and malty at times, but a tad watery at others. Overall, a decent representation of the style. Not quite on par with Sam Adams, but very close.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 02:24:24 | More by tito42
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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".

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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.

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