Schell's FireBrick - August Schell Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev +8.4%
Serving type: bottle chilled to ~40F. poured into hefeweizen glass
Appearance: Well as the name suggests, it has a deep red color with maybe a bit of orange. A very conservative pour produces a half-finger sudsy white head that quickly goes down to lace. Lacing is moderate
Smell: sweet, lightly roasted and delicious malts. I could be wrong, but it reminds me a bit of red ale. Not much going on with hops.
Taste: I guess the best I can describe it is rich, flavorful lager. There’s some iron in the aftertaste, which reminds me of the water from the northern MN iron range. The first time I tried it the thought of bread came to mind. This wasn’t white bread, but hearty whole grain.
Mouthfeel: Moderate, it adds a good amount of heft to this lager and makes it really enjoyable.
Overall: Schell’s did a good job with this malt extravaganza. If you’re looking for something else from the hop-forward IPA’s that characterize craft beer, this is a good change of pace. FireBrick is a nice, very approachable beer to introduce to your non-BA friends.
08-08-2014 04:49:00 | More by enjambed
2.12/5 rDev -42.2%
Night 3 of my birthday gift sampler pack. Tonight I will be reviewing firebrick in a 12 oz bottle.
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 - Bitter and sour. "Eye-twitching" bitter. Really not used to the style. Can tell you off the cuff I am not a fan here. Some say this beer doesn't represent the style well. I can tell you if the rest of the Vienna's are like this, I'll never drink one again.
I'll try to be subjective though : grass, dirt, wine vinegar. Starting to sound like a Tide commercial. Some yeasty barley.
Mouthfeel - Full bodied yet thin. Carbonated zing.
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. A class "A" nominee 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".
07-20-2014 04:41:53 | More by The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.58/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
07-10-2014 00:30:43 | More by cyclonece09
2.88/5 rDev -21.5%
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.
07-01-2014 02:22:29 | More by vette2006c5r
Schell's FireBrick from August Schell Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.