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Schell's FireBrick - August Schell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

378 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 20
Gots: 10 | 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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3.87/5  rDev +5.4%

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enjambed

Minnesota

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
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Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

08-07-2014 05:32:19 | More by jjunit
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Hopstrutter

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-06-2014 12:42:58 | More by Hopstrutter
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Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-03-2014 13:58:23 | More by kbaker91
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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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The-Adjunct-Hippie

South Dakota

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
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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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.

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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.

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Schell's FireBrick from August Schell Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.