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Schell's FireBrick - August Schell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

221 Reviews
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Reviews: 221
Hads: 440
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 25
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-17-2002

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.
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Photo of Infamous7100
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours deep nice looking amber. Clear with tinge of gold to it.
S: biscuity, malty. There is some honey as well. Interesting.
T: follows the nose at the front. Malty, bready and some sweet notes. This fades to slightly hoppy and bitter finish.
M: thicker than expected with medium carbonation. Slighty creamy maybe. It finishes crisp and dry.
O: nice beer. Simple, well rounded and flavorful. Easily could have a few of these. (428 characters)

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Pilsner Glass

Appearance - Has a deep amber/red color, Small amount of carbonation present that stays around consistently; Finger length head that disappears fairly quick.

Smell - Has a distinct honey and toffee smell with a bready aroma to it

Taste - Sweet Honey/Toffee taste that turns into a bitter hoppy after taste

Mouthfeel - Little more carbonation then I'd like, but it's got a very crisp/fresh feel to it. Body is on the thicker side

Overall - I enjoyed it, it's one of those beers you could either sit down and drink or chug down after working outside on a hot summer day. (599 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from France 44. Thanks folks!

Best by stamped on bottle, Dec 5, 2011.

It pours a brownish amber with a 2 finger head of foam and leaves some lacing.

It smells kind of purfumey with notes of sweet malt and a flowery sort of bitterness.

The taste is nice. There are some good malty sweet notes with a hint of chococlate, some roast and grain, and a mild non descript bitterness.

On the low end of medium bodied with fairly light carbonation, the mouthfeel is decent and it's easy to drink. Not a bad little brew. (538 characters)

Photo of jsisko01
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Says it's the 2010 Anniversary on the bottle. Date on the bottle says 4-16-11, so I'm not sure if this is the born-on date or expiration. Today is 9-30-11.

Appearance - Pours a very deep amber color, with a very small head.

Smell - Has a sweet, somewhat of a roasted nut character.

Taste - Roasted nut, malty, a small hint of honey and caramel, and some other spices probably. Has a mild bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with quite a bit of carbonation. It makes me burp a lot.

Overall - It's not a bad beer but not really my style. (547 characters)

Photo of pBRale
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From tasting notes 9-17-11
Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Beautiful clear deep amber in color with a very tall pale tan head that settles moderately slowly to a dense (but thin) creamy head that leaves moderate lacing behind.

Smell: Some nice toasty malt smells along with some supporting hoppy and earthy aromas. Pleasing.

Taste: Bready malts followed by a nice hoppy bitterness and a fairly bitter finish. A hint of some sort of a stronger, earthy taste at the end as well.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light bodied with low to medium carbonation. The bitter finish is crisp and drying.

Overall: A very drinkable beer that is decent overall and could pair well with a variety of foods. (687 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice red-brown. Head is a three fingers thick coarse bubbled white head. Lots of carbonation streams.
S- The smell is mild, but it is of toasted bread and roasted walnut.
T- Toast, a touch of caramel, a nice toffee flavor, and just a subtle earthyness.
M- A touch lighter than I'd like but spot on carbonation and a slightly dry finish.
O- I like it. One of August Schell's better efforts. Splendidly drinkable and plenty of flavor. Roughly on par in the style with Boston Lager. (490 characters)

Photo of NWer
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.
Bronze red, clear. Minimal head, no lace.
Classified a Vienna Lager. I assumed it to be an American Red.
Balanced to the malt side, it is a good drinker.
Slightly cloying on the aftertaste knocks the mouthfeel down a peg. Overall, a good beer worthy of the style. (289 characters)

Photo of DaCheesehead
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle: Aroma is sweet grainy malt, hay, toasted, very light malt backing poking through with a grassy note but way in the background. Appearance is a clear amber with a thick off white head that diminishes after a few minutes. Taste is nicely malty, slightly metallic, and a lot mellower than the aroma. Aftertaste has the more of the roasted, toasted an caramel note of the malts. OVerall, Decent to Average. Cheers! (424 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from cpolking so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light coppery brown color, with a short but dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, honey, caramelized malts, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel & honey followed by bready flavors of lager yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are others in the style that I would pick first. (846 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber-bronze color with fairly nice clarity. One finger of cream colored head that quickly dissipated into a thin skim of bubbles, no lacing left behind.

Smells of lightly toasted bread with a light hop presence that leans hard into the Noble hop spectrum of gentle floral spice. Taste is much of the same but more malt forward. I can't find the citric elements that other BAs have talked about, but that's OK by me because I didn't want to experience them in this beer anyway. Unexpectedly dry malts for a Vienna lager. BUT....plenty of them, and I can tell they were careful in choosing the malts that they did so that they wouldn't clash with each other.

Extremely CLEAN finish with body on the thin side of medium heaviness. This beer hardly has any aftertaste at all...almost all of the flavor is carried exclusively inside the duration of the sip.

Easily sessionable. (876 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber orange with a huge three and a half finger off white head with very good retention and lacing.

Smell: Strong toasted malty aroma with a decent amount of hops that smell like the Hallertau variety. Has a bready Pils like aroma.

Taste: Very malty and bready with sweet caramel and toffee malts followed by a decent amount of bitterness from earthy hops. Very good balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall: A very solid lager from Schell's. Easy drinking and flavorful. (625 characters)

Photo of GeezLynn
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Body is dark shade of bronze and accompanied by a substantial eggshell white head. Good retention.

S: Grainy adjuncts, lager yeast, and a bready/nutty maltyness.

T: Nice subtle sweetness, caramel and bready malt flavors, and a light noble hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Smooth, with a full body for style. Carbonation is medium to high, but well contained and not harsh.

Overall, a beer that is simple and easy drinking, yet flavorful. Would be nice to see a few more versions of this style done this well. (516 characters)

Photo of youngleo
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured down the center of the glass that resulted in a big head. Head was offwhite in color. No lacing going on. Beer itself was cola colored. Light smelling. Just a slight sweet smell,light malt, and biscuits. Tasted light also. Had a slightly bitter aftertaste. Also notes of caramel and hops. I thought the carbonation was good. Felt good in the mouth. I enjoyed this beer. I think it would be a good session beer. (417 characters)

Photo of burnheartsMKE
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a party beer. I could see this in the hands of a couple cool kids rocking-up to a house party with their own “good” beers.

Golden head with a nice top.

Cheap hop with a slight sun-struck skunk on the nose with a toasted slice of bread lingering in the background.
Carmel corn flavor gives way to a familiar metallic taste; retro beers. In my mouth it reminds me of a pimped-up Schlitz; cozy, unpretentious and just easy to to drink.

Not something to search for, but not to be turned away either. (511 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 2 fingers of creamy off-white head over a transparent amber/orange body; moderate bubbles of carbonation rising

S - clean malty smell; grain; floral hops

T - toasted malts are the main feature here; malty and grainy; caramel; hint of flowery hops throughout leading into a crisp hoppy finish

M - medium carbonation; thick and creamy

O - Firebrick is an excellent lager. Great malt flavor, pleasant hoppy finish, and very refreshing. Certainly worth a try. (515 characters)

Photo of PokerGod
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Nonic glass.

Appearance- Dark copper color, with thick creamy head. Great retention and lacework on the glass. Beautiful

smell- Not much going on here, very subtle. Malty.

Taste- Smoother than I had anticipated, with some real solid flavor, all up front.

Overall- A very tasty brew. If I were to pick apart anything, I wish it had a stronger smell and a little more flavor on the finish. But that really is nitpicking a very tasty lager. By all means try it! (489 characters)

Photo of Lauthaha
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Beer pours a copper color with very strong orange hues. Not a lot of visible carbonation, but the head froths up nicely before receding down to a thin layer of bubbly foam on the surface of the brew itself.

Smell: Lightly toasted malty beauty. Lots of spice, along with some very flowery hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Gentle carbonation carries a plethora of flavors across the palate. Hops are probably the most noticeable thing in this brew, being very earthy. Then, there's a touch of spice, almost like white pepper. The malt is toasty underneath, with very little sweetness, but some decent breadiness. Aftertaste is floral, with just a touch of that spice. Very lightly oily on the palate after imbibing.

Overall: Another winner from the Schell Brewing Company. I think this one would be a great winter beer. (871 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

he pour was decent, better then I thought it would be with a nice medium amber color and a smooth even head of white across the top. Aroma is of light grains, hints of mild hops and a touch of a bready note, pretty standard here. Nice even flavor, again mostly a bready, grain malt flavor with only a touch of hops to serve to try and even and balance it out. nice carbonation though and it went down smooth and easy with a crisp, clean finish and a nice bite at the end.

Overall better then I thought it would be. This was actually fairly decent and i would not turn it down if offered. (588 characters)

Photo of beachscrat
4.94/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a schells mug.

Brilliant mahagony amber. Perfect but maybe needs a touch more foam.

Sweet caramel aroma with a touch of orange. Again perfect.

Balanced malt with a touch of baked caramel bread. Finishes ultra uber clean. No cloying nonsense, these guys are pros.

Cleanest purest Vienna lager your going to get. Gold standard. (355 characters)

Photo of tito42
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (903 characters)

Photo of afinepilsner
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Schell's Firebrick was orange-amber in color with good clarity. It had an off-white head with good retention and lacing. The smell was toasty malt with some floral hops. The taste was toasted malt upfront with some earthy and spicy hops and enough bitterness to balance. The finish was dry with some residual spicy hop and malt flavors. The mouthfeel was good with a medium body and medium carbonation. The drinkability was good as well. This is a tasty and refreshing lager that would pair well with grilled or smoked meat. (543 characters)

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Huge bready head whcih only falls a little bit overall. Perfectly clear amber rouge.

S: A little sweet malt with a touch of banana-nut. Clove? Adjunct grain?

T: Extreme roasted malt flavor. Hops are almost on par with the sweet nature of the malt. Nearly perfect for the style.

M: Light chalkiness is on the finish while medium carbonation and viscosity are the main.

D: I always like a lager that steps out with strong flavor profiles. I love this. Could easily session. (510 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My thanks to Chaz who sent this to me and has been awaiting my review since its arrival. It too is really fresh, dated 12/09/10 and I CAN't wait to get the Crack & Glug underway. Let The CANQuest (TM) resume in earnest!

From the CAN: "At 145 years of age, the August Schell Brewing Company is the second oldest family-owned brewery in the nation. While breweries and beers have come and gone, our quaint little brewery has remained here in New Ulm, MN, timelessly brewing traditional lagers and fine ales for five generations. Schell's Firebrick is a refreshing Vienna-style amber lager that carries a pleasant maltiness with a subtle sweetness and light, hoppy finish."

My pour resulted in just better than a finger of foamy eggshell-white head with decent retention. Color was a coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a rich caramel sweetness to it. Mouthfeel was medium with a very malty sweetness initially, but giving 'way to a slight grassy hoppiness on the tongue. Finish was incredibly smooth, very pleasant to drink, with an intermingling of the malt and hops that made me wish for more. I would certainly put this beer in my imaginary cooler that has become my basis for a "drinkability" score. (1,215 characters)

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good orange/brown color with an alright head.

The beer smells great. It is crisp and malty. I like the contrast between the sweetness of the malts and the crisp, fresh hops.

The taste is also very pleasant. The beer has nice caramel malty character with a touch of spicyness that warms you up. The hop character is superbly balanced with the flavour of the malts. Crisp and refreshing and yet, warming, on a cold day.

The mouth-feel is a bit thick, lacking a bit of carbonation. Strangely, for a lower ABV beer,I noticed a bit of boozyness in this as I was drinking it.

Good beer for a good price. One could easily drink several of these. I'll be buying this more often. (675 characters)

Photo of brewdub17
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A darker brass, red body with small hints of the light brass around the edges. The malty character gives it a nice white fluffy head.

Smell: Crisp, clean but watery smell that doesn't compliment the malt flavors other than dryness and slight hint a sweet/tartness.

Taste: Malty characteristics are blended well with the crispness from being bottom fermented and aged in cool areas. Slight acidic/sour tastes are notice able but are coated with the malty sweetness making for a pleasant finish.

Mouthfeel: Those acidic/sour/dry complexities are mixed well with the feel of the maltyness. A crisp/clean but full bodied feel.

Drinkability: Nice balance of flavors and not a too complex mouthfeel combined with a light ABV can make for a nice drinkability. (770 characters)

Schell's FireBrick from August Schell Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.