Schell's Hopfenmalz - August Schell Brewing Company
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Reviews by tubacharlie:
4.22/5 rDev +10.8%
Nice caramel-malt sweet honey aroma with hints of spruce.
Pours a cream-colored three-finger head with good retention and renewal. Some stickiness in the lacing leaving traces on the glass, and a thin film of bubbles caresses the surface down to the last sip of the clear, golden-amber brew.
The same caramel-honey characteristics of the aroma are in the flavor, accented with turbinado-brown sugar notes in the middle of the palate. Whole hop characteristics in the mouth envelope the complex flavors with a mild, smoothly-carbonated hop tang that frames the experience and leaves satisfied taste buds wanting more.
Lovely offering for an important milestone. Get it while you can.
04-09-2010 05:35:15 | More by tubacharlie
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3.4/5 rDev -10.8%
Pours a clear amber body with a thin off-white head that quickly fades to nothing. Aroma is faint toffee malt and even fainter hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and medium to high carbonation. Flavors of light toffee lead to grass hops that last long through the finish, but don't leave any kind of lasting impression on your palette. Drinkability is okay, but this is nothing worth searching for.
03-28-2010 19:36:55 | More by blackearth
4/5 rDev +5%
Poured into my plastic cup at Old Faithful Lodge cabin. Nice foamy pour. Decent lace.
Golden color. Much more hoppy and flavorful than I expected. A very good and enjoyable beer.
If you're looking for a good relatively low abv beer full of flavor, this is it.
Bottle date 062611
08-28-2011 23:19:30 | More by NWer
3.68/5 rDev -3.4%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit multipurpose glass.
Appearance: Clear, darkened orange with thin head and decent lacing for a lager.
Smell: Very dry, somewhat bitter and tart, with apple, citrus, spice and grass.
Taste: Caramel, apple, toast and hay-like malt body countered by dry German (spicy) and American (citrus) hops. Long lingering bitterness. Doesn't come together quite as well as I hoped.
Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light to medium body, exceedingly dry.
Drinkability: While I can see the synthesis of styles (Vienna, Pils, APA), it ultimately tastes like a bitter, slightly citrusy, Vienna. Actually, it somewhat reminds of SA Boston Lager, which is an off-style Vienna. Quite good overall, but I would just rather have SA Boston Lager or Schell's own true Vienna (FireBrick).
02-06-2010 16:11:52 | More by bsp77
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.
Appearance: Pours a deep and clear amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.
Smell: Bready malts with some good hints of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Grains are slightly roasted. Hints of citrus orange and earthy noble hops. Bready malts are more prominent here. Still has a decent earthy hop balance. Laid back but good.
Taste: Big bready taste up front. Malts with notes of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Very noticeable toasted and slightly burnt taste. Some light hints of citrus orange and lemon. Solid presence of spicy earthy hops. Fairly malt forward overall.Tastes like a solid Vienna Lager.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Toasty, smooth, and fairly drying.
Overall: A pretty solid American lager. Nice toasty malts and subtle spice.
07-25-2012 05:46:02 | More by MattyG85
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
Pours a deep amber golden, dry bitter hoppiness comes through in the nose. Beautiful head rises well above the sides of my chalice. Aroma has some pungent hop character, herbal grassiness flows nicely. Subtle biscuit malts this seems like an American hopped amber pils. Flavor is bone dry with bittering grassy hops, nothing offensive just a nice rounded hop flavor. I love the Schell beers that I've had lately it's time to seek out a sampler pack. Smooth lagering, mild biscuit malt profile, tingling sharp dry grassy/hebal hop profile nothing seems like it's gone south and this was bottled on 8/21/10. I will seek out this years winterfest the Weizenbock is getting rave reviews I can't wait to drink some more Schell the next time I'm in the Burgh, this low alcohol flavorful beer is killer.
01-09-2011 04:03:55 | More by WVbeergeek
4.43/5 rDev +16.3%
Pours to a copper color with a thin white head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.
Smells of spicy hops and bready malts. Nice.
Tastes of spicy hops hits you upfront with a citrus mixed in, but a bready malt that is not overshadowed by the hops.
Crisp mouth feel with good carbonation.
I could drink this all night. One of my favorite in the Anniversary Series.
04-17-2009 20:03:39 | More by LordofTime25
4.15/5 rDev +8.9%
Yellowed bronze with a pile of dirty ivory suds on top. Decent in both lacing and retention.
Through the nose, its a tug of war between doughy, grainy, warm maltiness and lemon-herb-wintergreen hops. It's about a push. Both carry some weight.
In the mouth, the malt lays down bread, in a toasted bagel sense, which inches sweeter towards toffee over time, but never actually arrives. It turns a bit coarse in the middle, with grain and bitter nut skins. The hops add additional abrasiveness with lemongrass, pine needles, copper, and dead grass.
I'm of two minds on the flavor profile. Simply put, the raucous hops don't fully jive with the full, yet laid back maltiness. But, in the right mood, the cacophony seems to almost make sense. The medium body, low carbonation and gererally slick, muscular build helps a great deal. It the right mood, I could drink this forever. In the wrong one, I'm just thinking what my next beer is going to be. In this latter mindset, I intially had it pegged roughly a half point lower overall. But I'm in a good mood tonight, and scoring it accordingly.
03-23-2010 06:53:05 | More by cokes
3.88/5 rDev +1.8%
Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a nice clear amber/copper color with a two finger light tan head that leaves nice sticky lacing as it fades.
Smell: Bright floral hops with sweet malts beneath them. The citrus hops give it a nice pine/citrus scent. Not as powerful as some other hoppy brews, but nice. Well balanced.
Taste: Citrus hops up front with a good bitter hops bite, but full-flavored malts mixed in and a slight sweetness beneath it all. A very good blend of flavors, very well balanced. Tastes even better as it warms slightly and the flavors really open up.
Mouth Feel: Medium-Full bodied with a lot of carbonation. May be just a tad over-carbonated for a flavorful beer like this, but it's not a real problem.
Drinkability: Easily did a session with this beer. It's another good beer by the fine folks at Schell's.
03-05-2010 00:38:17 | More by ChopperSmith
4.05/5 rDev +6.3%
Had a pint at Old Chicago - Roseville for about $5. I liked that at first this seemed like just a sessionable amber lager, maybe touch like Yuengling, but as soon as I had a couple sips, it became apparent this was a beer to be reckoned with.
The malts are a mix of cookie and caramel with sourdough bread taste (though it's not actually sour) and a hint of fruit punch. The hops kick in with that fruit, providing spicy citrus that's not very biting, but still provides a good balance for the malt. At only 4.9% ABV, you have a full-flavored yet sessionable beer. The world needs more beers like this.
07-28-2010 18:35:40 | More by tempest
3.88/5 rDev +1.8%
A: pours amber red with a creamy foam head
S: malt and toffee not much beyond that
T: sweet and roasted malts. with the extremely malty smell, I was a bit surprised to find such a bitter aftertaste. Very enjoyable and well crafted. Great balance!
M: well carbonated and medium body.
D: could I drink a few, definitely. The sweet into bitterness might wear on me after awhile.
11-05-2010 01:49:27 | More by msjacilynn
3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
A: Clear, dark-golden hue with a slow forming, frothy head; lacing is intricate but it does eventually collapse
S: Clean grainy quality with a slight citrus hop element; overall just very subtle with nothing to excite or offend
T: Much more flavor than expected from the aroma; a good balance of graininess and subtle citrus and floral from hops
F: Slightly thin but fairly well controlled
D: A very good lager from Schell; a wonderful session option
03-24-2010 22:52:26 | More by dbossman
3.1/5 rDev -18.6%
A: nice copper, amber color with no head at all. Minimal to no lacing.
S: some nice malts and scents of pine. Not overwhelming, but pleasant, especially as it sits.
T: a little more bitter than what I expected. The malts, which do have a hint of butter are quickly overwhelmed by the bitterness of the hops. More grass and pine than citrus and grapefruit. Just okay for me.
M: nothing spectacular. Medium carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. Bitter aftertaste that sticks with you.
O: an average beer for the style. Would prefer a bit more balance, perhaps like Red Seal. You could session with this, assuming the bitterness agreed with you.
06-11-2011 02:20:20 | More by Infamous7100
3.85/5 rDev +1%
I hope this is more than just Firebrick with a ton more hops. Pours a clear dark golden color with a large white head that had excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Looks lively with carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. A very good looking beer. Some citrus hop aroma which is a departure for a Schell's beer. To go along with the citrus hops there is the German malt and spicey hop aroma. Also has the Schell's lager aroma. I am surprised this only comes in with 36 IBUs. I would of guessed almost twice that amount. Has a citrus hop flavor that hits the tongue first. Dry, cracker like malt backbone. Finishes relatively dry and spicey. Light body and nicely carbonated but there is nothing too special with the mouthfeel. A hoppy lager that has a light body and low ABV so these can be consumed in quantities that may not be possible with most American hoppy ales. It is more than a hoppy Firebrick. This would not have been my choice for the Anniversary beer (Roggenbier anyone?) but it is suitably different, and appealling enough to make it stand out.
01-30-2010 18:59:55 | More by morimech
3.93/5 rDev +3.1%
Bottle dated 071810 on the neck, and 9342 julian date on the bottom. I'm guessing 7/18/10 is the best by, and 9-342 (Dec. '09) could be the production date.
Hazy golden orange sunset, trails of carbonation rising through. Creamy soft cap of foam, about one finger's width. Retention is good, as the head is unbroken after a few sips. Flecks of lace adhere to the sides of the glass, and on a second pour, the foam creates a sticky sheet of lacing.
Hops are a little skunky at first, becoming more floral over time. Mildly spicy and bready.
The flavor has a sustained hop bitterness to it, bready with a crackery pilsner malt presence. Soft and easy going. Notes of honey, wildflowers, drying herbal hops in the finish. Caramel malt also figures largely into the backbone of this beer. Overall it's a solid beer if not unremarkable. Seems a bit held back by tradition and all that..
08-29-2010 20:54:34 | More by emerge077
4/5 rDev +5%
12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 082110 on the neck.
A - Schell's 150th Anniversary brew! That's quite a while! This pours a totally clear honey golden amber topped by a smooth pile of off-white foam. Good retention is fed by constant carbonation from the nucleation point in the pint. No lace is left over.
S - Light floral pedal assists grass clippings and a touch of resin in the hop profile. This comes towards the front followed by a hearty helping of crystal and caramel malt, lightly toasted. The two balanced each other out nicely.
T - The caramelized toasted malts back up a strong hop profile fairly well but almost seem a little lost. Lots of earth; grass clippings, a pinch of soil, a bit of floral and resiny, the hops steal the show.
M - Hopfenmalz finishes incredibly dry, almost distractingly so. Otherwise a smooth and lively carbonated entrance leads to a medium body and moderately bitter finish.
D - One would think a 150th anniversary would birth a much more legendary beer. Instead we get an amber that's ok in it's own right but easily forgettable and generally uninteresting in the grand scheme of beer. While it's good for what it is, they could have done much better.
08-09-2010 02:27:49 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.78/5 rDev -0.8%
honey colored amber with amazing clarity and lots of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. A good sized two finger head of white froth jumped up right after the pour, however it settled down rather quickly and I did not see much of it after that. Really did not leave behind much of anything.
The aroma was non existent, almost a touch ginger if you really looked for it, but mostly just dull grain and wheat and a touch of rice. Nothing really much going on here, the flavor was more of the same. Unfortunately it was just dull and boring, and that was quite a shame. Hints of rice and cereal grains
12-04-2011 03:49:30 | More by mikesgroove
Schell's Hopfenmalz from August Schell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.