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Schell's Hopfenmalz - August Schell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 94
Hads: 142
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 10
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: KarlHungus on 02-08-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.8/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pure copper color. Clear. Decent sized ivroy white head drops down tons of spiderwebs on the glass as I drink. The nose is real citrusy. But also a nice maltiness as well. This all translates beautifully to the flavor. Great hop flavor and great malt flavor. The maltiness is reminiscent of a solid bavarian lager or some kind of german lager (vienna?). The citrus riding on top of that is beautiful and leaves a great lingering aftertaste. Whatever this is, it's damn good. Great balance and drinkablility and flavor.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a nice foamy head that dissappates but not completely, lingering with a nice presence. Amazing color. Like an autumnal color wheel; orange, red, gold, ochre. Completely clear with lazy carbonation. Nice lacing.

S: Fresh hops. Pine. Green apple. Melon.

T: Huge grainy flavor with a malty backbone. Hoppy character rus throughout. Nice balance. Lightly sweet malt reminds me of some of the world's great brews. Even a little fruit peeks through. Very complex.

M: Carbonation is ever-present but not at all intrusive. Huge, all encompassing mouthfeel.

D: Excellent. Great taste, great all around.

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Photo of alexgash
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle.

Bright golden copper body. Clean and clear. Small, off-white head. Nose is a mix of slightly buttery malt, caramel, and fragrant, piny hops. Nice. Toasted malts and herbal hop bitterness up front. Honeyish biscuity malt and light fruit sweetness follow. Mildly citrusy, piny hop flavors fill in. Deliciously and well-balanced. Still, pretty hoppy compared to most lagers. Long lasting hop bitterness in the finish with lingering malt sweetness. Moderate body, with a nice creamy feel. Happy 150th Schells!

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the August Schell website, "Hopfenmalz is a amalgam of our favorite beer styles: the elegant drinkability of a Pilsner, the bready maltiness of a Vienna lager, and the hopping of a Pale Ale...fermented with our lager yeast at high temperatures" While drinking this beer without Schell's definition of what it was stylistically I described it to friends as a German IPA, but I think that doesn't do homage to its solid malt character. After checking out Schell's description I think they are right on. Unfortunately, BA does not have a style listing for Pilsner/Vienna Lager/Pale Ale/California Common so I figured a utility style like Amber Lager was the best fit even though Hopfenmalz isn't actually amber.

On tap at Whistle Binkies on the Lake in Rochester, MN. The beer arrived a shimmering golder color with a small head. Lacing was thorough leaving many rings until the beer was gone. The aroma was of bready malt with hints of chlorine. It reminded me perfectly of the smell that hits you the second you step foot into The Herkimer. The taste has the bready, chlorine notes from the aroma, but with a firm spicy bitterness. The finish is dry with a lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a very interesting beer. Schells really seems to be expoling new territory with a lot of the beers in their 150th Anniversary Series. I really hope they throw caution to the wind, and choose to keep these beers around even if they are keg only.

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Photo of LordofTime25
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of argock
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. Freshness date 042511 presumed to be bottled on date. Provided generously by my brother Greg straight from the great white North.

A: Very dark amber for the style with a 1-finger soft, off-white head with average retention and a few random spots of lace down the mug.

S: Strong bready malty component with a surprisingly strong citrus and herbal, lemongrass hops contribution too. A really nice balance for a lager.

T: What a great amber lager - not another just passable brew. Schell lights the lager lamp with this one. This one brings a ton of spicy, citrus and herbal, lightly grassy hoppiness to couple with the solid bready, light caramel maltiness. A wonderful brew from Schell.

M: The body is firmly medium, which is right on for the style. The crispness is on-par for the style as well, slightly more than average, which seems to sharpen the hoppiness.

O: Easily the best Schell offering I have had, and they generally do a really nice job with lager. This is above their usually high bar -- it blends a bready, lightly sweet caramel malt backbone with a really flavorful and interesting blast of spicy, citrus, herbal hops. Find this beer -- it is a unique amber lager with a heavy handed hoppiness that really sets itself apart.

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Photo of MNJR
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark amber color. Tan head with moderately sticky lacing. Smells of malt, dry grass, lemony hops, a bit of caramel. Tastes very good. Full bodied. An excellently balanced beer. Bright refreshing flavors: hint of lemon citrus, clean and flavorful grain, hops reside throughout with a full malt foundation pulling it all together. Finishes with a dry hops twang. Near perfect carbonation for an excellent mouthfeel. Extremely enjoyable and extremely drinkable. I only wish I could get more of this, but sadly it is not sold where I live. If you can get it, you won't regret it!

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Photo of brewdub17
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden hues mix well with the orange-brassy base. All the while a thick white head its wonderfully rested atop the brew.

Smell: Sweet malt flavors are the base but that citrus, grapefruit from the hops is well noted when first brought to the nose.

Taste: Malty first in flavor with grapefruit and small citrus/orange notes coming later. Sweet, soft biscuit notes found a little after as well. Always a little hoppier than expected. Since I review to style, I rate such a beer lower than I would've rated it without such style guidelines.

Mouthfeel: The brew does a good job in balancing the mouthfeel by combining that sweetness expected from the malts and the minimal dryness at the end. The grapefruit and citrus aromas are lingering in the aftertaste but have more of a refreshing feel, rather than an annoyance.

Drinkability: Once again, if I didn't review directly to style, this beer would have a high rating for an "English style" brew. It has great flavors and is overall very drinkable.

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Photo of mynie
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A classic American brewer celebrates its 150th anniversary by aping a contemporary trend. The only parallel I can think of offhand is Potosi's IPA, which when compared to their other beers seemed kind of halfassed. See how this one works out.

An aggressively hopped amber. K. Pours like Gumballhead, paler than a pale but still orangey. Nice white head.

Smells--woah. Umm... huh. Smells like Gumballhead. Kinda. At first. Very nice floral hop profile placed up against a thick, biscuity malt that's a bit like an English pale.

Tastes like it smells--American hop profile, like a big-hopped amber, but the malt profile is classic, sweet and bready. Schell's yeast profile is that classic, American riverwater taste. Riverwater is just the best word I can come up for it. It's differently bready, got a rougher edge to it than your fancypants micros, what with their lab-cultured yeast and glacier water.

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Photo of tubacharlie
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of gatornation
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear dark copper color with very little head and lacing..the smell is good its a hop/malt smell with some spices and citrus aromas..this amber get better as i go the taste was great for the style it hit you with some nice citrus hops then offset by a nice caramel malt with some spices and some bread ..i was really impressed with how flavorful it was ..the mouth feel was medium-bodied and robust for the style it was clean and crisp full of flavor..i like this one!

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, khaki-colored head of foam. It left some lace.

S - It smelled of spices, fruits and bready malt.

T - Good bitter hop bite. Citrusy flavors with a sweet bready malt backbone.

M -It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light-bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is one of the hoppiest, most flavorful lagers that I've ever had. Good cal voters!

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Photo of cokes
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of budgood1
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a deep hued amber colour...no total clarity achieved...with a thin rocky, dirty snow head. lace does cling a bit of with random chunkiness. sugary vienna maltiness pairs well with an intermingling fruit and spice hop profile in the nose. the taste is an unusual mish mash of citric leaning hops playing off the sweet maltiness, teeter tottering to a spicy, herbal hop note that melds well with the dryness of the earthy finish. this provides an opportunity for the bitterness to nip a bit, lingering on for awhile. dry. very hoppy. what an interesting brew this is! medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, great drinkability.

this certainly defies any target style. this is a no brainer for a german influenced brewery noted for it's solid lagers. i'm glad this is replacing the pale ale. good stuff!

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - clear light amber/orange color with decent head that is well retained

S - pungent American hops dominate with some malt grainy character

T - moderately strong American hop flavor with some citrus and pine and ammonia-like notes; decent smooth malt backbone

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a very interesting amber lager. It's really more like a clean American Pale Ale. Regardless, it's very tasty and drinkable - I'd have another. It's quite a surprise from Schell as the hopping is probably the most aggressive they've done.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Pristine amber beer. Light tan head grew nicely as I poured the beer out of the bottle. Head recedes slowly, still remaining as a full 1 cm for most of the drink.

S-Bright, piney-floral hoppiness. Just a bit of malty sweetness emerging under there, very light.

T-Piney-herbal hop flavors, bright and prominent. These usher in an assertive hop bitterness. Hop bitterness stands opposite a toasty malt, but still relatively dryish. Smoothe, crisp finish with a bit of lingering hop flavor.

M-Moderate, somewhat oily-slick body. Carbonation is medium level, appropriate feel overall.

D-Tasty and pleasantly different. Though I'm sad to see the Pale Ale go, this new brew certainly seems to be a worthy replacement.

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Photo of hardy008
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber color with a one finger foamy white head. Smells of citrus and floral hops with a light pine aroma. Some light malt is detectable. Floral hops are the strongest flavor, followed by some grapefruit and pine. There is also some biscuit malt. Smooth, clean, nice carbonation, and a nice bitter finish. A nicely drinkable beer.

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Photo of soze47
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: On the brown side of amber in color. Nice foamy lager head. It looks like what you'd want it to.

Aroma: Hmm, lots of spiciness and piney hop flavors. This contrasts in a unique way with the buttery, biscuity malt.

Taste: Hops give an almost pale ale sized flavor off the bat that is unexpected. However, once the malt comes into play, a very unique, almost odd, flavor is created. It makes me think of heavily spiced or herbed buttermilk biscuits.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Very nice and light. No overwhelming lingering quality and the hops tread lightly enough to make this one a session candidate.

Overall: I'm glad I picked this one up to round out a sixer I built. Unique lager that almost comes across as a hybrid of an american red hoppy ale and traditional german pilsner.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= pours a honey color with a nice thick white head on it thats about a finger high but real thick and lasts throughout the drink. Pretty nice lacing on this beer.

S= Smells hoppier than most Schells beers. Nice floral smell from it. A little citrus and pine hop smell. Some bready malts hidden deeper in there. The hop smell feels like it's drying my nose its so thick. Not the most intense smelling beer but a good one.

T= Still a nice amount of hops. Really floral tasting. One of the most floral tasting beers I've had. It reminds me of Samual Adams floral taste the first time I had it. The floral notes are dominant but there is a little citrus in it. Nice bready malts in it as well. Tastes like a hoppier Boston Lager.

M= Smooth and crisp. Really nice. Nothing crazy but good and about what I'm looking for.

D= a really nice beer from Schell's I think. Impressive amounts of flavor while still being somewhat simple. Schell's did a nice job with this one. I would rather drink this than Boston Lager.

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Photo of katan
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - A brown to almost amber color. A pile of bubbling, indicating super strong carbonation. Head formation, 2-3mm, off white in color. Well retained. Very clear - maintaining its lager background.

S - Very strong hops note comes through, cascade would be my guess - american hopping. Floral, citrusy, and almost sweet.

T - Starts off with a light malt note, caramel and some 2 row sweetness. Mid-stream gets more bitter, some light floral hops - which ties into the final flavors which bring in a very strong hopping tied to the smells. Aftertaste is grapefruit, floral, strong american hops.

M - Frothy and light at times, creamy and clean. Some carbonation bite comes through. Finishes clean with a light amount of clinging bitterness.

D - Easy drinking. Manageable ABV - light and sessionable. Not filling despite its carbonation.

Feels like an IPA - nothing wrong with that.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker amber color, almost copper. A huge, light tan head is produced. Chunky and thick, it has decent staying power and leaves tons of lacing. No visible carbonation in this clear brew.

Whoa baby! This one is surprisingly hoppy! I mean I should have expected it considering it's called "HOPfenmalz," but it's Schell's, not exactly known for their hoppy lagers.

It has a nice floral hop character to it, balanced nicely with a sweet malt backbone. Grassy and slightly piney hops dominate from start to finish. As it warms, the biscuity malts come out more and more.

The taste kind of takes a stop back. Maybe it was too much too quick? Very subtle hops and malts, typical lager subtleties. As it warms, a nice bitterness comes out. Very enjoyable, but not as much flavor as I was hoping.

Smooth with a nice bitter bite. Goes down easy. This is a very drinkable brew.

Overall, I'm VERY impressed with this coming out of Schell's. Who would have thought that Schell's could pull this off? Not really known for being masters of the hops, this one turned out great. I just might have to go get more, as this single surely won't appease my thirst.

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Photo of lwillitz
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into weizen glass

A - transparent gold with an orange tint under a finger and a half of thick white head; lots of carbonation bubbles; decent lace

S - malt; wheat; touch of hop spice and citrus

T - malty and bready; spicy and citrus hops emerge, leaving a lasting bitter finish

M - medium-bodied; medium carbonation; fairly smooth

O - This one's a bit bitter for the style, but it is a very good beer as it is. Another great brew from Schell's.

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Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Schell's Hopfenmalz from August Schell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.