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Schell's Hopfenmalz - August Schell Brewing Company

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Schell's HopfenmalzSchell's Hopfenmalz

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94 Reviews
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Reviews: 94
Hads: 142
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 10
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 94 | Hads: 142
Photo of MattyG85
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of morimech
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 150th anniversary of the country's second oldest family owned brewery. Hopfenmalz does not give much indication to the brew confined within. The beer pours an amber color with an off-white head which left decent lacing down the glass. The aroma is slightly toasted malt, a kiss of caramel, and some bitter hops. A medium bodied beer. The flavor starts with some toffee sweetness as it moves toward the center and finishes with snap of bitterness. The palate is left dry with some residual sweetness. Toward the end of the bottle the sweet residue builds into a lasting buttery film coating the mouth.

This isn't a bad brew, a pretty standard amber brew, but tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright copper in color with a white head. Lacing is suprisingly good for a lager. Head retention is good too.

S: Some citrusy, piney hop aromas up front, with biscuity malt in the back.

T: Reverse of the smell. The malt is noticed first, with flavors of toast and caramel. Hops are most prominent on the finish. Piney, floral, and fruity. Crisp and very refreshing.

M: Light to medium in body, with a clean velvety mouthfeel all the way throughout.

D: I was a bit stand-offish the first time I saw the description of this beer, but I was impressed. It's easy to drink, unique, and very good. I hope this sticks around for a while.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a one finger head that gives way to a little lacing. The aroma is of caramel malt with some toffee malt. There is also a slight presence of orange peel. The taste has a caramel and toffee malt backbone, the end of the flavor has a small earthy hop taste to it, kinda piney. The mouthfeel is crisp with moderate carbonation. Overall for a red lager it is a solid beer, nice flavor and aroma to it. You could easily have a couple of these.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Luckily able to score some of this, even without a local watering hole carrying it.
Light hop aroma with a cascade element (some citrus, grapefruit) and slight malt background.
Very clear and golden. Head is white and fluffy like, but leaves too early.
Nice mix of hop flavor and prominent enough malt backing (definitely can taste the Vienna malt) and a nice toasty quality. Bitterness lingers and varies from mild to moderately high in intensity (sometimes too much).
"drinks like a pilsner" is definitely correct. Light body is smooth and nicely carbonated without standard Schells richness.
Drinkability is high and nice. Occasionally the high bitterness decreases this some.
Thanks Bryan. Good times.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ripe apricot with amber edges and a better than decent looking cap of ancient cue ball colored foam. The head hangs around for a bit and leaves a respectable array of lace once it starts to fade. Gets the job done.

The nose delivers very lightly toasted golden malts and a modicum of earthy-herbal hops. Not spectacular, but then what amber lager smells like a dream. Time has undoubtedly taken some of the (originally 50 IBUs) steam out of the hops.

Hopfenmalz is wonderfully balanced beer at this point... and might be better off for it. Hopefully, my 'hopheads for life' card won't be revoked for saying that. There are still plenty of the little green cones left for most craft beer lovers.

There's a surprising amount of lightly toasted bready malt onboard, especially at an ABV of only 4.9%. The hops taste like a combination of grapefruit zest and something herbal and earthy, just as in the nose. This is one of those offerings that impresses more and more with each passing ounce.

Again, the mouthfeel is larger and more creamily expansive than expected. The bubbles start off slightly stinging, then settle down just enough so that mouth excitement stays high. Lackluster here would not have done this brew any favors.

Hopfenmalz deserves to be a year-round release. There aren't too many amber lagers that get my attention, so Schell's deserves kudos for that. Craft beer truism #8: an abundance of ingredients is the necessary starting point for a quality final product.

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Photo of msjacilynn
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Lighter, crisp tawny color with an average sized, tight foamy, sticky, fluffy, slightly off-white head. Very nice retention with a nice layer of lace left.

S - Bready and grainy malt are strong. Nice hint of citrus hops and a slight sweetish lemony citrus as well. Spicy aroma and a hint of herbal aroma.

T - Similar to the nose with a good bready backbone. Very strong hop presence for the style. Leafy herbal hops along with a strong citrusy hop flavor. Spicy and lemony flavors. Touches of caramel malt. Quite bitter hoppiness on top of a typical lager type taste.

M - Light body with average carbonation. Crisp feel.

D - Pretty easy drinking for this beer. The hoppy kick doesn't weigh too much on the palate and it is pretty crisp and refreshing.

Notes: Not too bad. Plenty of hoppiness. Nice, crisp, refreshing beer that was easy to drink, but it didn't really impress me that much. I would get it again, but not one I will regularly get.

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Photo of mitch492
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon pouring this does not look like anything resembling an amber ale. Rich, and golden with a nice thick foamy head with great retention, but it doesn't lace the glass all that well.

Aroma leaves a bit to be desired as there quite frankly isn't much. Citrusy hops, and trace amount of pale malt make up what is there though.

Taste is a different story though, it's good. Initial tasting is that of a malty german beer with carmel and pale malt, which is deliciously sweet. This is immediately followed by a bitter, and citrusy finish which has a bit of orange peel, and a dry hoppy bite. A bit on the piney side, but forgivable.

This is a lighter beer with a good creamy mouthfeel, and this blends together to create a very drinkable beer. I could easily sit back, and have a few of these on the porch on a warm summer night.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 deep amber 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, caramelized malts, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of caramel & citrus followed by bready flavors from lager yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is decent for the style and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with an indecipherable code.

Look is a soft golden orange with a weak sudsy head. Smell is candy corn and pumpkin pie. Taste is spicy earth notes, sweet roasted malts, and a semi-sweet bitter finish. Tastes like a bigger beer than it is.

Surprisingly tasty stuff.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"...the elegant drinkability of a pilsner, the bready maltiness of a Vienna lager, and the hopping of a pale ale." Vienna, Caramunich, & Caravienne malts, Cascade and Tettnang hops, dry-hopped, fermented with lager yeast at ale temps, and aged 6 weeks for smooth lager crispness. 12.7 Plato, 36 IBU, 5.8% abv.

Clear, amber appearance, slim, whitish head.

Lightly spicy, citric hoppy aromatics, with a classic lager aroma right behind it. Interesting.

Reappears in the flavor, the zest, the pepper, the tangy citric feel, then all is smooth, the hop attack riding softly on the palate, then fading back. Each sip returns the pleasant hoppy character, followed by soft, biscuity malt.

Good flavor, great drinkability. I like this unique lager/ale hybrid. Another tasty easy-drinker in the Anniversary series.

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Photo of sommersb
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 12-04-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: Received in a trade

Clear, amber-colored beer topped by a healthy white head. Lacing is excellent and head retention holds up very good.

Clean aromas are first of pilsner malts and sweet grains, followed then by earthy and lightly citrus hops.

Tastes fairly hoppy -- much more then I've experienced in other Schell's brews. The hops are both citrusy and earthy, as noted in the nose. The malt component is light and takes a backseat in this one. I also get a bit of unpleasant vegetable flavors.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a moderate amount of carbonation and a medium body. The finish is dry and primarily of bittering hops.

Overall a good beer; it reminds me of a hop-forward Oktoberfest lager. My preference would be for this to have more balance towards the malt end, but I understand that's not what the brewer intended.

Thanks to fLax for this one!

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Photo of boomer31
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - hazy golden and transparent

S - some hops but also a bit of skunk...but not too much skunk, just a touch

T - A spicey hop hits you right away which and dries out the flavor. A nice malt balance

M - high carb, light and drinkable. Thin in texture

D - The hops are nice and the malt does a nice job balancing out the hops.

Overall a solid drinkable beer that surprised me just a bit

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a ncie 1-2 finger head of sandy white with mostly smaller bubbles. Beer is light amber and perfectly clear with a little bit of active carbonation. Very classic looking.

S: The smell is reminiscent of your everyday pale lager, but there's something more. It's not the hops, I don't get much of that on the nose, but there's something of complexity here. Well maybe it is a little of the german hops spicing it up and playing with the yeast. Either way, I wasnt a more definitive hop aroma.

T: Again, similar to a general Euro pale lager (i.e. Beck's) but fresher and a little cleaner. I get the spicier German hops again, stronger than in the nose but not too strong at all. It's also slightly grainy.

M: Here the beer nails it IMO. Light but full bodied, appropriate carbonation. It works well.

D: Well, yes, it's very drinkable, and a great gateway beer. Not something I'm going to keep around, though this almost tasted like it may have had some sunlight exposure and I may look for it on tap sometime.

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Photo of ZAP
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice interesting beer. Yes, I'd have preferred three or four others from the Anniversary series over this but no complaints.

Reminds me most of a German Pilsner but the hops give off more of a citrus/pine flavor than what you would get from Spicy Noble hops..some crackery malt backing which reminds of a Dortmunder maltiness...really finishes with a dry hoppy bite..

Body is crisp and firm....relatively high carbonation and great clarity...looks great in the glass..

Nice to see new beers like this hit the market.

Update...really getting a juicy citrus aroma on this as well as a citrus forward flavor...really unique....

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Photo of mentor
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger sticky off-white head over a brilliant golden liquid. Smells dusty hay from hops, noble pils hoppy with some accompanying zip, gentle orange citrus.

Tastes like a cross between a bavarian and czech pils. Has a bit of the zippy hop tang in the finish of a czech pils, but is wet malty more similar to a bavarian pils. Gentle toasted malt with noble hoppy earthiness that turns grassy and tettnanger dirty toward the end. Minerally and a bit more acidic than I prefer. Light finish with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Simple, yet yummy. A bit overcarbonated, but easy drinking.

No idea why this is listed as an american amber/red here on BA, this strikes me as much closer to a czech pils.

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Photo of bsp77
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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).

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Photo of malty
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best before 6-11-10 stamped on the glass longneck.

Pours a brilliantly clear golden rusty color with a big & loose very light beige head that stays at 2" tall. Sketchy strips and sheets of lace sporadically down the glass. Good looker.

Clean bready malts in the nose with a herbally dose on hops playing nicely into the maltiness.

Clean and fresh semi-sweet pale malts greet the tongue with a nice dry kiss of hops that counterbalance the malts quite well. The flavors are very bright but fleeting.

Mouthfeel is between light - medium with a somewhat dry, chalky quick finish. Carbonation is spot-on with a moderate level.

Drinkability is quite good. Would make for quite the session beer when socializing is the aim of the day/night. A little sweet and a touch dry. Great gateway brew for craft beer encounters of all kinds. Glad I got to try this fresh.

Overall a very clean and fresh lager with a fair amount of hops to keep things perky.

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Photo of jera1350
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker gold color with an off white head of substantial presence that lends to a bit of lacing on the glass.

The nose offers some buttery toffee, some citric hops and a slight corn, graininess.

Crisp hop presence with a caramel and toffee malt character to balance out the flavor. Pretty clear cut and tasty.

Very smooth feel with a creamy carbonation presence. Finishes bitter and dry. Body wise, I would say this is almost medium.

This would make a nice session beer. Happy to have another local choice in that category. Kudos to Schell's on this one.

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Photo of Mdog
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear copper color, nice carbonation, good head. Looks great!

Smell: Clean smell, some citrus.

Taste: Some bready/toasty flavor, then a quite dry and pithy citrus hop finish.

Drinkability: Seems to be a good session candidate.

I didn't get to try this on tap, but picked up a 12 pack recently. It seems to be a nice pale ale/vienna lager combination, maybe leaning a little more to the pale ale side. A nice change-up from heavy beers of winter.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a best by stamp of 111210. Pours a lightly hazed copper color with a fluffy cap of beige head. Nice retention and lacing. If nothing else, Schell's seems to have this foam thing figured out.

Nose is pleasantly hoppy, grassy and fresh. Some grainy, lightly toasty malt is also noticeable.

Taste also displays a healthy amount of hoppiness, more bittering than flavoring however. Malts are lighter than the color would indicate and only contribute a modest toasted biscuit flavor. Not bad, it is nice to see a brewery like Schell's make a hoppy beer like this.

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