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Schell's Hopfenmalz - August Schell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

140 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: KarlHungus on 02-08-2009)
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Photo of dwhitney
1/5  rDev -73.8%

dwhitney, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of JamesMN
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%

Appearance: Semi-translucent copper color. Very thin off-white head. Some lacing.

Aroma: Almost no smell. Just a bit of pale malt.

Taste: Some hop presence. A little bit of toasty malt. Just a hint of a strange metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty good at first. Good level of carbonation but then the metallic taste interrupts what would otherwise be a smooth finish.

Final Thoughts: It's possible this bottle was old (couldn't find a date on it). However, there really weren't any unusual 'off' tastes to it. Given it's lack of aroma I wasn't expecting much and it basically lived up to my expectation. If someone hands this beer to you at a BBQ or party, go ahead and accept it. But this is not one to seek out.

JamesMN, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of Bighorn
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Bighorn, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of mmsimmons
3/5  rDev -21.3%

mmsimmons, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Hopstout
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Hopstout, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of heytomcat
3/5  rDev -21.3%

heytomcat, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of maximum12
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%

Finally picked up a bottle of this recent Schell's creation in a mixed six pack. After being unable to stop eating a fine Indian meal this evening, I need a lighter brew, or I'm going to explode.

Pours a crystal-clear red with plenty of carbonation. Odor o' malt, hops nipping about the edges.

Hopfenmalz does the dead-red thing. Shady malts lend both sweetness & a bit of cloy on the top. Buttery, which I don't really dig. Hops flash in the pan & vanish. Not much going on here.

I've really come to enjoy a variety of Schell's brews, but this one leaves me wanting. Heartily average.

maximum12, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of Infamous7100
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.

Infamous7100, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of finado
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

finado, Dec 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

jcjerabek, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of AnalogErik
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

AnalogErik, Oct 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

pisomojado8, May 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of youngleo
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%

Poured right down the center of the glass that produced a nice two fingered head that was offwhite in color. Head hung around for the entire drinking of the beer. And left some lacing. Brew itself was almost a watered down cola colored. Smelled of light malts and hops. Light smelling. Nothing real strong. Tasted of pine and malt. Had a bitter aftertaste that hung around for a little while. Felt good in the mouth. I thought the carbonation was about right. At a 4.9 ABV this would make a good session beer. All and all, I thought this brew was ok.

youngleo, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of PokerGod
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%

12oz bottle poured into a Nonic glass.

appearance: a nice deep straw color with slight reddish hue. There isn't a ton of visible carbonation, yet a nice thick head on the beer maintains at the top for a good long time. Beautiful lacework is left on the side of the glass well after the beer was finished.

smell: yeasty and slightly fruity, has a very decent smell to it.

taste: creamy and smooth, with a delayed hoppy finish that is subtle. The creaminess was unexpected from a lager, but very much appreciated.

Overall: a very drinkable beer that could have easily been followed by a second. The finish is so nice, it's the best part.

PokerGod, May 21, 2011
Photo of mwagner1018
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%

A- Deep amber with a dark crimson hue, soft light chocolate tinted pillow head, moderate lacing down glass.

S- Light molasses, caramel, frothy vanilla cream. Definite malt at the forefront of this one.

T- Mild smoked tobacco, oak, malt up front with a roasted/toasted vanilla flavor. Fruity white grape, and slight banana. Very light bitterness to finish, not much at all (would have expected more of a balance with an anniversary beer that seems to be paying tribute to both hops and malt).

M- Moderate carbonation, slight creamy texture, smooth, pretty good depth, not much bitterness to speak of, definitely on the malt side of the spectrum.

D- A nice drinkable beer, not sure if it fits into the general category of an American Amber/Red Lager. An interesting beer, too malt forward in my opinion, probably wouldn't have more than one. It is the beer of the month at Memory Lanes, so maybe I'll have another on league night (but probably will not)...a pretty average beer, average flavor profile, but still a nice tribute to Schell's Anniversary.

mwagner1018, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of blackearth
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.

blackearth, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of exonthebottle
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

Another beer in 6-pack I have never had this beer I don't usually drink lagers but this one is a bit above average overall.

red a bit over-carbonated okay I guess

smell toffee malty hops faint though
okay beer taste but it too faint as it a lager

I kinda grew bored drinking this it was alright but I would pass on this next time

exonthebottle, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of Duff27
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%

A- Hazy, dull, dark-golden with a very nice two fingered white head. Lacing is pleasant to the eyes...so much so i bumped this up for it.

S- Hate to say it, but not unlike an adjunct.

T- Subtle caramel malts up front followed by a bitter citrus-tinged hops.

M- Very medium mouthfeel. Pricky carbonation at the end fo the taste.

D/O- Flavorful, easy drinking. This would qualify as a sessionable beer. Nothing too unique but one you'd be happy to drink all night with friends...would be a good keg beer party beer.

Duff27, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of brewdoc75
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%

Poured into tulip pint glass

A: Light amber with orange hues. Nice, healthy white head that sticks around at 1/4 inch. Quite lacy for a lager.

S: Malty aromas highlighted by a citrusy and floral hop profile. Faint sweetness and some toffee. A hint of nuttiness. Everything is light in strength.

T: Vienna lager at first taste with a good deal of maltiness similar to Schell's standard Firebrick lager. This quickly shifts to a strong hop profile with citrusy and even piney flavors. The bitterness is much stronger than that of a standard vienna lager. Maybe a bit too much. The malts are definitely there with evident toffee and caramel flavors. Smooth lager taste throughout.

M: LIght to medium bodied. More smooth than crisp. Finishes a bit too sticky from the hops.

D: A reasonable beer. Like a hopped up Vienna Lager. Picture Sam Adams Boston Lager and add a bit more hops and you have this. I like it somewhat, but nothing to write home about. This is the only 6 pack I'm buying for now.

brewdoc75, Feb 11, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

MN_Beerticker, Jul 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

CWhite, Aug 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

ptarmigan98, Feb 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Linc, Jan 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

aliving1, Jan 03, 2012
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Schell's Hopfenmalz from August Schell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.