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Schell's Hopfenmalz - August Schell Brewing Company

Schell's HopfenmalzSchell's Hopfenmalz

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BA SCORE
85
very good

138 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.05%


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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mjryan

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold colour. Bready malts and aromatic hops (floral and citrus) in the aroma. Sharp hop attack at first that leads into bready malts and finishes with a drying bitterness. Light bodied and very easy to drink. Ive seen Firebrick in twelve packs cans in the past, and I would love to see this and the rest of their stellar craft lineup in cans as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 19:26:51 | More by mjryan
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber with a thin white head that thins out but remains almost full. Some thin lacing.
Smell is lightly toasted and spiced malts, with some faint, grassy hops following. Some buttery notes towards the end, as well as some notes of cinnamon and a hint of toffee.
Taste is bitter hops and crackery malts, with the hops coming in a bit heavier. Malt carry, getting thinner towards the finish. Some faint peppery notes near the finish. Touch of barley.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light-bodied, with a dry finish. Just right for this style.
Drinkability is very good. Refreshing and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 23:30:04 | More by Parrotbeak
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mitch492

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 22:14:08 | More by mitch492
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - pours a golden coler not red.
smell - good beer smell mostly malts
taste - average taste nothing special going on here..
mouthfeel - Smooth tasting lager.
drinkability - I always hear good things about Schell and am often disappointed. This beer is actually good,

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 00:19:28 | More by ejimhof
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5-14-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - 1 finger of foam, great carbonation, golden color. Some lacing present but dissipated quickly

S - Caramel and orange peel aroma, hops are present but malts are the driver of this bus

T - Smooth at first taste but then finishes with a dryer crisp finish with a hop edge. Piney aftertaste with little sweetness present but more malts than anything else

M/D - A pretty drinkable brew. I could easily have more than one of these brews; I recommend it for anyone liking the Amber/Red styles

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 03:29:18 | More by FreshmanPour77
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 22:43:29 | More by jera1350
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theroguesoybean

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: amber, with a thin but strong head which stuck around for a long time.
S: strong raw hop aroma with faint malt, hop smell citrusy and untempered much like fresh hops.
T: better structure than the aroma (not that the aroma was bad). The taste structure went tart hops/medium roast malt/acidic bitter hop finish.
M: Even, dry finish.
D: One and done but thats not a bad thing. The bitterness of the hops and the aggressive finish make this a beer that would wash itself out after too many drinks. Have one and enjoy this interesting style.

Not really a german beer, just a german name. The german malt identity came through a bit but definitely an american style lager judging by its hop characteristics and overall taste and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 20:17:57 | More by theroguesoybean
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steveh

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed onto some of this on a whim (was looking for the Maibock), didn't know it was an Amber Lager.

A -- Clear, amber with a very resilient, light tan head.

S -- Has a nice spicy hop character up front, followed by a bready, cracker-like character back. Reminds me of micros and regionals I used to find back in the late '80s.

T -- A bright citrus character up front, grainy notes in the middle, and a very bitter finish. The nice, low-key malts (i.e., not roasty) blend nicely with the hops.

M -- Very soft and smooth mouthfeel with a medium body.

D -- Very good drinkability in this one -- the bitter hops don't become cloying and the smooth malt character balances nicely.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 21:51:59 | More by steveh
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tubacharlie

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 05:35:15 | More by tubacharlie
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blackearth

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 19:36:55 | More by blackearth
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 22:52:26 | More by dbossman
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 06:53:05 | More by cokes
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear mild copper color with a slim whitish topping that keeps a broken skim around the top with ease and laces out with a few patchy areas sticking.

Aroma is softly bready with a sweet candyish lemon quality on top.

Taste is mild with a low key underscoring of breadyness while sweet citrus creeps into the middle with a nice balance. But the finish is off for me with gritty, dryish, pithy lemoned hoppyness that then induces some slight metalic notes that don't meld well at all. The finish throws off the balance some, but alas, as it warms it does lessen up some. But not enough for me to thoroughly enjoy it fully.

Body is light/medium with an OK smoothness from front to middle, but as noted in the taste, it gets awkward at the finish with an uncomfortable hop and metal dryness that completely ruins the flow of what seemed to be some malty goodness.

Not sure what they were going for with this one, I prefer Schell's to stick with the malty lagers please.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 22:57:32 | More by tavernjef
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katan

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 04:24:18 | More by katan
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budgood1

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 23:25:02 | More by budgood1
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mynie

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 04:39:07 | More by mynie
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CHSLBrew

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 22:28:48 | More by CHSLBrew
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mdwalsh

Iowa

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 22:44:16 | More by mdwalsh
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.
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Update...really getting a juicy citrus aroma on this as well as a citrus forward flavor...really unique....

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 05:31:30 | More by ZAP
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 00:38:17 | More by ChopperSmith
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scoobybrew

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 23:54:07 | More by scoobybrew
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +27.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 06:54:40 | More by Bighuge
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 01:37:06 | More by hardy008
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 00:59:45 | More by jjanega08
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 03:22:13 | More by Mistofminn
Schell's Hopfenmalz from August Schell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.