Schell's Hopfenmalz - August Schell Brewing Company
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3.88/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
10-14-2010 11:38:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
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
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
4.18/5 rDev +9.7%
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!
01-15-2011 20:59:55 | More by zeff80
3.5/5 rDev -8.1%
This one grew on me a bit. At first it seemed a bit too earthy and soil toned. But that changed into a bit of an inky thing with a mature fruit tone with an interesting sweetness. Nicely drinkable, though a bit too musty and heavy for a regular rotation beer for me.
08-15-2012 08:42:41 | More by RblWthACoz
3.78/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
10-07-2011 04:15:10 | More by TheManiacalOne
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
3.75/5 rDev -1.6%
"...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.
03-10-2009 06:12:10 | More by feloniousmonk
4/5 rDev +5%
Shared by the other Matt last night, thanks! A totally under the radar beer for me. Love it. At the time of this review, this is the #2 American Amber / Red Lager on the beeradvocate best of styles list. Very awesome.
Beer is amber with a slight haze, white bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation, overall plain looking but good.
Beer smells sweet with hint of candy hops with mild fruitiness, the lager aroma comes through nicely.
The beer is sweeter than it probably should be and the bitterness is pretty mild. That being said it is a pretty good little lager here. Nice yeast component in the middle, I just find myself wanting something more in the hops department. I'd have it again.
09-05-2011 19:56:38 | More by drabmuh
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
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
I had this at the 150th anniversary pub crawl in downtown New Ulm.
This beer pours about 1 finger of creamy off white head. Decent retention leaving some splattered lace. Color is a lighter colored caramel.
Aroma: This beer is already reminding me of their pale ale, which is pretty hoppy for a pale ale. Lots of floral notes and citrus characteristics, some bready malts and caramel notes.
Taste: Again, it reminds me a lot their pale ale. Very hoppy beer. A big floral taste to it with a grapefruit citrus blend. The malts are caramel and bready malts.
Mouthfeel: Bitter and somewhat smooth. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends sticky and somewhat dry.
Overall, it is really tough seeing how this beer got voted the best of the series. I like it because of the hops, but I can't see people in New Ulm enjoying it that much. Maybe a lot of people outside of the city voted. Anyways, it was a decent beer that was drinkable like their lagers, but hoppy like their pale ale.
01-04-2010 18:36:19 | More by mothman
3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
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,
06-06-2010 00:19:28 | More by ejimhof
3.93/5 rDev +3.1%
Served ontap into a 20 oz glass.
A rich amber colored brew with a nice frothy foam. Some lacing does occur.
Flavor is lightly hoppy bordering on grapefruit and pine. Highlighted is the caramel malt lending toffee notes. Finish is decidedly bitter.
The mouthfeel is the highlight of this beer, notably smooth and almost creamy.
Drinkability rates very well for this beer. Its a nicely hopped beer that goes down all too fast. Pretty good stuff.
05-15-2010 19:22:05 | More by Stinkypuss
District of Columbia
3.58/5 rDev -6%
The beer is light orange colored and fairly hazy. The white head is a finger thick, displays decent retention, and leaves some sparse lacing on the pint glass. The aroma offers fruit, wheat, malt, light hops. The flavor is decent. The beer is slightly sweet, with malt and fruit flavors. The body is pretty thin, with solid carbonation. Overall, a decent brew. I would try it again.
09-06-2011 18:21:00 | More by Huhzubendah
4.83/5 rDev +26.8%
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.
02-27-2010 06:54:40 | More by Bighuge
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
3.63/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
09-18-2010 17:45:42 | More by twiggamortis420
3.6/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
03-15-2010 22:57:32 | More by tavernjef
3.68/5 rDev -3.4%
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....
03-05-2010 05:31:30 | More by ZAP
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.
01-25-2011 05:46:47 | More by Duff27
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
3.03/5 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.
07-29-2010 02:55:13 | More by maximum12
4.2/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
03-12-2010 04:39:07 | More by mynie
Schell's Hopfenmalz from August Schell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.