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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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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 07:25:00 | More by jimmah120
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Beerenauslese

California

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

Pours clear gold with a modest head that dissipates quickly.

Nose is hoppy and malty.

Pretty hoppy taste on a malt backbone.

Body is light as is the carbonation level. Moderately creamy mouthfeel. Finishes bitter.

A hoppy lager that is better than I was expecting. ABV is very low and the hop flavor is good, I could have a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 22:42:41 | More by Beerenauslese
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shadow1961

Minnesota

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

Finger of white, creamy foam over a clear deep orange brew.

* Spritzy carbonation- nose is clean lager yeast, light malt, and spicy hops.

* Flavor is malt-forward sweetish, bready, even a bit fruity, with herbal/peppery hops off the back.

* Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a grassy hop aftertaste.

According to the August Schell website, their Hopfenmalz is a bit of a hybrid- sort of a hopped up lager.
I've heard it will be replacing their Pale Ale, and as such it seems a better fit - playing to their strengths as expert brewers
of German styles, yet still distinct enough to break out of the pack. Very nice...

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 07:45:19 | More by shadow1961
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 08:17:53 | More by WYVYRN527
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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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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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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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herman77

Minnesota

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

A: Brilliant orange marmalade with a decent beige colored head. Pretty good clarity. Not really any lacing, very thin if any.

S: Typical lager smell with more bready malt and a touch of floral and earthy hops. A hint of toffee.

T: Great combo of biscuity malt and floral hops backed up by a nice lager taste. Nothing offensive at all. Nice crisp, semi-dry finish.

M/D: Light to medium body. A little on the higher carbonation side, a little bit of bite to it as well. Great drinkability. Nice and clean, crisp. Good balance. Very refreshing. Easily drink many of these.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 21:03:39 | More by herman77
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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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malty

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 00:38:21 | More by malty
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JamesMN

Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 04:12:26 | More by JamesMN
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afinepilsner

Iowa

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

12oz brown bottle

Schell's Hopfenmalz was orange in color and a bit hazy. It had a white head with decent retention and lacing. The smell was hoppy with some light malt. The taste was noble hops upfront with some light malt. The finish was dry with more hop flavor. The mouthfeel was good with a medium body and medium carbonation. The drinkability was good as well. This is a tasty lager and worth trying out.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 23:47:16 | More by afinepilsner
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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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AmericanGothic

Iowa

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Pint. Best by 8/8/11.

A: Pours a clear copper orange with two fingers of off-white head. Good retention and lace, languid carbonation that is very nice to watch thanks to the clarity of the liquid.

S: Typical hay aromas that one expects from a lager, but with a little more malty sweetness in tow.

T: Caramel up front, followed by the hay and then an interesting finish of semi-dry sherry. That was an unexpected twist! Slight hint of sweetness makes me smile.

M: Quite light and smooth, carbonation lends a creamy effect.

O: A very pleasant quaffer. I have yet to meet a Schell product that I didn't like, and this is no exception. Delightful.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 03:47:38 | More by AmericanGothic
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brewdoc75

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 02:04:39 | More by brewdoc75
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NWer

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 23:19:30 | More by NWer
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Phocion

Minnesota

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Bubbly, medium copper body with a finger of a white frothy head that takes a good couple of minutes to mostly disappear. Thick but slippery lacing.

Aroma is very malty; roasted grains and caramel throughout. Very, very roasted with a touch of cookie dough and even sourdough bread. Green apple. Slightly spicy and floral tones provide a touch of balance.

Very floral and a hint of citrus. Not quite as malt-forward as the nose would lead me to believe; very well-balanced instead. Definitely a bit of caramel/roasted malts as well.

Medium body and good levels of carbonation. Dry but smooth mouthfeel.

Going into this I wasn't expecting much...am amber lager from Schell's? Surprisingly good and with a hops zing I was totally not expecting.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 19:52:48 | More by Phocion
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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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ForWhatAlesYou

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 19:06:19 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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Lauthaha

Michigan

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Beer pours a golden amber color, with a relatively light amount of bubbles visible within the glass. Head has a gentle caramel tone to it. Some pretty decent lacing when left to itself, and some clinginess even after swirling the beer around a bit. Not bad!

Smell: Soft fuzzy-fruit vibe (apricots, peaches), a buttery malt character, and some bitter hops. Not over-the-top, not boring; a very decent nose to a good-looking beer.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer is pretty bitter, and decently carbonated. The malt is, indeed, quite buttery, and there's a soft fruity vibe underneath it all. Aftertaste is superbly bitter.

Overall: This is a really decent beer from a previously-unknown-to-me brewery. Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 02:43:53 | More by Lauthaha
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Infamous7100

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 02:20:20 | More by Infamous7100
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lwillitz

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 02:26:14 | More by lwillitz
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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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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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soze47

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 03:29:18 | More by soze47
Schell's Hopfenmalz from August Schell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.