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Schell's Hopfenmalz - August Schell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

141 Ratings
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
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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Photo of FreshmanPour77
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

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

Transcribed from my notebook.

Amber with orangish tints around the edges and a nice two finger head that leaves some medium lacing, lighter bodied and very thirst-quenchingly sessionable, smells lightly of a nice mixture of floral and herbal hop tones on top of a medium-light strength bread-tinged malt scent. Taste is clean as a lager ought to be, with absolutely no trace of metallic off-flavors, a standard lagered caramel malt flavor persists nicely finished off with some hopping.

Since I seem to have to nitpick *something* in just about every review I do as of lately: I would say that for a brew named Hopfenmalz, I was expecting it to be further into the hoppier end of the balance spectrum than it delivered. Still, the hopping that exists in this brew has been done thoughtfully accents the malt bill well...so when judged as an Amber Lager, it still works really quite well. For the low ABV, it manages to hold together a relatively nice amount of flavor.

Photo of Mdog
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of jjanega08
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of Cramerican
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of katan
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.

Photo of beagle75
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with over one finger of white foam head that collapses to a lofty and persistent pad. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Toasted bread and caramel, with a trace sulfurous edge.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with crisp pale malt and grassy herbaceous hop aromatics. Breadiness gains depth in the middle after moderate carbonic acidity fades. Moderate herbaceous bitterness develops in the finish, showing some endearing floral notes as well.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and smooth on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This amber lager is not only well executed, but also boldly executed for the style. Hop qualities are nuanced but very much in appropriate balance to the clean, Munich-centered malt component. It is interesting and versatile, predictably able to complement other flavors but bringing enough of interest with it to stand by itself as well.

Photo of Eric908
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ovaltine
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jimmah120
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of sommersb
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

Photo of dbossman
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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

Photo of Tballz420
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smallish white head topping off a copper colored body brew. Pretty good lace trails. Hoppy scent, pretty citric. Caramel malts also present.

Light malt taste, floral/bitter hops fairly dominant, also a bit of spice thrown in the mix. Thin to medium mouth.

Apparently this is brewed with lager yeast, which kind of explains some of the taste, but it also seems like it kind of emulates a style usually found in the ales. Interesting beer and tasty.

Photo of CWhite
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of JackieTH
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden with two fingers of white foam.

Smell: A nice mix of bready, grainy malt and herbal, lemony, citrus hop.

Taste: Strong biscuity, bready backbone supports a nice, almost spicy, lemony citrus hop. It's quite hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp.

Drinkability: Tasty, easy to drink. Nicely balanced. A little bit different than your standard hoppy brew.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of capuchinpilates
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of AnalogErik
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Beerenauslese
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.

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of Mistofminn
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of shadow1961
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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...

Photo of zenwatts
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Schell's Hopfenmalz from August Schell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.