1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Schell's Hopfenmalz - August Schell Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Schell's HopfenmalzSchell's Hopfenmalz

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

141 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 141
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 141 | Reviews: 94 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

jzlyo, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of Hopstout
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Hopstout, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of bigbeers84
4/5  rDev +5%

bigbeers84, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of mmsimmons
3/5  rDev -21.3%

mmsimmons, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of darky
4/5  rDev +5%

darky, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of ptarmigan98
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

ptarmigan98, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of finado
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

finado, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of sommersb
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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!

sommersb, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

You rated this beer. Add a review.

, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of capuchinpilates
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

capuchinpilates, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of TS057
4/5  rDev +5%

TS057, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of sgttibbs
4/5  rDev +5%

sgttibbs, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of dmadsen
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

dmadsen, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of Jman_01
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Jman_01, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of CWhite
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

CWhite, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Beer4Mike
4/5  rDev +5%

Beer4Mike, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Bready malts with some good hints of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Grains are slightly roasted. Hints of citrus orange and earthy noble hops. Bready malts are more prominent here. Still has a decent earthy hop balance. Laid back but good.

Taste: Big bready taste up front. Malts with notes of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Very noticeable toasted and slightly burnt taste. Some light hints of citrus orange and lemon. Solid presence of spicy earthy hops. Fairly malt forward overall.Tastes like a solid Vienna Lager.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Toasty, smooth, and fairly drying.

Overall: A pretty solid American lager. Nice toasty malts and subtle spice.

MattyG85, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of JamesMN
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

JamesMN, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

MN_Beerticker, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of bjohn84
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

bjohn84, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of dwhitney
1/5  rDev -73.8%

dwhitney, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of Bighorn
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Bighorn, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Kunstman, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of jcjerabek
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

jcjerabek, Jun 12, 2012
Schell's Hopfenmalz from August Schell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.