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Schell's Hopfenmalz - August Schell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 94
Hads: 142
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
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 OleJohnnieAle
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an amber copper with a decent head and minimal retention. Nice lacing left through.

S - Nothing overpowering, Malts and buttery biscuits.

T -Malts the star up front almost get a coppery aftertaste to the beer which overpowers the noce malt taste at the start.

M - Smoother beer good carbonation, just a weird aftertaste... maybe had a bad bottle?

O - Overally a decent beer, I really like the taste at the beginning but personally am not a fan of the coppery taste on the back side.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Phocion
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an orange amber, head is one finger-off white. One fat ring of lacing.
S- Smell is a pleasant balance of slightly caramelly malts and a peach/apricot type aroma. There is also a light doughy character to it.
T- Slightly sweet but not too much so. It is more toasty and bready in the flavor and less caramel. That light peach note is there too, particularly in the finish. The hops open up well, with a light citric bite.
M- Light body, slightly sharp carbonation balances out midsip.
O- A very pleasant lager. Would make a very good all-night beer. Easily drinkable, well balanced, low alcohol. All around, quite nice.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, with a date code of 041611. Slightly hazy copper color. Rocky white head holds together pretty well. A few streaming bubbles. Nice patchwork of lace as the head fades.

Bready malt, with some cereal grains. A hint of stone fruit. Slightly floral, herbal hop aroma witha citrus edge.

Caramel malt, just a hint of a toasty feel. A bit of stonefruit lingers, as in the nose. Certainly on the malty side here. Not overly sweet, balanced well with some earthy bitterness.

Lighter body, with some sharper carbonation. Well balanced, with alcohol being a non-factor. Pretty nice beer, nothing exciting, but nothing wrong.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of lwillitz
4.02/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of youngleo
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured right down the center of the glass that produced a nice two fingered head that was offwhite in color. Head hung around for the entire drinking of the beer. And left some lacing. Brew itself was almost a watered down cola colored. Smelled of light malts and hops. Light smelling. Nothing real strong. Tasted of pine and malt. Had a bitter aftertaste that hung around for a little while. Felt good in the mouth. I thought the carbonation was about right. At a 4.9 ABV this would make a good session beer. All and all, I thought this brew was ok.

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Photo of mooselvlt
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Pours a somewhat cloudy golden hue. Nice 2 finger off white foam head that has decent retention and leaves very nice lacing

S - Malts and buttery biscuits. Really nice.

T - Pretty much to the nose. Very nice and clean with malts as the star here

M - Medium, smooth, very nice and clean. Good carbonation present. Its a nice little drinker

O - I really like it. I'm not a huge Schell fan but this is definitely one of their better efforts.

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Photo of argock
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. Freshness date 042511 presumed to be bottled on date. Provided generously by my brother Greg straight from the great white North.

A: Very dark amber for the style with a 1-finger soft, off-white head with average retention and a few random spots of lace down the mug.

S: Strong bready malty component with a surprisingly strong citrus and herbal, lemongrass hops contribution too. A really nice balance for a lager.

T: What a great amber lager - not another just passable brew. Schell lights the lager lamp with this one. This one brings a ton of spicy, citrus and herbal, lightly grassy hoppiness to couple with the solid bready, light caramel maltiness. A wonderful brew from Schell.

M: The body is firmly medium, which is right on for the style. The crispness is on-par for the style as well, slightly more than average, which seems to sharpen the hoppiness.

O: Easily the best Schell offering I have had, and they generally do a really nice job with lager. This is above their usually high bar -- it blends a bready, lightly sweet caramel malt backbone with a really flavorful and interesting blast of spicy, citrus, herbal hops. Find this beer -- it is a unique amber lager with a heavy handed hoppiness that really sets itself apart.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of PokerGod
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Nonic glass.

appearance: a nice deep straw color with slight reddish hue. There isn't a ton of visible carbonation, yet a nice thick head on the beer maintains at the top for a good long time. Beautiful lacework is left on the side of the glass well after the beer was finished.

smell: yeasty and slightly fruity, has a very decent smell to it.

taste: creamy and smooth, with a delayed hoppy finish that is subtle. The creaminess was unexpected from a lager, but very much appreciated.

Overall: a very drinkable beer that could have easily been followed by a second. The finish is so nice, it's the best part.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Schell's 150th Anniversary Hopfenmalz from a bottle. Biased a bit because I am drinking this after pouring out musty, expired shiner bock. This beer is profoundly superior.

Pours with a considerable amount of head that is able to sustain at least two inches above the rim of the glass. Left a good deal of thick, froth residue that does not deflate. Medium body pour; rich amber. Clear, very low cloud.

Smells greatly of noble hops for a large scale production. Caramel and low, sweet malt. Tastes again of bittering hops which is balanced okay with the malt. Floral notes. Mouthfeel is not the best; a bit flat with a malt aftertaste. A tinge of sourness.

This one drinks well. I prefer stronger hops but this being in German style, I understand why it was crafted how it was. Good American version. Ltd edition so try it if you can.

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Photo of Duff27
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Schell's Hopfenmalz from August Schell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.