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Schell's Hopfenmalz - August Schell Brewing Company

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86
very good

139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
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)
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shadow1961

Minnesota

3.98/5  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...

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 21:04:45 | More by Mdog
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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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brewdoc75

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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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gatornation

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear dark copper color with very little head and lacing..the smell is good its a hop/malt smell with some spices and citrus aromas..this amber get better as i go the taste was great for the style it hit you with some nice citrus hops then offset by a nice caramel malt with some spices and some bread ..i was really impressed with how flavorful it was ..the mouth feel was medium-bodied and robust for the style it was clean and crisp full of flavor..i like this one!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 22:25:41 | More by gatornation
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit multipurpose glass.

Appearance: Clear, darkened orange with thin head and decent lacing for a lager.

Smell: Very dry, somewhat bitter and tart, with apple, citrus, spice and grass.

Taste: Caramel, apple, toast and hay-like malt body countered by dry German (spicy) and American (citrus) hops. Long lingering bitterness. Doesn't come together quite as well as I hoped.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light to medium body, exceedingly dry.

Drinkability: While I can see the synthesis of styles (Vienna, Pils, APA), it ultimately tastes like a bitter, slightly citrusy, Vienna. Actually, it somewhat reminds of SA Boston Lager, which is an off-style Vienna. Quite good overall, but I would just rather have SA Boston Lager or Schell's own true Vienna (FireBrick).

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 16:11:52 | More by bsp77
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malty

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Tballz420

Minnesota

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 01:23:31 | More by Tballz420
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morimech

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I hope this is more than just Firebrick with a ton more hops. Pours a clear dark golden color with a large white head that had excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Looks lively with carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. A very good looking beer. Some citrus hop aroma which is a departure for a Schell's beer. To go along with the citrus hops there is the German malt and spicey hop aroma. Also has the Schell's lager aroma. I am surprised this only comes in with 36 IBUs. I would of guessed almost twice that amount. Has a citrus hop flavor that hits the tongue first. Dry, cracker like malt backbone. Finishes relatively dry and spicey. Light body and nicely carbonated but there is nothing too special with the mouthfeel. A hoppy lager that has a light body and low ABV so these can be consumed in quantities that may not be possible with most American hoppy ales. It is more than a hoppy Firebrick. This would not have been my choice for the Anniversary beer (Roggenbier anyone?) but it is suitably different, and appealling enough to make it stand out.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 18:59:55 | More by morimech
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 18:36:19 | More by mothman
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LordofTime25

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours to a copper color with a thin white head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smells of spicy hops and bready malts. Nice.

Tastes of spicy hops hits you upfront with a citrus mixed in, but a bready malt that is not overshadowed by the hops.

Crisp mouth feel with good carbonation.

I could drink this all night. One of my favorite in the Anniversary Series.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2009 20:03:39 | More by LordofTime25
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Luckily able to score some of this, even without a local watering hole carrying it.
Light hop aroma with a cascade element (some citrus, grapefruit) and slight malt background.
Very clear and golden. Head is white and fluffy like, but leaves too early.
Nice mix of hop flavor and prominent enough malt backing (definitely can taste the Vienna malt) and a nice toasty quality. Bitterness lingers and varies from mild to moderately high in intensity (sometimes too much).
"drinks like a pilsner" is definitely correct. Light body is smooth and nicely carbonated without standard Schells richness.
Drinkability is high and nice. Occasionally the high bitterness decreases this some.
Thanks Bryan. Good times.

Serving type: growler

04-05-2009 00:45:42 | More by garymuchow
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"...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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2009 06:12:10 | More by feloniousmonk
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the August Schell website, "Hopfenmalz is a amalgam of our favorite beer styles: the elegant drinkability of a Pilsner, the bready maltiness of a Vienna lager, and the hopping of a Pale Ale...fermented with our lager yeast at high temperatures" While drinking this beer without Schell's definition of what it was stylistically I described it to friends as a German IPA, but I think that doesn't do homage to its solid malt character. After checking out Schell's description I think they are right on. Unfortunately, BA does not have a style listing for Pilsner/Vienna Lager/Pale Ale/California Common so I figured a utility style like Amber Lager was the best fit even though Hopfenmalz isn't actually amber.

On tap at Whistle Binkies on the Lake in Rochester, MN. The beer arrived a shimmering golder color with a small head. Lacing was thorough leaving many rings until the beer was gone. The aroma was of bready malt with hints of chlorine. It reminded me perfectly of the smell that hits you the second you step foot into The Herkimer. The taste has the bready, chlorine notes from the aroma, but with a firm spicy bitterness. The finish is dry with a lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a very interesting beer. Schells really seems to be expoling new territory with a lot of the beers in their 150th Anniversary Series. I really hope they throw caution to the wind, and choose to keep these beers around even if they are keg only.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2009 02:37:06 | More by KarlHungus
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Schell's Hopfenmalz from August Schell Brewing Company
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