Schell's Hopfenmalz - August Schell Brewing Company

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87
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Reviews: 94
Hads: 141
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 6.46%
Wants: 10
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: KarlHungus on 02-08-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 94 | Hads: 141
Photo of scoobybrew
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pure copper color. Clear. Decent sized ivroy white head drops down tons of spiderwebs on the glass as I drink. The nose is real citrusy. But also a nice maltiness as well. This all translates beautifully to the flavor. Great hop flavor and great malt flavor. The maltiness is reminiscent of a solid bavarian lager or some kind of german lager (vienna?). The citrus riding on top of that is beautiful and leaves a great lingering aftertaste. Whatever this is, it's damn good. Great balance and drinkablility and flavor. (518 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber color with a one finger foamy white head. Smells of citrus and floral hops with a light pine aroma. Some light malt is detectable. Floral hops are the strongest flavor, followed by some grapefruit and pine. There is also some biscuit malt. Smooth, clean, nice carbonation, and a nice bitter finish. A nicely drinkable beer. (329 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (1,012 characters)

Photo of Mistofminn
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (1,156 characters)

Photo of shadow1961
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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... (622 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of brewdoc75
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (1,001 characters)

Photo of gatornation
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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! (476 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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). (815 characters)

Photo of malty
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (948 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (1,139 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (999 characters)

Photo of LordofTime25
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (812 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (1,523 characters)

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Schell's Hopfenmalz from August Schell Brewing Company
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