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Schell's Hopfenmalz - August Schell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
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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Photo of Duff27
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Duff27, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

ForWhatAlesYou, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of JackieTH
3.98/5  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.

JackieTH, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

zeff80, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Beerenauslese, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of soze47
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: On the brown side of amber in color. Nice foamy lager head. It looks like what you'd want it to.

Aroma: Hmm, lots of spiciness and piney hop flavors. This contrasts in a unique way with the buttery, biscuity malt.

Taste: Hops give an almost pale ale sized flavor off the bat that is unexpected. However, once the malt comes into play, a very unique, almost odd, flavor is created. It makes me think of heavily spiced or herbed buttermilk biscuits.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Very nice and light. No overwhelming lingering quality and the hops tread lightly enough to make this one a session candidate.

Overall: I'm glad I picked this one up to round out a sixer I built. Unique lager that almost comes across as a hybrid of an american red hoppy ale and traditional german pilsner.

soze47, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle.

Bright golden copper body. Clean and clear. Small, off-white head. Nose is a mix of slightly buttery malt, caramel, and fragrant, piny hops. Nice. Toasted malts and herbal hop bitterness up front. Honeyish biscuity malt and light fruit sweetness follow. Mildly citrusy, piny hop flavors fill in. Deliciously and well-balanced. Still, pretty hoppy compared to most lagers. Long lasting hop bitterness in the finish with lingering malt sweetness. Moderate body, with a nice creamy feel. Happy 150th Schells!

alexgash, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Lighter, crisp tawny color with an average sized, tight foamy, sticky, fluffy, slightly off-white head. Very nice retention with a nice layer of lace left.

S - Bready and grainy malt are strong. Nice hint of citrus hops and a slight sweetish lemony citrus as well. Spicy aroma and a hint of herbal aroma.

T - Similar to the nose with a good bready backbone. Very strong hop presence for the style. Leafy herbal hops along with a strong citrusy hop flavor. Spicy and lemony flavors. Touches of caramel malt. Quite bitter hoppiness on top of a typical lager type taste.

M - Light body with average carbonation. Crisp feel.

D - Pretty easy drinking for this beer. The hoppy kick doesn't weigh too much on the palate and it is pretty crisp and refreshing.

Notes: Not too bad. Plenty of hoppiness. Nice, crisp, refreshing beer that was easy to drink, but it didn't really impress me that much. I would get it again, but not one I will regularly get.

FreshHawk, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of brewdub17
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden hues mix well with the orange-brassy base. All the while a thick white head its wonderfully rested atop the brew.

Smell: Sweet malt flavors are the base but that citrus, grapefruit from the hops is well noted when first brought to the nose.

Taste: Malty first in flavor with grapefruit and small citrus/orange notes coming later. Sweet, soft biscuit notes found a little after as well. Always a little hoppier than expected. Since I review to style, I rate such a beer lower than I would've rated it without such style guidelines.

Mouthfeel: The brew does a good job in balancing the mouthfeel by combining that sweetness expected from the malts and the minimal dryness at the end. The grapefruit and citrus aromas are lingering in the aftertaste but have more of a refreshing feel, rather than an annoyance.

Drinkability: Once again, if I didn't review directly to style, this beer would have a high rating for an "English style" brew. It has great flavors and is overall very drinkable.

brewdub17, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of msjacilynn
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours amber red with a creamy foam head

S: malt and toffee not much beyond that

T: sweet and roasted malts. with the extremely malty smell, I was a bit surprised to find such a bitter aftertaste. Very enjoyable and well crafted. Great balance!

M: well carbonated and medium body.

D: could I drink a few, definitely. The sweet into bitterness might wear on me after awhile.

msjacilynn, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ripe apricot with amber edges and a better than decent looking cap of ancient cue ball colored foam. The head hangs around for a bit and leaves a respectable array of lace once it starts to fade. Gets the job done.

The nose delivers very lightly toasted golden malts and a modicum of earthy-herbal hops. Not spectacular, but then what amber lager smells like a dream. Time has undoubtedly taken some of the (originally 50 IBUs) steam out of the hops.

Hopfenmalz is wonderfully balanced beer at this point... and might be better off for it. Hopefully, my 'hopheads for life' card won't be revoked for saying that. There are still plenty of the little green cones left for most craft beer lovers.

There's a surprising amount of lightly toasted bready malt onboard, especially at an ABV of only 4.9%. The hops taste like a combination of grapefruit zest and something herbal and earthy, just as in the nose. This is one of those offerings that impresses more and more with each passing ounce.

Again, the mouthfeel is larger and more creamily expansive than expected. The bubbles start off slightly stinging, then settle down just enough so that mouth excitement stays high. Lackluster here would not have done this brew any favors.

Hopfenmalz deserves to be a year-round release. There aren't too many amber lagers that get my attention, so Schell's deserves kudos for that. Craft beer truism #8: an abundance of ingredients is the necessary starting point for a quality final product.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of bristol2120
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper, with a nice full head that persists quite nicely. The aroma is unexpectedly faint, with just a hint of hops detectable. The hops do come through quite nicely in the palate though, with very distinct notes of pine and citrus, especially in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is decent, if a shade thinner than I had hoped for. Overall, a decent brew, which should appeal particularly to the "hopheads" out there.

bristol2120, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a best by stamp of 111210. Pours a lightly hazed copper color with a fluffy cap of beige head. Nice retention and lacing. If nothing else, Schell's seems to have this foam thing figured out.

Nose is pleasantly hoppy, grassy and fresh. Some grainy, lightly toasty malt is also noticeable.

Taste also displays a healthy amount of hoppiness, more bittering than flavoring however. Malts are lighter than the color would indicate and only contribute a modest toasted biscuit flavor. Not bad, it is nice to see a brewery like Schell's make a hoppy beer like this.

twiggamortis420, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of exonthebottle
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another beer in 6-pack I have never had this beer I don't usually drink lagers but this one is a bit above average overall.

red a bit over-carbonated okay I guess

smell toffee malty hops faint though
okay beer taste but it too faint as it a lager

I kinda grew bored drinking this it was alright but I would pass on this next time

exonthebottle, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of boomer31
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - hazy golden and transparent

S - some hops but also a bit of skunk...but not too much skunk, just a touch

T - A spicey hop hits you right away which and dries out the flavor. A nice malt balance

M - high carb, light and drinkable. Thin in texture

D - The hops are nice and the malt does a nice job balancing out the hops.

Overall a solid drinkable beer that surprised me just a bit

boomer31, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 071810 on the neck, and 9342 julian date on the bottom. I'm guessing 7/18/10 is the best by, and 9-342 (Dec. '09) could be the production date.

Hazy golden orange sunset, trails of carbonation rising through. Creamy soft cap of foam, about one finger's width. Retention is good, as the head is unbroken after a few sips. Flecks of lace adhere to the sides of the glass, and on a second pour, the foam creates a sticky sheet of lacing.

Hops are a little skunky at first, becoming more floral over time. Mildly spicy and bready.

The flavor has a sustained hop bitterness to it, bready with a crackery pilsner malt presence. Soft and easy going. Notes of honey, wildflowers, drying herbal hops in the finish. Caramel malt also figures largely into the backbone of this beer. Overall it's a solid beer if not unremarkable. Seems a bit held back by tradition and all that..

emerge077, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

BeardedBoffin, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 082110 on the neck.

A - Schell's 150th Anniversary brew! That's quite a while! This pours a totally clear honey golden amber topped by a smooth pile of off-white foam. Good retention is fed by constant carbonation from the nucleation point in the pint. No lace is left over.

S - Light floral pedal assists grass clippings and a touch of resin in the hop profile. This comes towards the front followed by a hearty helping of crystal and caramel malt, lightly toasted. The two balanced each other out nicely.

T - The caramelized toasted malts back up a strong hop profile fairly well but almost seem a little lost. Lots of earth; grass clippings, a pinch of soil, a bit of floral and resiny, the hops steal the show.

M - Hopfenmalz finishes incredibly dry, almost distractingly so. Otherwise a smooth and lively carbonated entrance leads to a medium body and moderately bitter finish.

D - One would think a 150th anniversary would birth a much more legendary beer. Instead we get an amber that's ok in it's own right but easily forgettable and generally uninteresting in the grand scheme of beer. While it's good for what it is, they could have done much better.

BeerFMAndy, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of camp0474
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazed light amber color with a cream colored head.

S: Has the standard lager smell but a few faint twists. Picking up a sweet bready malt smell with faint earthy hops. Overall a sweet smell, maybe like English Toffee...a bit sweet and a bit tart.

T: Bready lager flavor with faint hops, bittering and a little floral. Has a dry sweetness, but not overly bitter. Well balanced. Not simple and not overly complex.

M/D: Medium-Light body with moderate carbonation. Feels like a regular domestic lager in the mouth but has a very good crisp finish. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

Got a nice surprise from this one. Overall very drinkable with some complexity.

camp0474, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of maximum12
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finally picked up a bottle of this recent Schell's creation in a mixed six pack. After being unable to stop eating a fine Indian meal this evening, I need a lighter brew, or I'm going to explode.

Pours a crystal-clear red with plenty of carbonation. Odor o' malt, hops nipping about the edges.

Hopfenmalz does the dead-red thing. Shady malts lend both sweetness & a bit of cloy on the top. Buttery, which I don't really dig. Hops flash in the pan & vanish. Not much going on here.

I've really come to enjoy a variety of Schell's brews, but this one leaves me wanting. Heartily average.

maximum12, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at Old Chicago - Roseville for about $5. I liked that at first this seemed like just a sessionable amber lager, maybe touch like Yuengling, but as soon as I had a couple sips, it became apparent this was a beer to be reckoned with.

The malts are a mix of cookie and caramel with sourdough bread taste (though it's not actually sour) and a hint of fruit punch. The hops kick in with that fruit, providing spicy citrus that's not very biting, but still provides a good balance for the malt. At only 4.9% ABV, you have a full-flavored yet sessionable beer. The world needs more beers like this.

tempest, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of herman77
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant orange marmalade with a decent beige colored head. Pretty good clarity. Not really any lacing, very thin if any.

S: Typical lager smell with more bready malt and a touch of floral and earthy hops. A hint of toffee.

T: Great combo of biscuity malt and floral hops backed up by a nice lager taste. Nothing offensive at all. Nice crisp, semi-dry finish.

M/D: Light to medium body. A little on the higher carbonation side, a little bit of bite to it as well. Great drinkability. Nice and clean, crisp. Good balance. Very refreshing. Easily drink many of these.

herman77, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of mjryan
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold colour. Bready malts and aromatic hops (floral and citrus) in the aroma. Sharp hop attack at first that leads into bready malts and finishes with a drying bitterness. Light bodied and very easy to drink. Ive seen Firebrick in twelve packs cans in the past, and I would love to see this and the rest of their stellar craft lineup in cans as well.

mjryan, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of Parrotbeak
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber with a thin white head that thins out but remains almost full. Some thin lacing.
Smell is lightly toasted and spiced malts, with some faint, grassy hops following. Some buttery notes towards the end, as well as some notes of cinnamon and a hint of toffee.
Taste is bitter hops and crackery malts, with the hops coming in a bit heavier. Malt carry, getting thinner towards the finish. Some faint peppery notes near the finish. Touch of barley.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light-bodied, with a dry finish. Just right for this style.
Drinkability is very good. Refreshing and easy to drink.

Parrotbeak, Jun 26, 2010
Schell's Hopfenmalz from August Schell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.