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Schell's Hopfenmalz - August Schell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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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emerge077

Illinois

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..

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 20:54:34 | More by emerge077
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 01:19:37 | More by BeardedBoffin
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 02:27:49 | More by BeerFMAndy
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camp0474

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 02:42:59 | More by camp0474
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maximum12

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 02:55:13 | More by maximum12
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2010 18:35:40 | More by tempest
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herman77

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 21:03:39 | More by herman77
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mjryan

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 19:26:51 | More by mjryan
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 23:30:04 | More by Parrotbeak
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mitch492

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon pouring this does not look like anything resembling an amber ale. Rich, and golden with a nice thick foamy head with great retention, but it doesn't lace the glass all that well.

Aroma leaves a bit to be desired as there quite frankly isn't much. Citrusy hops, and trace amount of pale malt make up what is there though.

Taste is a different story though, it's good. Initial tasting is that of a malty german beer with carmel and pale malt, which is deliciously sweet. This is immediately followed by a bitter, and citrusy finish which has a bit of orange peel, and a dry hoppy bite. A bit on the piney side, but forgivable.

This is a lighter beer with a good creamy mouthfeel, and this blends together to create a very drinkable beer. I could easily sit back, and have a few of these on the porch on a warm summer night.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 22:14:08 | More by mitch492
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a golden color with a one finger head that gives way to a little lacing. The aroma is of caramel malt with some toffee malt. There is also a slight presence of orange peel. The taste has a caramel and toffee malt backbone, the end of the flavor has a small earthy hop taste to it, kinda piney. The mouthfeel is crisp with moderate carbonation. Overall for a red lager it is a solid beer, nice flavor and aroma to it. You could easily have a couple of these.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2010 14:31:52 | More by goblue3509
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - pours a golden coler not red.
smell - good beer smell mostly malts
taste - average taste nothing special going on here..
mouthfeel - Smooth tasting lager.
drinkability - I always hear good things about Schell and am often disappointed. This beer is actually good,

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 00:19:28 | More by ejimhof
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

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

Reviewed on 5-14-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - 1 finger of foam, great carbonation, golden color. Some lacing present but dissipated quickly

S - Caramel and orange peel aroma, hops are present but malts are the driver of this bus

T - Smooth at first taste but then finishes with a dryer crisp finish with a hop edge. Piney aftertaste with little sweetness present but more malts than anything else

M/D - A pretty drinkable brew. I could easily have more than one of these brews; I recommend it for anyone liking the Amber/Red styles

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 03:29:18 | More by FreshmanPour77
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jera1350

Minnesota

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

Darker gold color with an off white head of substantial presence that lends to a bit of lacing on the glass.

The nose offers some buttery toffee, some citric hops and a slight corn, graininess.

Crisp hop presence with a caramel and toffee malt character to balance out the flavor. Pretty clear cut and tasty.

Very smooth feel with a creamy carbonation presence. Finishes bitter and dry. Body wise, I would say this is almost medium.

This would make a nice session beer. Happy to have another local choice in that category. Kudos to Schell's on this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 22:43:29 | More by jera1350
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served ontap into a 20 oz glass.

A rich amber colored brew with a nice frothy foam. Some lacing does occur.

Flavor is lightly hoppy bordering on grapefruit and pine. Highlighted is the caramel malt lending toffee notes. Finish is decidedly bitter.

The mouthfeel is the highlight of this beer, notably smooth and almost creamy.

Drinkability rates very well for this beer. Its a nicely hopped beer that goes down all too fast. Pretty good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2010 19:22:05 | More by Stinkypuss
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theroguesoybean

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: amber, with a thin but strong head which stuck around for a long time.
S: strong raw hop aroma with faint malt, hop smell citrusy and untempered much like fresh hops.
T: better structure than the aroma (not that the aroma was bad). The taste structure went tart hops/medium roast malt/acidic bitter hop finish.
M: Even, dry finish.
D: One and done but thats not a bad thing. The bitterness of the hops and the aggressive finish make this a beer that would wash itself out after too many drinks. Have one and enjoy this interesting style.

Not really a german beer, just a german name. The german malt identity came through a bit but definitely an american style lager judging by its hop characteristics and overall taste and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 20:17:57 | More by theroguesoybean
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steveh

Illinois

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

Grabbed onto some of this on a whim (was looking for the Maibock), didn't know it was an Amber Lager.

A -- Clear, amber with a very resilient, light tan head.

S -- Has a nice spicy hop character up front, followed by a bready, cracker-like character back. Reminds me of micros and regionals I used to find back in the late '80s.

T -- A bright citrus character up front, grainy notes in the middle, and a very bitter finish. The nice, low-key malts (i.e., not roasty) blend nicely with the hops.

M -- Very soft and smooth mouthfeel with a medium body.

D -- Very good drinkability in this one -- the bitter hops don't become cloying and the smooth malt character balances nicely.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 21:51:59 | More by steveh
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tubacharlie

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice caramel-malt sweet honey aroma with hints of spruce.

Pours a cream-colored three-finger head with good retention and renewal. Some stickiness in the lacing leaving traces on the glass, and a thin film of bubbles caresses the surface down to the last sip of the clear, golden-amber brew.

The same caramel-honey characteristics of the aroma are in the flavor, accented with turbinado-brown sugar notes in the middle of the palate. Whole hop characteristics in the mouth envelope the complex flavors with a mild, smoothly-carbonated hop tang that frames the experience and leaves satisfied taste buds wanting more.

Lovely offering for an important milestone. Get it while you can.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 05:35:15 | More by tubacharlie
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mwagner1018

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Deep amber with a dark crimson hue, soft light chocolate tinted pillow head, moderate lacing down glass.

S- Light molasses, caramel, frothy vanilla cream. Definite malt at the forefront of this one.

T- Mild smoked tobacco, oak, malt up front with a roasted/toasted vanilla flavor. Fruity white grape, and slight banana. Very light bitterness to finish, not much at all (would have expected more of a balance with an anniversary beer that seems to be paying tribute to both hops and malt).

M- Moderate carbonation, slight creamy texture, smooth, pretty good depth, not much bitterness to speak of, definitely on the malt side of the spectrum.

D- A nice drinkable beer, not sure if it fits into the general category of an American Amber/Red Lager. An interesting beer, too malt forward in my opinion, probably wouldn't have more than one. It is the beer of the month at Memory Lanes, so maybe I'll have another on league night (but probably will not)...a pretty average beer, average flavor profile, but still a nice tribute to Schell's Anniversary.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2010 05:06:05 | More by mwagner1018
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blackearth

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber body with a thin off-white head that quickly fades to nothing. Aroma is faint toffee malt and even fainter hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and medium to high carbonation. Flavors of light toffee lead to grass hops that last long through the finish, but don't leave any kind of lasting impression on your palette. Drinkability is okay, but this is nothing worth searching for.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 19:36:55 | More by blackearth
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, dark-golden hue with a slow forming, frothy head; lacing is intricate but it does eventually collapse

S: Clean grainy quality with a slight citrus hop element; overall just very subtle with nothing to excite or offend

T: Much more flavor than expected from the aroma; a good balance of graininess and subtle citrus and floral from hops

F: Slightly thin but fairly well controlled

D: A very good lager from Schell; a wonderful session option

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 22:52:26 | More by dbossman
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yellowed bronze with a pile of dirty ivory suds on top. Decent in both lacing and retention.
Through the nose, its a tug of war between doughy, grainy, warm maltiness and lemon-herb-wintergreen hops. It's about a push. Both carry some weight.
In the mouth, the malt lays down bread, in a toasted bagel sense, which inches sweeter towards toffee over time, but never actually arrives. It turns a bit coarse in the middle, with grain and bitter nut skins. The hops add additional abrasiveness with lemongrass, pine needles, copper, and dead grass.
I'm of two minds on the flavor profile. Simply put, the raucous hops don't fully jive with the full, yet laid back maltiness. But, in the right mood, the cacophony seems to almost make sense. The medium body, low carbonation and gererally slick, muscular build helps a great deal. It the right mood, I could drink this forever. In the wrong one, I'm just thinking what my next beer is going to be. In this latter mindset, I intially had it pegged roughly a half point lower overall. But I'm in a good mood tonight, and scoring it accordingly.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 06:53:05 | More by cokes
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear mild copper color with a slim whitish topping that keeps a broken skim around the top with ease and laces out with a few patchy areas sticking.

Aroma is softly bready with a sweet candyish lemon quality on top.

Taste is mild with a low key underscoring of breadyness while sweet citrus creeps into the middle with a nice balance. But the finish is off for me with gritty, dryish, pithy lemoned hoppyness that then induces some slight metalic notes that don't meld well at all. The finish throws off the balance some, but alas, as it warms it does lessen up some. But not enough for me to thoroughly enjoy it fully.

Body is light/medium with an OK smoothness from front to middle, but as noted in the taste, it gets awkward at the finish with an uncomfortable hop and metal dryness that completely ruins the flow of what seemed to be some malty goodness.

Not sure what they were going for with this one, I prefer Schell's to stick with the malty lagers please.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 22:57:32 | More by tavernjef
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katan

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - A brown to almost amber color. A pile of bubbling, indicating super strong carbonation. Head formation, 2-3mm, off white in color. Well retained. Very clear - maintaining its lager background.

S - Very strong hops note comes through, cascade would be my guess - american hopping. Floral, citrusy, and almost sweet.

T - Starts off with a light malt note, caramel and some 2 row sweetness. Mid-stream gets more bitter, some light floral hops - which ties into the final flavors which bring in a very strong hopping tied to the smells. Aftertaste is grapefruit, floral, strong american hops.

M - Frothy and light at times, creamy and clean. Some carbonation bite comes through. Finishes clean with a light amount of clinging bitterness.

D - Easy drinking. Manageable ABV - light and sessionable. Not filling despite its carbonation.

Feels like an IPA - nothing wrong with that.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 04:24:18 | More by katan
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budgood1

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a deep hued amber colour...no total clarity achieved...with a thin rocky, dirty snow head. lace does cling a bit of with random chunkiness. sugary vienna maltiness pairs well with an intermingling fruit and spice hop profile in the nose. the taste is an unusual mish mash of citric leaning hops playing off the sweet maltiness, teeter tottering to a spicy, herbal hop note that melds well with the dryness of the earthy finish. this provides an opportunity for the bitterness to nip a bit, lingering on for awhile. dry. very hoppy. what an interesting brew this is! medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, great drinkability.

this certainly defies any target style. this is a no brainer for a german influenced brewery noted for it's solid lagers. i'm glad this is replacing the pale ale. good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 23:25:02 | More by budgood1
Schell's Hopfenmalz from August Schell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.