He'Brew Messiah Bold | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by WVbeergeek on 09-13-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 499 |  Reviews: 358
Reviews by Rio:
Photo of Rio
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, rich dark brown color, nearly black, with a modest, off-white head, that fades to some clouds across the top of the beer. Very sweet malty smell to it, with maybe a hint of caramel in there as well.

The taste is of that sweet malt again, with almost a bit of a roasted nut type taste to finish it off. Goes down pretty smooth, with a little lingering roughness in the mouth rather than a real aftertaste, feels like carbonation bubbles, almost.

A bit too sweet to the nose, I think, but the taste is a little more subtle. All in all, I like this beer. I dunno how much of a session beer it is, but I think it's pretty drinkable.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a light but oddly creamy looking head that disapates pretty quickly,aroma of roasted nuts and caramel but its on the lighter side.Appetizing flavors going on buttery and lightly sweet with a roasted nut flavor very prevelant in the finish.Really like the mouthfeel of this brew full and hearty,I think a good cold weather brew sustaining and flavorful.Alot better than I thought it would be a better than average brown here.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is very dark, almost black, with a brownish-white head that came up nicely.

Smell – The big malts are a bit roasty and complimented with a stiff yeasty backbone. The yeast isn’t doughy at all, it’s more like the smell of raw yeast. The sweetness is artificial and very light.

Taste – The big roasty notes come on stronger at the taste. The yeast is still very raw and the sweetness is almost gone. It’s that bitter, roasty malt flavor that defines the ale.

Mouthfeel – This is a solid medium-bodied and somewhat malty bitter. The bitterness place nicely into the robust malts and the lack of a big sweetness makes this go down the throat rather quickly.

Drinkability – I really enjoyed this ale. It seemed a bit different than other examples of the style that I’ve had. It was much more robust. I’m heard that the EBAs made in the southern part of England are a bit bigger, so maybe this is what they were going for?

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.

There aren't too many KSA (Kosher Certified) beers on the market today--it's definitely a niche within a niche. We dropped in a bit of Matisyahu to listen to while we consumed this beverage. We're not sure if it helped.

Pours out as a brown-colored, amber-tinged brew, with fine clarity. Decent head retention with a spatter of clinging lace. Malty aromas of chocolate and coffee meet with a faint brown sugar center. Solid medium body with a sufficient carbonation for a brown ale. A stodgy maltiness to start, reminiscent of a light roast coffee, featuring a hint of carob and a quick flash of caramel on the taste buds. Mild on the hops with a clean floral and citric bitterness. Clean all around with a mild roasted character in the semi-dry finish.

This brown was around before brown was in, and it's a rich and delicious one at that. We did not go running to the market for gefilte fish to pair with this beer, but a slow-cooked beef brisket, potato salad and red cabbage did the trick. Cheers to Jeremy Cowan for keeping it real.

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Photo of Todd
1.79/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

12oz brown bottle. No freshness date, but it was recently brought into the store where it was purchased.

Pours a near black, deep brown with ruby hues. The off-white head is massive (2-3-finger thick), frothy, foaming and sticks to the glass as is slowly settles to a nice retaining lace.

Light aroma. Musty metallic with some esters of dark fruits, faint toasty toffee and smoke.

Medium bodied with a dull, but even, mouthfeel. One-dimensional malt character with an odd fruity flavor (like Kool-Aid with not enough sugar added) and moderate sweetness, faint toasty edge. A bit dirty and metallic. Hop bitterness is low to missing. There’s some hop flavor, but it’s very weak. Finish is also odd. It’s dry with tannins with a very slight smoky linger. Oxidation is definitely noticeable, with a paper-like feel and flavor throughout the entire experience.

Typical of a lot of contract brewed beers, this is a very dull beer. Quite boring actually. Says “Rich and Robust” on the label, but doesn’t deliver. Hell, it’s not even “bold.” It simply lacks any defining character.

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Photo of merlin48
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, brown mahogany, with ruby highlights. Beige, one finger head leaves minimal patch lacing.
Aroma is mostly caramel malt, with some spicy and floral hops notes.
Mouthfeel reveals active carbonation with a modest hop bite.
Taste is mostly caramel malt and toffee, but is bolstered with an unusual and unfamiliar hops bitterness. Apple and apple cider notes lend a pleasant aftertaste, and provide an interesting flavor midway through.
Very enjoyable brown ale, overall. Nicely drinkable because of the crisp, apple notes. Very kosher.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is a mix of chocolate and roasted malt. The aroma is a little more subtle than I would have liked, but there is nothing objectionable about it.

The flavor is more complex and more enjoyable. I get some chocolate and roasted malt, as well as some cream notes. Overall, the beer is very nutty and tastes a lot like a nice nut brown ale. I also get a little bit of coffee in the flavor, but it is subtle.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes. Pours dark brown with a 1” cream coklored foam collar. Dissipates fairly quick but leaves decent lace. Not a lot of aroma, primarily malt with some nuts. Moderate levels of malt with light biscuit, light toast, some nuts, traces of caramel. Medium to medium light body, medium low carbonation, some creaminess. Nothing really big about the beer and nothing outstanding but easy to drink.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle at cellar temp into pint glass. pours a dark dark brown color which looks almost black when not held up to the light. pretty clear, no visible sediment. about one finger head that faded very quickly to a small ring which stayed till the end. the head was a nice biege light tan color. first thoughts were that it was pretty dark for a brown ale. just a touch of lacing.

not a whole lot going on in the aroma. mild hoppiness, some nuttiness, a tad bit of roasted malts, and maybe some buttery aromas.

flavors of chocolate and caramel give way to some sweet nuttiness, malts, finishes with a lingering bitterness.

kind of a strange mouthfeel, but not really bad. its like chalky, a little sour, bitter, and sweet all at the same time. kind of interesting actually. definately different than any other brown ale ive ever had. i could see myself drinking these all night, but prolly wouldnt buy it again.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into He'Brew pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown that shows some ruby red when held to light. Decent sized light tan head quickly fades into a thin white layer. Good lacing.

Smell: Big scent of dark fruits up front followed by some caramel malts. A hint of coffee in the background. Not noticing any hops.

Taste: Caramel malts and fruity sweetness up front. Finishes with a bit of coffee and chocolate with a slight amount of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a medium carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

Overall: A decent ale but different than what I typically expect from a brown.

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Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of yankeeheel
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent brown with a fat three finger beige head. Nice lacing on the top of the brew.

Smells a little nutty/coffee/toffee like.

Lots of brown sugary sweetness with this one. Fades in to a molasses tase and ends in a very scantily hopped caramel. Nothing terribly bold about it.

Moderate in body. No real major textures here.

A good brown ale.

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Photo of Soonami
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

He'Brew Messiah Bold is not worthy of the name of the Savior. It is a very average brown ale that is lacking the big flavors and impact that we have come to expect from well-crafted American Browns. The beer is a solid brown, with good clarity and a little sandy colored head. The smell is of bittersweet chocolate, carob and raisin or fig. The beer tastes a little roasty, very fruity and not very citrusy or bitter. To me this is more like an english taddy porter or southern English Brown and American. This is an okay beer, but pretty boring

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.96/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Starts out dark brown. Smells a little earthy for my taste. Looks and smells like a more sturdy brown ale, but no hop aroma.

Taste not only falters in the hop quantity/quality, which is fine, but it doesn't come across as a maltbomb either. Just a middle of the road, darker than Newcastle style brown ale. Figured with all the Hebrew pride, it would have been more of a Masada style fighter. Maybe they're saving that for an Imperial style or something.

Mouthfeel, you just don't really like what you sense when you're trying to savor it. Drinkability, back half puts you off to thirsting for another. In fact, the first half does that re: the back half.

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Photo of ADR
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark with just some trace of brown highlights coming through at the bottom of this heavily colored but clear brew. Tea-colored head struggles to maintain itself. Laces in small dots and some strings on the far side of the glass. Malty aroma, slightly medicinal with a cough drop sense and even a touch of peppermint. Mouthfeel is lacking for me, but the carbonation is subdued. In contrast, the flavor is interesting, almost dark roasted with elements of mince and heavy nutmeg. Flavor almost makes up for the mouthfeel, the beer finishes with a sweetened java impression and a pleasant aftertaste. Pretty nice drinking beer here.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.91/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This one's unique pours with a massive sized tan head chunky texture to it sort of marshmallow like sounds weird I know this is a new phenomenom opening up this beer. Well the the body appears a deep ruby brown very nice appearance lacing is even webbed patterns all around nice. Aroma: Caramel tones from the malt with a nut finish in the air not bad at all. Taste: Creamy fruit tones with a nut finish this one is "Bold" has a great amount of well balanced flavors, awesome taste. Mouthfeel: Nice fluffy texture slow carbonation perfect mouthfeel silky smooth. Drinkability: Suprisingly very good I could buy a six pack of this stuff and enjoy each one of the beers thoroughly.

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Photo of flooshmander
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a brown dense but clear body with a red glow to it and strands of tiny bubbles swirling around in it. There is a thin head of light tan that dissipates before the first sip.

S- The light roasted malt aroma is dry with hints of dry prunes and a cocoa nib hint to it. Otherwise pretty clean.

T- The taste of roasted malt is brief with a chocolate malt hint following and a soft licorice note in there aswell. The finish has notes of raisins and a roasted malt hint that increases a bit as the beer warms. There is a soft green bitterness buried in the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a watery texture.

D- This beer has some nice flavors but they are thin and don't have much depth or contrast to them.

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Photo of Brenden
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

These notes are fairly old, but thorough as always.

This beer is a deep, not dark but thick (if that makes sense) brown color with red highlights. Head retention is fair but nothing special, and there is a little thin, spotty lacing left behind. Carbonation persists as long as any is left in the glass.
The smell is nice and pretty much what I expect for a brown. Caramel and toffee sweetness, a little bit of nuttiness and a touch of semi-sweet chocolate all sit beneath a strong malt backbone that adds a touch of a roasted aroma. I really just wish it wasn't so tame; I need to strain for what is otherwise a really quality nose.
Something doesn't quite match up in the flavor, and an overbearing carbonation throws things off. It gets a little milder, and a touch of dark fruits makes everything a little too tangy in the finish. Above average, but lacking.
This one gets too thin, and the carbonation hurts it here. It turns a little astringent as well. There should be more smoothness here too. It's not watery, and it's not BMC lame and bland, but it's watery, lame and bland for what it should be.
Overall this isn't a bad brew, but this one needs a much smoother, fuller, more robust mouthfeel and the carbonation really needs to be toned down.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't give points for it, but I must say that this has the funniest bottle I've seen in a while.

Looks, smells, and tastes unusually weighty for a brown ale. Matter of fact, I thought it was a porter right up until I pulled the write up here. Everything's nicely balanced. Not too malty, not too hoppy, not too toasty. I probably would have sprung for a few more hops here, but it's not bad.

Bonus drinkability points for being kosher.

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Photo of gregb13
2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Saw this one on the shelf and had to give it a try. Nothing remarkable about the pour. Smells of light molasses and dark bread. Taste: dark toasted bread; mealy nuts, maybe cashew; some roasted notes; caramel. Maybe a little too carbonated, as there is somewhat of a fizzy presence in the middle and back of the palate. Funky bittersweet aftertaste reminiscent of hazelnut syrup flavoring. This is decent, but nothing special.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a very dark brown with a hint of red. The small head didn't last long, and there's no lace.

The smell is fairly faint, but is composed of nice dark malt flavors and a hint of nuts. The taste is dominated by malt, while hops come through lightly in the fininsh. Good flavor, but a little plain, and a little thin.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.04/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Geeze, this poured pretty. Large craggy amber head atop a deep amber/black brew. Head melted to a nice thick lacing.
Aroma was sweet toasted malts followed by something bitter I couldn't identify...sulfer, possibly.
Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with lots of tiny carbonation.
Taste is toasted malts and....and....and...not much else. A littly citrus hop if you hold it in your mouth a long time but that quickly fades away.
Aftertaste is a little wet cardboard...I don't really think it is oxidation so much as the lack of dimension that gives it this aftertaste.
A nice beginners Brown that could lead the novice to a porter or stout, but not really worthy of much consideration otherwise.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's Yom Kippur...as good a time as any to crack one of the Chosen Beers...and a purportedly 'Bold' one at that...

This beer pours a very dark chestnut brown hue, with slight mahogany highlights, and one finger of foamy light beige head, which leaves a few hanging layers of lace around the glass in its wake. Ok, it has a Boldly dark appearance. It smells of brown, nutty bread, and earthy, musty hops. Nice, but not quite Bold. The taste is softly roasted malt, buttery nuts, a bit of mocha, and mild earthy hops. Like the aroma, appealing, but not really in the realm of the Bold. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, smooth, and solid. I'll give it a Mulligan for Boldness in mouthfeel. It finishes fairly dry, the nutty malt giving way to a dry musty, floral nuttiness. Nothing too Bold going on there.

Ok, so it seems that we have a less than Bold offering here, if we are to judge against the marketing shtick. But since it's He'Brew, we know to largely ignore their riffs on Jewish culture, and stick to the beer - and that said, this is just one pleasant, easy to drink brown ale. Not bold, but also certainly neither schlock nor dreck...

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He'Brew Messiah Bold from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 499 ratings