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He'Brew Messiah Bold | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
shmaltz.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by WVbeergeek on 09-13-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
358
Ratings:
499
pDev:
15.5%
Bros Score:
2.64
 
 
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Ratings: 499 |  Reviews: 358
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this tonight at Honky Tonk on the UES in NYC. 12 oz. bottle poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, chocolate, roasted malts, toasted malts, tofee, and as it warms up some light dark fruit.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, tofee, chocolate, burnt malts, toasted malts, roasted malts, and some sweet dark fruits in the end. More fruit than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink

o - Overall a very nice brown ale. It was super easy to drink and the nose had a ton of great toffee/caramel and chocolate, while the taste had those and a little fruit. Would definitely have it again.

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Photo of Bishop_Collar
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of r3o
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of dowen44
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Jips
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of C63AMG
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of allergictomacros
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown with a thick inch of tan foam. Malty, sweet and heavy aroma with dark sugars and fruit. Flavour is also sweet with caramel, molasses and a bit of acidity up front. Dark roasted and toasty flavours with raisin and prune fruitiness. Nice hop backing has a hint of grass and assertive bitterness. Solid brew with lots of flavour, though a bit heavy for the summer perhaps.

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Photo of stirgy
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep and dark amber brown. Very clear with a decent head and fine carbonation. Sweet caramel nose, with chestnuts, almond and small hints of alcohol. The taste is a fine blend of sweet, tangy and nutty malts. The bitterness blends itself into the beer flawlessly. Light to medium bodied with a sweet and buttery nut finish. Overall, an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured very deep brown color with modest tannish head. Little lacing.
Smell is significant for caramel amf toffee, bit only very lightly.
Taste is very pleasant, with more caramel and toffee, combined with some rich dark fruitiness. Maybe some light coffee notes also present.
Finish is dominated by a strong hop bitterness, that gives perfect balance to the sweet malt.
A very drinkable and enjoyable beer. Great job.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is dark with good carbonation. The head is a nice 2 fingers that fades fast and leaves little lace.

The smell is plenty bold, roasty and toasty, some molasses and other bark taste treats.

The taste is very bold, a Bold brown to be sure, lost of dark fruit, and sugars, even some roasted coffee and sweet chocolate.

The mouthfeel is good, nice carbontion and a very nice body.

The drinkability is good, I seem to like all the He'brews, Nice job gents. Prosit, MK

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich brown color, moderate mouthfeel with very fine carbonation. All malt (as expected) in the nose--and roasted at that. And if color is indicative of taste, this one is a great example. Brown carmel, but not sweet. Very balanced, with almost imperceptible hops. I found the Genesis a bit more "refreshing" and "thirst quenching," but this would be a fantastic pub drink with an evening snack. Very good.

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Photo of lurpy1
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber brown, generally unremarkable. Nutty in terms of both smell and taste, with a little bit of toffee thrown in. At times this beer seems to confuse itself with a scotch, but still fairly tasty and drinkable. Probably the weakest of the Schmalz offerings I've had, but nonetheless, a good drink. I like the fact that the despite leading with the yiddish gimmickry, they haven't forgotten to make decent beer.

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Photo of karst
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little hoppy (Warrior, Cascade, Mt. Hood) for English Brown Ale but still nice when paired with a T-Bone steak and corn on the cob. I like the blend of 2-row, Carapils, Dark Crystal / Caramel 80L, and Dark Chocolate grains that give this a dominate malt favor.

No freshness date and its been in my refrigerator for a few weeks now.

I have tasted some excellent brews since last winter(Goose Island's Hex Nut Brown) and although still good this beer has moved down a little on my ratings.

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Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown body and tan head. Its a pretty color, too bad the foam is gone within a minute. Smells of nutty and chocolate malts. Relatively light flavor for a brown ale, but its not bad for the English style, more nuts and light chocolate. Little to no hops. Smooth and easy drinking. Not a bad session beer at all.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well here we go again. It seems I get something intresting a couple times a day lately. Picked this one up when I got the Bittersweet Lenny last week and had it sitting in the fridge awaiting me. Figured with the chicken and rice tonight, it would be a good time to bring this one out. Label was very intresting, as are all the Schmaltz labels. About ready with dinner so this one is gonna get poured...

The our was quick and effortless. A wonderful dark brown, with a touch of a ruby tone filled up the glass rather quickly. A smallish head was lifted up onto the top, but this was quickly replaced by a thin layer of film across the top. Carbonation was visible in the very clear brew. Lots of bubbles working their way up. A bit of lace was left down the glass, but nothing spectacular or particularly noteworthy. Most distinquished trait of this one would be the great color.

The smell was rich and sweet. Predominant aroma was a caramel with a touch of an earthy malt. A light feeling was released by this, so you really did not think you were going into anything too terribly heavy. As it warmed you could pick up a roasted or burnt smell coming though as well as a touch of a hop note rounding out the back. About time for a sip...

First impression was that of an easy drinking brown ale. Very good feel made this an easy drinker. Decent carbonation allowed you to be able to explore the flavors as they hit the palate. Did not come off too thin or too thick, just about right. Biggest flavor right off the bat was a caramel that you caught right up front along with a burnt or roasted wood flavor. Almost had a touch of oaked flavor in it. Some hoppiness in the finish, but nothing distracting from the primary notes. A good solid brown ale flavor as best as I can describe it. Finish was a little nutty and dry.

Overall this was a fine example of the style. This brewery continues to offer pleasant suprises for me with each turn. This was no exeption as it is put together wonderfully. Very sessionable, low abv makes this a definate drinker. Not too heavy so it is remarkably tolerable on a warm day. Another winner.

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Photo of meechum
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice dark with a light tan head that fell slowly leaving a nice lace

S - Had a nutty and caramel smell to it and a slight hop piney smell

T/M - The taste was mostly of malts and wasn't much on hops..nutty with a some caramel and coffee maybe..overall I found it to be pretty good..a little thin

D - I think very drinkable..and enjoyable..

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Photo of Paincane
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber brown in color after poured into pint glass. Has a cream-colored head that leaves nice lacing after dissipating.
S: Sweet, roasted malt and caramel.
T: Roasted malt and caramel with hint of chocolate.
M: Medium-bodied with good carbonation. A bit on the sweet side.
D: Oy! A tasty albeit sweet brew that I would drink again.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Very dark brown with a hint of red.... 1/2 a finger of head that disappears quickly with a little sticky lacing.

S: Malts, Chocolate some caramel and toffee.... Yummy.

T: Pretty mild overall... Taste like it smells chocolate, caramel and even toffee. Very mild hops & some bitterness at the end.

M: Creamy and med bodied at first but as you swallow it thins out.... I would have loved if it stayed creamy throughout so it was a little lighter, than I like.

D:- Very drinkable.... it is a good mix of creamy yet light and the ABV is not bad... So a few of these could go down... I like it... I'll look for some other brews from He'Brew.

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Photo of marburg
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rusted copper brown. Crystal clear. Head starts big, fades at a moderate pace. Toffee and big roasty toasties. A little grainy to the nose.

Well-balanced. Malt layers on coffee shop flavors -- Starbucks beer-a-mocha-caramel-o-malt-achino or something. More or less straight-forward English ale flavors with an emphasis on the coffee bean roastedness and healthy burnt flavorings.

Super quaffable ale. Between the funny premise and the ease of consumption, this ranks up there among "conversion beers."

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Photo of woemad
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's for $1.69.

Poured a dark, cola-like color that took on a reddish hue when held to the light. About an inch of light tan foam perched at the top of the glass, and a foam ring endured throughout this beer's tenure in my glass.

This is definitely one of the roastier smelling brown ale's I've had. There's also caramel and brown sugar, but the roasted malt scent is waht I really picked up on here.

Like in the nose, the roasted malts are one of the more noteworthy aspects of the taste. There's also a balancing sweetness that has notes of caramel and brown sugar, and some nutty notes. At the swallow is a slight dry note. Other than that, hops are most conspicuous by their absence.

The biggest flaw with this beer is that it seems a little too heavily carbonated. If this were taken down a peg, this could be the textbook example of a tasty brown ale.

While slightly overcarbonated, this is eminently drinkable. I could easily session this one.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a deep brown color with slight amber highlights and a thick, one-finger, cream colored head. Smell is typical of a brown ale, toasted malty presence with a hint of smoke, nuttiness and chocolate. Taste is very much the same with a slight oxidation that takes away from the flavor; there is also a bittering hop presence but no apparent hop flavor. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a dense, creamy carbonation - very nice. Overall, this is a very drinkable beer and I would like to try it again, maybe a fresher bottle would lack the oxidation taste that I didn't care for. I imagine this beer on tap would be quite "heavenly"!

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Photo of SargeC
3.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown brew with a frothy tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Nutty malt, caramel, molasses.

Taste: Decent malt flavor with a slight smokiness. Nice hop background.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Satisfying finish.

Drinkablity: Pretty tasty brew. Not very complex, but not offensive either.

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