He'Brew Messiah Bold | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Messiah BoldHe'Brew Messiah Bold

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

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.

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Photo of harrymel
1.29/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Bottled: unk
Pours brown with a sheet of cream foam. Smells of sweet malts, a slight grape, prune smell on the nose, not really becoming of a brown ale. Empty flavor of sweet malt, grape artificial flavor again and some dirt. Very, very thin beer, oddly thin with sharp assertive carbonation. This beer is a huge fail, I can't believe a brewery is built on this kind of beer.

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Photo of jneiswender
1.46/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--Dark walnut brown. No head

S--smoky, earthy scent, some cardboard

T--earthy, muddy, wet cardboard

M--scratchy, dry, but medium body

D--I cannot say that I would have this again. The whole brew just seems off. I don't really know what they are trying to do here.

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Photo of edskirk3
1.64/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

It's Hanukkah so I thought what the hell.

Twelve-ounce brown bottle. There's a serial number stamped near the bottom. I don't know what it means. Also, it's certified Kosher. Having been raised Catholic, I'm not sure what that means either.

Pours cola-brown with a head that's also like cola. The head exists briefly and eventually goes completely flat with no lacing. The aroma is light and musty with some faint toastiness. The flavor profile is dominated by notes of stale bread and little else. A small puff of smoke lingers at the end. Hop presence is virtually undetectable. Mouthfeel is sticky but also thin and flat.

The neck label says, "It's the beer you've been waiting for." Yeah, waiting for it to be finished. It reminds me of stale homebrew and I will likely not be picking this one up again.

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Photo of Todd
1.79/5  rDev -47.8%
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 mrasskicktastic
2.08/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A dark brown brew with a large tan head that has very little retention. Only patchy flecks of lacing.

S - Smells faintly like molasses and seltzer water.

T - A slightly sweet molasses flavor with a bit of hay. A faint grassy bitterness on the finish.

M - Meium bodied, smooth, astringent on the tongue and gummy in the throat. A bit drying.

D - Meh. I've liked other He'Brew beers, but this one come up short. Not really worth having. A mediocre brown at best.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.12/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep dark brown with some reddish hue on the outsides. Tan frothy head is milky and lasting. full blanket lacing. Impressive look to this brew.

Holy metallic twinger,,,ghasp. Once you get past the aluminum, its heavily leaned towards the malts, a touch of a nutty flavor. some roasted quality to it, ends up a bit watered. This is not a sit back and enjoy type of brew, rather if feels like work. Finishes dry and a bit of bitterness from the charred malt.

Notes: ehhhh not for me man....Its just kinda lifeless in the mouth, the "chosen beer" thing is lame in my opinion, if your going to call your beer the chosen one you better produce.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.24/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger khaki head. Decent retention. Dark brown color and well carbonated. Nice lacing.

S- Honey and lighter malts. Light smell for a darker looking beer.

T- Very sweet, honey and light flavors. Sickly sweet.

M- Medium bodied, ok carbonation.

O- It's alright. Nothing I'd go back and try again.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.25/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a rich brown with what I would call a beige head if there were any head to speak of. Super minimal foam leaves just a thin veneer of lacing in spots.

Raisin, slightly roasted grain and some sort of surprising plant scent. Tobacco leaf? All scents are muted, none make for a cohesive whole.

"Rich and robust?" "Bold?" No, this brown ale is neither. Weak grain taste, some very slight hopping. Tobacco tannins meet some unwelcome diacetyl butteryness. Esters on the finish... What is this beer trying to be? It doesn't taste like a brown ale. It could be a dark lager for all I know. The only flavor components that make them selves known have little to do with the malt and yeast used. Weak and confusing beer, this.

Thin, weakly carbonated, not drinkable due to its incoherence and overall blandness. This is a bad beer; I really can't say anything positive about it.

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Photo of claytong
2.28/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

beet poop brown color. the taste was of bitter chocolate and malt and wasnt nicely blended, more bland than either of those. not sensational. highly doubt this is really the chosen beer but more just a ploy for people to buy it one time and never drink it again.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
2.3/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark brown color with a small head and lace.
Aroma of malts,toffee and plums/dark fruits.
The taste was mildly bitter with some sweetness. There were some light coffee hints and then I sensed the emergence of hops,but they retreated rather quickly.
The feel was medium body with moderate carbonation and a lack of complexity.
The dry finish and lack of balance played a big part of my disappointment with this brew. The malts seemed to disappear so fast and overall this beer was just a let down.

Notes: This style is one of my favorites,so I tend to have a much higher standard of reviewing with this style. I take all styles seriously,but the American/English brown Ales I have a soft spot for and I do not like it when I taste one that feels like a joke.

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Photo of waldoiverson
2.35/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into nonic

A: dark brown, color of coca-cola with almost no head and very minimal carbonation

S: malty with a bit of caramel and vanilla

T: Sweet, clear representation of the nose, somewhat sugary

M: somewhat thin, minimal carbonation

D: pretty sweet stuff, not so sure

note: i'm wondering if this bottle was somewhat compromised on carbonation. If on my next bottle things are different, I'll make an update.

Update: all of the bottles were lacking in carbonation and as I consumed more i realized the sugary flavor tasted like tootsie roll pops...no thanks.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: A light brown, for a brown ale, almost looks watery. With practically no head, and lacing.

S: Smells malty, maybe a little coffee.

T: Very disappointing. It has a watery malt taste, very bland.

M: Incredibly thin. Low carbonation, but as a negative.

D: It was hard finishing this one, just because of the lack of flavor. Can't imagine picking this up again, but will try other from this brewery.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.52/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a one finger off white head. Quick dissipation to a small layer of bubbles on top. Decent lacing.

S: Get some dark fruits on the aroma and some raisins, almost reminds of wine in a way. Slight metallic tinge as well. Quite strange for a brown ale.

T: The flavor is a bit more what I would expect, there is some light coffee and a little bit of caramel, but the dark fruit/wine flavor comes through here as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation.

O: Very confusing beer. The aroma does not remind me of a brown ale whatsoever and the flavor profile barely fits either. It almost reminds me of manischewitz, which is funny seeing as this is a kosher beer.

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Photo of jtothamo
2.53/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The Messiah Bold was my second experience with He'Brew products.

In this case, I was not impressed with the product. The appearance was what I expected with a "bold" beer. In the glass, it had a light espresso color, with an ample off-white head.

Maybe it was my sniffer on the day, but I didn't get a lot of smell or taste from this beer. Bland, dull, quite disappointing.

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Photo of jwc215
2.58/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with some rubyish highlights. A thin off-white head tops it off. The head is thin, but stays around, leaving a bit of lacing.

The smell is of brown sugar with slight metallic notes. Some vague, mild dark fruitiness in the back.

The taste is of brown sugar and some caramel. An almost artificial dark fruitiness backs it up. Iron/metal is interwoven in an interfering way. Slightly nutty. Sweet, abrupt finish.

Thick side of medium-bodied. Problem is that the fullness doesn't pan out since the flavors are not "bold" enough to stand up and deliver. A prickly carbonation that is out of place here wipes away much of what little flavor there was and leaves a trace of "wet cardboard".

Not too impressed here. Not a "drain pour", IMO. Too many irritants, however, make one of these enough. Ironically, the over-carbonation which almost kills it helps its drinkability/smoothness. Won't be seeking this again...

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Photo of beerguy101
2.58/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown color. Large white foamy head. Aroma is malty, nutty and sweet. A medium bodied brown ale. Malts are smoky, sweet and nutty. Hops are mild and slightly spicy. Its too smoky and malty for a brown ale. Smooth taste. A little thin and watery and also too sweet. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is dry and crisp. Aftertaste is sweet.

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Photo of TCMike
2.59/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Produced a 3 finger light beige head. Dissipated slowly. The beer color is a medium mahogany.
The smell is weak for a brown. Slight Bread, and nut smell.
Taste is reveals more flavor than the nose. Malt, slight caramel, and nut. A little bland, but not bad tasting. Low carbonation, and a mouth-feel on the low side of medium.
I wouldn't buy this again, but it's drinkable.

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Photo of lespaulrocker
2.61/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark, when held to the light it appears to be a mahogany/cherry color. One finger brown head. Minimal to no lacing.

S: Wow, a lot of malt right up front, dominates any other smell. Cherry, brown sugar, maybe some toffee.

T: First sip I thought it was purely water. Almost no taste. As the beer warmed and I drank more, more flavors began to appear. Hints of cherry and chocolate. A little nutty. Not altogether pleasant, but not unpleasant.

M: Too much carbonation and very thin and watery.

D: Decent. It took me awhile to get through because I wasn't really enjoying it.

I won't be seeking this out again. I bought purely for the novelty of it. I'm a senior theology major so the Messiah title immediately stood out to me, and I laughed out loud at the tagline, "The beer you've been waiting for." If this is the beer I've been waiting for, then I don't appreciate beer. Skip this one.

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Photo of Retsinis
2.63/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this beer as part of a make your own six pack at Total Wines this past Sunday. Was sharing a few beers with friends, but didn't quite get through all of the beers that day, and had this one after dinner, and sipping as I type this up.

A: The beer pours a light cola brown, with a red hue that can be seen when held to the light. A light off white colored head rose about a half inch, then settled to a light film of head resting on top, no lacing.

S: Mild caramel, faint light coffee, very light chocolate, and a mild cinnamon note

T: Mild dark fruit, faded caramel, finishes dry with a lingering mild bitterness.

M: Light mouth, starts a bit creamy, but fades out on the back end.

O: okay, a little disappointing. Been about 2 years since I had this last. It's a lot lighter and thinner than I remember. Not sure if it's changed, or me. Kicker is my wife made me do 3 sets of 10 pushups to drink this, since I missed the gym today....not worth the calories. All well.

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Photo of cdizinno
2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: poured into a tulip glass from a brown 12oz bottle. No freshness date.

A: Dark chocolate brown. Cannot even see through it when held up to the light. Minimal tan head with moderate lacing.

S: Light scent of dark fruits, faint toasty toffee and smoke.

T&M: Medium bodied with a mild malty roasted taste. One-dimensional malt and moderate sweetness. Mild hop bitterness with some dark chocolate aftertaste. It's very weak.

Okay, but not one I would try again.

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Photo of HoppyMcStout
2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Very dark! Smells very sweet with plenty of malty goodness, but no nuttiness. I am a bit worried at this point. Taste is very smoky and more like a porter than a brown. American brown? No way. Body and mouthfeel end up way too light - more like a dark lager than a brown.

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Photo of TheStig
2.69/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Translucent dark brown with a hint of red, like a cherry coke. Average, khaki-colored head.
S: Nothing very prominent outside of a slight caramel smell. This isn't very "bold."
T: Rather breadlike. Neutral, unoffensive and lacking a defining taste. Some hoppy bitterness as it's going down, but that's not very prominent. A very slight, heavy sweetness-- like molasses-- lurks in there somewhere, but it's almost indiscernable.
M: Smooth, somewhat creamy. Aids in knocking these back.
D: It's not a bad beer, but it's just not "bold." It's easy to drink because of this, but it's not a beer to savor. Eh.

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Photo of snpub540
2.7/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a very dark brown that had a slight red hue when held up to the light. Tan foam that was not around for very long and didn't leave any lacing.

Smell was mostly roasted malts and thats about it. Not very impressive.

Taste was roasted malts and slight hop pineyness. Bitterness of black patent malt. Taste more like a porter than a brown ale.

Mouthfeel was on the thin side and the beer was kind of flat. Kind of a let down.

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Photo of jjanega08
2.7/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A= pours a brown color that's a dark amber when you hold it up to the light. A tiny head comes up and lasts a second before falling to a ring around the glass.
S= quite nice. A pretty good smelling brown. Slight hop notes but mostly just sweet caramely malt. Maybe some bittersweet baking chocolate as well.
T= a lot less impressive than the smell. Sweet and caramelly but also quite bitter for some reason the bitter isn't hop bitter either. Sort of gross dirty water taste.
M= really sharp and pointy feeling. The worst part of this beer by far.
D= I'm not gonna have more than this one I picked up in a mix 6. The mouthfeel is horrible and the taste is subpar. No thanks.

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Photo of 20ozmonkey
2.71/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark brown with amber hues when held up to light. Quite a large head that disappeared to a thin head pretty fast.

Has a malty smell with muted earthy hops. Smells like the sort of amber/brown ale that I don't appreciate much. A touch of rust in the smell, too.

Tastes much like it smells with a sticky sweetness that coats your mouth and turns into a slightly bitter back end to the taste. Not liking this much at all. I bought a single bottle of both this and Genesis just to try out. Glad I only have a single botle.

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He'Brew Messiah Bold from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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