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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by WVbeergeek on 09-13-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 358 | Ratings: 499
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.96/5  rDev -13.7%
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 SkunkWorks
2.96/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a becker. Before I begin, I will say that the label seemed to indicate that this is a brown ale and Beer Advocate lists it as a brown ale, but nothing about this says "brown ale" and instead says "I am a Belgian Dark Ale."

Look: dark brown body with a thin, light tan head that retains very well but unfortunately doesn't leave any lace behind.

Smell: I pretty much just get a wallop of dark fruits in the smell along with some esters that led me to believe this is a Belgian Dark. Fairly straightforward.

Taste: dark fruit, some esters from the nose, hints of toffee and even some alcohol. I thought this beer drank closer to an 8% alcohol beer than a 5.6% beer. I don't pick up any hop flavors. The fruit is a little too much for me.

Feel: kind of thin, carbonated nicely at first but it kind of drops off after the beer sits for a few minutes. A little too sweet for me and the alcohol is off putting.

Drink: took me a while to finish the glass, and while not a drainpour, its also not something I would want to sit and have a few pints of, and isn't that the whole point of a brown ale?

Overall: not very good. It doesn't have any characteristics of a brown ale, certainly isn't sessionable in the least, and the heavy handed dark fruit taste is very off putting to me. Even if it were a Belgian Dark ale, its lack of complexity would certainly hurt it there. This was my first beer from Shmaltz and I can't see having another. I would avoid. Cheers!

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Photo of nimrod979
2.97/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Brown with amber hues. Very thin off white head that fades as quick as it began.

Aroma - Malty. Chocolate and toffe notes. Nutty and toasty. Brown sugar.

Taste - Muddled malts. Caramel and toffee flavors. Slighty toasted and nutty. Notes of brown sugar and some slight hops bitterness on the backend.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Dry mouthfeel. Kind of an odd finish. Its very average and a bit boring. I've definitely had better Browns.

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Photo of Soonami
3/5  rDev -12.5%
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 bradybeer
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A= Pours Dark Mahogony Brown with light carbonation and thin head-

Smell= malty and hops comes through as the beer warms up-

Taste= the taste reminded me of Dr.Pepper-a little prune with spices-not as sweet-but the tast was a little like DP.

Mouthfeel=Light body with little staying power in the finish.

Drinkablity=I woulld say this beer is good but not one I would seek out

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Photo of david18
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another beer that seems to exist so a brewery, who makes good and interesting beers, can have a brand for the larger public. This is a beer that i would never buy again, Flavor is definitely a brown with nothing else; not intersting hops, aroma or mouthfeel.

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A. Dark mahagony with little to no head.

S. Roasted, earthy malts. A little weak.

T. Toffee and chocolate. Tastes more lie a stout beer.

M. Crisp medium body.

D. Not so much. This beer was weak tasting. I actually poure out the remainder. Very rare for me.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown ale is brown. Head is a lighter brown, 1/4". Brown malt aroma.

Neither hops nor ample malt occurs here. Nothing bold about it. More substantial than Newcastle, but barely, and in a more expensive package.

Found myself more excited to be done with this beer than the likelihood of drinking more of it. A little more caramel than toffee from the malt. Some dark fruit notes, not complimentary.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this American style brown ale from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a brown color, produced a tan head, 1 finger width, average retention, very little lacing. The aroma consisted of chocolate malt and coffee. Medium in body, some roasted malt flavor, a hint of caramel and coffee. Very little hop flavor shines through. Decent beer, good session beer, decent beer to start someone off on craft beer- but not much more then that.

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Photo of WhiteOak
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Tea colored, with a red edge to the light. Light brown head with some lace.

S- Rusty iron and roasted malt aroma.

T- One dimensional sweet roasted malt flavors. That's about it. Could use something else... hops? Oak?

M, D - Lacking inspiration to drink enough to finish a bottle, I found this a poor value.

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Photo of PriorateOden
3.02/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours nicely with about a good inch of head. I loved the high level of carbonation... plenty of bubbles. It looks great, and I had high, high expectations. the bottle, by the way, is so cool, and the Shmaltz marketing machine is in fine form. Sadly, that's where the extraordinary characteristics end. The smell wasn't impressive, and while the taste and drinkability are fine, they aren't equal to the marketing and label. Easy to finish to that last drop, but this isn't going to have me telling Pharaoh to stick it up his pyramid. Nope, this was pretty good, but I'm headed back for more gentile brews. Shalom.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dull brown ale, drinkable but with little to remember it for.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. He'Brew label, with all the repetitive nods to the Jewish heritage of the ale, name of the branding presiding with a small illustration of the iconic character over a drawing of the Northern hemisphere. Side narrative offers an overview of the brew, intent, and best wishes. Notes Kosher certification. Served in a nonic glass.

A - Dark brown pour with an early generous head, medium to low retention, poor surface memory and lacing.

S - Lightly malty nose, faint roasted sense in the back, very subdued.

T - Lightly malty, nothing bold here as the brew brags, tiny hoppy touch over a light caramel and roasted sense.

M - Medium-ligh body and carbonation a tad watery in the feel.

D - Hmmm, not as terrible as it may sound, and not an awful choice but quite forgettable.

Notes: Hmmm, best value is in the Kosher certification and the play with Jewish identity and pride, which can be entertaining and handy socially, but other than that there is much better out there to chose from.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.04/5  rDev -11.4%
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 Frozensoul327
3.04/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out to a dark brown color and the scent of roasted nuts hits your nose almost instantly. Very similar to many nut brown ales, but slightly less filling. White head dissipated at a nominal rate, with a ordinary mouth feel. Flavors of nuts, barley and malt are present, with a slightly bitter taste. Not a bad beer, but kind of pricey at 8 bucks a six pack.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brown to deep amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, roasty nuttiness and a sweet caramel. In the taste, just like the aroma, nutty and caramel. Mainly smooth and a medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry caramel stickiness in the aftertaste. Standard kind of brown ale that is kind of sticky sweet.

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Photo of sitarist
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep brown with hints of purple when held to the light. Weak loose tan head with hardly any lacing.

S- Hints of chocolate, and fruit jelly's. Not bad just a little lack-luster.

T- The flavor is wine like. Fruity, sour, with a hint of alcohol. Nothing bold!

M- Thin and lacking carbonation. Wine like.

D- Might be better with food. Doesn't entice. I wont throw it away but I wont grab a 2nd. Maybe if I were in the mood for wine, but I want beer. The thing that hurts it the most is the word "bold" in its title.

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Photo of bearrunner44
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Molasses brown. Brown head, thin and bubbly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Wispy and metallic, with soft nut and citrus notes.

Taste: Vague, lightly almond-tasting element. Flavor of orange rinds fade in and out. Citrus sweetness. Thin hop flavors emerge in the finish, just barely perceptible. An oddly metallic flavor flares up, then vanishes into nothingness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Bulkier than you would think, based on the level of flavor.

Verdict: This falls decisively in the middle of the road. The orange and almond nut flavors blend together smoothly, but they don't leave much of an impression on the palette. Off-flavors in the finish don't help its case.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice deep ruby brown color.Some slight hop aroma-caramel and floral combined.Malty flavor-nice mellow bitterness levels.Some caramel notes-toffee sweetness lingers.Not really thin but not as full bodied as it could be.Decent enough brew-I think the packaging makes you wonder if its a gimmick or not.

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Photo of Drew966
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

He'Brew Messiah Bold pours a dark brown with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is on the sweet side, malty but with a touch of vinous quality. The taste has that vinous quality too, but also a decent amount of malt that gives some caramel flavors toward the end. Uninspiring, and I found the vinous quality distracting.

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Photo of iceball585
3.07/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Very dark brown/black color, non-transparent, thin layer that faded quickly to a small ring

S- Roasted malts, dark fruits, coffee beans, hint of smokeyness

T- Dark fruits, toasted malts, old grains, slightly musty, smokey, hint of hops

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, starts strong but finishes watery

D- Not too impressing

This brew starts out with decent flavors but then kind of falls off at the end. Not quite what I was expecting.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.07/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pour a mahogany color with yeast particles suspended everywhere. The head is one inch in height and recedes into nice lacing. The aroma is of caramel with a nice nuttiness. The taste is very mild for a brown ale. Faint hints of caramel, and nuts. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a watery texture. Overall, this is a mediocre beer at best. I will not drink this again.

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Photo of crhensel
3.07/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(12 oz. bottle into dimpled mug) Pours a dark brown with a paper thin head and no lacing on the glass. Nose is heavy of caramel malts and a little toffee and maybe cocoa. the taste is average for a brown ale, with a little less sweetness than I am used to, so this detracts a little for me. There is a bit of the nut and cocoa flavor at the finish, which helps redeem this a bit. Overall a nice, refreshing drink, but nothing overly remarkable.

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Photo of rpardon7
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poure from a 12 oz bottle with little head or retention. Dark reddish brown color very little lacing that did not last.Smell is not complex mostly roasted malt. This beer mainly taste of roasted malt maybe a hint of biscuit but not a complex beer by any means. Mouthfeel was very flat and unneventful more chance to be fuller like a brown ale. Drinkabilty its an easy beer to drink no hops not much abv but for me just didn't want to have more.

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Photo of WesWes
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick off-white head. The aroma is average. It has a small amount of malt scent and has a dry watery smell to it. The taste is average as well. It is a dull brown ale. It is full of mostly pale malts with a side of light crystal and roasted malts. It's dry and fairly hoppy. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. It drinks fair. It's a brown ale with not a lot of flare or originality. This is worse than some macro browns I've had.

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Photo of Zekezilla
3.09/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just ordered this based on a waiter's recommendation. He thought it had hints of a raisin flavor. I did not pick that up at all. It's a decent flavor...slightly sweet and malty but I did not pick up any dark fruity flavor. Beautiful color but taste/feel were a little lackluster for me. Also more carbonated than I prefer. I just keep have to reminding myself that this is a brown ale, not a stout--that being said, I can rate the taste as a 3.5, rather than a 3.0.

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He'Brew Messiah Bold from Shmaltz Brewing Company
3.43 out of 5 based on 499 ratings.
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