He'Brew Messiah Bold | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Messiah BoldHe'Brew Messiah Bold

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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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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a deep dark brown color. The head was thin and tan, the retention was minimal along with the lacing. The smell of the beer was malty and had some light roasted notes to it. The taste of the beer had some roasted nut flavors with a bitter finish. The mouthfeel was light and dry with a moderate carbonation. Overall this beer wasn't the best or worst but I wouldn't really have to have it again.

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brown in color (some amber is visible at the bottom of the glass when it is held up to the light). It poured into a pint glass with a thin tan head that quickly dissipated into a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing in the center
S: There are light aromas of brown sugar and caramel malts in the nose.
T: The flavors in the taste are similar to the smell and are a bit nutty with a slight amount of sweetness. Some hints of chocolate flavors are perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down smoothly and is rather easy to drink, making it sessionable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer was only ok with me. Seems like everyone else is quite fond of the brew. Looks pleasant with a struggling head retention and lacing, but full of carbonation. Smells richly of caramel, toffee, malts, nuts, and chocolate. And it has an initial flavor to match. However the flavors quickly give way to a yeasty, plastic-y flavor that came off a little artificial, earthy, and cola-like. The body never really got there for me, hovering just above bland and watery, all the while allowing a grain flavor and grain hull bite-ey feel in the throat. Fair in the finish and aftertaste with an artificial sweetness.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an coffee brown color with ruby highlights; a one-finger head, but it stays the distance, leaving nice lacing

Smell: Typical English Brown aroma, with bready elements, some chocolate and coffee, caramel malt and a touch of vanilla

Taste: Starts out bready, but then becomes progressively sweeter with some raisin and caramel flavors at mid-palate; at the same time, there is a developing piney bitterness that reaches its apogee after the swallow and provides a welcome balance; some coffee roast at the very end

Mouthfeel: Just on the thin side of medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: A very approachable and drinkable brown; perhaps a touch sweet but enough balance to make for a brew to which I will return

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Photo of oline73
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear brown with some red showing up when the light hits it. There is a layer of light tan head that fades to a ring around the edge of the pour and leaves some lacing.

Smell: This beer has a mild smell overall. Sweet malt with some mild dark fruit notes. It's a bit nutty.

Taste: This isn't a very sweet brown ale. The malt is bready and mildly nutty. The finish is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.

Overall: I would have liked the bitterness in the finish to be a bit smoother and blend with the rest of the flavors. Not bad, but I don't think I'll need to revisit this one.

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of zeff80
3.89/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a foamy, tan, one-finger head. Left a little lace.

S - It smelled of malt, caramel and toffee.

T - It had a bold malty flavor with a strong dose of nut-like taste. Also, a subtle grassy/hoppy flavor.

M - It was creamy and soft. A medium-bodied beer.

D - Pretty good brown ale. I like the nutty and malty flavors.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, raisin, prune, toast, toffee, molasses, brown bread, chocolate, light roast, floral, light nuttiness, and toasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt notes with moderate fruitiness; and good strength. Taste of caramel, raisin, toast, toffee, brown bread, chocolate, light roast, floral, light nuttiness, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, chocolate, brown bread, light nuttiness, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt flavors; with a solid amount of robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice brown ale. Good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.64/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep-mahogany body with a ruby cast beneath a tall head of frothy light-tan foam. The retention is quite good and it holds well, maintaining a thin cap throughout the glass and leaving some thick streaks of lace. The nose is clean but somewhat uneventful considering the rich color of the brew, and it's slightly fruity but only hints at the dark malts beneath. In the mouth, its medium body combines with a fine, moderate carbonation to give a gently crisp start that warms to become somewhat creamy and smooth. Very nice! The flavor delivers a clean, lightly fruity and mildly caramelish malt with a hint of chocolate. It's well-balanced by a low-key bitterness that leads to a refreshing, short and dry finish. Well-brewed and easy to drink.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
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 nickfl
3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with two fingers of light brown head on top of a dark brown body with amber highlights and good clarity. The foam settles slowly and leaves good lace on the glass.

S - A light, malty aroma of brown sugar and little else. No noticeable hops, yeast, or roasted grain.

T - Brown, malt flavor up front with notes of caramel and cola. Some light, herbal hops in the middle with darker malt notes of toffee and molasses. Finishes with a sweet malt caramel note and mild hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Reasonably drinkable, this is a slightly dark, malty brown ale. The flavor is decent, though there is nothing particularly interesting going on. The aroma is oddly flat, with almost none of the malt characteristics that I get in the flavor. Not bad, not particularly good either, I wouldn't go out of my way to drink this beer.

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3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More of a stout brown ale, with the big dark malt flavors. A touch of molasses. Light bodied, modest carbonation. Fairly plain, but the dark roasted barley provides some distinction. A restrained touch of the hops, but it seems like the slight bitterness comes more from the burnt malt. Pleasant nose of caramel and roasted malt.

I never buy this stuff, since I like their big, bold beers so much. But it's quite drinkable, and it you consider the category it's not bad at all.

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Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours chest/nut mahogany with a 3 fingers+ sand colored head. Some lacing average head retention

S: Deep malt & nuttyness

T: Sweet malt, breadyness& a slight grainyness up front. Choclate & nutty notes follow. Finishes rich malty & choclatety

MF: Medium bodied, mildy carbonated & possesses good balance

Drinks very easy, not a bad brown, but a bit pricey at $8.50 a sixer

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Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruby, dark brown color that allows only very bright light to shine through. Good one-finger head that leaves a thin ring of lace on the glass.

Mostly chocolate (sweet); some chaulkiness; subtle alcohol in the background; no notable hop.

More neutral malt than any other flavor. Some chocolate with a soft hop swallow and finigh (short-lived). Not a big beer. I do like the body which I would describe as "round", meaning that it is rich without having a heavy viscosity.

After a weekend of sampling brown ales, I'd say this would fall in the middle of the pack. There are no flaws and it's easy to drink.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle for $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, dark brown body with some slight ruby hints at the edges and a thin, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Roasty, nutty, chocolate water with a hint of caramel and spicy hops with just the faintest bit of citrus.

Taste: Pale malts with tastes of dark caramel, toasted nuts, and semi-sweet chocolate. Earthy, lightly citrusy hops with a medium-low bitterness; just enough to balance the malts. Thin, watered down roastiness and, well, finishes about the same. Lingering, mild chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Just a hair over medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, flavorful brown ale that remains keenly drinkable as well as reasonably priced.

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