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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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with nice label graphics and a paragraph about why this beer is different from all others. When poured, it comes out dark, dark brown which allows no light through. There is a tinge of rose at the edges. Poured a nice thick tan head about 2 fingers, which leaves decorative rings of lace around the glass.

The aroma is at first a little grassy, then a little nutty with a malty backdrop. There is also a coffee aroma in the last layers of smell. The taste is bitter coffee and moderate malted flavor. It is a little chewy and the aftertaste is decidedly malt and coffee. I also detect a small amount of alcohol flavor in there as well. A well brewed beer with a good drinkability.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal-clear medium brown color, quite attractive. Small off-white head, which settles to a collar. Lots of scattered, broken lace.

Aroma: Rich aroma of raisins and plums, as well as hints of wood and wine, quite subtle, but very pleasing.

Taste: Chocolate flavors dominate throughout, as well as toasted malts. Finishes dry with a lingering citrus bitterness.

Mouth feel: Good body, quite full, with slightly aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability/notes: Suprisingly good, a novelty beer that manages to be quite pleasing.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Standard 12 oz, no date. Picked it up on a trip to Memphis
Aroma: Rich malt, fudge chocolate raisin (and other dark fruit) and a faint citric hop edge. Enjoyable
Appearance: Amber glass with a coat of dark tan that leaves a few clumps of lace.
Flavor: Sudden rush of flavor that stops short, odd. Good chocolate character, nice malt and citric hop. Nice balance, flavors are melded well.
Mouthfeel: Good medium body but just a tad under carbed
Overall Impression: ItÂ’s surprisingly good for a gimmicky beer; very nice taste and very drinkable. I could see making a session of these. Check it out

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Photo of dauss
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Standard 12 oz. brown bottle. Says it is the chosen beer, kosher, and has a small blurb about their Jewish Pride, and a few verses from the Old Testament.

Appearance: Its definitely brown with hints of ruby. A very clear beer. Small fluffy tan head forms, but there is poor retention.

Smell: Smells good. Sweet maltiness, caramel, chocolate, nutty, and grainy. A very slight alcoholic burn in the aroma.

Taste: Moderate to strong carbonation. Sweet roasty malt starts this one off. Coffee, toffee, and a tiny hint of dark fruits and chocolate. Light spicy hop flavor and a very "snappy" light hop bitterness. Finishes dry, nutty, and with low astringency.

Notes: Kosher beer, yeah its gimicky, but I guess you can't knock it until you have tried it. All in all, its a good beer, but nothing impressive. Has a good hop balance, a little too sweet, and has that low astringent finish. Good session beer.

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Photo of Hhawk06
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sure its a crazy gimmick, all the more reason to try it out. This brew poured with an awesome cloudy and consistent tan head atop a very dark reddish brown body. The nose is malty and molasses-like. Everything about this brew is thick and chewy, from the mouthfeel to the full malt flavor. Its nicely balanced and is complimented by a tad roasted pale coffee taste. Not to be forgotten, is the slight raisin flavor lingering. It finishes sweetly with some roastiness floating on the back of the palate. Love the complexity of this brew, much more than a gimmick!

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not quite opaque dark walnut with a generous infusion of ruby and blood orange highlights at the edges. The head is the color of wet sand and is decently firm, falling first where it makes contact with the the glass. Sea foam lace adorns the vertical surface in random patterns. A good look.

The nose is in line with the style, but isn't quite as dark or a cocoa-like as expected. I can appreciate toasted malt, lightly spicy hops and nuts; although which nut(s) I couldn't say. The aroma could use a bit more character.

Back on track. Messiah Bold is much more assertive (more bold!) on the palate with a more heavily toasted maltiness and notes of dark caramel, cocoa and oven-roasted pecans. While it doesn't trend anywhere near porter territory, it occupies the upper reaches of the English brown ale style for sure. Spicy and slightly citrusy hops balance out the malty sweetness quite nicely. This is one harmonious ale.

He'Brew Messiah Bold is a wonderful version of a style that I don't think about much. It brings plenty of bold flavor to the table, never a bad thing in such a well-brewed beer. I'm sure that I've had better nut browns, but this one is worth your money. L'Chaim!

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.04/5  rDev -11.1%
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 Luigi
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a dark brown beer, very porter like. Has a light brown head with a good retention. Roasted malts, coffee, and west coast hops come out in the aroma. Has a silky mouthfeel to it. Roasted malts, some coffee, and (I think) cascade hops come out in the flavor. The drinkability is ok, it seems to fill me up though. Over all this is an enjoyable beer. I would buy it again for sure.

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

Like others before me have stated, this is a very likable, if unremarkable beer. It has a very light and pleasing taste. I was impressed by the color and presentation. I wasn't sure what to expect from "The Chosen Beer," but I was pleasantly surprised.
All around a good beer if you are kicking back watching a game with your buddies. The only downside is everyone will want to try it.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy dark brown and very cola-like in appearance. Leaves an ivory head that doesn't retain very well.

Smell: Baker's chocolate primarily with hints of licorice and raisins. This is pretty big smelling for an English Brown Ale.

Taste: tea-like hops noted, cola, chocolate, a touch of smokiness and mild alcohol notes to finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry, and crisp.

Drinkability: Very good. This was more like a light porter to me than an English Brown Ale. It's much bigger in all respects than I would expect for a Brown. That being said, I like porters much better so this one works for me.

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Photo of Shaw
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is super-dark for an English brown ale. It's closer in appearance to a stout. The brownish head reduces to a slight layer in my glass. But you gotta love the bottle's label: "The beer you've been waiting for." More funny stuff from Shmaltz that even this gentile can enjoy.

Its smell is light with slight notes of chocolate and roasted malt. No hop aroma.

The flavor is above average. I'm surprised that I don't note more hops since the brewery's Web site says the beer is brewed with Warrior, Mt. Hood and Cascade hops: three of my favorites. There's a nice chocolate, roasted malt flavor, which I expected from the smell. It is lightly bitter with more weight given to sweetness from the malts.

The body is good. Not light but not heavy. It is just right for this type of beer.

This is closer to a porter than a brown ale, but it still is a good session beer and quite drinkable.

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Photo of bozebus17
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearence: Dark reddish-brown. It has a thin quarter-inch head that lasts the entire glass. There wasn't much lacing to be seen.

Smell-All I smell is heavy malt.

Taste- Big dark malt flavor with a tinge of sweetness.

Mouthfeel- This beer feels watery than it should. The heavy flavor would lead you to believe this beer would have a thick feel, but that is not the case. It may be different on tap, just as the mouthfeel of Guiness is very different from bottle to tap.

Drinkability-I could definitely see having a few of these in an evening, but probably not more than three or four.

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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 oelergud
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark red/brown body, tan head that dissipates evenly fairly quickly, tiny/small bubbled, very little lace.
Smell is well balance, sweet malts with a spiced kick and hoppy overtones, slight caramel smell present.
Malts clearly dominate up front with a caramel flavor giving way to a weak hop note. Very faint nut taste. Aftertaste is a sweet caramel.
Good mouthfeel keeping in mind the style and a potential great session beer if you have a malty tooth.


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Photo of Dogbrick
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty gimmicky name, yes? Pours a dark brown color with a thin beige head. Thin lacing rings. The aroma is nutty and roasty. Medium-bodied with toasted malt, hops and a bit of fruit in the flavor. The finish is lightly malty with just a hint a hops. Overall this is an average Brown Ale.

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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 ALESwhatCURESya
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I feel much better knowing that this beer has been blessed by a Rabbi. This is a very nice beer, but I am having a hard time believing that this is an English Brown Ale. It tastes competely like a bock. It has a cola-like appearance with heavy sweetness in the nose and taste. There is plenty of caramel and sweet malt. A very smooth finish tops this one off. I was very suprised by this one. I guess if I was to rate this strictly sticking to and English Brown Ale style, I may have rated it lower because of its distance from those characteristics.

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Photo of Brent
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

An odd beer. The aroma had some funky, yeasty notes that immediately made me think something almost Belgian-esque was going on. The aroma was fruity, with some vague spicy, medicinal notes. But nothing at all going on in the way of a Belgian style in the flavor. The yeasty notes were not evident, and malt was predominant, but without the nutty or chocolate malt notes I associate with the style. Here, it was more of a slightly hoppy schwarzbier. Hard to peg this beer. Interesting, but not something I plan to come back to.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This stuff was certainly not terrible, but I thought it was kinda weak and empty. The appearance was very nice, pouring a murky reddish brown, with an off-white head and decent, kinda sticky lacing on my glass. From the looks, it just went slowly down hill from there. The smell was a bit sweet and slightly caramel/raisin like. The taste has a little chocolately-ness to it, which is nice, but there seemed to be almost no body. It was quite thin. I don't know.... it just looked and smelled nice, but when it came time to really perform ( taste and mouth feel) it just wasn't there... I'm glad this was given to me and I didn't have to pay for it. Perhaps I should try this stuff again in the future to give it another go.

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Photo of Guinness4me
3.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

We chose this beer after the Simpson's episode where Krusty has his bar mitzvah. This beer poured well with a light head but left no lace on my glass. Bummer.

The smell, while slightly metallic, had a sweet, raisin-like quality.

The taste matched the smell with a carmel sweetness, slight smokiness and a lovely aftertaste of almond and hazelnut. The malt was light and the hops a nice balance. Nice punch of bitterness, too.

This beer is very refreshing and quite drinkable. I wish we had bought two.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.33/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a full pillowy beige head and decent carbonation that leaves nice lace. Light roasty (almost smoky at first) aroma. Nice robust malt flavors without being overly sweet; nice balance with out tasting hops. Medium bodied with a dry malty finish.

A nice robust English brown ale...

Per Label: "A rich and robust dark brown ale"

Per Shmaltz website:
Malts: 2-row, Carapils, Dark Crystal/Caramel 80L, Dark Chocolate, Victory
Hops: Warrior, Cascade, Mt. Hood

'3269' lasered on bottom ('03' emb on bottom)
Tasted: 08/09/04

($7.99 / 6-pack)

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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 lackenhauser
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
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 Sixpack595
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I didn't know jews were known for their beer, and if this beer is any indication of their skills I can see why. To be fair it isn't a bad beer at all. Abit bland, a bit watery, but totally innofensive. Sweet and malty aroma, clean toasty flavor. The body could use a bit more, and everything seems to need a bump up. Seems like a good session beer or a stepping stone for your non-BA Jewish friends.

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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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