Schell's FireBrick | August Schell Brewing Company

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Schell's FireBrickSchell's FireBrick
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
schellsbrewery.com

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
FireBrick was introduced in 1999, and is named after the bricks that line Schell's old boilers. It is the culmination of an effort to bridge the gap between the "popular-tasting" beers and the heartier, hand-crafted ones.
FireBrick is a refreshing all-malt lager with an amber-red hue that reflects the feeling of the brewery itself.

It has been described by Ted Marti as having a "subtle maltiness combined with a hint of hoppy taste that creates a mild, pleasantly drinkable beer." It is made with four specialty malts, along with Vanguard, Chinook and Hallertau hops.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-17-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,950
Reviews:
240
Ratings:
504
pDev:
13.51%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
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Trade:
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Photo of dnmyrick
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of love2ride
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a red beer should taste like. It could have a bit stronger taste but it is a tasty red beer. Two thumbs up!

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SaintTent
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WDJersey
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MNAle
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a footed pilsner glass. Abundant caramel aroma, slightly smoky. Excellent appearance as it is poured directly to the bottom of the glass, with the very tall head rising from the bottom to a 2 inch slightly off-white to tan thick and creamy head that lingers, receding quite slowly while leaving a thick lacing. Golden amber with plenty of small rising bubbles. The pilsner glass shows off this beer to excellent effect. Very flavorful, dominated by the caramel malts with smoky hints. Smooth and moderate (not thin at all) feel. Slightly bitter on the initial taste, moderating in the middle, leading to some bitterness in the aftertaste, but the malts remain throughout. (Based on some of the reviews, the hops were better represented than I was anticipating.) Well balanced. Recommended for those looking for a well-done American-brewed Vienna-style lager.

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Photo of Martin194
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Clear, rather light-looking amber with a fluffy, off-white head.

Smell: Warm malts, hops, bit of a roasty, smoky scent.

Taste: More of the smokiness, along with subtle, sort of earthy malts and hints of hops throughout. Leaves a kind of sourdough aftertaste.

Feel: Light body, pretty normal carbonation, leaves a dry but crisp mouthfeel.

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Photo of cwb14
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenjaGrif
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wl2bill
4.78/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Copper color with a tan head. Herbal hop smell, tannin also. Taste sweet smoky with a tannin finish. This is the measuring stick for all Vienna layers in my book.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very clear amber color. The head was slightly off white, frothy, 1 finger. The retention is average, and there's minimal lacing on the glass.
The nose has a slight smoke to the malty aroma.
Taste - This is where this beer shines. There's a slight smoke flavor, that lingers. I also get some sweetness in there as well. Not too much in the hop department.
Feel - decent. Not really watery, but not thick either.
Solid beer from Schell's. I do recommend this one. It is easy drinking with a great flavor.

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Photo of StephenM
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper appearance with thin head
Aroma mild sweet, grain, slight floral hop
Taste is sweet malt with caramel, ester, floral, balanced bitter hip flavor
Mouthfeel light, creamy, clean finish
Overall a smooth, very drinkable, refreshing lager with pleasing flavor

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Photo of HopliteMpls612
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcotom
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a vintage Vasold Pilsener glass. There isn't much to complain about as far as appearance is concerned. The clear, deep-copper colored body rests beneath a thick, long-lasting eggshell-white head that leaves scads of lacing as it creeps down the side of the glass. Big aromas and flavors of caramel, dark bread, and spicy hops, with a bit of fruity tartness and a little alcohol heat coming through as the beer warms. Medium mouthfeel, on the silky side, with a peppery and spicy bitterness on the finish. Not getting the lack of love for this because it is one fine Vienna lager.

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Photo of Octoberist
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of classixIII
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nate507
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If you like Carmel Vienna malt, this will not disappoint.

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Photo of FBarber
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber hued brown color. Mostly clear with lots of effervescence initially that gradually dies off. Two finger off-white head dissipates slowly and never completely. Thin complete layer of off-white foam remains on the beer along with lots of sticky white lacing. Very very nice looking beer.

Aroma has some roasted malt notes, bread, caramel, and a touch of biscuit.

Taste is very malt forward as you'd expect. Notes of caramel malt, dark fresh bread, with some slight sweetness in noted throughout through. Floral hops throughout are certainly present in the palate with a hint of bitterness on the finish.

Feel is medium to full bodied coating the mouth and lingering on the tongue. Moderate vibrant carbonation. Smooth finish.

Overall this is an outstanding Vienna lager - particularly for an American made one.

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Photo of Krusader
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beergorrilla
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of yat282
2.48/5  rDev -33%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Monsterbaitor
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper amber hue. Slight malty caramel smell. The Vienna Malt steals the show with a bit floral and bready biscuity flavor. The hops are subtle and overall this is well balanced. All schells beers seem to be very drinkable and this is no exception. Good example of an underrated style.

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Photo of TonyTwins
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 22Blue
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Schell's FireBrick from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 504 ratings