Schell's FireBrick
August Schell Brewing Company

Schell's FireBrickSchell's FireBrick
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From:
August Schell Brewing Company
 
Minnesota, United States
Style:
Vienna Lager
Ranked #61
ABV:
5%
Score:
84
Ranked #24,658
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 13.24%
Reviews:
252
Ratings:
274
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 26, 2022
Added:
Feb 17, 2002
Wants:
  39
Gots:
  71
SCORE
84
Good
Schell's FireBrickSchell's FireBrick
Notes: 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.
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Ratings by Octoberist:
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Rated by Octoberist from Pennsylvania

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

Mar 02, 2018
More User Ratings:
 
Rated: 4.43 by superwho24 from Arkansas

Mar 26, 2022
 
Rated: 3.43 by slimntubbs from Pennsylvania

Oct 31, 2021
 
Rated: 3.56 by d5001986 from Wisconsin

Oct 07, 2021
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Reviewed by Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
12 oz can, dated 1/10/21.

Medium amber with brilliant clarity. Creamy white head that hangs around for a while and leaves behind patchy lacing.

Deep malt aroma that borders on being too rich upon tasting. Light floral hops try to provide balance, but the malt reigns supreme. Clean, medium-full bodied. Finishes a little on the sweet side.
Jul 09, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin

Jun 29, 2021
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz can best by date July 1, 2021 poured into a 16oz pint glass. I also drank one straight outa the can.
Look: Pours a gorgeous clear deep dark copper amber with a rather tall head that eventually becomes soapy on the outside. Minimal spotty lacing.
Smell: caramel, malts, grains and a little bread.
Taste: Tart, raisins, sweet, hop, malt, hop oil. Light smoke dances around in it all. Kind of resiny for it's style and there's a little more smoke at the end again.
Feel: It has a mouth feel that is slippery, soft, firm, a little bit sticky, and has a med-long red tang finish. It is lightly and nicely carbonated.
Overall a very smooth, drinkable beer that is good for it's style and it is consistently brewed.
May 13, 2021
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Reviewed by Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours amber white frothy head.
Smell is caramel and a little roast. Maybe some dark fruits in there.
Taste is following the nose. Pretty clean and drinkable tho.
Got this one in the old mix pack too that I sat around drinking while buddies appendix almost burst.
Cheers to you schells and your tasty lagers. They are underrated to be sure!
Feb 13, 2021
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I got a can of this beer off the single shelf from a beer store in LaCrosse, WI. It poured a clear amber with off white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had caramel malt notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with caramel forward base and nice subtle bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a great beer .
Nov 14, 2020
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Rated by Poops from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Malty, a little sweet, typical Schell's bite. Subtle hops and fruit. One of my favorites. Good price for a craft beer too.
Oct 22, 2020
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Pours a deep, clear, amber color with a white head. SRM of 14. (4.00)

Aroma: Aromas of grassy caramel, brown bread/toast, toffee, and moderate amount of phenolic sharpie which is reminiscent of a touch of red fruit. But not much hops here. Don't be fooled. Or malts for that matter. Mostly earthy caramel and brown bread. A cream sweetness. Smells very English. (3.25)

Flavor: Mild flavor. Some faint caramel and bread. Earthy. A touch of tart raisin and red fruit. Finishes clean and dry. Again, strong phenolic and sharpie flavors giving a slight cherry profile. Malty and no hops. (3.25)

Feel: Lighter bodied. Clean. Decent carbonation. Crisp enough, but allows the malts to come through without being too sweet. (3.75)

Compared to Abita Amber 4/25/20: Pours an identical color with a stronger head. More caramel flavors. Less toast and wheat bread. A stronger carbonation. Similar sweetness.

Compared to Odell's Isolation Ale 2/4/21: Pours a slightly lighter and more orange color. More brown bread/toast, and caramel notes. Slightly more toast, caramel, and Vienna crema flavors. Very similar and hard to differentiate.

to SA Boston Lager 12/16/21: Pours a similar appearance. Milder aromas. More toasted bread and vienna malt. Less bready, red fruit, and cinnamon roll. Milder.

Overall: It's nice and clean, but the flavors are lacking. Some English and German flavors with strong phenols, alcohol, and sharpie flavors. Malty for sure though. Reminds me of a milder German Bock. Very much lighter than even a Boston Lager though. I don't know if I could peg this as a Vienna off the top of my head. It's pretty good, but nothing great. (Final Rating: 3.40)
*Compare to Boston Lager or Anchor Steam
Apr 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.14 by TheLuckiestMan from Minnesota

Jan 13, 2020
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Reviewed by marcobrau from Illinois

3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours amber with plenty of foam that settles to a thin collar of bubbles. Smells of creamed corn and a hint of toffee. Straightforward barley malt flavor laced with a touch of toasted marshmallow sweetness. Balanced with just the tiniest hint of hop bitterness. Finishes a bit thin and sweet. Very drinkable despite the sweetness.
Sep 10, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by craigbelly from Iowa

Sep 04, 2019
 
Rated: 3.63 by socon67 from New York

Jul 31, 2019
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Reviewed by detgfrsh from Texas

3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
From a 12oz bottle. Copper color with white head. Smells of roasted malts and caramel. Medium feel. Roasted malt and caramel with some floral hops on the finish. A very good Vienna lager.
Jun 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Pfishin28 from South Dakota

Apr 28, 2019
 
Rated: 3.97 by mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

Apr 01, 2019
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Reviewed by bbtkd from South Dakota

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Schell's Firebrick, 5% ABV. Pours pale red, with a one finger white head. Nose is bread and light fruit. Taste is bready roast malt with moderate bitterness. Decent mouthfeel, though light carbonation. Overall good.
Jan 30, 2019
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bright, copper-colored body; thick, creamy head; sticky globs of frothy foam clinging to the glass inside. Respectable caramel malt aroma with a touch of ester fruitiness; faint toasted grain element. Fine malt-based flavor; a tad sweet with some mild nut-like character; fair hop bitterness. Medium-heavy body; crisp and warm on the palate.

A solid Vienna lager.
Dec 09, 2018
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Best by date stamped on bottle's neck is '030319'.
Pale amber colored beer, with a hint of red. One finger of off white head recedes to scattered islands and a ring. No real lacing left behind.
Aroma is slightly toasted malt and rich caramel. Slight fruity hops.
Taste is malty, with a caramel emphasis and a bit of nuttiness. Backed up by floral, spicy hops.
Medium mouth feel, and the touch is quite smooth. Okay carbonation.
Easy drinking lager with more aroma and taste than a macro lager.
Dec 01, 2018
 
Rated: 4.13 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Nov 24, 2018
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Reviewed by SB2017 from Iowa

3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Beautiful color saves this otherwise mediocre beer. It smells slightly malty with a metallic note to it, but mostly like clean lager. The taste is unfortunately nondescript. Very hard to pull any notes out besides a mild sweet maltiness.
Nov 21, 2018
 
Rated: 3.94 by dnmyrick from Minnesota

Oct 27, 2018
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Rated by love2ride from Nebraska

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!
Oct 23, 2018
 
Rated: 3.9 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

Sep 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by SaintTent from Minnesota

Sep 23, 2018
 
Rated: 3.48 by WDJersey from Colorado

Sep 15, 2018
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Reviewed by MNAle from Minnesota

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.
Aug 27, 2018
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Reviewed by Martin194 from Iowa

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.
Aug 16, 2018
 
Rated: 3.78 by cwb14 from Wisconsin

Jul 24, 2018
 
Rated: 3.96 by BenjaGrif from Iowa

Jul 22, 2018
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Reviewed by wl2bill from Wisconsin

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.
May 30, 2018
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Reviewed by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

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.
May 05, 2018
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Reviewed by StephenM from Iowa

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
Apr 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.13 by HopliteMpls612 from Minnesota

Mar 26, 2018
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Reviewed by dcotom from Iowa

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.
Mar 23, 2018
 
Rated: 3.8 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota

Feb 26, 2018
 
Rated: 3.4 by classixIII from Pennsylvania

Feb 05, 2018
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Rated by Nate507 from Minnesota

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.
Dec 21, 2017
Schell's FireBrick from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 526 ratings