Schell's FireBrick | August Schell Brewing Company

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Schell's FireBrickSchell's FireBrick

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

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.

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Reviews: 232 | Ratings: 470
Photo of jsh420
2.19/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

best by 10/19/09

pours amber clear with a 1 finger head that left no lacing

smells like your average lager - carmel malts and some earthy hops

taste is bad - bitter macro malts

moutfeel is very over carbonated

drinkability is bad - bad taste with a sharp bite = drain pour

well my 4th out of the schell sample 6er and they are 2-4

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Photo of jjanega08
2.39/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A= pours an orange amber color with a smaller head and no lacing.
S= Hmmmm really just sort of smells like an empty bottle.
T= hmmmm really just sort of tastes like an empty bottle. There's some metallic taste as well for some reason
M= Average all around
D= not too great. I wanted to like it. maybe I just had a bad sixer???? not too great

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.44/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear red color with a small cream white head. The aroma is thoroughly unimpressive. Faint malt tones can be detected through a cardboard backbone, but only if you concentrate extremely hard. The taste is a lot like the smell, but without the cardboard. It's mildly sweet and very wet. The mouthfeel is far too thin for a vienna lager. Overall, I'm not enjoying this beer. It is smooth and goes down easily, so I can see how certain demographics could find it enjoyable.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.48/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Originally reviewed on September 24, 2005. Poured from a bottle on the Beer Train. Orange-amber pour, with white head. Stinky malt aroma. Dry dusty old malt flavor. Finish doesn’t exist. This beer has no value, as it's full of off-notes, corn fusels and water. In theory this is worse than some swills, because it's overrated and falls flat on it's face for the style.

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Photo of sudz42
2.51/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'm befuddled by the praising reviews as this beer is nothing more than an amped-up macro lager with more malt than say, Bud. The hops are macro acrid as in bitter, not floral or zesty like a good hopped beer.

The saving grace of this beer is that it's served on Northwest Airlines domestic flights, and it got me over my worst turbulence nerves going out and coming home. At $5 a can I was hoping it would deliver and at 5% alcohol it does the trick.

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Photo of bucko
2.61/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours extremely clear and copper/red in color with a dense, off-white head that fades quickly. The aroma is severely lacking. I don't smell anything here that I might not smell in a macro, unfortunately. I detect faint grassy tones and perhaps a bit of corn, despite the fact that this is an all-malt lager. The taste isn't bad, but isn't as good as it could be, either. Hints of roastiness and spice work well with the flavor, but it's far more diminished than I would hope for. The mouthfeel is weak and watery. If the bitterness weren't there, I don't think I'd want to drink this. Overall, not as good as what I've come to expect from Schell, but still better than most macros.

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Photo of sauron681
2.77/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice medium amber color. Very inviting.
A very light muddy/earthy aroma, plus somewhat sweet.
Nice head that calms down at an acceptable rate.
The lacing wasnt much, but was around for a while.
Close to no mouthfeel, I couldnt determine how it felt, neither thick, creamy, or slick. Basically to me no initial flavor whatsoever.
After going down, there was a predominant bitter dry aftertaste, much like an import pilsner. A decent beer if you have a meal to go with it.

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Photo of jackndan
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Schell FireBrick: If this beer’s not flat, then it’s the least carbonated beer I’ve ever had. Name is dead on, however, this is a fire brick red beer in appearance. Malt aroma is very apparent, and there is a malt sweetness to this beer, but there is an unpleasant sourness as well. Not worth your while.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

She’s a brick…house. Pours a coppery color with good clarity and some lighter golden hues in the light. The head was pour with big bubbles and quickly faded. No lacing really to speak of.

The smell is malty with a caramel kick. A grainy touch with a sprinkle of what I think is crystal, but its rather limited. Some fruity esters with a spicey nod at the end. Maybe a mix of yeast.

The taste is limited overall. The malt presence is light and wisp and then fades from there. Rather bland malt with basic flavor. Some lighter caramel malts if you look for them. Not much of a finish, but there is a dry feeling which may cover up some.

The body is light and really deters the taste. Overall it’s a boring brick house.

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Photo of goblue3509
2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with a thin head that disappates quickly with no lacing. The aroma is of caramel malts and maybe a hint of hoppiness, the aroma is kinda faint and hard to get to. The taste is of caramel malt backbone and a little toastiness, along with a slight hop bite. The mouthfeel is very carbonated and fizzy. Overall the drinkability is okay, you could have a couple, but there are better beers in this style out there. A little faint in the aroma and taste department.

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Photo of therica
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought in the 6-pack Sampler. Very disappointing.

Appearance-- nice amber with a light-brown thick foamy head. Looked great.

Smell-- gentle scent of dried grasses.

Taste-- No taste in the foam-- very disappointing. The beer didn't prove much better. Burning carbonation on the back of my throat, not really over-carbonated, just something that wasn't all that pleasant. Very lackluster taste, overall. I kept searching for the malts. HIdden remnants of what might be some mild stale hops-bitters. The finish was.... well, I was so tired of this by the last gulp that I dumped my stein in the grass.

Mouthfeel-- distant feelings of some residual hops bitterness if I focus on it. Constant foamy belching and basically a very boring nothing.

Drinkability-- too boring to drink much of this. It's fairly drinkable but .... not worth the time.

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Photo of daaru
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

my second beer by schell's, and while it is an improvement on the first--the caramel bock--it too is a bit of a cipher: looks good (amber-red in a pint glass, with a very quickly dissipating head), has a better aroma than the bock, but on the palate it is a bit of a nothing. nothing complex about the flavours or the finish. nice mouthfeel and quite drinkable but completely middle of the road. i don't know much about vienna style lagers, which this purports to be, so can't say if it is a good example of the style. i would drink it again, but i would not buy it to stock at home.

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Photo of DaCheesehead
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle: Aroma is sweet grainy malt, hay, toasted, very light malt backing poking through with a grassy note but way in the background. Appearance is a clear amber with a thick off white head that diminishes after a few minutes. Taste is nicely malty, slightly metallic, and a lot mellower than the aroma. Aftertaste has the more of the roasted, toasted an caramel note of the malts. OVerall, Decent to Average. Cheers!

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

FireBrick pours a dark reddish color with a decent sized head. The aroma is non-existent. The taste has a harsh malt backbone and finishes with a very grainy taste. Nice body, unusual flavors. Overall its a bit harsh, and has some adjunct like flavors.

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Photo of schellsbeer
2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the brewery that I get my BA name, I am sorry to say that this is my least favorite beer from Schell's.

Pours a medium to dark brown orange color. When I get to the taste, I need to complain. This beer has a funky aftertaste that I don't really enjoy. Really noticable when one gets to the bottom 1/4 of the bottle. Overall, just not for me since I am a Porter and Stout guy.

Shell' have made better but I won't hold this against you. Keep up the great work. Fantaistic that Minnesota has the 2nd oldest family brewery in the USA.

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Photo of gmfessen
2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Pilsner glass, Firebrick is a clear, rusty amber brown color with a thin, carbonated off-white head. The nose is all but absent; I may have served this a little too cold. The taste is all malt; sweet caramel, toasty bread and a touch of molasses. There is a slight metalic tinge too. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with the carbonation also leaning that way. Overall, not impressed. Not a bad beer but very generic and un-memorable.

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Photo of BierFan
2.96/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Printed freshness date of "051009". Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear dark orange/reddish brown in color. Modest off-white head.

Smell: Nothing but malts in the aroma. I was hoping for a decent hoppiness, but it isn't there.

Taste: Caramel malts with a mild hop bitterness.

I think I might have had my expectations too high for this beer as I'm a fan of other Vienna lagers like Bohemia and Sam Adams Boston Lager.

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Photo of brewQ
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An energetic pour shows red/brown hues, in line with the Vienna Style.
The aroma, though feint, is of roasted malt.

Taste is flat- no malt v. hop interplay apparent.
Taste fades into a lackluster finish.

Drinkability is overdone on this brew, it has been emasculated.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a very light, refreshing session beer. It has an amber color with an off-white head. There is just a slight maltiness to the aroma and taste. The hop presence was really unnoticable. I find it odd that this beer just took a bronze metal at the GABF for the American-Style Amber Lager when August Schell sells it as a Vienna-Style Lager. I do find that it fits more into the style of American-Style Amber Lager than a Vienna-Style Lager.

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Photo of brdc
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark orange color with minimal white head that fades quickly leaving minimal lacing.
It has a faint small of malt and hops, nothing special or more definite about it.
It has a delicate sweet taste, with citrus hints, and a minimally hopped finish.
Very easy to drink like most Vienna Lagers, but nothing really special here.

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Photo of perfectkaos
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy dark orange color with just a hint of head.
the aroma from this baby is definitely unique, smells sort of honeyish, but very hard to describe.

a malty taste with some fruity notes to it as well. there is a bit of a metallic after taste, but no where near the horribleness of Stone Mill Organic.

an interesting beer, but not really my style. it is very drinkable, though, and im glad that i took the opportunity to try it out.

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Photo of hero27
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Golden-orange color..initial foamy head dies quickly..very little retention or lacing. Heavy diacetyl..buttery, metallic taste. Somewhat smooth going down, if you can get through the somewhat off-flavors. Fairly light mouthfeel, with a finish that can do the job of quenching your thirst, but fails to impress.

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Photo of bashiba
3.02/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a nice dark amber with very small head which disappears in a second.

Smell is a nice sweet malt with a little toastyness.

Taste isn't bad, some sweet malt and toast flavors with very little hop bitterness at all, just a little watery and lacking.

Mouthfeel is very slick and watery, not real great.

Drinkability is fine, nothing bad to say about this beer other than it just falls a little short in the flavor department

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light caramel colored beer has a 2-finger, sherbert head that falls fast t a thin layer. Nose is faint and like orange marmelade.

Woah sweetness! In keeping with the orange motife, this has a light tangerine tasting SWEET malt flavor. There is almost no discernable bitterness, just a kind of sugary sting that has more to do with carbonation.

Mouthfeel is mid bodied and highly carbonated.

An easy drinker, but it felt more like soda than beer. Honestly, I don't know how I feel about this one. I feel like the imbalance is kind of understandable, since the bittering/ hopping of these beers often feels like a forced issue. It is at least an interesting beer and I finished mine off pretty quick.

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Photo of burnheartsMKE
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a party beer. I could see this in the hands of a couple cool kids rocking-up to a house party with their own “good” beers.

Golden head with a nice top.

Cheap hop with a slight sun-struck skunk on the nose with a toasted slice of bread lingering in the background.
Carmel corn flavor gives way to a familiar metallic taste; retro beers. In my mouth it reminds me of a pimped-up Schlitz; cozy, unpretentious and just easy to to drink.

Not something to search for, but not to be turned away either.

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Schell's FireBrick from August Schell Brewing Company
3.68 out of 5 based on 470 ratings.
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