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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-17-2002

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a soft, white head that forms a thin, white layer atop the liquid. Sweet malt aroma with a lot of nice, floral hops. Amber-burnt sienna color that has an orange quality to it. Starts a touch tart from carbonation and floral hops, moves quickly into a MASSIVE malt middle, a flash of hop bitterness, and it all mellows in the finish, where the floral hops and a touch of bitterness comes through, but malt dominates.

This is really, really nice. There is just a touch of hops to make you happy, but the malt is so fantastic and well balanced throughout. It's just miles and miles of smooth malt. It's just a nice, silky mouthfeel, too!

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Tasted On: 10-14-2012
Freshness: Best by 11-26-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Willi Becher
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Clear beer, dark copper in color. The white head starts at 3 fingers and shows very good lacing and retention.

S: Aromas are rich, malty and sweet, with a dose of earthy hops.

T: Clean lager taste of sweet caramel malts. Simple yet flavorful and delicious.

M: Crisp feel with moderate carbonation. Aftertastes are malty, with just enough hop presence to make a good balance. Body is medium.

O: An excellent, easy-drinking lager from Schell's. It reminded me of an Oktoberfest beer. If I had access to this I could see it being a fridge staple!

Thanks to fLax for this one!

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber/copper orange with a small white head. Not much lacing.

S: Sweet, nicely toasted malt. Biscuit. Slight spice/hop twang to it.

T: Carmel and semi sweet toasted malt. Lots of biscuit and toasty flavors. A bit of hop bitterness keeps you coming back for more. Finishes a tad sweet, but still fairly crisp.

M: Light to medium body. Good amount of carbonation.

O: Good drinkability. If you like malty lagers, this is for you. Better than Sam Adams Boston Lager. Another great lager from Schells.

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Schell's FireBrick from August Schell Brewing Company
3.68 out of 5 based on 479 ratings.
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