Schell's FireBrick | August Schell Brewing Company

Schell's FireBrickSchell's FireBrick
BA SCORE
3.69/5
485 Ratings
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:
#29,399
Reviews:
232
Ratings:
485
pDev:
13.55%
Bros Score:
4.27
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
59
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 485 |  Reviews: 232
Photo of Bluegrass49
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Clear, dark amber color with a tan 2-finger head. I was really surprised at how smooth and refreshing this one tasted. Perfect combination of maltiness and hops. Can't wait to have another.

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Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.46/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint at ~40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a lovely, bright, crystal-clear burnished copper, and forms about a finger or so of fluffy, vaguely off-white but just barely, head. Bubbles stream up continuously from the bottom. Lacing is insanely good, draping the sides of the glass in walls of tightly-packed bubbles with occasional holes and ridges.

Smell: Bread. Warm, dark, crusty bread, with honeyed biscuit, toffee, white pepper, and something floral.

Taste: The floral aroma is definitely present in the flavor, from start to finish, though not significantly enough to trigger my Wall-O-Hops-And-Nothing-Else response - which means for non-supertasters, it's probably just this side of "detectable". Rolling along beneath and around the florality comes the dark bread and biscuit, which taste like they want to be sweet (and likely would be for someone other than me). Toffee is present as well, around the edges, and there's some mild, faint tinge of raisin frolicking about in the distance. The aftertaste lingers as flowers and bread, like a blooming vase left on a kitchen table strewn with crumbs where a loaf was just devoured.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light in body with a good deal of sparkly carbonation, with no watery breakdown at any point during the drinking process.

Overall: That's a damned good Vienna lager - up there near Eliot Ness. I'll be tracking this down again.

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Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of einman
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dave2234
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sweffin
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JohnnyLaw
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Light copper color. Tastes great, and feels light. Nice everyday beer.

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Photo of jerryous
4.73/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my go-to dollar beers. A tasty, malty lager that pairs really well with vegetarian dishes.

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Photo of MrUse
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.04/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Dark brown and burnt copper color, thin head, decent lace. Super faint nutty caramel, toffee thing going on.

Taste was roasted malt more than expected, but pulled off smoothly. A little heavier than a Vienna Lager, this one goes into Oktoberfest territory.

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Photo of Rawwie
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Josholson666
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nuebs
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of maedhros09
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark copper-amber with about two fingers of off-white head that settles to a film with a smidge of lacing.
Smell: Caramelly bready, softly fruity (apples? pears?)
Taste: Taste mirrors the nose. Soft, round flavors. Lightly sweet and malty with a balancing herbal bitterness in the finish.
Feel: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation but smooth.

Overall: Firebrick must have been one of the first "craft" beers I tried when I came of age. I remember liking it then, and I like it now. It has a very nice round, aromatic maltiness that is lightly sweet but not cloying, and great balance in the finish. Compared to the Great Lakes Eliot Ness, which I also really like, I feel like the Schell's is a bit mellower in flavor with more bitterness in the finish. Consistent with its lower ABV (5% vs. 6.2%) it is more sessionable than the Eliot Ness.

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Photo of ta_hagen
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best Vienna style beer out there for sure... Try it and tell me I'm wrong?... Go and get any other Vienna style beer and compare it to this one and see how it play's out... This Firebrick will beat any other beer on the market in it's class. It's just wonderful!... It's maltiness combined with a hint of hoppy taste that creates a mild-Best craft Vienna beer with a peppery spice, and some dark fruit notes to play with the heavy, toasted malt... Cheers for sure!

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Photo of Evilyak
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sometimes you read the description from the brewer and wonder if they switched labels. this one's pretty spot on:

"an amber-red hue" - yup. sticky head and and clear, reddish-brown color. nothing remarkable here, but clearly defined.

"subtle maltiness combined with a hint of hoppy taste that creates a mild, pleasantly drinkable beer" - pretty much. smells clean and malty. tastes the same. nothing hanging around afterwards, no untoward or unusual flavors, just simple and easy to quaff.

i'd never think that i need to get some firebrick, but it's the kind of thing that you go back to every once in a while and think "that's a damn fine beer".

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.46/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light brown with a moderate head. The aromas are straight up toasty malt. The flavor is more complex, bringing a peppery spice, and some dark fruit notes to play with the heavy, toasted malt. The mouthfeel is light ad refreshing. Overall this is a delicious beer, and excellent in style.

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Photo of Hendrick24
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yankeejw
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bismarksays
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jpuetz
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Schell's FireBrick from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 485 ratings
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