Schell's FireBrick | August Schell Brewing Company

BA SCORE
83
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479 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
Ratings:
479
Reviews:
231
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.59%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
57
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 479 |  Reviews: 231
Photo of rabbitguy
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau lager glass from a 12 ounce bottle on May 31, 2015.

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Photo of twb0392
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ri0
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into Pils glass.

A - Burnt amber color with visible carbonation and 2.5 finger white frothy head that left some splashy lacing on the glass.

S - Big toasted malt, bready notes, sweet fruity notes, and floral hops . Pleasant aroma for the style and well-balanced between the malty and hoppy notes.

T - Big bready notes, toasted malt, sweet fruity notes, and a kiss of floral hops.

M- Very smooth, medium body, soft carbonation, and dry.

O - An excellent Vienna lagers. Very well balanced, great aroma, and a very smooth, easy drinker.

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Photo of jesticals
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kguard
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kark
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Metalsnota
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bluto1998
4.71/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Wonderful Vienna style lager, very easy drinking. A few on ice for the yard work or casting a line.

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Photo of jrsaffert
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great representation of a Vienna lager, a style that I think is generally underappreciated.

Beautiful amber color. Solid maltiness. Lightly hopped. Crisp, smooth finish.

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Photo of moundbz
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Riik3
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StanleysCup
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Beautiful golden-amber hue with a one-finger head.

Smell: robust, clean barley aroma with just a hint of esters.

Taste: Awesome maltiness and body that goes down smoothly.

Feel: no bite whatsoever - again, very smooth.

Overall: OMG, I could easily make this my go-to session lager if only it were readily available on the East Coast.

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Photo of ALC82
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jeff1973
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of redleg411
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New review :

Gave this one another spin since I'm a little more experienced with beers now. The review below this one was posted in July of 2013.

Appearance : very thick head, three fingers tall and tightly knit. The body is a dirty honey color. Amber-ish. Beautiful character.

Aroma : toasted grain, amber, clean barley, faint tobacco.

Flavor : honey-infused amber and roasted flavors. Mild roast hop behind everything. Some nuttiness, caramel malts. Out of a glass is much better than the bottle. It's delicious.

Mouthfeel : Alive with carbonation, just enough to make the drink exciting. Finishes clean.

Overall : I like this beer and would even buy a six pack. Better than Boston Lager.

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Night 3 of my birthday gift sampler pack. Tonight I will be reviewing firebrick in a 12 oz bottle.

Smell - toasted barley, bitter sour pilsner grains. Blueberry syrup. Spice.
Lots of character! I honestly get an image of "firebrick" in my head when I smell it.

Taste - Bitter and sour. "Eye-twitching" bitter. Really not used to the style. Can tell you off the cuff I am not a fan here. Some say this beer doesn't represent the style well. I can tell you if the rest of the Vienna's are like this, I'll never drink one again.

I'll try to be subjective though : grass, dirt, wine vinegar. Starting to sound like a Tide commercial. Some yeasty barley.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied yet thin. Carbonated zing.

Overall - Gross? I won't be trying this again. I'm sure this beer is great for its style (300 beer reviewers can't be wrong?), however it is definitely not one I'll be coming back for. A class "A" nominee for drain pour.

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Photo of jwenzel019
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BPMeyer27
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wer34truh
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber color with a one-finger large white head.

Smells of sweet bread and herbs.

As expected from Schell, and the German brewing tradition, the taste is very subdued, and mouthfeel very light. Drinkable, tolerable, and forgetable.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a single bottle into an imperial pint

A: clear copper with a 1 finger khaki head
S: toasty malts, hoppy edge, overall lots of grain
T: lots of toasted breadiness, some round caramel notes, a little spicy hops, and then an extra boost of sweetness at the end...very nice, well put together
M: moderate carbonation, a little thin and watery to be ideal to me, but this is an easy drinker and it is full of great malty flavors
Overall: Well done, August Schell.

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Photo of Goodspeed83
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FFATS
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LeeEvolved
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Leag0002
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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