Schell's Hopfenmalz | August Schell Brewing Company

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Schell's HopfenmalzSchell's Hopfenmalz
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
schellsbrewery.com

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by KarlHungus on 02-08-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
143
Reviews:
94
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
10.68%
 
 
Wants:
10
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2
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Ratings: 143 |  Reviews: 94
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by the other Matt last night, thanks! A totally under the radar beer for me. Love it. At the time of this review, this is the #2 American Amber / Red Lager on the beeradvocate best of styles list. Very awesome.

Beer is amber with a slight haze, white bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation, overall plain looking but good.

Beer smells sweet with hint of candy hops with mild fruitiness, the lager aroma comes through nicely.

The beer is sweeter than it probably should be and the bitterness is pretty mild. That being said it is a pretty good little lager here. Nice yeast component in the middle, I just find myself wanting something more in the hops department. I'd have it again.

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Photo of mjryan
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold colour. Bready malts and aromatic hops (floral and citrus) in the aroma. Sharp hop attack at first that leads into bready malts and finishes with a drying bitterness. Light bodied and very easy to drink. Ive seen Firebrick in twelve packs cans in the past, and I would love to see this and the rest of their stellar craft lineup in cans as well.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of I2uss
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mattfungus
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of darky
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jsprain1
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an orange amber, head is one finger-off white. One fat ring of lacing.
S- Smell is a pleasant balance of slightly caramelly malts and a peach/apricot type aroma. There is also a light doughy character to it.
T- Slightly sweet but not too much so. It is more toasty and bready in the flavor and less caramel. That light peach note is there too, particularly in the finish. The hops open up well, with a light citric bite.
M- Light body, slightly sharp carbonation balances out midsip.
O- A very pleasant lager. Would make a very good all-night beer. Easily drinkable, well balanced, low alcohol. All around, quite nice.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transcribed from my notebook.

Amber with orangish tints around the edges and a nice two finger head that leaves some medium lacing, lighter bodied and very thirst-quenchingly sessionable, smells lightly of a nice mixture of floral and herbal hop tones on top of a medium-light strength bread-tinged malt scent. Taste is clean as a lager ought to be, with absolutely no trace of metallic off-flavors, a standard lagered caramel malt flavor persists nicely finished off with some hopping.

Since I seem to have to nitpick *something* in just about every review I do as of lately: I would say that for a brew named Hopfenmalz, I was expecting it to be further into the hoppier end of the balance spectrum than it delivered. Still, the hopping that exists in this brew has been done thoughtfully accents the malt bill well...so when judged as an Amber Lager, it still works really quite well. For the low ABV, it manages to hold together a relatively nice amount of flavor.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finger of white, creamy foam over a clear deep orange brew.

* Spritzy carbonation- nose is clean lager yeast, light malt, and spicy hops.

* Flavor is malt-forward sweetish, bready, even a bit fruity, with herbal/peppery hops off the back.

* Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a grassy hop aftertaste.

According to the August Schell website, their Hopfenmalz is a bit of a hybrid- sort of a hopped up lager.
I've heard it will be replacing their Pale Ale, and as such it seems a better fit - playing to their strengths as expert brewers
of German styles, yet still distinct enough to break out of the pack. Very nice...

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Photo of JackieTH
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden with two fingers of white foam.

Smell: A nice mix of bready, grainy malt and herbal, lemony, citrus hop.

Taste: Strong biscuity, bready backbone supports a nice, almost spicy, lemony citrus hop. It's quite hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp.

Drinkability: Tasty, easy to drink. Nicely balanced. A little bit different than your standard hoppy brew.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smallish white head topping off a copper colored body brew. Pretty good lace trails. Hoppy scent, pretty citric. Caramel malts also present.

Light malt taste, floral/bitter hops fairly dominant, also a bit of spice thrown in the mix. Thin to medium mouth.

Apparently this is brewed with lager yeast, which kind of explains some of the taste, but it also seems like it kind of emulates a style usually found in the ales. Interesting beer and tasty.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle

Schell's Hopfenmalz was orange in color and a bit hazy. It had a white head with decent retention and lacing. The smell was hoppy with some light malt. The taste was noble hops upfront with some light malt. The finish was dry with more hop flavor. The mouthfeel was good with a medium body and medium carbonation. The drinkability was good as well. This is a tasty lager and worth trying out.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber with a thin white head that thins out but remains almost full. Some thin lacing.
Smell is lightly toasted and spiced malts, with some faint, grassy hops following. Some buttery notes towards the end, as well as some notes of cinnamon and a hint of toffee.
Taste is bitter hops and crackery malts, with the hops coming in a bit heavier. Malt carry, getting thinner towards the finish. Some faint peppery notes near the finish. Touch of barley.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light-bodied, with a dry finish. Just right for this style.
Drinkability is very good. Refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at the 150th anniversary pub crawl in downtown New Ulm.

This beer pours about 1 finger of creamy off white head. Decent retention leaving some splattered lace. Color is a lighter colored caramel.

Aroma: This beer is already reminding me of their pale ale, which is pretty hoppy for a pale ale. Lots of floral notes and citrus characteristics, some bready malts and caramel notes.

Taste: Again, it reminds me a lot their pale ale. Very hoppy beer. A big floral taste to it with a grapefruit citrus blend. The malts are caramel and bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and somewhat smooth. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends sticky and somewhat dry.

Overall, it is really tough seeing how this beer got voted the best of the series. I like it because of the hops, but I can't see people in New Ulm enjoying it that much. Maybe a lot of people outside of the city voted. Anyways, it was a decent beer that was drinkable like their lagers, but hoppy like their pale ale.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - pours a golden coler not red.
smell - good beer smell mostly malts
taste - average taste nothing special going on here..
mouthfeel - Smooth tasting lager.
drinkability - I always hear good things about Schell and am often disappointed. This beer is actually good,

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Photo of dbossman
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, dark-golden hue with a slow forming, frothy head; lacing is intricate but it does eventually collapse

S: Clean grainy quality with a slight citrus hop element; overall just very subtle with nothing to excite or offend

T: Much more flavor than expected from the aroma; a good balance of graininess and subtle citrus and floral from hops

F: Slightly thin but fairly well controlled

D: A very good lager from Schell; a wonderful session option

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Photo of herman77
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant orange marmalade with a decent beige colored head. Pretty good clarity. Not really any lacing, very thin if any.

S: Typical lager smell with more bready malt and a touch of floral and earthy hops. A hint of toffee.

T: Great combo of biscuity malt and floral hops backed up by a nice lager taste. Nothing offensive at all. Nice crisp, semi-dry finish.

M/D: Light to medium body. A little on the higher carbonation side, a little bit of bite to it as well. Great drinkability. Nice and clean, crisp. Good balance. Very refreshing. Easily drink many of these.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 071810 on the neck, and 9342 julian date on the bottom. I'm guessing 7/18/10 is the best by, and 9-342 (Dec. '09) could be the production date.

Hazy golden orange sunset, trails of carbonation rising through. Creamy soft cap of foam, about one finger's width. Retention is good, as the head is unbroken after a few sips. Flecks of lace adhere to the sides of the glass, and on a second pour, the foam creates a sticky sheet of lacing.

Hops are a little skunky at first, becoming more floral over time. Mildly spicy and bready.

The flavor has a sustained hop bitterness to it, bready with a crackery pilsner malt presence. Soft and easy going. Notes of honey, wildflowers, drying herbal hops in the finish. Caramel malt also figures largely into the backbone of this beer. Overall it's a solid beer if not unremarkable. Seems a bit held back by tradition and all that..

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Photo of beagle75
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with over one finger of white foam head that collapses to a lofty and persistent pad. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Toasted bread and caramel, with a trace sulfurous edge.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with crisp pale malt and grassy herbaceous hop aromatics. Breadiness gains depth in the middle after moderate carbonic acidity fades. Moderate herbaceous bitterness develops in the finish, showing some endearing floral notes as well.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and smooth on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This amber lager is not only well executed, but also boldly executed for the style. Hop qualities are nuanced but very much in appropriate balance to the clean, Munich-centered malt component. It is interesting and versatile, predictably able to complement other flavors but bringing enough of interest with it to stand by itself as well.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served ontap into a 20 oz glass.

A rich amber colored brew with a nice frothy foam. Some lacing does occur.

Flavor is lightly hoppy bordering on grapefruit and pine. Highlighted is the caramel malt lending toffee notes. Finish is decidedly bitter.

The mouthfeel is the highlight of this beer, notably smooth and almost creamy.

Drinkability rates very well for this beer. Its a nicely hopped beer that goes down all too fast. Pretty good stuff.

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Photo of camp0474
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazed light amber color with a cream colored head.

S: Has the standard lager smell but a few faint twists. Picking up a sweet bready malt smell with faint earthy hops. Overall a sweet smell, maybe like English Toffee...a bit sweet and a bit tart.

T: Bready lager flavor with faint hops, bittering and a little floral. Has a dry sweetness, but not overly bitter. Well balanced. Not simple and not overly complex.

M/D: Medium-Light body with moderate carbonation. Feels like a regular domestic lager in the mouth but has a very good crisp finish. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

Got a nice surprise from this one. Overall very drinkable with some complexity.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Bready malts with some good hints of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Grains are slightly roasted. Hints of citrus orange and earthy noble hops. Bready malts are more prominent here. Still has a decent earthy hop balance. Laid back but good.

Taste: Big bready taste up front. Malts with notes of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Very noticeable toasted and slightly burnt taste. Some light hints of citrus orange and lemon. Solid presence of spicy earthy hops. Fairly malt forward overall.Tastes like a solid Vienna Lager.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Toasty, smooth, and fairly drying.

Overall: A pretty solid American lager. Nice toasty malts and subtle spice.

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Photo of morimech
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I hope this is more than just Firebrick with a ton more hops. Pours a clear dark golden color with a large white head that had excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Looks lively with carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. A very good looking beer. Some citrus hop aroma which is a departure for a Schell's beer. To go along with the citrus hops there is the German malt and spicey hop aroma. Also has the Schell's lager aroma. I am surprised this only comes in with 36 IBUs. I would of guessed almost twice that amount. Has a citrus hop flavor that hits the tongue first. Dry, cracker like malt backbone. Finishes relatively dry and spicey. Light body and nicely carbonated but there is nothing too special with the mouthfeel. A hoppy lager that has a light body and low ABV so these can be consumed in quantities that may not be possible with most American hoppy ales. It is more than a hoppy Firebrick. This would not have been my choice for the Anniversary beer (Roggenbier anyone?) but it is suitably different, and appealling enough to make it stand out.

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Schell's Hopfenmalz from August Schell Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 143 ratings.
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