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Schell's Hopfenmalz | August Schell Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States | website

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
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
143
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.28%
 
 
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Reviews: 94 | Ratings: 143
Photo of JamesMN
2.88/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Semi-translucent copper color. Very thin off-white head. Some lacing.

Aroma: Almost no smell. Just a bit of pale malt.

Taste: Some hop presence. A little bit of toasty malt. Just a hint of a strange metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty good at first. Good level of carbonation but then the metallic taste interrupts what would otherwise be a smooth finish.

Final Thoughts: It's possible this bottle was old (couldn't find a date on it). However, there really weren't any unusual 'off' tastes to it. Given it's lack of aroma I wasn't expecting much and it basically lived up to my expectation. If someone hands this beer to you at a BBQ or party, go ahead and accept it. But this is not one to seek out.

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Photo of maximum12
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finally picked up a bottle of this recent Schell's creation in a mixed six pack. After being unable to stop eating a fine Indian meal this evening, I need a lighter brew, or I'm going to explode.

Pours a crystal-clear red with plenty of carbonation. Odor o' malt, hops nipping about the edges.

Hopfenmalz does the dead-red thing. Shady malts lend both sweetness & a bit of cloy on the top. Buttery, which I don't really dig. Hops flash in the pan & vanish. Not much going on here.

I've really come to enjoy a variety of Schell's brews, but this one leaves me wanting. Heartily average.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: nice copper, amber color with no head at all. Minimal to no lacing.
S: some nice malts and scents of pine. Not overwhelming, but pleasant, especially as it sits.
T: a little more bitter than what I expected. The malts, which do have a hint of butter are quickly overwhelmed by the bitterness of the hops. More grass and pine than citrus and grapefruit. Just okay for me.
M: nothing spectacular. Medium carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. Bitter aftertaste that sticks with you.
O: an average beer for the style. Would prefer a bit more balance, perhaps like Red Seal. You could session with this, assuming the bitterness agreed with you.

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Photo of youngleo
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured right down the center of the glass that produced a nice two fingered head that was offwhite in color. Head hung around for the entire drinking of the beer. And left some lacing. Brew itself was almost a watered down cola colored. Smelled of light malts and hops. Light smelling. Nothing real strong. Tasted of pine and malt. Had a bitter aftertaste that hung around for a little while. Felt good in the mouth. I thought the carbonation was about right. At a 4.9 ABV this would make a good session beer. All and all, I thought this brew was ok.

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Photo of PokerGod
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Nonic glass.

appearance: a nice deep straw color with slight reddish hue. There isn't a ton of visible carbonation, yet a nice thick head on the beer maintains at the top for a good long time. Beautiful lacework is left on the side of the glass well after the beer was finished.

smell: yeasty and slightly fruity, has a very decent smell to it.

taste: creamy and smooth, with a delayed hoppy finish that is subtle. The creaminess was unexpected from a lager, but very much appreciated.

Overall: a very drinkable beer that could have easily been followed by a second. The finish is so nice, it's the best part.

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Photo of mwagner1018
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Deep amber with a dark crimson hue, soft light chocolate tinted pillow head, moderate lacing down glass.

S- Light molasses, caramel, frothy vanilla cream. Definite malt at the forefront of this one.

T- Mild smoked tobacco, oak, malt up front with a roasted/toasted vanilla flavor. Fruity white grape, and slight banana. Very light bitterness to finish, not much at all (would have expected more of a balance with an anniversary beer that seems to be paying tribute to both hops and malt).

M- Moderate carbonation, slight creamy texture, smooth, pretty good depth, not much bitterness to speak of, definitely on the malt side of the spectrum.

D- A nice drinkable beer, not sure if it fits into the general category of an American Amber/Red Lager. An interesting beer, too malt forward in my opinion, probably wouldn't have more than one. It is the beer of the month at Memory Lanes, so maybe I'll have another on league night (but probably will not)...a pretty average beer, average flavor profile, but still a nice tribute to Schell's Anniversary.

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Photo of blackearth
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber body with a thin off-white head that quickly fades to nothing. Aroma is faint toffee malt and even fainter hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and medium to high carbonation. Flavors of light toffee lead to grass hops that last long through the finish, but don't leave any kind of lasting impression on your palette. Drinkability is okay, but this is nothing worth searching for.

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Photo of exonthebottle
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another beer in 6-pack I have never had this beer I don't usually drink lagers but this one is a bit above average overall.

red a bit over-carbonated okay I guess

smell toffee malty hops faint though
okay beer taste but it too faint as it a lager

I kinda grew bored drinking this it was alright but I would pass on this next time

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Photo of Duff27
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy, dull, dark-golden with a very nice two fingered white head. Lacing is pleasant to the eyes...so much so i bumped this up for it.

S- Hate to say it, but not unlike an adjunct.

T- Subtle caramel malts up front followed by a bitter citrus-tinged hops.

M- Very medium mouthfeel. Pricky carbonation at the end fo the taste.

D/O- Flavorful, easy drinking. This would qualify as a sessionable beer. Nothing too unique but one you'd be happy to drink all night with friends...would be a good keg beer party beer.

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip pint glass

A: Light amber with orange hues. Nice, healthy white head that sticks around at 1/4 inch. Quite lacy for a lager.

S: Malty aromas highlighted by a citrusy and floral hop profile. Faint sweetness and some toffee. A hint of nuttiness. Everything is light in strength.

T: Vienna lager at first taste with a good deal of maltiness similar to Schell's standard Firebrick lager. This quickly shifts to a strong hop profile with citrusy and even piney flavors. The bitterness is much stronger than that of a standard vienna lager. Maybe a bit too much. The malts are definitely there with evident toffee and caramel flavors. Smooth lager taste throughout.

M: LIght to medium bodied. More smooth than crisp. Finishes a bit too sticky from the hops.

D: A reasonable beer. Like a hopped up Vienna Lager. Picture Sam Adams Boston Lager and add a bit more hops and you have this. I like it somewhat, but nothing to write home about. This is the only 6 pack I'm buying for now.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one grew on me a bit. At first it seemed a bit too earthy and soil toned. But that changed into a bit of an inky thing with a mature fruit tone with an interesting sweetness. Nicely drinkable, though a bit too musty and heavy for a regular rotation beer for me.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Hyvee, Council Bluffs, IA.
Bottle stamped with "012911"...guess that makes this slightly old.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Pours a 2cm head of off-white bubbles, which gradually collapses to a very thin ring around the glass. No lacing to speak of. Outside of the light, body is a dark copper-orange color. In the light, it's hazy, light copper colored. Lazy carbonation still visible.

Aroma of malt and pleasant citrus, particularly grapefruit, hops. Nothing overpowering, both fairly balanced and clean.

Taste of clean malt sweetness, some caramel malt distinctness, and a bit of hop expressiveness, mostly citrus flavors. Nothing amazing, but certainly not bad.

Body is medium-light, with a bit of wateriness around the edges. Carbonation level is relatively low, leading this to sit a bit too long on the palate. Not bad, but nothing amazing.

Overall, an enjoyable beer for a day where you'd like a brew, but don't want to put in the time or commitment to a bigger, more complex variety.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, with a date code of 041611. Slightly hazy copper color. Rocky white head holds together pretty well. A few streaming bubbles. Nice patchwork of lace as the head fades.

Bready malt, with some cereal grains. A hint of stone fruit. Slightly floral, herbal hop aroma witha citrus edge.

Caramel malt, just a hint of a toasty feel. A bit of stonefruit lingers, as in the nose. Certainly on the malty side here. Not overly sweet, balanced well with some earthy bitterness.

Lighter body, with some sharper carbonation. Well balanced, with alcohol being a non-factor. Pretty nice beer, nothing exciting, but nothing wrong.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is light orange colored and fairly hazy. The white head is a finger thick, displays decent retention, and leaves some sparse lacing on the pint glass. The aroma offers fruit, wheat, malt, light hops. The flavor is decent. The beer is slightly sweet, with malt and fruit flavors. The body is pretty thin, with solid carbonation. Overall, a decent brew. I would try it again.

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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an amber copper with a decent head and minimal retention. Nice lacing left through.

S - Nothing overpowering, Malts and buttery biscuits.

T -Malts the star up front almost get a coppery aftertaste to the beer which overpowers the noce malt taste at the start.

M - Smoother beer good carbonation, just a weird aftertaste... maybe had a bad bottle?

O - Overally a decent beer, I really like the taste at the beginning but personally am not a fan of the coppery taste on the back side.

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Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Schell's 150th Anniversary Hopfenmalz from a bottle. Biased a bit because I am drinking this after pouring out musty, expired shiner bock. This beer is profoundly superior.

Pours with a considerable amount of head that is able to sustain at least two inches above the rim of the glass. Left a good deal of thick, froth residue that does not deflate. Medium body pour; rich amber. Clear, very low cloud.

Smells greatly of noble hops for a large scale production. Caramel and low, sweet malt. Tastes again of bittering hops which is balanced okay with the malt. Floral notes. Mouthfeel is not the best; a bit flat with a malt aftertaste. A tinge of sourness.

This one drinks well. I prefer stronger hops but this being in German style, I understand why it was crafted how it was. Good American version. Ltd edition so try it if you can.

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Photo of bristol2120
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper, with a nice full head that persists quite nicely. The aroma is unexpectedly faint, with just a hint of hops detectable. The hops do come through quite nicely in the palate though, with very distinct notes of pine and citrus, especially in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is decent, if a shade thinner than I had hoped for. Overall, a decent brew, which should appeal particularly to the "hopheads" out there.

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Photo of theroguesoybean
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: amber, with a thin but strong head which stuck around for a long time.
S: strong raw hop aroma with faint malt, hop smell citrusy and untempered much like fresh hops.
T: better structure than the aroma (not that the aroma was bad). The taste structure went tart hops/medium roast malt/acidic bitter hop finish.
M: Even, dry finish.
D: One and done but thats not a bad thing. The bitterness of the hops and the aggressive finish make this a beer that would wash itself out after too many drinks. Have one and enjoy this interesting style.

Not really a german beer, just a german name. The german malt identity came through a bit but definitely an american style lager judging by its hop characteristics and overall taste and mouthfeel.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear mild copper color with a slim whitish topping that keeps a broken skim around the top with ease and laces out with a few patchy areas sticking.

Aroma is softly bready with a sweet candyish lemon quality on top.

Taste is mild with a low key underscoring of breadyness while sweet citrus creeps into the middle with a nice balance. But the finish is off for me with gritty, dryish, pithy lemoned hoppyness that then induces some slight metalic notes that don't meld well at all. The finish throws off the balance some, but alas, as it warms it does lessen up some. But not enough for me to thoroughly enjoy it fully.

Body is light/medium with an OK smoothness from front to middle, but as noted in the taste, it gets awkward at the finish with an uncomfortable hop and metal dryness that completely ruins the flow of what seemed to be some malty goodness.

Not sure what they were going for with this one, I prefer Schell's to stick with the malty lagers please.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a best by stamp of 111210. Pours a lightly hazed copper color with a fluffy cap of beige head. Nice retention and lacing. If nothing else, Schell's seems to have this foam thing figured out.

Nose is pleasantly hoppy, grassy and fresh. Some grainy, lightly toasty malt is also noticeable.

Taste also displays a healthy amount of hoppiness, more bittering than flavoring however. Malts are lighter than the color would indicate and only contribute a modest toasted biscuit flavor. Not bad, it is nice to see a brewery like Schell's make a hoppy beer like this.

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Photo of Mdog
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear copper color, nice carbonation, good head. Looks great!

Smell: Clean smell, some citrus.

Taste: Some bready/toasty flavor, then a quite dry and pithy citrus hop finish.

Drinkability: Seems to be a good session candidate.

I didn't get to try this on tap, but picked up a 12 pack recently. It seems to be a nice pale ale/vienna lager combination, maybe leaning a little more to the pale ale side. A nice change-up from heavy beers of winter.

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Photo of malty
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best before 6-11-10 stamped on the glass longneck.

Pours a brilliantly clear golden rusty color with a big & loose very light beige head that stays at 2" tall. Sketchy strips and sheets of lace sporadically down the glass. Good looker.

Clean bready malts in the nose with a herbally dose on hops playing nicely into the maltiness.

Clean and fresh semi-sweet pale malts greet the tongue with a nice dry kiss of hops that counterbalance the malts quite well. The flavors are very bright but fleeting.

Mouthfeel is between light - medium with a somewhat dry, chalky quick finish. Carbonation is spot-on with a moderate level.

Drinkability is quite good. Would make for quite the session beer when socializing is the aim of the day/night. A little sweet and a touch dry. Great gateway brew for craft beer encounters of all kinds. Glad I got to try this fresh.

Overall a very clean and fresh lager with a fair amount of hops to keep things perky.

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Photo of jera1350
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker gold color with an off white head of substantial presence that lends to a bit of lacing on the glass.

The nose offers some buttery toffee, some citric hops and a slight corn, graininess.

Crisp hop presence with a caramel and toffee malt character to balance out the flavor. Pretty clear cut and tasty.

Very smooth feel with a creamy carbonation presence. Finishes bitter and dry. Body wise, I would say this is almost medium.

This would make a nice session beer. Happy to have another local choice in that category. Kudos to Schell's on this one.

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Photo of bsp77
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit multipurpose glass.

Appearance: Clear, darkened orange with thin head and decent lacing for a lager.

Smell: Very dry, somewhat bitter and tart, with apple, citrus, spice and grass.

Taste: Caramel, apple, toast and hay-like malt body countered by dry German (spicy) and American (citrus) hops. Long lingering bitterness. Doesn't come together quite as well as I hoped.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light to medium body, exceedingly dry.

Drinkability: While I can see the synthesis of styles (Vienna, Pils, APA), it ultimately tastes like a bitter, slightly citrusy, Vienna. Actually, it somewhat reminds of SA Boston Lager, which is an off-style Vienna. Quite good overall, but I would just rather have SA Boston Lager or Schell's own true Vienna (FireBrick).

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Photo of ZAP
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice interesting beer. Yes, I'd have preferred three or four others from the Anniversary series over this but no complaints.

Reminds me most of a German Pilsner but the hops give off more of a citrus/pine flavor than what you would get from Spicy Noble hops..some crackery malt backing which reminds of a Dortmunder maltiness...really finishes with a dry hoppy bite..

Body is crisp and firm....relatively high carbonation and great clarity...looks great in the glass..

Nice to see new beers like this hit the market.
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Update...really getting a juicy citrus aroma on this as well as a citrus forward flavor...really unique....

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Schell's Hopfenmalz from August Schell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.
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