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 | 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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10
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Reviews: 94 | Ratings: 143
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 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 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 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 NWer
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my plastic cup at Old Faithful Lodge cabin. Nice foamy pour. Decent lace.
Golden color. Much more hoppy and flavorful than I expected. A very good and enjoyable beer.
If you're looking for a good relatively low abv beer full of flavor, this is it.
Bottle date 062611

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 082110 on the neck.

A - Schell's 150th Anniversary brew! That's quite a while! This pours a totally clear honey golden amber topped by a smooth pile of off-white foam. Good retention is fed by constant carbonation from the nucleation point in the pint. No lace is left over.

S - Light floral pedal assists grass clippings and a touch of resin in the hop profile. This comes towards the front followed by a hearty helping of crystal and caramel malt, lightly toasted. The two balanced each other out nicely.

T - The caramelized toasted malts back up a strong hop profile fairly well but almost seem a little lost. Lots of earth; grass clippings, a pinch of soil, a bit of floral and resiny, the hops steal the show.

M - Hopfenmalz finishes incredibly dry, almost distractingly so. Otherwise a smooth and lively carbonated entrance leads to a medium body and moderately bitter finish.

D - One would think a 150th anniversary would birth a much more legendary beer. Instead we get an amber that's ok in it's own right but easily forgettable and generally uninteresting in the grand scheme of beer. While it's good for what it is, they could have done much better.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5-14-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - 1 finger of foam, great carbonation, golden color. Some lacing present but dissipated quickly

S - Caramel and orange peel aroma, hops are present but malts are the driver of this bus

T - Smooth at first taste but then finishes with a dryer crisp finish with a hop edge. Piney aftertaste with little sweetness present but more malts than anything else

M/D - A pretty drinkable brew. I could easily have more than one of these brews; I recommend it for anyone liking the Amber/Red styles

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

Pours clear gold with a modest head that dissipates quickly.

Nose is hoppy and malty.

Pretty hoppy taste on a malt backbone.

Body is light as is the carbonation level. Moderately creamy mouthfeel. Finishes bitter.

A hoppy lager that is better than I was expecting. ABV is very low and the hop flavor is good, I could have a few of these.

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

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Pours a somewhat cloudy golden hue. Nice 2 finger off white foam head that has decent retention and leaves very nice lacing

S - Malts and buttery biscuits. Really nice.

T - Pretty much to the nose. Very nice and clean with malts as the star here

M - Medium, smooth, very nice and clean. Good carbonation present. Its a nice little drinker

O - I really like it. I'm not a huge Schell fan but this is definitely one of their better efforts.

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

Grabbed onto some of this on a whim (was looking for the Maibock), didn't know it was an Amber Lager.

A -- Clear, amber with a very resilient, light tan head.

S -- Has a nice spicy hop character up front, followed by a bready, cracker-like character back. Reminds me of micros and regionals I used to find back in the late '80s.

T -- A bright citrus character up front, grainy notes in the middle, and a very bitter finish. The nice, low-key malts (i.e., not roasty) blend nicely with the hops.

M -- Very soft and smooth mouthfeel with a medium body.

D -- Very good drinkability in this one -- the bitter hops don't become cloying and the smooth malt character balances nicely.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Bubbly, medium copper body with a finger of a white frothy head that takes a good couple of minutes to mostly disappear. Thick but slippery lacing.

Aroma is very malty; roasted grains and caramel throughout. Very, very roasted with a touch of cookie dough and even sourdough bread. Green apple. Slightly spicy and floral tones provide a touch of balance.

Very floral and a hint of citrus. Not quite as malt-forward as the nose would lead me to believe; very well-balanced instead. Definitely a bit of caramel/roasted malts as well.

Medium body and good levels of carbonation. Dry but smooth mouthfeel.

Going into this I wasn't expecting much...am amber lager from Schell's? Surprisingly good and with a hops zing I was totally not expecting.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Pint. Best by 8/8/11.

A: Pours a clear copper orange with two fingers of off-white head. Good retention and lace, languid carbonation that is very nice to watch thanks to the clarity of the liquid.

S: Typical hay aromas that one expects from a lager, but with a little more malty sweetness in tow.

T: Caramel up front, followed by the hay and then an interesting finish of semi-dry sherry. That was an unexpected twist! Slight hint of sweetness makes me smile.

M: Quite light and smooth, carbonation lends a creamy effect.

O: A very pleasant quaffer. I have yet to meet a Schell product that I didn't like, and this is no exception. Delightful.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Beer pours a golden amber color, with a relatively light amount of bubbles visible within the glass. Head has a gentle caramel tone to it. Some pretty decent lacing when left to itself, and some clinginess even after swirling the beer around a bit. Not bad!

Smell: Soft fuzzy-fruit vibe (apricots, peaches), a buttery malt character, and some bitter hops. Not over-the-top, not boring; a very decent nose to a good-looking beer.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer is pretty bitter, and decently carbonated. The malt is, indeed, quite buttery, and there's a soft fruity vibe underneath it all. Aftertaste is superbly bitter.

Overall: This is a really decent beer from a previously-unknown-to-me brewery. Very nice!

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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 Mistofminn
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker amber color, almost copper. A huge, light tan head is produced. Chunky and thick, it has decent staying power and leaves tons of lacing. No visible carbonation in this clear brew.

Whoa baby! This one is surprisingly hoppy! I mean I should have expected it considering it's called "HOPfenmalz," but it's Schell's, not exactly known for their hoppy lagers.

It has a nice floral hop character to it, balanced nicely with a sweet malt backbone. Grassy and slightly piney hops dominate from start to finish. As it warms, the biscuity malts come out more and more.

The taste kind of takes a stop back. Maybe it was too much too quick? Very subtle hops and malts, typical lager subtleties. As it warms, a nice bitterness comes out. Very enjoyable, but not as much flavor as I was hoping.

Smooth with a nice bitter bite. Goes down easy. This is a very drinkable brew.

Overall, I'm VERY impressed with this coming out of Schell's. Who would have thought that Schell's could pull this off? Not really known for being masters of the hops, this one turned out great. I just might have to go get more, as this single surely won't appease my thirst.

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Photo of lwillitz
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into weizen glass

A - transparent gold with an orange tint under a finger and a half of thick white head; lots of carbonation bubbles; decent lace

S - malt; wheat; touch of hop spice and citrus

T - malty and bready; spicy and citrus hops emerge, leaving a lasting bitter finish

M - medium-bodied; medium carbonation; fairly smooth

O - This one's a bit bitter for the style, but it is a very good beer as it is. Another great brew from Schell's.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber golden, dry bitter hoppiness comes through in the nose. Beautiful head rises well above the sides of my chalice. Aroma has some pungent hop character, herbal grassiness flows nicely. Subtle biscuit malts this seems like an American hopped amber pils. Flavor is bone dry with bittering grassy hops, nothing offensive just a nice rounded hop flavor. I love the Schell beers that I've had lately it's time to seek out a sampler pack. Smooth lagering, mild biscuit malt profile, tingling sharp dry grassy/hebal hop profile nothing seems like it's gone south and this was bottled on 8/21/10. I will seek out this years winterfest the Weizenbock is getting rave reviews I can't wait to drink some more Schell the next time I'm in the Burgh, this low alcohol flavorful beer is killer.

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Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at Old Chicago - Roseville for about $5. I liked that at first this seemed like just a sessionable amber lager, maybe touch like Yuengling, but as soon as I had a couple sips, it became apparent this was a beer to be reckoned with.

The malts are a mix of cookie and caramel with sourdough bread taste (though it's not actually sour) and a hint of fruit punch. The hops kick in with that fruit, providing spicy citrus that's not very biting, but still provides a good balance for the malt. At only 4.9% ABV, you have a full-flavored yet sessionable beer. The world needs more beers like this.

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Photo of katan
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - A brown to almost amber color. A pile of bubbling, indicating super strong carbonation. Head formation, 2-3mm, off white in color. Well retained. Very clear - maintaining its lager background.

S - Very strong hops note comes through, cascade would be my guess - american hopping. Floral, citrusy, and almost sweet.

T - Starts off with a light malt note, caramel and some 2 row sweetness. Mid-stream gets more bitter, some light floral hops - which ties into the final flavors which bring in a very strong hopping tied to the smells. Aftertaste is grapefruit, floral, strong american hops.

M - Frothy and light at times, creamy and clean. Some carbonation bite comes through. Finishes clean with a light amount of clinging bitterness.

D - Easy drinking. Manageable ABV - light and sessionable. Not filling despite its carbonation.

Feels like an IPA - nothing wrong with that.

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