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
Gots:
2
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Ratings: 143 |  Reviews: 94
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 zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, khaki-colored head of foam. It left some lace.

S - It smelled of spices, fruits and bready malt.

T - Good bitter hop bite. Citrusy flavors with a sweet bready malt backbone.

M -It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light-bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is one of the hoppiest, most flavorful lagers that I've ever had. Good cal voters!

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from cpolking so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short but dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, caramelized malts, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of caramel & citrus followed by bready flavors from lager yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is decent for the style and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ripe apricot with amber edges and a better than decent looking cap of ancient cue ball colored foam. The head hangs around for a bit and leaves a respectable array of lace once it starts to fade. Gets the job done.

The nose delivers very lightly toasted golden malts and a modicum of earthy-herbal hops. Not spectacular, but then what amber lager smells like a dream. Time has undoubtedly taken some of the (originally 50 IBUs) steam out of the hops.

Hopfenmalz is wonderfully balanced beer at this point... and might be better off for it. Hopefully, my 'hopheads for life' card won't be revoked for saying that. There are still plenty of the little green cones left for most craft beer lovers.

There's a surprising amount of lightly toasted bready malt onboard, especially at an ABV of only 4.9%. The hops taste like a combination of grapefruit zest and something herbal and earthy, just as in the nose. This is one of those offerings that impresses more and more with each passing ounce.

Again, the mouthfeel is larger and more creamily expansive than expected. The bubbles start off slightly stinging, then settle down just enough so that mouth excitement stays high. Lackluster here would not have done this brew any favors.

Hopfenmalz deserves to be a year-round release. There aren't too many amber lagers that get my attention, so Schell's deserves kudos for that. Craft beer truism #8: an abundance of ingredients is the necessary starting point for a quality final product.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

honey colored amber with amazing clarity and lots of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. A good sized two finger head of white froth jumped up right after the pour, however it settled down rather quickly and I did not see much of it after that. Really did not leave behind much of anything.

The aroma was non existent, almost a touch ginger if you really looked for it, but mostly just dull grain and wheat and a touch of rice. Nothing really much going on here, the flavor was more of the same. Unfortunately it was just dull and boring, and that was quite a shame. Hints of rice and cereal grains

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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 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 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 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 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 feloniousmonk
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"...the elegant drinkability of a pilsner, the bready maltiness of a Vienna lager, and the hopping of a pale ale." Vienna, Caramunich, & Caravienne malts, Cascade and Tettnang hops, dry-hopped, fermented with lager yeast at ale temps, and aged 6 weeks for smooth lager crispness. 12.7 Plato, 36 IBU, 5.8% abv.

Clear, amber appearance, slim, whitish head.

Lightly spicy, citric hoppy aromatics, with a classic lager aroma right behind it. Interesting.

Reappears in the flavor, the zest, the pepper, the tangy citric feel, then all is smooth, the hop attack riding softly on the palate, then fading back. Each sip returns the pleasant hoppy character, followed by soft, biscuity malt.

Good flavor, great drinkability. I like this unique lager/ale hybrid. Another tasty easy-drinker in the Anniversary series.

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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 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 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 KAF
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mattmarka1
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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 Bighuge
4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pure copper color. Clear. Decent sized ivroy white head drops down tons of spiderwebs on the glass as I drink. The nose is real citrusy. But also a nice maltiness as well. This all translates beautifully to the flavor. Great hop flavor and great malt flavor. The maltiness is reminiscent of a solid bavarian lager or some kind of german lager (vienna?). The citrus riding on top of that is beautiful and leaves a great lingering aftertaste. Whatever this is, it's damn good. Great balance and drinkablility and flavor.

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Photo of ovaltine
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

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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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