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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:
No notes at this time.

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

The 150th anniversary of the country's second oldest family owned brewery. Hopfenmalz does not give much indication to the brew confined within. The beer pours an amber color with an off-white head which left decent lacing down the glass. The aroma is slightly toasted malt, a kiss of caramel, and some bitter hops. A medium bodied beer. The flavor starts with some toffee sweetness as it moves toward the center and finishes with snap of bitterness. The palate is left dry with some residual sweetness. Toward the end of the bottle the sweet residue builds into a lasting buttery film coating the mouth.

This isn't a bad brew, a pretty standard amber brew, but tasty and drinkable.

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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 WYVYRN527
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright copper in color with a white head. Lacing is suprisingly good for a lager. Head retention is good too.

S: Some citrusy, piney hop aromas up front, with biscuity malt in the back.

T: Reverse of the smell. The malt is noticed first, with flavors of toast and caramel. Hops are most prominent on the finish. Piney, floral, and fruity. Crisp and very refreshing.

M: Light to medium in body, with a clean velvety mouthfeel all the way throughout.

D: I was a bit stand-offish the first time I saw the description of this beer, but I was impressed. It's easy to drink, unique, and very good. I hope this sticks around for a while.

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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 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 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 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 soze47
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: On the brown side of amber in color. Nice foamy lager head. It looks like what you'd want it to.

Aroma: Hmm, lots of spiciness and piney hop flavors. This contrasts in a unique way with the buttery, biscuity malt.

Taste: Hops give an almost pale ale sized flavor off the bat that is unexpected. However, once the malt comes into play, a very unique, almost odd, flavor is created. It makes me think of heavily spiced or herbed buttermilk biscuits.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Very nice and light. No overwhelming lingering quality and the hops tread lightly enough to make this one a session candidate.

Overall: I'm glad I picked this one up to round out a sixer I built. Unique lager that almost comes across as a hybrid of an american red hoppy ale and traditional german pilsner.

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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 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 mdwalsh
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a ncie 1-2 finger head of sandy white with mostly smaller bubbles. Beer is light amber and perfectly clear with a little bit of active carbonation. Very classic looking.

S: The smell is reminiscent of your everyday pale lager, but there's something more. It's not the hops, I don't get much of that on the nose, but there's something of complexity here. Well maybe it is a little of the german hops spicing it up and playing with the yeast. Either way, I wasnt a more definitive hop aroma.

T: Again, similar to a general Euro pale lager (i.e. Beck's) but fresher and a little cleaner. I get the spicier German hops again, stronger than in the nose but not too strong at all. It's also slightly grainy.

M: Here the beer nails it IMO. Light but full bodied, appropriate carbonation. It works well.

D: Well, yes, it's very drinkable, and a great gateway beer. Not something I'm going to keep around, though this almost tasted like it may have had some sunlight exposure and I may look for it on tap sometime.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - clear light amber/orange color with decent head that is well retained

S - pungent American hops dominate with some malt grainy character

T - moderately strong American hop flavor with some citrus and pine and ammonia-like notes; decent smooth malt backbone

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a very interesting amber lager. It's really more like a clean American Pale Ale. Regardless, it's very tasty and drinkable - I'd have another. It's quite a surprise from Schell as the hopping is probably the most aggressive they've done.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Pristine amber beer. Light tan head grew nicely as I poured the beer out of the bottle. Head recedes slowly, still remaining as a full 1 cm for most of the drink.

S-Bright, piney-floral hoppiness. Just a bit of malty sweetness emerging under there, very light.

T-Piney-herbal hop flavors, bright and prominent. These usher in an assertive hop bitterness. Hop bitterness stands opposite a toasty malt, but still relatively dryish. Smoothe, crisp finish with a bit of lingering hop flavor.

M-Moderate, somewhat oily-slick body. Carbonation is medium level, appropriate feel overall.

D-Tasty and pleasantly different. Though I'm sad to see the Pale Ale go, this new brew certainly seems to be a worthy replacement.

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

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice clear amber/copper color with a two finger light tan head that leaves nice sticky lacing as it fades.

Smell: Bright floral hops with sweet malts beneath them. The citrus hops give it a nice pine/citrus scent. Not as powerful as some other hoppy brews, but nice. Well balanced.

Taste: Citrus hops up front with a good bitter hops bite, but full-flavored malts mixed in and a slight sweetness beneath it all. A very good blend of flavors, very well balanced. Tastes even better as it warms slightly and the flavors really open up.

Mouth Feel: Medium-Full bodied with a lot of carbonation. May be just a tad over-carbonated for a flavorful beer like this, but it's not a real problem.

Drinkability: Easily did a session with this beer. It's another good beer by the fine folks at Schell's.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a nice foamy head that dissappates but not completely, lingering with a nice presence. Amazing color. Like an autumnal color wheel; orange, red, gold, ochre. Completely clear with lazy carbonation. Nice lacing.

S: Fresh hops. Pine. Green apple. Melon.

T: Huge grainy flavor with a malty backbone. Hoppy character rus throughout. Nice balance. Lightly sweet malt reminds me of some of the world's great brews. Even a little fruit peeks through. Very complex.

M: Carbonation is ever-present but not at all intrusive. Huge, all encompassing mouthfeel.

D: Excellent. Great taste, great all around.

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