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Schell's Hopfenmalz | August Schell Brewing Company

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Schell's HopfenmalzSchell's Hopfenmalz
BA SCORE
3.81/5
Very Good
143 Ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
143
pDev:
10.76%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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 goblue3509
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a one finger head that gives way to a little lacing. The aroma is of caramel malt with some toffee malt. There is also a slight presence of orange peel. The taste has a caramel and toffee malt backbone, the end of the flavor has a small earthy hop taste to it, kinda piney. The mouthfeel is crisp with moderate carbonation. Overall for a red lager it is a solid beer, nice flavor and aroma to it. You could easily have a couple of these.

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Photo of mentor
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger sticky off-white head over a brilliant golden liquid. Smells dusty hay from hops, noble pils hoppy with some accompanying zip, gentle orange citrus.

Tastes like a cross between a bavarian and czech pils. Has a bit of the zippy hop tang in the finish of a czech pils, but is wet malty more similar to a bavarian pils. Gentle toasted malt with noble hoppy earthiness that turns grassy and tettnanger dirty toward the end. Minerally and a bit more acidic than I prefer. Light finish with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Simple, yet yummy. A bit overcarbonated, but easy drinking.

No idea why this is listed as an american amber/red here on BA, this strikes me as much closer to a czech pils.

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Photo of budgood1
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a deep hued amber colour...no total clarity achieved...with a thin rocky, dirty snow head. lace does cling a bit of with random chunkiness. sugary vienna maltiness pairs well with an intermingling fruit and spice hop profile in the nose. the taste is an unusual mish mash of citric leaning hops playing off the sweet maltiness, teeter tottering to a spicy, herbal hop note that melds well with the dryness of the earthy finish. this provides an opportunity for the bitterness to nip a bit, lingering on for awhile. dry. very hoppy. what an interesting brew this is! medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, great drinkability.

this certainly defies any target style. this is a no brainer for a german influenced brewery noted for it's solid lagers. i'm glad this is replacing the pale ale. good stuff!

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Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
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 FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +5%
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 jjanega08
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= pours a honey color with a nice thick white head on it thats about a finger high but real thick and lasts throughout the drink. Pretty nice lacing on this beer.

S= Smells hoppier than most Schells beers. Nice floral smell from it. A little citrus and pine hop smell. Some bready malts hidden deeper in there. The hop smell feels like it's drying my nose its so thick. Not the most intense smelling beer but a good one.

T= Still a nice amount of hops. Really floral tasting. One of the most floral tasting beers I've had. It reminds me of Samual Adams floral taste the first time I had it. The floral notes are dominant but there is a little citrus in it. Nice bready malts in it as well. Tastes like a hoppier Boston Lager.

M= Smooth and crisp. Really nice. Nothing crazy but good and about what I'm looking for.

D= a really nice beer from Schell's I think. Impressive amounts of flavor while still being somewhat simple. Schell's did a nice job with this one. I would rather drink this than Boston Lager.

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Photo of katan
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Photo of beagle75
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Eric908
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of jimmah120
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with an indecipherable code.

Look is a soft golden orange with a weak sudsy head. Smell is candy corn and pumpkin pie. Taste is spicy earth notes, sweet roasted malts, and a semi-sweet bitter finish. Tastes like a bigger beer than it is.

Surprisingly tasty stuff.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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 sommersb
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 12-04-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: Received in a trade

Clear, amber-colored beer topped by a healthy white head. Lacing is excellent and head retention holds up very good.

Clean aromas are first of pilsner malts and sweet grains, followed then by earthy and lightly citrus hops.

Tastes fairly hoppy -- much more then I've experienced in other Schell's brews. The hops are both citrusy and earthy, as noted in the nose. The malt component is light and takes a backseat in this one. I also get a bit of unpleasant vegetable flavors.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a moderate amount of carbonation and a medium body. The finish is dry and primarily of bittering hops.

Overall a good beer; it reminds me of a hop-forward Oktoberfest lager. My preference would be for this to have more balance towards the malt end, but I understand that's not what the brewer intended.

Thanks to fLax for this one!

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Photo of dbossman
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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 +4.2%
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 CWhite
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of AnalogErik
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of zenwatts
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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 elec
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of steveh
4/5  rDev +5%
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 Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev +5%
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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Schell's Hopfenmalz from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 143 ratings
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