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Schell Anniversary Series #4 - 1890 Schwarzbier


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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Schell Anniversary Draft Series #4, honoring the birthday of Warren “Schmaltz” Marti, President of Schell’s from 1969-1985. Literally translated as “Black Beer.” Often referred to as a “Black Pils” due to it’s higher hopping levels. In reality, Schwarzbiers are neither truly black, nor as hoppy as a Pilsner. Schwarzbiers are a regional specialty beer from southern Thuringen and northern Franconia in Germany, and most likely began as a variation of the dunkel. Rich, mild, and remarkably well balanced. Lighter in body than its black ale counterparts with notes of bittersweet chocolate and vanilla.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BVery (9667) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 TAP: at Buster’s on 28th in Minneapolis. Dark amber color with a reddish tone, head dissipates very quickly. Thin/light on the palate, with vanilla and chocolate tones. A surprisingly decent beer from Schell’s.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4887) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2008
Oddly golden color with a thin head. Fairly grainy, dusty aroma along with a very light bit of roasted malt. Taste is much the same. Moderately hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2008
On draught at the Happy Gnome in St Paul, Minnesota. Pours a clear dark copper amber brew with an average creamy beige head that has some nice retention and excellent lacing. Aroma of toasted dark black malt, some dark chocolate with a hint of vanilla and some flowery hops. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with flavors of toasted dark malt and some bakers chocolate. Finish has a toasted dark malt aftertaste with hardly no bitterness. Though this schwarzbier is one of the lighter in color it still has the aroma and flavor of a schwarzbier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Draft at Buster’s on 28th. Pours a dark copper/brown body with red hue and thin, off white head. Aroma and flavor of malts, bread with a hint of vanilla and cocoa. Very drinkable with a clean finish.

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