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Schell Anniversary Series #5 - Hopfenmalz



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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Schell Anniversary Draft Series #5, featuring Hopfenmalz. It is an amalgam of our favorite beer styles: the elegant drinkablity of a Pilsner, the bready maltiness of a Vienna Lager, and the hopping of a Pale Ale. The malt backbone was created using a large amount of Vienna coupled with judicious amounts of Caramunich and Caravienne. In the kettle, we agressively hopped it with Cascade and Tettnang from the Pacific Northwest. Finally, just to ensure we used enough hops, we dry hopped it also. Hopfenmalz was fermented with one of our old world lager yeasts at a higher temperature to add some flavor complexities. Finally, we aged it for six weeks to provide the crispness that is only found in a lager. Prost!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit multipurpose glass. Appearance: Clear, darkened orange with thin head and decent lacing for a lager. Aroma: Very dry, somewhat bitter and tart, with apple, citrus, spice and grass. Taste: Caramel, apple, toast and hay-like malt body countered by dry German (spicy) and American (citrus) hops. Long lingering bitterness. Doesn’t come together quite as well as I hoped. Palate: Moderately high carbonation, light to medium body, exceedingly dry. Overall: While I can see the synthesis of styles (Vienna, Pils, APA), it ultimately tastes like a bitter, slightly citrusy, Vienna. Actually, it somewhat reminds of SA Boston Lager, which is an off-style Vienna. Quite good overall, but I would just rather have SA Boston Lager or Schell’s own true Vienna (FireBrick).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2011
This beer is really pretty decent, but still nothing much to it. I like some more complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2011
Pours a cloudy dark gold/amber with a teafroth off-white head. Nose of light fruit, caramel, honey, toast, and bread dough. Flavor is nice and bitter, with caramel, dough, and lemon. Very dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmohno (1528) - Iowa, USA - JUL 13, 2011
Pretty decent brew, Flavor is really good,carbonation is really good.Picking up some english, orange,toasty maltiness.English aroma with a note of it in taste.Spice like hop finish.Decent beer, i had lower expections, good solid beer much character,well done

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 27, 2011
Clear amber with a medium tan topper and a swatch of lace. Aroma of pale and bready malts, citrus, mild noble hops. Taste of spicy hops and pale malt with some citrus and floral qualities. A bit on the sudsier side and notes of bitterness on the back end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2011
Poured a nice amber color, with not much of a head on it. Had a rather light taste and very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. Light to moderate sweet balanced aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a moderate bittersweet finish of average duration. Goes well with spicy food.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
benfergy (246) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - MAR 22, 2011
The Hopfenmalz is an reddish-orange beer with moderate head. The aroma is, sure enough, very hoppy, and the hops have both floral and citrus hints. The taste is very balanced (but I don’t notice any sweetness). The palate has good texture but a slightly bitter finish. Nonetheless, this is a good, good, solidly good beer from Schell, and one that I’ll be keeping my eye out for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Pours a slightly hazy light brown orange color with medium foamy bubbly manilla head. Aroma is citric and sweetened oranges. Flavor has kinda watery weak body dominated by nice citric notes that lack the bitter abrasive bite of some pale ales. Finish is floral and clean with little cling. Overall, a nice lawn mower beer, but nothing overly compelx.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bbrock81 (317) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Bottle from sampler pack. Very decent beer, if a little of the mish-mash one would think from the description. Has the body of a malty beer with the hoppy flavor and especially finish of an IPA. Not the best but still a very good beer.

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