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Schell Anniversary Series #5 - Hopfenmalz

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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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!


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2799) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Schell’s certainly likes to sneak the popular IPA hops into their traditional German recipes. This pours a dark honey gold color, a little lighter than their Firebrick, with a nice nose of hops under the cap and busy bubbles making for a contoured foam landscape with lace on the sides. Definitely hoppy, but the Tettnangs keep the Cascades respectable. Taste is an equal melding of Pale Ale and Vienna styles. Very easy drinking, with the dry finish of a lager added to a hop profile that tends more toward the "noble" side as I go on. Interesting that Schell’s has done "extreme" beers, they just find more interesting variations on traditional style.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vikingguy (806) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Pours orange-gold with white foamy head. Strong and pleasant malty aroma. Hops up-front, bready/biscuit malt brings up the rear. Dry aftertaste. Well balanced and a good representative of the style. I rather like Vienna’s and this is a good one.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrBunn (2458) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Bottle. Pours a darkish gold with a thin yet dense head and aromas of pale malt, herbal hops and a bit of apple. Flavor starts alright enough, but then a bit of a metallic bite takes over, spiraling the whole thing into a herbal/metallic/medicinal tailspin. It seems to recover just a bit as it sits/breathes/warms, but it’s a little rough around the edges.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3727) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2010
From bottle. Metallic hops with some oxidized malt notes. A bit spicy. Dark orange amber hazy with off-white lacing head. Medium body with heavy carbonation. Starts dry with lots of spicy hops, mild malt sweetness. Lots of bitterness at the finish with light acidity. Bitter nutty after.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4859) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 16, 2010
12 ounce bottle - clear dark copper - lively pour, with a thick, sudsy head - a really solid vienna lager, with a lovely balance of toasted maltiness and hop character - the character and richness of the vienna and munich malts add depth and heft, but do not keep the beer from being refreshing and crisp - lovely hop bitterness compliments the toasted aspects really well - lingering toasted bread flavors in the finish - tasty!

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
SODAK14 (281) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - JUL 15, 2010
Pours a lot of head and champagne like bubbles. Way too hoppy for me, won’t ever buy this one again.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Bottle thanks to nuplastikk: Pours a transparent light copper bronze with a stringy-lacing white head. Aroma of lightly resiny citrusy hops with some doughy malty undertones. Starts with average fullness and a faint sweetness with lots of grassy bittering and flavor hops before a drier crisp finish. Could use a little more sweetness for balance, but overall a pretty clean brew.

1.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Suneson (58) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Poured a light golden color with no head what so ever. It looked like my friends Coors light. Hard to taste much in this beer cause it was so watered down. Subtle flavor of hops and yeast. Not a fan at all. Very dissappointed.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2010
Deep golden color with a creamy off white head. Mild hoppy aroma with a hint of pine. Overall dry flavor of mixed hops but still a rather malty brew. A very good american style pale ale.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
joechristenson (146) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2010
On tap at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul, MN. I don’t have much experience with this style of beer, so this is a bit of a blind comparison. This is an average-looking beer that morphs between a pale amber and a gannet and doesn’t have much for the nose (some bready/stale smelling malts and a hint of earthy hops). The balance in the mouth is off -- it vacillates between an over-bold carbonation and a dull flatness (I won’t venture any explanations) -- and it left me feeling nonplussed. The flavor was the same way -- sometimes it would be a really rich, buttery, and pretty tasty bready malt and other times it would taste stale, prickly, and old. I feel like they tried to do too much here and ended up with less -- perhaps if the focus had been on the "elegant" Pilsner and "malt backbone" this one would turn out better; instead, it just seems a bit confused and sheepish, simply following the American hop crazed shepherd.


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