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Schell Anniversary Series #5 - Hopfenmalz



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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Pours a darker shade of golden with a medium, fluffy, off-white head. Aroma is of yeast, malts, and some grassy hops. Tastes quite yeasty with a heavy malt presence and some earthy, citrus hops. Thin body with medium carbonation and a lightly bitter hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aetheon (85) - The Gutter, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2010
nice dark golden color, tanish creamy head, lots of lacing. moderate carbonation. starts out a bit flat, mouthfeel is medium at best. a fairly good boost of hops - pale ale strength. Overall its descent, I was really hoping it would have had more maltiness tho for a full flavor. I would drink this again, but if Im buying, for this type flavor I would just go straight for a pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Dark yellow with some red hues, small to medium head when poured that dissapted to just a dusting of white foam around half the glass. Aroma has some hops maybe a bit of yeast. Very drinkable, get some grassy notes and a good malt profile. Finishes with a nice dose of hops, but I it’s terribly bitter. Very clean letting the flavour show through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Bottle: light amber pour with a thick pillowy white head. aroma is toasted malt, caramel sweetness, a lot like the Firebrick. Faint citrus hop. Flavour is lighter than the Firebrick with a more pronounced citrusy floral hop. Still a lot of toasted malt flavour and citrusy hop with a slightly metallic tang to the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokencorner (4) - Minneapolis, USA - FEB 11, 2010 does not count
Auburn hue with a rich head, a heavily hopped lager, essentially a India Pale Lager. Northwestern US hops gives it a wonderful citrusy aroma. It’s extremely drinkable with great hop flavor and a perfectly balanced minimal maltiness. Highly recommended for individuals for whom IPAs are just a bit too much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 11, 2010
Sampled at the 2010 Crescent Moon Extreme Beer Festival. Pours clear light amber with a thin white head. Mild toffee aroma. Thin in body. Has a good medium bitter taste. The mild hop finish lingers. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
deyholla (9912) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2010
On tap. Poured a clear gold with a white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma was mainly had notes of grain and hay with a slight undertone of hops. Flavor was similar with malts dominating and the hops taking a back seat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1280) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2010
(bottle) Pours a clear copper color with a voluminous off-white head that sticks around and leaves good lacing on the glass. Prominent scent of fresh pine that also yields a resinous and earthy component. Bit of citrus peel and clean mint. Malts are suppressed by the large hop character, but as it warms the scent of caramel and toasted barley begin to appear. The taste has ample toasted barley mixed with a subtle undercurrent of caramel and some dry graininess that morphs into a very bready presence on the finish. This is quite reminiscent of rye. The hops don’t kick in until the finish, but they provide a pleasant bitter and spicy note to counterbalance the malts. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is restrained. A highly drinkable pilsner, pale ale, vienna, something or other, and further proof that Schell’s continues to step up to the plate and is no longer afraid of flavor. Good one for 150.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2011 12 oz. bottle from TC Craft. Dark golden color, big white foamy head. Fresh hoppy aroma with notes of pine. Flavor is a nice balance of the malt with a hoppy bite. Excellent beer, one of my new favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5289) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Dark amber, nearly copper colored body with a lightly khaki colored head. Very malty nose with fresh apple skins and hints of citrus. There is also some earthy potato and fresh bread dough. The taste is bright with orange peels and apple core. There is also some potato skin, and in this case, it is a good thing because it gets balanced. It is a bit sharp on the tongue with carbonation, but that is ok when you sip. Overall, it is like having a fairly malty pils with an amber ale level of hopping. This is very well made and refreshing. Probably the best I have had from Schell and a unique creation. I am very happy with this beer and would love to get more on my next trip up north, I hope Schell decides to produce this one again. We need more hoppy lagers like this without them being imperial pilseners.

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