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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5297) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alopex (56) - Crystal, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2010
This is a very beautiful copper-orange colored brew with a fingers worth of off white head. Aroma is of pine and grapefruit. There is almost enough malt here to balence out the hop bite but I largely feel as though I’m drinking an APA. Pretty nice showing for Schell’s 150th Anniversary.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
amishcaravan (247) - Winona, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2009
on tap at ground round in winona, mn. scent is rather mild but does consist of some hops and a yeasty malt. taste has nice hops notes. there is also a slight carmel hint in the end. nice smooth finish. not a bad brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2009
On draught during Winterfest 2009 in St Paul, MN. Pours a clear golden amber brew with a decent off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind a thick lacing. Aroma of some golden and pils malt, citrus zest, some lemon, a hint of grassy hops, and some biscuit dough. Taste is medium body, some carbonation with flavors close to an American Pale Ale with light caramel, citrus zest, some floral hops, a touch of pine and a hint of honey. Finish is semi-dry, hoppy, with a mild bitterness that follows a citrus and floral hop aftertaste.

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