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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!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5183) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5100) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4909) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a bright orange-amber color with a large foamy orange-white head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was tangy and sweet with moderate notes of lemon, grapefruit, pine and a touch of spruce. The flavor was bitter with notes of caramel, grapefruit and pine with undertones that were nutty and bready. Long tangy and fruity finish. Medium body. Solid.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4839) - 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!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4396) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2010
Clear gold color with a large head. Noble hop aroma. Light citrus and grain present as well. Very dry and grainy start to the flavor. A little more than moderate bitterness. Quite floral in the hops department. Light breadiness. Fairly high carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (4350) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2010
UPDATED: APR 25, 2010 12oz bottle. Golden-bronze color, with a soapy white head. Lots of bubbly carbonation. Toasty caramel malt aroma, with some hoppy citrus bitterness. Well hopped, this could certainly fit in on your West Coast brewpub menu well. The description really tells it as it is, smooth lager body with a solid hop bitterness. Would be awesome to see how it was before filtration, the body is a little watery and lacking depth at times, and might be fuller with a yeasty touch. Still a really pleasant surprise from Schell, worth picking up.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (4029) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2010
oh yes, bready aroma. nice head. darker than a pale lager but just as clear. big bitter ipa impact and dulled over by a vienna background. decent fizz for a strong hoppy malty bitter beer. big slap on the tastebuds. medicinal plowing back of throat finiah. hoppen fer sure on this one. I like schell because their beers are easy to dring but this one is more like those ubiquitous rude ipas that are out there.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
esjaygee (3903) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wlajwl (3822) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Can taste the hops more than anything but the malts do have a good prescence. A hard beer to categorize, among the better Schell beers.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3710) - 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.


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