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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!


3.1
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3132) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Pours a good deep reddish orange with a great head and plenty of lace. The aroma is a good biscuit malt base with lots of citrus and piney hop notes. The flavor is very hoppy with a profile that reminds me a bit of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, there is plenty of citrus and fruitiness to this beer. The beer is lightly sweet with some bitter citrus rind making it really well balanced. I quite like this.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
LinusStick (2814) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2010
Meh...an average Vienna sampled at Penn Brewery. Aroma was alright. Flat and stale hops with nothing else. Pour was a nice deep dark amber with a one finger dense off white head. Taste was very watery. A weird burnt toast was present throughtout with some hints of earth and light hops. Any aftertaste was bullied over by a flavorless water presence. Very weird and very average

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ads135 (2814) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 21, 2013
This was a pretty decent beer. Thickish on the tongue, with a light fresh taste. Bready malt body.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2776) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Schellís 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 Schellís has done "extreme" beers, they just find more interesting variations on traditional style.

1.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
rumproasts (2734) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2012
starts with minimal, nearly undetectable flavor, followed by a strange unpleasant bitterness. not hoppy, just an artificial seeming bitterness. i donít know what they were going for, but this certainly canít be it. one of the worst beers iíve ever had.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madvike (2657) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Bottle - Pours clear yellow with a touch of amber and a thin foamy off-white head. "The hopping of a pale ale", huh? So I should get lots of hops on the nose? Yeah, those kind of arenít there. Metal? Check. Light crackery malt? Check. Touch of sugary sweetness? Check. And okay--a bit of herbal hopping? Check. Tastes about the same, but with a grassy hoppiness that builds through the finish, but feels separate to the rest of the beer. Thereís mineral dryness in there as well that isnít all that appealing. Iíd like the beer in the description, because it doesnít taste all that much like the one in my glass.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jake65 (2587) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Black Hills Beer Fest - under the guise of 150th Anniversary. Pours a clear dusty copper color with a small ring of beige head. Sweet and malty aroma, yet tangy with florals. Even some citrus. Tastes malt-forward, but not overly sweet. Certainly not bland. Nice citrus hop presence and even some pine. Nice session beer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrBunn (2438) - 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 itís a little rough around the edges.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Huhzubendah (2398) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2012
The beer is light orange colored and fairly hazy. The white head is a finger thick, displays decent retention, and leaves some sparse lacing on the pint glass. The aroma offers fruit, wheat, malt, light hops. The flavor is decent. The beer is slightly sweet, with malt and fruit flavors. The body is pretty thin, with solid carbonation. Overall, a decent brew. I would try it again. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-06-2011


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