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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!


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2010
aroma was a zesty hop malt aroma but this penny aroma starts to come through,thought it might be my glass but the remaining beer in the bottle smelled the same. Taste was a balance of sweeter malts and grainy hops,finishes with that tinny flavor,not awful,but not good enough to be a 150 Anniversary

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TXBadger (1381) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Reviewed from notes: pours a hazy golden color with white head. Cereal grains, yeast, and some citrus on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with some grain.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
roder60 (1284) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Pours a slightly hazy light brown orange color with medium foamy bubbly manilla head. Aroma is citric and sweetened oranges. Flavor has kinda watery weak body dominated by nice citric notes that lack the bitter abrasive bite of some pale ales. Finish is floral and clean with little cling. Overall, a nice lawn mower beer, but nothing overly compelx.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBeer45 (1251) - Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Bottle, has a clear light amber-gold pour with a one and half finger faint off white head (has a slight haze from small bit of sediment in the bottle), the effervescence is medium, left some spots and lines of lacing on the glass when I swirled and I drank, no sediment in the bottle, the aromas consisted of toasted malt, bread, a little malt sweetness with grassy and fresh mint scented hops, nice aroma, there were flavors of toasted malt, bread, some bitter hops, that had a little orange and lemon citrus flavor, there were more hops in this beer than I was expecting, the finish has a little bitterness and does finish dry on the palate, mouth feel is less than medium with nice carbonation, a enjoyable drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sthlm (1231) - Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2010
[Bottle] Pours deep amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is very bready and biscuity, with caramel, and a sweet fruitiness that reminds me of a subdued cross between banana and pineapple. Taste is caramel, moderate bitterness, toasted, biscuity character, with some light raisiny notes. Good mouthfeel, nice length finish. A very well-made, sessionable beer. Between this and the upcoming barrel-aged series, there are some exciting things happening at Schells.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1167) - St. Paul, 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.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Onslow (1160) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Medium amber brew with thick head and good head retention. Aroma dominated by grassy hops. Excellent flavor with a definate malt background that avoids being overly heavy or cloyingly sweet. Great complex hops bite late in the swallow and linging into the finish. Distrint dry-hopped characteristics that rivals many very good pale ales. I really like this one.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2011
This beer is really pretty decent, but still nothing much to it. I like some more complexity.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmohno (1075) - Iowa, USA - JUL 13, 2011
Pretty decent brew, Flavor is really good,carbonation is really good.Picking up some english, orange,toasty maltiness.English aroma with a note of it in taste.Spice like hop finish.Decent beer, i had lower expections, good solid beer much character,well done

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ccex (922) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2011
12 oz bottle from a Schell’s sampler 12-pack. Label (from late 2011) does not mention anniversary. Pours a clear amber with a fluffy white head and moderate lacing. Nose has some ctirusy hops. A good balance of bready malts and hops. Fairly bitter taste with a hint of pine but nothing nasty afterwards. Nothing outrageous, but refreshing and well crafted. Not one of my favorite styles, but worth a try or three.


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