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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vikingguy (1064) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Pours orange-gold with white foamy head. Strong and pleasant malty aroma. Hops up-front, bready/biscuit malt brings up the rear. Dry aftertaste. Well balanced and a good representative of the style. I rather like Vienna’s and this is a good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nsanders (1002) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Deep amber body. Nice floral hop aroma with a light alcohol smell. Less bitter than expected, pepper taste hides under the bitterness. Lighter body with fine carbonation.

   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 13/20
undsioux7 (871) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Pours amber with a white head. Aroma is bready maltiness with a touch of spicy, citrus hops. Taste is crisp with bread, grass, tea and just a touch of spice. Not bad

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
asedzie (786) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 25, 2010
Bottle. Pours deep amber with medium off-white head, delicate lacing. Aroma jumps right out, bright leafy pine and floral hop scent, subtle citrus notes. Flavor and palate are outstanding. Round, nicely textured malt. A cleanness noticeable from the lager yeast, fresh cookie dough malt flavor, very mild spice, lingering bitterness and piney resin. A world-class lager that could probably compete with some of the best of germany and czech, very nicely balanced, too, not over the top with american hop flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit multipurpose glass. Appearance: Clear, darkened orange with thin head and decent lacing for a lager. Aroma: Very dry, somewhat bitter and tart, with apple, citrus, spice and grass. Taste: Caramel, apple, toast and hay-like malt body countered by dry German (spicy) and American (citrus) hops. Long lingering bitterness. Doesn’t come together quite as well as I hoped. Palate: Moderately high carbonation, light to medium body, exceedingly dry. Overall: While I can see the synthesis of styles (Vienna, Pils, APA), it ultimately tastes like a bitter, slightly citrusy, Vienna. Actually, it somewhat reminds of SA Boston Lager, which is an off-style Vienna. Quite good overall, but I would just rather have SA Boston Lager or Schell’s own true Vienna (FireBrick).

   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 8, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 Bottle. A - Lighter, crisp tawny color with an average sized, tight foamy, sticky, fluffy, slightly off-white head. Very nice retention with a nice layer of lace left. S - Bready and grainy malt are strong. Nice hint of citrus hops and a slight sweetish lemony citrus as well. Spicy aroma and a hint of herbal aroma. T - Similar to the nose with a good bready backbone. Very strong hop presence for the style. Leafy herbal hops along with a strong citrusy hop flavor. Spicy and lemony flavors. Touches of caramel malt. Quite bitter hoppiness on top of a typical lager type taste. M - Light body with average carbonation. Crisp feel. D - Pretty easy drinking for this beer. The hoppy kick doesn’t weigh too much on the palate and it is pretty crisp and refreshing. Notes: Not too bad. Plenty of hoppiness. Nice, crisp, refreshing beer that was easy to drink, but it didn’t really impress me that much. I would get it again, but not one I will regularly get.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2011
pours an amber color with a good off white fluffy head. aroma is toasted malt and a nice piney light citrusy hop aroma. flavor has the same elements but a bit stronger. this is a vienna?! kind of a blend of an apa, vienna, and bitter. i like it though a nice anniversary beer for them.

   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.

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