benfergy (235) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - MAR 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Hopfenmalz is an reddish-orange beer with moderate head. The aroma is, sure enough, very hoppy, and the hops have both floral and citrus hints. The taste is very balanced (but I don’t notice any sweetness). The palate has good texture but a slightly bitter finish. Nonetheless, this is a good, good, solidly good beer from Schell, and one that I’ll be keeping my eye out for.
hero12 (184) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden brown pour with a very small white head. Hoppy, spicy nose, smells a lot like a pale ale. Hops make up most of the taste in this beer, it is also quite citrusy, but not fruity? Medium body with a crisp finish. I don’t know if is my spring fever or the beer’s pale ale qualities, but I really enjoyed this beer.
Northernbrewer (151) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A really delightful beer. With a lighter body that is a nod to the light Lagers that helped them survive for many decades, and a high quality malt flavor and bright citrusy hops that are a nod to the craft brews that sustain them today. Kind of an American hopped Dortmunder? Very drinkable.
joechristenson (149) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2010
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul, MN. I don’t have much experience with this style of beer, so this is a bit of a blind comparison. This is an average-looking beer that morphs between a pale amber and a gannet and doesn’t have much for the nose (some bready/stale smelling malts and a hint of earthy hops). The balance in the mouth is off -- it vacillates between an over-bold carbonation and a dull flatness (I won’t venture any explanations) -- and it left me feeling nonplussed. The flavor was the same way -- sometimes it would be a really rich, buttery, and pretty tasty bready malt and other times it would taste stale, prickly, and old. I feel like they tried to do too much here and ended up with less -- perhaps if the focus had been on the "elegant" Pilsner and "malt backbone" this one would turn out better; instead, it just seems a bit confused and sheepish, simply following the American hop crazed shepherd.
felsenpils (134) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 29, 2012
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
This one is even worse than their Pils, though along the same lines. Added some flavor complexities? They sure have, just the wrong ones. Its only saving grace is that it is seasonal so that we do not have to dump it out year round.
kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear light amber pour with moderate foamy off-white head. Nose is light citrus and some bready malt with light caramel. Biscuit and caramel flavor with some faint citrus. Lightly bitter finish. Quite nice overall.
aetheon (85) - The Gutter, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
nice dark golden color, tanish creamy head, lots of lacing. moderate carbonation. starts out a bit flat, mouthfeel is medium at best. a fairly good boost of hops - pale ale strength. Overall its descent, I was really hoping it would have had more maltiness tho for a full flavor. I would drink this again, but if Im buying, for this type flavor I would just go straight for a pale ale.
Eells (64) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A pretty good hop balanced lager. Does have the lager crispness with hop flavor from this German style brewer. Not too bitter for the lager minded, and just enough hops (for a lager) for a hophead like myself. But overall i wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
Suneson (58) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2010
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured a light golden color with no head what so ever. It looked like my friends Coors light. Hard to taste much in this beer cause it was so watered down. Subtle flavor of hops and yeast. Not a fan at all. Very dissappointed.
Alopex (56) - Crystal, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.