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Schell Anniversary Series #5 - Hopfenmalz



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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
D_F (6) - USA - MAR 26, 2010 does not count
Excellent beer, I enjoyed it a bit more on tap during the lead up to the bottling, but its held up well in the bottle too. It pours an amber color with a puffy slightly off-white head. It smells fairly citrusy and spicy. Nicely drinkable, with some good hop flavor up front, a crisp finish and a lingering caramel malt flavor. A refreshing alternative to a standard IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - APR 12, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2010 Pours a very slightly hazy coppery amber with a 1-2 finger chunky off white head that has great retention and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is big on citrus, spice and sharp grass, yeasty bread twang, some toast, a little peach and apple, sweet floral notes and a bit of soap. Flavor is sweet, lightly yeasty white bread,lots of citrus, spicy and floral hops, hay and mineral notes that slip themselves perfectly between every other note to make this a highly refreshing brew. Palate is light bodied with a medium, velvety carbonation somewhat creamy entry and dry finish. What a well balanced, refreshing and deliciously hoppy lager. I love this stuff, i wish it was permanently available... although I canít really see it taking to long stints on store shelves very well. Edit; 11.30.10, this brew does indeed go downhill rather quickly, but itís awesome when fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5294) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Northernbrewer (151) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RyanMM (416) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAY 30, 2010
Pours copper with a billowy beige head. Aromas of hops, bread. Very smooth, crisp, great carbonation, hoppy finish. Rich flavor. Slight warming builds on the tongue as you drink it. Really nice beer.

   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1283) - Minneapolis, 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 donít 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 Schellís continues to step up to the plate and is no longer afraid of flavor. Good one for 150.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokencorner (4) - Minneapolis, USA - FEB 11, 2010 does not count
Auburn hue with a rich head, a heavily hopped lager, essentially a India Pale Lager. Northwestern US hops gives it a wonderful citrusy aroma. Itís extremely drinkable with great hop flavor and a perfectly balanced minimal maltiness. Highly recommended for individuals for whom IPAs are just a bit too much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (4020) - 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.

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