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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!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hero12 (180) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2010
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4763) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 16, 2010
12 ounce bottle - clear dark copper - lively pour, with a thick, sudsy head - a really solid vienna lager, with a lovely balance of toasted maltiness and hop character - the character and richness of the vienna and munich malts add depth and heft, but do not keep the beer from being refreshing and crisp - lovely hop bitterness compliments the toasted aspects really well - lingering toasted bread flavors in the finish - tasty!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellomynameis (874) - 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.

3.8
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Onslow (1130) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (4268) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2010
UPDATED: APR 25, 2010 12oz bottle. Golden-bronze color, with a soapy white head. Lots of bubbly carbonation. Toasty caramel malt aroma, with some hoppy citrus bitterness. Well hopped, this could certainly fit in on your West Coast brewpub menu well. The description really tells it as it is, smooth lager body with a solid hop bitterness. Would be awesome to see how it was before filtration, the body is a little watery and lacking depth at times, and might be fuller with a yeasty touch. Still a really pleasant surprise from Schell, worth picking up.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sthlm (1224) - Iowa, 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2010
Clear gold color with a large head. Noble hop aroma. Light citrus and grain present as well. Very dry and grainy start to the flavor. A little more than moderate bitterness. Quite floral in the hops department. Light breadiness. Fairly high carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bbrock81 (304) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Bottle from sampler pack. Very decent beer, if a little of the mish-mash one would think from the description. Has the body of a malty beer with the hoppy flavor and especially finish of an IPA. Not the best but still a very good beer.

3.7
   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).


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