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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
joechristenson (149) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2010
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2011
(bottle 8/1/10). Clear light amber color. Small off white head. Light toast/malt aroma. Mod toast/malt flavor with light bitterness. Avg duration. Light bitter finish. Moderate carbonation. Fair lacing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ratman197 (13112) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Bottle poured a clear amber with a lingering ring of ivory foam. Aromas of biscuit, earthiness, light carmel and light citrus. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness, light grapefruit and light pine with a crisp moderatrly bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
deyholla (9993) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2010
On tap. Poured a clear gold with a white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma was mainly had notes of grain and hay with a slight undertone of hops. Flavor was similar with malts dominating and the hops taking a back seat.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
boozedude (2228) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Bottle into glass.. hazy dark orangish pour with white head.. Funky dead fruit aroma.. Taste is some bitter fruit.. Bitter finish some mild hopps..just ok

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
LinusStick (3223) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2010
Meh...an average Vienna sampled at Penn Brewery. Aroma was alright. Flat and stale hops with nothing else. Pour was a nice deep dark amber with a one finger dense off white head. Taste was very watery. A weird burnt toast was present throughtout with some hints of earth and light hops. Any aftertaste was bullied over by a flavorless water presence. Very weird and very average

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
wingnut640 (7) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2012 does not count
A little past its prime but the hops still do come through. Reminds of a german export style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madvike (3192) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Bottle - Pours clear yellow with a touch of amber and a thin foamy off-white head. "The hopping of a pale ale", huh? So I should get lots of hops on the nose? Yeah, those kind of aren’t there. Metal? Check. Light crackery malt? Check. Touch of sugary sweetness? Check. And okay--a bit of herbal hopping? Check. Tastes about the same, but with a grassy hoppiness that builds through the finish, but feels separate to the rest of the beer. There’s mineral dryness in there as well that isn’t all that appealing. I’d like the beer in the description, because it doesn’t taste all that much like the one in my glass.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (5262) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2010
oh yes, bready aroma. nice head. darker than a pale lager but just as clear. big bitter ipa impact and dulled over by a vienna background. decent fizz for a strong hoppy malty bitter beer. big slap on the tastebuds. medicinal plowing back of throat finiah. hoppen fer sure on this one. I like schell because their beers are easy to dring but this one is more like those ubiquitous rude ipas that are out there.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
SODAK14 (349) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - JUL 15, 2010
Pours a lot of head and champagne like bubbles. Way too hoppy for me, won’t ever buy this one again.

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