stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This a very nice representation of a Vienna style and at a nice price to boot. Head fades somewhat fast(perhaps my glass?) malt aroma is very evident after pour. Color is copper and very clear. Although there was some residual yeast in the bottle. Nice hops flavor that is not at all obtrusive to the malt. Caramel notes are present and linger in the finish. Nice job !
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very tasty!!! This beer re-confirms why I love Viennas so darn much! The malt is deliciously assertive - with a honeyish sweetness that's to die for. In addition, the hops aren't forgotten, but they're in the background. Just enough to properly augment things, but they disappear quickly and don't linger. My lone complaint is the inability to get a head out of it! Otherwise, bravo.
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2005 Decent clean aroma not found in other Schell products. Beautiful copper-red color. Small head with fine bubbles and clingy lacing. Sweet malt flavor, lively carbonation, light mouthfeel, light tasty hop finish. Slightly dry,acidic finish. Extremely drinkable and good with food. Thanks to Schell for making this a year-round offering.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour is a translucent copper color with a minimal head that is semi-creamy in texture and a light tan color as it evaporates, the lace forms a fine sheet upon the glass. Nose is crisp and clean and malt sweet as is the start with the top light to moderate in feel. Finish is austere in its acidity; the hops are pleasant in their spicy presence, desert dry aftertaste and a nice drinking beer that would hit the spot on a hot Arizona afternoon.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty, but mild. A little spicy hop character. Very drinkable, a session option for those who like the style.
bbrock81 (304) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - NOV 13, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2004 I really liked this beer. It was deliciously malty, with just a hint of hops in the aroma and flavor. The red amber color is beautiful. Another typically wonderful Schell product. This is definitely a keeper.
badgerben (4362) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Not bad. Not quite as strong a malt presence as a dopplebock, but heading down that line.
ChrisMikeBrown (2) - Owatonna, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2003 does not count
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
A small lager with just enough hop to smooth the malt sweetness, and a flavoring hop with the essence of licking an aged hearth.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Firebrick pours out a clear coppery reddish color with a one finger high head of yellowy puffy loose foam that sits for a good time eventually diminishing to a solid skim on top always present and leaves tons of spotty clear lace and small sheets.
Smell is faint but present of sweetish malts, fresh and crisp, a touch of musty grain and a nice yeasty sweet bread dough quality.
Taste is more of the same with favorable but short sweetness of malts, toasty and breadish, some grainy unevenness when cold but goes away as it warms. It finishes soft and lightly drying with a bit of a yeasty bitter sweet grab that lingers nicely.
Easy and simple with close to medium body in feel with a quick creamy start and gaining some bolder qualities as it reaches the midway point and through to the clean crispy lightly dry finish. Quite a nice little brew, the finish is my favorite, and once it warms a bit is very nice and very drinkable. One of the better Schell's brews IMO.
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
pretty good stuff, possibly my favorite of the schell's line, plus the bottle is pretty scharp