Schell Anniversary Series #5 - Hopfenmalz

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!

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   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 dont 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 doesnt 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 wont 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 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
LinusStick (3399) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2010 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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
undsioux7 (872) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Pours amber with a white head. Aroma is bready maltiness with a touch of spicy, citrus hops. Taste is crisp with bread, grass, tea and just a touch of spice. Not bad

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eells (64) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2010
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 wouldnt go out of my way to get it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (9922) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2010
12 oz. bottle as an extra in a trade with fidelis83- thanks again, Jeremiah! Pours a mostly clear amber with a big off-white head that leaves some light and sloppy lacing in the glass. Aroma of toast, grass, citrus, tea, banana, cardboard, and musk. Flavor of wet leaves, cardboard, grass, tea, citrus, floral hops, caramel malts, and rainwater. Light-bodied, with medium carbonation and a wet, leafy mouthfeel. Not bad, but this one just isnt doing it for me. Though I have to admit I dig the grandpa beer-style label.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
markas101 (2403) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2010
33 cl bottle, Fargo, ND, USA. Rich copper colour, foamy pond scum head. Strong citrus aroma with warming clove backbone. Hops overpower the malt, I was looking forward to a bit more malt profile but this is decent nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BVery (10122) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Tap. Light gold pour with a moderate white head. Aroma is scotch ale and vinegar. Nice medium body in a lighter beer. Taste is hop, malt, and an aspirin-like finish. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2010
Bottle shared by akevitt. Pours a clear amber-gold body with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, bread, yeast, and some nice floral hops. Flavor is not as intense as the aroma, but similar with the hops more prominent. Body is on the lighter side of medium, but very drinkable. Slick mouthfeel and well carbonated. Finishes dry and bitter with a slight aspirin taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (5699) - 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.

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