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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (5045) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sthlm (1289) - Duluth, Minnesota, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidelis83 (2364) - 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 cant 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 its awesome when fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (6106) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
That1Guy (2225) - Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2010
Crushed at the Cresent Moon. One hell of a good beer. Great balance of bitter hops and bready malt. Crisp and light but enough flavor and substance that its a sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7521) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a bright orange-amber color with a large foamy orange-white head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was tangy and sweet with moderate notes of lemon, grapefruit, pine and a touch of spruce. The flavor was bitter with notes of caramel, grapefruit and pine with undertones that were nutty and bready. Long tangy and fruity finish. Medium body. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hero12 (184) - 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 dont know if is my spring fever or the beers pale ale qualities, but I really enjoyed this beer.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (4181) - 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.

   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.

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