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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Bottle thanks to nuplastikk: Pours a transparent light copper bronze with a stringy-lacing white head. Aroma of lightly resiny citrusy hops with some doughy malty undertones. Starts with average fullness and a faint sweetness with lots of grassy bittering and flavor hops before a drier crisp finish. Could use a little more sweetness for balance, but overall a pretty clean brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wlajwl (6598) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Can taste the hops more than anything but the malts do have a good prescence. A hard beer to categorize, among the better Schell beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (6105) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (6094) - Wauwatosa, USA - SEP 28, 2016
Amber to burnt orange in color. Diminished beige head (3-), Caramel to stale cigarette scents. Not sure why Im getting the tobacco, but it does smell like the shirt after a night in a smoky bar. Some floral hops and grain in the background. Light toasty sweetness in the start. Fairly simple. With caramelized sugar and only a hint of hops. Smooth to lightly oily feel. Fairly simple, caramel based lager. 12/10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5866) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2009
On draught during Winterfest 2009 in St Paul, MN. Pours a clear golden amber brew with a decent off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind a thick lacing. Aroma of some golden and pils malt, citrus zest, some lemon, a hint of grassy hops, and some biscuit dough. Taste is medium body, some carbonation with flavors close to an American Pale Ale with light caramel, citrus zest, some floral hops, a touch of pine and a hint of honey. Finish is semi-dry, hoppy, with a mild bitterness that follows a citrus and floral hop aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5836) - 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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (5705) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5344) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Dark amber, nearly copper colored body with a lightly khaki colored head. Very malty nose with fresh apple skins and hints of citrus. There is also some earthy potato and fresh bread dough. The taste is bright with orange peels and apple core. There is also some potato skin, and in this case, it is a good thing because it gets balanced. It is a bit sharp on the tongue with carbonation, but that is ok when you sip. Overall, it is like having a fairly malty pils with an amber ale level of hopping. This is very well made and refreshing. Probably the best I have had from Schell and a unique creation. I am very happy with this beer and would love to get more on my next trip up north, I hope Schell decides to produce this one again. We need more hoppy lagers like this without them being imperial pilseners.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
rumproasts (5318) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2012
starts with minimal, nearly undetectable flavor, followed by a strange unpleasant bitterness. not hoppy, just an artificial seeming bitterness. i dont know what they were going for, but this certainly cant be it. one of the worst beers ive ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (5044) - 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.

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