Maibock (4) - - JUL 6, 2013 does not count
Used to be able to get this on Northwest Airline Flights in a can. It was awesome at 35,000 feet in First Class. I loved it. Bottled from the liquor store was not the same, but still a very enjoyable beer. Very Smooth and Creamy. Very little after bite. I pause and look at it whenever I’m at my beer store, but alas, I move on. Still not a bad beer. My favorite from August Schell. bbrock81 (317) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - NOV 13, 2003
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. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2004
Color is a clear orangey, head is a thick, fluffy white. Aroma is sweet and fresh, with touches of citrus,sea air, and a whiff of caramel, maybe. Palate is smooooth, with a trifly, tumbling texture for the tongue to play over. Very tasty, and sweet, and the malt's really pulling it's weight.
Very rich and satisfying, and not as thin in body like others of a similar style. If I can name names, I'd be happy if this one was the default beer everywhere on earth, like Samuel Adams is. It has a firmer body, and is malty, hoppy, malty, hoppy, a beautiful tango, back and forth, the two keeping pace with one another and surprise and delight the palate.
Again, a great lager. "All malt Vienna Style Lager" What, are they sneaking something else into their other beers? Do I have to keep an eye on those guys in New Ulm?
Nonetheless, Firebrick's a winner.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2009 Poured from bottle into a Pint glass bearing the logo of a competitive Minnesota brewery. Clear, light copper with fairly thin head and no lacing. Toasted and caramel malt aroma with a nice spicy noble hop counterbalance. Fantastic toasted malt character, with notes of caramel and fruit. Finishes with a mild spicy bitterness. Moderately high carbonation with a clean, medium body. Nice dry finish. Overall, a refreshing beer that actually works for all seasons. Fantastic Vienna overall, and this is what I compare all other Viennas to. SA Boston Lager is great as well, but not a true Vienna. Panzuriel (2306) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2002
This is a great malty german style beer. Good hearty aroma, full and complex. Nice dark ruby-brown color Thick lasting head. Great flavor. Nice malty and smooth through the aftertaste. A wonderful beer.
bendz1 (87) - Ankeny, Iowa, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Amber colored beer with a light colored head. Some caramel flavor to it. Smooth finish. wildfan (8) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2007 does not count
A great Schell’s offering. Nice amber color, and nice roasted/malty flavor. thejoeshow (232) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours a very nice deep amber color with a toffee/beige colored head. Nice head retention and decent lacing. Aroma is of caramel, malts. Very nice. Very nice taste! Lots of malt and caramel sweetness and a little dash of hop bitterness to balance it out. This is a big bold flavor! Very wonderful, and the mouthfeel is just right. It starts out like it is going to be a big heavy beer but finishes very light and refreshing. Odd for a beer with this much flavor. It’s a winner in my book! TheBeerBaron (261) - Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2009
Dark amber to medium brown color, highly carbonated with a frothy light brown head. Good looking. Caramel and molasses rich malt aroma with a touch of banana and peach. A very sweet smell that leaves no room for hops. The taste is deep malt but surprisingly not nearly as sweet or fruity as the aroma lets you believe. The flavor is chocked with a good amount of hops to dry the beer up. A very impressive and complex quality "red" malt lager. mnblueliner (3) - Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2013 does not count
Son-in-law got me to try this one. Aroma is light with a pleasant malt odor. Appearance is a somewhat sparkling amber with an average white head and persistent lacing. Taste is subtle malt with just a hint of hops- not a lot of flavor but very pleasant and drinkable. Palate gets a light/medium feel with slight carbonation and a clean finish. Won’t tell my son-in-law but I might have found my new everyday favorite with this one.