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Schell’s Hopfenmalz


For their 150th Anniversary (they’ve been around a long time) they re-brewed this beer from their “Anniversary Draft Series.” Fans got to choose which beer they wanted, and this was the winner. I’m not sure if I’ve even ever had an amber lager before but the description of this beer says the drinkability of a Pils, the breadyness of a Vienna lager and the hopping of a pale ale.

Amber Lager. 4.9% ABV. 50 IBUs. Minnesota.

Light brown color with a head with big bubbles, lots of carbonation streams.

Grainy and hoppy nose. Lots of grains come through with some hop pine with lots of orange and green apple.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with fairly high carbonation.

Palate is grainy with pine, orange, light apple flavor, hint of caramel. The finish has a really nice floral and brown sugar thing with quite a bit of hop bitterness. It does seem a bit watery to me and I think the hops are a bit too high on the finish.

Not bad, but not a favorite of mine. Only for those who dig hops, as well. 86 points.

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