THEIR 150TH ANNIVERSARY BREW, the Hopfenmalz from August Schell’s is much of what one would expect from an aged Midwestern icon: a well-rounded lager of around 5%, neither light enough to be adjunct nor weighty enough to be called bock. Citrus hops are plenty, despite its advanced age at the time of tasting, and well couched between a crisp, citrus-edged open (their deliberate ode to pilsner) and a sweeter, substantial malt body (ditto an APA). The amber hues hint at its caramel overtones, though, and ultimately this brew falls more on the ‘malz’ side of the spectrum than the ‘hopfen’. Decent.
Served: 12 oz bottle best by 102110