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Schell's Stag Series: August's Bock - August Schell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gatornation on 11-06-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 21
Reviews by MattyG85:
Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A bready and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with hints of earthy hops. Upfront pale and toasted malts with hints of biscuit, grains, toasted bread, caramel, straw, yeast, and cracker. Earthy and floral hops with hints of grass and pine. Light citrus hints of orange peel and lemon zest. Also some fruit hints of apple and fig. A pretty solid bock aroma with more hops than typical.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a bready and moderately sweet malty taste with a nice balance of earthy and citrus hops. Upfront taste of toasty malts with notes of biscuit, toasted bread, grains, caramel, yeast, cracker, and straw. Fruit taste of apple, fig, and banana. Solid hop presence with earthy and floral notes. Notes of pine and grass along with citrus hop notes of orange peel and lemon. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and slightly chewy. Smooth with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A pretty good spin on a German Bock. Good malt flavor with a surprisingly stronger hop presence than expected.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Blonde Dopplebock? Sure ... similarities to the Hellesbock I assume. Broad malt nose, deep melanodian -like aromas with a bready backing. Mild crispness, semi-chewy medium body with a loaf of bread on the palate. Mild sweetness, just a hint of herbal hop to keep things level. Warming alcohol is super clean. Long malty finish that leans towards a slightly dry grassiness.

Incredibly tasty, beers like this are a great reminder how much I love lagers. Some serious drinking here.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a glass mug.

A lovely beer, reddish-amber. An aggressive pour leads to a two-finger head that compacts down to a thin, foamy layer and some lingering ace.

The aroma is excellent, lots of yeasty bread with a hint of caramel and just a note of citrus.

The taste is excellent. The bitter hits my tongue first, followed by some nice bread flavors, a little sweetness and a bit of citrus and herbal hops. A very nice lingering bitter on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is really nice, a little chewy with a pleasant drying.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer although is seemed closer to a bock than a dopplebock. Still, a wonderful collaboration between Schell's and the Gold Ochsen Brewery of Germany. I wish a had a few more...

Photo of bsp77
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint.

Appearance: Clear orange with thick, bubbly off-white head, but doesn't leave a lot behind.

Smell: Dried out malts, with cracker, apple and other fruits. Light hoppiness, but complex with citrus, tropical notes, spice and floral notes.

Taste: Interesting. Sweeter than the aroma, but still notice many of the same things - cracker, apple, cherry, citrus. There is some spiciness on the finish, but not much bitterness. There is a lingering citrusy, almost tropical, aftertaste that is unique for German hops. Almost Lagunitas-like. I wonder if that is from the new Polaris hops, as I don't think the Emerald, Tettnanger or Saphir would taste that way (although these are all recent hops other than Tettnanger).

Feel: Medium to full body. Carbonation is low. Fairly smooth, creamy and clean, but not quite as dry as desired.

Overall: The more I drink this, the more I notice the hops. Very interesting to say the least. I really am reminded of Lagunitas, and how they would make a Doppelbock. Odd, but I like it.

I just want to add that for a beer that is steeped in tradition, this is perhaps the least traditional beer Schell's has made.

Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single at Princeton's Liquor and it's the second blond doppelbock I've had recently. The other being Long Winter's Nap from Blue Mountain Brewery. I complained that beer was all smooth malts with no hops. Well, August's Bock had a really nicely balanced herbal citrus hop character, but could have used a touch more malty bock flavor. Head to head, I'd take the Schell's though, it's still a very nice hoppy lager (relatively speaking).

Photo of morimech
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange/amber color with a massive head that slowly settled to a thick cap. A lot of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Unique aroma for a doppelbock and I have not smelled another similar to this. I pick up oranges and lemons. Some typical bock aromas of raisins and bready malt manage to sneak in.

Quite hoppy in flavor and bitterness. Almost drinks like an IPA. I get citrus, mostly orange, that almost covers up the maltiness. There is a little dark fruit and grain but it is mostly hops. Bitterness is definitely high for a doppelbock, but I would call it on the lower side of moderate for American styles. A touch of alcohol in the finish.

Medium to medium high in heft of body. Carbonation is on the lower side. Seems very well paired for each other.

Schell's takes another traditional style and gives it their own personal twist. Maybe more traditional then what American tastes are use to.

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright jewel tone orange, fully saturated with some occasional rising bubbles in the center. Clarity is ultra sharp, you can read a paper through it. Two fingers of foam initially, delicate rings of drippy lace in the glass, frothy collar around the edges. Skim parts in the center after a few sips.

Grassy grainy aroma, yeast and sweet citrus peel when swirled.

Very smooth with subtle flavors, light citrus peel and mild bitterness in the aftertaste. Sweetness is reserved, and not detected in the aftertaste but it's sticky on the lips. Light and drinkable with a substantial feel. Rich maltiness, very nice kiss of citrus. Highly balanced and easy to drink. Recommended.

Photo of garymuchow
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fun story, fun beer.
Good looking. Brilliantly clear and pretty amber with dark golds just moving into browns. Smallish tan head with some lacing.
A fresh hop aroma with some unique qualities of grassy and spiciness. Malt is a little hidden while colder but shows forth as it warms with a sparkly caramel.
No hiding of the malt in the flavor. Rich without excess, touches on fruity and caramel. But the hops are there too. Less prominent but adding the unique spiciness and rounding off the flavors well. The flavors are less distinct as it warms but the blend real nicely into a relatively complex mouthful of fun. Just enough alcohol to show hints, but ample enough to feel warmth in the gut and a ping in the head.
Solid body and fit for style. Lager smooth and carbonated moderately with a nice softness to the feel.
This is a nice drink and small enough to enjoy a couple, just gotta' remember to take my time.

Photo of AEHMJH
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another finely crafted beer in the Stag Series from Schell's in New Ulm.

Although the advertising refers to this brew as a "Doppelbock" it is much closer to blonde Doppel.

Excellent malt character, not a hint of aggressive hopping.

All of the "one-offs" in this Series have been exceptionally well done.

Photo of jimmah120
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle labeled by march of next year

Looks great. A clear orange-caramel color with a fluffy cap of foam. Smell is sweet bock and stinky English hops. The taste is surprisingly light and hoppy, finishing sweet and slick with a slight white wine flavor.

A strong German blonde bock with plenty of hops. The flavor surprised me, but held up over the course of the 6-pack.

Photo of steveh
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yet another shout out to Chaz & Grant for their huge generosity in allowing me to try some of these beers I'd otherwise never see.

From Ulm to New Ulm; I like the collaboration concept, if not the description of this being a hoppy Heller Doppelbock using Saphir hops that usually kill my palate.

A -- Clear, rich-looking, deep gold to near amber with a firm, off-white head that's holding up well.

S -- Crazy balance of light citrus, spicy (Tetnang-like) and rich, bready -- very Germanic malts. It's difficult to tell whether the citrus is from hops or fermentation, but it's not at all distracting.

T -- Straight up sweet, bready -- juicy (to quote a Jackson phrase) malts on first swallow, then spiciness from hops follows, then the sweetness from the malts comes back around for a follow-thru. Finish is spicy with a pleasantly bitter aftertaste. Some mild citrus lingers as well.

M -- Soft and "chewy" mouthfeel with a medium to light-robust body from a great malt blend.

O -- A very interesting take on the style. While not traditional (which I fully admit to a partiality), there's a great -- well-crafted balance between tradition and modern-day in this beer. While I'd never want to see a traditional Heller Doppelbock fade into extinction, I have no qualms to have this brew sharing the shelves.

Photo of wisrarebeer
2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Brought back from Minnesota by Lance W. Thanks brother!

This is a decent tasting beer but didn't resemble a bock to me. It needed a bit more caramel malts and the hops were a bit pronounced. Nice drinking beer but needed to be more malt focused with body and depth.

Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I bought a single, but then went as soon as I could to get more. This was a great Schell Stag Series release... They have been doing a good job with this line.

Out of the bottle pours a rich gold to amber brew with a soft, slightly off-white and creamy head. Doesn't foam up a lot with a moderate pour rate, but the nice creamy looking texture has got my interests. Has a sort of rust red tinge almost to it in a way. A good looking bock (doppelbock?... shrugs)

The bottle says it's a bock, I'm judging it as a bock... not a doppelbock as it says above.

The smell is mellow, there are hints of brown sugary sorts of malts and a bit of caramel with a nice earthy tone. I pick up hops, herbal and citrusy. Well balanced. Not a robust scent, but it is certainly not a put off in anyway. I don't know precisely what it may say about the beer itself it is light and almost floral in a way.

The taste. What a hoppy bock this is, is my first impression. Back for more tastes and you really can pick up the brown sugar tones in the malt, the dry and almost salted caramels with lemon and a hint of herbal pine. There is a nice almost toasted white raisin sweetness to it. Very nice, it is full of flavor but not in your face in any way at all. It just makes itself known, all in good balance. The level of hops is the only thing I am not used to in a bock, in a way it is a nice surprise and a nice change up though.

The mouthfeel I have to say is just spot on. Lightly creamy, smooth, a tad sticky, and just a hint of dryness at the tail end. If Schell did this all the time, this would be a staple six pack for me. It's just so easy to drink, and doesn't lose interest. A lighter medium bodied beer.

Overall, very well done as I have already mentioned. The hop character is a bit bigger than I was expecting and wields a double edged sword as for the style and so on... but it also gives the beer a twist of interest. But I do think they could have maybe toned it down just a bit and still been golden. But, for what it is worth, I will be sad to see the beer leave the shelves not to return. I've had a lot of bocks, and thus have had my share of hokey bocks in this style from all over the world... and yes Germany, I've had a couple hokey bocks from you as well. This wasn't hokey... it was delicious.

Photo of mothman
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Stag Series #8

Beige creamy head. Good retention and lots of lace left. Color is an orange hued gold.

Flavor profile is very hoppy. Lots of pine, floral, and earthy notes. Very fresh. Bready and biscuity. A bit of cracker flavor. Notes of caramel as well. Hop resin juiciness.

Mouthfeel: bitter, dry, and smooth. Medium bodied. Nice amount of carbonation. Ends with a little stickiness.

Overall, wow, schells has done something very unique. A very hoppy doppelbock. Very drinkable. Very unique. I can't wait to see what happens to this with a little age.

Photo of ZAP
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting big things from this beer but while this is a solid beer it is not the type of Maibock/Blonde Doppel I enjoy...that is not to say it is off style...

I prefer malty, bready maibocks with a hint of spicy hops.

This is pretty hop forward...unique hoppiness I can't quite place but more along the lines of citrus and apples/pears type fruitiness...maybe a little grassy..

Malt is evident but flavors do not emerge as I'd prefer....call it a bit of dull crackery malt....

Looks great in the glass...regal with a deep copper color and perfect 1/3 inch frothy head...

Overall this is a nice beer...I got 12 of them and will enjoy drinking them but it is not in the league with the Capital blonde bocks in my opinion....

Photo of budgood1
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

pours out a very deep gold color with a very fine head and minimal lace. a faint sweet maltiness in the nose with toasted notes and a bit bisquit like base. spicy hop notes very prevalent . the taste profile is a bit hard to pin down, but there is a well attentuated malt foundation that has a toasted brown sugar character to it. the hopping also throws down some unique features. i get a lot of herbal notes...quite spicy, dirty and earthy. it really dominates the overall profile, and since there really isn't any residual sweetness to tame, the hop bill overwhelms what usually is a nuanced style if true to form. any detectable alcohol is well integrated into the hop spice. the finish is quite dry, with lingering bitterness. the hopping actually provides more to the flavor profile than the back end bitterness. this is a strange bock. sturdy above medium body. steely and mundane mouthfeel. drinkability hard to categorize....sustenance in a bottle i suppose.

overall i'm a little thrown off by this offering. it's a bend the rules and blur the lines sort of blonde/bock/doppel. my take is that this a rock solid, interesting, yet unspectacular take on the bock style. very hop forward.

Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear gold, good head.

Smell: Grassy, sweet.

Taste: Sweet, fruity. Tangy cherry note, toffee. Grassy hop flavor throughout. Finishes grassy.

Overall: Tasty, but different. Reminds me of an imperial pilsner with the strong grassy flavor backed by sweet malts. Good stuff!

Photo of hardy008
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with a one finger white head, with nice retention and lacing. Has the aroma of Pilsner malt, citrus, caramel, and bread malt. Hoppier than normal for a Doppelbock, but still smells nice.

Has a definite Pilsner malt taste with caramel, spicy hops, citrus, and bread malt. A very unique tasting Doppelbock, likely due to the Pilsner malt and spicy hops. I like this beer quite a bit, but it isn't as good as the regular Schell's Bock, which is an outstanding beer.

Medium bodied with modest carbonation. Has a bittersweet aftertaste. A nice beer, which I am glad I had the chance to try.

Photo of EXP57
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold color, thick off white head with long retention and tight bubbles. It has a slight metallilc presence in the aroma along with a touch of sulfer. There is a strong bready flavor with the hops balancing nicely. There is also a minerally feel that is hard to ignore.
The bittering lingers a bit to the finish, which is full. Overall, a decent blonde dopplebock, not fantastic, but drinkable.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

August Schell August's Bock, Stag Series Limited Release Batch No. 8. A Collaborative Brew between August Schell Brewing, New Ulm, Minnesota, and Gold Ochsen Brewery, Ulm, Germany. No ABV given, but there is some gobbledygook, which I'll get to later.

Clear, amber-hued, creamy white head holds forth above.

Aroma: Lightly sweet and malty, …that covers it.

Taste: More sweet from more malt. More in line with a blonde doppelbock in flavor, without the same color. Not as dark and rich as many other db's. Medium-bodied, light, malty finish.Toasty and caramel-y. Through it all, great balance, never too much of anything.
I'm enjoying this, though it doesn't seem especially special. Sometimes good is good enough.

What does the label tell us? "August's Bock is a blonde doppelbock beer collaboratively brewed by two 5th generation breweries in the sister cities Ulm, Germany and New Ulm, Minnesota."

Well, now we know.

Bocks and doppelbocks are the styles of beers that I enjoy drinking without having much to say about them. They are what they are, and they are good.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From: John's Grocery, Iowa City, IA
Date: Best by 2014-03-30
Glass: Ayinger Celebrator bock glass

Schell's August's Bock is fairly solid doppelbock/maibock hybrid that emphasizes hops more than traditional versions of the style. Enjoyable and interesting, though nowhere near as complex or robust as I was hoping, it was still fairly easy to go through a single bottle, and no problem working away at a six-pack of this over the course of a week or two. Would pick this up again.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of off-white foam, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles, leading to a dish-soap like head. Retention is about average for the style, lasting around one minute, falling to a thick ring around around the perimeter of the glass with a large, thin island of film floating atop the body of the beer. Lacing is good, with a fairly dense matrix of dots and lines clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a moderately dark amber brown color, with light bringing out a bright orange-yellow hue. Carbonation visible through the transparent body, moderate in number and activity.

Aroma is surprisingly hoppy for a bock, with substantial woodsy and floral German hop aromas atop a sweet pale caramel malt backbone. Reminiscent of New Belgium's "Hoppy Bock."

Overall flavor of woodsy, herbal, and spicy German hops with a light, mild caramel and bread-like malt character. Front of palate experiences substantial woodsy and floral German hop characters with a background of light caramel malt sweetness. Mid-palate of sweet, light caramel-like malts with strong woodsy, floral, and spicy German hop flavors. Back of palate is of grainy malt flavors, biscuit, moderate hop bitterness, slight ethanol. Aftertaste of sweet, bread-like malts with lingering light bitterness and woodsy German hops.

Beer is medium to medium-light in heavines, with carbonation of medium to medium-low intensity, resulting in a smooth (1/2) and foamy (1/2) mouthfeel that feels fine for the beer, but is a bit too thin for the style. Closes dry, with substantial stickiness clinging to the palate.

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Schell's Stag Series: August's Bock from August Schell Brewing Company
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