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

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87
very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.44%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gatornation on 11-06-2013)
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 03:15:24 | More by jimmah120
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4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
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...

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Jason

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3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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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.

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02-10-2014 05:07:53 | More by EXP57
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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AEHMJH

Minnesota

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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.

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01-28-2014 02:06:35 | More by AEHMJH
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

2.94/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

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Misanthropy_Sipping

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4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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