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Caramel Bock - August Schell Brewing Company

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107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ADR on 06-29-2003)
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3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

red tinted hazelnut brown. Very rich looking to be honest. A nice tight off white head formed on the top, maybe two fingers high, then settled down to a thin film though out the rest of the session, but offer up very nice side glass coating throughout. It was somewhat hazy and cloudy, not as clear as I would have expected, but it gave it some depth. Very nice look.

Now I lean in to find out what else is going on with this one and was quite surprised as to how good this was. A rich creamy malty smell was coming off of this one from the very start. Lots of roasted malts coming through with rich nutty tones as well, really quite good I have to say. Huge notes of caramel sugar and a touch of a woody and earthy like quality as well, really a very nice profile here, and classic for the style. The taste was fantastic. Very rich and creamy

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12-04-2011 06:22:19 | More by mikesgroove
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4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Schell Caramel Bock was a very good bock style beer. This particular bock was sweeter than other bocks I have had. You can definitiley taste the caramel in the beer. If you are a fan of bocks I recommend giving this beer a try (if you can find it since it is apparently retired).

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2010 01:37:10 | More by Cubsfan1087
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3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It must be my day for reviewing retired beers. I suppose that happens when you find old notes that you squirreled away.

I liked this beer and I am surprised its retired. Dark brown to almost black with a light foam head. The nose is predominantly malt, but has a mild presence of hops. The flavor is smooth and so is the mouthfeel. Almost a little sweetness about it. There are undertones of the caramel. Dries in the mouth towards the finish and acts more like a beer with a much higer hops/acid character. This is all going on in a good way in my opinion. I found this beer to be very pleasant and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 17:35:09 | More by Ragingbull
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Schells Mug

Pours 1 finger of light tan head. Fades down quick, leaving no lace. Color is a very dark caramel bark brown. Very hazy.

Aroma: Dark dried fruits. Cherries, plums, raisins. Very malty, with caramel malts up front.

Taste: Again, a lot of dark dried fruits. Has some chocolate notes, as well as some caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and a little crisp. Medium bodied, with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a dark dried fruit aftertaste, fairly clean.

Overall, not a bad beer. I think this one is pretty sessionable and it manages to hold up its taste pretty well over time, considering it is a bock. If I could find more of this I would drink it easily.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 18:55:41 | More by mothman
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3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with classic Schell label...clearly marked best by date; sadly this one's about a year out; I still decided to review it, however, as it's discontinued and I'll probably never get another chance

Appearance: Dark beaten-copper colored brew with bright ruby highlights; there is steady carbonation and a tan head with nice retention...pretty beer

Smell: Raw graininess, dark burnt caramel, maybe hints of vanilla extract, just a touch of dark fruit esters perceived...not overly complex but nice enough

Taste: Juicy (if a bit understated) dark fruit and dark, toasty malts...just enough hopping to keep it from becoming too sweet...ends mildly fruity...quite simple but nice

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied, silky smooth...definitely needs more body though

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Even significantly past its best-by date this is a fairly impressive beer IMO...it's a bit plain-Jane, but it's a solid standard American bock...nice fruit and malt characteristics, slightly sweet...I'm not sure why they discontinued this, it's kind of sad and was a nice addition to the Schell's mix-a-six sampler

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 03:35:48 | More by BedetheVenerable
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3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm glad I tried this. I heard rumors that the Snowstorm 2008 recipe was going to replace the Caramel Bock recipe. I don't know if this is official or not but I'm glad I tried this in case it's not here in the future to try.

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Minnesota Golden Gophers pint glass. Pours a deep copper-brown color with ruby highlights when held into the light. Thick 2 finger tan head has excellent retention, as well as producing some impressive lacing that sticks to the side of the glass for the duration of the drink.

Has the strong aroma of caramel malts (big surprise there). There is also a roasted portion that is noticeable as well as a sweetness that I attribute to the caramel smell.

I've had many bock's lately and once again I'm impressed. Has a strong but not overpowering caramel malt whacking of the taste buds. I haven't had it in a long time, but I would compare this to the taste of Shiner Bock, except for one big difference, this is much better.

Light to medium body, along with a lively carbonation gives this a very smooth, but crisp mouthfeel.

I find this very drinkable. Compared to others in the style, I would consider this above average. Yet another brew from Schell's that has impressed me.

Now, if Schell's decides to officially replace this recipe with the Snowstorm 2008 recipe, I won't be disappointed (I loved it!). However, if they choose to keep both permanently, I would be more than willing to purchase both for years to come.

*Review from notes dating back to 2007 - exact tasting date unknown*

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 07:10:35 | More by Mistofminn
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2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Nice deep ruby/brown color with a thicker 1 finger head that eventually gives way to little crevices and a thin cap. Some lacing is also present. The body is quite clear with only the very slightest bit of sediment showing.

S- some nice fresh fruit hits the nose immediately in the way of some fresh apple and the caramel moves in next. I also get the slightest of a fresh flour component and also a touch of nuttiness and deeper down some dark chocolate. This one is as complex as you want to make it. I for one, could keep picking out things for days.

T- After being built up by this nose, I was somewhat brought bake to reality after the first taste. Unfortunately, I pick up a slight toasted grains, a touch of caramel in the finish and not much else. This beer is a bit thin with the wateriness being the major component.

M- Carbonation is just right being only slightly carbonated, but the finish is quite austere.

D- If the taste was anywhere near the nose, this would have been a winter, but it was just painfully simple and thin.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 03:17:10 | More by Greggy
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3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a cola color and consistency with a thin white head that dissipated quickly with no lacing. The smell is of roasted malts and some bread. The taste was lacking. Not much but some mild roasted malt with moderate carbonation. Nothing special with this brew, could drink a few, but have had better in this style.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 19:50:04 | More by WJVII
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4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice thick brown color, not cloudy at all. Thin head sticks around for a while, just coating the top of the beer.

Clean sweet smell with a light vegetal note. Not very promising when I was expecting caramel...

Sweet caramel tastes a little like honey. Good hop bitterness. Much tastier than the nose implied.

Over-medium body with crisp carbonation.

A nice malty bock with an interesting hook in the caramel. The best Schell beer I have had to date.

Tasted on 3/31/08.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 02:03:11 | More by tmitch75
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3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Part of a mixed six pack. Date stamp on bottle of 062808.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass a dark amber, near brown in color. My pour produced an off white head about 3/4 an inch high. Head faded to a ring around the glass which left little lacing.

Smell: As would be expected, there is a malty aroma. Scent of dark fruits and lightly roasted caramel. Comes off slightly sweet.

Taste: Malty, a bit sweet, falling in line with the scent. Right or wrong I am compairing this with Shiner Bock, which I think this has slightly more flavor.

Mouthfeel: A bit light, but avoids being watery. Well carbonated keeps it lively.

Drinkability: I poured this and thought its ok to look at. Smelled it and thought eh, its a bit weak. Tasted it, and thought it needed a little more, but by the time I got done with it I thought you know this is not a bad beer, I could go for another. Alas, I have no other. I may have to seek more out.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 03:08:26 | More by BigRedN
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3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Mild, easy going very drinkable bock. mmm, borders on a session beer. Pours with a nice fine tight head, light tan color. Some lace. Brownish color with lovely garnet red hightlights. Malty with a hint of roasty aromas. Pleasant finish. A straightforward beer that is complex in its simplicity.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 02:20:25 | More by drpimento
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4.22/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle from a variety pack with freshness date clearly labeled. Nice amber brown color with a small head and little lacing.

Smell is of caramel malts, as the name would imply, plus bread and yeast.

Goes down super smooth. NBice caramel and chocolate malt flavor with very small amounts of hops rounding out the finish. Nice bock-style beer.

I could drink several of these in one sitting. It's not a blowyourmindbock, but it's pretty tasty and worth having again!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 17:30:10 | More by KeefD
Photo of Mdog


3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber to brown with a good head.

Smell: Caramel, toffee.

Taste: Mild sweet caramel, a tiny bit of roasted flavor, and a little bitterness to finish.

Drinkabiliy: Goes down smooth. I really liked this beer a few years back for sessioning.

My favorites from Schell have been Zommerfest and the Pilsner along with the Caramel Bock. It's another easy to drink beer with a mildly sweet taste that's good enough to keep me coming back. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 22:25:52 | More by Mdog
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2.63/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Years ago when I lived in Iowa my parents and I attended an Oktoberfest in New Ulm, Minnesota (the home of August Schell Brewing). Recently a friend still living in Iowa sent me a mixed six pack of Schell products and this beer was among the samples. I poured a 335 ml capped bottle into a chalice.

A: It poured a clear light brown body that when back lit was ruby red. It had a slight tan head that receded fast and left little lacing.

S: It had a brown sugar and malt aroma with hints of caramel.

T: It was a one dimensional brew featuring sweet toasted malts, caramel and ripe dark fruits. All of the flavors were then and none dominated. It did not finish clean leaving a bit of sour overladen with a sickly sweet syrupy coating that lasted long into the aftertaste.

M: It was thin and light bodied with a funky unpleasant aftertaste.

D: This is a one and done brew that did little to revive the joy I experienced in New Ulm so many years ago.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 05:34:19 | More by dnichols
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3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another sampler.

This one pours a dark brown that is hard to get any light through. The head is very light tan; about two fingers. The head leaves a distinct ring around the glass with a clear center.

The nose is sweet and caramel.

Taste is sweet, caramel but not complex. Some roasted malt in the finish.

Finish is wet and medium carbonated. Pretty drinkable but kind of watery; not full bodied enough. Easy enough to drink but not what I would seek out for my preference.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 02:57:21 | More by daledeee
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2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Schell is pushing out 6-pack samplers in my area, just to get feelers out. Can't miss an opportunity to try out a sampler, especially in my area.

A vigorous poor gives the beer a nice , 2 finger thick khaki colored head which settles to a quarter inch film. Nice lacing so far. clean and clear and deep red! This looks good, the red is very rich and when held up to a light, amber glares peak through.

Smell is sweet, almost honey like with cooked grain. Not a terribly aromatic brew so far.

Again, that faint honey sweetness, which i don't get and a hint of floral bitterness that sticks to the back of my tongue. Slightly bready and a little dry. A little tang to it. Not sour though.

Pretty thin, but clean and smooth. i think its a bit light for the style, but still, i would consider myself a novice concerning bocks.

Its a little thin and slightly sweet, but pretty drinkable. the bittnerness makes it a little too dry to drink all of the time. One or two is enough for me. Its not bad, i can enjoy it. I want to try some more representations of the style just to see if i am missing anything.


Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 19:12:57 | More by jayb
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Caramel Bock from August Schell Brewing Company
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