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Schell's Oktoberfest - August Schell Brewing Company

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262 Ratings
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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Oktoberfest or Marzen (March) type of beer was originally brewed in March, and laid down in caves before the summer weather rendered brewing impossible. Stocks would be drawn upon heavily during the summer, and exhausted by October.

In Germany, this tradition has come to be associated with one specific style, Oktoberfest Bier. In keeping with true German tradition, August Schell Oktoberfest beer is brewed just once a year. Brewed with the perfect balance of Pale, Munich, and Cara Pils malt with Liberty and Perle hops to create a rich, smooth taste.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-31-2002)
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Oktoberfest, here we come! Even though it's the dead of summer heat and I just finished mowing my overgrown lawn, I feel like a fall beer. I've been dying to try this one. So here we go :

Serving style : 12 oz glass bottle, miller fortune glass for appearance

Appearance (3.5) : The color of autumn leaves! Extra points for the festive color. Golden copper color with a touch of light amber. Nice sticky head that laces and stays.

Smell (3.5) : You know that smell when you carve out the inside of a pumpkin? Yeah...that one. And earth. Caramel notes. A little bit of apple and spice. Man this smells great. So festive!

Taste (3.25) : Oh yes! Smooth, with earthy flavors and spice, leaving a slight carbon-flavored finish. Some honey, moist earth, smoked wood. Distant hints of pumpkin seed and sap, and then strong pine cone. Ends piney and honey-bitter.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Underbelly of carbonation with a slick finish. Jabs of prickliness make it lively and exciting.

Overall (3.36) : This is a nice beer for a one-off or to share with friends to tell them you care. A great storytelling around the fire pit beer and a nice crisp refresher on a crisp night (I imagine - nights are still hot here). Not a whole lot wrong to say about this beer, other than it finishes a little more piney-bitter than I'd like. It's definitely captured the essence of harvest and brings in that seasonal flavor! Would I buy it again? For a special event. I'm convinced there are some smoother pumpkin beers out there, so I'm still looking for "that one". Don't think I'd personally grab a sixer unless I was having company.

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Schell's Oktoberfest from August Schell Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.