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Schell's Oktoberfest - August Schell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-31-2002

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.
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Ratings: 291 | Reviews: 154
Reviews by Jparker37:
Photo of Jparker37
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Seidel.

S - Light biscuit and mild toasty malt. Clean profile.

A - Deep orange color has perfect clarity. Barely off-white head falls quick to a small ring. No lacing.

T - Solid lightly toasted malt backbone holds strong. Flashes of some warmer toasty malts midway. Mild sweetness goes from middle almost to the end before some bitterness cleans up. Some delicious lasting malt.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, balanced between early sweetness and dry finish.

O - A good show of balance, tipping towards malt early but that bitterness bringing it right back into focus. Clean fermentation, drinkable. This Oktoberfest lands smack dab in the middle of the Marzen spectrum. More robust that an import yet more modest than a American Oktoberfest.

Judgement - Must have in season

More User Reviews:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.48/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thin eggshell head falls in seconds into this old copper colored beer without any lacing. Smells like old hey. Here we go.

Biscuity beginning to a slight metallic taste for a big 'ol mouthfull of wet cardboard. Just like the Firebrick I am left asking where's the bitter? Just like the Firebrick I kinda get why they would do that. Thicker mouthfeel.

I am sure I have made this beer sound very nasty, its actually not that bad. I could have a few.

Photo of skybluewater
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange color, very little lacing. Smells malty sweet, very pleasent. Taste is very good, malty but not very sweet at all, with a nuttiness that suits the season.

Overall, quite a good O-fest. They aren't my favorite style, but this is the best I've tried so far. A ver

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of warnerry
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best by 1/5/12 (If I read it right)

A - Pours a clear amber with one and a half fingers of white head. Head fades pretty quickly, but does leave scant lacing behind. A small amount of carbonation rising through the glass.

S - Some lightly sweet malts and faint aromas of grass and corn.

T - Similar to smell, light sweet caramel malt, but definitely not too sweet. Also a decent amount of bready malts. Caramel malts is quickly matched by a faint hop bite.

M - Medium mouthfeel with light carbonation. The light carbonation does give this a bit of creaminess.

O - A decent Oktoberfest, but not one of my favorites.

Photo of ryancl
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of bsp77
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into wide mouth single glass.

Appearance: Fairly bright copper-orange with thin off-white head and some lacing lines.

Smell: Semi-sweet dark fruit, cherry, toast and biscuit.

Taste: Fairly sweet caramel and fruit, with some toasted malt and biscuit undertones that become a little more apparent as it warms. There is a light spicy hop counterbalance, but does not do much to combat the malt sweetness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, only a lightly dry finish (more so when it warms).

Drinkability: Pretty nice overall, but not dry or "biscuity" enough to be a great Marzen. Still, highly drinkable as an everyday, lighter Marzen.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle,served into my SA glass.
Slightly hazed,medium amber color with a 1" creamy off-white head, dissapating quickly into a thin coating of foam. Well carbinated with quick lively releasing of bubbles and some stringing from the sides of the glass.

Sweet candied malt,toffee,with some toasty,grainy aromas. Fruity,peach,with some straw notes. Moderate aromas,pleasing.

Bisquitty,grainy with a bittersweet lightly candied maltiness.Tart with a slighly soured taste. Lightly bittered finish leaving a nice fruity tartness on the palate.

Light to medium body,sightly grainy gives it a bit of roughness. Decent o-fest. On the plain side,nothing to get excited about.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of beerkittycat
4.56/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is a clear, deep amber-orange with a lacy off-white head. Aroma has a wonderful flowery yet a bit spicy noble hop nose, some bread dough, and a nose-wrinkling whiff of sulfur. No matter, though, because the taste is absolutely delicious. Perfect bready-toasty malt balancing wonderfully with noble hop flavor and bitterness. What I love about this O-fest is that it's medium mouthfeel finishes very crisp and a bit dry which makes it extremely thirst quenching. It's so good I find myself pounding back a few wtih ease. This is my favorite O-fest of all time even over the German examples because of it's freshness. I would like to assume that this is how good the Germans drink their O-fest in Munich instead of the imported, stale versions we get sometimes.

Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. 2011 Bottle.

Appearance: Bright and lively amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big four finger off white head with good retention and a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Aroma is very forward with sweet pale and Pils malts. Very bready with lots of caramel and wheat grains. Hints of citrus hops with some orange. Smells pretty biscuity and sweet.

Taste: Starts with a burst of sweet pale and Pils malts with caramel that is lightly toasted. Hints of orange citrus come through towards the finish. A solid presence of hops adds some balancing bitterness in the finish. Very malty but nicely balanced overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth. Slightly chewy and dry.

Overall: A pretty good lager. Could of been a little bolder with the overall flavor and spice for a Marzen. Pretty well balanced.

Photo of ADR
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My "O-Fest Fest" continues...

Attractive -- clear reddish amber, nice darker yellow head of 1/2 inch. Aroma of yeast and slight spice. Malt is a little off, it warbles in first impression, first, full but flavorless, then, a little candy but quick to assume a watery and slightly vinegary quality. Some hops at the finish. This brew is hurt by the up front profile and could use a little more body.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

August Schell beers never made me form a tear in my beer, they are usually well constructed go to everyday drinking beers perfect for New Ulm, MN. Celebrating their 150th Annivesary let's try this year's Oktoberfest style lager, pretty amazing 1860 to 2010. Pours a bright caramel amber hue with a large bright white head forms fine speckled lacing down the sides of my glass. Aroma brings out some nice caramel and bready biscuit malt tones a bit of spicy hops but not much. Flavor brings on sweet caramel notes very bright sugary tones without enough hop balance, but it's a drinkable tasty offering just lacks the deliver or finesse of the great German style brewers out there. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied but sugars can become a bit cloying in number with this version of an Oktoberfest, something that should never become an issue with this style. Drinkability was still alright but not a by the case type of beer it was worth a try and I can appreciate it but give me a Paulaner, Hacker Pschorr or Penn version by the case.

Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of cmwilliq
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Brenden
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep amber, almost copper, with brownish highlights. The head retains pretty well and leaves some thin lacing around.
There's a light caramel malt in here and some grains.
The caramel malt is most evident with a bready grains backing. There's a very light hops presence and perhaps some dark fruits lurking.
There's a moderate to slightly heavy carbonation adding to a really crisp feel in a light to perhaps medium body.

Photo of rachelhenderson
4.36/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can't wait for September to have this beer again!

Photo of kittywamp
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: orange with a tan head

S:smells like cooked applebread with no cinnoman

T:hints of caramel, ornage, and malt

M:crisp, light and tasteful

O:this is a great oktoberfest to start the year off with the best beer season of all. this beer is a fun beer to make beer bread with it gives it that must have more taste

Photo of cokes
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Moderately hazed copper body. Thin but lasting beige head.
Aroma of toast and grain. Carmel lurks underneath.
Flavor is more full carmel than anything. Medium-sweet with some toffee and fruit tones. Toastedness is pushed to the background. Hops come in late to bitter things up with some spicy and floral tones. Quite nice, all around.
Problem is, this seems more like a good vienna to me. It lacks the persuasive toastiness. Still very tasty, but doesn't exactly fit the style.
Extremely drinkable, even if it is a hair on the thin side.
Oktoberfest or not, this is a good beer.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. longneck brown bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Clear deep amber color with a one finger off-white head. Left a little sticky lacing behind.

Smell: Very malty with a little sweetness and an underlying citrus hops.

Taste: Sweet and malty and very smooth, enough hops to balance, but the hops are not at the front of the flavor. It's all about the bready and caramel malts.

Mouth Feel: Medium body and good carbonation.

Drinkability: Good and smooth with a lower ABV, very easy to drink and session with (as the Oktoberfest/Marzen style should be). A good example of the style.

Photo of jjunit
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Its clear, deep copper body is capped by a short head of creamy off-white foam that dissipates into a wide collar and cottony surface covering but leaves only spotty lace. The nose exhibits rich, clean, grainy, toasty, and lightly sweet malt. The body is medium and it's crisp in the mouth before warming to become slightly creamy. All that the nose suggests is carried through in the flavor along with a subtle fruitiness and a firm bitterness that leads into a dry finish. Perfectly balanced with just the right amount of malt to give it a nice sweetness that never becomes cloying. Very well done. Quite enjoyable!

Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

time to start cleaning house of the beer in my main fridge...all unused oktoberfests/pumpkins must go!

12 oz single, woodmans about a month ago, $1.29

appearance: pours a bubbly clear copper color with a pretty cream head and thick lacing

smell: lots of malty sweetness up front, musky, copper, some spicy hops, apple cider

taste: sweet malts but not very bold, hop spiceness matches well, apple cider like aftertaste, decent biscuit backbone, some caramel

mouthfeel: medium bodied, slicky, light-medium carbonation

drinkability: quite drinkable

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Schell's Oktoberfest from August Schell Brewing Company
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