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Schell's Maifest - August Schell Brewing Company

Schell's MaifestSchell's Maifest

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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.29%

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
This full-bodied, blond dopple bock has a rich, assertive maltiness with a slight, but unique sweetness balanced by a moderate hop bitterness and a citrusy hop aroma.

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Photo of EXP57


3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent golden color, clear, thick white head that clings to the glass.

Strong sweet malt aroma with some bready notes and a touch of sulfer. The hops balance nicely.

The flavor is much the same as the aroma with a good malt complexity that accents the breadiness. The hopping is pleasant, but feels a bit overdone and lingers a bit to the finish.

Overall, this one is very drinkable and I would definitely buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 04:22:15 | More by EXP57
Photo of BeerWithMike


3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled a 12-ounce bottle back on 10/25/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a lighter amber in color with a 2+-finger white head. Left good lacing with each sip. The aroma is of malty grain with a hint of citrus. The taste was sweeter than the aroma with perfect carbonation. The flavors of caramel malts and grains with a hint of dark fruit and citrus. Very surprised at a good taste this type of brew was. Went down smooth and easy.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 22:07:32 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of falloutsnow


3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

From: Beertopia, Omaha, NE
Date: Best by 2013-07-22
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Schell's Maifest is a solid-tasting maibock with, at least in the case of the bottle I have, a fairly weak aroma. The overall flavor is delicious enough that I would purchase this again in the future if the option existed.

Pours a 3cm head, cream-colored, fades in above average time (about two minutes) with minimal lacing (a few spots) to a thin cap atop the beer. Body is transparent, orange in color with yellow highlights, brighter shades of yellow when held to the light. Carbonation is visible, quite active and numerous.

Fairly bland aroma of light malt, faint honey, and caramel. Would appreciate more strength or assertiveness here.

Tasting opens with pleasant malt sweetness; slighty honey and caramel flavors. Mid-palate picks up increased malt sweetness and additional honey, caramel, and faint toast flavors. Continental hops deliver noticeable and pleasant bitterness at back of palate, suduing the malt characters. Aftertaste is of mild grain, some malt sweetness, and residual bitterness from hops.

Medium-bodied with lightly effervescent carbonation, though never feeling overcarbonated. Result is a smooth, slightly foamy-pillowy mouthfeel. Finish is semi-dry with modest stickiness lingering on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 05:39:39 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of harrymel


3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Best by 09AUG13

Light amber with a solid quilt of light creamy foam. Smells of sweet malts, hint of carbboard, artificial cherry, some sweet biscuit. Flavor is quite sweet, some herbal character, some tea, some grain and orange. Medium bodied with sharp, but fleeting carb and a moderately wet finish. Not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 04:34:26 | More by harrymel
Photo of Weli


4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a Schells pint Glass: Golden blond with lacey white head

S- Munich malt and toasted grain

T-Starts sweet with a big hit of munich or vienna malt, almost tangerine like, quite hoppy for a bock with a smooth bitterness. Slight alcohol warming, very pleasant.

M-Medium thick without being cloying, smooth with a slightly tart finish

O-One of my favorite examples of the Maibock style, a great lager for hop heads, in many ways it reminds me of some of the sweeter pale ales and IPAs except less bitter and much smoother. Despite its high gravity feels almost session-able because of its light color and balance between malt and hops

Comments: Love this beer, one of the first beers I ever had, and really turned me on to craft beer. I hadn't had it in a while and wondered if it still lived up to my memories of it. Happy to say it has held up well. Still a really wonderful beer, as good or better as my memories.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 21:41:36 | More by Weli
Photo of JamesMN


3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange with a white head.

Aroma: Yeast and malt. This is a slightly old bottle so it's not a big surprise that there aren't much hops in the nose.

Taste: Really malty. Has that molasses taste that you get with higher gravity brown ales. There's a hint of bitterness but the malt dominates this one and not in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Thick but well carbonated. Has the mouthfeel of something much bigger than it's 7.20% abv.

Final Thoughts: I've had better Maibocks than this one. Perhaps the bottle was a little further past the expiration date than I thought (couldn't find a date anywhere on the bottle). If you like a big blast of malt then this one will give you that, but it really doesn't even do that completely well.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 05:23:03 | More by JamesMN
Photo of jjanega08


3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle Neck Reads

A= Pours a nice golden yellow color with a small head on it that falls to a thin skin with little lacing or retention.

S= Smells of an ester poopy schells aroma. Damn you schells for smelling so similar. A sweetness backs it all up however.

T= The taste is a nice mix of bitter and sweet. There is a definite bitterness that I do not usually get from Maibocks. The sweetness is there for the bock but again a little different from the bitterness. There is the typical poopiness from schells in there as well.

M= A nice high level of carbonation that keeps the tongue fresh.

O= Much more bitter than most bocks I've had. I actually like the change. Worth trying and buying for a bocky change.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 06:07:11 | More by jjanega08
Photo of hardy008


4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden color with a large foamy white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has yeast, hops, and bread.

The taste is considerably sweeter than I expected. From the aroma, I expected little to no sweetness. As it is, this has quite a bit of sweetness. The taste has caramel malt, bread, yeast, and hops.

Medium bodied, sticky sweet aftertaste, with average carbonation. I like this beer quite a bit, and am surprised it took this long to sit down and write a review.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 22:04:30 | More by hardy008
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

amber, golden in color with a light bit of haze to it. Off white head, maybe an inch and a half creeps up the sides and sits down on top for a while.

Light caramel, bready notes are highlighted here. Sweet with a light undertone of some herbal hops peeking though. A light touch of dark fruit perhaps? Possibly but a sweet, caramel malty lager type aroma is what is predominant here. Caramel, and toffee, hints of buttery like notes persisting now as it comes up in temperature.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 03:48:33 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of bushbeer75


3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle consumed in a glass mug

August Schell Brewing Maifest poured a poured a slightly cloudy deep gold color while producing a 1-finger off-white head that had good staying power. The nose is subdued; clean, of light sweet malt, and very light citrus. The mouth feel is creamy and smooth with a fuller body and moderate fine carbonation. The taste is dominated by malt upfront producing an assertive sweetness, however is balanced by a moderate hop bitter finish.

My first brew from August Schell Brewing and I am pleasantly surprised – I’ll have another!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 16:12:24 | More by bushbeer75
Photo of TheQuietMan22


2.15/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Straight pour into a pilsner glass. The color is pale straw; there is a very slight chill haze, but for the most part it is clean and clear. Three fingers of thick, billowy head dissipated slowly, leaving trails of lace along the glass and a ring around the edge.

Smell: The nose is pretty weak and takes a lot of effort to detect, though there are definite notes of lemon citrus and strawberry. It has a disgusting hint of hair spray. Amazingly, I am also reminded of chardonnay and Meier’s Sparkling Apple.

Taste: The flavor is much the same, and reminds me a little of my very disappointing experience with Schell’s Oktoberfest last fall. It has a caramel foundation, but built on top is apple infused chardonnay, lemon citrus, strawberry, and Paul Mitchell for White Haired Old Ladies. At the end is a slight alcohol burn.

Drinkability: Wow. All I can think about right now is the five bottles of this still chilling in my fridge. How am I going to make myself drink them? The first bottle became tolerable after it warmed for about 10 minutes, but otherwise I was very disappointed. I hope it was a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 04:58:33 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of MattyG85


4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Rich and clear golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big white foam head that has great retention and nice lacing.

Smell: Strong caramel malts and grains with hints of honey citrus hops. Smells sweet and bready.

Taste: Sweetness from the caramel malts and grains up front is followed by hints of citrus fruit and a mildly bitter finish from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with carbonation on the higher side. Very crisp.

Overall: A very solid version of a Maibock from Shell's.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 01:22:10 | More by MattyG85
Photo of PokerGod


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle (amber) poured into a Nonic Glass.

Appearance- Light Straw color, with a very fine, creamy head. Not great retention, but does leave a little lacework on the glass.

Smell- A hoppier aroma than I had expected, but not aggressively so. Pleasant aroma with fruity/floral undertones.

Taste- A nice balance of hops and malts. Can't decide if its more floral or bready. I guess I get the hops up front, with the malts in the middle, but hops again at the finish. Very nice. I'm surprised it wasn't as yeasty tasting as I expected, since I could detect the fruitiness in the aroma.

Overall- a nice "easy to drink" Maibock. A great introduction to the style for someone just beginning with craft beers. I would very much recommend this one. Also surprised to see the 7.2 ABV, wouldn't have guessed it on sampling. But a "pleasant" surprise nonetheless..

(sidenote) proud to be the 100th review of this brew!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 02:56:26 | More by PokerGod
Photo of homersimpson67


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper, gold...with a finger of head that quickly dissolves. Very light lacing if any.
Has a nice malty scent to it, nothing special but not bad either.
Good overall taste, sugary malt with a bitter end that lasts a minute or two. It is very drinkable, does invite many more tastes.
Seems to get better as I go, I guess the 7.2 abv is sneaky. Wouldn't have thought it that strong. Feels nice on the tongue, kind of a gentle,not to heavy, easy taste that does seem to fit this spring type of beer(bock) pretty well.
Overall pretty good, will enjoy again I'm sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 02:03:32 | More by homersimpson67
Photo of warnerry


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 9/5/10

Pours translucent honey brown with one finger of quickly dissipating head and a nice stream of slowly rising bubbles.

Smell is mostly malt, not much hop presence to speak of. Rather faint aroma overall, but what is there is nice.

Taste is mostly malt sweetness, with some hop bitterness on the finish. Not overly complex, but taste is quite good.

Fairly light body, but does linger on the tongue for awhile; nice carbonation level, lively but not overbearing.

Very drinkable. Overall a very solid, if not overly exciting, brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 01:13:23 | More by warnerry
Photo of Cubsfan1087


4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the first August Schell beers I've had, and it didn't disappoint. The Maifest pours a light copper/orange color. There is a nice head on this beer that lingers and laces the glass as you drink. This beer has a very pleasing smell, almost sweet. The Maifest has some very good flavor too, nothing overpowering though. I find the 7.2% ABV to be very well hidden. I recommend having this beer. I know I look forward to having it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 04:18:54 | More by Cubsfan1087
Photo of drizzam


3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear golden in color, topped by a decent one finger foamy off-white head. Better than average head retention and some spotty lacing.

S - Nothing huge on the aroma front. A little malty perhaps but not much else going on here.

T & M - I'm glad there was more to the taste than the aroma let on. Toasted malt leads the way followed by a bit of light fruit and ending with a bit of a spicy finish. It seems to have a fairly heavy mouthfeel, maybe a tad heavier than medium bodied. Finishes crisp. The alcohol is well hidden.

D - I thought I might be disappointed in this beer but I was rather surprised. This was a solid offering from August Schell, and one I would certainly recommend for a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 04:18:11 | More by drizzam
Photo of portia99


3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle...another provided by Mothman a little ways back. Poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours a bright, clear pale copper orange color with a thin finger of white foam that is a bit on the fizzy side. Dies after a minute or so, leaving behind a small collar and some thin lines of lacing on the glass.

S - Caramel malt up front, some sugary sweetness, a touch of metallic notes and a bit of floral hops.

T - Sweet and caramelly maltiness...tons of intensity here - probably a bit too sweet (tastes a bit underattenuated). A surprisingly noticeable alcohol flavor here too. Light earthy hop character that seems a bit off style to me and a mild bitterness from the hops. A bit of butterscotch creeps in too...gonna say diacetyl, but it is a slightly different flavor than I am accustomed to getting...maybe it is the combination with the malty sweetness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Distinct alcohol flavor but no heat. Very malty, perhaps a bit too much sweetness, especially as it lingers past the swallow.

D - Not a bad beer at all...a little out of my range for favorite styles. Very malty, definitely balanced to the sweet side. Flavors are a bit heavy, not at all what I would call refreshing or crisp. It's a smooth cool weather beer that isn't a sipper or a pounder. It'll take some time to get thru it...but not a lot of time.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 01:36:14 | More by portia99
Photo of FreshmanPour77


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 6-26-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - 1 finger of foam, good lacing ring. Clear amber color with a fair amount of carbonation present

S - Caramel malts, can't pick up a lot of hops

T/M - Light to Medium bodied, smooth and a little crisp at finish. Taste the malt sweetness and caramel

D - Pretty good brew, not one of my favorites from Schells but still a good drinker. Glad I had the brew but wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 04:30:29 | More by FreshmanPour77
Photo of DerekP


4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

This beer pours a pretty honey-golden hue, with a fizzy (but healthy) head and the lacing to match. Smells of sweet caramel & a touch of butterscotch. Tastes of caramel, honey, butterscotch, cane sugar, balanced with a quality hops profile. Slightly syrupy.

Schell's Maifest feels medium-sized with an effortless bite and tingle. It goes down nicely and leaves the mouth feeling almost as if it just experienced a butterscotch sunday, but still shy of that cloying characteristic. A lot of malty-goodness in this brew; can't forget to point that out. I'm certain I could sit at a bar and savor 4-5 pints of this one. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 00:57:45 | More by DerekP
Photo of gjek44


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light 1 - 2 finger head; moderate lacing - not necessary in this beer.

S: Straw, malty, bready, slightly sweet.

T: Thicker in taste than I expected, but certainly not like a winter brew - obviously the brewery has struck an adroit balance between winter and summer. Mild Malty. This is 7.2, but the taste furtively hides the alcohol level. Mildly bitter in its finish. Works perfectly pre-mowing season in Minnesota, but not a beer to pound quickly, like any macro. Relax and enjoy the soothing, head heavy numbness that comes over languorous consumption of this brew.

F: Medium body, warms quickly as I drink it over a period of 20 minutes, which brings out a more bitter - lighter feel, even sweeter feel.

Context: (instead of Drinkable) I brought this home and opened the first too soon, not allowing time to cool properly - that was a wasted drink. Third beer, which is where this review comes from, 3:00 in afternoon, SE Minnesota, overcast day, June, done with work - a pleasant brew to enjoy while waiting for the family to get home relaxing or talking with friends over an evening pre summer fire pit or BBQ. Incidentally, the fourth and fifth went very well with seasoned grilled ball-tip steak and fried red potatoes.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 19:58:32 | More by gjek44
Photo of Soilworker


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light amber brown with a one finger thick white head. Moderate head retention going on here.

S: Grassy hops with some slight summery sweet fruity aromas.

T: Quite grassy and earthy. There is some moderate malitiness but it seems to just balance the grassy hop character. Quite sweet overall. Ok but nothing really wowing me here.

M: Highish carbonation and still quite full bodied.

D: I could probably get a few down but is a little sweet and the hop character can be a bit offputting I think.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 02:28:02 | More by Soilworker
Photo of bsp77


3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a tall glass.

Appearance: Bright, burnished gold with foamy barely off-white head.

Smell: Bittersweet apple, caramel and noble hop spiciness. Not sure I have ever smelled that much apple in a beer before.

Taste: Very sweet upfront with candied sugar, caramel, apple, and some grass and straw characteristics. Ends slightly spicy and bitter, but less so than most other Maibocks I have had.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium body, fairly warming, slightly cloying finish.

Drinkability: Overall, it's an okay Maibock, but is simply too sweet and alcoholic for my personal tastes.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 20:22:16 | More by bsp77
Photo of Mdog


3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear gold, good head and lacing.

Smell: Sweetness, caramel, grassy hops.

Taste: Follows the smell closely, caramel sweetness balanced by grassy hops. Hides the alcohol level well.

Drinkability: Hides the booze well, a decent drinker.

Picked up the maifest from Schell, I liked it better than Summit's version in that it hides the alcohol much better. The flavors seem to meld together well. A pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 20:45:21 | More by Mdog
Photo of Luff


3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Dark gold, small head that dissipates quickly.

S: Not very strong smelling. Yeast, a little alcohol, some sweetness.

T: Sweet malts, yeast, biscuits, finishes with some hop bitterness and alcohol.

M: Plenty of carbonation. Good body while staying crisp.

D: Very drinkable. Refreshing for a spring day.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 03:19:58 | More by Luff
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Schell's Maifest from August Schell Brewing Company
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