Schell's Maifest - August Schell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-09-2002

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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Ratings: 191 | Reviews: 106
Reviews by MattyG85:
Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner a rich clear golden with well formed fluffy 1 1/2 finger white head good carbonation and head retention to this brew.Notes of caramel malt some veg in the nose somewhat light but noticeable a hint of floral hop as well.Pretty light in the mouthfeel department lightly sweet but quite crisp caramel sweetness being the dominant flavor up front with underlying white grape skin flavors and moderate toastiness as well.A lighter spring bock but of decent quality and it is drinkable for the style.

Photo of warnerry
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to ZAP for this one...
Pours a hazy light rust color (calling this a blonde?) w/ a half a finger of dull white head...most disappears rapidly with hardly no lace.
A pleasant aroma...sweet malt, lemon zest, and a subtle spice in the finish.
The taste is decent...sweet yet sour which becomes slightly distracting to the overall experience. Luckily, the sourness mellows a bit as it warms and more of the malt sweetness shines through. A slight alcohol warming in the end.
Mouthfeel is where I like to see it for the style and the carbonation is nice...glad to try this one, but not itching to have another.

Photo of bsp77
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of ryanocerus
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper with short lasting head. The aroma was malt with some caramel and maybe vanilla tones (but faint). The hops was nice, but the malt was very big, as it should be. There was decent carbonation and long lasting flavor. A very drinkable beer and probable Schell's best offering (from what I have sampled).

Photo of ADR
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright deep gold color (exactly the color of standard bourbon), nice 1/2 inch head of very small bubbles and decent duration. Laces don't hold up well. Yeasty vanilla aromas, subtle. Malty flavors predominate as expected -- best described as leaning toward gingerbread in quality, with a bit of bitter marmalade mid mouth. Finishes in a similar vein with some artificial caramel aftertaste. Hops may contribute slightly to the bitter orange sense. Overall, thin mouthfeel for a beer described as a "Blonde Double Bock", but an OK Lager overall.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer has a crystal clear body that is slightly golden straw colored with an off-white creamy head

S- Notes of pale malt and German hops are strong as I pour this beer.

T- This beer has a bold pale malt with strong sweet honey qualities flavor. That sweet malt flavor is finished with a nice light hop spiciness. It has a pretty clean finish and the malt is not overly sweet.

M- The mouthfeel is medium but it has a bit of a watery texture and a faint fizz that hits the back of your throat. No astringency or alcohol warmth.

D- This beer has a surprising maltyness for the light body but it has lots of good character. Good complexity and very well built this beer is light in color but big on flavor.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BDLBrewster for quelling my Maibock jones...

Pours a thin head sitting on top of a well-filtered golden yellow with orange-ish tints. Not much lace, but it looks as a Maibock should.

Aroma is on the tame side, offering muted doses of the hay, honey, white grape must and herbal character that should be coming to the nose. Was pretty full-on right after the pour, but really died down after that.

Flavor delivers a rounded, even creamy gob of honey, white grape and flowery/herbal tastes, each balanced perfectly, with the honey and grape must riding well into the finish, which is also partly grassy. At 6.9%, the alcohol is felt only very, very slightly, adding to the depth of flavor. The flavor is very nice, but the creaminess really sells it.

Really enjoyable and a very, very drinkable beer. Maibocks are wonderful, and although Schell's isn't a favorite brewery (this is my sixth Schell's) their Maifest is wholly satisfying.

Photo of cokes
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Honey hued under a compacted white foam that migrates quickly to the edges.
Nose full of vanilla wafer cookies drizzled with caramel. Touches of grain arrise as it warms.
Taste cannot make good on the aroma's promise, but is not entirely worthless.
Begins lightly toffee sweet, turning rapidly to a semi-coarse grain that lingers extensively. From the recesses, a hazelnut extract emerges. Becomes vacant for a moment, with just a suggestion of well-lagered, clean water. Finishes fruity and lightly alcoholic, like a heavily diluted pineapple schnapps. A citric hop sensation accompanies.
Thinner and fizzier than expected. Needs more malt, more heft and smoother transitions to accomplish the "blonde double bock" it is billed.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear mango orange with a three finger white head that recedes to a thick cap. A good deal of lace is left on the glass.

S - This has a boozy, almost malt liquor-like alcohol presence. Husky, grainy, and ripe. This actually reminds me of Hurricane High Gravity or Steel Reserve. Happily, I actually really like those beers (I know, I know...weird for a BA huh?)

T - Tastes worlds better than it smells. Caramel and toffee. Crispy biscoti with a caramel glaze. This is super sweet and malty, but manages to finish pretty clean.

M - Dark and syrupy. This is full bodied, thick, and rich with loads of liquid malt goodness.

D - This is a good brew! The high ABV is a little bit hindering as far as sessionability, but I would pick this up in a heartbeat.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A creamy off-white head rests lazily above a clear golden-amber body as very fine-bubbles rise steadily upwards. The head holds quite well, and it maintaina a solid covering throughout most of the glass. Additionally, the lacing is nice except that it doesn't seem able to stick to the glass and disappears momentarily. The nose reveals a limited amount of malt, some mild fermentation esters, and a light note of alcohol. It's creamy and smooth in the mouth due to it's full body and very fine, moderate carbonation. A rich, grainy malt displays a light touch of toastiness and some mild fruitiness in the flavor; and it's well-balanced by a low level bitterness that barely emerges except to help dry the finish along with a wash of alcohol. The alcohol is somewhat apparent, however, and tends to intrude half-way through the glass. Still, it's a decent example of the style and could readily be enjoyed as one of the first beers of spring.

Photo of dirtylou
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single, Woodman's

appearance: bottle has changed a little, a lighter green - more spring like...pours a cloudy orange-apricot into my snifter...fluffy white head, decent lacing around the rim

smell: bready, big yeasty aromas, sweet canned fruit, grape, sweet breaded malts

taste: meh, this is decent but not that good. canned fruit flavours, sweet bready malt, light amount of alcohol, touch of caramel, toffee, lightly, grape, slight orange

mouthfeel: medium body, oily, wierd balance

drinkability: pretty easy

Photo of DerekP
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

Photo of russpowell
2.96/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours bronze with a slight haze with a 1/2" white head & effervescence. No head retention or lacing

Smell: slight malt & corny notes (not making me think germany!)

Taste: Alcohol, malt & then more corn. Finally, a little fruitiness & alcohol push through on the finish

MF: Syruppy, but some good carbonation too

Drinks about average, too far departed from the grand style of the motherland for me to reccomend

Photo of jackndan
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Schell Maifest: a brown beer with golden highlights. Not much head, and not too much in the way of lacing. Very weak aroma, but that’s not all that unusual. This is a very heavily malted beer, with a caramel taste, that is somewhat grainy and processed. There is a pleasant smoky aftertaste that brings the taste score up a little. Easy drinking, but I’ve had better manifests lately.

Photo of nortmand
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange-ish pour, with a slight haze and some white foam that lingers for awhile.

Not alot to the smell. A bit rummy and some lager grassiness.

Slightly astringent on the tip of the tongue. Light molasses flavors on the back of the tongue, along with a sharp, lingering bitterness. Not bad for a Schell product.

A bit light on the tongue, for the strong flavors at the end of the beer, but fairly drinkable. Not too bad overall.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a copper/amber color with little head. Hints of caramel and very sweet for a double bock. A very smooth drink, almost as smooth as a lager. Very drinkable brew, I consider this to be Schell's finest offering and won't hesitate to try in the near future. A good fall beer.

Photo of morimech
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden with a nice looking two-fingered white head that quickly recedes to a thin cap. Just a little lacing is left on the glass during consumption.

This beer has a sweet malty aroma with some honey hints. Some noble hops as well

This really has a sweet malty taste as well. Perhaps a little too sweet for most people but it is offset by a little hop taste on finish to clean the palate.

Has a medium body with enough carbonation to give it some life. The ABV is a little high for me to rate drinkability higher.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pilsner glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a sort of bronze and very clear with a one inch head the fades into a thin cap that returns with a bit of agitation.

S: Smell is faint like other Maibocks I've tried specifically Dead Guy Ale, faint smell of fresh cut orange tied with a decent malt sweetness comes through.

T/MF: The inital taste is quite bland with a slick bready sweetness and a hop bite on the tongue with faint carbonation that does not spread over the mouth very well. Finishes very very sweet with some alcohol heat and hop kick to it. Lots of things happening but not balanced very well.

D: Tastes like nothing I've had before but I would not try this one again.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of CraigP83
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste like a malty stick dark beer but it's light. Bitter hop finish. Interesting beer

Photo of Riccymon
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a surprising copper red from the bottle with about a finger of off-white head that quickly dissipated. I was expecting something a bit darker, but maybe the "blonde double bock" on the label should have clued me in.

Smell is bready with some pleasant orange and cherry notes, and the taste is much the same. A nice malty backbone with vanilla, plenty of maraschino cherry, and just a hint of alcohol in the finish; very tasty. I pick up a little alcohol aroma, now come to think of it.

Maifest is medium in body and seems to fit the style--not as substantial as a doppelbock, but not watery either. The cherry and alcohol presence seems to make the finish a bit astringent, though this isn't unpleasant. While the ABV isn't low, I felt like the beer was pretty drinkable, probably because the taste and mouthfeel aren't overstated. I really enjoyed this one from Schell!

Photo of Soilworker
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Schell's Maifest from August Schell Brewing Company
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