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Schell's Maifest - August Schell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 105
Hads: 198
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 18.06%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States | website

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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Reviews by russpowell:
Photo of russpowell
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
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

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Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of warnerry
3.85/5  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.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of Torey
2.7/5  rDev -25%

Photo of bsp77
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ryanocerus
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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).

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of ADR
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of MFauver35
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of cokes
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of jjunit
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
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 aromas...apple, 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 hopped...apple, grape, slight orange

mouthfeel: medium body, oily, wierd balance

drinkability: pretty easy

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Photo of gunterheidrich
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of DerekP
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

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Photo of jackndan
2.88/5  rDev -20%
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.

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Photo of Serick507
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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Schell's Maifest from August Schell Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.