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Doppel Bock - August Schell Brewing Company

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31 Reviews
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Reviews: 31
Hads: 33
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-08-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This beer is available from January through March.
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Reviews: 31 | Hads: 33
Reviews by Sixpack595:
Photo of Sixpack595
2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm color blind, and the label still offended me...unfortunately their taste in labels is only marginally better than the taste of this beer. Pale, watery, and over-hopped are not adjectives you want attached to a Doppel. This beer is pale, watery, and over-hopped. Not a bad beer, but a bad Doppelbock.

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Photo of ADR
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear darker brown color, small-bubbled head of 1/2 an inch or so. Sweet and deep aroma, like a sugary pumpernickel loaf. Nice and full malty flavors, caramel and a touch of tobacco-like bitterness. Aroma is a little detergent-like on the drink. Flavor is good but a little mid-pack for the style. Falls short of sticky (a good thing) but not a "best of class" contender.

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Photo of cokes
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear bloodied brown with a sinking khaki head.
Brown sugar, and liquorice form the primary aromas, masking some peach-esque and red apple fruitiness.
Floating molasses maltiness, fading quickly to black liquorice then to raisin. Turns abrubtly harsh and grainy midway (though less so as it sits). Returns to a soothing toffee malt depth with lingering woodness, and touches of alcohol spice.

Altogether too thin for a doppelbock, but still passable. More heft would make this a real winner. And lose the jarring middle as well.

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Photo of Jon
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schell's dopplebock pours a deep brown color with a tight, off-white head. Decent lacing qualities, but nothing to write home about. Smell is a bit subdued, with main notes of maltiness present. Taste is well-balanced for the most part, with notes of malt, fruit, toffee, and hops present. Alcohol is around, too, but is hidden fairly well. Fairly creamy overall, here's a pretty good dopplebock from an American brewery.

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish-brown, pretty good sized bubbly head.

Some caramel sweetness in the nose, a bit of spice, hints of bread.

Medium bodied, fairly smooth. Rich caramel flavors up front, faintest taste of alcohol, some spices begin to show as well. Hints of apple come in as well. Weak aftertaste of earthy sweetness.

I have basically no experience with doppelbocks and while this one is good, I found the body to be a bit thinner than I expected.

Thanks to Tastytaste for the trade.

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Photo of bditty187
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber-brown hue, translucent; small, quick to fade off-white head, soapy leftovers, no lace. Weak nose, slight toffee influence, minor maltiness… rather clean overall. The palate seemed a tad too simple and boring. There are some toasty malts, caramel notes, toffee, and some nice spicy hoppiness. The body is too thin for a Doppelbock. The finish is too clean as well. Little aftertaste… if any. The alcohol seems absent; I was shocked to see the high abv… sure couldn’t taste it (or feel it). This is a half-ass Doppelbock, it is better than that bastard that Leinenkugel produces but is that saying much?

Nevertheless thank you feloniousmonk for the sample.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red, aroma very hard to detect, perhaps of sweet roasted malts. The taste of sweet malts, a bit sugary up front and creamy. A nice doppelbock, stays smooth and foamy, with a tiny biscuity aftertaste, consistently sweet throughout. This is a decent version of the style, however, does not come close to the top dawgs, i.e. Celebrator...still one of Schell's top offerings.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very clear amber and brown. Small, tight subdued tan head forms and just as quickly fades to nothing.
Aroma some very light caramel and a touch of molassess on the front. Some darker fruit notes emerge as it warms up a bit.
Flavor has a heavy, sugary, syrpy sweet toffee and caramel notes with some dark wheat bread notes as well.
Mouthfeel is closet to medium with no real bittering present to cut the syrupy domination. Finishes with just a hint of a warming alcohol punch and some astringent notes.
Drinkability is above average but nothing really special going on here. Very one-dimensional to the sweet side.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark copper color with some ruby tint. A very clear beer.

Sweet maltiness in the aroma with some caramel notes and some graininesss. I also picked up a bit of a vegetal aroma coming through. Not super clean (like the Optimator I tried next).

Finishes drier that I'd expect, given the sweet malt aroma and flavor. Hops were a bit much for a good doppel bock.

Overall a decent beer...but since I had an Optimator next, I could tell it didn't measure up.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

nice garnet color with a light to medium clarity in it. Small head of off white comes up and over the top of the glass, settling down into a broken crown with a decent bit of lacing around the edges. Aroma is off right from the start. Muted hops, caramel, and a sour wet cardboard are all coming together in the wrong way. Flavor is just off on nearly every angle here. Muted flavors, bready and not put together well at all. The finish was bitter, and overall just not working here at all.

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Photo of frank4sail
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweet musty almost skunky (wet leather) smell. Darkish auburn color with a slight pale white head. All that is left after the initial pour is a slight sheen on top of the brew. The taste is dominated by sweet caramel malt flavor. The brew seems very one sided. The finish is slightly metalic.

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Photo of sweethome
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chestnut brown with nice tan head. Malty nose with a spicy charachter and just a hint of alcohol to let you know it is a dopplebock. Fills out the palate very well, fluffy but full. Very sweet. From there, it doesn't seem to know where to go. German hops present, maybe a little too much for the style. A candy sweetness takes over and is a bit cloying. Lacks depth.

All around pretty good taste, but never quite steps up from the initial taste. Fails to finish. Virtually no aftertaste which really disappointed.

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Photo of Doyle
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of RBorsato
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tawny brown (light amber) with a nice tan head and decent carbonation but no lace. Moderate sweet malty aroma with light raisiney notes. Sweet candy-like maltiness. Medium bodied and smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: a bit light for the style.

Per ASBCo website: Ingredients: Pale 2 Row, Munich, Caramel, Cara Pilsner and Black malts, domestic Mt. Hood, Cascade and Centennial hops.

Available Jan thru March

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice dark brown color looks like watered down coffee or strong iced tes. Head is very small, maybe 1/8" of bubbles. Smells roasted and sweet, lightly chocolatey, but all maltiness. Taste is big and malty, level of sweetness is consistently strong, but never approaches cloying. A slight alcohol tingle embelishes the flavor and the mouthfeel. I like it, not one of the greatest doppels, but solid.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice offering from Schell. These guys really do a good job making straightfoward, easy to drink beers.Medium low carbonation. Poured out to an auburn caramel color with a good head that came down to an 1/8 inch layer. No lacing. Aromas of hops, caramel and some malt. Very inviting. Taste was good, but could have benefited greatly from higher carbonation. Flavors of smoked caramel, hops, and some sweet spices. Very nice overall. Mouthfeel was slighly syrupy. A filling beer. Slightly heavy for my taste, but still not bad. This is a good place to start when it comes to dopplebocks.

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Photo of packetknife
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A gift from an old friend, and a good one at that. Dark amber with a beige head. A very tad bit sour on the noise and tongue but nothing odd. Slightly thick, smooth, and a good finish.

Malty just well enough. Definatly something I'll try when visiting MN.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is strickly malt, although not overwhelming or too intense with some caramel tones noted. Color is a dark amber with a reddish copper hue, but the clarity is noticable. Head is fairly big at first then thins to a white covering. Richness is a distinctive quality of most Shell beers and this is no exception. I like this beer because the richness isn't neccessarily excessive sweetness, as with some doppelbock beers. These characteristics of richness and malt really smooth out as the beer warms, making it a good beer to drink slowly. There is a dryness to the finish that's interesting. Alcohol was most evident in the warmth and effects rather than in taste. Feel is actually a little thin for style, with carbonation evident. My experience with this beer has been that there are times and situations when it's truly the perfect beer and times when it's not. Tonight seemed more like the latter, but I can't say why. Maybe that's a trait of this style, more than this beer.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber to copper colored with a thin light tan head. Yeasty and bready, light toasty malt, earthy smells; like tree bark. Mostly sweet, like Paulaner's Salvator, yet more estery. Pretty darn drinkable, but not my favorite domestic doppelbock. Seems to lack a slight bit of character.

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Photo of kunzbrew
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jeffboo for this offering.

This brew pours a copper color with a little tan head that does not stick around very long. A high powered sweet caramel aroma pours out from the top of the glass. This is a doppelbock that has a nice aroam to it. The hop aroma is light to moderate.

A sweet caramel flavor that makes the jaw tweek a little. The strong alcohol flavor also is very present. The hop bitterness is very smooth which is what I like. This is a pretty complex beer a musty woody flavor also comes out as the beer warms.

This is a medium bodied brew that has a good drinkability.


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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep copper color with a thick, tan head when poured vigorously. The aroma is of sweet caramel malts, with a bit of hops in the nose. The flavor again is of sweet caramel malts with a bit of grain. The mouthfeel is syrupy, clean and smooth. Overall, it is a very easy drinking, smooth, medium-bodied beer.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a dark amber glow with a huge foamy tan head thats nearly three fingers high. Has a nice sweet bread-like malt like cookie dough and has some slight hop notes, very fresh and kinda tangy sweet. Taste is a fairly sweet and somewhat chewy malt, thin syrupy feel with a nice underlying of slight hop dryness. Feel is close to medium bodied, fresh and clean, slightly syrupy and very smooth. This is one drinkable beer, goes down smooth and has a good, golden fresh flavor thats just great and goes down with ease.

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Photo of steorn
4.52/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a fantastic strong bock from schells .the aroma alone will win this beer lifetime friends.malty and full bodied.beer like this is why schells is always on my beer shopping list.

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Photo of ZAP
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off let me say this beer has my all-time favorite bottle...two goats drinking out of a chalice...gosh those are some lucky goats!!!...Amber in color with a nice soft creamy lace..not as thick or heavy as S.A, or Salvator, or Optimator....pretty easy drinking with a good but not overbearing sweetness....some mild hop bitterness on the back of the tounge on the finish...this does not feature the magnitude of complex flavors of Salvator or S.A. but is solid nonetheless..definitely some caramel tones with a slight hint of raisens..does not have the molasses texture and flavor some doppels feature...definitely worth trying if you see it...reasonably priced too...

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Doppel Bock from August Schell Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.