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Doppel Bock - August Schell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.11%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This beer is available from January through March.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-08-2002)
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Reviews by assurbanipaul:
Photo of assurbanipaul


2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark copper with a substantial foamy head. Aroma is dark and malty with prunes and an indistinct yeasty tang.

Taste is rough malts, dark roasted with some dark fruits. Sorta sweet with bready cola flavors, some pumpernickel, not much depth. Slight hop bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel is fine, a little light for the style. Overall, a bit one-dimensional and lacking a distinct character, no bite. Not undrinkable but just uninteresting, not one I would buy again. Thanks to TastyTaste for this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2005 03:07:55 | More by assurbanipaul
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Photo of Doyle


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

08-05-2012 03:16:29 | More by Doyle
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 06:33:09 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of hardy008


3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I used to get this all the time from Schells and still have my notes and impressions of the beer.

Appearance - Dark brown with some red. A nice foamy head which disappeared somewhat quickly with light lacing in the glass.

Smell - Caramel and sweetness present.

Taste - Sweet and pleasant. Caramel noticeable. Some presence of maltiness.

Mouthfeel - full bodied and sweet.

Drinkability - had good drinkability. Too bad it was retired.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 18:54:51 | More by hardy008
Photo of Frozensoul327


3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2005 03:19:48 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of CRJMellor


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2005 20:48:12 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of TastyTaste


3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2005 16:47:10 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of Southernbrew


3.6/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2005 04:11:44 | More by Southernbrew
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North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2004 02:59:21 | More by ncbrewerbun
Photo of sweethome


3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2004 18:49:17 | More by sweethome
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3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2004 06:30:51 | More by crookedhalo
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New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2004 02:49:10 | More by frank4sail
Photo of BeerAngel


3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin burnt caramel color with a nice medium cream-colored head. It has a nice smooth malty aroma with a lightly sweetened background and revealing an earthy grain almost hidden within. The taste is again a smooth malty taste with a light burned grain in the background and tapers into mild hops. This is a medium bodied brew with a very nice mouthfeel and it finishes lightly sweet. Not at all bad! Thanks to budgood1! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2003 20:29:41 | More by BeerAngel
Photo of RBorsato


3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2003 09:34:19 | More by RBorsato
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3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2003 13:21:24 | More by bditty187
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2.63/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2003 00:00:05 | More by Sixpack595
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3.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2003 10:31:55 | More by BeerBuilder
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark amber color with a sizeable cream colored head that slowly fades to a rocky layer of foam. The aroma is faint, with slight hints of hops spiciness and a bit of caramel sweetness. The taste is very rich, with a chocolate caramel flavor dominating the taste up front. Nice roasted notes come in behind, with a rather strong bitterness in the finish that lasts well into the aftertaste. Dark fruit notes appear as the beer warms a bit, while the bitterness subsides just a bit as well. The mouthfeel is smooth, with the carbonation being just strong enough to give a bit of buoyancy to the beer as it slides across the palate. The drinkability is a bit better than average, in no small part to the perfect carbonation levels. This beer doesn't knock my socks off, but it is worth the price of admission. And with a moderate ABV, drinking a sixer in a short evening would not be advisable. Dollar for dollar, a good dopple.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2003 17:23:35 | More by aaronh
Photo of feloniousmonk


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

The label of this tasty doppelbock features a pair of goats sipping from the same chalice of dark, frothy brew.
Color is a dark auburn, or a near-reddish...how's that?
Head is mighty tall and off-white.
Aroma is fresh and clean, with a touch of nuts and spice, and something indiscernible, that I wish I could neatly categorize.
Taste: full, rich, malty, sweet, flavors of toofee and caramel, lush, excellent texture, a real meal in a bottle, that tapers off into a dry, lingering finish.
A very nice doppel, but shades away from the real malty monsters like Ayinger. Michael Jackson was generous enough to include this Minnesota staple in his Great Beer Guide, and as I look at his writing on the subject I find that he did it again, found what I could not in this beer's aroma. He calls it: "cookie-like." That'll do!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2003 12:10:26 | More by feloniousmonk
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3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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.


Serving type: bottle

04-08-2003 16:14:22 | More by kunzbrew
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3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2003 06:08:18 | More by tavernjef
Photo of GeoffRizzo


3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2003 20:36:36 | More by GeoffRizzo
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New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey!! Another Doppel to try! One of my favorite styles!

This is the first bier I had the chance to enjoy outside this year. Had a warm, sunny day, on the first full day of Spring.... Pulled the table and a chair out of the shed and sat out on the back deck as the sun sank into the West...about 65F.... ahhh! C'mon Summer!!
Poured a clear medium-copper/auburn color, with a creamy, short, fine tan head. Not much, if any, lacing, though.
Nose was much too mild, though, for this style. I like D-Bocks to assault my nostrils. It had a subtle toffee/caramel malty aroma, but needed more ooomph.
Nice mouthfeel. Body was about medium, and it had a creamy/foamy feel on the tongue.
Taste started out with a welcome caramel, malty sweetness. Not a whole lot of other flavors...then at the finish there was a slight touch of hoppy bitterness.
A fairly good bier, though not in the realm of good Deutsch D-Bocks. Thnx jeffboo for the sample! Much appreciated, Bro!! Prosit!!

overall: 3.9
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


Serving type: bottle

03-21-2003 16:13:20 | More by Bierman9
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3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2003 23:18:13 | More by cokes
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3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2002 19:46:27 | More by Jon
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