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Schell's Bock - August Schell Brewing Company

Schell's BockSchell's Bock

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BA SCORE
86
very good

138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%


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

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Each year the promise of spring was confirmed as the first keg of Schell's Bock rolled onto waiting delivery wagons. And since 1860, Schell's Bock has continued in the true German tradition. Completely reformulated for 2009, Schell's Bock has replaced Caramel Bock as our late winter seasonal. Brewed with a harmonious blend of 10 different types of malt and noble hops, Schell's Bock is fermented slowly, and then lagered for an extended period of time to ensure a smooth finish. Perfect for passing even the coldest winter day.

This dark amber colored beer sports a robust malt character.

(Beer added by: garymuchow on 02-07-2009)
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TheSSG

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a HUGE, dense and soapy, tan-hued head that has impressive persistence and laces readily. Sweet malt aroma with a slightly spicy hoppiness. Crystal clear burnt umber. Sweet malt, toasted malt, warming booze, and a faint hoppiness in the background. Moves into a low-medium hoppiness, gets a little spicy, even. Then the finish is toasted malt and faint biscuit.

This is pretty nice, it's very toasted-malt-forward, and I like that. Slight hop spice, and not too sweet. And, of course, it has that velvety smooth German lager mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 02:47:02 | More by TheSSG
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Medium sized foamy light tan head settles to a nice lacing above a clear caramelized reddish brown colored beer.

Light caramel grain malts aroma that brings with it some sweetness.

A light sweetness on a roasted caramel malts taste.

Just a bit of dryness associated with a light caramel aftertaste on this lighter bodied Bock.

A decent tasting Bock, maybe just a tad on the wettish lighter feel, but definitely worth drinking.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 23:14:11 | More by LXIXME
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jimmah120

Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle labeled best by may 17

im not a malty beer guy at all, but this is a great example of one that isn't overly sweet or cloying. roasted toasty bread, nutella, pumpernickle, oak. savory yet extremely drinkable.

another solid schells beer

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 07:00:56 | More by jimmah120
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear, rich garnet color. Average sized, light, bubbly, foamy, beige ecru head. Average retention settling into a patchy lace.

S - Nutty and dark fruit flavors are quite strong. Raisin jumps out right away. Hints of herbal and grassy hops. A hint of savory earthiness. Malty but not overly sweet smelling.

T - Raisin also jumps out right away on the taste. It's not a sweet raisin taste though, and the earthy and nutty flavors in the background really help tone it down into a savory dark fruit taste. There is a significant herbal/grassy hop bitterness to also conter the sweet malt. Caramel in the background but it doesn't pack a huge punch. Nice balance.

M - Medium to light body. Not a lot of carbonation. Fairly creamy and smooth feel.

D - Easy to drink bock. Wonderful balance with a beer that has a substantial feel and taste but isn't overpowering. A nice beer to sit back and sip on that pleasantly surprised me with its depth and simplicity each sip.

Notes: Very nice bock that grew on me as I sipped it. The flavors balance each other out quite nicely. It is easy to drink and is very nice and enjoyable while being simple and easy to drink leisurely. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 02:26:42 | More by FreshHawk
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Scotchboy

Idaho

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

12oz bottle from Aaron (thanks as always) poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Dark marmalade orange body with decent clarity...off-khaki head with tight bubbles fades quickly away.

S: Malt malt malt...bready and toasted, raisin bread, grains...definite darker fruit component of raisins and prunes...there is a nice darker sweetness, almost like a cooked brown sugar.

T: Right in line with everything from the nose, the palate unfolds in typical 'bock' fashion, highlighting a large grain bill with hefty bread and toast notes, with sweeter undertones of toasted caramel...hints of dark fruit weave through the flavor profile.

MF: Creamy and hearty, with a sweet but clean lager finish.

O: Not a bad bock at all. Could really get into this come autumn. Cheers Aaron!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 02:09:14 | More by Scotchboy
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dhannes

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 6-pack of bottle on closeout from Hy-Vee today for $3.99; date on bottle says 051112, which, I'm assuming means May 11, 2012. Not sure if that is when the brew was bottled (not likely, as it is a bock and Schell's site says it is available in January and February)...so I am guessing that it is a "best by" date...which means my sample is over two months past that date.

A=Absolutely gorgeous...nice brownish red, with ivory colored foam head of two fingers that last over a minute.

S=No nose...maybe a faint hint of raisins.

T=Rich, malty, and rather sweet. Faint hint of raisins. Hops are detectable.

M=Medium body...perhaps a bit lighter than other bocks I've had. Moderate to light carbonation.

O=A nice example of a bock, except sweeter than most.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 22:10:38 | More by dhannes
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augustgarage

California

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Harriet pils glass.

Rufous liquid; not quite clear with a lasting beige collar and surface slick. Sandy lacing; average retention.

Varnish, esters, dark fruit, sweat socks, toast, and more in the nose.

Layered lovely malt notes, toasty with pleasing melanoidins. Moderately bitter hop bite throughout. Well lagered. Earthy finish.

Medium-bodied, crisp yet creamy, and slightly warming.

A superior example of the style, well crafted, flavorful and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 06:56:46 | More by augustgarage
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dmadsen

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time drinking this beer.

Great color, deep red hue. Apparent bubbles, but not too fizzy. Doesn't have an overpowering head or leave large traces on the glass.

Nice scent, but nothing overpowering or that stands out significantly.

The flavor is good. Balanced, some fruit, some bread, nice light bitterness on the end.

Good overall mouthfeel. Slightly bubbly, very drinkable, stays with you.

Overall a very solid beer, good for the season. I think I'll have another.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 02:28:51 | More by dmadsen
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DK_CPA


4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review. Reviewers notes: I am from MN and am completely biased towards MN beers. I take pride personally in August Schell since it is the 2nd oldest craft brewery in the U.S. behind Yuengling. Making it the oldest brewery in MN. Note that my cousin Jacob got locked in an outhouse near the brewery when we were kids.

The rating: It may appear high to some, but i'm rating it within its class. I don't take into consideration that it's not an IPA or Barleywine, but rather how I would compare it to other Bocks.

The review:
-I like the Red color
-Generous amount of head
-Little bit of an after taste, but decent for its price.

Summation: A decent MN variant of bock style beer. Not anything over the top, but yet satisfactory for it's price and purpose. Perfect for when you have that bock craving. Comes in 12 packs during the spring.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 02:58:33 | More by DK_CPA
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bluHatter

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Real nice foggy dark amber color with a 2 finger big bubble head. Descent lacing.

S: Strong caramel, some apples, yeast, some pine

T: Very mellow malts, caramel and nuts. Very understated in contrast to the nose.

M: Nice smooth medium body, good carbonation.

O: A nice mellow bock, that almost feels like a nut brown.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 23:11:09 | More by bluHatter
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steveh

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Went over the cheddar curtain hunting for Maibocks, found Schell's previous seasonal in abundance and since I'd never given it a try, here goes.

Since finding some of the better Bocks from micros and imports I haven't been a big fan of the old-fashioned, American rendition that used to come out every spring season (Anchor's Bock and New Glarus' Uff da are good examples these days), here's hoping this isn't one of them.

A -- Pours a beautifully clear, deep amber or light chestnut color with a firm, creamy, light tan head that holds up well. Reminiscent of Optimator or Salvator.

S -- Smooth, bready to yeasty, dark bread crust nose. There are some light, dark fruit esters back. Bread crust character becomes more prominent with warming.

T -- Toasty, bready malts with the lightest earthiness and dark fruit back. Finish has some mild bitterness but, sweet bready malts finish the mouthful. Dry, hop-bitter character in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to mildly syrupy with a mild dryness and the body is medium-full.

O -- Schell pretty much nails the style with this beer. No roastiness or overly-bitter hopping, just rich Munich and/or Vienna malts. The only thing that stops me from all 5s might be the bitter-dry character in the aftertaste. This keeps the beer from being as clean as it might be, and a better lager -- but if you're looking for a good example of the Traditional Bock style, this beer won't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 19:12:39 | More by steveh
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Ruddy brown in color, good clarity, receding foam collar for a head with minimal lacing left behind.

S. Biscuit malt aroma with some ester fruitiness present on top of brown sugar. No hop aroma is detectable.

T. Mostly burnt sugar flavor with a semi-toasted component working in tandem. Breadiness only appears as a garnish on the finish for me. Hops (noble or otherwise) are MIA and it feels out of balance because of it, a little gentle hopping would have gone a long way towards making this brew exceptional.

M. Smooth medium bodied with a hint of oiliness, but carbonated just well enough to counter balance it. Still, it could have used a slightly higher level of carbonation to lighten it up a bit.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 02:57:49 | More by WastingFreetime
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Hyvee in Council Bluffs, IA
..1312 stamped on bottle, assuming bottled earlier this year
Poured into an Ayinger willi glass

Schell's Bock is a delicious interpretation of the style focused on toasted malts, caramelized sugar and general caramel flavor, and a strong incorporation of toasted nut flavor. The blend of these elements creates a rich bock with plenty of depth, which generally satisfies any desire for a brew on the darker end of the color or taste spectrum.

Pours a tall (>3cm), medium-tan colored head made up of small and medium bubbles. Resultant look is frothy and something like pancake batter. Declines over about two minutes to a ring around the glass with some islands of foam, leaving no lacing on sides of glass. Body is a dark ruby color out of light, brighter and clean-looking ruby when in the sun. Transparent, with minimal carbonation percolating through.

Aroma features rich caramel-type malts with mild diacetyl notes and another variety that imparts a noticeable nuttiness to the mix. Raisin and dried fig scents noticeable. Sweet, rich, and deep, somewhat like a hearty, baked nut cookie with plenty of caramelized sugars.

Taste opens with caramelized sugar and toasted malt sweetness, gradually blending into mellow caramel and toasted nut flavors. Very low hop presence, just a touch of mild spiciness is notable during mid-palate. Caramel, toasted malt, and nut flavors continue in rich, deep intensity past mid-palate, a slow coalescence of them into an interesting "bit o' honey" candy taste in the latter half, particularly notable during the fade out and close. I find this rather enjoyable. Aftertaste is rich, of toasted nuts and caramelized sugars.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy bodied with slightly below medium-level carbonation. Resultant mouthfeel is clean and somewhat crisp, generally smooth flowing. The lower carbonation actually fits this beer, as it is something to roll around on the palate and not drink quickly.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 20:32:44 | More by falloutsnow
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep russet brown, very clear with lots of carbonation, really quite nice and a classic look for a bock. Thin off white head formed on the top, but quickly faded to just a thin film that stayed throughout the session, but offered no side glass contribution.

The aroma was your classic malty bock. Nice sweet caramel and nutty aromas mixed in with a good earthy tone. The flavor followed through very closely with a nice bitter malty flavor and a good amount of sweetness in it as well. Carbonation that is more then decent never let it go flat and kept you entertained throughout the session

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 03:51:28 | More by mikesgroove
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Lauthaha

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Beer is a sort-of lighter-end mahogany, with a dull translucence. Head is bubbly and fades away quickly, leaving an eggshell-colored foam around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Rich apple cider with a touch of cinnamon. Bubble gum in the malt, perhaps. Very nice, actually!

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer is pretty oily going in, but a nice amount of carbonation balances it out well. Toasted bread with a nice marmalade comes to mind. Just a touch of lemony zest perhaps in the aftertaste. Rinses medium-dry, and there's a smooth bitterness which is most pleasant.

Overall: One thing Schell has going for itself is the ability to master the mouthfeel. The level of carbonation couldn't get any better, it perfectly reveals the flavor of the beer and allows for a great glass anytime.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 02:29:17 | More by Lauthaha
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a reddish-amber. Head is two and a half fingers, lasts well at one and a half. Minimal lacing.
S- Smell is mild, mostly a brown sugar, slightly roasted malt aroma.
T- The taste is a bit more developed. Still initially sweet flavors, a brown sugar and caramel flavor. There is a dark fruit as well as a noble hop presence.
M- Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than I like, but the carbonation is pretty spot on.
O- A pretty good American made bock. Enjoyable and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 20:02:39 | More by jsprain1
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mooselvlt

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a clear copper with a finger's worth of beige foam.

S - Smells of roasty malts and biscuits. Not a huge nose, very subtle

T - Nice roasty malts followed by a slight bit of hops. Malts are nice and bready.

M - Thin to medium, well carbed, and a touch dry. Nice and clean finish. Its a drinker.

O - Really liked it. I usually pass over Schell but I threw this one in a mixer. Glad I did!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 02:44:39 | More by mooselvlt
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes

12oz bottle into a snifter glass

A- Pours a dark dark reddish brown with a thin off white 1 finger head.

S- Roasted malts, molasses, and dark fruits.

T- Roasted malts, dark fruits, burnt sugars, and a slight coffee background.

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a slight bitter finish.

SkÅL!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 00:05:24 | More by Arenbeer
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exonthebottle

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I usually not a bock fan but I heard good things about this beer. I have to say Schell exceeded my expectations for a bock which is a style I Haven't enjoyed much in the past.
nice white head, decent earthy hop smell, watery but smooth malt profile, nice carbonation hides the alcohol well. tangy yet sweet brings a complexity that isn't in the standard bock solid beer overall great for the price. enjoy

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 21:37:38 | More by exonthebottle
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MattyG85

Minnesota

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber red with a big light tan head with good retention and lacing.

Smell: Caramel and toffee malts with hints of nuts and earthy hops.

Taste: Sweetness up front from the caramel malts followed by toasted bread and nuts. A hint of fruit and hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall: A pretty decent bock.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 04:58:35 | More by MattyG85
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tmcelvain

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogony color with almost no ead out of the tap. Very sweet malty smell.
Tastes of sweet, sweet malts, but the sweetnes that hits you up front does not linger. Nicely balanced with a bitter hop finish to keep from beeing coyingly sweet. Flavors are caremel and toffee malts as well as a pumpernickle, cinnamon bread.
Mouthfeel os well balanced. Could benefit from an even lower ABV to make this good beer truly sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2011 19:11:21 | More by tmcelvain
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iLovehops23

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

IHad this at bockfeast in New Ulm.Pours amber brown with an off white head that dissipates fast. Aroma is sweet and malty as expected from a d bock. Caramel with a light undertone of hops. Some roast in the aroma as well. Medium body with light carbonation. Hops come through in the finish with a slight bitterness which offsets the sweet malt profile nicely. Very drinkable, sessionable at that. I enjoy the nice hop bite on the finish. Good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2011 20:50:18 | More by iLovehops23
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plfahey

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Mahogany red in color with ruby highlights and brilliant clarity. Moderate light tan/beige head with decent retention.

Aroma-Caramel and toffee malt with lighter notes of bread and toast. Malt profile is decent, but not excellent.

Flavor-Similar toast, toffee, and caramel flavors, with some butterscotch (tastes like light diacetyl). Slightly sweet up front, though dries out a bit in the finish. Not bad, but just not terribly complex.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderate carbonation. Smooth.

Goes down easy, but I find this one to be relatively blah. It's a bit too one dimensional and lacks the malt complexity to keep me interested. It's also not tasty enough to be an easy-drinking, sessionable bock. Not bad, but falls flat in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 05:35:26 | More by plfahey
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brewdoc75

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep mahogany with dark ruby hues. Moderately strong carbonation. A lovely white head at first, dies down fast.

S: Not a ton of aroma. Some rich melanoidans in the nose but not much. There is a touch of caramel and toffee. Some breadiness.

T: Very rich melanoidans. Deep, rich plum notes without being fruity. Some caramel and toffee. Breadiness in the end. Finishes slightly metallic. The hops are only there in bitterness as they should be. A definite, rich malt bomb.

M: Medium bodied, stronger carbonation. Finishes clean and crisp. Not underattenuated.

D: A fine bock. This is one of my favorite styles and this beer is a reason why. Definitely not the best bock I've had, but definitely one of the better ones. I will look forward to this every year.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 04:09:39 | More by brewdoc75
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ForWhatAlesYou

Minnesota

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a nicely sudsy 1 finger head. Color is auburn/brown and completely clear.

S: Alcohol, sweet maltiness.

T: Caramel malt. A little roasted flavor (nuts, brown butter). Just a touch of banana butteriness.

M: Med-high carbonation. A touch astringent. Crisp.

D: Classic bock. For the style, I would consider a 5 but my vote here is only 4 just because this beer is a little un-nuanced/basic. Nice beer, though.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 19:40:56 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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Schell's Bock from August Schell Brewing Company
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