Schell's Bock - August Schell Brewing Company
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Reviews by Lauthaha:
4.5/5 rDev +18.4%
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.
09-15-2011 02:29:17 | More by Lauthaha
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4.38/5 rDev +15.3%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Frankfurter glass.
Appearance: Rich chocolate brown with creamy off-white head.
Smell: Strong bready malt with cherry, chocolate, and metallic & spicy hops.
Taste: Complex and rich malts with chocolate, bread, caramel, cherry and dark fruit. Turns spicy and slightly bitter at the end.
Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body that is very smooth, clean and almost creamy.
Drinkability: Fantastic Bock that even rivals many Doppelbocks in terms of its malty punch. One of the very few German-style Bocks around with its pure barley malts (no wheat, adjuncts or spices) and its original gravity of 16+.
03-01-2010 12:55:11 | More by bsp77
4/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
04-23-2011 04:58:35 | More by MattyG85
3.66/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
11-28-2013 23:14:11 | More by LXIXME
4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
06-03-2012 06:56:46 | More by augustgarage
3.28/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
02-28-2011 05:35:26 | More by plfahey
3.94/5 rDev +3.7%
A: Copper brown with a thin but steady head and okay lacing
S: Sweet bready malts with caramel and toffee undertones
T: Such nice balance--bready and sweet with just enough hop presence to balance it out--some caramel, toasted malts, toffee
F: Creamy medium body--such creamy texture for a lager
O: This is such a nice American version of the German style; true to style and so malty and warming and tasty--bring on spring
01-22-2012 05:39:12 | More by dbossman
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
Cheers to mothman for this one, thanks Ben!
Pours a ruby-flecked brown with 2 fingers of tan head. No head retention or lacing, the only detractor in an otherwise good bock
S: Brown bread & a touch of leafy hops
T: Brown bread, a smidge of ginger bread & plummyness up front. As this warms I get brown sugar & dryness. Finishes fruitty with leafy hops & more brown sugar dryness
MF: Medium bodied/chewy with fairly assertive carbonation up front.
Drinks easy, a pretty nice bock, hides the ABV fairly well
07-20-2009 02:35:48 | More by russpowell
4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
Pours a dark amber color with a large tan head that has excellant retention. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Strong caramel malt aroma with hints of dark fruit and maybe nuts. Starts off with a sweet flavor of caramel but there is a nice hop bitterness to balance the flavor. Has a nice dry finish. I think this is even better than Snowstorm '08. Medium body but it seems to be a touch overcarbonated. This is a nice bock and a big improvement over the old Caramel Bock. One of the best bocks out there today.
02-23-2009 23:14:49 | More by morimech
4.1/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
07-13-2012 22:10:38 | More by dhannes
Schell's Bock from August Schell Brewing Company
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