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Schell's Bock - August Schell Brewing Company

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85
very good

168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: garymuchow on 02-07-2009

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.
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Ratings: 168 | Reviews: 74
Reviews by ThePeskyDingo:
Photo of ThePeskyDingo
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 1 finger light tan head that dissipated at a medium rate. Beer color is a clear deep amber color.

Smells of malts, caramel and dark fruits.

Tastes of sweet malts, caramel, a hint of chocolate and faint hops.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Medium carbonation. Has a sticky finish.

Very easy to drink, very sessionable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of bsp77
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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+.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of LXIXME
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of augustgarage
4.02/5  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.

Photo of plfahey
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of dbossman
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of morimech
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dhannes
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 5-06-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Dark brown in color with 2 fingers of foam, nice lacing ring with good amount of carbonation present

S - Caramel with hints of citrus sweetness and malts, no real hop presence

T - Sweet caramel and orange citrus with dark roasted malts

M/D - Medium bodied, sweet caramel taste with a slight citrus aftertaste. A really great tasting bock, a really good mix of sweetness and malts, another must try from Schell's. I recommend you try this brew if you can still find it

Photo of Soilworker
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark amber with one finger off white head.

S: Sweet caramely malts with somewhat off-putting, perhaps canned corn aroma, at least that's what I get. Grassy hops play a balancing part.

T: Big caramely malts and some slight herbal hops. Kind of rough off-putting bitterness that unfortunately lingers on the tongue.

M: Full bodied and relatively highly carbonated.

D: I personally could not put more than one of these down. There was too many offputting flavor such as the canned corn and the rough bitterness on the tongue.

Notes: Don't think I would buy this one again. Nothing terribly great and I didnt think they did a great job on this one.

Photo of schellsbeer
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to KeefD for the sample bottle.

Schell's Bock is back!!! Here is the Review.

A - Dark malt brown with little head. Very nice beer to look at. Excellent color. Almost a dark purple to dark brown. Some dark carmel colors.

S - Malt and barley. Heavy on the nose. Good. Not as fresh smelling as the Snowstorm 2008 but good. This is a Minnesota beer....not for the weak. Looks like the lumberjacks would drink this. Little baby girl beer drinkers, please don't even bother.

T - Once again, heavy on the malt and barley. Strong taste but not over done. Bitter....not here. Very little hops noticed. A little sweet taste is noticed as the beer goes down. Again...nice but not as good as the Snowstorm 2008.

M - On the thick side. 1 of these and I will be looking for a different texture beer just to wash the layer off of my tongue. Burnt sugar and molassas. I really like the finish as the beer slides down.

D - Ok. I will search out other Schell's before this one again but still worth of the Schell's name.

Nice try Schell's. You can still impress.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of dstc
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby brown with a nice light tan head. Head falls rather slow to a minimal one. Thin lacing.

Thin malt aroma with a metallic quality to it.

Rather nice malt taste. Sweet taste with a bit of fruit. Finishes with s mild hop bitterness.

Medium bodied in the mouth with a slight bite.

Nice bock. Pleasantly surprised.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Arenbeer
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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!

Photo of iLovehops23
3.42/5  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.

Photo of fizzy
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must admit that I start out partial to Schell's beer to begin with, so I really can't be expected to toss darts. How do you think this brewery has stayed in business for 150 years unless it did something right.
I am a Bock fan, and have visited the brewery early in the spring for Bock Fest. What a HOOT.
Try this bock if you haven't already, and then thank Herman the German for New Ulm and the great Schell Brewery

Photo of natasharai
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a large fizzy light tan head that dissipated quickly to a thin layer leaving no lacing on the glass. The beer is clear with a reddish/orange brown color.

Smell: Caramel sweet, caramelized nuts, a little fruity berry smell.

Taste: Roasted malt, toasted nuts, some caramel sweet, some bitter burnt, finishing with a bready yeasty flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick body, somewhat syrupy, nice small bubble carbonation, leaves mouth a little dry.

Overall: Good drinkability, good roasted flavors, the smell is much sweeter than the flavor. Nice representation of the style!!

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a surprisingly light copper color. And by surprisingly light copper color, I mean that I thought I was pouring a Schell Stout. So then, lovely color, a nice and thick, fluffy off-white head of a half inch and good staying power. Some lacing, but doesn't stick to the glass until the end.

The aroma has nice caramel and toffee tones, some toasty and faint hoppy notes too. Taste is similarly centered on sweet malt, caramel, toffee, some toastiness, some hops. The body is medium full, good carbonation, and it dries up toward the end. In all, an enjoyable enough beer to drink, doesn't quite stand up to the great ones, but is quite drinkable nonetheless.

Photo of shadow1961
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

August Schell Bock pours a big tan head over a deep amber/coffee colored brew. Active carbonation- lots of little bubbles. Nose is clean- toasty malts, pretzel maybe, and lager yeast. The flavor is very much like I remember their '08 Snowstorm was/is like- dark toasty malts and an herbal hop off the back. Maybe dialed back a bit- not so much rye as I remember, hop a tad more aggressive. Mouthfeel is light and clean, finishing dry dry dry. Nice. This is about as fast as Schell's moved one of their Snowstorms into regular year-round production- as of this writing (February '09), both Snowstorm and the new Bock are both in the shops. The only downside is the new Bock replaces their Caramel Bock, which I was quite fond of. But by all means, take the opportunity to compare 'em for yourself- there's some good solid stuff here!

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Yes!

Appearance : caramel colored, candy-like. Head is frothy and full, leaving lacing on the glass.

Aroma : butterscotch, caramel warm pretzel - reminds me of the warm pretzel shops with sweet pretzels; roasted caramel malts, sugar plum, faint hop. This smell is terrific!

Flavor : tasty beer, malt forward with hops coming in towards the finish. Caramel barley malt, plum, burnt orange peel, banana. Easy drinking.

Mouthfeel : creamy, medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Ends nippy and slightly dry.

Overall : sign me up for more, this Bock rocks!

Photo of exonthebottle
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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

Photo of KarlHungus
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a clear deep ruby color. The head is an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a quarter inch cap of foam. Lacing is thorough. The aroma is of caramel, toasty malt, and hints of spicy noble hops. The taste is full of malt. Lots of toasty roasted malt, caramel, and what seems like the most hops I've ever tasted in a bock. Don't get me wrong this is by no means a hoppy beer, but the hops are definitely detectable which is odd in a bock. It works here though, and really gives the beer a character all of its own. The mouthfeel is so smooth it makes me wonder if oats are involved. Carbonation is quite low. Overall, this is one fine bock that I'm sure will become a seasonal regularity for me, and it sure knocks the pants of Caramel Bock. It is great to see the continued improvement in Schell's beers that has been happening over the past couple years.

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Schell's Bock from August Schell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.