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Schell's Bock - August Schell Brewing Company

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88
very good

75 Reviews
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Reviews: 75
Hads: 169
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 10
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of steveh
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (1,441 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Brilliant deep amber 2” tan to of white head, excellent lace. S: Dark malt, kettle sugars, bread crust.
T: Darker malts, bread but no roast, faint caramelly banana at the beginning but dries out on the finish. Subtle hop presence.
F: Medium carbonation and just above medium body.
O: A very good bock. (309 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Cherrywood colored..light head...impressive clarity...looks the part.

S-Very inviting...strongly malty...smells like rich toasted malts...awesome aroma

T-Clean but rich toasty maltiness...munich malt shines through but also seems to include some vienna characterists...some light caramel bread too....impressive

M-Clean but sweet....hops add a touch of a dry finish but they never move into the forefront...this is a big bock....rich and full body....right on the edge of doppelbock

D-One of the best new beers (if not the best) to hit the shelves from a Minnesota brewer this year. Definitely not the same as this years snowstorm. That was awesome too but had a much different overall flavor. This is as true of a bock as I've had in awhile...so many breweries label any dark lager a bock when it isn't...this is a true bock and dare I say a Minnesota classic....best regional bock I have had....New Glarus is close but this takes top prize...I'm pumped about this new beer. (981 characters)

Photo of Lauthaha
4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (839 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a single into an imperial pint

A: deep dark glowering garnet with a 2 finger puffy beige head that sticks around for a a couple minutes
S: sweet caramel, lots of toasted grain, yeast, dark fruit
T: like the nose, but even more pronounced and developed. Layers of malt, fairly sweet and very toasty, but not at all cloying. A tinge of herbal spicy hoppiness in the back half that provides an edge to the malty savoriness. A little iron in the water?
M: medium body and carbonation, creamy but lively, slightly warming.

Overall: Excellent. I think this is Schell's best offering (except for the sadly departed Emerald Rye). There aren't a lot of quality American bocks that I have access to, but this will do nicely. I look forward to it every year as much as I look forward to just about any other beer. (819 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark amber color. Poured a 3 finger brown foamy head which settled down to two fingers. Looks exceptional.

Smell - Malt and Caramel, very inviting.

Taste - Sweet Caramel and malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied and smooth.

Drinkability - very drinkable. I recommend this highly. (298 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (872 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (1,987 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pilsner glass.
Clean malty aroma with nice melanodins noted. Caramel and toast. Very nice.
Beautiful glass of beer. One inch tan head with decent stamina. Quite a bit of dripping lacing. Brilliantly clear with lots of bubbles to distract. Dark amber of brown, orange and red.
Clean drink too with a mild dryness that lingers on with a very subtle taste. The different malts really do bring on a variety of malt flavors. This is not my strength (words to flavors), but each drink brings on complex and varying tastes. And there seems to be distinctly hop flavor toward middle to finish (a bit green and grassy, but in a good way) that's really appealing. An unique touch of sweetness up front that isn't the traditional caramel or toffee I sometimes note.
At first it seemed a touch light and it's certainly not as heavy rich, in feel, as I expected, but I think that's good in order to keep the drinkability better. Nonetheless, the very fine and fully loaded carbonation adds some body and enhances the smoothness too.
What a fine glass of beer. I want to do a side by side the Weihnachtsbier.
Bravo to the brewers and brewery for two exceptional, very well done, malty complex lagers. (1,198 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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+. (644 characters)

Photo of roadhouse
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pils glass

Pours a deep copper/chestnut color with a one inch light tan head on top. Falls to a skim which retains pretty well. Leaves a small amount of lacing.

Aroma is sweet and malty up front with lots of caramel. Some toasty notes in there as well and a hint of dark fruit like raisins. Very light hop presence, just slightly earthy. Very similar to their Dark.

Taste is again very malty up front with a ton of caramel. Raisins come in again towards the middle with a very deep toasty melanoidin character. Some light earthy hop character is present in the finish but just enough to compliment the wonderful malt.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, extremely creamy and smooth going down. So easy to drink.

God damn Schell's is awesome. I need this brewery to start distributing here ASAP. So far the only American brewery that I feel can consistently make every German style up to German standards. Try this for sure. (942 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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 (534 characters)

Photo of fizzy
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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 (418 characters)

Photo of KI9A
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear amber, nice puffy head, good lace.

S: Chocolate, malt, maybe some dark fruit-maybe prunes?

T: Big time roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, figs, finished by a very slight bitterness..not from hops, but, from the roasted malts.

M: Coats the mouth, semi-sweet chocolate hangs around.

D: Big time. I can empty a few of these! One of the most solid BOCKS I have had. Nice. Man, I wish I had another snowstorm 2008 to do a side by side. (445 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 7/7/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a tulip glass.

Pours a deep amber in color with a good finger of a off-white head that settles back down to just along the sides of the glass. Some spotty lacing is seen. The aroma is of sweet malts and caramel for the most part. The taste has even more going on with the sweet & caramel malts coming together nicely with a hint of spice. Goes down very easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Perfect carbonation. A great brew! (538 characters)

Photo of Goliath
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color with ruby hues in the light. A one inch light tan head sits on top and lingers with good retention leaving a bit of soapy lace behind.

The aroma is kind of mild, but still good. A decent malt presence with a bit of caramel dominates. A bit of an iced tea aroma shows up as well.

The taste is good. A nice malt showing with a bit of caramel and grain. It seems slightly medicinal as well.

Mouthfeel is pushing full bodied and has a very nice subtle carbonation.

Drinkability is high. Great flavors on this bock and definitely easy to consume. I'd be willing to keep this around in 6 packs. (624 characters)

Photo of mncoinman
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Aroma came across as mildly stale. Initial taste had a really nice bock flavoring
(the right balance of malts and very low hop bitterness). Some "irony" taste evident that
eventually dissipated. Nice copper color and a good foam head. Very smooth and easy
drinking bock. This was definitely much better than I was expecting. (337 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have been waiting for this beer for a while and it was worth the wait.

Best by 6-18-09

Poured into pilsner glass. Color is a copper amber. Pours a one finger tan head that fizzles down to a thin layer that sticks around. Leaves some splattered lacing.

Aroma is very malty. Very roasty and carmely. Taste has some slight hops that hit first, then it is all malts from there. Carmel malts dominate with some kind of roasted malts.

Mouthfeel comes of slightly bitter but then smooths out and becomes creamy. Leaves a very clean aftertaste. Carbonation seems to be on the money.

Overall, this is a great beer. I am not the biggest bock fan, but this one has heavily impressed me. Very easy to drink, a lot of flavor, and just a great overall value. I highly recommend. (771 characters)

Photo of Helix
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went down to the local bottle shop tonight for a beer I never had before. I dont know why but I was in the mood for a Bock. I wasn't expecting much but I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. I enjoyed the bottle so much I bought a 6 pack for the beer fridge.

Helix (274 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of Buebie poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear copper with a one inch off-white head that recedes to a ring and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is mainly roasted caramel malts but with some dark fruits, especially raisins. There is a hint of hops in the nose as well.

The taste has an initial sweetness of caramel malts with some toasted grains in the background. Some earthy hops are present though very subtle.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation and very smooth going down.

This is a great bock with great complexity but still extremely drinkable. I really enjoyed this one. (627 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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 (592 characters)

Photo of DK_CPA
4.17/5  rDev +5%
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. (857 characters)

Photo of natasharai
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
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!! (593 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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! (556 characters)

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Schell's Bock from August Schell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.