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Schell's Bock - August Schell Brewing Company

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85
very good

148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 9
Gots: 5 | 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:
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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dwhitney


1/5  rDev -73.7%

07-11-2012 18:29:23 | More by dwhitney
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badelsman

Minnesota

1.75/5  rDev -53.9%

06-19-2012 05:18:10 | More by badelsman
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bcpriess

Minnesota

2.3/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is my first review here. I'm skipping 1 and 2 (my sense of smell is pretty bad).

Taste: If you like malt, you'll like this beer. For my tastes, a little too sweet and chocolatey/banana-ey (?). The fundamental beer flavor seemed to be masked. The malt content is definitely high, and you taste it. To me it tastes unfinished and syrupy, almost like drinking malt straight from a homebrew kit - as if the yeast were unable to process all the malt.

Mouthfeel: Chalky and thick. There is a dryness to this beer that is at odds with its thickness. The flavor makes me expect something sticky and wet feeling, but as it is on my tongue, I can feel something chalky - particulates? - and a general thickness that adds to the already oppressive maltiness of this beer.

Drinkability: Low. A few sips of this stuff, and I feel full and my mouth feels saturated with unwanted sweet.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 18:03:50 | More by bcpriess
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Revenant

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

12-16-2012 18:29:45 | More by Revenant
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NodakEric

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

06-15-2012 02:32:32 | More by NodakEric
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

03-09-2013 13:50:04 | More by ejimhof
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Chucker17

South Dakota

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

10-22-2012 17:30:37 | More by Chucker17
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Soilworker

Idaho

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 04:10:19 | More by Soilworker
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kgeijer


3/5  rDev -21.1%

05-07-2012 03:32:22 | More by kgeijer
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jjunit

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -21.1%

07-23-2014 22:38:45 | More by jjunit
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Fr0stb1te

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -21.1%

06-18-2014 04:21:03 | More by Fr0stb1te
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ShwarzAl3r

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -21.1%

01-04-2012 03:17:54 | More by ShwarzAl3r
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TooGood

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -21.1%

03-16-2014 12:34:24 | More by TooGood
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tom79mp

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -21.1%

08-09-2013 06:52:10 | More by tom79mp
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KAF

Iowa

3/5  rDev -21.1%

01-23-2012 21:48:12 | More by KAF
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

03-14-2014 18:19:22 | More by DaftPatrick
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bif_fat_sellout


3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

11-09-2012 23:41:59 | More by bif_fat_sellout
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gunterheidrich

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

07-21-2014 22:37:03 | More by gunterheidrich
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ajzy

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

06-01-2013 16:26:19 | More by ajzy
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

01-17-2014 00:22:03 | More by mattmarka1
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plfahey

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
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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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
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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schellsbeer

Minnesota

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

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 02:33:34 | More by schellsbeer
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iLovehops23

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
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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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= a darker color but you can still see light through it when held up to the light. No head forms and no lacing is evedent
S= smooth dark chocolate, and grainy malt
T= not a whole lot here. Chocolate and grainy malt come in but not too much else. Not bad but not special
M= smooth and kinda suprisingly crisp not bad
D= pretty decent. Ill prolly drink a lot of these this spring for the price and the smooth regular taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 03:26:48 | More by jjanega08
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Schell's Bock from August Schell Brewing Company
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