Schell's Bock - August Schell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 169
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 10
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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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 bcpriess
2.36/5  rDev -40.6%
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. (880 characters)

Photo of Soilworker
2.9/5  rDev -27%
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. (652 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.04/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bock pours a dark amber color with a big lacing head. There is a grainy aroma filled with adjuncts. The taste is sweet, malty, with a hint of sourness. Decent body, a little watery flavor. Overall its a very okay beer, very plain, and a bit too sweet. (255 characters)

Photo of plfahey
3.29/5  rDev -17.1%
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. (798 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (740 characters)

Photo of iLovehops23
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of schellsbeer
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
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 (1,082 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark amber, fading head.

Smell: Caramel sweetness, toast.

Taste: Moderate caramel, toffee, feels quite bready, earthy undertone.

Drinkability: Not really bock season anymore, might be good to revisit in colder weather.

This is a pretty good beer other than the flat appearance. Good flavor profile with plenty going on. (335 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of bluHatter
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of mooselvlt
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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! (433 characters)

Photo of Chaz
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliantly-clear, golden-brown in color, and topped with a pale tan head, which recedes at an average pace, leaving behind some sparse Brussels lace.

Nose is one of a lighter, malty complexion, and a very neutral profile all-around. No yeast or hops, just a lightly-sweet, somewhat dry malt character to it. Clean and unassuming, but with a subtle richness.

Sweet and lightly tangy on the first sip, this one also coats the tongue and palate rather well with an almost viscous sweet, malty character. Finish is dry, but with a lingering roasted malt character. Biscuit malt character, too? Yep... it's in there. There is a hint of a very deep sweetness, but it never gets to the point where it's cloying. There's a very light cheese or dairy-like character to it which is hard to describe.

Easy drinking and seemingly lighter in body, it's also pretty full in the mouthfeel at the same time. Well-balanced, and neither cloying nor too light.

Not too strong, but sort-of an all day sipper. (1,016 characters)

Photo of Arenbeer
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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! (332 characters)

Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- dark amber, low transparency, no cloud.

S- pleasant, sharp hops, slight fruity, bock.

T- lager taste with strong hops. Woodsy and warming on the aftertaste.

M- Slight tart. Hoppy and drawing. Pleasant.

D- worth it. If enjoyed, it cannot be drunk fast and with vigor. (274 characters)

Photo of katan
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a full bodied, but still clear, deep amber to almost mahogany color. Head formation is strong, breaks down to a decent film.

S - Caramel, malt, toffee, very sweet scent. Some yeast notes in the background.

T - Starts off with a solid smooth malt flavor, dominated by some light caramel sweetness. Some grainy edge. Midstream is rather dull, but does get a little more bitter. Finishes with a clean, malt yeast note. Aftertaste is more potent, with more caramel coming through. Almost has a belgian candy sweetness that I would detect in a dubbel.

M - Moderate beer body, strong carbonation bite. Finishes pretty cleanly.

D - Easy drinking. ABV is potent, but manageable. Moderately filling due to its carbonation. Flavors are light, not overwhelming. Seems sessionable. (804 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Buebie for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with nice caramel notes. The taste is sweet, malty, nice caramel touch. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew. (306 characters)

Photo of mbrasi
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (409 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
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 (511 characters)

Photo of shadow1961
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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! (832 characters)

Photo of tmcelvain
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of BeenJammin
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bock has a rich caramel color with a nice fluffy tan head. Has a toasty and nutty character to the aroma. It is full of caramel and grains. It has a slight floral hop finish. Smooth and clean feel to it and it really goes down good. I am impressed by this beer. (266 characters)

Photo of dmadsen
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (478 characters)

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