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Schell's Bock - August Schell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 9
Gots: 8 | 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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1/5  rDev -73.7%

dwhitney, Jul 11, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -53.9%

badelsman, Jun 19, 2012
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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.

bcpriess, Apr 03, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Revenant, Dec 16, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

NodakEric, Jun 15, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

ejimhof, Mar 09, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Chucker17, Oct 22, 2012
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.

Soilworker, Jun 01, 2010
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

kgeijer, May 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

ajzy, Jun 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

mattmarka1, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of plfahey
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.

plfahey, Feb 28, 2011
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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.

WastingFreetime, Mar 03, 2012
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3.32/5  rDev -12.6%

AlexBassBerger, Aug 25, 2014
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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

schellsbeer, Feb 09, 2009
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Schell's Bock from August Schell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.