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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
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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:
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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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 03:51:28 | More by mikesgroove
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.3%

03-11-2013 07:13:42 | More by spycow
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, burgundy color with a small, thin, tan head. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of sweet, sweet caramel, fruit and floral notes.

T - Nice sweet caramel maltiness, a little bready with good fruit flavors. Very mild hop bitterness, too.

M - It was soft and smooth with a touch of creaminess. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty nice bock. Yet another good German-style brew from August Schell.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 01:36:20 | More by zeff80
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

In Michael Jackson 2000 "Great Beer Guide", in the course of writing on the DoppelBock, he describes the regular bock, that previous one, as "Tawny and rummy". Tawny, yes in this this one, rummy, not very much.
Clear, dusky amber, nearly brown boy, small, but lasting white ring rests on top.

Earthy, nutty, malty aromatics. Nearing sweetness, but well-tempered, evenly tuned. Right on target.

Taste: Rich, warm malty flavor floods the mouth, swims about, exits clean and gracefully. Actually, this is surprisingly delicious. Just enough hops in here to keep it all in balance. Extraordinary drinkability. Can't find a damned thing wrong with this. Long, malt-tastic finish.

I can't recall ever liking Schell's Bock this much. Next up, let's see some magic done on the Doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 00:06:04 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 02:35:48 | More by russpowell
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-10-2014 08:01:23 | More by zestar
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Wasatch

Utah

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 00:30:27 | More by Wasatch
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 03:01:38 | More by mothman
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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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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks the part. Perfectly clear rich mahogany tone sets the pace. Thin beige head leaves moderate amounts of lace as I drink. Decent aroma of some caramel malty goodness with a little molasses sprinkled into the nose. Flavor base is solid. Fairly rich with the malt. Pretty clean. Malty without being sweet. Hops only serve to provide balance, which is good. This is definitely good. Not great, but good. Head to head against New Glarus bock, this would not compare. But hey, that beer is out of their rotation now so this one will definitely do if I'm craving bock.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 04:10:00 | More by Bighuge
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LXIXME

New Mexico

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 23:14:11 | More by LXIXME
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 06:08:22 | More by ZAP
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gford217

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 04:06:58 | More by gford217
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KAF

Iowa

3/5  rDev -21.1%

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

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 23:06:30 | More by KarlHungus
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morimech

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 23:14:49 | More by morimech
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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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jera1350

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Brown color with nice head. Some lacing.

S- Big roasted malt and caramel.

T- Malty with some sweet caramel to finish. Nice and crisp.

M- Medium bodied, smooth with good carbonation.

D- Very drinkable. Refreshing. This would make a nice cool weather session.

This is a very nice beer from a local brewer. I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 21:55:57 | More by jera1350
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 22:38:52 | More by garymuchow
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TX-Badger

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%

06-09-2014 17:34:44 | More by TX-Badger
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 20:02:39 | More by jsprain1
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budgood1

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a clear dark mahoghany colour with a thin and sticky light tan head. wisps of lace. sweet malty aroma, a hint of fruitcake and molassees. taste is all malty goodness, not sweet at all...some burnt sugar and rum notes with a ghostly ripe red fruitiness. it has some bittering for balance so the hopping never interferes with the straight laced malts. no alcohol detected. tastes solid and malty like a good bock should. the body is balanced and full for the style with a crisp and semi creamy mouthfeel. drinkability is outstanding because it has a refreshing quality with a degree of flavourfulness that balances nicely. solid beer and recommended to try if you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 23:46:56 | More by budgood1
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FreshHawk

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 02:26:42 | More by FreshHawk
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MattyG85

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 04:58:35 | More by MattyG85
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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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Schell's Bock from August Schell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.