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Schell's Bock - August Schell Brewing Company

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85
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160 Ratings
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | 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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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of aliving1
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of dragomni
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ponbon63
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Lauthaha
4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Photo of jsprain1
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of mooselvlt
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

Photo of Arenbeer
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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!

Photo of exonthebottle
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I usually not a bock fan but I heard good things about this beer. I have to say Schell exceeded my expectations for a bock which is a style I Haven't enjoyed much in the past.
nice white head, decent earthy hop smell, watery but smooth malt profile, nice carbonation hides the alcohol well. tangy yet sweet brings a complexity that isn't in the standard bock solid beer overall great for the price. enjoy

Photo of MattyG85
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.

Photo of tmcelvain
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of iLovehops23
3.42/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of plfahey
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of brewdoc75
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep mahogany with dark ruby hues. Moderately strong carbonation. A lovely white head at first, dies down fast.

S: Not a ton of aroma. Some rich melanoidans in the nose but not much. There is a touch of caramel and toffee. Some breadiness.

T: Very rich melanoidans. Deep, rich plum notes without being fruity. Some caramel and toffee. Breadiness in the end. Finishes slightly metallic. The hops are only there in bitterness as they should be. A definite, rich malt bomb.

M: Medium bodied, stronger carbonation. Finishes clean and crisp. Not underattenuated.

D: A fine bock. This is one of my favorite styles and this beer is a reason why. Definitely not the best bock I've had, but definitely one of the better ones. I will look forward to this every year.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a nicely sudsy 1 finger head. Color is auburn/brown and completely clear.

S: Alcohol, sweet maltiness.

T: Caramel malt. A little roasted flavor (nuts, brown butter). Just a touch of banana butteriness.

M: Med-high carbonation. A touch astringent. Crisp.

D: Classic bock. For the style, I would consider a 5 but my vote here is only 4 just because this beer is a little un-nuanced/basic. Nice beer, though.

Photo of feloniousmonk
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.

Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Helix
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
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

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.

Photo of fizzy
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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

Photo of theroguesoybean
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am hopelessly biased to Minnesota Breweries; just thought I would let that be known before sharing my thoughts.
A: great color, deep brown/red. my only complaint is that the head vanished immediately upon arriving at my table, perhaps it was a bad pour.
S: Sweet malt and a slight floral hop aroma. Pleasant nothing aggressive or overbearing.
T: BALANCED! the hops did exactly what I think they should do in a German Bock. They cut the malt sweetness a bit and left your mouth ready for another drink.
M: solid but not overly heavy; finishes fairly clean for a malty beer.
D: Not exactly a session beer but my favorites never are. Drink one or two pints of this with a hearty meal with a bit of fat and salt, like german sausages.

Good beer from a good old american-german brewery.

Schell's Bock from August Schell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.