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Schell's Bock - August Schell Brewing Company

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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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Photo of bcpriess
2.36/5  rDev -37.9%
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.

Photo of katan
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of bsp77
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Frankfurter glass.

Appearance: Rich chocolate brown with creamy off-white head.

Smell: Strong bready malt with cherry, chocolate, and metallic & spicy hops.

Taste: Complex and rich malts with chocolate, bread, caramel, cherry and dark fruit. Turns spicy and slightly bitter at the end.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body that is very smooth, clean and almost creamy.

Drinkability: Fantastic Bock that even rivals many Doppelbocks in terms of its malty punch. One of the very few German-style Bocks around with its pure barley malts (no wheat, adjuncts or spices) and its original gravity of 16+.

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

Pours a ruby brown with a nice light tan head. Head falls rather slow to a minimal one. Thin lacing.

Thin malt aroma with a metallic quality to it.

Rather nice malt taste. Sweet taste with a bit of fruit. Finishes with s mild hop bitterness.

Medium bodied in the mouth with a slight bite.

Nice bock. Pleasantly surprised.

Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a surprisingly light copper color. And by surprisingly light copper color, I mean that I thought I was pouring a Schell Stout. So then, lovely color, a nice and thick, fluffy off-white head of a half inch and good staying power. Some lacing, but doesn't stick to the glass until the end.

The aroma has nice caramel and toffee tones, some toasty and faint hoppy notes too. Taste is similarly centered on sweet malt, caramel, toffee, some toastiness, some hops. The body is medium full, good carbonation, and it dries up toward the end. In all, an enjoyable enough beer to drink, doesn't quite stand up to the great ones, but is quite drinkable nonetheless.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, nice label with date

Appearance: Dark walnut beer, fairly bright, capped with a dark cream head with so-so retention

Smell: Light aromas, mostly caramel and a touch of toasted grain

Taste: Nice toasted grain and caramel malt sweetness, a bit of juicy dark fruit...straightforward and quite nice

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Simple, tasty, awesome bock...better than the Caramel Bock it replaced for sure

Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Photo of Mdog
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of roadhouse
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pils glass

Pours a deep copper/chestnut color with a one inch light tan head on top. Falls to a skim which retains pretty well. Leaves a small amount of lacing.

Aroma is sweet and malty up front with lots of caramel. Some toasty notes in there as well and a hint of dark fruit like raisins. Very light hop presence, just slightly earthy. Very similar to their Dark.

Taste is again very malty up front with a ton of caramel. Raisins come in again towards the middle with a very deep toasty melanoidin character. Some light earthy hop character is present in the finish but just enough to compliment the wonderful malt.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, extremely creamy and smooth going down. So easy to drink.

God damn Schell's is awesome. I need this brewery to start distributing here ASAP. So far the only American brewery that I feel can consistently make every German style up to German standards. Try this for sure.

Photo of natasharai
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a large fizzy light tan head that dissipated quickly to a thin layer leaving no lacing on the glass. The beer is clear with a reddish/orange brown color.

Smell: Caramel sweet, caramelized nuts, a little fruity berry smell.

Taste: Roasted malt, toasted nuts, some caramel sweet, some bitter burnt, finishing with a bready yeasty flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick body, somewhat syrupy, nice small bubble carbonation, leaves mouth a little dry.

Overall: Good drinkability, good roasted flavors, the smell is much sweeter than the flavor. Nice representation of the style!!

Photo of ThePeskyDingo
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 1 finger light tan head that dissipated at a medium rate. Beer color is a clear deep amber color.

Smells of malts, caramel and dark fruits.

Tastes of sweet malts, caramel, a hint of chocolate and faint hops.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Medium carbonation. Has a sticky finish.

Very easy to drink, very sessionable.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle courtesy of Br3wmeister. Thanks, dude! Props and kudos!

Moderate pour yields a huge light-tan head (slight reverse cascading, if you can believe it!), over a clear amber-mahogany body. Head lasts well, and leaves ample lacing. Much juicier look than I was anticipating from a straightforward Bock.

Smell is richly malty, bread dough, yeast, with some floral and metallic hops.

Taste is much more overt than the smell -- chocolate malt, biscuity and bready. Hops come quickly. Solid, rich and crisp.

Excellent mouthfeel -- nice and round.

For my taste, just a bit heavy on the hops, which reduces the drinkability slightly to my palate.

Overall, a really good beer. If this were available around here, I'd have more of this. If you like Bocks a bit toward the hoppy end, you'll really like this one.

Thanks again to Br3wmeister for a chance to enjoy this Minnesota brew!

Photo of BeenJammin
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of jera1350
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of budgood1
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.

Photo of hardy008
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark amber color. Poured a 3 finger brown foamy head which settled down to two fingers. Looks exceptional.

Smell - Malt and Caramel, very inviting.

Taste - Sweet Caramel and malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied and smooth.

Drinkability - very drinkable. I recommend this highly.

Photo of Bighuge
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.

Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of ZAP
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.

Photo of jjanega08
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Goliath
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color with ruby hues in the light. A one inch light tan head sits on top and lingers with good retention leaving a bit of soapy lace behind.

The aroma is kind of mild, but still good. A decent malt presence with a bit of caramel dominates. A bit of an iced tea aroma shows up as well.

The taste is good. A nice malt showing with a bit of caramel and grain. It seems slightly medicinal as well.

Mouthfeel is pushing full bodied and has a very nice subtle carbonation.

Drinkability is high. Great flavors on this bock and definitely easy to consume. I'd be willing to keep this around in 6 packs.

Photo of morimech
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of shadow1961
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

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