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Schell's Bock - August Schell Brewing Company

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77 Reviews
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Reviews: 77
Hads: 173
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 19.74%
Wants: 11
Gots: 16 | 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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Reviews: 77 | Hads: 173
Photo of jsprain1
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of mooselvlt
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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!

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Photo of Arenbeer
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.


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Photo of exonthebottle
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of tmcelvain
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of iLovehops23
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of plfahey
3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Helix
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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.


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Photo of Soilworker
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

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Photo of fizzy
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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

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Photo of theroguesoybean
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of bcpriess
2.36/5  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.

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Photo of katan
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of bsp77
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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+.

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Photo of dstc
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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

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Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev -1%
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

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Schell's Bock from August Schell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.