Schell's Bock - August Schell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 169
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 10
Gots: 16 | 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:
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 natasharai
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
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!! (593 characters)

Photo of ThePeskyDingo
3.93/5  rDev -1%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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! (894 characters)

Photo of BeenJammin
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of budgood1
4.13/5  rDev +4%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.13/5  rDev +4%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (771 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (981 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (306 characters)

Photo of Goliath
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (624 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of shadow1961
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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! (832 characters)

Photo of KI9A
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear amber, nice puffy head, good lace.

S: Chocolate, malt, maybe some dark fruit-maybe prunes?

T: Big time roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, figs, finished by a very slight bitterness..not from hops, but, from the roasted malts.

M: Coats the mouth, semi-sweet chocolate hangs around.

D: Big time. I can empty a few of these! One of the most solid BOCKS I have had. Nice. Man, I wish I had another snowstorm 2008 to do a side by side. (445 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of mbrasi
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (409 characters)

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Clear, dark copper beer. Tan head receded quickly to nothing.

S-Thick and rich caramel with some biscuity malts. Very malt-centric aromas, crisp.

T-Enjoyable and big caramel flavors with hints of toffee. Some light toastiness. Hop bitterness is appropriately quite low.

M-Medium-high carbonation seems to pull some weight into this medium-bodied brew. Very smooth and clean over my palate.

D-Nice drinkability. As a new addition to the Schell's line-up, I think this will be a success. It's got some nice bock characteristics, and it really left me wanting another one. (602 characters)

Photo of schellsbeer
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
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 (1,082 characters)

Photo of br3wmeister
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Half inch light brown head, weak head retention and no lacing. The beer is a dark caramel red color that is beautiful in the light.

S- Lots of graininess to the nose on this beer. Smells much like spent grains, or wheat bread, with hints of caramel and light hoppiness.

T- Some good sweetness up front, caramel and some cola flavors. Some roasted nuts and whole grain flavors and some bitter hops balance it quite nicely.

M- Medium to full bodied. Nice silky texture that feels great with a little bite at the end.

Overall- This is a pretty good bock, I am glad I picked it up. (587 characters)

Photo of slyke
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Schell's Bock pours a mohagony color with a half-inch of off-white head. The beer has some nice lacing.

Smell is sweet with some floral notes.

Taste has sweet roasted malt with an everpresent floral hop quality.

Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied with some coating of the mouth. The finish lingers a bit.

Drinkability is excellent. I will be buying this one again. (368 characters)

Photo of Buebie
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

woooohooo! This beer is back out of retirement!
Just picked up a 6'er at Heritage tonight. This is a 2009 bottle.

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an oversized snifter.
Forming a 2 finger off white foamy head. Settling to a thin cap of retention with assorted islands of clumpy bubbles. The color is alost black, but brightens up to a glowing mahogony, almost wine like when held to light.
Thin drapes of lace drapes me glass.

Aromas of burnt caramel, yeasty bread and blue cheese? A touvh of grassy hops and a surge of malt.

Taste is pretty smooth with alot of malt dominance, touch of bitter chocolate, oats? This is pretty smooth with a thick retention cap, so I'm thinking oats. A faint smell of elder flowers, dark fruit, and wiffs of coffee.

Very smooth and delicious, malt dominant and creamy with carbonation presence, but its smooth and creamy all the while.
I really missed this beer, glad they brought it back. For how long, I'm not sure, so I guess I'll stock up. (984 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (872 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (1,198 characters)

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Schell's Bock from August Schell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.