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Schell's Bock - August Schell Brewing Company

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85
very good

151 Ratings
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 9
Gots: 6 | 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:
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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Photo of bluHatter
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Real nice foggy dark amber color with a 2 finger big bubble head. Descent lacing.

S: Strong caramel, some apples, yeast, some pine

T: Very mellow malts, caramel and nuts. Very understated in contrast to the nose.

M: Nice smooth medium body, good carbonation.

O: A nice mellow bock, that almost feels like a nut brown.

bluHatter, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of SweJon
4/5  rDev +5.3%

SweJon, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Timmuh
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Timmuh, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of BrandonEnriquez
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

BrandonEnriquez, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of steveh
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Went over the cheddar curtain hunting for Maibocks, found Schell's previous seasonal in abundance and since I'd never given it a try, here goes.

Since finding some of the better Bocks from micros and imports I haven't been a big fan of the old-fashioned, American rendition that used to come out every spring season (Anchor's Bock and New Glarus' Uff da are good examples these days), here's hoping this isn't one of them.

A -- Pours a beautifully clear, deep amber or light chestnut color with a firm, creamy, light tan head that holds up well. Reminiscent of Optimator or Salvator.

S -- Smooth, bready to yeasty, dark bread crust nose. There are some light, dark fruit esters back. Bread crust character becomes more prominent with warming.

T -- Toasty, bready malts with the lightest earthiness and dark fruit back. Finish has some mild bitterness but, sweet bready malts finish the mouthful. Dry, hop-bitter character in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to mildly syrupy with a mild dryness and the body is medium-full.

O -- Schell pretty much nails the style with this beer. No roastiness or overly-bitter hopping, just rich Munich and/or Vienna malts. The only thing that stops me from all 5s might be the bitter-dry character in the aftertaste. This keeps the beer from being as clean as it might be, and a better lager -- but if you're looking for a good example of the Traditional Bock style, this beer won't disappoint.

steveh, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Ruddy brown in color, good clarity, receding foam collar for a head with minimal lacing left behind.

S. Biscuit malt aroma with some ester fruitiness present on top of brown sugar. No hop aroma is detectable.

T. Mostly burnt sugar flavor with a semi-toasted component working in tandem. Breadiness only appears as a garnish on the finish for me. Hops (noble or otherwise) are MIA and it feels out of balance because of it, a little gentle hopping would have gone a long way towards making this brew exceptional.

M. Smooth medium bodied with a hint of oiliness, but carbonated just well enough to counter balance it. Still, it could have used a slightly higher level of carbonation to lighten it up a bit.

WastingFreetime, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of falloutsnow
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Hyvee in Council Bluffs, IA
..1312 stamped on bottle, assuming bottled earlier this year
Poured into an Ayinger willi glass

Schell's Bock is a delicious interpretation of the style focused on toasted malts, caramelized sugar and general caramel flavor, and a strong incorporation of toasted nut flavor. The blend of these elements creates a rich bock with plenty of depth, which generally satisfies any desire for a brew on the darker end of the color or taste spectrum.

Pours a tall (>3cm), medium-tan colored head made up of small and medium bubbles. Resultant look is frothy and something like pancake batter. Declines over about two minutes to a ring around the glass with some islands of foam, leaving no lacing on sides of glass. Body is a dark ruby color out of light, brighter and clean-looking ruby when in the sun. Transparent, with minimal carbonation percolating through.

Aroma features rich caramel-type malts with mild diacetyl notes and another variety that imparts a noticeable nuttiness to the mix. Raisin and dried fig scents noticeable. Sweet, rich, and deep, somewhat like a hearty, baked nut cookie with plenty of caramelized sugars.

Taste opens with caramelized sugar and toasted malt sweetness, gradually blending into mellow caramel and toasted nut flavors. Very low hop presence, just a touch of mild spiciness is notable during mid-palate. Caramel, toasted malt, and nut flavors continue in rich, deep intensity past mid-palate, a slow coalescence of them into an interesting "bit o' honey" candy taste in the latter half, particularly notable during the fade out and close. I find this rather enjoyable. Aftertaste is rich, of toasted nuts and caramelized sugars.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy bodied with slightly below medium-level carbonation. Resultant mouthfeel is clean and somewhat crisp, generally smooth flowing. The lower carbonation actually fits this beer, as it is something to roll around on the palate and not drink quickly.

falloutsnow, Feb 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

ChopsMeister, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

pisomojado8, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Cramerican, Feb 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Ericular, Feb 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

PorterPig, Feb 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

KAF, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of dbossman
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper brown with a thin but steady head and okay lacing

S: Sweet bready malts with caramel and toffee undertones

T: Such nice balance--bready and sweet with just enough hop presence to balance it out--some caramel, toasted malts, toffee

F: Creamy medium body--such creamy texture for a lager

O: This is such a nice American version of the German style; true to style and so malty and warming and tasty--bring on spring

dbossman, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

SellaBro1, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

PeroxideCoffee, Jan 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

ShwarzAl3r, Jan 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

aliving1, Jan 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

dragomni, Jan 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

ponbon63, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
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

mikesgroove, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

tomwamp, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Lauthaha
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Lauthaha, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
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.

jsprain1, Sep 11, 2011
Schell's Bock from August Schell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.