Caramel Bock | August Schell Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: German Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by ADR on 06-29-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 108 |  Reviews: 98
Reviews by KevdoggNasty:
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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Photo of oberon
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner style glass a clear tawny color with a decent sized fluffy off white head head,light aromas the aromas I picked up some caramel sweetness.Pretty darn sweet and caramelly with an underlying toastiness not much hop presence to be had maybe a hint of iron it became near cloying after awhile.Light and almost fizzy mouthfeel easily the lightest body of any bock I have had,eh not horrific but I wouldnt have again.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is mirky tea-colored beer with a spongy almond head that falls to thin layer. The nose is an inviting toasted malt kissed with caramel.

As for taste, the name says it all, deep caramel with toasty chracter, slightly watery on some sips. Odd. A smooth and tasty brew, but nothing to write home about. I had heard such good things about this brewery, but their mixed pack seems to be a tribute to mediocrity. Perhaps these are old beers. Anyway decent enough and drinkable.

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Photo of skybluewater
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color. Smell is malty sweet, but pretty unremarkable. Taste is caramelly and malty, with a pretty full mouthfeel. However, there's something there that I can't quite put my finger on that I don't like (minerally?).

Overall, nothing special here. I wouldn't turn down another (it's not a bad beer), but nor would I go out of my way for it.

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Photo of deebo
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of ADR
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clearish darker copper color with a slight 1/8 inch tannish yellow head. Thick ring laces. Slight brown sugar and molasses malty smell, a bit of fruit in the nectarine category. Relatively full-bodied and malt dominated beer. Slight buttery diacetyl, not much overt caramel though. Traces of residual sugars. Tiny hop balance, not enough to classify. A little bit of a pale cherry note. A little too carbonated at the swallow. According to the liquor store, this is a new year round beer. If true, Schell could have picked another, this is dang ordinary.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

( Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pours a crystal clear deep reddish-brown with a light tan creamy head and very gentle carbonation.

S- Beer has a rich brown malt aroma with some very light toast notes and a hint of caramel malt.

T- Not nearly as complex and rich as the appearance and smell led me to believe. This beer has some light brown malt character with a slight sourness that has a light German hop flavor to it. A clean finish with a bit of a nugget flavor.

M- This has a medium mouthfeel but it is a bit watery with a slight fizz in the finish.

D- This beer is not at all what I had hoped for with a name like caramel bock. It is very light for a bock let alone have any rich caramel qualities. This beer feels a bit dumbed down for a bock and is really missing the dark strong malt qualities that make a lager into a good bock.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.78/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Color is indeed caramel-ish, a deep brown with dark burgundy shading. Head is on the thin side and gets thinner fast, but what remains retains well, staying at a thin layer for the duration.

Didn't smell like much...a little caramel and toffee, maybe plum and prune...bready, some pumpernickel...but ultimately not exciting nor unappealing.

Taste: Dark-bread-like maltiness has dominance over any of the sweetness the caramel malt attempts to add. Mouthfeel is like that of your run-of-the-mill lager. Feels and tastes like a poorly brewed German dark lager by, say, Saranac (I'm not attempting a cheap shot--I've had Saranac offerings that are this bland). Bitter aftertaste, even a bit sour.

Completely and utterly unremarkable. Not even close to my first choice when it's bock time.

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Photo of cokes
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkened honey with a large bubbled, pock-marked head that sizzles its way to extinction post haste.
Smells of malt. Not necessarily caramel, though it does appear, but moreso of a grainy, lightly bready general sense of maltiness.
Ditto in the mouth. Bread drizzled with caramel. I expected artificiality in something labeled "Caramel", and now I'm thinking I would have prefered such a result. Grainy and lightly sweet. Corn adjucting. Very little to discuss. Even by bock standard.
Low carbonation adds an impression of relative heft, which is a strong point, along with its ease of consumption.
Not a failure, but far from a success.
This is mundane and drinkable, but little else.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep mahogony brown with a solid 1/2 finger khaki head that reduces to a collar after several minutes. Big waves of lace slide quickly back into the brew.

S - Chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and sugar. Super malty and sweet to my nose. Smells like a lush desert....cake or chocolate pie.

T - Rich caramel hard candy. Confectioner's sugar and toffee. A very grapey vinous flavor seems a little out of place, but doesn't detract from the overall flavor. Finishes with a very subtle hop twang and a residual red wine dryness. The caramel tastes a bit artificial IMO.

M - A bit watery with good carabonation and a very unique dry finish reminescent of a dry red wine.

D - This beer's mellow flavor and slighty thin quality make it easy to drink, but it could be a little more firm and assertive.

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Photo of tempest
3.04/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of a sampler. I think this one might be getting past its prime.

Looks nice. Light brown with light tan head and lacing. Aroima is a little off though. Somethings not right, smells like the matls are either starting to go bad or there's adjunct fouling up this one. Light, but fairly pleasant taste. Subtle nutty and caramel bock flavors. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but there's decent drinkablility. I'd drink it in a pinch, a step up from Shiner Bock.

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown, decent sized head.

Aroma shows off some caramel and a bit of earthiness, not expected but not bad.

Definite bock characteristics, moderate caramel sweetness, maybe a bit of coffee. Earthiness shows up again then finishes with some bitterness, from hops not malt.

Not bad at all. I have limited bock experience, and while I wouldn't mind a bit more body, this is not too bad.

Thanks Tastytaste for the bottle.

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Photo of russpowell
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A date code of 07071??

A friend brought this back from SD, so let's how this one stacks up to my previous tasting

Pours an effervescent chestnut with 3 fingers of tan colored head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Slight breadyness

T: Slight spicyness & a bit of caramel up front. Slight leafy hop & brown sugar taste as this warms. Finishes with some pecans, dryness & a bit of breadyness

MF: Medium bodied with a bit too much carbonation

Drinks okay, just not one of the more flavorful bocks I've had. I'd take it over a Shiner though

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Photo of jackndan
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schell Caramel Bock: A nice tannish brown, with some slight hazyness. I was impressed by the head, a slight tan to the head, and it left nice lacing.

The aroma was nice, and not what I had anticipated as it was slightly earthy, and not as candy sweet as I’d have guessed.

Nice taste, very lightly malted and not as sweet as I’d feared (full disclosure: I thought this would be cloyingly sweet and therefore held off sampling one until we were at the end of the stock). Caramel malt taste is present, but muted, and coupled very well with a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed April 9, 2005. On tap at the Gitchee Gumee Brewfest 2005. Aromas of walnuts and pralines. A very bubbly carbonated flavor, like mineral water, with some good champagne notes in the background. A good bock sweetness in the finish. Overall though, a little watery and thin, without enough body to support.

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Photo of nortmand
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a small, white head. No lacing.
Fruity, caramel scent with a slight resin backdrop.
Tastes "squashy" up front, rounding out into a sweet malt that ends in a very subtle sour flavor.
Rounded, yet smooth and fairly drinkable. Nothing too exciting or different from a typical American bock beer.

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Photo of beveritt
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is pretty simple, shows a brewery and a goat. Not easily discernible freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 1 inch of tan foam. This settles into a very thin layer and a little lacing. The beer itself is a dark red/brown.

Smell: Almost smells like iced tea at first. Hints of sweet caramel malt.

Taste: Lots of carbonation bite upfront. Mild caramelly malt flavor, though not as much as I would have expected from the smell. Very little to no bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, bite is almost too much and ditracts from the flavor. Mouthfeel is average.

Drinkability: Not too bad, but not as deep of a flavor profile as I would expect from a malt.

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Photo of bashiba
3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep amber color with minimal head and no retention at all.

Scent is full of malt flavor and some floral hop aroma.

Taste is slightly sweet and malty with just a hint of bitterness. Nothing special here, but very clean and well balanced..

Mouthfeel is a little slick and watery.

Drinkablity is good on this beer, while it has nothing outstanding or special going on in any charachteristics I have found this to be a very nice thirst quenching session type beer, especially on hot summer days.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber hue, thin and quick to go tan head, nil lacing. Caramel rolls and some alcohol presence on the nose. Thin bodied all the way, some sweet caramel notes, very buttery and a bit slick. Diacetyl is the over-riding force in the body, hop presence comes and goes, and goes fast. Becomes carbonated as it warms. The finish is grainy and sweet, a dominating sweetness. This is a bit of the beaten path for a bock, nuff' said.

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Photo of morimech
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown while forming a nice 1 1/2 inch tan head that slowly disipates to a small cap. Very little lacing evident.

The caramel malt is evident in the nose. Sweet with a hint of over ripe fruit.

The taste is sweet and malty, not complex with big flavors. Medium bodied but slightly flat. A decent tasting bock but leaves a slick aftertaste.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finishing off this sample pack from Schell's 12oz bottle poured into pint glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a deep dark brownish red and almost black with a thick creamy tan head with a few craters but mostly maintains a lot of tiny bubbles. One inch head fades to a thin cap that lasts the length of the beer.

S: Very nice and rich aroma of coffee and plum and caramel apple with a thick bready malt scent, nice and complex but a little bit flat for my tastes.

T/MF: Sweet plum and carmel apple with a crusty bread malt all balanced very nicely and finishes quite clean with a smooth tobacoo aftertaste. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel that spreads across the pallate and fills the entire mouth with a flavorfull brew.

D: This is a suprisingly drinkable brew with a clean finish, you almost don't feel how thick this beer is and its alcohol kick is also quite deceptive. Half the beers in this mixed six of Schell's very good to great and the other half were meh, this one is quite good, even in summer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

red tinted hazelnut brown. Very rich looking to be honest. A nice tight off white head formed on the top, maybe two fingers high, then settled down to a thin film though out the rest of the session, but offer up very nice side glass coating throughout. It was somewhat hazy and cloudy, not as clear as I would have expected, but it gave it some depth. Very nice look.

Now I lean in to find out what else is going on with this one and was quite surprised as to how good this was. A rich creamy malty smell was coming off of this one from the very start. Lots of roasted malts coming through with rich nutty tones as well, really quite good I have to say. Huge notes of caramel sugar and a touch of a woody and earthy like quality as well, really a very nice profile here, and classic for the style. The taste was fantastic. Very rich and creamy

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Photo of franksnbeans
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a small amount of white head that dies quick. Smells of toasted grain malt and a little toffee. Tastes the same. Light in the mouth with a lot of carbonation. Drink it all day if you like it but Id rather find a different beer to session.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a little too light of a copper for a Bock. Doesn't look rich enough.

Smell: A very artificial caramel aroma greets your nose, and the malts are hidden in the back.

Taste and Mouthfeel: It's kinda hard to taste any real flavors. All I can really detect is sweetness. The malts are obviuosly there, but none of them stand out in any way. The caramel is almost non-existent. The mouthfeel is pretty thin.

Drinkability and Overall: As with the Schell brews I've had so far, the drinkability is much better than the beer itself. Is it because the beer leaves you wanting more? I don't know. What I do know is I want another.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It must be my day for reviewing retired beers. I suppose that happens when you find old notes that you squirreled away.

I liked this beer and I am surprised its retired. Dark brown to almost black with a light foam head. The nose is predominantly malt, but has a mild presence of hops. The flavor is smooth and so is the mouthfeel. Almost a little sweetness about it. There are undertones of the caramel. Dries in the mouth towards the finish and acts more like a beer with a much higer hops/acid character. This is all going on in a good way in my opinion. I found this beer to be very pleasant and easy to drink.

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Caramel Bock from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 108 ratings