Schell's Oktoberfest | August Schell Brewing Company

Schell's OktoberfestSchell's Oktoberfest
BA SCORE
45.4%
Liked This Beer
3.64 w/ 357 Ratings
Schell's OktoberfestSchell's Oktoberfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
schellsbrewery.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Oktoberfest or Marzen (March) type of beer was originally brewed in March, and laid down in caves before the summer weather rendered brewing impossible. Stocks would be drawn upon heavily during the summer, and exhausted by October.

In Germany, this tradition has come to be associated with one specific style, Oktoberfest Bier. In keeping with true German tradition, August Schell Oktoberfest beer is brewed just once a year. Brewed with the perfect balance of Pale, Munich, and Cara Pils malt with Liberty and Perle hops to create a rich, smooth taste.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-31-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,654
Reviews:
171
Ratings:
357
Liked:
162
Avg:
3.64/5
pDev:
12.64%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
38
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 357 |  Reviews: 171
Photo of jimmah120
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, date in yellow paint on the side

America's second oldest brewery delivers a beautiful orange amber with no head. Some sweet malt and dry leaf in the nose. Tastes of spice, sweet malt medicinal hops, warming alcohol. Great smooth feel with no astringency or off-flavor; smooth yet crisp stuff

Not my favorite Schell's beer, but tastes great on-tap in the fall

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Photo of dcotom
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a 0.5-l drinking boot. Beautiful clear amber in color, with a thick, long-lasting white head that left some noce lacing as it settled. Rather light aromas of bready malt, with notes of light caramel, herbal hops, and apple cider. Mouthfeel is substantial, finishing with some earthy bitterness and a bot of fruity sourness on the back of the tongue. Overall, a solid offering and an excellent "food beer."

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Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Minnesota_beer_guy
3.22/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TooGood
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This beer pours a fairly clear amberish color. The head was minimal when poured from the bottle. White head, and decent retention for what was there.
The nose has a toasty malt aroma. It's not extremely strong, but there.
The taste is quite sweet up front, almost too much so. There is some malt flavor, but the sweet is offputting, and overpowers it.
Feel is moderate. Decent body.
The sweetness really hurts this beer. It could be quite good if it weren't so sweet.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear amber orange with a quickly dissipating two finger head.
The aroma is toasted bread crust, faint caramel and spicy hops.
It's a delicious Oktoberfest. It's sweet bready malts with a very faint toastiness finishing with a dry spicy hoppiness on the finish.
It's mouthfeel is a little fuller than I'd expect out of an Oktoberfest, but still very refreshing.
Overall, it's an outstanding example of the style. Schells just doesn't fail often for me, and this is no exception.

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Photo of Slarson7
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kraticus41
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattmarka1
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tourdot
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JMN44
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnnyLaw
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good oktoberfest.

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Photo of cencless
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of matcris
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber/red to light copper with plenty of carbonation rising, and 2 fingers of creamy, off white head that lasts, and leaves a thick lacing down the glass. The aroma is very bread crust like and caramel malt sweet. Also a grassy like note. Flavor is basically just like the aroma. Seems very balanced and not to sweet but the main flavor is that bready caramel malt. Some grassy notes there, too. Medium body and dry with average carbonation. I don't think this jumps out in any one direction for greatness, but it's a solid offering. Looks great in the glass with that lacing.

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Photo of andrew8626
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rbarrett86
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PMarcy78
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DOCRW
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MNAle
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden-amber with moderate carbonation. Tall off-white bubbly head, receding casually. Aroma is nicely assertive with bread, perhaps honey, earthy. Taste is spicy bread. Not too sweet. Moderate-to-creamy feel. There is a little malty sweetness in the beginning that transitions to a slightly hoppy, clean, crisp, dry finish. Bread and hops linger in the aftertaste. This is an excellent American-brewed German-style Oktoberfest beer. Schell's knows their German lagers, and this one is excellent.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Schell's Oktobertfest, 5.5% ABV, 25 IBU. Pours thin and orange, with four finger off-white head, and OK lacing. Nose is sweet malt, caramel, and a touch of alcohol. Taste is malt, sugary sweetness, caramel, a bit of grassiness, and a slight bitter close. Excellent mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. Very drinkable, overall excellent.

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Photo of Soneast
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Benish
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dnmyrick
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a 22 oz. Pils glass at Ground Round in Rochester, MN. Appearance: Copper color. 1 finger beige head that dissipates quickly with moderate lacing.
Smell: A very pleasant light floral hop smell hits the nose immediately.
Taste: Very malty with a light hop presence.
Overall: This is an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of Dms844
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Schell's Oktoberfest from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 45.4% out of 100 with 357 ratings
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