Schell's Oktoberfest
August Schell Brewing Company

Schell's OktoberfestSchell's Oktoberfest
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From:
August Schell Brewing Company
 
Minnesota, United States
Style:
Märzen
Ranked #301
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #24,436
Avg:
3.65 | pDev: 12.33%
Reviews:
185
Ratings:
398
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 09, 2023
Added:
Aug 31, 2002
Wants:
  7
Gots:
  44
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.
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Rated: 3.55 by creedcanns from Minnesota

Nov 09, 2023
 
Rated: 3.75 by sccrneo from Minnesota

Oct 06, 2023
 
Rated: 3.65 by SSGCujo from Wisconsin

Sep 02, 2023
 
Rated: 3.48 by fflopps from Iowa

Aug 13, 2023
 
Rated: 4.5 by BlonsAle

Jan 14, 2023
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Crystal clear orangey amber body, off-white cap. Smells of caramel malt with light biscuit, simple. Mild esters shake up the ordinary light caramel malt, yeasty finish with a sweeter edge is interesting. Simpler and slightly watery feeling, crispness is muted, not taxing at all on the palate
Nov 02, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from Maine

Oct 06, 2022
 
Rated: 3.58 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Oct 05, 2022
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
great octoberfest beer from a great brewery smooth sweet malt taste
Sep 04, 2022
 
Rated: 3.84 by wheelsnipecelly from Minnesota

Aug 21, 2022
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 oz can enjoy by date 12/15/23 into a Becher glass.
L: Pours clear amber with steady carbo bubbles, a soapy, thin off white head with zero retention, minimal lacing.
S: Caramelized malts, fruity, a hint of pastry dough, very lightly floral, soft brown bread.
T: Lightly sweet caramelized malts, cereal grains, very clean tasting, a whisper of brown bread crumbs, raisins, not much aftertaste, finish has distant citrus zest bitterness.
F: Quite brisk, fluffy medium light bodied feel with a medium fast lightly drying finish. It is clean.
O: Blissfully easy drinking at 5.8% ABV though it is a Marzen on the lighter side. Well balanced tastes and a fairly clean finish. It is very good in its style.
Nov 18, 2021
 
Rated: 3.35 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

Sep 25, 2021
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Reviewed by davisdahlberg6 from Tennessee

3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Enjoyed on 9/17/21 with a best by date of 01/02/22

Look: 2 fingers of white creamy foam atop a clear and clean amber colored beer.

Nose: Notes of caramel biscuit and a bit of cracker. I also get a hint of cinnamon and maybe pumpkin but maybe my brain is imagining things.

Taste: Follows the nose with the bit of cinnamon still present. Malt is very enjoyable and very clean.

Feel: Minimal carbonation with a medium body.

Overall: I wish I could rate this beer for the style because I think its a great Octoberfest and a great Lager but I have a hard time giving something so simple a high rating. Great fall beer and I would definitely buy again!
Sep 18, 2021
 
Rated: 3.69 by einman from Minnesota

Sep 16, 2021
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
I got a can of this beer off the single shelf from a beer store in LaCrosse, WI. It poured a clear amber with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had caramel cream notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with caramel many base a subtle bitter hop highlights. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a decent beer.
Nov 07, 2020
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Reviewed by GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a copper orange with a big, white head that dissapates quickly that leaves lacing.
Smells of pilsner malts, carmel and slight hops.
Pilsner malt and German hops are certainly present. It comes together fairly well in which the hops stick out slightly. Decent Marzen that allows hops to stick out, but does not come together as well as others.
Nov 17, 2019
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Rated by LukeGude from Iowa

3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Free can at Fin and Feather!! Nothing special but okay.
Nov 11, 2019
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Reviewed by chitoryu12 from Florida

3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Look: Dark, perfectly clear amber. One finger of white head with excellent retention.

Smell: Sweet, doughy grain. Very minor fruity hop note all the way at the back.

Taste: Follows the nose with a solid bitter undercurrent.

Mouthfeel: Full body with mild carbonation.

Overall: A very sweet, grainy beer. Might not be to everyone’s liking, but it’s enjoyable to me.
Oct 07, 2019
 
Rated: 3.96 by MrGreensled from Colorado

Sep 29, 2019
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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a can into a tap glass.

Pours a coppery amber with an excellent soaring head and good lacing.

Aromas are muted. Subtle caramel malts married to floral and earthy hop aromas.

The caramel malt character is there on the tip of the tongue, but the brew detours from the standard of the style fairly quickly, with grainy, as opposed to doughy/bready flavors in mid stream, and the maltiness is lacking overall. The hops arrive with a nice balance, though, at the finish.

The brew is very well balanced, well carbonated, crisp, and clean. Very drinkable.

Overall, another decent beer from Schell, but not a 'fest in the true sense of the word.
Sep 07, 2019
Schell's Oktoberfest from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 398 ratings