Schell's Oktoberfest | August Schell Brewing Company

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Schell's OktoberfestSchell's Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: German 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

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Reviews by frank4sail:
Photo of frank4sail
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sugar sweetness to the nose with a trace of hops. Orange color to the brew with a creamsickle head 1/2 inch high. The head is made of inter lacing large airy bubbles. Decently smooth mouth with medium body and feel. Sweet taste (caramel) with a bit of citrus rind and flower finish. Quite sweet,crisp, and refreshing. A solid Oktoberfest selection.
Cheers to budgood for the sample!

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Photo of Rawwie
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is what you would expect in a Oktoberfest beer. Close out at the liquor store by my house $7.99 for a 12 pack. Picked up a case to share with family on turkey day. Solid beer, cheers!

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.48/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thin eggshell head falls in seconds into this old copper colored beer without any lacing. Smells like old hey. Here we go.

Biscuity beginning to a slight metallic taste for a big 'ol mouthfull of wet cardboard. Just like the Firebrick I am left asking where's the bitter? Just like the Firebrick I kinda get why they would do that. Thicker mouthfeel.

I am sure I have made this beer sound very nasty, its actually not that bad. I could have a few.

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

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

Pours a deep orange color, very little lacing. Smells malty sweet, very pleasent. Taste is very good, malty but not very sweet at all, with a nuttiness that suits the season.

Overall, quite a good O-fest. They aren't my favorite style, but this is the best I've tried so far. A ver

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, dark amber with a creamy, slightly off-white head and a fair amount of lacing.
The aroma is bread and caramel with a hint of spice.
Taste is bready and spicy with a bit of caramel and a nicely crisp and bitter finish that leaves a bit of lingering spice on the tongue.
Mouthfeel is medium and almost creamy.
An outstanding American example of a Marzen. Well-crafted, flavorful and refreshing.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of warnerry
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best by 1/5/12 (If I read it right)

A - Pours a clear amber with one and a half fingers of white head. Head fades pretty quickly, but does leave scant lacing behind. A small amount of carbonation rising through the glass.

S - Some lightly sweet malts and faint aromas of grass and corn.

T - Similar to smell, light sweet caramel malt, but definitely not too sweet. Also a decent amount of bready malts. Caramel malts is quickly matched by a faint hop bite.

M - Medium mouthfeel with light carbonation. The light carbonation does give this a bit of creaminess.

O - A decent Oktoberfest, but not one of my favorites.

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Photo of MrUse
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ryancl
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of bsp77
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into wide mouth single glass.

Appearance: Fairly bright copper-orange with thin off-white head and some lacing lines.

Smell: Semi-sweet dark fruit, cherry, toast and biscuit.

Taste: Fairly sweet caramel and fruit, with some toasted malt and biscuit undertones that become a little more apparent as it warms. There is a light spicy hop counterbalance, but does not do much to combat the malt sweetness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, only a lightly dry finish (more so when it warms).

Drinkability: Pretty nice overall, but not dry or "biscuity" enough to be a great Marzen. Still, highly drinkable as an everyday, lighter Marzen.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle,served into my SA glass.
Slightly hazed,medium amber color with a 1" creamy off-white head, dissapating quickly into a thin coating of foam. Well carbinated with quick lively releasing of bubbles and some stringing from the sides of the glass.

Sweet candied malt,toffee,with some toasty,grainy aromas. Fruity,peach,with some straw notes. Moderate aromas,pleasing.

Bisquitty,grainy with a bittersweet lightly candied maltiness.Tart with a slighly soured taste. Lightly bittered finish leaving a nice fruity tartness on the palate.

Light to medium body,sightly grainy gives it a bit of roughness. Decent o-fest. On the plain side,nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of beerkittycat
4.56/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is a clear, deep amber-orange with a lacy off-white head. Aroma has a wonderful flowery yet a bit spicy noble hop nose, some bread dough, and a nose-wrinkling whiff of sulfur. No matter, though, because the taste is absolutely delicious. Perfect bready-toasty malt balancing wonderfully with noble hop flavor and bitterness. What I love about this O-fest is that it's medium mouthfeel finishes very crisp and a bit dry which makes it extremely thirst quenching. It's so good I find myself pounding back a few wtih ease. This is my favorite O-fest of all time even over the German examples because of it's freshness. I would like to assume that this is how good the Germans drink their O-fest in Munich instead of the imported, stale versions we get sometimes.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Brilliant amber with a light garnet tint under a thin white foam collar that produces splotchy lace.
S: Light bread aromas.
T: Rich bready malt flavors – not toasty, roasty or carmelly. Malt forward, initially sweet but dries on the finish with a lingering hop note.
F: Medium light body and medium to medium high carbonation.
O: Refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. 2011 Bottle.

Appearance: Bright and lively amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big four finger off white head with good retention and a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Aroma is very forward with sweet pale and Pils malts. Very bready with lots of caramel and wheat grains. Hints of citrus hops with some orange. Smells pretty biscuity and sweet.

Taste: Starts with a burst of sweet pale and Pils malts with caramel that is lightly toasted. Hints of orange citrus come through towards the finish. A solid presence of hops adds some balancing bitterness in the finish. Very malty but nicely balanced overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth. Slightly chewy and dry.

Overall: A pretty good lager. Could of been a little bolder with the overall flavor and spice for a Marzen. Pretty well balanced.

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Photo of ADR
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My "O-Fest Fest" continues...

Attractive -- clear reddish amber, nice darker yellow head of 1/2 inch. Aroma of yeast and slight spice. Malt is a little off, it warbles in first impression, first, full but flavorless, then, a little candy but quick to assume a watery and slightly vinegary quality. Some hops at the finish. This brew is hurt by the up front profile and could use a little more body.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

August Schell beers never made me form a tear in my beer, they are usually well constructed go to everyday drinking beers perfect for New Ulm, MN. Celebrating their 150th Annivesary let's try this year's Oktoberfest style lager, pretty amazing 1860 to 2010. Pours a bright caramel amber hue with a large bright white head forms fine speckled lacing down the sides of my glass. Aroma brings out some nice caramel and bready biscuit malt tones a bit of spicy hops but not much. Flavor brings on sweet caramel notes very bright sugary tones without enough hop balance, but it's a drinkable tasty offering just lacks the deliver or finesse of the great German style brewers out there. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied but sugars can become a bit cloying in number with this version of an Oktoberfest, something that should never become an issue with this style. Drinkability was still alright but not a by the case type of beer it was worth a try and I can appreciate it but give me a Paulaner, Hacker Pschorr or Penn version by the case.

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Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of cmwilliq
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Brenden
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep amber, almost copper, with brownish highlights. The head retains pretty well and leaves some thin lacing around.
There's a light caramel malt in here and some grains.
The caramel malt is most evident with a bready grains backing. There's a very light hops presence and perhaps some dark fruits lurking.
There's a moderate to slightly heavy carbonation adding to a really crisp feel in a light to perhaps medium body.

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Photo of rachelhenderson
4.36/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can't wait for September to have this beer again!

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Photo of cuttlery
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Schell's Oktoberfest from August Schell Brewing Company
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