Schell's Maifest | August Schell Brewing Company

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Schell's MaifestSchell's Maifest

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
This full-bodied, blond dopple bock has a rich, assertive maltiness with a slight, but unique sweetness balanced by a moderate hop bitterness and a citrusy hop aroma.

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Photo of matcris
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber with moderate carbonation, a quickly dissolving half finger of white head, and mild lacing down the glass. The aroma is a little astringent (Simcoe in this?), but, with some fresh baked bread, a honey floral sweetness, and some citrus in the background, all is forgiven. The flavor is bready, caramel sweetness, honey or floral, and minor grapefruit rind way in the back of the palate, and none of that astringent/catty note. Feel is medium body, medium full carbonation, and quite dry but very slightly sticky at the same time. There is a nice blend of bitter to sweet with this beer, with them both lingering on the palate for a while. Pretty nice brew, the honey quality stands out nicely.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Maifest pours a copper color with a big lacing head. Mellow but sweet aroma. Taste is sweet and crisp, but has a skunk finish. Nice body and feel. Overall its a decent beer, some potential but the bitter skunk flavors at the end hurt this beer.

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Photo of MinnBrewer
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

More like an imperial Pilsner, but I like this beer. Malty and hoppy...but tastes like many others. Perhaps arbitrarily called a maibock to justify the high ABV.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a seidel.

A- Golden copper color. Excellent clarity. Sudsy white head. Persistent lacing and carbonation throughout. 5

S- Malty, apple, honey, bread, earthy and grassy hops. Somewhat light on the aroma but still nice. 3.75

T- Pretty consistent with the nose although there's much more of a spicy hop feel and flavor than the nose. Still bready and the apple has made an exit. Each sip finishes with a equivalent combination of bready sweet malt and earthy, grassy, spicy hop. A honey flavor makes an entrance on the lingering finish. My only qualms with this flavor are the delay in the malt making its arrival. The entrance is a little light on flavor before finally breaking with the sweet malt. Other than that, great. 3.75

M- Very satisfying and refreshing here. Light and drinkable but still full in the mouth, well-carbonated, and has some earthy, grassy and spicy qualities from the hops. The finish lingers long with dryness, hop bitterness and a tinge of honey sweetness. 4

I am a bit on the fence as to what style I think this is. The name of the beer makes me think maibock. Or with the fest, maybe it's a marzen. Maybe it's both. Drinking it, it seems lighter than a maibock but has enough hops flavor and feel to be such. I have to assume it's a hybrid but I'm no expert. Either way, good stuff.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a single into a tulip

A: a beaut...big 3 finger fluffy white head on top of a clear deep gold-bronze. Good lacing.

S: fairly weak but some sweet honey, grain, a little grassy hops.

T: more going on here. Nice balance with more layers of breadth and honey malts than I got in the nose...minimal bitterness, but hops and yeast still make an appearance. finishes pretty sweet (which I usually don't like) but I'm digging it.

M: good carb, light feel, not quite as crisp on the finish as I wish.

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Photo of snowman4440
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Schells has many good beers. This is one of them. When I drank this I got this fruity after taste that is okay once in awhile. Not sure about year around offering but happy to enjoy this tasty sample.

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Photo of jwc215
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden with a thin white head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is grainy and honey-like with some floral notes.

The taste follows the nose. The malty sweetness turns to a semi-dry floral finish.

It has a crisp light-to-medium body. Smooth.

Overall, it's a very good example of a traditional maibock.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Just arrived in our area. Time for this blonde bock to impress me.

Appearance : A moderate pour yields a big fluffy foam mattress pale yellow head, maybe almost the color of lightly buttered popcorn. The head is loosely knit but fluffy on top, and is a formidable 3 fingers tall. The body is a very nice golden color, bordering on amber, and is 95% transparent.

Aroma : Pale malt, hops, and citrus come out immediately. Lots of fresh pink grapefruit flesh and orange rind. The spiced hop aroma takes over the nose upon deep inhalation. It actually smells like a sophisticated IPA.

Flavor : A heavy malt body with notes of strawberry, orange, and clean hop. The blonde character is definitely there and the malts play nicely with the hops. The grapefruit in the hop notes is there but muted enough to keep balance.

Mouthfeel : Easily the best part of this beer. Very creamy and dense, with pops of carbonation underneath. It ends only slightly dry.

Overall : I think it's a good beer - but it's not my style personally. I think they did well here, and I'll have it again.

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Photo of mrpoizun
2.67/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Frankly, I detect very little malt to this. It's more like a pale version of a pale ale, with a distinct, but mild hoppiness and little else. I wouldn't have guessed this would be marketed as a blonde doppelbock. It's a disappointment.

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Photo of EXP57
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent golden color, clear, thick white head that clings to the glass.

Strong sweet malt aroma with some bready notes and a touch of sulfer. The hops balance nicely.

The flavor is much the same as the aroma with a good malt complexity that accents the breadiness. The hopping is pleasant, but feels a bit overdone and lingers a bit to the finish.

Overall, this one is very drinkable and I would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled a 12-ounce bottle back on 10/25/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a lighter amber in color with a 2+-finger white head. Left good lacing with each sip. The aroma is of malty grain with a hint of citrus. The taste was sweeter than the aroma with perfect carbonation. The flavors of caramel malts and grains with a hint of dark fruit and citrus. Very surprised at a good taste this type of brew was. Went down smooth and easy.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

From: Beertopia, Omaha, NE
Date: Best by 2013-07-22
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Schell's Maifest is a solid-tasting maibock with, at least in the case of the bottle I have, a fairly weak aroma. The overall flavor is delicious enough that I would purchase this again in the future if the option existed.

Pours a 3cm head, cream-colored, fades in above average time (about two minutes) with minimal lacing (a few spots) to a thin cap atop the beer. Body is transparent, orange in color with yellow highlights, brighter shades of yellow when held to the light. Carbonation is visible, quite active and numerous.

Fairly bland aroma of light malt, faint honey, and caramel. Would appreciate more strength or assertiveness here.

Tasting opens with pleasant malt sweetness; slighty honey and caramel flavors. Mid-palate picks up increased malt sweetness and additional honey, caramel, and faint toast flavors. Continental hops deliver noticeable and pleasant bitterness at back of palate, suduing the malt characters. Aftertaste is of mild grain, some malt sweetness, and residual bitterness from hops.

Medium-bodied with lightly effervescent carbonation, though never feeling overcarbonated. Result is a smooth, slightly foamy-pillowy mouthfeel. Finish is semi-dry with modest stickiness lingering on the palate.

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Photo of harrymel
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Best by 09AUG13

Light amber with a solid quilt of light creamy foam. Smells of sweet malts, hint of carbboard, artificial cherry, some sweet biscuit. Flavor is quite sweet, some herbal character, some tea, some grain and orange. Medium bodied with sharp, but fleeting carb and a moderately wet finish. Not my favorite.

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Photo of Weli
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a Schells pint Glass: Golden blond with lacey white head

S- Munich malt and toasted grain

T-Starts sweet with a big hit of munich or vienna malt, almost tangerine like, quite hoppy for a bock with a smooth bitterness. Slight alcohol warming, very pleasant.

M-Medium thick without being cloying, smooth with a slightly tart finish

O-One of my favorite examples of the Maibock style, a great lager for hop heads, in many ways it reminds me of some of the sweeter pale ales and IPAs except less bitter and much smoother. Despite its high gravity feels almost session-able because of its light color and balance between malt and hops

Comments: Love this beer, one of the first beers I ever had, and really turned me on to craft beer. I hadn't had it in a while and wondered if it still lived up to my memories of it. Happy to say it has held up well. Still a really wonderful beer, as good or better as my memories.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange with a white head.

Aroma: Yeast and malt. This is a slightly old bottle so it's not a big surprise that there aren't much hops in the nose.

Taste: Really malty. Has that molasses taste that you get with higher gravity brown ales. There's a hint of bitterness but the malt dominates this one and not in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Thick but well carbonated. Has the mouthfeel of something much bigger than it's 7.20% abv.

Final Thoughts: I've had better Maibocks than this one. Perhaps the bottle was a little further past the expiration date than I thought (couldn't find a date anywhere on the bottle). If you like a big blast of malt then this one will give you that, but it really doesn't even do that completely well.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle Neck Reads

A= Pours a nice golden yellow color with a small head on it that falls to a thin skin with little lacing or retention.

S= Smells of an ester poopy schells aroma. Damn you schells for smelling so similar. A sweetness backs it all up however.

T= The taste is a nice mix of bitter and sweet. There is a definite bitterness that I do not usually get from Maibocks. The sweetness is there for the bock but again a little different from the bitterness. There is the typical poopiness from schells in there as well.

M= A nice high level of carbonation that keeps the tongue fresh.

O= Much more bitter than most bocks I've had. I actually like the change. Worth trying and buying for a bocky change.

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Photo of hardy008
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden color with a large foamy white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has yeast, hops, and bread.

The taste is considerably sweeter than I expected. From the aroma, I expected little to no sweetness. As it is, this has quite a bit of sweetness. The taste has caramel malt, bread, yeast, and hops.

Medium bodied, sticky sweet aftertaste, with average carbonation. I like this beer quite a bit, and am surprised it took this long to sit down and write a review.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

amber, golden in color with a light bit of haze to it. Off white head, maybe an inch and a half creeps up the sides and sits down on top for a while.

Light caramel, bready notes are highlighted here. Sweet with a light undertone of some herbal hops peeking though. A light touch of dark fruit perhaps? Possibly but a sweet, caramel malty lager type aroma is what is predominant here. Caramel, and toffee, hints of buttery like notes persisting now as it comes up in temperature.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle consumed in a glass mug

August Schell Brewing Maifest poured a poured a slightly cloudy deep gold color while producing a 1-finger off-white head that had good staying power. The nose is subdued; clean, of light sweet malt, and very light citrus. The mouth feel is creamy and smooth with a fuller body and moderate fine carbonation. The taste is dominated by malt upfront producing an assertive sweetness, however is balanced by a moderate hop bitter finish.

My first brew from August Schell Brewing and I am pleasantly surprised – I’ll have another!

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
2.16/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Straight pour into a pilsner glass. The color is pale straw; there is a very slight chill haze, but for the most part it is clean and clear. Three fingers of thick, billowy head dissipated slowly, leaving trails of lace along the glass and a ring around the edge.

Smell: The nose is pretty weak and takes a lot of effort to detect, though there are definite notes of lemon citrus and strawberry. It has a disgusting hint of hair spray. Amazingly, I am also reminded of chardonnay and Meier’s Sparkling Apple.

Taste: The flavor is much the same, and reminds me a little of my very disappointing experience with Schell’s Oktoberfest last fall. It has a caramel foundation, but built on top is apple infused chardonnay, lemon citrus, strawberry, and Paul Mitchell for White Haired Old Ladies. At the end is a slight alcohol burn.

Drinkability: Wow. All I can think about right now is the five bottles of this still chilling in my fridge. How am I going to make myself drink them? The first bottle became tolerable after it warmed for about 10 minutes, but otherwise I was very disappointed. I hope it was a bad bottle.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Rich and clear golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big white foam head that has great retention and nice lacing.

Smell: Strong caramel malts and grains with hints of honey citrus hops. Smells sweet and bready.

Taste: Sweetness from the caramel malts and grains up front is followed by hints of citrus fruit and a mildly bitter finish from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with carbonation on the higher side. Very crisp.

Overall: A very solid version of a Maibock from Shell's.

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Photo of PokerGod
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle (amber) poured into a Nonic Glass.

Appearance- Light Straw color, with a very fine, creamy head. Not great retention, but does leave a little lacework on the glass.

Smell- A hoppier aroma than I had expected, but not aggressively so. Pleasant aroma with fruity/floral undertones.

Taste- A nice balance of hops and malts. Can't decide if its more floral or bready. I guess I get the hops up front, with the malts in the middle, but hops again at the finish. Very nice. I'm surprised it wasn't as yeasty tasting as I expected, since I could detect the fruitiness in the aroma.

Overall- a nice "easy to drink" Maibock. A great introduction to the style for someone just beginning with craft beers. I would very much recommend this one. Also surprised to see the 7.2 ABV, wouldn't have guessed it on sampling. But a "pleasant" surprise nonetheless..

(sidenote) proud to be the 100th review of this brew!

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Photo of homersimpson67
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper, gold...with a finger of head that quickly dissolves. Very light lacing if any.
Has a nice malty scent to it, nothing special but not bad either.
Good overall taste, sugary malt with a bitter end that lasts a minute or two. It is very drinkable, does invite many more tastes.
Seems to get better as I go, I guess the 7.2 abv is sneaky. Wouldn't have thought it that strong. Feels nice on the tongue, kind of a gentle,not to heavy, easy taste that does seem to fit this spring type of beer(bock) pretty well.
Overall pretty good, will enjoy again I'm sure.

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Photo of warnerry
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 9/5/10

Pours translucent honey brown with one finger of quickly dissipating head and a nice stream of slowly rising bubbles.

Smell is mostly malt, not much hop presence to speak of. Rather faint aroma overall, but what is there is nice.

Taste is mostly malt sweetness, with some hop bitterness on the finish. Not overly complex, but taste is quite good.

Fairly light body, but does linger on the tongue for awhile; nice carbonation level, lively but not overbearing.

Very drinkable. Overall a very solid, if not overly exciting, brew.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the first August Schell beers I've had, and it didn't disappoint. The Maifest pours a light copper/orange color. There is a nice head on this beer that lingers and laces the glass as you drink. This beer has a very pleasing smell, almost sweet. The Maifest has some very good flavor too, nothing overpowering though. I find the 7.2% ABV to be very well hidden. I recommend having this beer. I know I look forward to having it again.

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