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): 6.20%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-09-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 213 |  Reviews: 111
Photo of ShwarzAl3r
5/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of NodakEric
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of ChopsMeister
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of jakemn91
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A really nice Maibock. Pours clear with nice white head. Both aroma and taste are hop forward. Perhaps a little lighter malt base than is typical.

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Photo of steveh
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recommended by a fellow Bock lover -- BA calls this a Maibock, but Schell calls it a Double.

A -- Good clear, deep golden color with a light tan head that holds up well.

S -- Sweet, bready malt nose, some earthiness that borders on DMS, but not distracting. Some very vague fruitiness back. Slight alcohol spiciness too.

T -- Big, bready malt taste up front -- starts sweet and finishes dry. Yeasty breadiness in aftertaste with some lingering hop spiciness & bitterness.

M -- Crisp to soft mouthfeel with a medium light body.

D -- Very good drinkability for a 7% beer. This stands up to the better Maibocks out there -- yes, even Capital. Very nice brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of krubs
4.24/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kguard
4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tomahite
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a copper/amber color with little head. Hints of caramel and very sweet for a double bock. A very smooth drink, almost as smooth as a lager. Very drinkable brew, I consider this to be Schell's finest offering and won't hesitate to try in the near future. A good fall beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light shade of copper. Nice clarity. Medium sized dirty white head. Lacing is moderate. Thick juicy malts on the nose. And fruits...grapes and apples come to mind. Nice, sweet aroma. This leads into a nice, sweet flavor profile. With a lot of the same in common with the nose. The apples and grapes and also pears are noticeable. And sweet, sweet malts...without being cloying. Hops only provide balance and are undetectable, save for a slight dryness to the finish. The body is full and round and the carbonation delicate. Probably my favorite offering from Schell's, with the possible exception of their Hefe.

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Photo of Weli
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
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 hardy008
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
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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4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color, with a slight amber tint, into my Weizen glass. Produces a large creamy white head, very impressive. A couple of minutes is all it takes to reduce the head to a small ring around the outside of the glass. No lacing apparent so far.

Smell is predominantly malty, almost has a caramel malt character. Hops are in the background, but are definitely there. Alcohol is present, but not very distracting.

Tastes very sweet and malty. Has a bready quality that is a little over the top, but thats ok. Alcohol is a little bit more present here, letting you know this is a 7+% ABV brew. Warming doesn't bring any positive changes to the taste really, except making them slightly more pronounced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but much thicker than I had imagined it to be. Very smooth. Ample carbonation makes for a crisp beer. I find this very drinkable, maybe too drinkable.

I can definitely see myself kicking back on a warm spring afternoon in the midwest, enjoying more than a few of these. A very decent brew, and for the price, this is something I will be getting for as long as it's available. I definitely recommend this one.

Another above average beer from Schell's. Nothing special, but definitely a good beer.

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4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first bottle of the year, poured into a pint glass after work.

A-Pristine beer, gold-amber in color. Frothy, light, bright-white head tops this libation, but sadly reduced to minimal bubbles.

S-Spicy hops, almost perfumy. Pale malt aromas, largely bready in nature.

T-Pale malts, bready, almost nutty, with a nice amount of semi-sweetness. Spicy and peppery hop flavors, herbal and perfume, paired with a prominent bitterness, making a nicely balanced brew. Finshes bitter, hearty.

M-Medium-full body, moderately high carbonation fits in perfectly with the body and style.

D-I've loved this brew for many years now and am again pleased with this brew. Smooth, very flavorful and interesting, this brew is one to savor each spring.

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Photo of ZAP
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden in color...hints of alcohol on the nose...along with sweet malt...Very malty and sweet. I love the taste of this blond doppelbock. There is some hopping, but it is low when compared to the malt load. To me this is very very drinkable. It is thicker than a regular maibock, and definitely feels like a blond doppel in the mouth...I love this beer. You know, at times I get envious of those of you who have access to some of the better west coast or east coast beers that I have to struggle to find...BUT we aren't all the bad off here in Minnysota....Schells is a very good brewery and this is their best effort in my opinon. I just found this at the liqour store and will be going back to buy many more.

re-rated next to Capital Blond Doppel and this is not as good, but still an excellent beer..I dropped the rating from an itial 4.9 to the current number

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4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Metalmonk
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BDLBrewster for quelling my Maibock jones...

Pours a thin head sitting on top of a well-filtered golden yellow with orange-ish tints. Not much lace, but it looks as a Maibock should.

Aroma is on the tame side, offering muted doses of the hay, honey, white grape must and herbal character that should be coming to the nose. Was pretty full-on right after the pour, but really died down after that.

Flavor delivers a rounded, even creamy gob of honey, white grape and flowery/herbal tastes, each balanced perfectly, with the honey and grape must riding well into the finish, which is also partly grassy. At 6.9%, the alcohol is felt only very, very slightly, adding to the depth of flavor. The flavor is very nice, but the creaminess really sells it.

Really enjoyable and a very, very drinkable beer. Maibocks are wonderful, and although Schell's isn't a favorite brewery (this is my sixth Schell's) their Maifest is wholly satisfying.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden color. The head is large, frothy, and recedes very slowly into thick, chunky lacing. The aroma is of biscuit malt, with a hint of caramel, and a lot of floral hops. The taste is as vibrant as the aroma with a long noble hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a fine beer, and a wonderful maibock. I will certainly drink this again.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of ryanocerus
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper with short lasting head. The aroma was malt with some caramel and maybe vanilla tones (but faint). The hops was nice, but the malt was very big, as it should be. There was decent carbonation and long lasting flavor. A very drinkable beer and probable Schell's best offering (from what I have sampled).

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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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Schell's Maifest from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 213 ratings