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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1.25/5  rDev -65.2%

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2/5  rDev -44.3%

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2/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of TheQuietMan22
2.16/5  rDev -39.8%
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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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of Offa
2.62/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is ok,. but rough, a bit sharply alcoholic, and rather bland.

Light amber, it has a small white head that steadily dissipates and leaves no lace.

The aroma is sweet grain and bread, with hint of whole wheat and a sharp, spicey bite.

The taste is fruity with whole wheat up front, a bit pungent, sweet with some bitterness and a clear hint of the alcohol strength. However, the alcohol element starts to overpower the rest, the flavour quickly degrades, and it becomes very rough with a light but sharp and unpleasant bitterness becoming evident. The result is that the beer smacks your mouth a bit but without much flavour. It's also heavy and strong for the low flavour, and quickly gets tiresome.

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2.67/5  rDev -25.6%
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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2.7/5  rDev -24.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of jackndan
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Schell Maifest: a brown beer with golden highlights. Not much head, and not too much in the way of lacing. Very weak aroma, but that’s not all that unusual. This is a very heavily malted beer, with a caramel taste, that is somewhat grainy and processed. There is a pleasant smoky aftertaste that brings the taste score up a little. Easy drinking, but I’ve had better manifests lately.

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Photo of russpowell
2.96/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours bronze with a slight haze with a 1/2" white head & effervescence. No head retention or lacing

Smell: slight malt & corny notes (not making me think germany!)

Taste: Alcohol, malt & then more corn. Finally, a little fruitiness & alcohol push through on the finish

MF: Syruppy, but some good carbonation too

Drinks about average, too far departed from the grand style of the motherland for me to reccomend

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of biggmike
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark golden color with minimal head that dissipated rather quickly. Had somewhat of a spicey aroma to it. Taste was malty, but not too sweet. Something is missing in the flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty good. Ok, but I would definitely not seek out.

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Photo of harrymel
3.01/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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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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3.02/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Deep crystal clear gold with a full finger head.

S- Grainy sweet aroma with notes of sour apple esters.

T- Grainy malt sweetness balanced out by some nutty notes as well. The malt thins out at midpoint which allows for a very faint noble hop note to pop up. A somewhat "out of whack" hop bitterness adds the final balance and sets up for the semi dry, slightly nutty finish.

M- Nice medium body, good carbonation.

D- Not terrible, but I'd check for a better Maibock.

Nowhere near a drainpour, but I wasn't impressed considering how many other great Maibocks there are.

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3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright deep gold color (exactly the color of standard bourbon), nice 1/2 inch head of very small bubbles and decent duration. Laces don't hold up well. Yeasty vanilla aromas, subtle. Malty flavors predominate as expected -- best described as leaning toward gingerbread in quality, with a bit of bitter marmalade mid mouth. Finishes in a similar vein with some artificial caramel aftertaste. Hops may contribute slightly to the bitter orange sense. Overall, thin mouthfeel for a beer described as a "Blonde Double Bock", but an OK Lager overall.

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3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of nsmartell
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From bottle to weiss glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice golden color with a thick slightly off-white head.

Smell: Honey smell throughout and very sweet.

Taste: Malty and sweet. Slightly bitter and hoppy at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and fuller than I was expecting.

Drinkability: A little too sweet for my liking, but not too bad. I wouldn't seek this out again.

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Schell's Maifest from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 213 ratings