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 nmann08
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy gold color with a white, one-finger head. It left a small amount of lace.

S - It smelled of yeast and malt.

T - It tasted a little spicy and of a little citrus, too. It had a nice smooth toasted malt flavor.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good offering from August Schell. I wish that I had more than just one on hand.

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Photo of mothman
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First notes: When reviewing this I had no idea the abv was 6.9%. That is a lot higher than I tasted. Very little presence of alcohol at all.

Poured into 20 oz pint shaped glass at Kegal Club in New Ulm.

Pours a thin bright white head. No lace and bad retention. Color is a clear golden bronze.

Aroma: Not a lot going on here. Sweet caramel notes. Light earthy hops. Very simple.

Taste: Caramel malts. Biscuits. Slight hops and a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. High carbonation. Light to medium bodied. Ends with a sticky aftertaste.

Overall, this is an easy drinking beer. This 20 oz went quick. It seems to be a very simple beer with not to many big flavors attached to it. I could have more in a night.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A creamy off-white head rests lazily above a clear golden-amber body as very fine-bubbles rise steadily upwards. The head holds quite well, and it maintaina a solid covering throughout most of the glass. Additionally, the lacing is nice except that it doesn't seem able to stick to the glass and disappears momentarily. The nose reveals a limited amount of malt, some mild fermentation esters, and a light note of alcohol. It's creamy and smooth in the mouth due to it's full body and very fine, moderate carbonation. A rich, grainy malt displays a light touch of toastiness and some mild fruitiness in the flavor; and it's well-balanced by a low level bitterness that barely emerges except to help dry the finish along with a wash of alcohol. The alcohol is somewhat apparent, however, and tends to intrude half-way through the glass. Still, it's a decent example of the style and could readily be enjoyed as one of the first beers of spring.

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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner a rich clear golden with well formed fluffy 1 1/2 finger white head good carbonation and head retention to this brew.Notes of caramel malt some veg in the nose somewhat light but noticeable a hint of floral hop as well.Pretty light in the mouthfeel department lightly sweet but quite crisp caramel sweetness being the dominant flavor up front with underlying white grape skin flavors and moderate toastiness as well.A lighter spring bock but of decent quality and it is drinkable for the style.

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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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a light orangey body topped with a thin, white ring of bubbles.

Smell: Aroma of citrus, light grapefruit, with a bit of butterscotch candy and a dash of apple juice.

Taste: Pale malts with a butterscotch sweetness. Sip of apple juice. Citrusy hop character with a slight bitterness. Finishes with a tart fruitiness. A bit of the abv sneaks into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness.

Drinkability: About as fun as being eaten by sand weevils.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pristine tangerine with the occasional slow-moving bubble drifting up to the ecru colored cap. The foam has a smooth, blemish-free surface that looks a little odd. I like them to be lumpy, bumpy, pitted and rocky. No more than a few watery streamers of lace appear on the glass.

The aroma is low on candlepower, making it difficult to appreciate the blonde maltiness or the hops (Hallertau, Cascade and Mt. Hood). Malt is more prominent, as befits the style. This isn't a standout maibock nose, that's for sure.

Maifest is a decent version, maybe even an almost good version. All of the flavor elements are in place, with nothing striking me as 'too much' or 'too little'. The blonde malt is minimally toasted, Munich earthy and just sweet enough. The herbal-spicy hops (Cascade gets lost in the shuffle) hold up their end of the bargain quite well.

Alcohol is evident, as it so often is with beer of this style. Stated another way, it's a little too obvious that the ABV is pushing 7.0%. Warming brings about no appreciable changes, except perhaps slightly bolder flavor.

Thanks to all the malt, the body/mouthfeel is a few clicks more full than medium and borders on firmly creamy. There's just enough carbonation to lighten the load without annoying. A highlight for sure.

Maifest is probably my third favorite ASBC beer after Pale Ale and Pilsner. It needs a little more *something*, although I'm not sure what. If you love the style, or even like it, and it's available where you live, I'd recommend giving this one a go. It isn't exactly 'my bock', but it might be yours.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
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 a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, slight alcohol, and slight hop. Fits the style of a Maibock / Helles Bock. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, and slight roasted malt, and very slight hop. Overall, a refreshing Maibock with good body and easy drinkability. It might not have the complexity, but still a good Maibock.

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Photo of jwc215
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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 feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, faded crimson color, adequate, spotted beige head.
Aroma is clean and malty, rosy sweet, subdued.
Taste: smooth, very light, unobstrusive entry on the palate and definitely classifiable as tasty, rich, buttery, bright, with toffee-ish malty tones.Good mouthfeel, hangs fully and solidly on the tongue, a very tangible maibock, bright coppery, I like the way this lays in the mouth.
Good drinkability, too, but I like bolder, more substantive maibocks better, so, as much as I appreciated this bottle, Schell's has to get in line behind some superior offerings.
Good, though, I'd never say no to one!

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of harpus
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of ovaltine
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer has a crystal clear body that is slightly golden straw colored with an off-white creamy head

S- Notes of pale malt and German hops are strong as I pour this beer.

T- This beer has a bold pale malt with strong sweet honey qualities flavor. That sweet malt flavor is finished with a nice light hop spiciness. It has a pretty clean finish and the malt is not overly sweet.

M- The mouthfeel is medium but it has a bit of a watery texture and a faint fizz that hits the back of your throat. No astringency or alcohol warmth.

D- This beer has a surprising maltyness for the light body but it has lots of good character. Good complexity and very well built this beer is light in color but big on flavor.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jzlyo
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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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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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Photo of jera1350
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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