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Schell's Bock | August Schell Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Each year the promise of spring was confirmed as the first keg of Schell's Bock rolled onto waiting delivery wagons. And since 1860, Schell's Bock has continued in the true German tradition. Completely reformulated for 2009, Schell's Bock has replaced Caramel Bock as our late winter seasonal. Brewed with a harmonious blend of 10 different types of malt and noble hops, Schell's Bock is fermented slowly, and then lagered for an extended period of time to ensure a smooth finish. Perfect for passing even the coldest winter day.

This dark amber colored beer sports a robust malt character.

Added by garymuchow on 02-07-2009

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Photo of FBarber
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark Burgundy tinged brown color. One finger tan head dissipates slowly eventually down to just a partial spot of foam floating on top of the beer. Not much lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is mild and very malt forward. Hints of caramel, toffee and bread are noted.

Taste is very malt forward with caramel, toffee and bread notes along with a slight dark fruit flavor that is only ever so slightly sweet. Some spicy hops are noted on the finish. Classic but well executed flavor profile.

Feel is medium to full bodied - sticks on the tongue and palate. Mild carbonation. Sticky smooth finish.

Overall a very nice bock - wish the aroma was a bit more pronounced, but regardless its a vert good beer.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tracywithbeer24
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PMarcy78
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dms844
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JMN44
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopstout
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

There is a lot to like about Schells... particularly how it stays in its German tradition instead of deceiving itself that there is room for one more brewery that panders to the American market and piles in the hops.

I've had 7 beers from Schells and will continue to pull them off the shelf... when I see them.

This review is based on my third bottle of this Bock. I have increased the Overall of my original rating based on this broader appreciation of tradition. My only advice is to let Bock warm up a little as its modest richness grows.

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Photo of BigAl18
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cyroeser
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Squire123
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very nice in it's way. When I first tried this I wasn't expecting a German Bock so was open to be surprised and I was, pleasantly so. An AAL bock beer that has a rich color, caramel/toffee tones to the malt, some balancing hops, little underlying bitterness, straight forward and affordable. Worth having more than once.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a muddy red with a small head. It is a rather intense look to the beer. The aroma offers up caramel, banana, sweet bread, and some currant. The flavor leads with the soft caramel sweetness from the nose, as well as some nutty notes, like pecans in bread, and well as toffee and malted milk. The mouthfeel is silky and full, with very little carbonation. Overall this was a very nice beer, not a standout, but completely solid and enjoyable.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear amber with a dense head the color of butter, leaves buttery lace.
heaping malt fills the nose, notes of caramel follow through into the flavor where it melds with a leafy, grassy hop finish. the fine carbonation and malts combine to give a bigger sense of fullness to what is actually about a medium body.
overall, a well balanced beer that make for a great representative of the style.

4.5, 4, 4, 4, 4

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint at ~40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear garnet-copper, and forms roughly half a finger of dense, tightly-packed beige head with a vaguely orange tint. The head has excellent retention, and leaves appropriately intense lacing.

Smell: Caramel malt in waves, wreathed through with bread and pecan. A tinge of floral odor mingles in, unobtrusively, alongside a faint whiff of ripe dates.

Taste: If there is such a thing as "date nut bread", this beer pegs its flavor, with plenty of slightly dark bread, walnut, pecan, date, and raisin presence. There's a touch of a floral overlay, which lends a soft bitterness towards the middle and finish - though if my sensitivity to hops registers only a soft bitterness, it's definitely a light touch. As the beer warms, more of a caramel presence joins the breadiness of the malt, and an occasional vein of toffee winds its way through the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and lively, with something of an almost creamy feel.

Overall: I want this beer made in my town. Where do I need to move to make that a reality?

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4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 050816 into a Pilsener glass. Golden dark amber, dark but clear, plenty of carbonation, a tall tan thick creamy head that recedes slowly. Thick, clingy, creamy lacing follows the beer down the glass. Sweet aroma, dark fruits, bread / grain, floral, perhaps a bit of caramel. Moderate to substantial feel with a good presence on the tongue. Complex flavors; dark fruit, sweet, nutty, bread, honey. Finish is slightly (just barely) bitter with a mild finish. Very, very good. This is a top notch beer, true to the style.

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Photo of twb0392
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of matcris
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Crystal clear, almost red to copper in color. Lots of small bubbles rising. A finger+ of khaki creamy head that lingers. Killer, thick lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Sweet, bready, and caramel/toffee. A little earthiness, a tiny bit of sulfur. Maybe some dark dried fruits...raisins, figs, and a bit nutty.
TASTE: Just like aroma. No sulfur hit in the taste. Bready and sweet but balanced just enough.
FEEL: Plenty of carbonation. Medium thin body, a little slickness to the beer, drier in the finish.
OVERALL: A simple tasting but satisfying beer. Definitely on the sweeter side, but not cloying.

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Photo of Minnesota_beer_guy
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of holder1422
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Goodspeed83
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrUse
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle - freshness date of 05 14 16:

Pours copper to dark amber with a fluffy off-white head that lasts. Thin lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramelized grain, nuts, a hint of floral spicing.

The taste is of sweet grain, honey, nuts. A touch of floral/spicy hops in the finish balance it while keeping it sweet-leaning. Rich malt flavor. Slight alcohol warmth. Clean finish.

It hits medium-bodied. It has a smooth, malty texture.

An excellent malt-forward, classic example of a sweet, traditional bock.

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