Schell's Bock | August Schell Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
schellsbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
207
Reviews:
90
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
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Photo of badelsman
1.75/5  rDev -55.2%

Photo of NodakEric
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of augustgarage
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Harriet pils glass.

Rufous liquid; not quite clear with a lasting beige collar and surface slick. Sandy lacing; average retention.

Varnish, esters, dark fruit, sweat socks, toast, and more in the nose.

Layered lovely malt notes, toasty with pleasing melanoidins. Moderately bitter hop bite throughout. Well lagered. Earthy finish.

Medium-bodied, crisp yet creamy, and slightly warming.

A superior example of the style, well crafted, flavorful and balanced.

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Photo of kgeijer
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of dmadsen
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time drinking this beer.

Great color, deep red hue. Apparent bubbles, but not too fizzy. Doesn't have an overpowering head or leave large traces on the glass.

Nice scent, but nothing overpowering or that stands out significantly.

The flavor is good. Balanced, some fruit, some bread, nice light bitterness on the end.

Good overall mouthfeel. Slightly bubbly, very drinkable, stays with you.

Overall a very solid beer, good for the season. I think I'll have another.

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Photo of DK_CPA
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review. Reviewers notes: I am from MN and am completely biased towards MN beers. I take pride personally in August Schell since it is the 2nd oldest craft brewery in the U.S. behind Yuengling. Making it the oldest brewery in MN. Note that my cousin Jacob got locked in an outhouse near the brewery when we were kids.

The rating: It may appear high to some, but i'm rating it within its class. I don't take into consideration that it's not an IPA or Barleywine, but rather how I would compare it to other Bocks.

The review:
-I like the Red color
-Generous amount of head
-Little bit of an after taste, but decent for its price.

Summation: A decent MN variant of bock style beer. Not anything over the top, but yet satisfactory for it's price and purpose. Perfect for when you have that bock craving. Comes in 12 packs during the spring.

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Photo of bluHatter
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Real nice foggy dark amber color with a 2 finger big bubble head. Descent lacing.

S: Strong caramel, some apples, yeast, some pine

T: Very mellow malts, caramel and nuts. Very understated in contrast to the nose.

M: Nice smooth medium body, good carbonation.

O: A nice mellow bock, that almost feels like a nut brown.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BrandonEnriquez
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of steveh
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Went over the cheddar curtain hunting for Maibocks, found Schell's previous seasonal in abundance and since I'd never given it a try, here goes.

Since finding some of the better Bocks from micros and imports I haven't been a big fan of the old-fashioned, American rendition that used to come out every spring season (Anchor's Bock and New Glarus' Uff da are good examples these days), here's hoping this isn't one of them.

A -- Pours a beautifully clear, deep amber or light chestnut color with a firm, creamy, light tan head that holds up well. Reminiscent of Optimator or Salvator.

S -- Smooth, bready to yeasty, dark bread crust nose. There are some light, dark fruit esters back. Bread crust character becomes more prominent with warming.

T -- Toasty, bready malts with the lightest earthiness and dark fruit back. Finish has some mild bitterness but, sweet bready malts finish the mouthful. Dry, hop-bitter character in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to mildly syrupy with a mild dryness and the body is medium-full.

O -- Schell pretty much nails the style with this beer. No roastiness or overly-bitter hopping, just rich Munich and/or Vienna malts. The only thing that stops me from all 5s might be the bitter-dry character in the aftertaste. This keeps the beer from being as clean as it might be, and a better lager -- but if you're looking for a good example of the Traditional Bock style, this beer won't disappoint.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Ruddy brown in color, good clarity, receding foam collar for a head with minimal lacing left behind.

S. Biscuit malt aroma with some ester fruitiness present on top of brown sugar. No hop aroma is detectable.

T. Mostly burnt sugar flavor with a semi-toasted component working in tandem. Breadiness only appears as a garnish on the finish for me. Hops (noble or otherwise) are MIA and it feels out of balance because of it, a little gentle hopping would have gone a long way towards making this brew exceptional.

M. Smooth medium bodied with a hint of oiliness, but carbonated just well enough to counter balance it. Still, it could have used a slightly higher level of carbonation to lighten it up a bit.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Hyvee in Council Bluffs, IA
..1312 stamped on bottle, assuming bottled earlier this year
Poured into an Ayinger willi glass

Schell's Bock is a delicious interpretation of the style focused on toasted malts, caramelized sugar and general caramel flavor, and a strong incorporation of toasted nut flavor. The blend of these elements creates a rich bock with plenty of depth, which generally satisfies any desire for a brew on the darker end of the color or taste spectrum.

Pours a tall (>3cm), medium-tan colored head made up of small and medium bubbles. Resultant look is frothy and something like pancake batter. Declines over about two minutes to a ring around the glass with some islands of foam, leaving no lacing on sides of glass. Body is a dark ruby color out of light, brighter and clean-looking ruby when in the sun. Transparent, with minimal carbonation percolating through.

Aroma features rich caramel-type malts with mild diacetyl notes and another variety that imparts a noticeable nuttiness to the mix. Raisin and dried fig scents noticeable. Sweet, rich, and deep, somewhat like a hearty, baked nut cookie with plenty of caramelized sugars.

Taste opens with caramelized sugar and toasted malt sweetness, gradually blending into mellow caramel and toasted nut flavors. Very low hop presence, just a touch of mild spiciness is notable during mid-palate. Caramel, toasted malt, and nut flavors continue in rich, deep intensity past mid-palate, a slow coalescence of them into an interesting "bit o' honey" candy taste in the latter half, particularly notable during the fade out and close. I find this rather enjoyable. Aftertaste is rich, of toasted nuts and caramelized sugars.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy bodied with slightly below medium-level carbonation. Resultant mouthfeel is clean and somewhat crisp, generally smooth flowing. The lower carbonation actually fits this beer, as it is something to roll around on the palate and not drink quickly.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of dbossman
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper brown with a thin but steady head and okay lacing

S: Sweet bready malts with caramel and toffee undertones

T: Such nice balance--bready and sweet with just enough hop presence to balance it out--some caramel, toasted malts, toffee

F: Creamy medium body--such creamy texture for a lager

O: This is such a nice American version of the German style; true to style and so malty and warming and tasty--bring on spring

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Schell's Bock from August Schell Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 207 ratings.
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