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Schell's Bock | August Schell Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States | website

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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3.9
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18.72%
 
 
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Photo of dhannes
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 6-pack of bottle on closeout from Hy-Vee today for $3.99; date on bottle says 051112, which, I'm assuming means May 11, 2012. Not sure if that is when the brew was bottled (not likely, as it is a bock and Schell's site says it is available in January and February)...so I am guessing that it is a "best by" date...which means my sample is over two months past that date.

A=Absolutely gorgeous...nice brownish red, with ivory colored foam head of two fingers that last over a minute.

S=No nose...maybe a faint hint of raisins.

T=Rich, malty, and rather sweet. Faint hint of raisins. Hops are detectable.

M=Medium body...perhaps a bit lighter than other bocks I've had. Moderate to light carbonation.

O=A nice example of a bock, except sweeter than most.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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 dmadsen
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +6.9%
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 -7.2%
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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Photo of steveh
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
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 -15.4%
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 +12.6%
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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Photo of dbossman
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep russet brown, very clear with lots of carbonation, really quite nice and a classic look for a bock. Thin off white head formed on the top, but quickly faded to just a thin film that stayed throughout the session, but offered no side glass contribution.

The aroma was your classic malty bock. Nice sweet caramel and nutty aromas mixed in with a good earthy tone. The flavor followed through very closely with a nice bitter malty flavor and a good amount of sweetness in it as well. Carbonation that is more then decent never let it go flat and kept you entertained throughout the session

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Beer is a sort-of lighter-end mahogany, with a dull translucence. Head is bubbly and fades away quickly, leaving an eggshell-colored foam around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Rich apple cider with a touch of cinnamon. Bubble gum in the malt, perhaps. Very nice, actually!

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer is pretty oily going in, but a nice amount of carbonation balances it out well. Toasted bread with a nice marmalade comes to mind. Just a touch of lemony zest perhaps in the aftertaste. Rinses medium-dry, and there's a smooth bitterness which is most pleasant.

Overall: One thing Schell has going for itself is the ability to master the mouthfeel. The level of carbonation couldn't get any better, it perfectly reveals the flavor of the beer and allows for a great glass anytime.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a reddish-amber. Head is two and a half fingers, lasts well at one and a half. Minimal lacing.
S- Smell is mild, mostly a brown sugar, slightly roasted malt aroma.
T- The taste is a bit more developed. Still initially sweet flavors, a brown sugar and caramel flavor. There is a dark fruit as well as a noble hop presence.
M- Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than I like, but the carbonation is pretty spot on.
O- A pretty good American made bock. Enjoyable and worth trying.

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Photo of mooselvlt
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a clear copper with a finger's worth of beige foam.

S - Smells of roasty malts and biscuits. Not a huge nose, very subtle

T - Nice roasty malts followed by a slight bit of hops. Malts are nice and bready.

M - Thin to medium, well carbed, and a touch dry. Nice and clean finish. Its a drinker.

O - Really liked it. I usually pass over Schell but I threw this one in a mixer. Glad I did!

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Photo of Arenbeer
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes

12oz bottle into a snifter glass

A- Pours a dark dark reddish brown with a thin off white 1 finger head.

S- Roasted malts, molasses, and dark fruits.

T- Roasted malts, dark fruits, burnt sugars, and a slight coffee background.

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a slight bitter finish.

SkÅL!

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Photo of exonthebottle
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I usually not a bock fan but I heard good things about this beer. I have to say Schell exceeded my expectations for a bock which is a style I Haven't enjoyed much in the past.
nice white head, decent earthy hop smell, watery but smooth malt profile, nice carbonation hides the alcohol well. tangy yet sweet brings a complexity that isn't in the standard bock solid beer overall great for the price. enjoy

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber red with a big light tan head with good retention and lacing.

Smell: Caramel and toffee malts with hints of nuts and earthy hops.

Taste: Sweetness up front from the caramel malts followed by toasted bread and nuts. A hint of fruit and hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall: A pretty decent bock.

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Photo of tmcelvain
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogony color with almost no ead out of the tap. Very sweet malty smell.
Tastes of sweet, sweet malts, but the sweetnes that hits you up front does not linger. Nicely balanced with a bitter hop finish to keep from beeing coyingly sweet. Flavors are caremel and toffee malts as well as a pumpernickle, cinnamon bread.
Mouthfeel os well balanced. Could benefit from an even lower ABV to make this good beer truly sessionable.

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Photo of iLovehops23
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

IHad this at bockfeast in New Ulm.Pours amber brown with an off white head that dissipates fast. Aroma is sweet and malty as expected from a d bock. Caramel with a light undertone of hops. Some roast in the aroma as well. Medium body with light carbonation. Hops come through in the finish with a slight bitterness which offsets the sweet malt profile nicely. Very drinkable, sessionable at that. I enjoy the nice hop bite on the finish. Good.

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Photo of plfahey
3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Mahogany red in color with ruby highlights and brilliant clarity. Moderate light tan/beige head with decent retention.

Aroma-Caramel and toffee malt with lighter notes of bread and toast. Malt profile is decent, but not excellent.

Flavor-Similar toast, toffee, and caramel flavors, with some butterscotch (tastes like light diacetyl). Slightly sweet up front, though dries out a bit in the finish. Not bad, but just not terribly complex.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderate carbonation. Smooth.

Goes down easy, but I find this one to be relatively blah. It's a bit too one dimensional and lacks the malt complexity to keep me interested. It's also not tasty enough to be an easy-drinking, sessionable bock. Not bad, but falls flat in my opinion.

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep mahogany with dark ruby hues. Moderately strong carbonation. A lovely white head at first, dies down fast.

S: Not a ton of aroma. Some rich melanoidans in the nose but not much. There is a touch of caramel and toffee. Some breadiness.

T: Very rich melanoidans. Deep, rich plum notes without being fruity. Some caramel and toffee. Breadiness in the end. Finishes slightly metallic. The hops are only there in bitterness as they should be. A definite, rich malt bomb.

M: Medium bodied, stronger carbonation. Finishes clean and crisp. Not underattenuated.

D: A fine bock. This is one of my favorite styles and this beer is a reason why. Definitely not the best bock I've had, but definitely one of the better ones. I will look forward to this every year.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a nicely sudsy 1 finger head. Color is auburn/brown and completely clear.

S: Alcohol, sweet maltiness.

T: Caramel malt. A little roasted flavor (nuts, brown butter). Just a touch of banana butteriness.

M: Med-high carbonation. A touch astringent. Crisp.

D: Classic bock. For the style, I would consider a 5 but my vote here is only 4 just because this beer is a little un-nuanced/basic. Nice beer, though.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In Michael Jackson 2000 "Great Beer Guide", in the course of writing on the DoppelBock, he describes the regular bock, that previous one, as "Tawny and rummy". Tawny, yes in this this one, rummy, not very much.
Clear, dusky amber, nearly brown boy, small, but lasting white ring rests on top.

Earthy, nutty, malty aromatics. Nearing sweetness, but well-tempered, evenly tuned. Right on target.

Taste: Rich, warm malty flavor floods the mouth, swims about, exits clean and gracefully. Actually, this is surprisingly delicious. Just enough hops in here to keep it all in balance. Extraordinary drinkability. Can't find a damned thing wrong with this. Long, malt-tastic finish.

I can't recall ever liking Schell's Bock this much. Next up, let's see some magic done on the Doppelbock.

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Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- dark amber, low transparency, no cloud.

S- pleasant, sharp hops, slight fruity, bock.

T- lager taste with strong hops. Woodsy and warming on the aftertaste.

M- Slight tart. Hoppy and drawing. Pleasant.

D- worth it. If enjoyed, it cannot be drunk fast and with vigor.

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Photo of Helix
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went down to the local bottle shop tonight for a beer I never had before. I dont know why but I was in the mood for a Bock. I wasn't expecting much but I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. I enjoyed the bottle so much I bought a 6 pack for the beer fridge.

Helix

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Photo of Soilworker
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark amber with one finger off white head.

S: Sweet caramely malts with somewhat off-putting, perhaps canned corn aroma, at least that's what I get. Grassy hops play a balancing part.

T: Big caramely malts and some slight herbal hops. Kind of rough off-putting bitterness that unfortunately lingers on the tongue.

M: Full bodied and relatively highly carbonated.

D: I personally could not put more than one of these down. There was too many offputting flavor such as the canned corn and the rough bitterness on the tongue.

Notes: Don't think I would buy this one again. Nothing terribly great and I didnt think they did a great job on this one.

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Schell's Bock from August Schell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.
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