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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
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

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202
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
18.72%
 
 
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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Buebie for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with nice caramel notes. The taste is sweet, malty, nice caramel touch. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew.

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Photo of Goliath
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color with ruby hues in the light. A one inch light tan head sits on top and lingers with good retention leaving a bit of soapy lace behind.

The aroma is kind of mild, but still good. A decent malt presence with a bit of caramel dominates. A bit of an iced tea aroma shows up as well.

The taste is good. A nice malt showing with a bit of caramel and grain. It seems slightly medicinal as well.

Mouthfeel is pushing full bodied and has a very nice subtle carbonation.

Drinkability is high. Great flavors on this bock and definitely easy to consume. I'd be willing to keep this around in 6 packs.

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Photo of morimech
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a large tan head that has excellant retention. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Strong caramel malt aroma with hints of dark fruit and maybe nuts. Starts off with a sweet flavor of caramel but there is a nice hop bitterness to balance the flavor. Has a nice dry finish. I think this is even better than Snowstorm '08. Medium body but it seems to be a touch overcarbonated. This is a nice bock and a big improvement over the old Caramel Bock. One of the best bocks out there today.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

August Schell Bock pours a big tan head over a deep amber/coffee colored brew. Active carbonation- lots of little bubbles. Nose is clean- toasty malts, pretzel maybe, and lager yeast. The flavor is very much like I remember their '08 Snowstorm was/is like- dark toasty malts and an herbal hop off the back. Maybe dialed back a bit- not so much rye as I remember, hop a tad more aggressive. Mouthfeel is light and clean, finishing dry dry dry. Nice. This is about as fast as Schell's moved one of their Snowstorms into regular year-round production- as of this writing (February '09), both Snowstorm and the new Bock are both in the shops. The only downside is the new Bock replaces their Caramel Bock, which I was quite fond of. But by all means, take the opportunity to compare 'em for yourself- there's some good solid stuff here!

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Photo of KI9A
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear amber, nice puffy head, good lace.

S: Chocolate, malt, maybe some dark fruit-maybe prunes?

T: Big time roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, figs, finished by a very slight bitterness..not from hops, but, from the roasted malts.

M: Coats the mouth, semi-sweet chocolate hangs around.

D: Big time. I can empty a few of these! One of the most solid BOCKS I have had. Nice. Man, I wish I had another snowstorm 2008 to do a side by side.

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Photo of gford217
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of Buebie poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear copper with a one inch off-white head that recedes to a ring and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is mainly roasted caramel malts but with some dark fruits, especially raisins. There is a hint of hops in the nose as well.

The taste has an initial sweetness of caramel malts with some toasted grains in the background. Some earthy hops are present though very subtle.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation and very smooth going down.

This is a great bock with great complexity but still extremely drinkable. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of mbrasi
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 CHSLBrew
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Clear, dark copper beer. Tan head receded quickly to nothing.

S-Thick and rich caramel with some biscuity malts. Very malt-centric aromas, crisp.

T-Enjoyable and big caramel flavors with hints of toffee. Some light toastiness. Hop bitterness is appropriately quite low.

M-Medium-high carbonation seems to pull some weight into this medium-bodied brew. Very smooth and clean over my palate.

D-Nice drinkability. As a new addition to the Schell's line-up, I think this will be a success. It's got some nice bock characteristics, and it really left me wanting another one.

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Photo of schellsbeer
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to KeefD for the sample bottle.

Schell's Bock is back!!! Here is the Review.

A - Dark malt brown with little head. Very nice beer to look at. Excellent color. Almost a dark purple to dark brown. Some dark carmel colors.

S - Malt and barley. Heavy on the nose. Good. Not as fresh smelling as the Snowstorm 2008 but good. This is a Minnesota beer....not for the weak. Looks like the lumberjacks would drink this. Little baby girl beer drinkers, please don't even bother.

T - Once again, heavy on the malt and barley. Strong taste but not over done. Bitter....not here. Very little hops noticed. A little sweet taste is noticed as the beer goes down. Again...nice but not as good as the Snowstorm 2008.

M - On the thick side. 1 of these and I will be looking for a different texture beer just to wash the layer off of my tongue. Burnt sugar and molassas. I really like the finish as the beer slides down.

D - Ok. I will search out other Schell's before this one again but still worth of the Schell's name.

Nice try Schell's. You can still impress.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of br3wmeister
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Half inch light brown head, weak head retention and no lacing. The beer is a dark caramel red color that is beautiful in the light.

S- Lots of graininess to the nose on this beer. Smells much like spent grains, or wheat bread, with hints of caramel and light hoppiness.

T- Some good sweetness up front, caramel and some cola flavors. Some roasted nuts and whole grain flavors and some bitter hops balance it quite nicely.

M- Medium to full bodied. Nice silky texture that feels great with a little bite at the end.

Overall- This is a pretty good bock, I am glad I picked it up.

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Photo of slyke
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Schell's Bock pours a mohagony color with a half-inch of off-white head. The beer has some nice lacing.

Smell is sweet with some floral notes.

Taste has sweet roasted malt with an everpresent floral hop quality.

Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied with some coating of the mouth. The finish lingers a bit.

Drinkability is excellent. I will be buying this one again.

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

woooohooo! This beer is back out of retirement!
Just picked up a 6'er at Heritage tonight. This is a 2009 bottle.

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an oversized snifter.
Forming a 2 finger off white foamy head. Settling to a thin cap of retention with assorted islands of clumpy bubbles. The color is alost black, but brightens up to a glowing mahogony, almost wine like when held to light.
Thin drapes of lace drapes me glass.

Aromas of burnt caramel, yeasty bread and blue cheese? A touvh of grassy hops and a surge of malt.

Taste is pretty smooth with alot of malt dominance, touch of bitter chocolate, oats? This is pretty smooth with a thick retention cap, so I'm thinking oats. A faint smell of elder flowers, dark fruit, and wiffs of coffee.

Very smooth and delicious, malt dominant and creamy with carbonation presence, but its smooth and creamy all the while.
I really missed this beer, glad they brought it back. For how long, I'm not sure, so I guess I'll stock up.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a clear deep ruby color. The head is an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a quarter inch cap of foam. Lacing is thorough. The aroma is of caramel, toasty malt, and hints of spicy noble hops. The taste is full of malt. Lots of toasty roasted malt, caramel, and what seems like the most hops I've ever tasted in a bock. Don't get me wrong this is by no means a hoppy beer, but the hops are definitely detectable which is odd in a bock. It works here though, and really gives the beer a character all of its own. The mouthfeel is so smooth it makes me wonder if oats are involved. Carbonation is quite low. Overall, this is one fine bock that I'm sure will become a seasonal regularity for me, and it sure knocks the pants of Caramel Bock. It is great to see the continued improvement in Schell's beers that has been happening over the past couple years.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pilsner glass.
Clean malty aroma with nice melanodins noted. Caramel and toast. Very nice.
Beautiful glass of beer. One inch tan head with decent stamina. Quite a bit of dripping lacing. Brilliantly clear with lots of bubbles to distract. Dark amber of brown, orange and red.
Clean drink too with a mild dryness that lingers on with a very subtle taste. The different malts really do bring on a variety of malt flavors. This is not my strength (words to flavors), but each drink brings on complex and varying tastes. And there seems to be distinctly hop flavor toward middle to finish (a bit green and grassy, but in a good way) that's really appealing. An unique touch of sweetness up front that isn't the traditional caramel or toffee I sometimes note.
At first it seemed a touch light and it's certainly not as heavy rich, in feel, as I expected, but I think that's good in order to keep the drinkability better. Nonetheless, the very fine and fully loaded carbonation adds some body and enhances the smoothness too.
What a fine glass of beer. I want to do a side by side the Weihnachtsbier.
Bravo to the brewers and brewery for two exceptional, very well done, malty complex lagers.

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Schell's Bock from August Schell Brewing Company
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