beerlovinman99 (124) - USA - JUL 7, 2002
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The best of the regional bocks! Rich, dark, sweet, and hearty. Highly recommended.
jennythenipper (74) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The best American bock. It’s much, much better at the Bock festival in New Ulm than in the bottle. My rating is for the draught version at the festival. The best beer made in Minnesota.
DTB (51) - South Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours a glowing brandy and port with a tall big bubbled beige head. Nice color! This left some sporadic dripping clumps of lace.
“Caramel Bock, Eh?” Here’s some truth in advertising. The caramel tones really take this one away. I’m getting some stupendous caramel with some slightly burnt notes and a magnificent concord grape. Wow!
The flavor starts with big gooey caramel malts with a little campfire and musky yeast, but then a sharp, crisp hops steps in and really changes things up, reintroducing that concord sweetness and a tingly, hop tang.
The mouth feel is medium bodied and chewy, but the tiny tingly carbonation seems to sting with little bites of CO2 that detract a lot from the brew.
I’m being overly critical. This is really a great beer, with some great potential. This is a great, simple, straight forward beer.
I’m really missing Southern Minnesota.
twierz99 (15) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great american bock. Great appearance and taste.
MarkD (9) - USA - OCT 28, 2004 does not count
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the most delicious smelling and tasting brews I’ve had in a while. Tends to be your basic bock, with dark flavors, with a slight touch of caramel sweetness. Toffee smell comes through nicely in the nose. Recommended.
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another good beer from the Schell brewery. Their alt is amazing, and this beer is also very good, rich and dark and lovely.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
There is a substantial bock tradition in the upper midwest - well, among older breweries in Wisconsin and Minnesota where German immigrants thrived. It may have deviated from the German bock tradition at some point, but the fact is that pre-micro craze breweries such as Point and Leinies, Huber and Schell, have been making solid, simple malty bocks for a good long while. And this one is, in my humble opinion, the cream of the crop.
subliminal (4) - USA - NOV 30, 2005 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I found this little gem in a Sampler 6 pack from August Schell. The flavor is very refreshing, I instantly fell in love with this beer. I highly suggest you try one if the opportunity presents itself.
bendz1 (87) - Ankeny, Iowa, USA - JAN 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice light caramel flavor from this seasonal brew. I got it part of a sampler 6 pack and wished I could of gotten more. Light tan almost pale head.
BrianHagmeier (296) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 17, 2007
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark almost brick red with a noisy frothing head. Yes noisy....snap, crackle and pop. Nice sour-mash and malt nose. Full body gulps deliver a hardy malt flavor but if you sip it you can find a lot of little particulars. Rich caramel, malt, tanginess maybe a little metallic and some light fruit undertones.