BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Whatever your preference, respect this beer as quite representative of its style. Intense, fresh malty aroma. Well-blended fruity malts - and some bitter hops there as well - are blended with the end result approaching a French artisan beer and even something like a Belgian seasonal. Alcohol quite noticeable, especially on the finish; however it may _complement_ this style, because in a heavy-malt beer alcohol can perform the bittering function generally performed by extreme hopping.
JK (4918) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Full flavored and full bodied blonde bock. Flavor of malt. Very little in the way of hops. Impressive and one of Schell’s best products.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle; this beer calls itself a doppel, so that’s what I’m expecting... pours clear gold-coppe, minimal head. Lightly smoky, mostly sweet aroma of baked apples, caramel, and a touch of oregano. Alcohol present immediately on the tongue, but not in a bad way; rather, the raspiness of the peppery alcohol balances well the smooth, sugary body and leaves you with a medium-dry, slightly whiskeyish finish. Not amazing, but better than I expected from the atypical appearance.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear golden amber with a medium frothy off white head. Sweet aroma of red apple, pear, plum, dough, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg and brandy. Medium velvety body with soft carbonation. Very drinkable. Spicy and fairly robust. Flavor of red apple, butterscotch, pear, caramel, brandy and spice with a hint of grass. Warming. Very good.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours caramel, small off-white milk foam like head, subtle carbonation, with spotty lacing.   Malty aroma with hints of caramel or butterscotch.   Caramel on first sip, then settling down to a nice malty back-end.   Fairly sweet, with a slightly salty aftertaste.   A bit of a sweet grassy flavor hiding in the background.   Tiz alright...   Thanks goes out to batkins for the freebie!
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange copper color. A bit darker than in previous years? Certainly darker than the picture. Nice, rich, sweet malty aroma. Decent carbonation, but head fades fast. Full bodied, big malty flavor. Sweet, candy-ish tones. This beer is full of malt and very little hops, as it should be. Alcohol is noticeable, but is not overpowering by any means. This is a fine, well crafted beer. Better than in years past, I believe.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Super crystal clear agate amber color with a puffy finger high head of off-white foam that fizzes away fairly quickly to a thin all-over skim, lacing drips back in quick leaving very minimal spots. Aroma is highly sweet of fresh bagel dough and lighter caramelness with vanilla, dulled grasses, and slight banana esters underneath. Taste is more of the same, with a very sweet and malty charge from front to back thats dulled of fruity-candyish waffer cookie things with small hints of grassy herbal spices peaking around the edges of the palate. Some grainy-sweet corn like sweetness mixes in there at a non-threatning level. Always keeps a decent balance of malty sweetner. Slightly crisp and drying in the finish, medium body feel, but overall slightly chewy and buttery slick, but in a light way not heavy. This was surprising to say the least, quite tasty and refreshing, one I’l have again....and again...
badgerben (4596) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light golden color with a little orange hue. Aroma and taste consist of malts and caramel. It felt very light in the mouth, but not so much that it seemed non-existant. Not the best by far, but quite tasty.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange color, thin tan head. Simple malt scent. A little more complex than I would have expected. Caramel is the most noticable, slight alcohol presence as well. Smooth and easy drinking. Good stuff.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, faded crimson color, adequate, spotted beige head.
Aroma is clean and malty, rosy sweet, subdued.
Taste: smooth, very light, unobstrusive entry on the palate and definitely classifiable as tasty, rich, buttery, bright, with toffee-ish malty tones.Good mouthfeel, hangs fully and solidly on the tongue, a very tangible maibock, bright coppery, I like the way this lays in the mouth.
Good drinkability, too, but I like bolder, more substantive maibocks better, so, as much as I appreciated this bottle, Schell's has to get in line behind some superior offerings.
Good, though, I'd never say no to one!