I have to agree with Rett here. Putting the Schell up against the Summit and Surly varieties is a guaranteed bronze for the New Ulm nectar. Not that its a bad beer, which it is not. It is just that it lacks the personality and “flava” of it’s Oktoberfest counterparts. On par with most Schell offerings, which always just seem to lack a little punch. Schell:the C-student Minnesota beer. Don’t get down, though, you can still be President.
Alright, time for catch up. Schell Octoberfest definitely had a tough act to follow, coming after both Summit and Surly. If I had to rate the three, I’d probably put Schell’s in third, but that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it. Definitely had the characteristic Marzen style taste, heavy on the malt, but pretty smooth. I think it was just a little less flavorful by comparison.