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Snow Fest - Z Street Brewing Company

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Snow Fest
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BA SCORE
88
very good

11 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 11
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 7.3%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Z Street Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-22-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by MaineBeerMan:
Photo of MaineBeerMan
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking beer with a dark but clear reddish brown color topped by a thin head of off white foam that faded quickly to a lacy collar.
The smell of this beer is full of malty aromas that remind me of the smell of dark bread baking.
Medium bodied with good carbonation and a flavor that mirrors the aroma nicely. Just enough hop bitterness to balance the full malty flavor of this fine beer.
Very nice lager and easy to drink, my first taste of Z Street, courtesy of JohnnyP. I hope to try some more of their beers and get some more of this beer, too bad it is apparently only a Winter seasonal.

MaineBeerMan, Jan 25, 2003
More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Deep garnet with a brown tinge, good initial froth from the pour then it settles to a thin off white lace.

Smell: Clean toasted malt aroma with a hint of hops, a bit biscuity.

Taste: Concrete malt character, clean with a layer of toasted grain. Some sweetness upfront with a growing breadiness middle to end. Sufficient hop bitterness that complements the malt flavours, touch of oily and leafy flavour lingers.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp with a tight and uniform medium body, carbonation is spot on.

Drinkability & Note: A tasty lager coming from one of the smallest breweries in the US, malt holds a lot of character and makes it go far with a long lasting after taste of clean toasted grain. A favorable seasonal that would be better of as a year round brew.

Jason, Nov 25, 2002
Photo of UncleFrank
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had mine a bit warmer than normal which may have brought out more flavors that I personally enjoy. Smooth, sweet and not dry. Biscut and/or toasted is there but not dominating the sweetness of the malt. This is a nice take on this European style that usually gets too "Americanized" by overhopping. Great to have a session beer that is dark. Overall Impression: 4 of 5, though the numbers may not show it.

UncleFrank, Feb 12, 2003
Photo of joe
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A NICE BROWNISH COLOR , NICE BIG MALTY FLAVOR, GOOD FRAGRANCE, AND A NICE MALTY LIGHT HOPISH FLAVOR ON THE PALATE. JUST A GREAT BEER FROM A GREAT BREWERY.

joe, Dec 29, 2001
Photo of LarryV
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice reddish amber color with a frothy head. Head dissipated slowly leaving legs down the side of the glass. Slightly sweet with luxurious mouthfeel. Malty with a tinge of hops, very nicely balanced. Brewed as a Munich style Dunkel. Excellent beer for an American stab at the style. Quite tasty and easily drinkable. Alcohol is on the lower side of the scale making it a decent session beer. I enjoyed it a lot.

LarryV, Dec 01, 2002
Photo of jdhilt
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy amber color, pours with a thick off-white head that stays. Doesn't leave much lace and nose is undistinguishable. Good flavor, good body, finishes with a very slight bitterness. Nice mix of malt and hops with a slight sweetness coming through.

jdhilt, Feb 26, 2003
Photo of Longstaff
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep reddish brown with a significant head. Nutty and bready aromas. It had a medium thick mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Lots of nutty and caramel flavors, and the bitterness of the hops were a little more than enough to balance the sweetness giving it a slightly bitter aftertaste that kept it from becoming cloying. A nice brew to drink liters at a time and a fine dunkle lager made in the US and local to me -- imagine that.

Longstaff, Jan 17, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz amber long neck bottle with blue label. "Munich Dunkle Lager"

This lager poured a hazy, light coffee-brown with lively carbonation and huge, thick, rich, tan foam that left lace on the glass. If the sediment was poured, the color became much more cloudy. The smell was citrus and malt with hints of caramel, and fruit (and a bit biscuity if the sediment was poured). No hop nose. The taste was mostly caramel malt but with a very significant amount of hop bitterness. There were touches of citrus, spice, oak, and a floral hop flavor in the finish. This "Munich dunkle lager" was extremely hopped for the style. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry, with medium body, and lingering hop and caramel flavors. The drinkability was good, but again I felt they had really pushed the envelope with the hops.

UncleJimbo, Feb 20, 2003
Photo of ZAP
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The eagerly anticipated Z Street..I finally got my hands on this..a lady was supposed to bring it back over Christmas...took her dog in carry-on instead...was going to have her parents ship it out....It took until now...

I like the nose on this beer..some great spiciness on the aroma...the beer poured a cloudy brownish red...mouthfeel was flatish, and thinnish...a dissapointment on that end....flavor is enjoyable but not worth the anticipation I had built up over the past two..wait..three months...some breadiness and nice nice tight subtle dry woody finish....leathery spiciness also lingers...Overall worth trying..and I'd like to sample more from this brewery..the mouthfeel is the biggest drawback in my book....the flavor and nose the top attributes..

ZAP, Mar 18, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This scarlet red beer puts out no head. And very little edging is noticed either. The aroma is primarily malty. And decent at that. A little sweet caramel malt twinge as well. The flavors are pretty nice but subtle. A little bit of that scharzbier type of dark carmelized tones and a little roastiness to boot. The smooth "dark" maltiness is what hits me the most though. Almost a full body. Very drinkable. This would be a nice little session beer.

Thanks ZAP for sparing me one of your score.

Bighuge, Apr 03, 2003
Photo of Bierman9
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice brown-ruby color, but hardly any head. Nose was malty and caramel-like; quite nice. Medium body and smoothness. More caramel in the first tastes with maltiness, then a nice smooth fade... All-in-all a nice, tasty drinkable bier!

overall: 4.35
appearance: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

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Bierman9, Jan 25, 2002
Snow Fest from Z Street Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.