Schell's Snowstorm 2013 - August Schell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: garymuchow on 10-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 18
Reviews by butlerj:
Photo of butlerj
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a very approachable Belgian, a good first for the uninitiated. It still has the spicy flavor we all know and love, but it's not so strong that drinkers can taste cloves through their urethra on its way back out again.

It's like the results of Duvel having a raunchy one night stand with a lightly hopped lawnmower beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Well, well, well ... don't we have a little winter surprise here from August Schell. Looks like someone did their homework on Belgian brewing, a bit refined but not lacking some complexity. Get some.

LOOK: Brilliantly clear pale golden hue, sticky lacing all around.

SMELL: Mildly phenolic, taffy, spice, kiwi, chalky grain, clean esters

TASTE: Deep crispness, smooth, moderate sized body, dry malt backbone, coriander, herbal tea, faint citrus rind, modest hopping, bready, slight alcoholic warmth, semi-dry finish

Photo of bsp77
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into wine glass.

Appearance: Clear light gold with big, initial white head but dissipates too fast.

Smell: Banana, pepper, clove, cracker and light flower notes.

Taste: Crackery malts with banana, fleshy fruits, clove, pepper, coriander and mild flowery and spicy notes. Tasty but slightly muted.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, yet it has a soft feel. Fairly light bodied for the abv. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: Very drinkable and tasty Belgian Golden Ale although it could use a titch more, well, something. This works well for the Holidays, as something about it is a little "Noel"-like.

Photo of deebo
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle of this year's Schell's Snowstorm series.

A-Poured into a goblet, this brew unlike its Belgian brethern is completely clear. Light golden with a finger of white head that breaks down into a thin layer.

S-Belgiany-lots of estery goodness with a clean malt aroma with coriander noticeable. Smells great.

T-The Belgian character is mostly fruity banana/bitter orange esters, some spicy phenolic character but the estery character is stronger. Plenty of malt to carry the flavors of barley malt with the essence of coriander. Has a nice floral quality as well-I guess that must be the chamomile.

M-Super clean and crisp for a Belgian. Highly carbonated with a light body and a soft mouthfeel but impressively no alcohol bite. Damn easy to drink.

O-This is a pretty solid Belgian-esque brew. Nice flavors, clean taste and super high drinkability. This with a super affordable $11 for a 12 pack equals a beer I'll be drinking a lot of over the next couple months.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head that slowly fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, spicy, and fairly fruity Belgian style aroma. Upfront scent of Belgian yeast along with a mix of spices including clove, white pepper, coriander, and chamomile. Fruit hints of banana, white grape, apple, and pear. Slight citrus hints of lemon and pineapple. Hint of bubblegum as well. Wheat and pale malt with hints of cereal grains, straw, hay, and cracker. Subtle earthy hops. A nice yeasty and zesty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a zesty, yeasty, and spicy Belgian style taste with some nice notes of fruit. Belgian yeast upfront with some notes of funk and clove, coriander, white pepper, and chamomile spicing. Fruity taste with notes of bananas, apple, white grapes, and pear. Taste of bubblegum. Also some zesty citrus fruit notes of lemon and pineapple. Bready wheat and pale malt with notes of cereal grains, straw, cracker, and hay. Subtle earthy and floral hop presence. A pretty solid Belgian Pale Ale taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, spicy, and pretty smooth. Finishes pretty dry.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Belgian Pale Ale. Good zesty fruit presence with a nice dose of yeast and spices.

Photo of morimech
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale golden color with one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin cap. A lot of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

One whiff and even in a blind challenge I could identify this as being an American attempt at a Belgian pale ale. Quite phenolic and spicy. Also get the pale malt and some herbs.

Tastes much more interesting. A bit on the sweet side and not as phenolic as I had feared. I can taste the herbal qualities of the coriander and chamomile. Nice malt flavor as well. Finishes slightly sweet.

Medium body and excellently carbonated. Rivals some of the better bottle conditioned beers. Does not really feel like a 7% ABV beer.

I wish Schell's would abandon the Belgian styles. This is another one, is not average, but does not stack up to the other beers they have brewed.

Photo of mcrow24
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden color, clear, finger tip depth head and some lacing.

S: Very light smelling to me, but can smell some herbal scents.

T: Very good tasting beer. Tastes like a typical pale ale, perhaps more like an APA than a Belgian. Has a very refreshing, crisp flavor with bread and herbal hints. Not overly spicy as some end up being but enough there to enhance the flavor of the beer. Just enough bitterness to leave a lightly bitter, herbal bread aftertaste.

M: Smooth, slightly creamy mouth feel but light to medium bodied.

Overall: Very solid showing from Schell's. Something with a nice little spice but still refreshing. I could see having a sixer of this in my winter rotation.

Photo of gatornation
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a clear golden color with a 2 finger head
S- wheat fruit and spice sweet baked bread malts
T- sweet malts with yeast and bread some lemon and citrus slight hop
M-medium carbonation sweet candi malts
O-sweet and highly drinkable @8% ABV but not so true to the style

Photo of garymuchow
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yea! Another snowstorm and still going with Belgian style/theme. At 7% could go either Bel. pale ale or Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Choose the former as it seemed to fit more there, but it's close - a big pale ale or a small strong pale ale. Noted on website to include additions of chamomile and coriander.
Pale gold and brilliantly clear. Smallish white head for style and some dripping lacing.
Malt and spice aroma, mostly yeasty spice(a little pepper) but some hints of the additions. Nice bready malt.
Well balanced flavors but it is malt forward. A nice blending of spice that is not overpowering and reasonably complex. There is flowery quality. This also dries out nicely on the finish. Bits of hops here and there.
Very soft feel in a moderately to slightly lighter feel. Carbonation is full but very soft and enhancing.
A surprisingly complex drink, but it might take some searching. As I tend to say with these Snowstorms, temperature makes a difference, and I'm sure it will with this one. Lighter on any fruity qualities, rather a nice balance of hops pieces with yeasty/additional spicing and nice malt flavors. Pretty darn clean for an ale.

Photo of jimmah120
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best before ~9months from now. Poured into duvel glass.

Look is a very clear golden straw color, with a nice finger of foam. Smell is wet and belgian. Clove, skunky wheat, coriander. Taste follows with a sweet herbal hoppiness. Sticky medium feel.

Nice and mellow Belgian. There's a good amount of spice, but it works. Good beer for any season.

Photo of TheSSG
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a HUGE, dense, white head that laces quite nicely. A yeasty, slightly citric aroma. Bright golden color. Initially, a strange mix of spice and bitterness. Mellows and becomes a grassy/grainy hop. Moves into a nice biscuit flavor, then the spice comes back with a little citrus for the finish.

This is interesting. It's not bad at all, but it's not great. It's definitely got a lot going on, if you like some complexity; hoppy, spicy, malty, yeasty. Maybe not my favorite mix of these, but it grows on me as I drink it.

Photo of mothman
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into goblet. A bit of of white head. Color is a clear vibrant gold. Crystal clear. Very appealing.

Flavor profile: A nice Belgian ale that hasn't been overdone with spices. Has a candied sugar, cloves, and coriander flavor. Bready malts. Fairly earthy hop profile Bananas with a touch of other fruits blended together.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Medium bodied. Ends a bit dry.

Overall, a nice Snowstorm offering. I was thinking this would be bad because of the spices, but it is lightly spiced which is nice.

Photo of budgood1
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours out a clear and brilliant gold colour with a pure white finger high head. ample carbonation props up said head quite vigorously. belgian lace leaves a trace. bright and sunny aroma...spicy sweet with all the requisite belgian flair with hints of chamomile. the taste profile is a well balanced combination of pale malts, peppery alcohol spice, coriander and mint. a bit of spicy hop lays down some bitterness in the mostly dry finish. it rides the fence between belgian pale ale and strong golden ale, but the distinction matters not as this is a tweener ale all the way. body wise, it's about medium for the style with a relatively smooth mouthfeel in spite of some prickly carbonation. this has perfect drinkability for a winter seasonal, sort of quenching, sort of warming, mostly delicious.

overall another winning rendition in the Snowstorm series from Schell's. an approachable belgian for the masses. brilliant.

Photo of Mdog
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear yellow, big head.

Smell: Fruity, yeasty.

Taste: Clean fruity taste-grapes/apple sweetness. Bit of coriander and bit of black pepper. Bready body.

Overall: A pretty good Belgian pale from Schell. Not a lot to stand out from the crowd, tastes like a BPA should, with maybe a little less yeast/spiciness than expected.

Photo of aspiralarray
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very smooth seasonal beer from Schell's. I don't like a number of their brews, but a select few stand out from the crow. This one was poured in a Duvel tulip. Nice head, great color, warmed me up on a below zero winter's night. This one is a winner from one of my favorite breweries in Minnesota. Paired well with a spicy Chinese dinner.

Photo of hardy008
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold, with a one finger bright white head. The aroma has Belgian yeast, coriander, herbal hops, chamomile, apples, and pears.

Taste sweet, but not overly sweet, with Belgian yeast, coriander, chamomile, pears, apples, herbal hops, pepper, bread malt, and pale malts. Well balanced and easy to drink.

Medium bodied and smooth, with modest carbonation. Has a pale malt and pear aftertaste. Another solid offering from Schell's.

Photo of Chaz
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured semi-aggressively, just enough to get the most of the head. It's off-white and of medium duration, leaving a nice touch of Brussels lace as it does. Beer exhibits remarkable clarity and plenty of carbonation. Golden in color, could be mistaken for a Pils...

More spice on the nose than I had anticipated, and it blends with the Belgian yeast profile and with a touch of herbal hops. It almost smells like perfume or a very zesty candy: Alternately sweet and sharp, mildly-malty yet pungent.

On the tongue it's smooth, mildly-sweet and with a brisk carbonation -- almost champagne like. This is the second bottle I've had tonight (after a short break and just enough water to reset my palate) and the first thought that comes to mind: Balance. This is not a small beer, but it is possessed of great drinkability; Not too sweet, not too spicey, not too brisk with the carbonation, and with just a perfect amount of hop bitterness to add a dry finish. This one drinks with great ease, like a smaller beer, so it could also be dangerously-drinkable.

As this one warms the herbal character of the spices (coriander and chamomile) begins to emerge and temper the fantastic drinkability, somewhat. I mean, they are subtly-used, but also present a buffer of sorts, especially as the yeast has its own phenolic character and native, Belgian funk.

The mouthfeel seems fairly-light, but it is a bigger beer, so the light, gentle scrubbing of the carbonation can be mistaken (and forgiven) for a beer too smooth and drinkable for it's own good.

Altogether this is a very very drinkable beer, and with just about the right heft for a couple servings on a cold winter's night. Plenty of character here, enough for a seasoned (and even jaded) "beer hobbyist's palate", but also approachable enough for someone possessed of a novice of fresh palate and who is wary of stronger (and Sour!) Belgian styles. An all-around winner.

I served this one in an Orval chalice -- because I could! :D

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good time to for a Snowstorm, after our first major one of the year. And what do you know, they made another Belgian style, those fine folks at August Schell Brewing Company, this one a Golden Ale.

Belgian Style Golden Ale, Ale Brewed with Spices. And don't tell me about it's alcoholic strength, it's probably best that I have to search that information out on my own. Don't have any details on the 6-pack carrier, either, make sure that that packaging is so generic you can buy 10 years worth at once, and store them. Save money that way.

Man, does it look good in a Duvel glass Long-lasting, normlarge, bone-white head, clear, golden cast appearance, lace-leaving, though it takes some time to drift down. Fantastic.

Aroma: Ah! Bright and spicy, light and lovely. Just enough hops to tantalize the nose. Spices are just a little different from what I'm used to in a BGA (coriander, yes, chamomile, huh? Sure, why not.)

Taste: More ah. More mmmm. Light bodied, smooth malty body, (pilsner malts, I'm guessing)with just enough hops, just enough spice to make this a rewarding, tasty delight.

What do they say on the label neck, short and succinct, as always: "Coriander and chamomile add soothing herbal notes to this year's Snowstorm recipe. It is smooth and light in color, with a floral maltiness and warm rich spiciness."

You know what, it sure as heck does have all that.

Schell's Snowstorm 2013 from August Schell Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.