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Snowstorm 2005 - August Schell Brewing Company

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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: truthbrew on 10-29-2005)
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Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

amber in color with copious amounts of carbonation bubbling up toward the surface throughout. Nice white head on top, maybe an inch and a half before settling down to coat the inside of the glass for a minute. Interesting aroma, mix of grains, light bready malts, and a touch of a grassy, herbal hoppiness

mikesgroove, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

This one poured out a dark amber or mahogany color with a small, tan, bubbly head. The head short lived and left little to no lace. Aroma was toasty and biscuity with some slightly fruity notes. There was a sweet malty flavor balanced out but a subtle grassy hop bite. A touch of fruit flavor was present. A fairly crisp, sharp brew that was light bodied. Certainly and easy drinking winter seasonal. I liked this one. It was well done and quite tasty.

zeff80, May 11, 2010
Photo of keoki182
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Schell's 2005 Snowstorm offering has a copper-red body and a light toffee-colored head. Good malty aroma. First sip is surprisingly bitter/sour, but really very good. Leaves a funny aftertaste that kind of sits in your throat. Definitely a different beer than the "usual".

keoki182, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of supercolter
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- good appearance, dark amber in color, 1/2 inch head, that is pretty dense and hangs around for a bit
S- caramelly malt up front, with a hint of citrus and hoppy smell in the back ground
T- Not real impressed with the flavor, some caramel malt upfront and a slightly dry bitter finish- the aftertaste is what gets me kinda skunkish
M- good mouthfeel, decent weight and carbonation
D- not that drinkable due to the skunky aftertaste

supercolter, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours caramel to copper with a 1 finger deep offwhite head. Fantastic lacing & head retention

Smell: Slight fruittyness

Taste: Nice hoppy bittterness & caramel up front. Fruityness follows along with some nuttyness. Finishes fruitty & hoppy bitter

MF: Great balance & carbonation, medium body

Drinks so easy, reminded me of some of the yummy alts I had back in Germany. Easily the best in the sampler sixer I purchased in Grand Forks, ND

russpowell, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of dfried
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a deep brown, reddish color, only a slight head the dissapated quickly. Rich malty smell. The initial taste was a bit coppery and metalic, but the finish was quite complex. Sweet caramel and brown malt flavors, definitely a hop flavor, but mainly dominated by the malt. There was a tangy sweet finish that created a great mouthfeel. I could have a few of these, but not stick to it all night.

dfried, May 30, 2006
Photo of Oxymoron
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Don’t eat yellow snow. Snowstorm pours a very crystal copper color with slight brown and red hues. A good foam that remains throughout but limited lacing overall.

The smell is toasted with a touch of bready and toffee undertones. Some bubblegum sweet hops mixes nicely with a warmer spice such as cinnamon and cloves.

The taste has lighter malt tasting then the nose would kick up. A more roasted and astringent taste but a light taste that isn’t quiet watery, but close. Some caramel and toffee finishes the malt taste but fails to mask the heavier roasted flavors. The hops are not very noticeable. I would have also like to see more of the yeast flavor come out more.

This isn’t as smooth as an altbeer should be. The yeast is not really noticeable and the malt leaves too much aftertaste kick. Very easy to drink but missed the mark for style. It has the advantage of not being yellow so drink away.

Oxymoron, May 04, 2006
Photo of tempest
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad copper/alt beer. Orange/copper color with an off-white head. Smells of biscuity malts. Taste is of caranel and biscuit malts with an alt hops aftertaste. Nothing big here, but pleasant. Just barely qualifies as an alt in my book, but its not bad.

tempest, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of brewQ
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brown to red brew with very fine bubbles.
Head was not particularly lasting.

Aroma of dark fruit (plum) and roasted grain.

The taste was sweet and somewhat tangy (as opposed to sticky sweet).

Nicely balanced into the finished.
Likley the best Schell product I can recall having.

Seems close to the alt style.

brewQ, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of malty
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an orange-copper color with nice clarity. The off-white head settled to 1/8". Low-level visible carbonation. Great lacing.

Smells fresh with a malty sweetness punctuated with apple fruitiness. Concord grapes are detected also.

Flavors are crisp with a slightly fleeting malt foundation that is somewhat sweet and woody. The hops are very understated in flavor but very apparent in the texture & mouthfeel. Not that much flavor to speak of really.

Mouthfeel is a bit astringent and finishes dry with no lingering aftertaste. Light bodied.

Drinkability is good. Maybe could pound a few accompanied by a good game of euchre if snowed-in up north in a cabin.

Good beer, not that much flavor. Bone dry crispy finish. Clean and unassuming.

malty, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of patrick16o
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber/copper hues with an average crown that fades relatively fast.Very few bubbles rise in the glass. The aroma is combination of malty and fruity notes. The beer is nicely balanced, with some caremel and a bit of toastiness. It is a smooth easy drinking medium bodied beer.

patrick16o, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of alexgash
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber-tinged, dark golden, with a dense off-white head. Powdered sugar, toasted malt, a touch of almond maybe. Not much else though. Not bad, but lacking complexity. Light sweetness with maple syrup and burnt caramel. Toasted grain edge leads to herbal bitterness. But maple sweetness lasts throughout and into the finish. I swear there’s a cardboard flavor throughout too. Dry finish. Medium bodied with a slightly sticky feel. Okay (better than 04's), but where’s an adequate winter seasonal? Come on Schell’s!

alexgash, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of hanco005
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Schell’s Winter Pack. 12oz bottle indicates 05355 and 000998. Poured into a pint glass.

A—deep clear brownish orange with ¾ inch tan head, gone after a few minutes, light web like lacing remains.

S—strong fruity hops and mild caramel malt, floral, sweet and sour at the same time

T---roasted malt and spices, typically of a holiday brew, sweet, finishes with a mild dry bitterness

M—medium/full bodied, light carbonation, very smooth

D—a good winter selection that my wife liked a lot more than me, …probably could only have one more.

hanco005, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of hylton44
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, ruddy brown with a two-finger head. The taste is quite malty and sparsely hopped with a faint smoky taste and caramel hints...like a lot of the Schell seasonals, I am finding. I understand this is an Altbier, but I'd like a little more hops in the blend. This beer actually reminded me quite a lot of their Caramel Bock in mouthfeel, and actually somewhat in flavor. I did find this to be an enjoyable drink, but I considered not writing a review. A year out from now, what's going to be the point? Why develop a unique recipe that is then lost to the ages, or is there something I'm not getting (like they recycle the old recipes every few years or something...)

hylton44, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Off-brown in color, patchy tan-like head. Grassy notes and some tender malts into play on the nose; warming will reveal some nice fresh baked bread. Up front, very sweet, caramel candy like sweetness, dry hops and mild carbonation. A slick buttery palate; some wheat bread notes. Metallic and bland finish; very disappointing for both the style and the label—a quick jump to the soapbox – when is A.S. going to come strong with a true winter style ale?

GeoffRizzo, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of pweis909
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber, translucent, borders transparent. Altbier style, allegedly. (As this is possibly my first alt, my review reflects my general percpetion rather than appropriateness to style)
There is fruitiness to the smell, and a slightly sweet taste. This also has a metallic taste, though not as extreme as the Pale Ale. Still, seems misplaced among the malt flavors. Perhaps some toffee? Slight thickness to mouthfeel.

pweis909, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of Hhawk06
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dusseldorf-style alt according to the label. I always enjoy a good alt interpretation. This offering poured with a soft, pillowy, light tan head. The color is fairly dark amber while the nose offers a pale malt essence with hints of licorice(?). The body is straight medium while taste is almost entirely devoted to a full, juicy malt character. The very faint floral hop presence provides some balance, but doesn't keep the brew from being over-run with the quenching malts. Finishes with a toffee flavor and remains thirst-quenching. There aren't a hell of a lot of flavors here, but is generally a standard alt.

Hhawk06, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich malt scent that is sweet with some fruity yeast notes. It is mellow with a subtle dryness. The taste is decent. It has a dry, yet malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a slightly bitter/metallic off-flavor. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium/full bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a fine altbier. I like most everything, except the loads of CO2. Lessen that and this would be a real treat.

WesWes, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep dark amber with a wisp head the falls into a couple of lone patches
the aroma is very malty, hint of hops.
the taste is malty, hop spiciness, minerial
mouthfeel is a little watery
beer is very drinkable.
i would have not picked this out as an alt.

plaztikjezuz, Jan 06, 2006
Photo of garymuchow
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I continue to drink this beer and it maintains it's quality I've grown to appreciate it in a way I hadn't before. It has a great creaminess to the feel and overall a solid flavor profile that lends itself to a nice drinking pace. I've adjusted a couple of scores due to this new found experience.

Typical Schell aroma, with a fairly evident malt presence and a slight hop spice.
Attractive enough. Nice full head with a slow settling. Dark amber of brown and garnet. Clear.
Taste begins with a malt shot that's similar to malt character of SS '04. There is a slowly buidling bitterness that presents in middle and gradually increases to a rather long and somewhat dry finish (that maintains it's malty presence).
Medium body, at best. Fairly strong carbonation that's not necessarily filling.
Overall it's an alright beer. Good complexity. Dissappointed in the lack of inspiration or distinctness (or maybe this is best we can expect).

garymuchow, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of ZAP
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A billion times better than their snowstorm from last year....and yes I'd prefer a bigger beer for their winter seasonal but for one year I can handle an alt from a brewery such as this with a strong German tradition.

Awesome looking beer...Brilliant amber with a nice white head....nose is toasted grains and carmael....flavor is really nice...nutty (walnuts)..caramel, nougat, some bready characteristics too...subtle hopping lends a spicy, dry finish...

Nice alt....highly drinkable and tasty....worth buying unlike last years crap...

ZAP, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of budgood1
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours out a clear deep copper colour, amber hues...with a big and sticky tight light tan head. wisps of lace. looks great. a barely there aroma of toasted malts and floral hops...ghostly fruity tones that remind me of juicy fruit gum or sweet tarts or starburst. flavour profile runs the delicate balance of burnt sugar and some bready, toasty notes, with hints of alcohol spice and a nice dry bitterness. the usual schell metallic mouthfeel is present...although the beer is light and refreshing. the overall body is lacking, but probably appropriate for the style. again, it finishes dry with a lingering metallic bitterness. drinkability suffers because IMHO, i don't think this brew is all that great or enjoyable.

this is a session beer for sure if you like the style and the schell house flavour. i'd rather drink this offering in the summer than enjoying it as a winter warmer or x-mas offering, etc.

budgood1, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of tavernjef
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bold copper color with a medium ivory frothy top. Keeps an amazing amount always present. Lightly placed microcosmic spotted sheets of lace coat the glass like a thin sheet of fresh ice.

Aroma is soft and lightly toasted with a small kick back of sweet toffee and bread dough.

Flavors are good, not big, but quite forward and malty with some favorable roundness in balance between toasty stuff and sweet stuff. Caramel tends to be the forward company as candish apple and apricot sit in back. Tiny floral hop notes dot the mix into the finish with an even smaller dotting of toasted grainyness returning late.

Feel is soothingly smooth and silky in a medium body, quite clean, quite present with malts, quite easy to drink. Lightly bready/chewy and all corners have been rounded off with smooth soothing maltyness.

Actaully, not bad of a beer here. Still not what I'm looking for as a seasonal winter brew, but it grew on me as I went, especially in drinkability. The clean, smooth maltyness is quite fulfillingly beneficial and cordail to the palate. A sessionable winter brew that could be nice to bring along while ice fishing.

tavernjef, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear coppery, dark amber color, slim cream-toned head, settles in at a tight quarter inch.

Malt in the nose, sweet, little, teeny, tiny hops, soft, yet spicy, with a caramel twist.

"sweet, caramel malt" again springs to mind as I taste it...nice, amiable, warm mouthfeel. Fills the bill as an amber ale, but not exactly as an altbier. Coppery, caramel-y flavor dominates.

Medium bodied, light, drying finish, easy drinking, tastes fine.

A nice enough ale. I've grown tired of bellyaching about the Snowstorm's increasing lack of experimenting or risk-taking through the years, so I'll just smile and thank them for the beer.

feloniousmonk, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sandstone amber-bronze, dabbed with a slight haze, and topped with an enduring eggy spume that leaves the glass' sides filthy.
Toasted grain and candied caramel nose, with traces of grape skin.
Begins with a pervasive caramel nougat sweetness, quelled, eventually in part by almonds, mashed pears, golden raisins, and grain. Turns breadier and narrower as it rests. Clean, and attentively lagered through the middle-late pieces, as a white cap briskness takes place. Hopping is dry and herbal, but the real progression here is a reduction of sweetness, rather than any telling bitterness.
Medium bodied, with a modest carbonation. Truer and more traditional than Schmaltz's. This has it's place as a cold weather workhorse, or a chilly night change-of-pace.

cokes, Dec 07, 2005
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Snowstorm 2005 from August Schell Brewing Company
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