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Schell's Snowstorm 2012 - August Schell Brewing Company

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Schell's Snowstorm 2012
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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

A French style Christmas beer. Expect a light amber beer with red tints that is malt forward with noticeable yeast flavors of white pepper
and citrus from an authentic French ale yeast.
Slight herbal hop note in the background,
with a spicy, citrusy, peppery aroma.

(Beer added by: jera1350 on 10-28-2012)
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2/5  rDev -46.9%

EROCK75, May 17, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

MonicaC, Jan 17, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Beerlover, Aug 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Bighorn, Nov 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

kguyty, May 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

dorkinajeep, Dec 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

heytomcat, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of youknowmyname
3.09/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Odor: From the bottle I got a real strong sourdough smell. Once I poured it into a tall tulip glass, the scents came out. Sweet toasted malts, yeast and a hint of something bitter on the end.

Pour: Filtered. Pours a deep bronze with a minimal head. Nice lacing that dissipates quickly.

Taste: Medium body. Very smooth with decent carbonation. Very earthy tasting at the beginning. The malt and yeast really hold the taste until you swallow and then slight sweet notes come out; caramel, toffee, something along those lines but very faint and then the malt comes back with a slight nuttiness that lingers. To anyone who has ever made beer or ever been in the back end of a brewery, think of the smell of Barley Malt Syrup and mix that with walnuts that is the lingering aftertaste.

Opinion: Not bad, not great. I probably wouldn't hunt this one down, but glad to try a new beer. I think if you were a fan of lower end bocks but wanted something a bit different, you would probably dig this a lot.

youknowmyname, Feb 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

DWolf, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of Foam
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

got a single bottle at my local bottle shop.
never been a big Schell guy but the bottle-shop has most of the 2012 Winter Brews on sale for about $1.50 or so a bottle. Hard to pass up.
i had a big indulgent easter meal of salty ham and cheese grits and wanted some carbonated beverage to purge the air from my stomach and aid digestion.

appears as a dark amber lager-y brew with banana/spice/clove/candy nose appeals.
taste is along same lines as banana spicy but dry-er than seems usual for this type of beer. it's a bit restrained in that way. i'd prefer it to be a bit sweeter. a little bit moreso, anyway.
as another reviewer noted - it's a beer that I would only want 1 of at a time ... it's a bit much for session-ing as are most winter beers... more suited for pairing with holiday foods ...

Foam, Mar 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

mattmarka1, Jan 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Pacioli1445, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of gatornation
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a BB 031713

A-pours a clear dark copper color with a small off-white head very little laing with a good collar

S- dark fruit with banana spice and hops floral and earthy

T- dark fruits like plum and fig with spice and hops baked bread with earthy yeast and sweet sugars

M- light carbonation with a fruity spicy and floral hop feel sweet and malty

O- its good but will not buy a sixer singles the next 3 months will be fine with me

gatornation, Nov 15, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper/garnet color with a small head that quickly settled to a thin skim. No lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma has plenty of yeast esters. Has a vinous quality. Also a little herbal hop hint. Not really getting much malt aroma.

Ester dominated flavor as well. Grapes. Sweet malt with a touch of herbal and earthy, hop bitterness near the finish. Overly ester dominated.

Body is a little too light and thin. Seems to be overcarbonated.

Not a favorite. The yeast esters are really too much that not much else gets past. Maybe this will grow on me like Snowstorm 2011 did.

morimech, Oct 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Lewdd, Dec 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

doucmehu, Jan 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Hopstout, Nov 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Beer4Mike, Dec 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

NickSMpls, Nov 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

t2thebro, May 20, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I guess the closest I could compare this to would be a Belgian Ale, although it also reminds me of a wheat beer too. The taste of banana sticks out with some other other fruity aftertones. This twelve pack was given to me by my next door neighbor who didn't much care at all for it. I'm sort of a seagull when it comes to beer so I couldn't refuse. Probably won't buy any myself though.

DrFermento, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of Mdog
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear brownish amber with a good head.

Smell: Quite aromatic, dark fruit, clove, bit of earthiness.

Taste: Mild sweetness and earthiness to start. Fruit flavors remind me of red wine but lean back to apples and malt breadiness. Dark fruit and earthy hops.

Overall: I always pick up at least a 6er of the Snowstorm every year. This year's version reminds me of a Belgian dubbel, quite earthy with dark fruit flavors. It's all right, but I'm just not a big fan of this style.

Mdog, Nov 17, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Short off white head on a deep amber body. Cap and collar throughout. Some lacig present.

Very sweet smelling, weizen yeasts.

Caramel malts, ending with more of the weizen yeast notes...bananas in this case. Aftertaste is a little distracting, hard to describe. Fairly easy drinking for being 7.5%abv.

Medium to medium-low carbonation. Medium mouthfeel, almost syrupy.

A good beer, not great. Take away the awkward, slightly off-putting aftertaste and I think a winner is this. Thanks for the extra Gord!

Duff27, Nov 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

DrZeus10, Jun 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

bigbeers84, Dec 08, 2012
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Schell's Snowstorm 2012 from August Schell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.