1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Schell's Snowstorm 2012 - August Schell Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Schell's Snowstorm 2012
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
85
very good

75 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 75
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
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)
View: Beers (42) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bigbeers84
bigbeers84

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-08-2012 10:14:49 | More by bigbeers84
Photo of NuclearDolphin
NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip Glass

Appearance - Clear Red/Brown color with moderate carbonation. Head pours around 1 finger in width which fades quickly. Doesn't leave behind any lacing though

Smell - Cloves, Caramel, Malts, Hops, and Barley. Not bad at all!

Taste - Cloves, Bananas, Caramel, Hops and Malts. Interestingly enough, this tastes almost exactly like a Hefeweizen. The only difference is that Hefeweizens are typically lighter and cloudier. However there is a slight spiciness to this beer, which adds an interesting kick to the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Moderate body and the carbonation is mild but adds some flavor. Served cold, it's really crispy and fresh!

Overall - My past experiences with the "Biere de Garde" have been rocky at the very best. So it makes me happy to say that this is how it's done right. It tastes great, it goes down well and it's an all around great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 03:15:07 | More by NuclearDolphin
Photo of solargoat
solargoat

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

12-05-2012 00:08:47 | More by solargoat
Photo of stpaulsipper07
stpaulsipper07

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-02-2012 23:47:38 | More by stpaulsipper07
Photo of TubbyDullard
TubbyDullard

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-01-2012 21:03:56 | More by TubbyDullard
Photo of sgoro
sgoro

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-28-2012 23:12:52 | More by sgoro
Photo of RaijinQ
RaijinQ

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

11-21-2012 23:44:22 | More by RaijinQ
Photo of pisomojado8
pisomojado8

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

11-21-2012 15:41:38 | More by pisomojado8
Photo of Hopstout
Hopstout

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

11-20-2012 02:48:00 | More by Hopstout
Photo of HoistinBrews
HoistinBrews

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

11-18-2012 03:57:11 | More by HoistinBrews
Photo of simi46
simi46

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-18-2012 01:43:09 | More by simi46
Photo of Mdog
Mdog

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 22:16:11 | More by Mdog
Photo of bjohn84
bjohn84

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

11-17-2012 18:56:04 | More by bjohn84
Photo of TheQuietMan22
TheQuietMan22

Iowa

4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. There are batch codes on the shoulder of the bottle but no discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a tulip. The color is dark amber. Two fingers of bubbly head dissipated quickly to leave a spotted lacing and bubbly ring around the edge.

Smell: Nice and spicy. It smells like Schell hijacked a batch from Unibroue and bottled it for themselves. Cloves and sharp pepper spice, lemon citrus, a little fruit (mostly banana and apple), and yeast.

Taste: It mostly mirrors the smell. The sharp clove and pepper spice lead and are followed by orange and lemon citrus, a hint of apple, and the yeast.

Drinkability: Whoa! This is from Schell?! The brewers there go all out with each new Snowstorm and I have to give them a deserving round of applause. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 04:54:59 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of Bighorn
Bighorn

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -20.8%

11-16-2012 02:31:39 | More by Bighorn
Photo of gatornation
gatornation

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -9%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 23:39:52 | More by gatornation
Photo of Duff27
Duff27

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 22:58:45 | More by Duff27
Photo of koes0024
koes0024

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

11-15-2012 01:55:29 | More by koes0024
Photo of bsp77
bsp77

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Orangish-brown, like burnt sienna. Moderate cream colored head with wispy lacing.

Smell: Spicy, fruity and tart. Some cherry, pepper, and an earthy, metallic hoppiness.

Taste: Somewhat toasty malt body. Light biscuit notes, definitely some cherry. Then the yeast and hops come through, with pepper, herbs and a little too much metal. Slightly tart on the finish, but the metal and cherry dominate which is a distraction. But let it warm a bit (little more so than expected for the style) and much of the metallic off-flavors disappear.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation with a medium body. Finish is a little odd.

Overall: Interesting SnowStorm release. I think all of the right elements are here, but I wish the malt body was more evident, and the metallic and fruity notes were dialed back a notch. I like the light tartness though; that was surprising.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 22:33:37 | More by bsp77
Photo of plumcrazyfx
plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

11-11-2012 21:25:32 | More by plumcrazyfx
Photo of NickSMpls
NickSMpls

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

11-11-2012 19:59:45 | More by NickSMpls
Photo of MN_Beerticker
MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

11-06-2012 04:17:45 | More by MN_Beerticker
Photo of garymuchow
garymuchow

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brownish hue and very clear. Snow white head settles out in a faster course.
Spiciness of the yeast is most forward in both the aroma and taste. Definite pepper quality with the other spiciness more intermingled. A definite sourness in the aroma too (I kinda' like that). Soft malt character is, unfortunately, more background. Too bad, as it is nice.
I've noticed with previous Snowstorms that temperature is very important and this one is not different. The warmer it is the malt flavors show more. Still not enough foreground, but better able to be appreciated. A soft light touch of alcohol. Hints of hopping at times. Some caramel laying on the tongue before a notable drying kicks into the finish. Little streams of the sourness show in the finish- I'm digging those.
Smooth body with ample carbonation that adds a prickliness to the yeast, but doesn't seem to limit the smoothness of the feel.
There is a lot going on here. A complex beer that requires quite a bit of attention to fully appreciate. As a "beer for keeping" I wonder first how much this was aged (just curious) and how this might develop over time. I'm certainly enjoying my second serving more than my first and I got a feeling Snowstorm 2012 will continue to grow on me.
Update: I'm now on my third bottle and it is almost like a completely different beer. None of the spiciness in the aroma, more of a straight malt character, not too sweet or heavy and the yeast character more blended and balanced into the overall experience. What an interesting beer this has been.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 01:18:54 | More by garymuchow
Photo of morimech
morimech

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 18:26:37 | More by morimech
Photo of jera1350
jera1350

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Schell's:

"2012 Snowstorm Beer Style: Biére de Noél

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."

A transparent copper/amber color with just a thin layer of dark sandy foam that retains fairly well.

A very fragrant nose with belgian yeast characteristics. Floral, spicy, light clove, earthy sweetness.

A complex and deep flavor here. Medium malty sweetness, caramel, toffee, some nuts. Stronger though are the spices which reminiscent of the holidays. Not strong like say a pumpkin beers spices, but muted and blended to create real complexity. Peppery with a touch of dried orange peel. Some light bitterness and at the end.

Very dry, especially on the finish. Medium bodied with lower, but soft carbonation.

This is a wonderful beer. A great year round beer, but will work wonders for the holiday season. This would be wonderful at both Thanksgiving dinner and the beyond. Turkey and cranberries with this? Oh, yeah. I will be grabbing some more of this one for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 01:13:35 | More by jera1350
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Schell's Snowstorm 2012 from August Schell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.