Snow Drop | Grimm Brothers Brewhouse

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Snow DropSnow Drop

Brewed by:
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
Colorado, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Snow Drop

Once upon a time German beer was only deemed pure if it contained the four orthodox ingredients of brewing: water, barley, hops, and yeast. During this time, an ale known as Köttbusser was outlawed because it contained oats, honey, and molasses. Over the centuries since its prohibition, Köttbusser became a lost brewing style. At Grimm Brothers, we’ve resurrected this refreshing ale with a kiss of hops. You don’t need a magic mirror to know that Snowdrop is the fairest in the land. Recommended by dwarves everywhere!

Brewed with Altbier yeast.

Added by Oxymoron on 07-26-2010

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Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz pint at the Glass Half Full taproom in Littleton, Colorado.

This beer appears a cloudy pale golden yellow colour, with one finger of foamy, mostly creamy off-white head, which leaves some decent broken cloudscape lace around the glass as it slowly wafts away.

It smells of grainy pale malt, mildly tart apples, a bit of lemon juice, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is bright, crackery pale malt, the grainy edges filed down, some muddled light orchard fruit tartness, a hint of white pepper, and leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is fresh and peppy, the body medium-light in weight, moderately smooth, with a touch of airy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the grain, fruit, and hops seemingly floating away.

A decently malty altbier, with the lightness that lends a certain lager-like crispness to it. No way in hell that you'd know about the elevated ABV from anything involving the beer itself. Recommended if you'd like your booze delivered, without any attendant heaviness.

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Photo of bunnyman
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is according to the people at Grimm Brothers a German beer style that pre dates the purity law. It's made with wheat, oats, honey and molasses. It's a golden straw color with perfect clarity and nice effervescence. The honey comes out in the nose but not much in the flavor. There is essentially no hop aroma or noticeable bitterness just a nice smooth and clean flavor with a slightly mineral finish from the molasses. Overall this is a nicely made clean and refreshing beer with a character that I have never tasted before. It is superbly drinkable and a perfect hot day quencher. I can't wait for them to bottle it as it will also become my new gateway beer for BMC drinkers.

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Photo of Axe12001
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was my favorite beer with Grimm Brothers. They called it a Kottbusser (sorry if I spelled that wrong). A pre- reinheitsgebot beer with wheat, oats, honey and molasses. A lighter colored beer with good clarity. The smell is mostly grainy with a hint of sweetness and a light floral aroma. The taste is amazing. Grainy up front with a bit of sweetness on the back. The honey is noticeable but blended well. A great finish with a lingering malty sweetness. Some hoppy notes but very good.

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Photo of robeertruby
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Mgcarney
1.64/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of blindpiggie
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with active carbonation and a fine half finger white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of pale and grainy malt, light lemon, mild grassy hops, subdued. Flavor of grainy and light biscuit malt, mild honey, a hint of lemon and grassy hops; finishes spicy and grainy. Nice creamy medium body. A nice malt centered altbier with a touch of sweetness from the honey and touches of lemon and hops. Well balanced and mellow. Smooth tasting, with the moderate ABV well covered. The oats give this a slight oat flavor and good body. I liked this a lot. Interesting style.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of valovine
4.77/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of FriedSlug
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a glass it appeared to be a hazy, deep golden color with a white head. The light head faded quickly and left only traces of lacing. The smell is floral, lightly sweet, honey and white bread. The taste is very different with more yeastiness, a bitter sweetness from the molasses and a bitter, dry finish. I have never had a beer quite like this and it was an interesting and pleasant experience.

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Photo of Lsmith8706
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of cbcrunch
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crobinso
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nitro-tap pour into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, yellow-gold coloring, with a huge, fluffy, bright white head. Nose of toasted grain, sugary sweetness, and tangy honey. Flavors are smoke and roasted sweetness forward, with tangy honey highlights, and some brown sugar characteristics. Smooth, mid-bodied, with a tangy sweet aftertaste. Smooth, sweet finish.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale color, SRM of about 2. Fluffy head of 1 finger that sticks around, and the body is hazy with 90% opacity.

Lemon peel, ginger, and pale malts on the nose. Some bread follows. A refreshing start.

Malty flavor, with a nice hop balance and bready and herbal quality. Herbs on the finish with some white bread crusts. Very balanced and easy.

Feel is creamy, yet still adequately carbonated. A great balance here, too.

Overall this beer is a winner, I'd have it again, and is easily the best beer I've had from Grimm Bros.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce can into pint glass, no can dating. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden/yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, honey, brown sugar, toasted oats, biscuit, herbal, floral, pepper, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity yeast, pale malt, honey, molasses, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, honey, brown sugar, toasted oats, biscuit, herbal, floral, pepper, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/grassy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, honey, brown sugar, toasted oats, biscuit, herbal, floral, pepper, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, pale malt, honey, molasses, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness and carbonation, increasing through the glass. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and creamy/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 7.1%. Overall this is a very nice blonde ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, pale malt, honey, molasses, and earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. A very unique beer; tastes like a cross between Kolsch, Wheat, and Blonde ale styles. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Donkster46
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of mactrail
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color in the tall Belle-Vue glass with a sizable head and lots of streaming bubbles. Just a smear of sediment in the bottle. Not much aroma.

Slightly sweet and toasty, some pale malty flavor but no hint of roasting. It's sort of a light ale of no particular distinction but it's pleasant enough. Fairly sudsy in the mouth with a resiny tang, though not much hint of hops. It has that slight sharpness of the crisper Weiss styles. The slight bitterness at the end is more yeasty than hoppy. Really not a bad beer that is worth trying if you like German styles.

This was placed in the Altbier category ("German style brown ale") but it's not remotely brown. This makes me think more of a Kellerbier or even Sierra Nevada Kellerweis. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins.

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Photo of Lufasah
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good looking beer in a mug, picturesque. Cloudy honey coloring with a citrusy smell. Drinkable, fairly bitter after swallow. Lingering orange taste.

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Snow Drop from Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 72 ratings