Snowstorm 2005 | August Schell Brewing Company

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Snowstorm 2005Snowstorm 2005

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by truthbrew on 10-29-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by WesWes:
Photo of WesWes
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ADR
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Dusseldorf-style Alt for 2005...

Dark oxidized bronze color, clear, tannish head is rather thin and settles pretty quickly. Pretty attractive dripping laces though. Aroma of malt, ginger bread spiciness on top. Mouthfeel is overall light, carbonation is higher than average. Starts out with caramel aspects, candy apple, a touch of molasses. Flavor holds fairly well front-to-back and a slight hoppy bitterness (almost like weak coffee) closes with some snap. Not as chocolatey as Schmaltz Alt, somewhat closer to style and a pleasant easy drinker. As usual, not much of a bigger Winter beer -- it seems lately like Schell simply avoids the bigger high gravity beers, even in their special releases.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of tempest
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.39/5  rDev +23%
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

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
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?

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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

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Photo of supercolter
2.86/5  rDev -19.9%
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

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At least August Schell is staying true to their German roots with this one, although I would like a bigger beer in their Snowstorm line one of these years.

Appearance: Dark red/brown/orange body, head is a light tan/cream color.

Smell: Smell is roasted malt, light cocoa and spices.

Taste: Taste is dry, with malt and grain making up the heart of the flavor. Hop bitterness is fairly low, some spices also present.

Mouthfeel: Right on for the style, this is a good beer, even though i was a little dissapointed in the style selection for this years Snowstorm

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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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a clear ruby color. The head is white with reddish hues. I lingers a long while, and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is the same as every other Schell beer I have had, but a little more pronounced. It is sweet and mildly fruity. The taste is rather balanced between malt and hop. It does have the usual Schell taste, but there is something else there that makes this brew a lot more enjoyable than Schell's other products. Perhaps, it is just fresher than normal. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is the best beer I have has from Schell. It isn't the great beer in the world, but it is enjoyable.

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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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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).

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Photo of hylton44
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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 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...)

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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.

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Photo of mac56
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice looking beer. Deep red-brown appearance, decent size head with moderate lacing. Slightly malty aroma. Malty flavor with light bitterness in the finish. Very smooth, moderate mouthfeel. The only other alt I've had was Schmaltz's Alt, also from Schell, and this compares well to that. All in all, one I'd drink year round.

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Photo of dfried
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is actually a nice looking beer. Pours to a copper-amber color, with a fluffy tan head. Leaves a nice amount of lacing when sipped down. The aroma has a bit of caramel and toffee, with a touch of spiciness. The flavor comes out with the caramel and toffee again with a bit of toasted breadiness. It has a light, drying hop flavor in the finish. It is light-medium in body with the carbonation set about right for this one. It is an easy drinker; great sessions brew.

I am actually surprised with this one, I wasn't expecting too much. Although I would like Schell's to kick it up a bit with their Snow Storm line, I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of keoki182
2.96/5  rDev -17.1%
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".

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Photo of truthbrew
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This year's Snowstorm was released around Oct 27th, 2005. Enjoyed right at Veigel's Kaiserhoff in New Ulm, MN with dinner.

A: Copper colored amber with a touch of light brown, slightly frothy white head lingered for quite a while.

S: Decent malt presense but not overly ricg, a slight sensation of sweetness. Was looking for a bit more noticable hop presense, however it was served to me pretty cold. Some "Schell's" house aroma present as well, can't describe but it is in most of their beers.

T: Hop bitterness is restrained when compared with Uerige or others, but noticable. Nice, dry malt flavor, slight mineral character. No real complexity to the malt (US malt base?). Very lagerlike, no noticable esters.

M: Medium+ carbonation. Dry but not astringent. Nice.

D: Would be easy to drink many in a session.

Overall: A nice effort by Schells, which honestly is not one of my favorite breweries. Really nice to see a close-to-true Dusseldorf Altbier being produced though, it's a style that's easy to like. When compared with Summit's revitalized Amber (Alt), this one is more lager-like and lacking the big noble hop punch. I think if you took the middle ground of the two, you'd wind up with a very nice alt.

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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...

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Snowstorm 2005 from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 33 ratings