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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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
Photo of Xadoor
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark amber with a big frothy head. A good carbonation level kept a layer of foam across the top and some lacing in the glass. It looks great in the glass. Aroma was light and slightly fruity. Flavour starts a little sweet, but finishes a little dry and bitter. Pretty well balanced.

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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 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 Bighuge
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even though it's not a "Big Beer," I was actually excited to see that Schell's attempted a Dusseldorf style Altbier for their winter seasonal. Let's see how good they did...

Nice looking crystal clear deep, deep copper appearance. Fluffy light tan head leaves a decent amount of lace. Looks the part. Nice, sweet candied aroma. Toffee, butterbrickle, nougat and sweet bread come to mind. The flavors are sweet and subtle as well. More of the same toffee, nougat, etc.... with some splashes of caramel coming into the picture as well. Hops seem to add a little dryness to the picture. The body is about medium or so and the carbonation is held in check nicely.

Actually, this is a pretty decent version, though it's not destined for my "Mount Rushmore of Alts" anytime soon.

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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 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 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 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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Snowstorm 2005 from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 33.3% out of 100 with 33 ratings
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