says A big commitment

January 3rd, 2009

I’ll be honest, I preferred last year’s Snowstorm. I think it had to do with the surprise of what looked to be a darker winter ale actually being a fruity Belgian. But then it’s unfair to compare these two completely different styles. So for the rye that it is, I enjoy it quite a bit. Enough that I just picked up another 12 pack, and for me, the guy with a 9 months pregnant wife who’s cut way back on beer intake, that’s a big commitment.

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says Flurries

December 5th, 2008

While much better than the 2007 Snowstorm, I’m not really that impressed with the 2008 version.  Definitely malty, with the rye coming through as well.  They say hints of chocolate, but I’m not catching it.  Good head and carbonation.  Not bad, not great.  Pretty much par for Schell.

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says The Best of Schell’s Line-up

December 1st, 2008

Not that it takes much, but the Stout is far and away the most flavorful and impressive of all Schell beers.  Looking more like a bottle of root beer that you might buy at Gander Mountain or Cabela’s than an actual bottle of the suds, it’s a bit deceiving to the eye.  Good, bold choco-coffee stout flavor and heavy enough to fill the belly with warmth, I really enjoy this beer. 

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says Third is the word

December 1st, 2008

I have to agree with Rett here.  Putting the Schell up against the Summit and Surly varieties is a guaranteed bronze for the New Ulm nectar.  Not that its a bad beer, which it is not.  It is just that it lacks the personality and “flava” of it’s Oktoberfest counterparts.  On par with most Schell offerings, which always just seem to lack a little punch.  Schell:the C-student Minnesota beer.  Don’t get down, though, you can still be President.

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says The Bronze Medal

November 6th, 2008

Alright, time for catch up. Schell Octoberfest definitely had a tough act to follow, coming after both Summit and Surly. If I had to rate the three, I’d probably put Schell’s in third, but that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it. Definitely had the characteristic Marzen style taste, heavy on the malt, but pretty smooth. I think it was just a little less flavorful by comparison.

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says I give it one big spiraly circle!

October 7th, 2008

Much of my experience at the Autumn Brew Review is a blur, but fortunately I was smart enough to keep detailed notes in my program guide as to what beers I tasted and which ones I liked. And by detailed notes I mean a series of different pencil scribbles that I seemed to abandon about half way through. I hit up the Minnesota booths first so most of them are marked, and next to Schell’s Bavarian Forest Dampfbier is a big spiraly circle while many just have a check, or a dash, or in some cases a sad face. Continue reading I give it one big spiraly circle!

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says the jig is up

September 15th, 2008

I tried Schell’s Stout while over at Josh’s on Saturday night. It was important to me that I drink a thicker man beer as we were being coaxed into watching Baby Mama with our ladies. Actually I had wanted to see that a bit myself, mainly because Tina Fey is awesome, and hot. Anyway, the beer was really good, very sweet and chocolatey, which now as I’m typing I’m realizing means that it is probably not very manly at all. But at least it’s dark. Ok, I guess the jig is up, I like girl movies and sweet chocolate beers.

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says Pils popper

August 20th, 2008

Per usual, the Schell folks put out a good, not great, beer that is light in flavor and easy to drink.  I can’t think of much to say about this offering, except that I prefer it to the typical domestic light beers.  A little more body, a lot better flavor, and overall a more satisfying bottle of suds.  A good balance of malt and hops.  I will drink it again.

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says Standard Lager

May 30th, 2008

The label on this beer is the best part. The tricky Photoshop work is almost worth the price of the 12-pack. I wouldn’t call it tasty but it isn’t bad either. I would buy something cheaper if I wanted this type of beer.

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says Mmmm, fish-chicks.

May 27th, 2008

I’m no fisherman, but I have to agree that there is nothing better than the idea of a mer-babe surfacing on a lake to bring me a beer. Apparently the advertising firm Pocket Hercules was able to convince both Schell and Rapala of this as well. The best part is that in this fisherman’s fantasy there’s not one, but twelve bikini-clad fish-chicks, one for each bottle in a 12-pack. Being a classic American lager it’s easy to go through several of these in one sitting, perfect for boating on a lake, or in my case, sitting in front of the television.

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says On Tap!

May 13th, 2008

Make sure to get out and try Schell’s 1867 Munich Dunkel while it lasts! According to their site, it’s is on tap at the following nearby establishments:

Blue Nile, Minneapolis, MN
Stub & Herb’s, Minneapolis, MN
MacKenzie’s, Minneapolis, MN
Buster’s on 28th, Minneapolis, MN
Mac’s Industrial Bar, Minneapolis, MN
Groveland Tap, St. Paul, MN
The Happy Gnome, St. Paul, MN
The Dubliner Pub, St. Paul, MN

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says Refreshing!

April 29th, 2008

I’m really surprised by how much I liked this one. It’s very flavorful. Tastes like summer. Citrus-y? Love the clean finish. I’m having it with leftovers from the grill. Out on the deck, by the cooler, with that charcoal smell in the air and a pair of giant tongs in my hand would definitely be the way to drink the MaiFest. Just as soon as it warms up.

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says Inoffensive

April 20th, 2008

It tastes like a lot of beers I’ve tasted before, and so I find it to be not outstanding at all. A tad hoppy, but not overkill. A tad malty, but not overkill. Mediocre. Perhaps a good backyard barbecue beer.

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says line ’em up

April 18th, 2008

Put a Schell Maifest and a Summit Maibock side by side last night, in an effort to get caught up around here.

They looked about the same, pretty blonde color, decent head on both. Nice mouthfeel, excellent flavor (I like the maibocks). No disappointments with either one. The Maifest was a little sweeter than the Maibock.

Both these beers appropriately provide a great transition from my winter beer preference (dark, heavy and sweet) to my summer beer preference (lighter, hoppier). I’m pretty happy that we have more around the house.

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says line ’em up

April 18th, 2008

Put a Schell Maifest and a Summit Maibock side by side last night, in an effort to get caught up around here.

They looked about the same, pretty blonde color, decent head on both. Nice mouthfeel, excellent flavor (I like the maibocks). No disappointments with either one. The Maifest was a little sweeter than the Maibock.

Both these beers appropriately provide a great transition from my winter beer preference (dark, heavy and sweet) to my summer beer preference (lighter, hoppier). I’m pretty happy that we have more around the house.

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says A bite of springtime

April 12th, 2008

Good ol’ August Schell, our standby, our stalwart, keeping the German styles going for nigh on 150 years. Good ol’ gold and green MaiFest label…the bottle’s open and now I drink…Clear, golden hue, big, lasting, creamy white head…loverly… Sweet malty nose, apples and cereal husks, with whiffs of honey…wow, a lot going on here. Shines bright in the nose, but in the taste… beautiful. Tons of fresh malty flavor, but never too heavy, very drinkable, and floods of flavor keeps rolling in…Crisp and delicious…lays on the palate a bit, then softly drifts away. Seems better than I remember it…are these guys improving after nearly a century and a half? Haiku #8 (for week 14? I’ve got catching up to do!)Though April showers/may come your way, drink the beer /that they brew for May.

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says Maifest (How’s that for a creative title?)

April 4th, 2008

I like Maibocks. Schell’s MaiFest is not my favorite, it is a little too sweet for my taste. Still, it is not bad and like the other beers from Schell’s it is very competitively priced…although, lately, I’ve definitely noticed the hop shortage reflected in the price of beer  🙁  

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says I drink your pilsner! I drink it up!

March 22nd, 2008

In a Flat Earth pint glass (too lazy to search the cabinet for a proper pilsner glass), it’s a clear golden color, lovely white head, starts proud and slips down in size. Flowery aroma, and the hops are happening, clean and level headed.Drinking it…smooth, even, mild, and watery. Tidy bitter smack from the Hallertau hops right up, and then they slide back and merge with the water and disappear down the throat without a thought. Hops return with each sip and enjoy a nice visit on the palate each time. Light bodied, easy drinking, and right on for style. Almost perfect. And I’m no huge fan of lagers or pilsners, but this suits just fine. Haiku #7:  Czech town of Plzn / birthplace of clear, golden beer / look what you started!

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says Has its uses…

March 16th, 2008

I’m not a huge Pilsner fan, but this would be good on a hot day after mowing the lawn.

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says Looks great in a ditch!

March 14th, 2008

I love the Schell logo and branding. The deer junk they’ve been doing over the past few years is fantastic. The Pilsner label stands up to all the other Schell labels in its awesomeness and the bottle cap design is even slightly more ass-kicky. But what really makes a beer great is how its bottle or can holds up in a ditch over a Minnesota winter.

I, as a former beer can collector, can say that Schell is the shit! I picked many a Schell can out of the ditches in west central Minnesota. For xmas on year, my mom bought some weird plastic wall mount racks so I could display my collection (to myself). My bedroom smelled like musty, stanky, stale beer.  Some of that stank was from a fine variety of Schell cans collected in the late 70s.

And the beer is GREAT to drink in moderation. Props to my old pal Dave who is a brewmaster at Schell. Go Dave!

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says hmm…

March 14th, 2008

Anagram for Schell Pilsner Beer:

Rebel Princess Hell

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says I’m going to go grab another

March 13th, 2008

I am just finishing up my second Schell Pilsner and man I feel good. I think it helps that I also just watched two episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia with some coworkers. That is some funny stuff. Anyway, I have to agree with most of the reviews…this is a good classic pilsner. I’ve been on such a “drink good beer only” kick (ie. always trying new varieties that cost too much) that I’ve forgotten what a traditional beer tastes like. And let me tell you, it tastes good. I’m going to go grab another.

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says i wish i could live a day in 1850

March 12th, 2008

When put on the spot I would never think to answer “Pilsner” as my favorite beer style, and it isn’t.  But the Schell Pilsner always reminds me that there is life for a pilsner outside of macro-pilsner land.  I have always enjoyed this beer, glad brew52 brought us back together.

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says What The Schell, I liked it!

March 12th, 2008

I must say, I’m not really a Pilsner guy, nor am I a Schell guy, so I had no idea what to expect.   Except for the fact that anyone named August is pretty damn cool in my book.

Continue reading What The Schell, I liked it!

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says Snow Angels

January 11th, 2008

Bought a 12-pack for a Christmas party last month and still had some in the fridge. Definitely the best Snowstorm they’ve released, but just an average Dubbel, which is okay for a local beer, but no where near a great one.

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says Fruity, but not “Will and Grace” fruity.

January 10th, 2008

The Schell SnowStorm is a tasty beer with a sweet fruity taste. You can definitely taste the fruit overtones but it isn’t overpowering. I wouldn’t be able to drink more then one or two of these in a sitting but it is a welcome change from my usual Ales.

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says Points for trying

January 9th, 2008

German brewery / makes Belgian abbey dubbel / not half bad, at that. There you go, haiku #1…don’t worry,  they’ll get better.(wait…is “belgian” two syllables or three?)I reviewed this from a bottle back in November, for beeradvocate.com, gave it a 4.05 (out of 5). But for this site, I feel I should do it fresh and stay in the game, so I stopped in at McKenzie’s last night to taste it on tap. A 20 oz pint for $4.25 during happy hour.Didn’t like it as much this time. Poured a clear, deep garnet hue, with small head, very sweet nose, flavors of dark fruit and light spice, turning dry and peppery.Mix of the same continues in the taste, berries match cocoa powder, rounding out dry and balanced, with easy drinkability.However, the body is too light, and there’s just not enough meat on this dog’s bones to really do justice to the style. I love dubbels, consider them my favorite style of beer, and would rank Ommegang, Westmalle, & St. Bernardus  as the top for me. This version falls among the lower tiers, sorry to say. I’d like this darker, as well, and without the syrupy sweetness that pops in from time to time.  Still, props to this old, tradition-bound brewery for giving it a go! Who knows what’s up next from them? 

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says Way better than I expected.

January 8th, 2008

Schell’s Snow Storm reminds me of a milkshake stout, but lighter, less creamy, and less sweet. Still a little sweet, though. I generally like my beer dark, heavy, and sweet. This is tasty enough but also light enough that I could drink a lot of this. With every sip I waited for a sour aftertaste, but I never got it. This ain’t no sippin’ beer.

I’m glad I didn’t read the label first, because while I like the beer, it’s not nearly as tasty as the label makes it sound – “complex malt flavor, with hints of raisins, dark fruit and rum.” What the heck is “dark fruit”?

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says Well…I’ll pass.

January 7th, 2008

I like to judge books by the cover and beer by the label. Obviously this isn’t a good idea in either case. Schell Snowstorm has a very pretty label, but the contents are boring. After drinking half the bottle I had no desire to finish it.  I typically like beers with a fruity taste, but it just wasn’t there. I won’t lose hope. Let’s see what Schell can come up with next year.

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says Snowstorm: A mix of many flavors

January 6th, 2008

The sip starts with a medium dash of spice, followed by a a fair share of citrus, and finishes with a light hint of rum. It’s a bit fruity-sweet (I use that word very loosely here – we’re not talking kool-aid). While drinking it, I had a few thoughts of crackling fires, toasted nuts, and gingerbread cookies. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer.

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says My First Schell

January 5th, 2008

yeah, surprise, it’s my first Schell.  I finally found it at the third liquor store I called or visited.  Very drinkable and warming.  Maybe that’s what Schell was going for here.  A beer named Snowstorm that tastes like August – sometimes the unexpected just works.

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says A Good SnowStorm!

January 5th, 2008

Pretty good! I’ve always had mixed results with Schell’s beer, but I like this one.  I guess the thing I like the best is that it is a somewhat interesting beer, not boring. Of course I’ve had a lot better (and more interesting), but I’ve also paid a lot more for most of those than I did with this beer! The more I drink it the more I like it!

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says Disappointed

January 4th, 2008

I was really excited to try Snowstorm, and to kick of this weekly project, but then I tasted it.  I admit it was lighter tasting than I expected, but that is about all I liked about it.  If you blink you’ll miss the hint of fruit and just be left with the bitter aftertaste.  I’m glad I got the Schell’s sampler pack at Haskells instead of six of these.

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says It’s a Wintery Mix

January 4th, 2008

My wife just took a taste (she doesn’t love beer. she mostly dislikes beer) and her one word review: “Yuck.” I have a more luke-warm opinion of this beer. It’s slightly sweet, and kinda darkish, and I think it’s not bad. It’s like seeing a nice snowstorm, but then it turns rainy, and in the end, it’s a little gross but a little okay.

It’s better than I expected but worse than I had hoped. I probably wouldn’t buy this beer again.

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says Tasty

January 4th, 2008

After a long day of sitting around my house doing nothing, this beer hit the spot. 

I generally like Schell’s beers, but I don’t buy them often.  This is the best of their beers I have ever tasted.

It was sweet and smooth.  I was happily surprised by how much body it has.  I wasn’t expecting any, so the amount it had made me happy.  More would have been better.  In a glass, it is gorgeous, just really pretty.  The alcohol content must have been more than a normal beer because my husband got a buzz off of just one, or so he said. 

 Overall, much better than expected.  I would absolutely pick up another six pack.

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says Good, but not Great.

January 3rd, 2008

I am not a big fan of this style of beer and SnowStorm didn’t do much to change my mind.  It was smooth and fruity but I wouldn’t kick it out of the fridge if it had a little hoppier taste.  The color and head were nice and it had a fine smell and aftertaste.   If I finish off the sixer in one sitting my review may go up but my typing ability may suffer.

In conclusion I don’t think this is a bad beer but I won’t be keeping a spot for it in the fridge this winter, hopefully you enjoy it.

Purchased at Richfield Liquors for $6.99 +tax.

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says kind of sweet…

January 3rd, 2008

I’m not sure if I mean kind of sweet like yeah, that was kind of sweet or if I mean kind of sweet like, I’m not sure, it’s kind of sweet. I like Schell. I think they do a good job, but I’m not sure about the overpowering sweetness of this beer…That being said, the overall fullness of the beer is good and drinkable.

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says Better than I thought, honestly.

January 2nd, 2008

Picked up a six pack of August Schell Snow Storm today at East Lake Liquor in Minneapolis. After my 3rd bottle, I’m convinced that it’s pretty good. It’s slightly dark, full, smooth and a tad bit heavy. It’s a “light dark,” to me, if that makes any sense. Nothing about it pokes out at me and what’s surprising about it is that there’s no surprises. It’s a simple dark beer, simply put.

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says Reminds Me of Summer

January 1st, 2008

I cracked a Snowstorm expecting to have some dark winter stout. I was totally caught off guard when the beer tasted more like the Hefeweizen I brewed in the late summer. I quickly turned the bottle around and read that the Schell Brewmaster tries out a different recipe for Snowstorm each year and that this year it was brewed with a Belgian yeast. What an awesome idea! I couldn’t really taste the raisins or rum that they describe, but it definitely has a light, slightly fruity taste. A little bit of summer was just what I needed on a cold-ass Minnesota day.

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