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Schell Snowstorm (2008 - Weihnachtsbier)

Schell Snowstorm (2008 - Weihnachtsbier)
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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Series   ABV: -
As the days grow shorter and colder in Bavaria, shoppers exhausted from a day at the open air market look forward to stopping by their local for a nourishing glass of the seasonal specialty: Weihnachtsbier. Snowstorm 2008 was designed with the cold days of winter in mind. Reddish brown in color with a complex maltiness yielding hints of spicy rye, sourdough, and chocolate. Brewed with nine different malts, including copious amounts of Munich and a touch of Rye.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Clear reddish orange with a quickly dissolving tan head. Aroma of lots of malt, including rye, sourdough, caramel and dough, with just a touch of sugar. Sounds pretty good for sandwich bread. Taste of burnt caramelized sugar at first but then leads way to the bread aisle with sourdough, rye and a touch of sugar, caramel and salt. Interesting concoction that I seemed to enjoy more with each sip.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5793) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2009
Here’s an interesting style. 12oz bottle. Sweet, malty aroma, not much too it. Deep amber-brown color with a nice off white head. Smooth and creamy, with a slightly sour Rye edge to it. Fruity in some respects, lots of mellow malt character. Easy drinking, relatively true to style, this is a pretty cool offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2009
Dark brown with hints of red. Massive off-white head spilled over the top of the glass and is mostly lasting, leaving patchy lacing. Nutty, yeasty aroma rounded out by over-ripened banana. Mildly sweet malt flavor, some rye graininess, mild yeastiness, and almonds. Rather thin bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5806) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Lots of yeast in this beer. I also taste rye. A little sour, and surprisingly, the yeast of a weizen beer. Good, like most years of Snowstorm.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2009

Source: 12 oz bottle from a sampler purchased at Friar Tuck’s in Peoria.
Glass: Poured into a lager glass.
Appearance: Poured a clear red/brown color with a half finger of tan head.
Aroma: Sweet malts, brown sugar and earthy hops.
Flavor: Sweet malt, with an earthy spiciness and a hint of chocolate.
Palate: Medium/full body with soft carbonation and a chewy mouthfeel.
Overall: Very nice. Pleasant surprise considering some of the other offerings in this mixed pack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2009
Bottle from Sean, and I think this originally came from Chad. Thanks whoever! Poured a little bit into my glass to see what it looked like then drank the rest from the bottle. Yellowish brown color with a tan head on it. Smell is fruity and has some hops and wheat in it. Interesting aroma. Taste is smooth and malty, rich, but not too rich, not really a bitter hop presence but there is enough there to know that its got some in it. Good enough to drink, surprisingly good really.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Pours an amber brown into glass with a small head. Aroma is malt with bread and grain (lager-like). Flavor isn’t too bad, there is some sweetness in there but mostly bread and grain with some caramel. I thought this brew could be drain pour from the aroma but it’s actually drinkable. Lots of malt flavor in this brew and goes down smooth and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 9, 2009
I have tried this both on tap and bottled. Deep copper brown body with a yellowish khaki head. The aroma has some notes of old leather and apples. There is also some wet dog. The taste has toffee, leather and apples. There is also some sweet biscuit and rye. There is a little bit of almond. A nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
asedzie (786) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Bottle. Pours deep amber with off white head. Aroma has herbal spicy german noble hop smells mingling with bread and caramel malt. Lots of depth in the aroma. Flavor is a range of lightly sweet grainy, bready malt flavors with a tinge of citrus and mild herbal notes on the finish. Palate is nice and chewy, but if it was beefed up just a little this beer would be absolutely outstanding. As it is a beautifully balanced dark lager with nice hoppiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrianHagmeier (299) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - FEB 6, 2009
I thought this was an all around good beer. Not to much of anything. Nice caramel and oat and sweet malt flavor with a just the right amount of bitterness. I can always tell a good one when I have drank the whole glass before Im done rating it.

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