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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Series   ABV: -
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle from trade. Pours dark amber, smells bread-like, with a bit of pepper and rye. Nice flavor, the rye comes out a plays well with the malt and a bit of balancing hops. For a bock, it’s quite drinkable, even though it’s a bit on the thick tasting side. Cool beer, I’d drink it again.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Bottle. Pours a beautiful amber with a nice head. Aroma is autumn leaves and malt. Flavor is slightly dirty strawberry and malt. Average mouthfeel. I’d write more but I’m kinda buzzed right now.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (1936) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Pours amber with a thin head. Aroma is earthy bready malt, almost a sweet and sour type dynamic to the bready tones ( rye or sourdough?) Light fruity tones. Flavor was caramel and bready maltiness, almost peppery and smokey tones, and a light herbal hoppy finish, very tasty and quaffable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Dalzale. Pours copper brown with a light tan head. Smells of caramel, spice, dark fruit, earthy. Tastes of roses, some bitter hints, caramel, some sweetness, nice spiciness as the beer warms. There’s a lot going on here. NIce!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Narnad (1462) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2009
Pours a great dark caramel brown color with a very small and quickly diminishing. Aroma is quite bready, some sweet caramel and dark fruit notes finishing with a light noble hops. Flavor is really great. The rye flavors hit fast up front and move into sweeter caramel and some chocolate notes in the middle. The beers flavor ends with a nice Munich malt bite, some spicy notes and an almost sour dough flavor which lingers after the beer is swallowed. Beer is surprising smooth and has a lot of complex flavors melding together well. The medium body and medium carbonation really mesh well with the beer. Overall this beer was excellent and I look forward to finishing off the couple I have left.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3266) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 9, 2009
The rye shines through on this one. Plenty of roasty and sweet malt in the nose, a little lace on the glass. This tastes very nice and somewhat complex the rye adds to this beer more than it does to many other rye beers plenty of spicyness seemingly from the grain instead of much hops. There are sweet flavors like chocolate and sweet malt that are very well balanced by the dryness of the grain. Pretty tasty

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Buebie poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear dark amber with a big two-finger creamy head that has great staying power and leaves thick sheets of lacing. It’s a really solid looking beer. The aroma is dominated by caramel with a slightly roasted character and a biscuity malt backbone. Definitely some rye and a hint of chocolate as well. The taste is mild and smooth with caramel malts leading the way and some bready malts in the background. The rye is not as present as the aroma but chocolate is there in the finish. Again, this is seriously smooth with good carbonation and goes down so easy. It’s easy to feel the presence of the rye on the palate. This is a very drinkable winter ale that is a nice change of pace compared to some of the over-the-top beers I’ve tasted recently. Simple, smooth and very drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Light umber color with a hint of rudy. Smallish ecru head. Scents of german chocolate, dark caramel and sourdough bread. LIght sweet nutty start. Toasted bread rye bread in the middle. Little bit of dried floral hops. At times the feel and flavor seem watery. The sourness sticks a bit too long in the linger.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (4933) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Mahogany color with a smallish tan head. Not a big aroma but it offers some nut an spice. Flavor is also of nutty malt, toffee, spice, and wood. Flavor is enjoyable and the feel is nicely smooth. Well done by the Schell brewers.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thejoeshow (232) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours a rich brown color with a beige head that has nice retention and lacing. Aroma is sweet malt and a touch of bread. Flavor is bready and malty with a touch of cocoa and spice..? Very rich and tasty. Mouthfeel is a touch grainy but overall very full and smooth. This is a very drinkable, approachable winter beer. The main thing I love about Schell is that they brew a solid beer no matter what style and they have a lot of fun with the Snowstorm every year...and it shows. Well done.


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