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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Bottle from Grimreeser. Pours a very nice, rich translucent copper with a retentive tan head. Bread and lagery aroma. Lighter side of medium bodied, with a smooth and clean texture. Flavor of dark bread, caramel, rye, and perhaps a hint of tobacco. Not bad at all

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
undsioux7 (871) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Pours deep amber/copper/reddish hue with medium off white head. Aroma of caramel, bread, spice. Taste is pretty much the same with a hint of bitter chocolate. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tennisjoel (1363) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Pour is auburn red. Small head which mostly disappears after settling. Aromas of bread yeast, spices, cookies. Flavor features a touch of bitterness, especially in the finish. To me, this has some similarities to Boulevard Bobs Munich lager, which I consider to be very good within the Vienna style. Solid effort from Schell, who I have been quite impressed with, based on their latest efforts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Pours a very deep amber with a medium white head. As the description depicts, this beers somewhat complex flavor includes hints of sourdough, giving a bit of an original flavor for me. Also tastes of malt, chocolate, and a fair amount of hops for medium bitterness. A pretty good beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - DEC 12, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2008 Wow, only the 10th rater, I think thats my lowest number ever. I just finished a Firebrick...not impressed, lets see if they did a little better with the second Vienna from the same mix-pack. Pours medium burnt orange with a 1 finger dark beige head. Aroma is nice, walnuts, toffee, toasted yeasty bread and a really bright grainy note that must be the rye. Flavor is very nice, crusty french bread, a touch of baking cocoa, grainy malts, a really nice spicy, herbal middle that extends to the finish when the bitter hops come in and make a pretty good showing with a little citrus. All in all not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Deep amber in color. Roast malt aroma. There is a big toasted malt taste up front with some caramel and rye. Some nutty notes as well. Some bitterness as it warms. Another good effort, but I liked last years brew just a tad better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Guerde (1283) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2009 bottle. Pours dark amber with a white head. The aroma contains some toasted malt, rye, bread, chocolate, and a bit of ketchup as well. The taste is predominately chocolate, but there is a bit of caramel and raisin as well, which then switches to a lightly bitter and bready finish that is considerably dry. This is a pretty simple beer, but that does not make it any less sessionable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2008
Pours a dark amber with a decent size head. Aroma of chocolate, toffee, dark fruit, nuts. Nice balanced flavor, good mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2008
Quite dark in color. Lots of coco, ultra malty, I didnt taste much in the way of any rye. Slight hint of the hops in there. Another good snowstorm.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 28, 2008
In the bottle from HyVee CB. Pours a very dark brown with ruby accents. It’s almost black with a serious off-white head that lasts. This has an understated aroma of hazelnuts and roasted coffee with caramel splashes. The flavor is very chocolate-like with a nice hop wrap-up. This is way thicker in body than regular Schell’s offerings. Very festive and delightful.

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