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Schell Snowstorm (2008 - Weihnachtsbier)

Schell Snowstorm (2008 - Weihnachtsbier)
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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wlajwl (4053) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 12, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2012 From memory, a very malty, unique German style lager. Has a very strong rye flavor that is incredibly good and is in general among the best lagers I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
esjaygee (3903) - 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 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3351) - 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

   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2100) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2003) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (1960) - 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.

   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.

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