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Schell Snowstorm (2008 - Weihnachtsbier)

Schell Snowstorm (2008 - Weihnachtsbier)
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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (2023) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JMerritt (1903) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Narnad (1513) - 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.

   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Onslow (1301) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2009
Dark pour that glowers deep reddish amber when held up to the light. Tan head. Aroma of malt sopped bread. Slightly sweed flavor with sourdough and rye overtones. Mild hoppiness adds just a bit of bitter to the finish. Overall, smooth, well balanced, flavorful. I’m drinking it in July and it suits the summer fine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tennisjoel (1255) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Guerde (1247) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2008
Bottle pours amber with a decent head and some residual lace. The aroma is of spiced malt. The flavor is malty and spiced in such a way as to produce a slightly warming nature. The palate is pretty decent. Overall, one of the better Snow Storms I’ve tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
undsioux7 (868) - 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.

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