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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4887) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2008
Autumn Brew Review 2008. Murky brown color with a medium head. Caramel malt and dusty grain/hop aroma. Sweet malt flavor. The brew takes a very unexpected turn into a light tartness and some fruitiness, mostly cherry. Quite different.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2008
On draught during the ABR ’08 in Minneapolis, MN. Pours a hazy caramel amber brew with a thick beige head that has some good retention and some spotty lacing. Aroma of slightly smoked caramel malt, some roasted nuts, powdered biscuits and some mild hard fruits. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with flavors of powdered caramel malt, a touch of tobacco, chocolate and light herbal spices. Finish is semi-dry with a good balance of grain and floral hop bitterness.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
msjacilynn (26) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2008
Bottle. Pours amber-brown with a thin white head. Smells mostly of caramel with hints of spice and malt. Lacing dissipates quickly while drinking. Taste initially of caramel but quickly becomes an explosion of various malts. Very decent aftertaste (not too bitter). Enjoyable beer...and warming!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Guerde (1288) - 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 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 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 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5808) - 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.

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