Schell Snowstorm (2008 - Weihnachtsbier)

 
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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Series   ABV: -
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.5
badgerben (5281) - 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.

3.6
CanIHave4Beers (4205) - 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

3.5
esjaygee (3904) - 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.

3.4
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.

2.3
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.

4
TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Pours a nice brown color with off-white head. Spice, rye, cocoa, and some caramel and roasted malts on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more spice.

3.6
fidelis83 (2496) - 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.

3.5
r464 (2362) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Mahogany in color. Malty aroma. Flavors of malt, cherries and dried fruit, with earthy hints. Interesting and one to savor, best at cellar temperature.

3.5
illinismitty (2271) - 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

3.6
ross (2146) - 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.


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