Snowstorm 2010 - August Schell Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev -7.1%
Appearance - Pours a very dark brown/amber color with an inch thick, creamy tan head that dissipates instantly. Leaves a pretty nice lacing.
Smell - Sweet with roasted malts and banana.
Taste - Has very nice, heavy malts. Very sweet, caramel, dark fruits, clove, and a slight alcohol bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel - Has a medium/creamy body with low carbonation.
Overall - I think this is my first time trying this style of beer. It's not bad.
09-28-2012 22:15:36 | More by jsisko01
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
From notes, enjoyed on a trip to Minnesota over the past winter.
A: Dark amber/copper with a frothy off-white head that fades (a little too quickly) in to a thin, but steady, lacing.
S: Wonderful banana aroma with the wheat, yeast, and esters you'd expect from a good German weizenbock.
T: Wonderfully balanced blend of banana, clove, and malt...some may prefer these flavors to be more pronounced but a very nice balance nonetheless. Alcohol is hardly noticeable, quite a feat at 7% abv.
M: Not nearly as thick or heavy as the classics of this style, but the medium body and steady carbonation, not to mention little to no alcohol burn, makes this extremely drinkable.
O: Wonderful take on the Weizenbock, right up there with New Glarus among the best American versions of this style. Amazingly, it's generally available for $7 or less a sixer. I hope they make this a regular winter seasonal.
09-16-2011 12:53:32 | More by pettis
4/5 rDev -1.7%
Thanks to Huhzubendah for the bottle!
Pours a dark copper color, with a creamy off-white head.
Aroma: bananas foster! Bananas, rum, caramelized brown sugar.
Flavor of ripe bananas, caramelized malts and candied dark fruits. Warming alcohol. Creamy mouthfeel with a surprisingly clean finish. Just a bit on the sweet side.
Extraordinarily drinkable for a beer of this strength. Would love to try more offerings from this brewery.
09-03-2011 03:45:10 | More by afdempse
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev -1.7%
Thanks to FlandersNed for sending this out my way. Split with Adam.
The beer is dark copper hued with a small, tan head. The aroma is a huge banana bomb. Adam is right on the money when he described the aroma as bananas foster.
The flavor follows suit. Lots of bananas soaked in alcohol, with a nice malty backbone. Rum and candied fruits.
Good feel. Alcohol is present, though unobtrusive.
A solid brew. I would have this again.
09-01-2011 04:36:36 | More by Huhzubendah
3.25/5 rDev -20.1%
Poured offwhite with a big head. Beer itself was dark brown in color with some reddish traits. Had some lacing going on. You could smell as you poured this one out of the bottle. More sweet than anything. Also banana. Hints of alcohol was also present. I thought banana was the main flavor here. Also alcohol and malt. Felt good in the mouth. I thought the carbonation was right. I wasnt a big fan of this one. With the 7% ABV I dont feel it would be a good session beer.
08-13-2011 18:28:48 | More by youngleo
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
A - Beautiful orange with a head that dissipates to leave some nice lacing.
Smell: Just like you'd want a Weizenbock to smell. Bananas and cloves really come through. Loved sniffing it in.
T - Like drinking banana bread! Just the right amount of sweet bubble gum funkiness.
M - Very smooth medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Little alcohol burn on the finish.
O - I loved this beer! What a great German beer made right here in Minnesota. Difficult to nail, but they did it. I drank several cases while it was out over the winter. I really, really wish that Schell would put this out as regular offering.
05-28-2011 01:43:02 | More by djsmith1174
4.15/5 rDev +2%
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.
Appearance: Copper, with deep ruby hues. Very decent carbonation visible, and a soft cappuccino-like head which recedes leaving light lacing to a thin-yet-prominent foam on the surface.
Smell: Very nice! Banana bread and clove maltiness with dark purple fruit as a side-focus. Sweet with just a hint of ester in the mix. Good spice bouquet, all's well here.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Velvety on the tongue, the gentle carbonation releases a great deal of clove/nutmeg spiciness and banana bread malt character. As the fizz dies down, some gentle bitter hops can be noticed, and the beer goes down leaving a pronounced alcohol burn which is not unpleasant.
Overall: This is a great beer...any beers in the "bock" category run the risk of being tacky or cloying...or just bombing out in flavor altogether. Not Snowstorm. Good job!
05-09-2011 00:43:01 | More by Lauthaha
4.13/5 rDev +1.5%
12-oz bottle poured into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass
sell-by date marked on bottle is 04-15-11
A - 3 fingers of thick, off-white head; decent lace; cloudy dark copper/brown body
S - fruity; roasted malt; touch of alcohol; very good smell
T - follows smell closely; fruity; sweet roasted malt dominates the flavor; metallic taste; alcohol; not much bitterness, but enough for a good balance; complex and well-balanced overall
M - medium-bodied with high carbonation; very smooth
O - This is a good dopplebock. Well done, Schell's!
04-26-2011 02:29:12 | More by lwillitz
4/5 rDev -1.7%
Finally had a chance to open this one up, I have been staring at it in my fridge for what seems like forever. Opened and poured into a pint glass on 04/24/2011.
Pours out a medium amber color with a minimal head that did have some nice lacing bouncing around the edges of the glass and sticking quite nicely. Light carbonation could be seen streaming up, but the overall look was a nice light caramel brown. The aroma was full of roasted nuts, caramel, earthy hops, hints of bready grains and touches of light fruit notes that blended in quite nicely I had to admit. A bit light and not as in your face as I would have liked it but it was still pretty good. Same goes for the flavor, nicely well rounded and full of deep resonant notes, but it still needed that little extra push to make it over the top. Nice clean finish was medium bodied and slightly slick, but left a nice and mellow flavor on the palate that hung around for a good long while
Overall a very solid effort. I have had better in the style though for sure.
04-25-2011 22:29:05 | More by mikesgroove
3.63/5 rDev -10.8%
A: Dark bronze with an amber tint; steady cream colored head with good retention; the lacing is quite nice, clinging to the glass throughout
S: A very strong banana and clove presence on top of a sweet, brown-sugary malt backbone; malts seem slightly burnt; this is also a very bready, biscuity beer and the yeast/ malt combo makes this a banana bread lover's beer paradise
T: The banana clove yeastiness isn't quite as prevalent and neither is the sweet bready maltiness; its there but much more muted and thin than the aromas indicated
F: A bit thin--even for the style but some of the beer does manage to sit nicely on the roof of the mouth
O: This is a decent attempt at the style but not my favorite (of the style or of the series or of the brewery)--but still a nice beer
04-17-2011 14:38:35 | More by dbossman
Snowstorm 2010 from August Schell Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.