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Snowstorm 2010 - August Schell Brewing Company

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Snowstorm 2010Snowstorm 2010

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

79 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Chaz on 10-29-2010)
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Reviews by Lauthaha:
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Lauthaha

Michigan

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
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Weizen glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, orangish-mahogany with moderate light tan head.

Smell: Bananas, sweet tropical fruit, caramel, cloves and just a general spiciness. Very strong aroma throughout.

Taste: Very malty at first with somewhat sweet banana, coconut and other tropical flavors, along with some caramel, cherry and plum. The cloves then come in strongly and continue through the lightly spicy and hoppy finish, when the banana returns and lingers long after the finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, somewhat full creamy body, lightly dry finish. A little more lively than expected.

Drinkability: I had hoped this would be good as Schell makes a strong Hefe, and this is really just a stronger, maltier version of that. Overall, this is another great SnowStorm beer from Schell, rivaling the Weihnachtsbier from 2008.

11-10-2010 19:28:53 | More by bsp77
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-14-2011 06:49:57 | More by MattyG85
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

As good as a beer in a bar can ever be for 2.50 a bottle. I picked this up at D'z it was great!!! Pours a deep caramel clouded hue with speckled lacing. Aroma has a deep banana clove character with nutty roasted dark malts this is great stuff, I'm enjoying every snifft it's like fresh baked banana bread. Flavor is straight up banana and caramelized sugars much a like a banana fosters dessert. Clove, spiciness very nice blend of malts and German brewing technique going on at one of the oldest breweries in the US. Mouthfeel is medium bodied lively carbonation from the active weizenbock yeast strain, I'm loving this beer. Drinkability overall the best American brewed version I've had in a long time since the small outfit that makes the winter weizen bock out of Jersey.

01-30-2011 06:51:30 | More by WVbeergeek
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +2%

Translucent mahogany brown with a proud stack of beige suds that dies more quickly that I'd like, and laces moderately. I had it pegged for a 5 in appearance immediately after the pour.
It rips into the nostrils with banana bread and ginger bread. Augmented with clove and allspice and cinnamon, with a bit of background dark chocolate.
It hits the mouth, and brings everything the nose promised, and basically in the same fashion. Banana bread, gingerbread, a trace of roasted nuts, caramel, clove, allspice, a more pronounced cinnamon. A little chocolate late, possibly covering some dark fruitiness.
Medium bodied, pushing fuller with a stunted but steady CO2. It's just a bit thin feeling for a weizenbock. Drinkablity is high.
I love this, but realistically, it's more of a dunkelweiss. It lacks a bit of bock maltiness (which is what kept me from scoring it higher, even though I wanted to). I'm splitting hairs a bit, and there's no need or that. This is a winner, and it'll be a fridge staple this winter.

12-15-2010 08:54:12 | More by cokes
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Picked up a single from Princeton's. Holy Aventinus. This smells just like the classic German weizenbock. It seems to be just a touch lighter in character. The aroma and flavor are full of fruity caramel and phenol spice. It's a big and bready malt character with hints of banana and brown sugar. All in all and tasty weizenbock. I'm always a fan of the special Schell's brews, but this exceeded my expectations.

11-28-2010 08:10:28 | More by tempest
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plfahey

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep brown with ruby highlights. Relatively clear. Frothy off white head with moderate retention, and substantial lacing.

Aroma-Spicy clove aromas are the most apparent here along with some fairly strong caramel aromas. Light, spicy wheat and low banana esters hover in the background. Very slight secondary bready notes also appear. The cloves steal the show, and the beer smells delicious.

Flavor-A lot more malt character shows through in the flavor. Spicy clove melds with spritzy yeast and caramelly, bready malt. Very light alcohol dries out the finish, leaving some light roast flavors and a hint of chocolate dancing on the palate.

Mouthfeel-medium full body with very high carbonation, this one is truly effervescent. Some light alcohol warmth is notable.

This is a great beer, and really turned me on to the weizen-bock style. If I were trapped inside during a snowstorm, I'd be more than happy to knock back several of these.

12-21-2010 05:33:27 | More by plfahey
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dbossman

Nebraska

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
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gunterheidrich

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -14%

07-21-2014 22:38:02 | More by gunterheidrich
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morimech

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -14%

Poured into weizen glass. Self described as a weizen doppel bock. Brown color with three fingers of head that had good retention. Just a little bit of haze which was a disappointment. The brewer chose to filter this beer and thus lost most of its charactor. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is malty with a slight weizen aroma. Hints of banana. The flavor is straight up hefeweizen. If I could not see the color of this beer I would think it tasted like Schell's Hefeweizen. Nothing really sets it apart. The increased alcohol content is not noticeable. Body is relatively light and carbonation lively. Again I would say it was the same as the hefe and not worthy of the weizenbock classification. Probably the most disappointing Snowstorm to date. It is a decent wheat beer but lacks enough charactor to be considered a premier Weizenbock.

11-28-2010 20:03:59 | More by morimech
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djsmith1174

Minnesota

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
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -1.7%

Very dark copper, with a less than a finger beige head. Dissipates quickly.

Malty, slightly nutty, touch of caramel, sweetness.

Taste is slightly sweet, with a bit of caramel, slight nuttiness and I'm getting a bit of spice...like a festive spice... Maybe I'm off. It's nice though overall.

Upper light in body, very smooth, nice carbonation and a bit slick.

Overall tasty, and not hard to put away at all. Very enjoyable as a whole.

11-16-2010 01:44:19 | More by EgadBananas
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%

Reviewed on 11-24-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured one finger of foam, nice white creamy foam, good amount of carbonation present with a nice ring of lacing

S - Wheaty bread aroma blended with roasted malts

T/M - Gritty, bread taste, malts with not a whole lot of hops

D - As much as I like Schell's brew, this brew didn't do much for me, good taste but being to wheaty for me

12-13-2010 03:29:35 | More by FreshmanPour77
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

01-04-2012 01:37:57 | More by IdrinkGas
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bwiechmann

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

Paid $12.99 for a 12-pack at MGM in Mankato.

A- A really nice, tall, thick head is produced from a pour into a NB globe glass, supported by a caramel, copper colored body. Leaves nice sticky lacing.

S- Malt forward with strong notes of banana, toasted bread, caramel, and some cloves.

T- When cold the banana notes are prevalent, as it warms the taste evolves and really begins to shine. Sweetness comes through with caramel notes backed up by toasted malts. Delicious.

M- Dry. Light carbonation, medium bodied.

D- When first poured I was planning on scoring this lower. However, as this beer warms it really comes into its own. The alcohol is really imperceptible, the flavor and nose improves, and you can hardly keep yourself from opening another bottle.

Schell's really did a nice job with this beer. It will be my go-to brew to get me through the next 4 months. I was looking forward to this and I was not disappointed.

11-04-2010 16:48:54 | More by bwiechmann
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

A - Nice, dark amber color with an above average sized, rocky, foamy, sticky, fairly dense off-white colored head. Pretty good retention with a nice lacing.

S - Strong toasted caramel malt initially along with the obvious banana, clove, and very subtle bubblegum. Pretty sweet aroma. Banana is overly ripe kind of aroma. Touch of other spices. Pretty typical Weizenbock aroma with a bit more caramel malt.

T - Starts out with a strong caramel malt flavor. The overly ripe banana and clove comes later toward the end of the sip. They definitely stick out (especially the banana) and have a bananas foster type of flavor. Hints of chocolate and nut as well.

M - Lighter side of medium body with a good level of carbonation. Somewhat creamy with a definite drying finish.

D - Goes down very easy and is quite enjoyable to drink. Alcohol is well hidden, it is sweet but not cloying, and it goes down very easy. No problem finishing the bottle and want another.

Notes: I guess this is the future of Schell as it was brewed by the next generation before he goes off to train in Germany. A very nice beer. A little strong on the caramel malt for a Weizenbock, but it is very nice. Solid beer that is pleasant to drink. It may not have wowed me, but it was close, and for $6.99 a six-pack, great beer for a great deal. Grab a sixer if available to you.

11-13-2010 02:04:52 | More by FreshHawk
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

A - Looks like a cloudy amber. With a half inch of fluffy white head.

S - Mostly banana and clove. Maybe slight alcohol and wheat. Mild fruits.

T - Interesting it almost comes off as a Hefe with the lightness of this Weizenbock. Low ABV burn but still there. Banana and clove mostly with slight yeast and dark fruit esters.

M - Medium really. Does get to you after a while.

D - Huh it's really not the best but the cheapest. Pretty much picked it up thinking it was a spiced winter ale but ended up being kind of eh... Still a very solid offering.

12-26-2010 04:24:07 | More by DrDemento456
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beachscrat

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured into a warmed wheat-style/weizen beer glass. Served at around 40 degrees, but then it warmed in the glass.

Strong thick white head with ruby copper caramel hue with extreme clarity, unlike hefeweizen.

Strong ripe plantain aromas initially that fade into clove spice and fresh baked banana bread.

Spicy caramel malted banana bread with a quick clean finish that allows greater drinkability.

Overall a very good beer, with good drinkability for the style. Strong flavors and aromas with clean finish. I would love to pair this with some fried plantains, or some other Caribbean type starch dish.

11-14-2010 20:05:58 | More by beachscrat
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happygnome

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

a: pours a nice golden caramel brown color with about an inch of head that disappears quickly leaving a good amount lacing around the edge of the glass and top of the beer

s: dark fruit aroma, prunes and figs. There is little hop bitterness for balance

t: dark fruit flavor. Sweet dark fruit malt flavors but not cloyingly sweet. There are also banana flavors and caramel. The hop bitterness is more present in the flavor than it is in the nose

m: medium bodied beer with good carbonatoin

overall, i really enjoyed this brew

01-13-2011 00:34:08 | More by happygnome
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gatornation

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.7%

pours a dark copper/brown color with a small beige head that turns into a fresh collar..smell is belgian with banana,clove fruit,with bread and candied malts ..taste is spicy followed buy fruits like apples and bananas, clove ans sweet malt with a biscuit taste round this out..mouth feel is medium with carbonation its spicy and tells you to have another sip..like the belgian tastes in this years snowstorm very good

11-17-2010 23:30:51 | More by gatornation
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Cramerican

North Dakota

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-16-2012 03:42:43 | More by Cramerican
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Doyle

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-05-2012 03:14:37 | More by Doyle
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shutupandcook

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +22.9%

12-11-2011 14:58:00 | More by shutupandcook
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Eric908

South Dakota

4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-03-2013 21:30:11 | More by Eric908
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Snowstorm 2010 from August Schell Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.