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Snowstorm 2010 - August Schell Brewing Company

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Snowstorm 2010Snowstorm 2010

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79 Ratings
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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 brewdoc75:
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3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lovely brown with amber hues. A striking, 2 inch head sits on top and sticks around at 1/2-1 inch for a bit. Moderate-strong carbonation. Looks lovely.

S: Some mustard seed at first. A hint of sulfur, then comes the banana and clove. Some banana peel bitterness is there too. The malts are in the background and provide a toffee and toasty aroma. The mustard seed and sulfur kind of kills the aroma for me. It does go away a bit as the beer warms up.

T: A multitude of flavors come out of this brew. The yeast provides ample banana flavor, this is perhaps the most dominant flavor to me. This is followed by some lighter clove notes. The maltiness is lovely, with plenty of rich melanoidans. There are some caramel, toffee, and bready flavors as well. The hops provide a nice bitterness. It does remind me of banana peel bitterness, possibly because of the yeast flavors. Overall, the flavors play together very well. I do not get any of the sulfur or mustard seed components that I found in the aroma.

M: Medium bodied. Very smooth. Finishes a little sweet for my taste. Carbonation is spot on.

D: A very interesting winter beer. This beer seems to work better for me in the Fall, however. I have limited Weizenbock experience, so take my review with a grain of salt. This is an enjoyable beer, but nothing I would go out of my way to get.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 20:36:54 | More by brewdoc75
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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.

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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.

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09-16-2011 12:53:32 | More by pettis
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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.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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08-13-2011 18:28:48 | More by youngleo
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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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

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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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04-25-2011 22:29:05 | More by mikesgroove
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Snowstorm 2010 from August Schell Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.