Snowstorm 2008 | August Schell Brewing Company

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Snowstorm 2008Snowstorm 2008

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: German Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Beer Style: Weihnachtsbier

Flavor/Color Profile: Snow Storm 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.

Added by morimech on 10-24-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 54
Reviews by hodgsongreg:
Photo of hodgsongreg
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a drought of several months since enjoying the 2007 Snowstorm, I grabbed a case of what I hoped would be a rush of good memories. What I drank was like a revisiting a memory that had changed, not become more complex, like a fisherman tale, but different. The color is similar, the roasted nuttiness is still there, but the biggest taste difference is from last year is that there is a little more alcohol presence and a little less oat. It still drinks smoothly and is relaxing more than it is refreshing. I really enjoy this beer and look forward to finishing the winter of 08/09 with an ample supply of this tasty drink.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of beerkittycat
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is clear with reddish-brown hues and a minimal off-white head. Aroma is subtle but complex with notes of brown sugar, bread dough, and ginger snaps along with familiar flowery noble hops. Taste has much the same as aroma but it's hard to pin down exactly the style. It tastes somewhere between a bock and an Octoberfest. Very smooth, slightly restrained carbonation, and a drier finish than you would expect for a bock makes this beer extremely drinkable. It's got all the malt you would want in a winter beer with the drinkability of a German lager. Brilliant! More please!!!

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Photo of cokes
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, clear, crimson-bronze with a thick, sticky, beige dome.
Caramelly, Munich malt aroma, with notions of raisins, figs, rye spiciness, cocoa, and maple-syruped pancakes.
Just a touch drier in the mouth. Toasted nuts and grain are first noticed, with an ephemeral rye peppery-breadiness. As it gathers towards chocolate graham crackers (or, I guess, S'Mores). It deepens and sweetens from here, with maple syrup, dates, figs, loads of caramel and nougat, raisins, sassafras, anise, then is briskly lagered clean with just a balancing kiss of herbal, grassy hops.
Medium in feel, taut and brawny in structure. The carbonation level is moderate and steady with its small, trickling bead.
This is thoroughly impressive and easily the best "regular" bock I've had in a looong time.

Hey Schell's, boot the Caramel Bock and produce this full time. Shit, keep the old name if you want, as this has tenfold the caramel flavor anyway. Please??!!?? Bocks don't get much better than this.

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Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours chestnut with a finger of tan head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Brown bread & toffee & a touch of boozeyness, once warm

T: Brown bread & caramel with dryness up front, plus a touch of herbal hops. More brown bread & caramel as this warms, along with slight grainyness and toasty malt. Finishes dry, toasty & with nice caramel notes

MF: Medium bodied with fairly soft carbonation, slight stickyness as well

Drinks really easy, not a perfect bock, but one I'd happily put in rotation if given the chance

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Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of morimech
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Weihnachtsbier described as a winter bock on the bottle carrier. Other Weihnachtsbiers on the site are classified in different styles from Kolsch, Marzen, to Dunkel Lagers. This one is "Brewed with nine different malts, including copious amounts of Munich and a touch of Rye."

Pours a reddish brown color with two inches of off-white head that hangs around for a little while and eventually settles to a thin cap. Some sticky lacing is left on the glass surface during consumption. Strong malt aroma, mainly caramel malt. Semi sweet malt flavor with low noble hop flavor. Some alcohol is detected as well. Nice cold weather flavored beer. Medium body with a fizzy carbonation. Not harsh but just a bit overdone. I think the ABV is up around 7-8% so I would not drink more than a couple. Look forward to drink more of this in the upcoming winter months.

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Photo of BierFan
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass. Printed freshness date of "060409".

Appearance: Clear dark brown with a big off-white head. Head retention is fairly good, but the lacing leaves a bit to be desired.

Smell: Sweet malts with a vaguely chocolate aroma.

Taste: Rye and caramel barley malt with a bitter finish.

This beer is kinda ho-hum. I'd rather have Michelob's winter seasonal to be completely honest.

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Photo of theghost3
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sonicdescent for this one. Poured into a mug. Appearance is reddish brown with a 2-finger light beige head. Minimal lacing.

Smell is strong of caramel & chocolate, but there are nice hints of vanilla, wheat, sour herbal hops & yeast. The taste is dominated by the chocolate and caramel. There are some additional flavors of sour rye, whiskey, vanilla, and bread. Mouthfeel is smooth, finish is dry.

This is a very drinkable brew; very filling.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

brown, very clear with lots of carbonation, really quite nice and a classic look for a bock. Thin off white head formed on the top, but quickly faded to just a thin film that stayed throughout the session, but offered no side glass contribution.

The aroma was your classic malty bock. Nice sweet caramel and nutty aromas mixed in with a good earthy tone. The flavor followed through very closely with a nice bitter malty flavor and a good amount of sweetness

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Photo of schellsbeer
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just opened my first bottle of Schell's Snowstorm 2008. Can't wait to try it. I think I am a little excited. YEAH.

Alright here it goes...

A - Pours a dark golden color. The color reminds me of Buckwheat Honey. Very thin head but after a few minutes still is present.

S - Smells sweet. Very clean. Very fresh. Was this beer just made? Yes, I think it was. And now for the critical part...the taste. Here goes...

T - Hello Beer, meet mouth. Very good flavor that stays on the tastebuds long after it has made its way to the stomach. The back of the mouth and tongue taste this the longest. VERY FRESH!!! Slight hint of rye and bitter hops. I really think that Schells has outdone themselves on this one. MUCH better than last years Snowstorm 2007. Good carbonination. Not filling. I keep drinking, the back of the tongue keeps asking for more. Excuse me while I listen to my mouth. A beer drinker can't keep the tastebuds waiting. Even the burps taste!!! I love you Snowstorm 2008.

M - Like a good beer should feel. Crisp, Refreshing, Awesome.

D - This is one beer that I could drink several of. Very good Bock. One of the best if not the best Bock Schell's has ever produced. Exceptional taste.

Overall, I will be purchasing several more 12 pks of this wonderful brew. Right up there with their Stout and Schmaltz's Alt. Excellent. Thank you Schells.

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Photo of Raymond69
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark red in color. Decent head, some lacing.

Aroma of sweet malts , darker sugars like molasses are also evident.

Spicy maltiness seemingly from nutmeg(or another spice) are present although the brewer doesn't mention them. Perhaps this spicy phenolic taste is from the rye. Underlying sweetness is subdued.

Dry and sharp , carbonation is good.

Although it's not typical of a bock , it's worth drinking.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a 1 finger head with good retention and an amber color.

Smell is of some mild aromatic malt.

Taste is of caramel malts with a hint of hop bitterness. It's sort of uninteresting.

Crisp mouthfeel with decent fullness.

This is a pretty decent beer, nothing special, but it's sessionable for sure.

Thanks to Beubie for the sample.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Doyle
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of grub
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

got this one as a bonus in a recent trade with WankerWeasel. thanks ben!

12oz bottle. sampled jan 29/09.

pours red-brown with a small very fine tan head. the head drops fairly quick and leaves lots of spotty lace.

aroma is nice. light caramel and toffee. whole wheat bread. touch of biscuit. touch of fruity character. earthy. light alcohol.

taste is good. lightly toasted multi-grain bread. bit of biscuit. bit of caramel and toffee. alcohol. just a hint of roast. almond. bit of earthy character too. bit fruity. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. mostly balanced, with just a little alcoholic edge creeping in.

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Photo of KeefD
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber brown color with an enormous head that sticks around for quite some time, settling into a nice cap leaving behind some lovely sheets of lacing. Nice aroma of caramel malts, hints of chocolate and dark fruits and slight rye twang. Smells inviting on this cold winter day while there's snow falling outside my window. This brew is malty as hell. Plenty sweet, lots of caramel flavors, a bit of maple syrup, hints of chocolate, again with a slight rye twang, light spiciness, and a decent hop finish. It's complex and malty, just the way I like them in the winter time. It's unlike any other Bock I've experienced, but this is Schell's once a year experimental brew, and they didn't let down. Thick and creamy on the tongue, goes down ultra smooth. Highly drinkable, as the ABV doesn't seem or feel too high. I will certainly be revisiting this beer over the winter months and hope this one makes it's way into Schell's regular lineup, just as past Snowstorms have. I'll even take this as a seasonal, as it's much tastier and more complex than their Caramel Bock. YUM!

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Photo of shadow1961
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The '08 Snowstorm pours a big stiff beige head over a clear, deep amber brew. Carbonation is active and steady, the nose is toasty malts, with hints of molasses and bitter chocolate. The flavor is, again toasty barley malts, rye spiciness, mocha and coffee hints, and a bit of herbal hop off the back. Mouthfeel is pretty full for a lager, tending dry with a nice sharp spiciness. Holiday beers tend to be a little sweet and insipid- this one has a nice crisp edge to it!

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Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, amber/brown color with lighter amber along the edges and bottom of the glass. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, slight roasted malt, and slight hop. Fits the style of a Bock. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hops, slight spice, and yeast in the finish. Overall, a better than average bock, but nothing special. Good blend of flavors, nice mouth feel, and good appearance.

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Photo of Greggy
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark copper color with a slightly tan head 2 fingers in height. The head has some great retention and some nice lacing. No sediment is present.

S- A nice bready component comes through, chocolate, some rye notes, and a bit of earthiness. Overall the nose isn't terribly complex.

T- Starts out with a light chocolate, with bready notes, some rye spiciness, and some dark fruit notes (raisin). The finish has some nice spiciness to it and is warming. I also get a nice dark chocolate note in the finish which coats the mouth.

M- The rye spiciness is very appealing to me. I really enjoy the warming it offers.

D- This beer is 6% which is great because it's an excellent winter beer and won't knock me on my ass when I drink a couple of them. Definitely give this one a shot.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear deep mahogany color. The head is one inch in height, rocky, and recedes slowly into thick, chunky lacing. The aroma is of toffee, caramel, graham crackers, hints of ginger, and tons of sweet malt. It isn't an overpowering nose, but it is very nuanced. The taste is of spicy rye, roasted malts, caramel, toffee, hints of chocolate. The taste is quite a bit more robust than the aroma, but is equally nuanced. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a great beer, and truly worth the name Snowstorm. There is some much going on here that every sip seems to reveal something new and different. I really hope this becomes a regular in the Schell lineup.

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a somewhat cloudy, burgundy color with a thick, foamy, off-white head. It left some nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of caramel and biscuity roasted malt.

T - It tasted very sweet. Nice roasted malt flavors. A slight floral taste, but the sweetness overpowered it.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This was a pretty good bock. By no means the best but very drinkable.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Starts with an interesting malt complexity to the aroma. Fairly bold, especially for this brewery. Some sweet (maybe even caramelize a bit). Some graininess and kinda' smoky. There is an aroma that is vaguely familiar to me from other Schells beers such as the munich dunkel and the dark, so I wonder if it's the grains or the yeast (or both I suppose).
Excellent looking beer. Brightly clear, with a dark color of brown and garnet. Creamy rather dense head of off-white of one inch and leaves nice lacing especially towards the top of the glass.
Malty richness in the flavor again with a malty drying at the finish which is surrounded by a mild bitterness. Munich malt character is easily noted. A touch of rye spiciness and overall holds some flavor reminiscent of winter ales (such as Summit and Avery), yet completely different too. A tad of alcohol noted as much is impact as flavor.
Fullness from carbonation, but bubbles are soft and fine. Nice moderate lager body.
This isn't a huge beer and will be a disappointment for some, but it is rich with a solid body and complex flavors even at relatively cold temperatures. Drinkability is rather high as I'd easily take another after this initial one. If the Caramel Bock could change to something like this what a merry christmas that would be.

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Photo of zenwatts
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing!

Pours a clear dark orange, some ruby reddish hues, medium sized white head, settles down to a thin collar and a thin layer on top, some lace spots, good retention. Smell is nice, very clean and malty, caramel, toast, biscuit, dark fruits, strawberries and melon, some sweet sugars, really nice. Taste is neat, very biscuity, very heavy toffee, iron, toasty, brown sugar, treacle, some raisin, nice malty sweetness, night fruitiness, but very clean finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very smooth and drinkable. A very nice bock, really smooth and very well put together. Thanks Russ.

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Photo of Buebie
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the 2008 release.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a brandy snifter.
Deep mahogony in color with a copper hue. Big 3 finger creamy white head. Leaves thick sticky lace draping my glass. Retention is good with thick custers of assorted sized bubbles.

Aroma is a burnt caramel with huge malt backing. Roasted grains, wisps of dark candy sugar and a hint of rye, mixed with cocoa nibs in a nutty chocolate aroma.

Thick creamy mouthfeel with a light dose of carbonation. More burnt caramel, alcahol warming, dark candy sugar and bits of toasted spiced rye.
Some bittersweet chocolate grain like flavor. Toasted grainy buttered bread, rye pumpernuckle flavors.
Finishes clean and crisp with a lingering rye flavor and sweet toasted breadyness.

Good brew, much different then last year. I really love the hell outta this. Going to have to start a verticle celleraing and pick up another case for years to come.

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Snowstorm 2008 from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 59 ratings