Snowstorm 2008 | August Schell Brewing Company

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Snowstorm 2008Snowstorm 2008

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: 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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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 59
Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -25.7%
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 mbrasi
3.26/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber brown into glass with a small head. Aroma is malt with bread and grain (lager-like). Flavor isn't too bad, there is some sweetness in there but mostly bread and grain with some caramel. I thought this brew could be drain pour from the aroma but it's actually drinkable. Lots of malt flavor in this brew and goes down smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of Fatduck
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with an oily fast fleeing head. Smells like caramel malt and butter. Taste good, a little bitterness some good malt flavor, nothing special at all. A little big over carbonated but its a great drinker. I was finished with the 6pack before I knew it.

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Photo of hoplover82
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a deep hazy amber color with an off white medium creamy to slightly bubbly head that slowly fades to a good film on the beer, but very good retention with really good lacing all the way down my glass.

S-The aroma is of faint dark fruits. That's about is. Slight notes of rye in the nose.

T-Strong sweet caramel with some strong astringency and tangy alcohol notes, big minus.

M-Medium to almost light bodied. Slightly cloying.

D-Ok drinkability. I could probably have a few of these in a night. But it wasn't all that.

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Photo of BierFan
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
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 Dubbercody
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from trade. Pours dark amber, smells bread-like, with a bit of pepper and rye. Nice flavor, the rye comes out a plays well with the malt and a bit of balancing hops. For a bock, it's quite drinkable, even though it's a bit on the thick tasting side. Cool beer, I'd drink it again.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
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 grub
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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 RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfectly clear amber with a decent enough light tan head. Nose is leafy and with a minor sweet edge to it. Flavor is leafy, earthy, and tangy sweet. A bit too tangy IMO, but I still like it enough. Seems to mellow out a slight bit as it warms. Smooth liquid with an almost sticky feel to it. Carbonation is pretty low. Hey, I can dig it.

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Photo of jeremyd365
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark copper with a bit of white head. Smells of some thick fruit.. not sure if I can sense the rye or not. The mouthfeel is average-ish.. medium bodied with a faint tartness and not too carbonated. The taste is pretty good--a mix of syrupy fruits and a bit of the rye I'm thinking. Overall I liked this one and will be enjoyed it much.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.88/5  rDev -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 zeff80
3.88/5  rDev -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 Raymond69
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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 ThePeskyDingo
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this review from earlier this year under my desk while cleaning and I haven't posted it yet...

Poured with a .5 finger head that dissipated quickly. Deep rich amber color with mild to medium carbonation. Light splotchy lacing.

Smells of malts and deep dark fruits.

Tastes of malts, chocolate, dark fruits and chocolate.

Smooth crisp mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Goes down pretty easy. I have drank multiple of these in a night on several occasions.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Solid ruby mahogany hue with a solid half finger head.

S- Clean carmel malts with a light astringent note.

T- Caramel maltyness with a light nutty character upfront. More complexity comes through toward the middle with a very slight chocolatey note and some spicyness. A light touch of hops comes through in the smooth finish.

M- Pretty good here. Medium-full bodied, slightly fizzy.

D- Went down well enough.

Not a bad bock by any means. If you're a malthead, I'd check it out.

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Photo of Mdog
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear brown-amber, good head and lacing.

Smell: Sweet, bready, a little brown sugar?

Taste: Moderate sweetness, a little more rye bread starts coming through in later sips.

Drinkability: Really hits the spot for some reason, very drinkable.

Picked up a 12pack to give this year's Snowstorm a try. Very nice beer, nice balance and not too heavy. Plus now I can say I've had a Weihnachtsbier!

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, enjoyed while reading a chapter out of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

A-Copper-brown beer, clear and dark. A large tan head lightly tops it off. Head reduced down slowly to a consistent layer of bubbles and retained nicely.

S-Fruity esters, rye spice, hints of black pepper, over a caramel and bready malt.

T-Caramel, chocolate and nutty bread malts create the foundation of this beer's flavor, with a slight spice poking through. Hop bitterness provides a balance to this luscious, malty brew. Finishes rather dry with a faint chocolate taste lingering with a spicy breadiness.

M-Medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation. This brew has a comforting feel to it, further accentuated by its rich flavors.

D-I've had this beer many times over this winter season and have thoroughly enjoyed it time and again. Another winner for the Snowstorm beers from Schell's. A very full flavor profile with many tastes to play with, making it an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev -1%
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 mjryan
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This may be the perfect winter beer. Nice brown colour with an inviting frothy head. Retention is good with some sticky lace. Smells very appetizing, very brandy like. Flavour is smooth and complex. Very malty, with a slight roasted character. Slightly sweet in the finish. This is a delicious malt bomb. Bravo Schells!

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Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Dark brown or amber depending on the lighting. excellent head that sticks around for a while. Lacing is decent on the sides of my glass
S= Very bready smelling. One of the most bread like beers I've ever smelled.
T= chocolate, bread and a small hint of hops to finish. The bread flavor again sort of tastes me away with this beer.
M= smooth and crisp at the same time. Very interesting
D= very high. This is a great beer. The best from schell I've had so far.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes: 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.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to justn for including this one in a recent trade!

Pours a deep amber color with a nice creamy inch of head. The cold weather didn't seem to have too much affect on the delivery of this mighty fine looking beer.

Smells of sweet fresh bread, sugar/syrup, hints of raisins and dark fruit.

Taste is malty goodness. Lots of sweetness up front with some resiny tastes following. There is a certain bitterness, almost like that of sour cherry, that adds a little bit to the aftertaste to this very malty and warming bock.

Great tasting beer that is very easy drinking. Love it. Thanks again justn for a great taste of Minnesota winter.

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Photo of ETM
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Not sure what to expect. A dark auburn pour with medium sized bubbles. Moderatel to small head. Initial taste is quite "beery". Once the foam has settled and I have adjusted to it I notice an interesting malt profile with a rye note on the finish and a moderate carbonation on the tongue. The beer finishes less sweet that one normal gets with a bock and rye is present with the aftertaste as well which is a nice change. The drinkability of this beer is huge because it lets you savor the flavors without drowning them out with hops or with excessive residual sweetness.

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Photo of mothman
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 Weihnachtsbier

Color is a very light ruby/brown. Pours a slightly tan head that doesn't last to long. Not very much lacing observed.

The aroma is of solid malts. You can definately tell that it is a rye beer from the smell. There is also a hint of dark chocolate and licorice lingering around.

The taste is mainly malts. Carmel is present as well as some spices. Dark chocolate is also present.

Mouthfeel is very creamy. The beer is cold, but it's as if it warms your mouth, very interesting.

Overall, this was an interesting beer and one I am glad I got to try. I haven't tasted anything like this and I would recommend it.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from my friend Michelle who was visiting her folks in Minny. Served in a pilsener glass. I think this is my first bock review, so I'm not totally sure what to expect from the style.

A - This is one nice looking brew. Three fingers of slow-dissolving light tan foam that leaves rings of lacing behind. The brew itself is a cherry wood stain color with a hint of orange. Lots of bubbles cascade upwards.

S - Malt, bready yeast (almost sourdough-y), a hint of chocolate and rye. The malt character exudes a toffee and caramel sweetness. It's got some good strength as well, as I can smell it a few inches from the glass.

T - There's quite a bit more rye in the taste - there's an omnipresent bitter sour quality as a result that lingers into the aftertaste. I get some toffee sweetness at the tip and sides of my tongue, along with an bread flavor throughout. Nice balance.

M - Medium body, not overly carbonated (which was a surprise from how it looked), smooth, creamy. There's a little bit of residual stickiness that complements the caramel flavors.

D - I don't think this is my favorite style of brew, but it goes down easy and the ABV is relatively low. If my apartment was colder I might be more interested in this brew, but my landlord keeps the heat at an ungodly level (thus fueling my love affair with IPAs).

Recommended for anyone who wants a winter beer without the usual nutmeg and cinnamon flavors.

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Snowstorm 2008 from August Schell Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 59 ratings.
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