Snowstorm 2008 | August Schell Brewing Company

Snowstorm 2008Snowstorm 2008
59 Ratings
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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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 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 Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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 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 imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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 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 MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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 Bighuge
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear mahogany. Beautiful cream colored head that has a whipped density and leaves blankets of lace as I drink. Very nice aroma of thick malts, a little roast, some chocolate and nougat. The flavor is a real treat. Nice clean and rich malt tones. A little bready yeastiness. Slight roastiness. A little caramel. This is a great tasting bock. The body and carbonation are spot on. This almost comes across as a bock/schwarzbier hybrid. Reminds me of the Sprecher Winter Brew back in the day when it kicked some ass. This is good. I'd like to place it head to head against New Glarus Uff Da bock and see how it stands, though I think the minor differences would distinguish the beers.

I brought 2 new six packs home tonight. This and Bell's Christmas Ale. I was excited for both. Well, I started with this and a few beers later, I have yet to hit up the Bell's...which is a rarity for me when I have a new one sitting there. Definitely one of their best Snowstorm releases and could be their best. (But I keep reminiscing about that plum recipe of 1997-1998.)

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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 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 ZAP
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been waiting to review this one for awhile now as I've had about a case and a half of it and love it but was struggling with how to describe it. It's time to try and put to words what this beer is all about.

This is a great example of a medium weight winter beer that really is loaded with flavor and character and is extremely well made.

It's a described as a 'bock" of sorts...personally I think it defies a "style" has some bock characteristics but also some schwartzbier notes and also some sweet stout flavors. It actually reminds me a little of a rye stout I had from Bell's many years ago.

Spicy rye notes are evident on the aroma and taste...also some pumpernickel....This also has a sweet chocolate cookie like element that adds a great dimension....malted milk balls as well....but the nice thing with the chocolate is it is sweet but not cloying at all....the perfect touch of sweetness....really the spicy/sweet contrasts blend into a dynamite beer.

Body is medium....creamy mouthfeel...looks like a doppelbock in the glass...

The brewery calls this a Weihnachtsbier....Based on a web search:" "Weihnachten" is German for Christmas, and Weihnachtsbier is the Bavarian seasonal specialty, a strong brew for when the days get shorter and the temperature plummets.

Schell's hit a bulls eye on this one....what a great treat for the holidays....

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

Clear maroon ruby mix with a small khaki colored capping. Nice lacing in thin sheeting with some broken holes and strings in a few areas.

Mildly set aroma with some cocoa, toasted grains, and a tender sweet bready undertone. Notes of red malt, caramel, grass, and partial roasted malt too. A fairly complex nose, just not all that potent; takes some major wiffing to get it in. However, what's there is quite nice.

Taste is quite nice with a pleasing easy tone of slightly roasty maltyness, caramel, mixing with a fluffed cocoa-esk tweak on top of some slight burnt grassyness. Smidgeons of burntness play off the finish as it stays mildly set in a firm but light amount of toasty bready sweetness.

Feel is a firm, nearly creamy, and smooth medium body with a finely drifted tone of sweetened roast, caramel, and cocoa dryness floating about adding a great complexity that is much like a great brown ale. Which this comes across more like then a Bock, but that may be splitting a few hairs I'm sure.

Very drinkable stuff and quite enjoyable. Glad to have been convinced to grab some after many other various years of the Snowstorm being fairly disappointing. This 2008 more then makes up for it.

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Photo of gford217
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Buebie poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark amber with a big two-finger creamy head that has great staying power and leaves thick sheets of lacing. It's a really solid looking beer.

The aroma is dominated by caramel with a slightly roasted character and a biscuity malt backbone. Definitely some rye and a hint of chocolate as well.

The taste is mild and smooth with caramel malts leading the way and some bready malts in the background. The rye is not as present as the aroma but chocolate is there in the finish.

Again, this is seriously smooth with good carbonation and goes down so easy. It's easy to feel the presence of the rye on the palate.

This is a very drinkable winter ale that is a nice change of pace compared to some of the over-the-top beers I've tasted recently. Simple, smooth and 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 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 alexgash
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle.

Drank most of an entire 12 pack of this Weihnachtsbier over Thanksgiving. Pours a clear, dark ruby, with coppery edges. Solid finger of dense, creamy, light khaki head. Good lacing. Nose of wine-y fruits, plums, caramel, maple syrup, cookie dough, all with a spicy vegetal edge.

Taste starts off with light peppery hop bitterness spread over rye bread and grain. Fruit notes follow, with figs, and jammy plums. Dark chocolate and cocoa bittersweetness settle in. Delicious! Cookie dough in the finish mixes with rye and hop spice. Medium-bodied with a creamy feel. By far the best Snowstorm I've had! Please make this year round!

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew in a trade with josephhaugen, Thanks Joe!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear brown color with a beige head that left some trails of lacing.

S - caramel sweet and malty aroma.

T - very good tasting brew, it's rich and malty flavor is delicious.

F - medium bodied, smooth and creamy feel.

D - real easy drinking, great tasting brew.

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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 JamesS
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice brownish copper color with ver nice head and some decent lacing. Nice malty scent with a hint of spices: cinnamon and nutmeg, perhaps, with a little hop undertone. Nice thick malty taste, with a nice hint of spice and a decent malt/hop aftertaste. Goes down quite nice!

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Photo of hardy008
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Copper reddish brown beer. Nice foamy head which leaves a nice lace on the glass.

Smell - Malty with some caramel.

Taste - Malt with some rye and chocolate. Quite interesting.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Quite drinkable. I could easily have a few of these.

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