Snowstorm 2010 | August Schell Brewing Company

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Snowstorm 2010Snowstorm 2010

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Chaz on 10-29-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a very dark brown/amber color with an inch thick, creamy tan head that dissipates instantly. Leaves a pretty nice lacing.

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.

Mouthfeel - Has a medium/creamy body with low carbonation.

Overall - I think this is my first time trying this style of beer. It's not bad.

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Photo of pettis
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of afdempse
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Huhzubendah for the bottle!

Pours a dark copper color, with a creamy off-white head.

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.

Extraordinarily drinkable for a beer of this strength. Would love to try more offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FlandersNed for sending this out my way. Split with Adam.

The beer is dark copper hued with a small, tan head. The aroma is a huge banana bomb. Adam is right on the money when he described the aroma as bananas foster.

The flavor follows suit. Lots of bananas soaked in alcohol, with a nice malty backbone. Rum and candied fruits.

Good feel. Alcohol is present, though unobtrusive.

A solid brew. I would have this again.

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Photo of youngleo
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
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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Photo of djsmith1174
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of Lauthaha
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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!

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Photo of lwillitz
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass
sell-by date marked on bottle is 04-15-11

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

O - This is a good dopplebock. Well done, Schell's!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -2%
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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Photo of dbossman
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of herman77
3.57/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark amber-ish brown with a small off white head. Hardly any lacing.

S: Lots of banana and clove spice. A bit of sweet malts, carmel and a touch toasty.

T: Even more banana in the taste then in the smell. More of a banana bread like taste with fruity and spicy yeast. Cloves and some sweetness. Very flavorful.

M: Medium body. Fine carbonation bubbles makes for a pleasant mouthfeel.

O: Lower drinkability. Just too much banana and spice for my liking. Glad I got to try one though.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Dark copper color, one-finger light tan head with decent retention. Slightly cloudy, faint lace.

S: Vibrant pear notes, along with pepper and cardamom spice. Really good. Aroma shifts to dark fruits and molasses as the beer warms.

T: Banana, brown sugar and more pepper/cardamom. Some biscuit in the mix. Faint minerals emerge with a bit of dryness in the finish. Plums lurking in the background. Bubble gum emerges as the beer warms.

M: Smooth, well carbonated, body seems a bit light, but it works.

O: A really nice beer. Alcohol well integrated, won't mind having another or two.

Too bad this is a one-time offering, another limited release that seems to deserve a shot at the regular line-up. Will have to see whether any of the other local stores still have this-- it was the last on the shelf where I purchased it.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice reddish brown with a great big head and some good bit of lace. The aroma is loaded with cordial cherry, banana, nuttiness, and some sort of familiar fruitiness I just can't place my finger on. There is a mild bit of booze in there but it's not distracting from the nice fruitiness that is otherwise presented. The beer shows it's strength in the flavor but despite that it tastes much more like a top class Dunkelweizen than a weizenbock, and I know I'm splitting hairs there. There is a bit of caramel and cotton candy right up front along with quite a good deal of nuttiness, some pear and of course a nice banana character round this out. The beer is sweet, but not undrinkably so, in fact it finishes fairly dry and clean and the sweetness doesn't really linger so I'd say sweetness is worked in about as well as I could imagine in this type of beer. Palate is big and creamy, really quite nice on the tongue. Very true to style, but bold in flavor. A very good offering from the Snowstorm series.

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Photo of Duff27
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice dense, white, one-fingered head atop a dark brown, nearly opaque beer. Some effervescence going on if you look close. Decent head retention and very little lacing.

S- Chocolate banana notes.

T- Exactly what I imagined a well crafted "weizen dopplebock" would tasted like. Wheat up front, bock in the back it seems to me. Bananas/cloves, the usual weizen suspects.

M- Medium to heavy mouthfeel....slightly syrupy.

D/O- I really liked this one from Schell's. Harder hitting ABV than you'd be led to believe. Packs a lot of flavor. This one was meant for winter nights.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of CPeterson
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A -- A hazy rusty copper brew that pours into a two finger head and settles to a nice froth of khaki foam.

S -- Banana bread, cloves, some dark fruit, and caramel sweetness.

T -- Sweet malt, bready, yeast notes that show in banana, clove, and candied nuts. Finish is lightly earthy and dry, balancing it out.

M -- Thick, almost to the point of being syrupy -- to be expected -- and moderately carbonated. Slightly drier on the finish than other weizenbocks.

D -- Extremely good beer. Find it and buy it while it's here.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reminiscent of my favorite Weizenbock of all time (from the defunct Bandana Brewery) A brown, clear body with a small yet thick head. Banana and coffee cake in the nose. The taste is sharp and smooth, well-rounded. Great for the cold weather, or dessert. This is probably my favorite edition of Snowstorm to-date.

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Photo of 321jeff
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to UMNBeerhunter for sending this in our first trade. Saved for the first big winter storm of the year.

Pours a clear reddish brown with about a finger of tan head that quickly fades to a solid collar. Some lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is a mix of brown sugar, bananas and wheat. Also some hints of sweet dark fruits. The aroma is actually more potent than what I was expecting.

Taste is primarily made up of banana and some wheat spiciness. I also get some cloves and the deep malt sweetness. It's pretty sweet overall, but the wheat really does a nice job of balancing it out to an enjoyable flavor profile. My only ding against the taste is an occasional metallic twinge in the finish, but it's light and has all but disappeared as the beer is warming up.

This one is medium in body with a bit of a grainy mouthfeel, which feels about right for a wheat beer. I'm glad this snowstorm hit, because I've been pleasantly surprised by this beer and the style, I never knew what I was missing and I'd welcome the opportunity to try this one again.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took awhile, but I always get to the Schells beers.
A nice spicy and phenolic aroma. Little bit of banana, actually more than a little bit. Slight malt base.
Good looking, typical of Schells beers. Dark amber under a off-white head that settles small, but never leaves. Mild lacing.
More malt in the flavor. Yet, still ample spice and phenols. Seems like a little cinnamon. Dries out quite awhile after the drink, but long lasting flavors hang around. Pretty darn complex - enough going on to keep it interesting.
Getting the feel right for this style is tough. This seems a little light, but this style can't be very heavy, or it's too rich. Might be better to be lighter. Carbonation is soft. A little filling.
Style is rich, so it starts as a beer that's hard to session. Nonetheless, this one leaves me fine with getting another.
At 7%, worth cellaring some?

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snowstorm 2010, a Weizenbock this time.

Appears dark brown with a shortlivid foam. In the smell, pleasant banana, wheat malt, honey baked bread. Tastes very good when cold, more banana, brown sugar, molasses, wheat and very mild bitterness. A little sweet, a little hot, and somewhat syrupy in the mouthfeel. As it warms it drank like a much stronger beer. A nice warm-me-up beer and overall a nice brew.

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, dark burgundy color with a two-finger, tan head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the goblet.

S - It smelled of malt, clove and wheat. Right on for a weizenbock.

T - It was spicy and malty with a strong clove presence to go along with a nice cracked wheat flavor.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. It had a dry finish and was medium bodied.

D - This is really good. I've never been disappointed by any of the Snowstorm series of beers.

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Photo of afksports
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to August Schell for a brew I can have with dinner, and cheers to Mike in Minnesota for the hookup. It pours into my pint glass with a sizeable head, a deep orange amber tone filtered clear but still thick. The smell is strong, yeasty first, then caramel and malts, then a bit of fruits. But mostly just strong.

Taste is wheaty, going with the style, and malty. Certainly reminds me of doppelbocks. It's a winter beer for sure. By the end of the glass it's warmed my stomach and I feel like I'm good with the snow outside. The taste is one you can drink again, because it's got a winter warmer type of spice character to it also. But that said, it's just not up my alley, ultimately.

Well-crafted, and a total surprise, I'm happy to have this one once. It feels great going down, but I don't see myself running back. Props, but no exclamation points.

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Photo of katan
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep dark brown to copper color. Head formation, 1mm breaks down to a film. Dirty white color. Very clear, filtered.

S - Lightly malty, some caramel. Spicy yeast profile, some spicy coriander and a little bit of fruity esters.

T - Starts off lightly malty, but then is immediately taken over by lots of banana and clove. Very spicy. Mid-stream gets more balanced, some yeasty breadiness. Finishes with a spicy banana and cinnamon flavor.

M - Moderate body, moderate carbonation. Smooth and clean.

D - Very drinkable, especially at abv. The flavors teeter between a cold weather spicy beer and a warm weather refreshing wheat. A very sessionable beer.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A= Pours a rich amber color with a nice big two finger head on it that holds great retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The first thing I noticed even when I opened the bottle and the gas was let out is bananas. Loads of them as well as some really sexy caramelly sweetness to it. Not much in the hop category but the bananas are really nice here.

T= Just as I expected. The major component of the taste is nice overiped bananas and a caramelly sweetness. Tastes a lot like liquid banana bread! Other than those two major taste components there isn't much depth or complexity. Easy drinker.

M= Spot on with smooth creamy mouth.

D= This is excellent. The flavors are really nice and basic without having to guess and think too much you can enjoy the flavors in this beer. Sweet and yeasty that's about it. It's the Mickey's of Weizenbock!

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Photo of happygnome
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Snowstorm 2010 from August Schell Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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