Advent Beer Calendar 2008: Day 7: Schell Snowstorm

August Schell Snowstorm 2008Today’s beer is another with a secret, variant recipe: August Schell’s Snowstorm, out of Minnesota. They call this style of beer a "Weihnachtsbier" (Christmas Beer) rather than any traditional, given style (I think that’s a neat way to style it), and it’s 6% alcohol by volume.

Here’s their description:

Much like snowflakes, no two Snowstorm beers are alike. Once a year, our brewmasters lock themselves in the testing room with a secret selection of fine malts and hops, only emerging when they’ve hit upon something truly extraordinary.

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.

Sounds delicious!

BeerAdvocate grade: A-. RateBeer score: 3.54/5.