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g-manpuck wrote:


Last night I tried this year’s Schells Snowstorm since someone blew the Oktoberfest keg last weekend at The Loose Moose…wasn’t me this year. Anyway this year Snowstorm is a confusing beer if you read their description on their website.

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As every Midwesterner knows, no two snowstorms are ever alike and that’s what makes this brew so special. This year’s Oat Starkbier is a malt-driven dark lager meant for the coldest of winter nights. The creamy mouthfeel from the oats smooths out the toasty notes, amplifying the rich Munich malt before a crisp finish

That’s the description on the heading above that it is listing as an Oat Stout. After doing a quick Google search about what a starkbier is, the interwebs list that starkbiers are mostly bocks.

So, here is my confusion. They list it as a stout, describe it as a dark lager, but market it as a oat starkbier which is a bock. So then when the glass of beer comes to me it doesn’t look like a stout or a dark lager, it’s lighter in color than Firebrick. Now it does drink similar to Firebrick but has a different finish to it but not better than Firebrick.

I am very underwhelmed with this Snowstorm. I have truly liked their darker versions of this in the past over this version. It’s not a drain pour but when faced with the choice of Firebrick or Snowstorm this winter, I will choose Firebrick 9 out of 10 times over Snowstorm.

I now will be eagerly waiting the arrival of Bock season.

Hmm. Google says Starkbier is brewed for early spring consumption. :conf2:

I’m gonna buy some anyway just because.