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North Country Brünette - August Schell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: darky on 05-05-2014)
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Petcha, May 10, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

The beer pours a hazy brunette with a light tan head with spotty lacing.

The aroma is of sour apple and berries, a slight hint of vinegar acidity and some sweet malt in the background.

The taste is sour apple and cherry with a hint of sweetness at the end. As it warms, I also taste a bit of blueberry and lemon as well. This one will make you pucker!

The mouthfeel is light with lots of carbonation, almost champagne-like.

Overall, another wonderful entry into the Noble Star series. Great beer.

SD-Alefan, Aug 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

DaftPatrick, May 07, 2014
Photo of bsp77
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy orangish-brown with decent off-white head.

Smell: Tart apple, lemon and cherry. Some sweeter dark fruits as well.

Taste: Very malty with bread, biscuit and lots of semi-sweet dark fruits. Nice tart counterbalance of lemons, apples and cherries. The wood aging is very noticeable on the finish.

Feel: Light to medium bodied and fairly effervescent. Exceedingly dry and tart finish.

Overall: Definitely more malty and balanced than a standard Berliner Weisse. There is almost a Flemish quality to this one. This is my least favorite of the three Schell's Noble Star beers so far, but that just shows how stupendous this lineup has been. Another great job overall.

bsp77, May 11, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass. Bottled in March of 2014.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head which slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A tart, funky, and sweet aroma with good hints of fruits, Brett, and yeast. Tart and sweet hints of fruit including some cherries, green apple, berry, prune, and lemon. Big funky presence of Brett yeast giving some cheese like barnyard aroma. Bready malt hints with some wheat, grains, biscuit, and cracker. Fairly acidic. A pretty interesting and good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a funky, tart, and fairly sweet Weiss taste with big notes of fruit, Brett, and wheat. Nicely tart and moderately sweet taste of fruit with notes of cherries, berries, green apple, lemon, and dark prune and plum. Fairly acidic and dry. Good presence of funky Brett yeast with notes of funky and grassy cheese. Bready malt with notes of wheat, biscuit, grains, and cracker. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Nicely tart, drying, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty good twist on a Berliner Weiss beer. Good balance of funk with the tart fruit notes.

MattyG85, Jun 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

sgttibbs, Jun 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

roostor07, May 14, 2014
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%

A- Pours thick and yeasty with a fizzy, rapidly dissipating head. Tannish brown in color with blonde hues. 4.2

S- Reminds me of the aroma of an oud bruin, complete with barynard funk. More sour than tart in the aroma and a heavy malty, caramel-like thing going on. 3.9

T- This is a unique flavor. It kinda reminds me of crispy fries, or certainly a burnt, crispy grain. It's definitely rich on the malt. There's some tart, kind of cherry-like flavor and fruitiness that adds to the medley. 4.05

M- Heavier and with a thicker mouthfeel than most berliners, plus there's a maltiness and charred feel to the beer. The tartness is light and pleasant and the beer still drinks pretty easily. 4

This is quite unique and I like it. I like the experimentation and the results. 4.02

ONovoMexicano, Sep 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Tuckersmth, Jul 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Aug 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19%

Snow81, Oct 02, 2014
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeff for getting me addicted to this brewery. 750ml corked and caged bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a foamy 1 finger light cream colored head with great retention. Beer is a dark, semi-clear mahogany. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little cling. Color is really dark for a Berliner. But otherwise solid.

Nose is vinegar, dark red fruit, cherry stem, peat, and oak with a mellow tartness. Really nice but a bit too subtle.

Opens tart cherry, raspberry and other dark red fruit. Some soy sauce, vinegar and peat. Very sour with a touch of lemon and more red fruit in the middle. Just a bit of wheat at the end that leaves a slightly sweet aftertaste. Really nice.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down foamy and puckering. Finishes accented with a slightly lingering, filmy aftertaste. Awesome!

This is a combination berliner and oud bruin... a very unique concept and its pulled off perfectly here. Another huge winner from August Schell. Definitely seek this one out!

SpeedwayJim, Aug 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

markcp, May 26, 2014
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3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with amber tint. Hard to say if it is cloudy, hazy, or clear because of the darkness of the beer. One finger of head forms before quickly settling to a thick film. Very little lacing is left down the glass.

Funky aroma of mostly lactobacillus. Funky cheese and sour fruit. Just a hint of brett and its barnyard smells. Plenty of wheat in the aroma. Not getting much from the darker malt.

A little bit rich malt flavor that differentiates this from the previous Noble Star beers. The funkiness and sourness does not seem to be at the same level. A little bit sweeter but still a dry beer. Some funky cheese and sour apple with the addition of some caramel and chocolate notes.

Effervescent carbonation if a little bit bigger body. Maybe it is my imagination that I think the body is larger because of the more robust malt.

A really good Berliner Weiss but probably my least favorite of the three released to date from August Schell. Keep brewing them and I will keep buying them.

morimech, May 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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North Country Brünette from August Schell Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.