Star Of The North: Berlin Style Wheat Beer - August Schell Brewing Company

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Star Of The North: Berlin Style Wheat BeerStar Of The North: Berlin Style Wheat Beer

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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 52
Gots: 20 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Extremely pale yellow in color with a slight haze and a large, creamy, snow-white foam head. This beer is rather light on the palate and very dry. A lively carbonation accentuates the refreshingly tart acidity. Expect an interesting mix of fruity flavors reminiscent of ripe lemons and apple juice with a touch of spice and a subtle brett character.

(Beer added by: beachscrat on 07-12-2013)
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750ml
$10.99
Coffee Grounds - Eau Claire, WI

Bottled June '13

Star of the North is straight up about as pale golden as you can get, straw golden to be more precise. The clean white foam is fizzy and audible, easy rising with a slow fall. The head has great staying power for so much snap, crackle, and pop eventually becoming a creamy cap. Bubbles run quickly to the surface. It's a great, champagne-esque looking beer.

The nose on this beer is slam packed full of everything you would want in your traditional Berliner Weiss and all in a tidy 3.5% package. A healthy dose of freshly baked wheat biscuit gets us moving and with that biscuit is a bit of wheaty twang. Bright lemon and lime acidity add a sweet and sour touch that I'm very fond of. There are even whispers of that minerality found in lacto that reminds me so much of wet sidewalk. For the size Schell's managed to jam a lot in the nose.

The flavor mimics the nose to a glorious degree. There's a mega shit ton of freshly baked wheaty biscuit goodness with as much twang to boot. The lemon & lime acidity comes in spades with an elegant sweet and sour complexity. A slight minerality brightens up the finish even more than the lemon has already managed to do. Nuanced and delicious.

As soon as this beer hits your tongue it's spritzy and effervescent. A tartness digs long the sides of the tongue. The body is light, refreshing, and highly drinkable. Balance is there but it leans more toward tart than sweet. I could drink this for days straight.

Schell, in Star of the North, probably makes my favorite Berliner Weiss that I have yet to come across. It's not the newfangled, sour 6%ers, but a traditional Berliner Style wheat with low alcohol, loads of flavor, and a brightness with no end. Buy this beer if you see it, it holds up very well.

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Sorry Schell's brewing but this beer is not good. It's not my style. I realize this beer is made specifically to taste the way it does but I did not like it. My poor rating won't hurt though because there is a pretty strong group that likes Star of the North. It's the only offering from Schell's I haven't enjoyed so there's plenty of options for me.

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Star Of The North: Berlin Style Wheat Beer from August Schell Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.