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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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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 49
Gots: 21 | 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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Reviews by tectactoe:
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4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jeff for the initial bottle of this, then to Doug for a nice follow up! Pale straw, hazy and muddled with an almost green-like tint to the entire body. Fizzy head, like you'd see from a Sprite, that's gone in a matter of seconds with essentially nothing left in its wake. One thing's for sure... it definitely looks like a Berliner Weisse.

A metric ton of musty and damp funk gets dropped like a bomb from the initial whiff. Sweaty, moldy oak, damp old carpeting, and a good bit of lemon-lime fruit and skin that balances nicely. It finishes with a sharp acidity to the nostrils, letting you know that though this beer may be quite the motherfunker, you can surely expect some tartness from it.

And there it is... the first sip details a handful of sweet-tart like fruit skins; tart and lightly acidic, but it won't have you reaching for the antacid just yet (at least not until you skull the entire bottle solo one day). The mouth feel is effervescent and fading, crackling and snapping like Pop-Rocks in your mouth, allowing the tartness to cut your palate up pretty well.

The real star of the show, though, is the funk. It's undeniably powerful and eminently beautiful. Incredibly musty, full of cobwebs, and floating with chunky ass yeast notes. We're talking, like moldy, wet floorboards and a damp, musky, basement floor. Of course, in the best way possible. Big cereal grain and wheat-y finish on this one, with more cheesy funk and a touch of lemon skin.

Very solid Berliner Weisse, and extremely authentic for the style. One of the funkier ones out there, for sure. Wet blankets and bales of old hay, left and right, balanced by a great tartness that only imparts tingling levels of acidity in your throat. Mmm'mmm, good. The second time I had this with Doug, we mixed in some raspberries and simple syrup... I recommend this, as well.

tectactoe, Sep 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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Dbrulet, Sep 14, 2013
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4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Extremely pale yellow with beautiful billowing head at first. It doesn't last too long though, and leaves just a thin line behind.

Smell: Loads of lemon, touches of chamomile and pepper. Pretty tart aroma.

Taste: Wheat and cracker backbone, with a strong lemon presence. Some white pepper on the finish. Maybe a hint of Brett. Wonderfully tart.

Feel: Very light bodied and fairly effervescent. Exceedingly dry and tart finish.

Overall: Nice to finally have a more authentic example of the style, as Bell's Oarsman and Dogfish Head Festina Pecha hardly count, and the only German one I had was heavy up on Brett (which was very good). But this is just fantastic, refreshingly tart and ridiculously drinkable. I am excited to see where Schell takes this new Noble Star series, as it essentially give them a line of Sours, albeit German-style.

bsp77, Jul 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

MNMike, Dec 09, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | 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 June of 2013.

Appearance: Pours a pale and fairly hazy yellowish gold. Lots of fast rising bubbles and a solid three fingers of white head which fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A yeasty, tart, fruity, and fairly acidic wheat aroma, a lot like a white wine. German ale yeast with lots of funk. Big mix of white wine like fruits with hints of white grapes, pear, green apple, lemon, and orange. Light hints of banana and bubblegum. Tart cherry like hints from the Brett presence. Soft bready hints of wheat, pils malt, straw, and crackers. Slight hints of pepper. A very interesting and good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, very funky and white wine like, although with a stronger citrus presence. Upfront German ale yeast with a lot of funk and a little white pepper. Strong tart and acidic fruit presence with big notes of white grapes, green apple, pear, orange, and lots of zesty lemon. The Brett funk comes through with some tart cherry like notes. Subtle notes of bubblegum and banana. Wheat driven bready malt presence with notes of grains, straw, and crackers. A very zesty and good taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Very juicy, tart, and prickly. Very smooth.

Overall: A really good take on the Berliner Weissbier style. Good fruity and acidic wine presence with an interesting kick from the Brett. Nicely done.

MattyG85, Sep 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Sammy, Sep 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Oboogie, Jul 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale golden yellow. Clear. Small white head that doesn't last.

Smell - Wheaty grain. Lactic acidity, but faint. Faint grape aroma, really makes it champagney.

Taste - Mildly tart. Grainy wheat. Less fruity, but it's still there.

Mouthfeel - Light and very drinkable. High carbonation.

Overall - Simple and well brewed. To style.

Alieniloquium, Feb 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Serick507, Jul 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

wyckydsceptre, Aug 19, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lemonade color with one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin film. Light spotty lacing is left down the glass.

I get a lot of wheat in the aroma. In addition to the wheat is the mildly funky, cheesy, dirty sock smell. This smells like it could be very interesting.

Moderately sour and tart. The first sip is bracing but the palate quickly adapts. Underneath the wheat malt flavor is a developing Brett funk with complimentary tart apple and lemon hints. The finish is dry and acidic with a slight wheat aftertaste.

Light body but I think it is under carbonated. I think a more effervescent body would really excite the palate.

Happy that Schell's did a proper Berliner Weissbier instead of the half-hearted attempts by most other brewers. I am definitely going to pick up another bottle and let it sit for a year or two as I think this will develop into a real fascinating beer.

morimech, Jul 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Joe for sharing! Quick review from notes.
This was a highlight of the night.

Pours a brilliantly clear pale yellow, supercharged with champagne streamers of racing carbonation. Compact but sturdy head of bone white foam, it has a creamy texture and laces well on the glass.

Sour apple aroma with a slight cheese rind funk from the Lactobacillus.

Tastes like a very tart sour apple, super crisp and quenching, clean lacto tartness that dries out immediately in the finish. Expressive yeast flavors give it a unique fruity apple/crabapple taste and a vaguely funky wild yeast character. Spritzy champagne carbonation, zesty and light, just about perfect. The wood aging and Berlin yeast cultures seems to have benefitted this beer immensely.

One of the better American Berliner Weisse examples out there, hope they continue making this in the future.

emerge077, Oct 07, 2013
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Star Of The North: Berlin Style Wheat Beer from August Schell Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.