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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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Reviews: 42
Hads: 221
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 24.35%
Wants: 60
Gots: 22 | FT: 3
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August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beachscrat on 07-12-2013

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.
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Photo of maximum12
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gotta love Schell's. An oldest-school brewery that's stayed true to its roots but still wheels out the occasional crazy-ass stuff. Big, curvaceous 750 ML bottle split with my wife.

Pour is hyper-carbonated, with a couple of commercial breaks to let the white foam settle into the beer. Brew is an extremely light yellow, almost veering into off-white. Nose is big on Lemon Pledge (now I can't get that out of my tiny head), tart, with a nice grassland watercolor in the background. Very nicely decent.

Star of the North: Berlin Style Wheat Beer means you can identify the what this is from the label, eh? Dry, grassy wheat & lemon spritz make up the bulk of the bulk of the beer; tartness & more vacuum sucking dryness populate the middle. Acidity - how's that different than tartness, exactly - jumps in on the end, along with a graininess that sticks to the teeth. Light, effervescent, burp-inducing (that's number two), easy as hell to slug. I can totally see this in a pitcher on the deck next to a good steak.

Beautifully crafted beer, & I totally understand why people are digging it. Very good, bordering on excellent - doubtless one of the top 5 3.5% ABV brews in the Milky Way.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasted 20 July 2013. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very pale straw yellow, clear from the top of the bottle, cloudy from the bottom. One finger white head, nice retention and fuzzy lacing.

Smell is a soft grainy aroma, with a little bit of sour and lemon. On the faint side.

Taste is a really nice balance of ripe wheat and light lemony sour. It's just enough sour that you can't miss it, but subtle enough that it's not mouth-puckering. Delicate and really nicely balanced; delicious.

Feel is quite light-bodied, fizzy, like a cross between a typical wheat ale and a typical sour. Has the slightly prickly carbonation of a sour, but also the fuzzy soft carb of a wheat ale. Awesome.

A really nice berliner weisse. Has a great green mid-summer wheat feel, and the touch of sour makes it all the more refreshing.

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Photo of Santanax
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

WOW!!!! Second Berliner Weisse i have ever tried and this was amazing!!!! Bready goodness with clean crisp lemony lactic acidity that fills the pallet. Slight funk but no horse leather funk that comes with brett fermented beers...very champagne like.... extrememly enjoyable...had with some improvised rasberry simple syrup and was superb with and without.

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Photo of jreindl
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful hazy golden yellow with about an inch of pure white head. Medium retention with little lacing. Some bready malt sweetness on the nose, but mostly a lactic/citric tart aroma. Smells great. When you first drink there is some malt sweetness that is slightly bready and even slightly fruity, although I found it hard to nail this down. This was replaced very quickly though by a clean tartness that I found very well balanced and by no means over whelming. Thinking green apples and champagne. Nice dry finish. The tart lingers nicely and there is a touch of funk in the after taste that could be attributed to either the yeast or the old Cypress tanks the beer was aged in. The body is light and easy drinking although perhaps under carbonated. This beer is fantastic, both my wife and I loved it. A great summer beer. For a Schells product I was floored. Not that they are a bad brewery, but this is far above the bar for them. I am headed back to the bottle shop for a few more of these.

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Photo of AEHMJH
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured in 4 oz sample glasses - with and without the addition of Torani Raspberry syrup.

This is a beer unlike anything I've ever had from Schell's and it is nearly perfect!

Very light and crisp, almost wine-like in it's taste. Hints of lemon or even grape.

The "sour" comes at the end and a little bit of that is apparent in the initial aroma.

Among the three tasters present, it was a toss up as to whether or not the syrup flavoring was preferable. Both servings were very refreshing in the way a wine spritzer would be.

If my taste memory is intact, however, this is extremely close to a true Berliner Weisse.

Kudos to Jace Marti and crew at Schell's in New Ulm, Minnesota!

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Photo of jjanega08
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled June '13

A= Thus baby pours a nice light straw yellow color with a finger of active bubbly head that leaves little lacing.

S= The smell is amazing! Nice bright lemony wheat character A nice straw grassy character that reminds me of a prairie. Ideal for a Berliner in my opinion.

T= Tasty! A nice bright lemon character with a grassy prairie character. This is a perfect Berliner in my opinion.

M= Bright and shiny

O= This is the best beer I've had in a while and the best Berliner I've had to date. I really don't know if this beer could be any better. A perfect summer beer and a perfect Berliner in my opinion. I don't even like too many Schell's beers. They are usually a one and done company for me. I buy things to try their new beers and then never really try it again. This beer was different. A day after trying it I bought all of it I could find. Try this beer and buy a lot. They need to keep this one.

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Photo of bsp77
4.29/5  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.

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Photo of Humulus85
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Been looking forward to this one. I love the story behind it and I love how one of my states great breweries is brewing something that not only have they never done before, but not many in the world are. Also one of the coolest bottles I've seen.

Pours a super cloudy straw yellow, with virtually no head. Looks like a headless hefewiezen.

There is this funky wheat smell upfront that I have never encountered before. Smells almost like that apple/cinnamon oatmeal minus the cinnamon. This blends with a nice lactic sourness and some more traditional brett funk. Very interesting.

Wow that is tasty. Right at the front you get that hit of lactic acid that all sour lovers crave. The sourness lingers, but never overpowers, while being softened by the wheat base. Classic green apple, some pear, hints of the barnyard and leather Brett notes come shining through in the middle. Some of the signature Schells mineral notes. Finishes clean with a bit of lingering wheat and just enough mouth pucker to keep you coming back for more. Great stuff.

Highly drinkable, super refreshing. Perfect champagne carbonation from the bottle conditioning. At this ABV i could, and would love to, drink this all day every day in the summer.

Overall, this one truly lived up to and exceeded my expectations. I am a huge fan of
sours and this is a great switch up from the, now familiar, Belgian varieties. What I love even more is how Schells, a brewery that recently failed the "craft brewery" label test, is putting this out. They brew wonderful representations of German styles, and never try to be anything they're not (they don't even brew a pale ale, let alone an IPA). I am proud to have these guys in MN. Highly recommended to anyone who can find it, and this definitely worth trading for if you can't. Cheers!

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Photo of hardy008
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy pale gold with a less than one finger white head which vanishes quickly. The aroma has wheat, tart lemon, bread dough, and a little funk.

Tastes like tart lemons, wheat, bread dough, yeast, green apple skin, crackers, and there is also some acidity. A nice tart dry beer, which is very nice on a hot summer day like today.

Light bodied with modest carbonation. Has a tart lemon aftertaste, and finishes dry. this is a very nice Berliner Weissbier. I could drink this all the time, not just in summer.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML bottle poured into Surly Darkness Glassware, shared with scoand

A- Pours a very light golden straw color, nice carbonation coming up the sides of the glass, thin lacing, decent looking beer.
S- The aroma is very subtle, lemon zest comes out slowly, with a slight acidic tartness that lingers as well. My mouth is watering smelling this beauty, cant wait to try it.
T- The taste is very impressive, nice lemon zest flavor, tart and sour but not puckering, very balanced, some earthy notes, slight peppery taste to balance out the sour notes, slight clove as well.
M- Light mouthfeel, clean finish, very refreshing, easy drinkability.
O- Very impressed with this beer. Very easy to drink, refreshing, love the tart lemon characteristics. Very well made Berliner, but again i have not had to many berliners to compare it to. Im a Fan.

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Photo of scoand
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just picked this up at ChicagoLake Liquors. Drinking with chriscrundwell12 out of an awesome 750mL bottle. I am relatively new to the style so please forgive me if anything seems weird in the review.

Appearance: pale yellow/straw and cloudy. Thin lacing. 1 finger head dissipates quickly to very thin head.

Smell: lemon zest, sour. Pretty muted scent

Taste: refreshing and delicious are the two word that come to mind. Definitely get the tart lemon zest. There is something that balances out the tartness but I can't put my finger on it. Pepper(?), earthy. Really crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel: actually has a decently thick mouthfeel. Clean finish. It still amazes me how much can be packed in to a 3% ABV beer.

Overall: a wonderful beer and if more people drank it, it could turn them on to the style. I love finding refreshing and crisp beers that are full flavored and sessionable. Can have a few and not stumble around. Well done Schell's.

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Photo of mothman
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cork and cage 750. Nice little pop!

Pours a fizzy white head that settles down. Active carbonation in the glass.

Aroma: A lot of funk here. Sour funk. A nice lemon zest. Yeast and wheat. Barnyard goodness. A lot of flavor for such a low abv beer.

Taste: A lot of wheat up front. Sour lemons and zest. Bananas. A bit of red apples. Fairly fruity. Fairly funky. Not as much barnyard flavor here. A nice acidic flavor; nothing overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Light, sour, and clean. Extremely light bodied. Decent amount of carbonation. Ends very clean.

Overall, this beer is spot on. I know I am not a b-weisse expert, but this tastes very German and authentic. I am a big fan of this. It is so easy to drink and provides way more flavor than you would expect from a 3.5% beer. A must try.

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Photo of yamar68
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cork explodes out of the bottle. A gorgeous apple cider appearance with a noisy two finger head that recedes almost immediately, leaving a thin ring of carb that lasts until the last sip.

Wow. Mellow citric tartness, sweet grain... freshly malted wheat, it smells incredibly inviting. Like a light breakfast.

Spot-on traditional German example of the style. A thirst quenching under-ripe banana thing going on with smooth cereal flavors that aren't overwhelmed by tartness. Fresh and smooth.

Easily my favorite Berliner to date.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yeah, I did it. A perfect 5.

A fresh bottle, cork pops with gusto. Highly carbonated, pours an opaque gold with aroma of lemons and cereal grain. Lots of suspended yeast, banana and lemon and wheat flavor permeate a nicely balance acidic beer. It's dry yet thick, effervescent and robust. I could happily drink this all day.

This feels like a traditional Berlinerwiess, not overly acidic or fruited like so many other offerings. Just clean, happy to drink beer.

Schells- Keep it crafty down there in New Ulm.

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Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

corked and caged 750ml bottle

A-pours a hazy straw lemon yellow color with great carbonation but a fast receding pure white head very little lacing or collar
S- tart fruit with sour funk and wheat also a cracker meal sourdough smell
T- a tart white wine/champagne burst with a sour brett/cracker bread middle wheat and cheese tastes with funk and lemon round this out
M- tart with high carbonation a champagne and sour cheese coating
O-tasty and drinkable on a hot summer day love this style with not alot of offerings on the shelf

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Photo of morimech
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of beachscrat
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a classy champagne bottle, complete with cork and cage.

Appearance: Pale straw, cloudy, fairly effervescent.

Smell: Tart green apples, with a fair amount of bready, yeasty, doughy stuff in the background.

Taste: Sour dry pucker with a clean finish. Cracker and sour apples.

Mouthfeel: Light and clean, cleansing.

Overall: Perfectly balanced. Fresh and clean with just enough bread, cracker, and sour apple to make it interesting. Seems like a good pairing would be any cheese with penicillin, a good crisp pale cracker, and a slice of granny smith or mulberries.

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