North Country Brünette | August Schell Brewing Company

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North Country BrünetteNorth Country Brünette

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Märzen Weiss

Added by XmnwildX12 on 02-06-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by herman77:
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this series has almost single handedly forced me to reconsider what a berliner can be. this one is a berliner style marzen lager, which i think is a brilliant move, combining a couple of disparate but classic german styles. nice amber color to it, but surprisingly clear for what it is, especially compared to the other murky bathwater looking beers in the series. lots of carbonation too. the nose is malty first, unlike the others, which have been a major lacto punch right off the get go. nutty and sweet malts make it smell like an octoberfest from the top, and the lacto doesnt come in until the end, with a lemony aroma and decent acidity. the flavor is just like the nose, but the malt never gets cut off, it carries all the way through, with a red apple flavor for a second, toffee sweetness, and an overall autumnal vibe. the lacto is pretty aggressive too, sharp and hot, cutting the sweetness way down, and leaving a citrus bitterness on the palate as it swallows. ive always thought the marzen lager was the final evolution, like it couldnt be taken any further, but here schell has done exactly that, and the result is a wonderfully complex and unique brew, well worth what they ask for it. i need to get my hands on the rest of the series! berliner lagers are pretty cool these guys have proven...

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jason
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown bottle with a bottled on date.

Ruby hued brew, minimal lacing. Good clarity. Mildly tart nose with hints of dark cherries and shortbread. Mouth puckering tartness for the first sip, earthy, wood and bread crust-like as well. Has some body from the Marzen side of this beer but the crispness of a Berliner-Weisse. Suggestions of tart cherries and faint caramel in the middle. Mild spice and a linger tartness in the finish.

A lot of fun to taste, one glass is enough though.

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Photo of bsp77
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of pat61
4.66/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tart lemony malty nose – clean malt aromas with some kettle sugars. Pours a slightly hazy light brown to chestnut under a quickly dissipating 2” off-white foam cap. It enters the palate with malt and kettle sugar but by mid-palate it gets tart and lemony and finishes tart and dry. Has some suggestions of a Flanders brown but the malt here is lighter and the tartness is more acidic. The malt rises up out of the tartness in a very mild way every now and then. The bigger malt gives it a touch more body than the traditional Berliner Weiss buy the extra malt provides a welcome balance to the Berliner Weiss tartness. The carbonation is borderline prickly. Very refreshing.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of MattyG85
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of sgttibbs
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of acurtis
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of roostor07
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Sammy
3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Roguer
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brown and slightly murky, decent head, short lived.

Tart and oaky aroma. Cherries, bread, bit of funk.

Nice sour flavor, with big oak notes, sour grapes, a hint of bread and raisins, and some wheat.

Lively feel, but there is something oily and thin and not great about it.

This is an interesting, decent beer, but it couldn't live up to my expectations.

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Photo of Snow81
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of spacecake9
2.75/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This was a no-go for me. I didn't mind the somewhat sour flavor, but there was an unpleasant finishing flavor. Disappointed.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Pours deep clear brown. A few bubbles but no real head. Smells of toasted malts and bread. Dark fruit acidity. Tastes pleasantly tart. Cherry. Bready malts. A little vanilla. I feel like I get some of the wood tank, but maybe I'm making that up. Light body with low carbonation. So I found this in my fridge and it definitely should have been consumed... 3 years ago? But this is simple, well made, and has no signs of degradation.

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Photo of Bunuelian
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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North Country Brünette from August Schell Brewing Company
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