Cypress Blanc
August Schell Brewing Company

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Berliner Weisse
4.16 | pDev: 6.97%
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Cypress BlancCypress Blanc
Notes: American lager intentionally brewed in Berliner Weisse fashion. Fermented with lager yeast, lactobacillus, and Brettanomyces. Aged in an old cypress foudre.
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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 121
Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear straw color with lively carbonation. The head dissipates quickly.
It's light and tart with some green apple funk and a bit of Belgian wit spices. Not a great Berliner, I don't think it's worth the price.

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Photo of KillerJigger
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy honey yellow. The head dissipates in time. Has a tart crisp amazing taste. Very easy to drink and is a pallet changer. Could drink this all day. Very good beer!

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A. Very cloudy pineapple yellow color. Not much head. Slight lacing.

S. Yeasty and lemon rind. White grape.

T. Light flavored and refreshing. Lemon and grass. Some tartness.

M. Light and crisp. Refreshing. Prickly on the tongue.

O. A really nice refreshing beer. Crisp and tart. Very drinkable.

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Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a clear pale yellow color with perfect clarity and a white head.

It smells juicy with white grapes and some slight sulfur. This tastes like white grape juice mixed with a bit of sulfur and some cereal-like wheat grains but hardly sweet.

This is light in body and modestly carbonated. Honestly, this is an exquisite example of dry hopping gone right. Id love to have this again.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours a dull light orange body with a fizzy white head that reduces super quick within a minute to leave no lacing or retention.

Aromas are awesome, tart lactic and citrus, funk and woody oak. On the tongue it's a little muted and not as sour as the aroma leads you to believe, lightly tart, Apple and citrus with a grassy hoppy background. Mouthfeel is easy drinking and crisp, medium high carbonation. Dry and somewhat watery.

Overall decent, wish there was a little more flavor but the aroma is fantastic.

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Photo of joe1510
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml Cage & Cork
Cabin Stop - Hayward, WI

Schell always does a great job with their 750s. Cool bottles, classy labeling, and even a snazzy little neck tag. A pop of the cork brings gunsmoke. The pour is goldenrod with a slight haze running throughout. Carbonation bursts upward from all over the bottom of the glass and keeps the crackly white head bolstered. It's a fine looking beverage indeed.

The nose is soft, interesting, fruity, and appetizing. The malt base is crisp and clean, super clean. A touch of graininess comes forward with a soft sweetness. The highlight of the nose is the veritable fruit salad. It starts off in a melon patch with honeydew and cantaloupe before segueing into the orchard with white peaches. Ghost like minerality runs throughout and adds depth. Light herbal wildness joins the fray as well. Delicate wood rounds it all out. Really good shit!

This is a delicious beer, though not quite as nuanced as the nose led me to believe. An easy going melon sweetness plays nicely with the peach, white. The minerality is slightly more pronounced and comes across as wet stone. The herbalness is softened and the faint woodiness comes in on the swallow at the far backend. Bueno, muy.

The body is light with a zesty carbonation that tickles the tongue. A tartness and dry tannic quality hits along the gums and lingers long after each drink. The finish is dry, but not bone. The drinkability is off the charts up there. It's a highly quenchable beverine.

Cypress Blanc is a damn good beer and up there close if not equal to my favorite of the series, Star of the North. This beer showcases a masterful use of wild yeasties to bring across amazing flavor profiles. Not only that but the carbonation is dialed in as well, a very important aspect of a beer like this. I wouldn't hesitate for a second on picking up more of these. Very good!

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a pokal glass. Bottled Oct 2014.

Peach yellow and a sort of gatorade lemon looking body. Some minimal soda sized bubbles here and there. Head is white and fizzes out fast quite quickly with no collar, but towards the collar it bleaches through to show off some nice rising streams on the side.

Aroma is interesting to say the least. Sweet green and mcintosh like apples slightly with a mix of sweet spiced cardamom and real nice inviting sharp pepper dry brett. Balances between sweet and spicy, fruity and savory like a dish of curry. Hints of tangerine orange and mixing with clove and a mild tinge of funk. This is one that slowly wins me over.

Interesting brew. Chewy slightly but with a little less malt perceived malt depth and backbone. Flavors crack with sharp stoned fruit, melons, and tangerine oils and oranges. Finish is incredibly crisp and effervescent. Fruit basket and potpurri like flavors with lots of variety. Finishes deep and full, even a bit of round like mouthfeel to save it.

A real neat take on a berliner.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Schell Cypress Blanc has a medium, fizzy, quickly-dissipating, white head of foam, a hazy, yellow-gold, appearance, with no lacing, but lots of bubbles popping out. The aroma is of sourness, tartness, Sweet-Tart brand candies, and some white bread. Taste is of the same elements, with possibly a yellow corn grits undertaste. Mouthfeel is light to medium and prickly, and Schell Cypress Blanc finishes crisp and not the least bit boozy.


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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.08/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. A bit of haze and a big white head with large bubbles. Settles to nothing. Smell is mostly berliner. Wheat, light acidity, some lemon. Taste is mildly tart. Pine. That might be the cypress. White grape sweetness and wheat. Light with medium carbonation. Nothing wrong with it, but not exciting.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer arrives a cloudy pale orange color. The head is a solid inch in height, and recedes slowly leaving nice lacing. The aroma is of peach, passion fruit, chalk heart Valentine's Day candies, and some nice tartness. The taste is puckeringly sour/tart. There is enough passion fruit and peach to balance things out. There are also a nice mild cherry notes in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with fine, lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a fantastic beer that I would seek out again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Bottled: 10/2014.

Pours a murky whitish-yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with grain, fruit, funk, Brett, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, fruit, wood, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Jason
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, sample from the brewery.

Sounding pop of the cork, pretty lively. Clear pale yellow straw hue, dregs left in bottle. Funky tart nose with lemon zest, cedar, and musty cellar. Deep crispness, light fluffy dry body. Even funk from start to finish, cedar adds to the complex and unique flavors that the wild things are adding to this brew. Perfect level of tartness, ridiculously drinkable.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in Oct 2014 but not distributed until the spring and not bought by me until the summer.
From distance the aroma was kinda' sweet with hints of hops, but up close more traditional for style. Tart with a bit of funkiness. There is a uniqiness from either the cypress or the hops, but it adds an interesting difference.
Smallish head that leaves rather quickly. Quite cloudy and while it pours looking thin, in the glass it doesn't look like that so much.
Nice complexity in the taste. The hops are definitely there. Subtle but noticeable with an earthy, herbal manner and seem similar to German type hops. There is a mild drying on the finish and while the cypress tanks don't add a wood character, there seems to be a wood quality to the drying, somehow. Prominent tartness with hints of sweetness and some fruit.
A little bigger feel than some of the others in the Noble Star series. Still highly carbonated.
This is pretty good. Hard for me to determine the impact of the lager yeast. It could be some of the additional character that I'm picking up.

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Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at 3 Cellars, Franklin, WI:

Pours clouded golden yellow . A thin white head appears and quickly disappears. Not much lacing. Nice color.

The smell is of tart lemon, sour wood, funk.

The taste of funky Bretts really shows - sour wood. Tart lemon. A touch of sweet grain gives some balance in the middle. Finishes with a white grape dryness.

Effervescent but not fizzy.

A complex, unique brew. Dry, funky, fruity. A different take on the traditional style.

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Photo of emerge077
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale pastel golden orange. Thin edge of frothy foam, slow rising carb.
Bretty oaky aroma, wet wood, wet hay, dried apple.
Tangy taste, slightly cheesy. Cheese rind, tart crisp apple. Funky Brett.
Light bodied and effervescent, it's a nice wild Berliner, not sure there's much defining character besides the Brett yeast.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap.

L : peach colored, mostly hazy, about 80% opaque. Minimal head from the tap pour but a ring remains. Beautiful glow to the body.

S : some sour candy like aromas; fermented yeast, some honey, sourdough bread. Nice nose.

T : a nice sour punch followed by a Belgian yeasty breadiness. It ends with fruit, yeast, and a sour twang. I like this a lot.

M: buzzing carbonation marries with a calm, sweet, and creamy presence. Yet it's still light bodied as to be quaffable.

O : very good!! Thanks Ashley!!

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Photo of hardy008
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lemon gold color with a small white head which fades quickly. The aroma has tart lemon, Brett, bread dough, orange, and green grapes.

Tastes somewhat sweet with the sourness. Grains from the lager come through. There is also tart lemon, oranges, green grapes, Brett, bread dough, and crackers. Not as tart as many of the other beers in the Noble Start Series.

Light bodied, crisp, and dry, with above average carbonation.Nicely made, and well worth picking up.

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Photo of larryi86
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thank you garymuchow for this
500 ml bottle dated Oct 2014 poured into a teku

A- A hazy bright golden straw color with a big white head the that disappears quickly.

S- Sour, lemons, citrus, some berries, some oak, mild funk, some wheat.

T- Sour lemons, citrus, lacto, wheat, wood, a little bready, nice earthy/spicy funk, a lot less sour and more complex than the nose lets on.

M- Smooth, crisp, dry, light body.

O- A very nicely Berliner. With using the lager yeast along with the lacto and brett and the cyress foude make this a unique sour worth trying. Would love to try the fruit versions.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip. Bottle Oct 2014.
A: Pours a clear pale lemon yellow with a 1 inch fizzy white head that quickly recedes.
S: Citrus and funk...the brettanomyces announces itself. Some light fruit/berry notes. Lemon zest and earthy minerals.
T: Lemon and berries, soft citrus, and funky brett. White wine and a hint of earthy minerals. This is not overly complex, but all the notes are struck perfectly.
M: Light body...drinks like half the 7.4% that it is. Nicely effervescent. Soft fruity sweetness with a moderate amount of tart/funk. Lingers nicely on the palate.
D: Wow...really enjoying this series immensely. This brew is the definition of refreshing and drinkability...that's a killer combo. Simply a perfect summer beer. Well done, Schells!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jeff for continuing to deliver this line of beers. 750ml corked and caged bottle into Night Shift Reserve stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a foamy 1.5 finger white head that collapses quickly. Beer is a slightly cloudy pale yellow. No lace. Pretty average for the style.

Nose is has hints of grapefruit, starfruit and tangerine. Rather sweet and citrusy and moderately aromatic.

Opens tart lemon zest with a slightly woody bitterness. Some grassiness in the middle along with a sweet, citrus presence. More wood, grass and wax towards the end with a lightly bitter and tart finish and aftertaste. Nothing really stands out but this is really drinkable and well balanced.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down sparkling and aggressive. Finishes dry and puckering with a bone dry finish the sticks on the palate. Very nice.

This is certainly more conservative than the fruited berliners but it also offers more balance and for me, a bit better drinkability. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Ri0
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 750ml bottle into Teku.

A - Soft pale yellow with a 1.5 fizzy white head. Quickly fades into a wisp of thin bubbles on the edge of glass. No lacing, but it is very humid today.

S - The citrus and lemon acidity jump out right away with floral hops. Some funky wheat, grain and Brett along with notes of oak and musty white grapes.

F - Nice lemon tartness on the front and doesn't become too vinegary. A wheat funk with some grainy notes and musty grapes. I can taste the Berliner base, but the Brett gives it other flavors that work well together.

M - Light and refreshing with lively carbonation and a body. A nice tart dry finish.

O - This series has been fantastic and this one is excellent. Really excited for the Peach version!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

creative and delicious beer. the few i have had from this berliner project have been astoundingly good. never really had a berliner lager before, i love the concept. a sour mash i assume, followed by patient lagering and then hanging out in wood with critters. its milky white yellow in color, with a good head that fades fast. looks very thick, with tons of yeast in suspension, but not big enough to see chunks or anything. the nose is very sour, i get lacto and limes in here, and hints of lemon rind with the wood, which is really prominent. the fact that its a lager is not readily attainable from the nose, since the brett and lacto are far more evident. there is so much going on in this brew, with the wood and the acid being the most prominent. i dont know much about cypress wood, but i do know that i love what it does to this. crazy citrus popping off in here, and the dry finish shows lager, biscuits and funk. carbonated very well, and quite delicate despite being as thick and yeasty as it is. the berliner aspect is there, thats still definitely the base style, but its dressed up splendidly without being muddled. what we can do with lagers is only just starting to roll, and i cant wait to see what evolves. this is so good.

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Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

White head. Hazy straw yellow.

Lemon acidity and brett. Oak with lots of funk. Wet horse blanket. A light tart. Tanins.

Lively carbonation. Light body.

Not my favorite in the series but definitely enjoyable. Easy to drink.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a very bubbly, fast fading head that leaves a bit of spotty lacing.
The aroma is fruity and slightly funky with a hint of spice. Green apple, lemon, a hint of hay and a touch of pepper. A touch winey.
Taste is tart green apple up front followed by a bit of barnyard funk and hay with a hint of citrus. A bit of a sweet, ripe fruit aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is bubbly, somewhat dry and refreshing.
Overall, a simply outstanding beer that goes down easy and is quite refreshing. Lovely stuff.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellowish orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Slight finger of white head that quickly fades away.

Smell: A yeasty, tart, and fruity aroma with a scent of citrus fruit, Brett, and floral hops. Big scent of Brett yeast funk giving hints of tart cherry. Fruity hints of lemongrass, green apple, and orange. Floral hints from the new German hops. Wheat with pale malt hints of grains, straw, and cracker. Also some hints of sugar. A very nice complex aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a tart, yeasty, and fruity Weiss style taste with notes of fruit, Brett, and floral hops. Big presence of Brett yeast with some nice funky notes. Fruit notes of lemon zest, green apple, and orange. Hoppy kick from the Hallertau Blanc giving some nice floral notes. Wheat and pale malt notes of straw, grains, and cracker. Notes of sugar as well. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a high level of carbonation. Crisp and tart with a drying finish.

Overall: Another very good spin on a Berliner Weiss in this series from Schell’s. Nice funky yeast and fruit notes with a bigger hop presence than typical for a Weiss.

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Cypress Blanc from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 121 ratings