Noble Star Collection: Starkeller Peach
August Schell Brewing Company

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Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #2
Ranked #391
4.45 | pDev: 6.52%
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Noble Star Collection: Starkeller PeachNoble Star Collection: Starkeller Peach
Notes: Starkbier Berliner Weisse aged on Peaches. This strong Berliner Weisse was brewed with an extensive decoction mash schedule and fermented with an authentic mixed culture then aged it for nearly a year in our original 1936 cypress wood lagering tanks before 5,500 pounds of peaches were added for a four month, tertiary fermentation.
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now bottled in 4 packs. Picked up today (5-6-2021) at Casanova Liquor in Hudson, WI.
Pours a beautiful peach color. Thick looking. Very hazy and murky. There's less than a 1 finger white head. The head doesn't last too long, and there's no lacing on the glass.
The nose is just full of a beautiful peach aroma, as expected. Slightly tart/sour.
Taste - total peach explosion. The peach flavor up front is sweet, but then it changes on the back into a tart/sour flavor. There's a bit of funk to this beer, as well.
The body is quite thick for the ABV. Body is just full.
Amazing sour.

May 07, 2021
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DillonGuy from Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Schell’s is not f-Ing around with this one and it really is a delicious and satisfying Berliner Weiss. They need to focus on more of these and it reminds me of some Cantillon beers I’ve had.

Apr 15, 2021
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle. Label has this information, 'BOTTLED: AUG, 2020'. Bottle notes: "Absolutely one of our favorite beers we've ever made. This time around we added apricots for some added complexity on top of the bright juicy flavor of peaches. Smooth, fruity and refreshing. Enjoy chilled.".
Deep straw colored body. Brief fizzy head. The surface remains active. No lacing.
Aroma is a deep breath of ripe peaches. The apricots blend in a little.
Taste is tart and has the flavor of the cypress aging tanks. Lots of sweet peach try to win over the yeast tartness. The apricots add in a base layer of stone fruit. Just a hint of funk.
Medium mouth feel. Close to a tooth scraper. Very good carbonation.
Right on point for a peach sour, and the added apricot underneath.

Mar 29, 2021
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled April 2015 so just over 5 years old.

Pours a hazy peachy gold with a minimal head of foam, no lacing.

Sweet and sour aromas of peach, lemon, other pitted light fruit.

Wonderful peach tartness with a bit of sweet, lemon sourness, perhaps tangerines or another light pitted fruit. Very tasty and somewhat dry.

Lightish body with carbonation that is almost champagne like.

Wow is all that I can say.

May 26, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is gorgeous, murky golden peach color - shocking (not) since this beer has 5,500 lbs of peaches added to the base Berliner Weisse beer. The rapidly dissipating head was a light tan color.

Aromas are of course peaches, but there's also some citrus, like tangerines. The taste is very tart and dry, but the peaches lend a bit of sweetness so you don't think you're drinking champagne.

The feel is sprightly and bubbly, but there's more than a little depth to this. Simply a phenomenal "sour," IMHO.

Oct 02, 2017
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great stone fruit beer. It pours a beautiful peach hazy color and smells and tastes just like a fresh cut peach. The finish is a little strange and offputting, but overall this is fantastic.

Jun 09, 2016
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Myotus from Texas

4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured gently at 46°F from a 750ml bottle (bottled April 2015) into a Spiegelau wheat glass.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of white foam that dies into a line after 15 seconds. Golden orange in color (just like the bottle says!) with an extreme amount of cloudiness. There is a subtle amount of very small rising bubbles. There is a ridiculous amount of yeast on both the bottom of the glass and floating around even though the bottle was decanted with care. There is no lacing.
SMELL: Strong aromas of sour yeast and strange wooden aromas (I'm assuming it's the cypress wood lagering tanks that this brew was fermented in because it's not oak) are backed by mild aromas of peaches, wheat, tangerines, and oranges along with hints of alcohol.
TASTE: Strong cypress wood and mild sour yeast flavors enter initially and are immediately followed by mild peach flavors. Mild orange, tangerine, and wheat flavors enter lastly, along with subtle lemony zest flavors, as cypress wood flavors persist, but both peach and sour yeast flavors grow stronger.
FEEL: Full-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth and creamy. Finishes with a subtle dryness. Sourness from the beer playfully agitates the tongue.
NOTE: If this wasn't so physically unnappealing, this would of been rated so much higher.

Dec 01, 2015
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Beerisheaven from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle compliments of the Dali Lama of trading partners, Maximum12. Busted this beer open during a recent trip to Florida to celebrate my life of early bird specials and afternoon naps.

Pours rich and juicy with a peachy haze that would have made Hendrix reconsider as the song title if this beer was available circa 1968.

Aroma and taste bring sound tartness for the style but the peach overtones are clearly the star of the show here. Rich and satisfying and a delicious start to retirement.

Mouthful is full and robust.

I could not think of a better beer to represent my peachy view of the world these days. I very much enjoyed this and hope to try again if the grand pooba can supply me with another hookup. Would clearly make a wonderful addition to my next early bird dinner.

Nov 16, 2015
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

April 2015 bottling poured into a tulip. The brew really looks like muddy peach juice with a yellowish head thats quick to fade.

The aroma is juicy with peach/apricot flesh somewhat pitted and so fresh smelling. Some mild oak and grain mixing with faint yogurt appeal.

This tastes tart and fruity with a lot of peach/apricot pulp. Some mild oak and bretty earthiness overtop a mild lactic lemony feel.

This is light in body with modest carbonation. A super easy drinking brew. I hesitate to compare this to a very popular apricot sour beer but in all honesty, this had some serious familiarity to it. Id certainly drink this again. Great stuff.

Oct 29, 2015
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.17/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A huge thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml hand grenade corked and caged bottle into a Grrrz teku. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a muddy deep peach color with a foamy white head that collapses. No lace with very thin legs. Not much to look at, even for the style.

Nose is fresh, sweet peaches. Very one dimensional, pulpy and delicious!

Opens sweet peach juice with a light, foamy wheaty maltiness. A bit of oak in the middle with more sweet and sour peach in the middle. Fruit presence is incredibly prominent throughout. Again, pretty one-dimensional. Finishes peach skin and pit with a sweetness from the underlying berliner presence. Very good.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and aggressive in the mouth and goes down sparkling and lively. Finishes juicy with a filmy, lingering aftertaste. Excellent.

A really one-dimensional beer that I could see as quite polarizing. I, for one, love it. The fruit presence is very forward and has nice character... not just straight sour like a lot of other peach-based wild ales. Definitely worth trying.

Oct 21, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.88/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Very hazy without a head. Bright orange. Smell is strong peach. A little wheat and acidity. Taste is equally peachy. A little grainy. Sourness builds into the finish and becomes very strong, especially for a berliner. Medium low carbonation. Excellent peach flavor, but not much else going on.

Oct 13, 2015
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Very cloudy, almost opaque peach/orange color with no lacing or carbonation.

S - Aroma is pure and strictly peach.

T - In your face tart/sour peach with a perfect balance between the two and some mild woodiness on the back end.

M - Full medium body that's borderline thick, velvet on top with mild carb pricklies underneath.

O - Schell did a really nice job with this beer. Seek this out if you can.

Sep 21, 2015
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Kinda poured out looking like a hazy mess, nothing too exciting by looking at it. The smell however really makes up for it, The peach aromas on this beer are really nice. The taste is pretty good too, it has a nice tart peach sweetness going on. The feel is pretty good as well. Overall if I drank this blindfolded the score would be even higher.

Sep 21, 2015
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Try this one is part of a peach tasting and it came in 2nd of 4 only being bested by Peche & Brett which was a little more complex and just straight up legendary...however this one blew away many others I did not think it would… It's straight up smelled and tasted like you're biting into a fresh peach!!

Sep 19, 2015
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mdfb79 from New York

4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 09/10/15 notes. 750ml bottle into stemware glassware.

Pours an awesome bright murky orange-yellow color with one finger of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Awesome nose, super peachy, sour tart fruits, oak, and wine. Tastes a little more sour and funky. Medium body and low carbonation.

Overall an awesome berliner; surprised to see the mixed reactions on this one. Would love to get a bottle of this.

Sep 11, 2015
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kodt from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange, very cloudy.

Smells of light peaches, just a hint of sour funk.

Taste is clean and tart, plenty of peaches but not overwhelming.

Good amount of carbonation. This one drinks nicely.

Aug 31, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at the LA Beer Talk bottle share.

Bottled: 4/2015.

Pours a murky dark honey gold with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, peach, peach nectar, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour peach, peach nectar, and peach juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with fantastic fresh peach characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Aug 24, 2015
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GRG1313 from California

4.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best I've had from this brewery. This is a true Berliner in all respects and then you get great tones of peaches in the nose and mouth. I suspect that some are going to cellar this - respectfully, bad idea. This is wonderful as fresh as you can drink it. Tasted 8/22/15 and still has tons of fresh peaches in all respects. I suspect will still be wonderful for several months. Really nice drink. Full tart, light sour, crisp, clean and with peaches to boot!

Aug 23, 2015
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cultclassic89 from Texas

4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great stuff. Tons of peach. It's very similar to de Garde. A bit less sour, not super complex, but no fruited Berliner really is. I think I enjoy Peach Bu just a little bit more...not by much though.

Aug 19, 2015
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Gotti311 from Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

This beer is straight up peach juice with a light tart finish. Can I tell you how good August Schell is at making berliner weissbier's? They are amazing!

Aug 12, 2015
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best of show at the Great Taste for me. Had about 12 oz. all said and done.
Talked to the brewer, and oddly he was mystified that I asked for several samples, and wasn’t talkative at all when I was the only one at the booth. Not sure why they never re-brewed if it was such a home run. Oh well.

Murky peachy orange with unfiltered pieces of fruit floating around the glass. Ample layer of frothy foam on the surface, a small amount of spotty lacing in the glass.

Cheese rind funk and peach fuzz in the aroma, nicely complex and fruity.

Taste is very peachy without being sweet, the Berliner base brings a moderate tartness to the table. Tangy with some tannic peach skin bitterness, oaky, well carbonated and spritzy. Just well balanced all around, delivers on the fruit factor and wild yeast elements as well. Hope they make more, I'm very much ISO more of this.

Aug 12, 2015
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to egrace84 for gifting this beer to me!

Orange murky colored beer with white head that is full of fine bubbles and has decent retention. Nose is peach puree, it is fruit forward and smells exactly like peaches. Taste is exactly the same. Peaches, Peaches, and even more peaches for days that taste exactly like the fruit. Mouthfeel is low end of medium bodied beer with almost moderate carbonation. No booze at all in this beer. Overall, this beer is more of a fruit beer and not much here concerning a fruited berlinner weisse. ABV is too high to call this a berlinner and you get no yogert/lacto funk or tartness like all berlinner should have. I would have this again for sure, it would have gotten a higher score if the beer was true to the berlinner weisse style. Also worthy of a mention is that this is probably the best beer that I have drank from August Schell.

Aug 10, 2015
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doucmehu from Oregon

4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Super cloudy, medium head with decent retention.

Big peach pit, under ripe peach, apricot nose. No sweetness or hops.

Moderate to heavy tart, bordering on sour. Peach flavor again is tart, under ripe, hint of funk.

Moderate carbonation and solid body, very prickly and drying, but still refreshing.

Everything about this beer screams under ripe peach, including the appearance. Love it.

Aug 10, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one of these highly sought after beers that I was able to get multiple pours of at the August Schell tent at the Great Taste; definitely enough to get a sense of what this beer is all about. 750ml bottle.

Poured a hazy lighter orange body, two finger white head with good retention time. Lots of lacing and a nice collar to it. Smells of peaches for days, peach skin, juicy flesh, lactate, wheat, moderate oak and minimal funk. It smells exactly as I imagined it to. Flavour is similarly peach forward; moderate lactic acidity, about 6/10 in terms of acidity; a very nice palate cleanser. Aside from the peach flavours, it is a bit on the sweeter side in terms of the wheat and malt used here, at least compared to some of the other Berliners in their series. Good bit of oak, again a little funk. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and refreshing, incredibly easy to drink. Overall, excellent peach Berliner. I hope they make more of this again.

Aug 09, 2015
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 8/1/15

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

A: Hazy and cloudy - medium orange, with some honey and copper - pours with a small, fizzy, white head that completely disappears - no collar, either

S: Funky, with a ton of fruit - juicy, fleshy peach - some citrus and lemon - Berliner funk, with some musty, lactic aromas and some sourdough bread starter - light, pale malts, and some light bread - hints of wood - lingering funk

T: Peachy, as expected - peach flesh, peach skin, peach juice - ripe and under-ripe peach - lactic funk, lightly musty, damp cellar - somewhat tart - bread dough and sourdough - some citrus and lemon - lots of wood - touch of booze at the end

M: Medium body, very smooth, nonexistent carbonation, finishes with funk

O: Starkiller?

This has an abundance of peaches. The funk is nice, with some nice lactic and sourdough flavors. It's not mind-blowing, though. It has a bit too much heft for a Berliner, but it's definitely not a sour.

Aug 01, 2015
Noble Star Collection: Starkeller Peach from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 273 ratings