August Schell Berliner Weisse

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  1. mothman

    mothman Poo-Bah (7,043) Jun 21, 2007 Minnesota
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    Introducing the Noble Star Collection


    New Ulm, MN. February 26, 2013 - August Schell Brewing Company is set to release “The Star of the North” this summer—the first in a lineup of specialty beers called The Noble Star Collection.
    Envisioned by Brewmaster Jace Marti, The Noble Star Collection will showcase unique and innovative beers based on the Berliner Weisse style. This traditional German style beer is nearly extinct, but a natural fit for the August Schell Brewing Company which prides itself on brewing using traditional methods. A Berliner Weisse is tart and effervescent, produced via a mixed fermentation of yeast, lactic acid bacteria and brettanomyces, with the latter two being authentic strains imported directly from Berlin. The beer will undergo a long, slow secondary fermentation in a cypress wood tank, where the porous nature of the wood will allow the defining characteristics of the beer to develop. All the beers will be bottle-conditioned in hand-filled cork and caged champagne bottles, where the flavors will continue to develop and evolve over time.
    Marti used a special piece of Schell’s history to create The Noble Star Collection. In 1936, just three years after prohibition ended, the Schell’s brewery expanded to keep up with demand. With the expansion came a new lagering cellar and 10 new 140-barrel cypress wood lagering tanks built by Dunk Tank Works in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The tanks were constructed with two-inch thick wooden staves that were hand-cut from old growth, southern Cypress trees.
    Prized for their extremely dense grain and neutral flavor contribution, these tanks were then lined with pitch to prevent the beer from contacting the wood. For the next 55 years, these tanks yielded countless barrels of Schell’s beer before being retired in 1991. Two years later, eight of the cypress tanks were removed from the cellar and replaced with modern, stainless steel tanks. The two remaining tanks sat dormant until 2008, when extensive restoration work began in an attempt to revive one of them. Five years later, the tank is ready to once again hold Schell’s beer, though this time in an entirely new way.
    The Star of the North will be available this summer in 750ml bottles.

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    Yes, please!
     
  2. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Defender (620) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    Posted about this in the "Beer Releases" section. Can't wait for these beers from Schell's!!

    I also made a thread a while back about beer styles I wish that breweries made more of and Berliner Weisse was the style in particular I mentioned. I am guessing this is gonna be awesome.
     
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  3. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (4,913) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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  4. herman77

    herman77 Meyvn (1,215) Jan 24, 2010 Minnesota
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    Only had a Berliner Weiss once and it was just a few weeks ago at Cigar City. It was made with kumquats, so I don't know how much of that had an influence on the taste. It was very interesting, but good. Unlike any other sour/wild yeast beer I've had before.
     
  5. accordselux

    accordselux Initiate (198) Nov 26, 2007 Minnesota

    Definitely like Berliner Weiss. Will buy.
     
  6. MN_Beerticker

    MN_Beerticker Initiate (0) Jul 10, 2012 Minnesota

    News from New Ulm keeps getting better and better!
     
  7. poopinmybutt

    poopinmybutt Initiate (105) May 25, 2005 Nebraska

    sounds awesome, but i was really hoping this would be in 6 packs, how great would that have been
     
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  8. accordselux

    accordselux Initiate (198) Nov 26, 2007 Minnesota


    At least 4 packs. I'd rather have 12 oz servings. Perfect on a summer day after yard work!
     
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  9. RKPStogie

    RKPStogie Initiate (0) Nov 4, 2011 Minnesota

    All this from a "crafty" brewery...:rolling_eyes: (Charlie P still sucks in my book)
     
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  10. hardy008

    hardy008 Poo-Bah (1,807) Jan 12, 2008 Minnesota

    I can't wait to try this.
     
  11. minnesotaryan

    minnesotaryan Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2010 Minnesota

  12. pmccallum86

    pmccallum86 Zealot (552) Apr 7, 2009 Minnesota

    Sounds awesome but as mentioned above I'd prefer Berliner Weiss in 4 or 6 packs
     
  13. Beerbelly22

    Beerbelly22 Initiate (0) Jul 28, 2012 Minnesota

    Can't wait to try this. Congrats!
     
  14. BuckettOfBeer

    BuckettOfBeer Initiate (138) Mar 19, 2010 Minnesota

    Ditto on 6 packs. This is one of the sour styles that I actually like so this is pretty exciting. Schells is stepping their game up!
     
  15. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    Oh fuck yeah.
     
  16. BrettHead

    BrettHead Initiate (0) Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska

    very cool! crafty my ass...
     
  17. Philly82785

    Philly82785 Aspirant (201) Dec 17, 2008 Minnesota

    I'm looking forward to a big bottle series of Schells
     
  18. hoeg0015

    hoeg0015 Initiate (198) Jul 15, 2008 Minnesota

    1. Psyched for this.

    2. I believe the first stag series, barrel aged schmaltz's alt, was in large bottles. Bombers? Not sure if they were C & C though.
     
  19. grantcty

    grantcty Initiate (119) Feb 17, 2008 Minnesota

    Had my last one a few weeks ago. They were bombers, but not C&C.
     
  20. mothman

    mothman Poo-Bah (7,043) Jun 21, 2007 Minnesota
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    Still have one or two of these left! Bombers indeed.

    Looking for a stag series Rauchbeir if anybody has one. Please!!!
     
  21. Bond111

    Bond111 Initiate (175) Feb 14, 2011 Minnesota

    I'm looking forward to trying my first Berliner Weisse, & have high hopes for it, & the series in general.
     
  22. morimech

    morimech Poo-Bah (3,333) Nov 6, 2006 Minnesota

    Purity Brewing puts out a Berliner Weiss that is brewed at Brau Brothers if I am not mistaken. More people should give it a try.

    I am impressed that Schell's is letting bugs in the brewery. What is next?
     
  23. supercolter

    supercolter Crusader (781) Apr 19, 2006 Wisconsin
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    This will be the first Schells product I have purchased since the initial run of Nordeast... would you say Schell's is breaking out of their ...... well you get it. Bad pun.
     
  24. mothman

    mothman Poo-Bah (7,043) Jun 21, 2007 Minnesota
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    you have been missing out on a lot of great beers. I feel sorry for you.
     
  25. deadbody

    deadbody Aspirant (246) May 10, 2010 Minnesota
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    You need to go buy some Schells right now, Emerald Rye is amazing, Chimney Sweep is good I hear. If all your think they are is grain belt and nordeast you are selling them super short.
     
  26. supercolter

    supercolter Crusader (781) Apr 19, 2006 Wisconsin
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    Fair enough- to each their own. However, I did say "purchased" not "tasted"... I have had the opportunity to taste the majority of their beers either at festivals or tastings, with the exception of any recent batches of Snowstorm (which I haven't bothered with since 2006 as I thought it was really messy), Emerald Rye, and Chimney Sweep. If I were to purchase anything, it would be the Hopfenmalz, Hefeweizen and maybe the Pils. The rest of the styles don't particularly excite me or I found overly sweet for what they were. I'll go pick up some Chimney Sweep and Emerald Rye on the recommendation though.
     
  27. deadbody

    deadbody Aspirant (246) May 10, 2010 Minnesota
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    I really liked the Hopfenmalz but I found it to be one of those things you either enjoyed or didn't not a ton of in between.
     
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  28. supercolter

    supercolter Crusader (781) Apr 19, 2006 Wisconsin
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    My experience also... pretty polarizing one. Clean hop flavors ftw according to my palate.
     
  29. Lifeofbrian

    Lifeofbrian Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2010 Minnesota

    +2
     
  30. olympuszymurgus

    olympuszymurgus Zealot (593) Nov 24, 2009 California

    Fuck. Yes.

    I'm having a schells renaissance. Schells pils? Yeah, gimme more. The new Barleywine? Pile it on. Chimney sweep? I'll take a few six packs. Emerald rye? bargain! Berlinnewiesse? I'll take 3.
     
  31. tgchief

    tgchief Initiate (0) Nov 30, 2010 Iowa

    I need some! Don't forget your neighbors to the south :slight_smile: I like BW's!
     
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  32. mattafett

    mattafett Initiate (0) Mar 9, 2009 Iowa

    In to win!
     
  33. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Defender (620) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    If this is anywhere near a true German Berliner Weisse (Friegeist Abraxxxas is what comes to mind) I will be one happy dude!
     
  34. SourNotes

    SourNotes Initiate (133) Nov 10, 2010 Minnesota

    I like this thread
     
  35. mothman

    mothman Poo-Bah (7,043) Jun 21, 2007 Minnesota
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    where the hell have you been?
     
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  36. SourNotes

    SourNotes Initiate (133) Nov 10, 2010 Minnesota

    in my basement
     
  37. ben4bier

    ben4bier Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2013 Minnesota

    The only two bw's I've had are bell's om an pour decision. Which would be closer to authentic
     
  38. herman77

    herman77 Meyvn (1,215) Jan 24, 2010 Minnesota
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    Oh yeah, forgot about Bells Oarsman.
     
  39. olympuszymurgus

    olympuszymurgus Zealot (593) Nov 24, 2009 California

    Oarsman is NOT a berlinerwiess. The PD is close to traditional, fritz 1809 is probably the most accurate one you can find.
     
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  40. minnesotaryan

    minnesotaryan Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2010 Minnesota

    The 1809 is delightful
     
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