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Schell Noble Star #1 - Berliner Weisse

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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 4   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
After occupying Berlin in 1809, Napoleonís troops adoringly referred to the tart and effervescent white beer of the city as ďThe Champagne of the North.Ē In honor of this beer style, its history, and Minnesotaís great state motto, Schellís crafted ďStar of the North,Ē their interpretation of a traditional Berliner Weisse. They used an authentic mixed culture of yeasts and bacteria from Berlin for fermentation and aged it in one of their original cypress wood lagering tanks from 1936. The long secondary fermentation in the wooden tank allowed the defining characteristics of the beer to develop. It was then hand-filled, hand-labeled and bottle-conditioned, which allows it to continue to develop and evolve. This beer will be available in select liquor stores later this week. Enjoy it straight in a pokal glass or mix in a shot of sweet raspberry or woodruff syrup, as is traditionally done in Berlin.

This beer is 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (8050) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2015
Pouring at Where The Wild Beers Are 2015. Pours a hazed gold with a thin white head. Soft musk and funk, light wheat. Musk. Bright acid, dusty. Slow and tangy finish, clean and bright.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (6619) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle thanks to Calvin. Pours a cloudy yellow with small frothy off white head that lasts. The aroma is dough, lemon zest, oak. Thin mouth, similar flavors to nose, spice, light dryness, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nero55 (917) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Bottle. Hazy yellow with large white head. Aroma of sourness, citrus (lemons), and some wheat notes. Light body, heavy tartness, citrus notes, light sweetness, a hint of yeast funk, and a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (4940) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Poured a hazy yellow color from the bottle with aromas of tart wheat, grain and some nice lemon. Flavors are light tart lemon with some nice wheat backing, light on the palate enjoyable in the heat. A solid base berliner that I could drink all day and every day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Bottle... Pours hazy and yellow with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. The aroma is a citric fusion of lemon and key lime accompanied by a nice, bready component. Light-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and dancing carbonation. Tart, yeasty finish. Bottles courtesy of biggsbowler and BVery!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (1647) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle thanks to Bacterial. Hazy gold pour with white head. Wheat, lightly tart, bread, fruit. Notably missing the vomit, making this a nice introduction for my family, with whom I am sharing this. Lightly sweet, dry finish, just the slightest tartness -- family all comments itís like champagne, and I agree. Light body, lively carbonation. Nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcartamdg (2573) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Pours a hazy pale yellow with a billowing head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of sour wheat, lemon, and mild funk. Taste follows, tart and citrusy with a slightly funky finish. Very simple but thatís what makes it so good!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3679) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 12, 2014
I open this bottle in celebration of becoming a top five August Schell Brewing rater!
Pours a very pale hazy yellow with a big head that rises and falls fairly quickly but the steady stream of tiny effervescent bubbles quickly rising up the glass is something to behold.

The aroma is complex it has the wheaty and yogurty aspects of a Berliner Weisse, but itís got some rich funk, some citrus peel, & some apple to it. Itís pungent and has a very nice bouquet.

The flavor has a lemony sourness and is very tart all around. It hints at some fruity apple like sweetness, but is dominantly dry. The woodiness is subdued but very pleasant itís got a nice fruity apple & tart citrus character. Itís bright but funky, enjoyable through and through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (3083) - Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle. Clear pale yellow pour with white head. Mild lemon and lactose aromas. Clean and crisp. Mild sourness and muted lemon notes. Light body with a good mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Bottle from Hopscotch, (mucho ty ícause I would have never ever bought this on my own)... Corked bottle pouring a straw pissy golden hue with a lasting fizzy head in my Berliner Weisse bowl. Well just on principle I had low expectations of this considering the brewery. Nicely tart (green apple and meyer lemon) but not overpowering, lightly funky and husky with a dry woody finish. Sprite Łber refreshing palate fitting of the genre.

Damn, the world is off it axis. I really like this and easily the best beer I ever had from Schell.

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