This beer is the third release in their Noble Star Collection of Berliner weisse style beers that they are making. The first release was Star of the North (unfortunately I missed that one), and the second was the Framboise du Nord made with raspberries. These releases are made in the brewery's original 1936 cypress wood lagering tanks. The bottles are hand filled and bottle-conditioned. The bottle said to use a pokal glass. I have a number of beer glasses, but I admit I had to look that one up, and I used the one I had that most approximated the style.
The beer pours a cloudy medium brown with an orange tint. There is a tall head of very light tan fizzy foam that dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is tart, toasty wheat, roasted malt, nutty, some caramel, tangy dark fruits not yet ripe. The taste occurs on two separate planes; there is an intense, face-crinkling, lip-puckering, sour tartness, and then there is a toasted, roasted, nutty, toasted wheat germ, touch of sweetness maltiness. The two tastes remain separate, but connected, swirling around each other like strands of
DNA. The carbonation is both
light, yet intense, subtle, yet tingling, finer even than most
bottle-conditioned carbonation, akin to champagne. And to think the craft brewer's association only
recently called Schell’s craft, when they are making masterpieces like this!