August Schell Brewing Company
Schells Starkeller Static Transmission
August Schell Brewing Company Schells Starkeller Static Transmission (7.0% alcohol by volume, 3 International bittering Units) is a mixed culture Berlin style wheat ale brewed with oasts and aged in 1936 cypress tanks. A mixed culture refers to a fermenting the beer with a yeast culture that in addition to beer yeast (Saccharomyces) may includes other yeasts. Berliner Weisse typically includes lactic acid bacteria (Lactobacillus) that gives Berliner Weiss its tartness. The beer may also include wild yeast (Brettanomyces) and other bacteria. Schell's installed cypress tanks in 1936 to use for lagering beer and they discontinued using them 60 years later. A few years ago Jace Marti discovered the tanks, renditioned them and uses them for making sour beers. This beer was bottled six months ago. It smells tart with a of hint lemon and tart apple. There are no hop aromas, and some raw bread dough from the malt trace Brett. It pours gold with a slight haze. It starts fizzy kicking up a white cap that quickly dissipates. The beer is gloriously tart but well managed. Layers of subtle fruit flavors have lemonade tartness that has a soft edge. The beer has a moderately clean lactic sourness, moderate sourdough bread notes and no hop flavor or bitterness. It is not vinegary. the beer is elegant with a lingering citrusy tart. It finishes dry with a balance to the sour but some wheat notes present and there is a light fruity note from the wild yeast. The beer is light, acidic, juicy and effervescent with no alcohol warming. Many brewers are farting around with banging on garbage pails and turning out a kettle sour and calling it a Berliner Weiss. At Schells Jace is doing a Leonard Bernstein number with the Berlin philharmonic and doing right. This is a fantastic, complex Berliner Weiss with layered flavors and a beautiful acidic dry finish and is about as good as it gets. I rate it 97. I appreciate that Starkeller Static Transmission comes in a 375 ml format. It is an individual size and It is easier to spend $8.49 for a small bottle or two than it is to spend $17.00 for a 750 ml bottle.
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