Schell’s Introduces Rye Malt to Berliner Weisse-Style With Apparent Horizon

NEW ULM, MN (October 16, 2015) – August Schell Brewing Company recently released the eighth edition in its Noble Star Collection of specialty Berliner Weisse style sour beers.  Apparent Horizon is notable for its unusual addition of rye malt.

“With Apparent Horizon, we wanted to put a twist on the fruity acidity normally found in a Berliner Weisse,” said Jace Marti, Schell’s brewmaster and sixth generation member of the Schell’s family.  “The substantial addition of rye to the base of the beer creates a spicy dryness and an interesting aroma of sourdough, rye and pumpernickel.”

The “Vollbier” (full beer) strength Apparent Horizon draws 35% of its malt bill from rye malt.  The beer’s dryness, spicy rye flavor and golden orange hue resulted from the addition of rye malt from Briess Malting in Chilton, Wisconsin.  CaraRye malt, from Weyermann Malting in Bamberg, Germany was used to add an aromatic, biscuit-like rye flavor.

After a mixed primary fermentation with yeast and lactobacillus bacteria, the beer was transferred to Schell’s original 1936 Cypress lagering tank and pitched with an authentic brettanomyces culture for a long, slow, 9-month secondary fermentation.  The resulting beer is a highly complex version of a Berliner Weisse that features a balanced acidity with notes of lemon and cider.

This lighter bodied, golden orange beer is unfiltered, and highly carbonated.  Apparent Horizon was hand bottled and bottled conditioned in 750ml cork and caged champagne bottles to allow the flavors to continue to develop over time.

About August Schell Brewing Company

August Schell Brewing Company specializes in quality-crafted beer and boasts a proud heritage of 155 years of continuous family ownership. Brewers of Schell’s German craft beers, Grain Belt American lagers and the Noble Star Collection of Berlier Weisse style sour beers, the August Schell Brewing Company is the second oldest family-owned brewery in the United States and the oldest brewery in Minnesota. Since 1860, the independent brewery has been creating award-winning beers from their historic campus in New Ulm, MN. For more information, go to