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Bee Tea - Night Shift Brewing

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 10
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mlazzaro on 03-26-2012)
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Reviews by portia99:
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3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle (Batch#1, Bottled on 3/8/12) courtesy of a co-worker. Thanks Don! Poured into a Harpoon 100 Barrel stemmed glass. Love the simple design of the label...very cool logo and like the hand written batch information on the label too.

A - Pours out of the bottle with a thick and dirty/muddy appearance to it. In the glass the appearance remains consistent with marginally improved clarity. Quite a bit of haze and sediment in the otherwise pale amber body. Three fingers of dense tan foam shows excellent staying power, slowly fizzling down to the surface leaving behind foamy off-white lacing on the glass.

S - An interesting array of aromas. Green tea is easily noticed up front. Strong notes of lemons give a fresh citrusy kick to the aroma...very faint orange blossom aroma comes and goes only making an impression on non-consecutive whiffs. A muddy and somewhat off smelling yeasti-ness mars the overall effect a bit, but doesn't ruin it. A bit of a spicy saison-like wheaty and more traditional smelling yeasty aroma helps make up for things also.

T - Quite interesting...not really what I was expecting. Very strong malt base that is toasty and biscuity. Orange blossom honey comes thru nicely with a citrus kissed sweetness that works well against the malt. The green tea presses thru all of this and almost takes over the flavor stage. Its seemed like the tea is in the center with the other flavors playing off of it...honey and hints of lemon complement the tea as one would expect. A touch of tartness rounds things out.

M - Well carbonated but not overly fizzy...very fine bubbles give more of a creamy carbonation which I really like. The creaminess seems to bump up the body to a medium level...fuller feeling than the beer probably actually is. Quite herbal, spicy, malty and full of green tea.

O - Very interesting beer. I like the idea of the tea addition, but this might be a bit too intense...too much the center of attention. Instead of complementing, it actually takes over the beer a bit too much. Cut back the tea a little and figure out what the somewhat offputting dirty/yeasty off-flavor and this could be a real winner. Overall a pretty decent beer, definitely drinkable and better for warm weather.

portia99, Jun 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

standardcherry, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of NilocRellim
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap at the brewery on September 8th, 2012.

This beer was amber in colour with a hint of orange and an off-white head that settled quickly. The smell was very sweet and floral with a nice earthiness to it and hints of orange peel. The taste was pretty in-line with the smell... A slight sweet and citrus flavour initially, finishing with a jasmine tea earthiness. Very refreshing.

Would I buy it again? Absolutely.

NilocRellim, Dec 01, 2012
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Janeinma, Jun 22, 2013
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b2hogan, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of dadonabike
2.18/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Batch #6, Bottled 7/10/12;

Poured with a beautiful head: long lasting and nice lacing, but very cloudy/muddy looking. No shaking or stirring, just really muddy.

Smells nice; a bit sour as expected with a wheat beer, bit of floral from citrus and honey and a note of the tea but not much hops, also a touch of bubble gum.

Mostly sour and astringent tastes, not much malt, as you would expect but it lacks the spiciness I was hoping for. Tastes like over brewed tea and citrus pith.

The body and carbo are right on the money.

Drinkable: OK, doesn’t taste as though it is 8.4%, but really not what I was hoping for.

Over all, very disappointed, I was hoping for a spicy and zesty Belgian wheat beer. The flavors seem kind of muddy: distracting from each other rather than complimenting each other.

I remembered the name from an Edible Boston article, I love the local aspect and I love wheat and wit beers. Honey tea wheat ale seemed right up my alley and I was hoping for a special occasion beer. This is not it for me. It could be a poor batch and I will certainly try other beers of theirs but I will not recommend this beer to friends.

dadonabike, Sep 29, 2012
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Bee Tea from Night Shift Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.