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Somer Weisse - Night Shift Brewing

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86
very good

340 Ratings
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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 16.23%
Wants: 55
Gots: 50 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WanderingFool on 05-26-2012

Berliner Weisse style sour ale brewed with lemongrass and ginger.
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Ratings: 340 | Reviews: 51
Reviews by corby112:
Photo of corby112
2/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Thanks to callmemickey for sharing.

Pours a hazy, bright pineapple juice color with a one finger white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Sporadic spotty lacing left behind.

Slight solvent/chemical-like aroma with strong spices. Lots of ginger, white pepper and lemon grass with some citric acidity and sourdough bread. The solvent chemical notes are really overbearing though overtaking the other notes.

Wow, this beer has a crazy amount of harsh acetic acid! So much so, it destroys almost all of the other flavors. Very strong acetone/solvent chemical flavor completely overpowering everything else. There's some sour lemon acidity and bready yeast as well but they are hard to pick up underneath all of the solvent/vinegar. Complete acetone bomb with harsh, rough solvency. Impossible to finish. All but one person at our tasting poured this down the drain(AKA Ryan's stomach).

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jonada
2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

750 ml bottle. Batch #14. 5.5% ABV. Bottled on 8/22/2013. Served in a DFH signature glass

Appearance: Pours a bright yellow with a small white head that dissipates nearly instantly. Body is lightly hazy with light visible carbonation.

Smell: Ginger is immediately noticeable, followed by herbs, somewhat medicinal quality, lemon and a really slight lactic quality. Not off putting, but overall quite weird.

Taste: Lots of ginger, followed by a strong menthol/cough drop character. Secondary to those are grain, lemon and a slight grassiness. Finishes spicy from all the ginger. Sourness is medium to high

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp with medium lively carbonation.

Overall: Not a fan of this one at all. Had a really overpowering ginger/medicinal quality that just made drinking it a chore. Might be worth a try if you're really into ginger, but otherwise I would avoid

Photo of thegerm87
1.25/5  rDev -67.3%

Tastes of lemon-scented soap and chemicals. Smells mildly of regurgitated, low-grade Thai food mixed with cheap floor cleaner. This beer is undrinkable and one of the worst I've ever had.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/15/13
Poured into a snifter

A hazy yellow color with a tiny white head.

Ginger and lemon aroma. A little funk.

A great taste of tart lemon and ginger heat.

Tart, refreshing, spicy.

I'm sold. A really good beer. Nice in the summer, but drinkable any time

Photo of NilocRellim
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

This beer poured a rich, gold, hazy colour with a large, fomay head. It smelled sweet with hints of lemongrass and ginger... almost like a soda. It tasted just like it smelled, sweet with lemon and ginger with a slight earthiness to it. It was low-carbonated with a tart/sour finish. Definitely a very refreshing summer beer... perfect for a hot day.

Would I buy it again? Absolutely.

Photo of jeonseh
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden yellow with a small white head 4

S - Spicy ginger, lemon, lactic acid, and white vinegar to give it a strong tartness

T - Tart lemon, spicy ginger, and white vinegar. The tartness is actually nice and muted. The finish has some ginger and white vinegar tartness

M - Light carbonation with a tart and dry finish that lingers on

O - Interesting sour with the ginger that adds a nice heat and spice to a Berliner

Photo of brother_rebus
2.22/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I get whats trying to be done. Its just over done on the lemongrass. Not much ginger present.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eric for this one. 5.2%... strong for a Berliner. Corked and caged bottle into a decanter, into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. Shared with schen9303.

1 Finger white head with moderate retention. Beer is semi-cloudy yellow. No lace. Decent for the style.

Nose is exactly as advertised. Lemongrass, big ginger, some light lactic tartness in the background. Aromatic too. Again, solid.

At first sip, I hate it, but on the second, third, and fourth, I find myself liking this one more and more. Opens with a huge ginger presence that lingers throughout. Lemongrass towards the middle with a slight lactic tartness building from the beginning and peaking at the end. Finishes lactic and ginger peel. I like it.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Light and crisp in the mouth and effervescent and slightly puckering going down. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Good for the style.

I'm not a huge fan of ginger but I love me a solid berlinerweisse and this one delivers. A little weird and takes a bit getting used to but it works for some reason. Worth a try.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 13, bottled 7/5/13.

Appearance - Hazy golden yellow. Small white head.

Smell - God damn it's gingery. Some lemongrass. But the ginger compounds the acidic aroma. Lemony too.

Taste - Ginger everywhere. Lemony tartness. Quite sour. Ginger dominates the flavor. Grainy finish.

Mouthfeel - Light but very sour. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I can't take all this ginger. Everything else is pretty nice.

Photo of Keene
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As my introduction to Night Shift, I was very happy with their take on this uncommon style. (Note: I tasted Batch #1, bottled 4/12/2012.) A foamy white fluff appears immediately upon pouring, collapsing into a liquid the color of tarnished gold. The smell is outstanding; lemongrass with a salty prickle that fades into ginger as the beer warms in the glass.

Their Berliner Weiss also shines in the flavor department. I picked up lots of citrus and ginger, but also green mango as well as a mellow, agreeable sourness that I wanted to find in the first place. Medium-bodied with some acidity, Somer Weisse finishes clean and paired well with an Indonesian rendang. In general its tart profile makes it a great companion to Southeast Asian food.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 10/12/13

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, hazy medium gold - some serious yellow tones as well - pours with a very small, off-white head - fades to virtually nothing, not much lacing

Smell: Pretty ridiculous, like funky ginger lemonade - so, so much ginger - ripe and over the top - tons of lemon as well - some sour, but mostly funky weirdness, with some tart lemon

Taste: Weird, weird, and good - loads of lemon, like a very lightly sweet lemonade - light malty sweetness - big, potent ginger notes- again, like some kind of ginger lemonade - very sour and funky, with some damp, wet funk - loads of lemon tartness

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body, low carbonation, smooth, some nice sour. near-puckering

Overall: Just like (drunk) grandma used to make!

This is really weird, and really interesting. There are some huge lemon and ginger notes here, with some big funk. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of rlee1390
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy bright yellow one finger head that doesn't last very long.

S-Mild tart notes, wheat and then tones of lemon. Lots and lots of lemon. very slight ginger.

T-Starts and ends with lemon. The lemon flavor was good but there was too much of it and it didn't balance well with anything else. More tart than sour. Some wheat and ginger but once again dominated by the lemon.

M-Lighter, tad watery slight carbonation.

O-A good beer that could become much better if the balance improved.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
1.82/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Batch 15
Bottled 8/28/13
ABV 5.5%

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a thin white head that fades quickly, no cap on top and no lacing.

Smell has a huge apple cider vinegar aroma, not picking up anything else really.

Wow, taste has a huge freaking sour bite to it, much like the aroma, all I'm picking up on is apple cider vinegar, any other flavors are destroyed in its wake, carbonation is about medium, obviously a vinegar finish.

I'm a huge fan of sours but this is one note all the way, it would be cheaper to buy apple cider vinegar and drink that since this is what you're getting with Somer Weisse. I don't know if this batch went bad or it's meant to be like this, but this isn't a refreshing Berliner Weissbier.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold with a big and pompous white head. As is typical with the style head is all bluster and quickly fizzles itself out. The cork actually fits back in the bottle which is an idea more breweries should follow.

Smells like hay and vinaigrette with green apple peel highlights. Sugary Twinkie malt comes through as it warms.

Tastes like ginger lemon vinaigrette and sweet white cake. Very summery.

This is my second Nighshift beer and I'm not just impressed I'm in awe. Now Teddie isn't the only good thing to come from Everett.

Photo of zac16125
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a Teku
Bottled on: 7/15/13, batch 13

Thanks to kdmcguire10 for sending this one over as an extra.

A: Pours a very hazy, pale light straw yellow with 2 fingers width of white head that dissipates down very quickly to nothing and leave zero lacing.

S: Smells like lemonade. Lots of citrus, tart, and some sweetness. I also get ginger and a bit of oak. Tartness builds as it warms.

T: Follows the nose, except more sour. Still very reminiscent of lemonade. Lots of tart lemon, some ginger, an accompanying sweetness. The degree of sourness is impressive. Loving this.

M/D: Lighter body, puckering tartness, heavy carbonation. Exceedingly drinkable.

O: Fantastic. Easily the best Berliner Weisse Ive ever had. If this is available to you, go buy it, now. Thanks again Kris for this awesome extra.

Photo of JohnofUpton
1.84/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Not my thing. Couldn't palette this beer. Extreme medicinal taste.

Photo of Rifugium
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had: on tap at Night Shift

Poured a cloudy, white peach color with a nice white head that receded to a thin layer and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma was citrus, musty, mildly acetic. Well-rounded taste, clean and fresh (would be good in the summer, though I did have this in the winter), lemongrass, citrus zest, a twinge of tartness, pale malts, and a dash of gingery spice. Smooth mouthfeel, medium body, very enjoyable overall. My favorite of the NS brews I sampled.

Photo of Kurmaraja
2.25/5  rDev -41.1%

Batch 15. Seems from other reviews that this was ... off. Much harsher than I expect from a Berliner. The other review comparing it to cider vinegar is apt, though the lemongrass and a big ginger bite come through. It's not foul, but it's not balanced either. Literally the sourness on first drink took my breathe away and rendered me temporarily incapable of speech.

Photo of JohnCurran
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thin, quickly-dissapating head. Vigorous carbonation. Cloudy yellow appearance.

Great summer sour brew. Ginger, ginger, ginger up front. Strong sour lemon finish with a hint of sweet citrus. Doesn't cause a huge pucker but a nice long citric acid burn. Refreshing and highly drinkable.

This is a wonderful summer beer that would work perfectly with burgers and potato salad. Would compliment a spicy Thai meal perfectly.

Great job Night Shift!

Photo of smcolw
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Extremely tart, even for this style

Photo of WanderingFool
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somer Weisse pours a cloudy honey yellow with a small fizzy white head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is loaded with ginger and lemongrass. A touch of wheat and orange peel are also present.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is soft and creamy with a mild carbonated fizz. Ginger and tart lemon dominate the flavor. In the background a sugary sweetness balances out the sour notes. It finishes with some tart orange citrus with lingering ginger and lemon when gone.

The appearance of this beer is rather flat, but the flavor is terrific.

Photo of flexabull
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of cbeer88, thanks again!

Pours a bright and clear gold color with a tiny white head that disappeared to nothing.

Aromas are very nice. Notes of white wine, ginger, lemon, and faint vinegar.

Taste is lactic and sour up front. Thick, with creamy sweetness, tart lemon, light ginger, and a nice subtle vinegar and funky sourness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is great. Thick, full, and very smooth without being heavy.

Overall, this is quite nice. I'm not sure this is a true Berliner Weiss, but that being said, this is still a tasty sour.

Photo of nmann08
2.89/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From a bottle, pours a cloudy light gold, thin wispy white head on top.

The smell is two things and two things only. Ginger root and lemon. It is really hard to pull anything more out. There is some faint lactic acid, vinegar, almost like stomach acid/vomit.

The flavors are strong and distinct. Lots of citrus, ginger and lemon. The ginger and lemon are fighting each other rather than working together. Then you add in the citric acid and this gets to be a mess and disgusting. I think there is a good idea in there, but you have to get the ginger and lemon to play on the same team.

Photo of irv2424
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Lord Hobo in Cambridge

Appearance - poured a hazy orange/yellow with minimal head
Smell - Minimal scent, but faint funkiness with a bit of citrus
Taste - Very refreshing and you could definitely taste the ginger. Not very boozy at all, and had a nice sour finish. Very crisp
Overall - Another great sour by NightShift. This is a perfect summer beer that is refreshing and light with still a but of funkiness as well

Photo of mchengcit
2.36/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Tasted in 4 ounce size at Night Shift taproom. Taste was reminiscent of Lysol. Could not drink more than a few sips.

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Somer Weisse from Night Shift Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.