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Somer Weisse - Night Shift Brewing

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86
very good

272 Ratings
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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 15.89%
Wants: 54
Gots: 39 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Berliner Weisse style sour ale brewed with lemongrass and ginger.

(Beer added by: WanderingFool on 05-26-2012)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Batch # 11. Bottled 8/6/13.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, lemon, and ginger aromas. Taste is much the same with sour lemon and ginger flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and quite refreshing.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

djrn2, Jan 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Thorpe429, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

acurtis, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of nmann08
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

nmann08, Oct 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Texasfan549, Aug 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

kjkinsey, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

kylehay2004, Aug 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Sep 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

JAHMUR, Sep 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

SocalKicks, Dec 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Kegatron, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Rifugium, Feb 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

mdfb79, Sep 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

beernads, Sep 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Rochefort10nh, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Extremely tart, even for this style

smcolw, Sep 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

imperialking, Aug 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

InspectorBob, Oct 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

drewone, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of corby112
1.93/5  rDev -49.7%
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).

corby112, May 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

orangesol, May 07, 2014
Photo of stakem
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a matching Night Shift stemmed glass. The brew appears a hazy golden yellow color with a firm white cap. Some spotty lace hangs on the glass and the head fades to a penline around the perimeter.

The aroma is strong with ginger that is lemon and earthy with a straw-like grain note and a hint of wheat/grassiness. Overall clean and very ginger forward.

The taste includes a bit of lemony grass and sulfur. It has a dry bready grain flavor and wheat/straw. It boasts almost a perfume-like coriander quality which is a little excessive even by wit or spiced beer standards. It is slightly tart and overall tasty.

This is a light bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. It is ginger heavy and lightly tart with plenty of grainy character. This is pleasant and unique stuff. However, really an odd ball in the night shift berliner lineup. Whereas the others are sour to the point of being harsh, this one is hardly even tart.

Sideline note: I heard there is plenty of batch variation here and this one being batch 17 seems to be the most timid one to date.

stakem, Dec 16, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

BARFLYB, Oct 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Gonzoillini, Aug 24, 2013
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Somer Weisse from Night Shift Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.