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Mainer Weisse - Night Shift Brewing

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29 Reviews
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Reviews: 29
Hads: 263
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 55
Gots: 32 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rowingbrewer on 12-23-2012

Berliner weisse style beer aged on wild Maine blueberries and cinnamon sticks.
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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice berliner. This one hits all the notes you want in this style of beer. Nice sourness, but not overpowering with a clean finish. Very easy to drink, but would be even better with some fruit added.

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Photo of popery
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer light amber orangey color. Fairly cloudy. Small to medium white head, dissipates pretty quickly. The aroma is an interesting mix. Tart bluberries, lemons, some woodsy cinnamon. Some yogurty flavor and a pretty good vinegar kick. Mild funk. Taste is medium to strongly sour. Big lemon juice note. Some blueberry flavor. Cinnamon is pretty mild. It’s just a bit too acidic for my taste. Pretty big vinegar note. The feel is light but a bit bracing. Lots of pucker.

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Photo of BostonDuke
4.87/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice tarty sour with tons of blueberry freshness. The bluish purple color screams tart from the second you lay eyes on this beer. For those tart lovers, don't miss this one.

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Photo of BrentLepping
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really solid Berliner Weiss with tons of blueberry flavor. Fantastic color, too. My only knock is that there was hardly any detection of cinnamon. I suppose that's a flavor profile better suited for stouts. Still a very good offering here from Nightshift.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by curran yesterday afternoon.

This one pours a dark reddish-blue, great color, with a small head, and not much in way of lacing.

This one smells pure tart blueberry juice. There must be so much blueberry in here. It smells less tart than I would've expected for a Night shift sour. I get a little bit of cinnamon, but it's pretty faint.

This just drinks like pure tart blueberry juice. The taste brings a bit more tartness than the aroma, but it's still less tart or sour than I would've expected from Night Shift. There's a ton of juicy blueberry in this one, with some nice earthy cinnamon spicing. The cinnamon is luckily mild here, it might have gotten weird if it was too strong.

This is light bodied, with a very juicy mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation.

This was pretty delicious all in all, but I would've enjoyed a little more tartness.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Pours the color and clarity of cranberry juice with a loose head that dissipates into a tight band around the shoulders. The nose pretty much smells like potpourri. The taste on this beer is weird - I feel like I'm drinking one of those spiced candle tart warmers. Mouthfeel is light in body with an even carbonation and a slight astringency. Overall, I love the style because of its subtleties; however, this beer lacked those aspects. Hopefully it was just an off-batch.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger foamy dark pink colored head with low retention. Beer is a stunning, dark clear purple. Lacing is very spotty with no stick and thin legs. Average but the color is amazing.

Nose is sweet and tart blue and blackberry. Seedy with blueberry syrup overtones. A nice spiciness tickles the nose. Very aromatic and enticing.

Opens tart and seedy blueberry sweetness. A bit of plastic and cardboard in the beginning is a little awkward. Tart fruit pulp and skin in the middle with a spicy sweet finish. Puckeringly dry fruit-forward aftertaste. Solid but the cinnamon is completely missing.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and aggressive in the mouth and goes down sparkling, crisp and dry. Finishes filmy with a dry, tart aftertaste. Excellent.

I love the Night Shift berliner series and this beer is a great representative of it. Fruit forward, good balance and very drinkable. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Like Ever Weisse by them, this beer is absolutely gorgeous. Pours a reddish purple. Body is clear. Almost the color of Pinot Noir. Blueberry juice color for sure. Soft, airy head that fizzles away quickly. The color is a pretty pinkish purple. The aroma brings forth some incoming tartness. Acidic scent. Tart fruit. Some wheat that reminds me of a blueberry pie or other blueberry pastry. Soft cinnamon, almost unnoticeable at first, when very cold. The bottle tells me to drink it at 45 degrees so I patiently wait for it to warm up and the aroma becomes more intense, slightly less sour and displays more cinnamon and wheat. The flavor is a big zap of tart berries. Not just a blueberry flavor; it's a unripe berry medley. It's very sour! Acidity is very high, leaving my lips tasting sour as well. The cinnamon is soft at first but grows with warmth. Finishes with a pastry wheatiness that complements the berries. Not sure what batch this is but the label says 5.6% and was bottles on 12/22/14. Body is light and it's fairly dry. High carbonation. Lingering tartness. I thought this one was a great success. Their Weisse series has been great and more than makes up for a few duds along the road.

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Photo of LehighAce06
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank a batch 7, bottled 11/18/2013 on 1/9/2015. Had lost all of its blue/purple color and was a golden color instead (thus the low Appearance score) and was excessively lactic with out any discernible fruit flavor. Was still a nice, if extremely sour, Berliner Weisse, but was not 'special' as expected.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into a stemless wine glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger pink head that reduced quickly to nothing. Very typical for this style of beer. It is an amber color good clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Sweet Maine blueberries, tart lacto, funky, sour dough bread, and wheat notes.

Taste: Maine blueberries add sweetness to the tart, sour, funky, and pucker notes and a little bit of chewy wheat and slight cinnamon in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, tart, light bodied, medium to high carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: Got to love how the sweet Maine blueberries balance out the tart and pucker notes. Definitely worth trying this one again. A little more cinnamon character would be good since it was hard to detect.

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Photo of TheHumanTorch
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Gift from a bartender at nightshift, enjoyed with friends

Appearance: Beautiful purplish-blue with matching head. Wine-esque look after about 30 seconds. Glowing.

Smell: True nostalgia. Bright Maine blueberries, ripe as if they were from the precipice trail in Acadia. Slight tart/vinegar note. Truly a treat for those that have enjoyed Maine blueberries.

Taste: Follows the nose, but not as bright. More earthy, stalk and soil notes. Stronger acidity than anticipated. Phenomenal contrast of taste and smell.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, some residual body. Probably would prefer a lighter feel.

Overall: Refreshing beer in multiple senses. Do not know who else brews anything similar, or would as well with the task

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Batch # 4. Bottled 10/15/13.

Pours a hazy light reddish-brown with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with grain, blueberry, cinnamon, and chlorine aromas. Taste is much the same with sour blueberry, cinnamon, and acidic 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 pretty good beer that is tasty, but there is an odd chlorine smell that is a bit off putting at first.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.2/5  rDev -43.7%

Pour is faintly hazed pure orange with no head. Nose has a ton of plastic, very off aromas, odd spice, def not cinnamon. No blueberry in the nose whatsoever, tons of acetic. Taste is root beer that burns, faint cinnamon, plastic, sweet sugars and citric acid, high carb, heavier body. Extremely sour and burning around the outside of the mouth.

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Photo of corby112
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to callmemickey for sharing.

Pours a hazy pink grapefruit color with a one finger white head that slowly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Sporadic spotty lacing left behind.

Strong cinnamon component in the nose but I'm not picking up much blueberry. Slightly solvent/acetic but not too harsh with some citrus acidity, sourdough bread and wheat character. Truer to style than the other two I've tried(Somer and Ever). Some darker fruit comes out as it warms but the aroma is still dominated by spice and citrus.

Tart and puckering with strong sour acidity and slight acetone character. Not too harsh or solvent like though. Spicy cinnamon adds a nice touch to the bread/yeast, wheat and acidic flavors . Slight mineral quality in the finish but again, I'm not picking up much blueberry. A bit one dimensional but the cinnamon is a nice touch and a unique take on the style. Slightly harsh but decently drinkable.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange. A little hazy. Small white head.

Smell - Vinegary acidity. Very sharp. A little fruity, but not what I'd called blueberries. Faint cinnamon.

Taste - Very sharp sourness. Vinegar. Again a faint berry flavor that isn't overtly blueberry. Cinnamon is strong in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very sour. Unpleasant at points. I don't love the Night Shift berliner profiles.

Overall - Too intense in the wrong areas for me.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In-between my dog's paw pads fleshy pink color beer with a bone China white head. Foam dissipates as quickly as is typical for these types of beers.

Smells like all encompassing tartness. Some cinnamon and blueberry too. Not too much blueberry though.

Tart, tart Warhead sour with some emerging cinnamon in back. I guess I can find some blueberry if I search. Maybe Night Shift was going for more of a tart wild blueberry effect.

Berliners are Night Shift doing what they do best and this is no exception. Despite the lack of blueberries the play between tart and cinnamon was unique and pleasant.

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Photo of GJ40
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750ml in a Duvel glass. Batch #4, 10/10/13. Thanks surge1311.

A - Orange and hazy with a small head of large white bubbles that dissipates quickly.

S - Tart, lemony, wonderful! Some cinnamon comes through with a hint of blueberries.

T - A wonderful sour and tart bite! Again, the blueberries are faint but there are rich fruit flavors of lemon, blueberry and cherry under the sourness.

M - A moderate consistency and carbonation with a huge pucker factor.

O - This is the second Berliner Weiss of theirs that I've tried and I really, really like them. An outstanding New England beer!

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Photo of scottfrie
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 4, 750ml bottle into Night Shift stemmed glass. Thanks a ton for both, Kevin! Bottled 10/10/2013.

A: Pours a peach iced-tea color with a couple inches of very short lived bright white head that quickly fizzed away into nothingness. No collar, no lace.
S: Spritzy bright lemony notes of the Berliner weisse base comes through alongside hints of cinnamon sticks and mild fruit. I wouldn’t call the fruit blueberry just yet, but it’s mildly sweet and delicious smelling.
T: Tart and dry notes of lemon zest, clean acid, and cinnamon in the finish. The aftertaste has just a touch of sweet and juicy blueberries and a mild earthy funk.
M: Bubbly, tight, carbonation, smooth and tart mouthfeel with a clean and crisp acidic bite. The body is medium and goes down easy.
O: An excellent and refreshing sipper. Clean, flavorful and smooth overall. Blueberry isn’t prominent but the cinnamon adds an interesting touch. Thanks again AutumnBeerLove.

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Photo of stakem
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a matching Night Shift stemmed glass. The brew appears pink in color with a white head that holds nicely for the style. Some patchy lace sticks to the glass and a swirl revives a finger.

The smell is bright and fruity with some notes of unidentifiable berry. Suggestions of vinegar with almosy a briney olive aspect that is strange.

The taste is acedic with minor vinegar notes instead of that clean, lemony lactic character I look for in a good berliner. It is somewhat footy to cheesy and very bitey with fruity hints. A mild tannic bite is present across the back with some cinnamon bark flavor.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. This is a very, very sour brew yet fruity and unique/interesting. The acedic aspects coupled with brine and vinegar make this more harsh than drinkable unfortunately.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared by another beer geek at a pre-4elf bottleshare. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 12/14/2013.

Very similar appearance to Somer Weiss. Yellow-orange body with a nicely effervescent white head, probably 3 fingers' worth, that retains very well with a bit of lacing. Really looks refreshing.

Smells friggin' phenomenal- better than Somer. A decent bit of tart blueberry fruit flavours along with a nice dose of what seems to be cinnamon; I like cinnamon so I don't mind the dominant cinnamon. The blueberry tartness could come out a little more, but I really enjoyed smelling this beer. There's some tartness, not a lot of acidity compared to Somer Weiss.

Flavour is similar to the nose except its actually quite acidic and sour. It makes my parotids burn a lot like Somer Weiss did. Tastes wheaty and cinnamon-ful with a nice fruit tartness that is complementary to the acidity. It's quite good!

A bit more fuller bodied than Somer Weiss, more on the medium side and not so watery. Still quite acidic compared to a lot of other Berliner Weisses, but a bit less so compared to Somer Weiss.

Easier to enjoy all the individual flavour components compared to Somer Weiss which was less complex. Very acidic and tart for the Berliner style, which I really don't mind. Would recommend this over Somer Weiss and Fallen Apple, but Ever Weiss is the best of them all.

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Photo of alaimoa
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2 month old bottle. Pours rose hue with not much head. Smells of funk, tart apple, spiced cinnamon, clove. Taste earthy with a bit of funk, tart apple, vinegar. Feel is medium carb with a slight thinness. Not nearly overly sour but more spiced than I would have thought. Tasty early afternoon drinker but would have liked a bit more blueberry notes

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Photo of Ljudsignal
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Night Shift tulip. Bottled 10/15/13, enjoyed on 12/10/13. My last of three bottles.

Pours a very slightly hazy rosy amber hue, very pretty. Thin half-finger head froths up upon pouring only to disappear in a matter of seconds, no surprise there. Visible carbonation, zero lacing--again, as expected.

Aroma is predominantly of yogurty and earthy lactic funk, but notes of tart blueberry, oak, crabapple, and light vinegar are also present. Funkiness is very reminiscent of the funky note found in Somer Weisse--perhaps the same strain of yeast at work?

Yep, definitely the same yeast. Opens with lactic funk as well as tannic and citric tartness--predominantly lemon juice--and a strong tart unripe blueberry note. Sweeter blueberry notes become dominant mid-palate, as well as a light sweet/spicy cinnamon note. Spiciness lingers in the finish, as well as a resurgence of sour fruit and lemon zest. Finishes clean and quick, only a slight lingering acidic spiciness to remind you of what you just drank.

Light-bodied, acidic and astringent, low to medium carbonation.

As noted in my introduction, this was the last of three bottles of Mainer Weisse purchased at the brewery release party in mid-October. While I enjoyed the first and second bottles, I found them to be almost tongue-bucklingly sour, with the potency of the sourness overshadowing the complexity of the beer's other flavors. With the extra bit of time on this particular bottle, however, some of that brash sourness has disappeared, allowing the other flavors in the beer to come out of hiding and have their turn in the spotlight. A tart, refreshing, and nuanced Berliner. Very nice, Night Shift, very nice indeed.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think Night Shift has found its niche. They brew some beautiful Berliner weissbiers.

This one was poured into a snifter and had the color of a slightly rose wine. There was no head or lace, but the color was striking.

Sweet, fruity aroma. A little spice. Funky oak.

Blueberry taste. Cinnamon, but not a lot of spice to it. Tannins.

Sweet and tart. To me, one of their tartest. I thought the cinnamon worked well.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for picking this up at the brewery and now sharing it

Consumed 11/8/13

Appearance: An interesting pink color - some interesting peach tones with some light purple - hazy - pours with a small, white head, fades to absolutely nothing, doesn't leave lacing (due to the lack of head)

Smell: Tart and funky - some big tart notes, blueberry flesh, and some vinegar - funkiness vividly reminds me of Somer Weisse (maybe the house yeast, maybe the house barrels) - definitely interesting, with some interesting fruit - some serious blueberry skin, with blueberry flesh, minus the fruity sweetness - some nice wood

Taste: Sour, tart, funky, and fruity - damp, wet lactic sour, and some more tart, bright acidic sour - some funky mustiness - the blueberries are very interesting here - some tartness from the sourness, and some berry tartness - some berry flesh as well, very fresh - cinnamon was not particularly notable in the aroma, but it's definitely in the taste - the cinnamon works very well with the blueberries and the tartness - some pale malts in the background, some light bread

Mouthfeel: Light, smooth, low carbonation actually works pretty well, finishes very tart

Overall: 1) Make blueberry pie; 2) abandon and let ferment; 3) ???; 4) Profit

This is quite a charming Berliner Weiss. It's tart and funky, with some nice blueberry notes. At times this kind of walks the line between a sour and a Berliner Weiss. And that's not a bad thing.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dusky pink/rose in color. Head is a pale pink and disappears rather quickly. Minimal carbonation on the pour. Rather on point minus the lack of head.

Smell: Tart lactic acid up front. She.building citric elements add some lemon to the back. Some nice slightly sweet and tart blueberry flesh. Cinnamon is nice and fresh; more sweet than spicy. Reminds me of homemade pie filling. Juicy fruit flesh. Some underlying funky notes with a hint of musty grass. Hyper pale malt sweetness thrown in to give it a little more depth. Loaded with blueberry. Clean and light and fruity.

Taste: Blueberry juice with tart, tannic skin. Big lactic tartness coupled with some milder citric notes. Lemon juice and zest. Tons of juicy blueberry flesh. Cinnamon adds a soft spice with some sweeter cinammon elements. Nice balance of spice and tart juicy fruit. Carries the distinct Night Shift berliner yeast. Super clean. Some pale malts are very lightly bready and sweet. Tartness builds as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Light body and astringent as can be. Some creaminess built in. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: A vast improvement over the state.

It's my definition of a dessert beer. Tart, but the cinnamon adds a nice element that evokes some kind of blueberry dessert. Delightful and assertively tart.

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Mainer Weisse from Night Shift Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.