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Mainer Weisse - Night Shift Brewing

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Mainer Weisse
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108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 50
Gots: 17 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Berliner weisse style beer aged on wild Maine blueberries and cinnamon sticks.

(Beer added by: rowingbrewer on 12-23-2012)
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Ljudsignal

Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 03:46:25 | More by Ljudsignal
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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.

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Mainer Weisse from Night Shift Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.