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Mainer Weisse - Night Shift Brewing

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Mainer Weisse
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 53
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

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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Reviews by Ljudsignal:
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4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

More User Reviews:
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.24/5  rDev +5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.24/5  rDev -19.8%
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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4/5  rDev -1%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of angrybabboon
4.2/5  rDev +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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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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Mainer Weisse from Night Shift Brewing
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