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Mainer Weisse - Night Shift Brewing

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Mainer WeisseMainer Weisse

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BA SCORE
87
very good

31 Reviews
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Reviews: 31
Hads: 284
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 31.03%
Wants: 56
Gots: 40 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States | website

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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Reviews: 31 | Hads: 284
Reviews by Ljudsignal:
Photo of Ljudsignal
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
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 JakerLou
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tigg924
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, grape-purple in color, with minimal head. Taste is light vanilla, and blueberry pie. Lots of mouth puckering blueberry sour mix in here. Nice, tart, and flavorful. I prefer the Ever Weisse, but this one is a treat.

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Photo of ccurrid
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of roostor07
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zjay14
4.64/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brother_rebus
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of schinebd
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of theantihero
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
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 MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RAlmeida77
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
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 WalkerHater
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of robgage
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Mainer Weisse from Night Shift Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.