Snow - Night Shift Brewing
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3.29/5 rDev +1.2%
Not quite sure what a white stout is, sounds like the oxymoron style name like black IPA. But I guess I'll find out. Batch #2, bottled on 5/20/13, abv on this batch was only 3.4%, that's crazy low.
Well it def pours out on the white side, a cloudy murky orange nectar wheat colored, looks just like a wheat beer, a pillowy fluffy 1 finger head that leaves soapy lacing all around.
Nose erupts with coffee, smells like a cold extracted coffee with a smooth more mild coffee roast but rich at the same time, as well as a very nutty slightly earthy coffee with a hint of a cocoa as well, I do get some of the wheat as well, a creamy wheat aroma, the coffee turns to fresh roasted espresso beans the more i go.
Taste brings more coffee and wheat, as well as a biscuity toasty malt flavor, and some flaked oats bring some of that toasty flavors as well as a light creamy feel, it gives a bit of a cream ale feel more than a stout feel or wheat even. Wheat is there, with a grassy hay like wheat character, cracked straw. Coffee is light than I expected from the nose, a cold extracted brew, with more nutty flavors, mild roast but a fresh ground coffee taste, mildly earthy. There are faint earthy floral hops on the back end bringing a hint of bitterness. Finish is very dry, a bit more coffee lingering, nutty, bit of wheat flavors as well.
Mouth is med to lighter bod, fairly creamy almost cream ale like, decent small bubbled carbonation.
Overall meh, not sure how they can even come close to calling this a stout... just because it has coffee in it? It's more like a hefe cream ale hybrid with coffee in it and very little bitterness. It's drinkable, not too bad and not many off flavors, but doesn't really do much for what I was expecting, and I think they completely missed what the definition of "stout" is, which means bold or strong version of something... so typically stout is referred to a strong or bold porter, and then traditionally gets a black color due to that. This has none of those, it's def not black, it doesn't really have any strong or bold characteristics, its more of a mild creamy low abv summer drinking beer with coffee. WTF guys, really?!
Side note, not sure how these guys got such a great reputation. Out of the 4 beers I've had, 3 of them pretty much sucked, and the only good one was the Berlinner Weisse, which actually was well done. I have one left, Viva Habanera, which I really hope isn't as bad as the rest. If you read this Night Shift, don't take it the wrong way, please accept it as criticism hoping you can improve the beers from feedback.
06-16-2013 20:57:59 | More by jlindros
2.91/5 rDev -10.5%
Too odd to pass up. Pours a cloudy dark straw color with a smallish white head that dissipates rather quickly. Wicked roasty caramel coffee aroma drowns out anything else in the nose for me. The flavor is over the top coffee with bits of butterscotch, bready malt and little else. Hints of astringency and a solid coffee bitter bite. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick bitter mouthfeel. Interesting to try, great outside the box thinking, but not that great a beer in my opinion.
06-09-2013 01:23:15 | More by johnnnniee
3.7/5 rDev +13.8%
Picked this up at Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip. Less than a month old.
A - Pours a nice slightly cloudy golden hue with a nice two finger white head that fades to leave a thin wispy blanket and nice light lacing.
S - Heh, this is fun. I was expecting, and wanting more coffee. What I get though is deep fresh grounds. Not too roasted smelling, just fresh, almost bright green coffee grinds. Fun
T - Lots of wheat in this, almost unpleasantly so. I can understand the watery aspects of this. I do not have an issue with that, coffee seems a bit on the old side, and the wheat and it kinda clash on my pallet.
M- Mouthfeel is solid, given its low ABV. Spot on carbonation for a stout.
O - Overall, this was a weird beer, to be expected. I want to like it, I want to REALLY like it, but the wheat just throws me for a loop.
06-14-2013 00:50:38 | More by rudzud
3.65/5 rDev +12.3%
Batch 2, bottled 5-20-13, 3.4% ABV. Lowest ABV stout on the list?
A: Pours a completely cloudy pale golden orange. Almost exactly like a witbier. Big fluffy white head. Head fades away slowly, with just the lightest specks of lacing left behind. Good head retention.
S: Coffee beans and oatmeal. Wheaty, like a witbier. Unique is an understatement.
T: Coffee beans, wheat and oatmeal. It's like a coffee oatmeal witbier. A breakfast witbier? A little caramel in the middle, briefly. Sharp bitterness in the aftertaste from the coffee and maybe some hops? Hard to tell, just kind of an indistinct bitterness. Kinda metallic in fact.
M: Surprisingly medium bodied for 3.4% but still fairly light.
O: Another unique beer from night shift. I wonder where they dream this stuff up? Nice strength of flavors in this one for such a low ABV (again, only 3.4%, it's like bud light light). Only thing I didn't like was the strong acrid bitterness in the finish. Obviously there isn't much malt balancing it out so it's not surprising I guess. It would be really good without that odd bitterness though, I think.
06-14-2013 00:55:12 | More by Dope
3.63/5 rDev +11.7%
750ml bottle poured into 18oz Funky Buddha snifter. Batch #1, bottled 5/7/13 (two days ago), abv 3.5% hand written on bottle.
A- Pours a slightly hazy yellowish golden that has a bout a finger's worth of white bubbly head that recedes slightly faster then average pace. About average carbonation with nice consistency. Like the description this definitely looks more like a "pilsner" or lighter beer then an actual stout.
S- Coffee beans, some light vanilla beans, and a strong wheat grain-like background. Fairly aromatic.
T- Light watery coffee with some vanilla beans added and a strong wheat backbone, finishes more wheat and more of a coffee bean and presence that lingers on the palate for a little while. Interesting, definitely unique, I wasn't a huge fan of the original taste but the finish wasn't too bad- just a little bit unsual, which I don't mind.
M- Slightly watery as expected with the 3.5%, decent carbonation (maybe carbed just a little bit too much), very easy drinking.
O- This was definitely an unique brew that I enjoyed trying but I probably won't try again in the near future. It had interesting tastes, almost like an oatmeal stout without the chocolate mixed with lighter bodied beer. An interesting concept, but I'd probably take most stouts over this. Also I'd like to see them beef this up a little bit, as a 3.5% session beer it was a little bit on the watery side which I felt like didn't go with the coffee that well (who wants to session a coffee beer?).
05-09-2013 23:41:06 | More by jaasen64
Snow from Night Shift Brewing
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