Katy | 2nd Shift Brewing

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2nd Shift Brewing
Missouri, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Don't know what to call it besides a Brett Beer. This one gets aged for 3 months in oak barrels with Brettanomyces Lambicus, a cool yeast that gives this beer a wonderfully pretty aroma and flavor that everyone better like or else I'll look you up and teach you a lesson.

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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 268
Photo of Beejay
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow in color with a small white head.

S: Slightly tart in aroma, with stone fruit, mostly apricot and perhaps a hint of floral notes.

T: Nice light tartness with peach and apricot and a hint of earthiness.

M: Light, crisp, and bubbly, with a slightly dry finish.

O: Crisp, light and refreshing. beauty.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy pale golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint lemon yellow + straw yellow colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a small to medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of white wine, green grapes, and lemon citrus with a light amount of oak notes. Light aromas of pale + wheat malts with a light amount of earthy funky brett.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of pale + wheat malts with minimal amounts of sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of slightly earthy brett funkiness. Finally there are light to moderate flavors of white wine, green grapes, and lemon citrus with hints of oakiness. Light tartness lingers through the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and enjoyable. Definitely refreshing and worth grabbing again though the brett is a little more subtle and the barrel aging influences show a little more than some others.

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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin collar around the edge of the glass and some streaks of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of sourness are preset in the nose along with hints of citrus.
T: The taste follows the smell and has a slight amount of sourness with hints of oak from the barrel aging.
M: It feels light-bodied and faintly tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a very subtle about of sourness and would be a good selection for someone who is first getting into sours.

Serving type: can

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Can from the brewer himself. Pours a gorgeous amber red with a decent off-white head. Initial impression is a very tart ale - almpst like drinking a carbonated white wine. Mouthfeel is pretty light; carbonation is higher than I like. Finish is astringent and tart. I'm not a wild ale fan, so I probably won't be revisiting Katy.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this next to Grassroots (Farmstead) Arctic Saison, also using Brett and wine barrel-aging. While not a fair comparison given Farmstead's reputation and longevity, standing the two together might improve Katy.

Katy actually Looks better, a generous head and amber-red color I'm guessing comes from the plums added. After that, Katy cannot yet offer the same complexity as a Farmstead yeast. Katy also has a higher sour content that obscures Smells and Tastes. While they largely run in parallel (an accomplishment), Katy becomes too acidic for me to want it again.

If I were to suggest one change in how it complements food, Katy should have less bubbles; they are more than needed to cleanse the palate. Good luck, though. And I'd like to visit 2nd Shift.. if I ever get to St. Louis again (it has been five years, plus.)

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lemon, lime, white grapes, white wine and oak. Maybe a hint of funk. Nice brightness to it. Wouldn't call it sour. Has a mild tartness. Short, slick finish. This is pretty good.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden. Lambic like aroma. Tastes like a vinous manchego. There's a nice cheesy, nuttiness to it. A white grape juice finish. Almost candy like in that grape character. It lacks depth though.

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Photo of bnes09
3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light straw color and bubbly with poor head retention. Fruity, citric, lemon aroma. Light, citrus flavor, finishes dry. Minimal hop character. Light body, watery. Bubbles dissipate quickly.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light gold to straw yellow in color with great clarity. There's a fingernail of bright white on top. Aroma is of green apples, pear, and faintly tart Brett. The taste is primarily pear and green apple with faint light malt. The Brett character is very subdued here. The mouth is moderately carbonated and very dry.

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Photo of Devman171
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours yellow with big head. Aroma is oak and fruity Brett. Taste is fruity wine barrel and light funk and fruit finish. Easy drinking and tasty

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing an old standby here that I apparently have not yet reviewed. It hits the glass in a burst of light to medium hay/straw yellow color. A light and fizzy head is there just a bit and has just a bit of lacing. My overall impression of the pour is "cider-like." Light stone fruits, hints of apple, and just a bit of funk greet the nose for a very light and summery scent. The beer hits the tongue in the same fashion that the scent hits the nose, with a light bit of fruit and citrus right up front. Apple, light peach, and just a bit of tart lemon are all present in the taste at first impression before the brett dries the flavors up and gives the taste a bit of balance. The back end of the drink has some light funk and a bit of lemongrass flavor before the lingering flavor is a light and dry citrus. As far as feel goes, this is as light and highly carbonated as they come, drinking almost like a beer-spritzer. This would be amazingly thirst quenching on a hot summer day.

Overall, this is a shining star among everyday brett beers. It is light, fruity, easy drinking, and lightly funky. It is everything that you want for the style. If you are in or around St. Louis, this should be a regular in your beer lineup.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle sealed with orange pressure cap.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: this beer looks like berlinner weiss. Very light colored and pale yellow if you can call it yellow at all. Thick white cap that drops to no head.

Smell: wheat malt. fruity and lightly acidic. oaky and full on brett presence. Wine wine barrel influence is sensed in the aroma as well.

Taste: Nice light acidic bite. Fruity and very noticable brett funk presence. Chardonnay barrel presence is unmistakable. Bright clean acidic fresh tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: light body with low carbonation. The beer has a solid dryness that is really something good and actually makes that low carbonation become something that is off set. Very drinkable with that nice light acidic presence.

Overall: This is a great brett beer. Its one type of beer that I wish was made on a regular basis and was more widely available type of beer. This is my first 2nd shift beer. I would like to try more.

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Photo of TH28
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. 4/16 BB date. Appearance: Cloudy pale straw yellow, with a thick white head. Aroma: Tart green apple, lactic acid is strong. Touch of lemon. Taste: Light crackery malt sweetness, lemon, with a moderately strong lactic acid tartness. A hint of brett funk shows up only retronasally after the swallow. Bitterness on the stronger side for a wild ale, likely due to low malt base. Mouthfeel: Light body and highly carbonated. Finish: Extremely dry. Touch of lemon tartness and brett funk. Overall: A very light, refreshing, easy drinking wild ale. Lactic tartness on the low side but balances well against the malt base. Apple and lemony citrus notes help add complexity.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a yellow color with very little head that disappears quickly. Sour smell from the brett and a great taste. The mouthfeel has just the right amount of carbonation and tartness. Not too sour but gives just enough pucker to make it a great wild ale. 2nd Shift continues to impress!

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Photo of ShanePB
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Golden orange body with a bit of haze. Foamy white head. Minimal lacing. Aromas of butter (not diacetyl), oak, funk and a bit of pale malts. Flavor is "lighter" overall than expected. Oak and moderate tartness, some butter flavor again and a hint of white wine.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very, very delicate - it's almost like a pilsner with brett. Gentle fruit and funk melds with crackery malt and noble hops. I'm a bit disappointed in the lack of wine barrel notes. Not terribly sour, either, but a nice table beer.

3.3/5: Katy's a good dinner guest

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Photo of mschantz
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle picked up by n STL in May. Pours a bright straw and a bit hazy. Just a wisp of fine white head. Nose is dominated by lemony citrus notes with a bit of hay. Taste is very crisp with nice lemony tartness. Very clean finish and highly drinkable. Dig it.

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4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours to a very light straw colored gold body. Head is egg shell white and reaches nearly an inch before it quickly starts to fade. Nose is wonderfully fruity and promising of a nice tart feel. Pear, melon and lemon zest all play. The flavors are very bright with tones of sweet cream and melon. With so much zest if you let this one set on your tongue you get an almost peroxide like effect. I don't say this in a bad way it is really quite charming. Not all that sour but a lovely beer overall.

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Photo of 4lo
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque yellow pour with two finger white head. Nice aroma with lemon and citrus dominating. Taste is nice between the lemon and citrus fruit flavor but finishes with a nice brett pickup. Nice an light, quiet enjoyable on a hot humid day and easy to put down. Nice beer overall.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

what a beautiful beer, maybe my favorite from these guys, although all of the beers i had from them were excellent. this is delicate in a cool way, saison sort of thing with a very developed brett profile that brings some more tartness to the mix than i am used to from brett alone, flattering to a fluffy bodied wheaty brew that is hazy golden in the glass. the funk is distinct from other brett strains in that it has some acidity happening, a little tannic thing going on maybe, tempered and broadened by the wood on this, but also quite bright and alive with a fresh cut flower aromatic and a blooming springtime radiance. not one of those in your face wilds, there is a mellowness to it thats really flattering, maybe from the oak, maybe from the expertise of the brewer, but its lovely. as delicious in taste as it is in the nose, and you almost wish this one was in 30 packs of cans, as its so sesisonable and light and refreshing. mildly tangy but dry in the finish and carbonated like champagne. overall a beer of stunning depth and quality, worth seeking out and very much underrated here in my opinion.

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Photo of hip2hops
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A deceivingly delicious, two-sided wonder. Not complex, BUT...fresh and sour up front followed by chewy malty biscuits on the finish, begging for another mouthful.
Great work by Missouri's little tattoo brewey that could.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly hazy golden yellow body, two finger white head, fair retention, no lacing.

S- Mildly tart wheat, a bit of funk and lemon. Not much complexity, but it does smell good.

F- Tart wheat, a bit of lemon, funk, slight yogurt. Again, not particularly complex or forward, but it does grow on me after a while.

M- Medium-thin bodied, good carbonation, a bit on the soft side. Solid, not too bitter, quite drinkable.

O- Nothing too special, seems to be lacking some depth but it's certainly not bad in any particular way.

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Photo of Tridement
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Brewery release quality, without all the hypey bullshit and inflated price. Where can I get a keg? Oh, it pours a soft hay color, finely bubbled head bald blah blah....delicious!

Get it if you can, love these wackos at 2nd Shift! Also, check out PARKAS ASAP.

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Photo of Florida9
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear, light yellow in color on the first pour. Becomes a bit more cloudy on subsequent pours. Forms a bright white, actively fizzy head that comes and goes leaving just the faintest hint of a ring around the edge. No lacing. Aroma is green apples and grapes along with a vinous quality and old basement brett. Taste is similar. Starts of clean, crisp, and bright with the flavors of apples and grapes. There is a light sweetness. The comes the brett on the back end. The brett flavor is prominent, but not overwhelming. Lighter bodied, thin, and somewhat watery. Medium-heavy carbonation. Little bitterness.
I admit that I am partial to brett beers and while the brett is noticeable on this one, it is not aggressive. An easy drinking brett beer.

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Photo of barczar
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just enough brett funk to not overpower, but still add funky character, a touch of sour to contrast, and a nice, lightly bready malt backbone for support.

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Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 268 ratings