Night Shift Brewing

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German Hefeweizen
Ranked #38
Ranked #14,067
3.91 | pDev: 7.93%
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Notes: Named after a Bavarian city, this globally enjoyable hefeweizen sips with soft, fruity notes of banana, wheat, clove, and orange rind.
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3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Okay - a few things I need to get out of the way here:

1) It's spring.

2) I love spring beers.

3) A German Hefeweizen should be perfect for spring.

4) This wasn't a true German Hefeweizen.

That being said, I did find this to be enjoyable, easy to quaff, and nicely made...even though the date on the bottom of this can read 12/19/16. Yes, it was old but it held up well and never felt aged, malted out, or skunked to me but it seemed more like an American Golden Ale more than anything else. If that's what you're looking for, then you've found your match here!

Gold, this was, as the pour had plenty of that with some bright brassiness thrown in for good measure. Enough foamy head topped this off as the lacing didn't quite measure up to that; from the scattered, thin collar on down. Lots of wheat, lemon, banana, and soap in the soft nose as none of those stood out in particular. The taste was much more "golden" as the body was weak and the hop profile was nearly impossible to discern. A mild citrus juiciness tied everything in together as nothing in particular stood out to me when it came to this beer.

The same could be said about the alcoholic content here as the 5.50% nearly qualified this as a session beer. Plenty of basic bread in the malt kept this balanced as a bit of bubblegum sweetness and mild clove lingered in the aftertaste once this was finished off. While not a bad beer, this paled in comparison to it's better German counterparts. Worth a go once if you like this style but with better examples out there, you'd be hard-pressed to go out of your way for this...

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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey, May 02, 2019
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2.48/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This did not taste good at all. Fuck, why did this have to be a tallboy? Metallic and nasty flavor. Decent abv at least, but not worth the bad taste at all.

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Sewercap from New York, Dec 30, 2018
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3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

L: light haze, bright straw color with a copper tinge. Almost no head retention or lacing.

S: yeasty and banana and baking spices. Banana bread!

F: pretty flat mouthfeel, especially for a Hefeweizen. Leaves a syrupy slick on your tongue that I don’t love.

T: strong banana flavors. The bready quality in the nose disappears on the tongue, giving way to a sweet flavor reminiscent of a cherry syrup. Not getting the orange that the label says.

O: this is a less yeasty, more fruity Hefeweizen. Flavorful and agreeable enough to get this into the 4’s for me.

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Photo of Blackrobe
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dated 6/29/18 on the bottom rim of the can, 12 days since brewing.

Pours a slightly hazy orange straw in the glass with one finger of white head that disappeared in seconds. Nose of sourdough dough, coriander, clove, toasted wheat and tangy orange rind. Taste is dominated by the top three notes of sourdough, sour orange and coriander. Deep underneath those I get a hint of clove and ever so slight banana. Quite underwhelming. Body is a watery medium-light with low carbonation. No matter how much I swirled the glass, I couldn't get ANY head back after first pouring. I'm a bit at a loss for words with this one, there's just not much to talk about, it's like a light hefeweizen mixed with a really weak orange adjunct saison. With the widespread availability of things like Weihenstephaner's Hefe Weissbier, I don't see myself picking this up again.

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Blackrobe from Massachusetts, Jul 11, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a very slightly hazy orange, classic look, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like what you'd expect- which is refreshing- because most American hefeweizens are non traditional hoppy or fruity garbage cans. There's light banana and citrus, wheat, and grassy hops.

They do it fairly quietly, but Night Shift makes some awesome traditional fermented barley beverages. This is well balanced, with subdued but still present banana tones, with clove, grassy hops, and very light citrus.

This is super drinkable, with a crisp feel and a good level of carbonation.

This was the first style that got me into beer, so it's always nice to have a new version that reminds me why I love it.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Jul 29, 2017
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4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks: Golden Orange. Light carbonation with a bit of lacing.

Smell: Sour funk with a nice bready smell rounding it out.

Taste: Wheat on the backbone with nice bit spice.

Feel: Full flavored yet light enough to drink a couple back to back without getting overwhelmed. Satisfying.

Overall: I've had my fair share of Hefes and they're starting to become a go to style for me when I want something with decent body but not as heavy as IPAs. I would consider this a medium bodies hef and definitely grows more complex as it warms and you reach the bottom of your glass.

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LIODIYA from Massachusetts, Jul 02, 2017
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3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L -- Pretty standard hefe look, a lot like Weihenstephaner but with a smaller head with less retention and lacing.
S -- Fruity yeast esters, doughy malts, clove, pepper.
T -- Wheat, lemon, sweet doughy malts, grass, orange peel, and a hint of banana
F -- Watery around the edges.Feels a bit limp
O -- A tangy take on a hefe, while still retaining the style's classic elements


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Holderness from Massachusetts, Jun 10, 2017
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4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

P- Poured from a 16 oz can,into a Allagash tulip glass,served at New World Tavern.Date on the glass is 03/13/17.

L- Thick soapy white colored head with moderate retention,and light sticky lacing on the glass.Hazy gold colored body,with moderate clarity,and distorted light showing through the glass.Very heavy amount of carbonation.

S- On the nose I get bright wheat notes,with banana,cloves,and,orange peels.

T- The palate follows the nose with heavy wheat up front,banana and clove on the middle,and orange peel with trace notes of pine hops on the back end,with lemongrass.

F- The mouth feel is light bodied with a silky texture.Minimal oxidation on the tongue,with an extremely smooth finish.

O- This is a very good Hefe.It's probably one of the best of it's style I have ever tasted.I would definitely drink this again.If you like Hefeweizens,I would definitely recommend this brew.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from Colonial Spirits.
Hazy light golden color with a huge bubbly white head that persists. Light banana big clove and spice on the nose with a solid sweet bready maltiness. Flavor follows the aroma. Somewhat dry lightly carbonic finish. Pretty nice Hefe.

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johnnnniee from New Hampshire, Apr 01, 2017
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3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a brilliant white head; a few shards linger

Smell: Tangy wheat, orange rind and coriander tones

Taste: The tangy wheat flavor brings bread and a sourdough character, with a hint of banana in the mix; the coriander and orange rind dominate the middle and linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; lacks the creamy mouthfeel I look for in the style

Overall: I enjoy a good German style hefe but this one is much too Americanized (lacks banana) and Belgianized (orange peel) for my palate

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brentk56 from North Carolina, Mar 21, 2017
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4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Furth has a very thick, white head, a hazy, bubbly, lemon-yellow appearance, which clouds up, following the "swish & pour", and a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of spiced white bread, a shade of citrus, and some Hubble Bubble. Taste is of those elements, with negligible bitterness. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Furth finishes sort of wet/chewy.


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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana, Mar 11, 2017
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4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 01/30/17...important to mention that this is one of my least favorite styles of beer...

As approachable as an American Hefe can be. Retains enough German-ness (Germanity?) while adding a touch of American flair. Big fizzy head and slightly hazy. Nose is on-point for the style, with that yeasty and grassy aroma you expect. Super tasty with the spice, yeast, and faint hop background you want. Feel is superb, being crisp and refreshing. Just make sure to drink it cold, as its flaws are exposed as the beer warms (sitting outside on a February day reaching nearly 70 degrees!).

I find it funny that many reviews are stating how good this beer is but people are rating it in each category in the high 3's. Such a score indicates that a beer is just average, not good. I wish the Bros had a pop-up message after hitting 'Rate It' or 'Submit' that asked, "Are you sure you critiqued this beer according to style, rather than all beer you've ever consumed?" This is in the top 20% of its style, not just another '4' generic beer. Yes, a Hefeweizen doesn't taste like an IPA...how surprising!!! The tragedy of letting everyone be a critic...

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Gatch from Rhode Island, Feb 23, 2017
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3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can dated 11/28/16

Pours a crisp, clear gold color with plenty of carbonation. Zero haze... not sure how the others are getting it. One finger fluffy white head that settles down into a creamy froth that clings to the sides beautifully.

Aroma is strong with clove with a slight sweetness (others say banana but i don't get it)/ Also I get a sour smell from it - I thought this might have been a saison when I first opened it and had to double check the can.

Taste has the caramel sweetness come through strongly behind a wheaty malt flavor. The banana flavor hits much more in the after taste along with a bready flavor.

Mouth feel is clean and carbonated with a slight zing at the end.

Overall this is a pleasant beer. I'll admit that hefeweizens are not my thing so I'll keep the qualitative comments to myself. Glad I tried it though.

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digboy from New Hampshire, Feb 18, 2017
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3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy straw yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a small cap

S: Lots of yeast influence up front, with the typical banana and clove in there. Fruity notes and wheat back those up

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the banana and clove notes and slowly draws out the yeastiness with more fruitiness and light spice. Some wheat in the background

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. On the softer side, but still slightly over-carbonated given the yeast and wheat profile

O: A solid American-brewed German hefe with all of what you'd expect. Very easy to drink and extremely refreshing

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3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the tallboy can dated 12/19/16, pours clear bright gold color with a lot of active carbonation and bubbles racing up the middle to a 2 finger foamy snow white colored head which was packed with bubbles and faded around average time. Sadly it's not cloudy looking at all.

Smells like a pilsner with plenty of malt and grains leading the way, followed by wheat, peppery spices, wet cardboard, faint lemon zest and biscuit. Pretty weak overall with no banana, bubblegum or clove. Smells similar to a macro brew.

Tastes of caramel, wheat and bread crust, then like the nose brings in sweet malt, roasted grains, light peppery spices, floral hops, lemon zest, wet cardboard, fresh cut grass and finally some banana. Finish is clean with a grainy sweetness, to me this seems more malty than wheat driven and the hops were just accents.

Overall a good beer, but nothing really special.

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CHickman from New York, Feb 02, 2017
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4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: hazy yellowish orange in color with a 1/2" head that breaks down quickly.

Smell: loads of clove and citrus create a great aroma.

Taste: wheat, banana, clove, lemon zest, some orange, cracked pepper, and a hint of bubblegum late. Bitterness is moderate.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout. Some drying arrives late.

Overall: a well balanced and very refreshing hefeweizen.

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Gavage from New Jersey, Jan 28, 2017
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3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with notes of bananas and cloves.
T: The taste follows the smell and has stronger flavors of cloves.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but doesn't have as many banana-like flavors compared to some of the top beers of the style.

Serving type: can

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metter98 from New York, Jan 22, 2017
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4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall can, 12/19/16 on the side of the bottom...so yeah...nice and fresh..

Pours hazed lighter and dull looking...large and lasting puffy oatmeal cap...leaves coating low sheeting and some moderate bits of lacing

Yeasty, bananas and coriander filled nose.

More bananas, more coriander and more yeasty goodness on the palate here. Very enjoyable Hefe, soft , smooth and tasty...well worth a try...Gotta love a domestic high quality Hefe in a can.

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Billolick from New York, Jan 20, 2017
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured a dark amber-golden color with about a finger's worth of head. There are some bubbles streaming up the glass. While there is some light coming through and it is semi-translucent, it does not appear to be filtered.

S: Clove, banana, bubblegum, Belgian yeast. What you would expect from a German Hefeweizen. No hops and very, very little maltiness.

T: Pretty on point with the traditional style of the beer. Lots of banana and yeastiness. Some slight, slight hints of pepper at the back end.

F: Smooth and a bit creamy. Some bubbles at the front, but very smooth on the way down. Very drinkable. Very refreshing. Nice and light with a mild body.

O: It is what I would expect out of a beer made in this style. Compared to other German Hefeweizens that I have had, this is right up there with them. It could use maybe a bit more carbonation as well as a little more yeastiness, but it's good nonetheless.

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Biggtriksta from New York, Jan 18, 2017
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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a speiglau wheat glass.

Look is a hazy golden amber with yellow highlights and a thick white head.

Aroma is pure banana and clove yeasty and delicious .

Taste is a little astringent and thin, but finishes in the typical banana bordering on bubblegum hefe note.

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Photo of Meyers1023
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a slightly murky golden color with a creamy white foam head. The smell is spot on with cloves, banana, and bubblegum. The flavor is good overall but falls a little short of the nose. You get the orange rind in the finish. The feel is medium, decent carbonation but has a creamy feel. Overall this is a great interpretation of the style. Very refreshing and easy to drink. Will fill in nicely now that I'm not in Texas to get Live Oak's hefeweizen.

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Meyers1023 from New York, Jan 06, 2017
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3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 16oz can from the can at an event
Served: Sept 2016

Had to drink this one straight from the can, so unfortunately I can't comment on the appearance of the beer. The branding is on point, as always. The beer itself was very good for a US brewed hefeweizen, and one that I think is competitive when placed against many easily attainable German examples (such as Erdinger or Paulaner). I feel like the taste is there, but the body falls a bit short-- it felt thin as I neared the bottom of the can. Overall, a very good beer and one that I would definitely recommend, as I would just about any Night Shift brew.

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Beric from Massachusetts, Nov 20, 2016
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3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can.

Pours a hazy, orange straw color with a finger of snow white head. The head has decent retention and settles into a thin film. Leaves some splotchy lacing.

The aroma is pretty straightforward for the style: Lots of bananas and yeast up front, followed by some sweet citrus and grass. Back end is faintly tart, with a minimal amount of peppery spice.

The taste brings lots of cereal grain and sweet dough, followed by a wave of orange, green apple, and wet grass. Finishes with a hefty amount of bananas and clove spice.

The feel is medium-light bodied with pretty good carbonation. Relatively smooth and lightly creamy.

Overall, a pretty good hefe that is relatively straightforward for the style, but does everything right as far as I'm concerned. It's got loads of flavor but is also refreshing and smooth.

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ScaryEd from New Hampshire, Nov 13, 2016
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4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought a 4-pack at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. The beer pours with a large head that dissipated quickly; generally clear gold appearance with visible carbonation. Aromas are very rich with wheat, cloves, fruits like bananas, and yeast. Taste follows the nose with a very bread-sweet maltness and zesty hops. Mouthfeel is creamy and refreshing. Overall, this was great, especially in terms of its aromas.

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fitzy84 from Massachusetts, Nov 09, 2016
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3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful cans, very refreshing. Hazy straw yellow, about 2 fingers of white head. Smell/taste profile perfectly described on the can: banana, wheat, clove and orange rind. I also get a lot of citrus, very low bitterness, thin mouthfeel.

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diemilio from Georgia, Aug 25, 2016
Furth from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 208 ratings