Night Shift Brewing

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Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
3.89 | pDev: 7.97%
Nov 19, 2019
Jul 09, 2015
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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4 by Iski100 from Massachusetts on Nov 19, 2019
4 by BallsDeep from Florida on Nov 12, 2019
4.01 by Dmbphoenix from New York on Aug 06, 2019
3.87 by M4CDO from Massachusetts on Jul 04, 2019
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3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

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...

May 02, 2019
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2.48/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by Sewercap from New York

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.

Dec 30, 2018
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3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by GregDBoston from Massachusetts

Night Shift should stick to IPAs. This is a cloying hefeweizen. Drink Belgian ales if you want something fruity/spicy like this.

Nov 27, 2018
3.99 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Nov 26, 2018
4.08 by sd123 from Georgia on Nov 22, 2018
4.03 by ElGallo from New Hampshire on Nov 10, 2018
4.06 by flek from Massachusetts on Nov 03, 2018
4.34 by hoponit from New York on Oct 29, 2018
3.89 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey on Sep 19, 2018
3.85 by Heftklammer from Massachusetts on Aug 10, 2018
3.43 by BeersAndPretzels from Massachusetts on Aug 07, 2018
4.03 by Knickfan3 from New York on Aug 05, 2018
4.1 by carrcolind from District of Columbia on Aug 04, 2018
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3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
by woodsman13 from Maine

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.

Jul 31, 2018
3.83 by Spluger from Massachusetts on Jul 29, 2018
2.89 by Hughespjh from Massachusetts on Jul 23, 2018
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3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Blackrobe from Massachusetts

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.

Jul 11, 2018
3.99 by morebeergood from Massachusetts on Jun 27, 2018
3.48 by TyMcEachern from Massachusetts on Feb 18, 2018
3.95 by Tiffpanman from Massachusetts on Feb 07, 2018
4.23 by holzman57 from Massachusetts on Jan 18, 2018
3.91 by rpcarr17 from Georgia on Oct 08, 2017
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4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
by Daru from Massachusetts

Refreshing. Citrus. Clean. Like hoegardeen. Same after taste. Only bad thing is that it has very little head which dissipated quickly.

Oct 01, 2017
3.98 by lic217 from Connecticut on Sep 13, 2017
4.05 by AGust82 from Connecticut on Aug 27, 2017
3.93 by rorjets from Connecticut on Aug 19, 2017
3.99 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire on Aug 03, 2017
3.59 by heerboth from Pennsylvania on Jul 30, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GreesyFizeek from New York

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.

Jul 29, 2017
4.34 by Nugget40 from Massachusetts on Jul 21, 2017
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4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by LIODIYA from Massachusetts

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.

Jul 02, 2017
3.12 by Paoloboston from Massachusetts on Jun 28, 2017
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3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Holderness from Massachusetts

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


Jun 10, 2017
4 by redfox405 from California on Jun 04, 2017
4.27 by Hombo3 from New York on May 07, 2017
3.78 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on May 02, 2017
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