Furth | Night Shift Brewing

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Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
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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Photo of johnnnniee
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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Photo of brentk56
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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Photo of RonaldTheriot
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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Photo of Gatch
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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Photo of digboy
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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Photo of BEERMILER12
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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Photo of CHickman
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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Photo of Gavage
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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Photo of metter98
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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Photo of Billolick
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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Photo of Biggtriksta
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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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
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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Photo of Beric
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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Photo of ScaryEd
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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Photo of fitzy84
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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Photo of diemilio
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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Photo of edward_boumil
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: No head, somewhat cloudy. Color is Golden yellow, boarding on light orange.
S: Banana, sweet dough, toast.
T: Wheat malt is very grain like, almost like that of a good lager or pils. Also has that yeast/dough flavor, in the flavor lots of pepper with some banana.
F: Somewhat thin, not super soft and fluffy like other hefes. Carbonation is medium level. Finishes pretty smooth however.
O: A good hefe, hits all the main points of the style, minus the mouthfeel. Nothing that will blow you away but definately a good beer.

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Photo of cbutova
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Tallboy to goblet pour with a cloudy golden body and a frothy white cap. Poor head retention dying quickly to a small ring. Only a few spots of lace.

S- Esters off the top with banana up front and then hints of bubblegum, apple and white grapes. Spiciness in the background with coriander, cooking herbs, pink pepper and zesty citrus peel.

T- Bananas come off fairly strong and early and are balanced out by notes of lemon zest, coriander, mild peppercorns, herbs, Belgian yeast spice and slight bubble game. Orange and very hearty wheat bread also come to mind. Spicy hops finish it off.

MF- A bit on the thin side as the texture is lacking and strays towards the fizzy foamy spectrum. High end carbonation and a lightly bitter end.

Balanced with a nice depth of flavor but comes off thin and lacking that oomph on the palate.

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Photo of MaineBeerDinner
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: golden orange non persistent head
S: wife says paper verging on a good orange zest pee
T: heavy for a here, spices are a bit strong and odd for a here
F: lingering too long for a smooth enjoyable beer. Could be temp is too warm but not Night Shift's best

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can dated 06/23/16

Pours hazy cloudy bright amber gold with a quickly dissipating frothy white foam head. Smells like banana bread, vanilla, raw wheat, bananas, orange, some spice, with mild earthy grassy pine. Tastes like banana, banana bread, zesty orange citrus, mild vanilla, some spice, toasty doughy wheat, with fresh earthy grass. Feels medium bodied, creamy with low carbonation. Overall a really nice hefeweizen.

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Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hot night, hefe will def be nice, and in a can, interesting, maybe first hefe I've had from a can. Canned 5/13/16.

Pours a big frothy 1.5 finger head that fades at a quicker pace, spotty lacing, very hazy golden straw bright color.

Nose plenty of creamy wheat, a little banana ester, mild citrus background orange zest, sweet cream of wheat and doughy malt, cracker notes, faint peppery clove like phenols.

Taste brings juicy wheat, a little creamy, toasty, some doughy toasty malts, mild bread dough, cracker, etc, with fair sweetness, decent ester profile banana fruit, a little citrus, faint coriander clove like spices again, touch of bitterness. Finish is dry soft creamy, plenty of banana now, a touch citrus, some creamed wheat and bread dough lingering.

Mouth is med bod, a bit creamy, decent carb.

Overall not bad, nothing wrong with it, doesn't jump off the page, but a standard hefe, not as creamy as I hoped. Pretty enjoyable, esp for the summer.

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Photo of ELS
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This hefe is a descent attempt at the style. It looks good with a nice orange/yellow color and a nice frothy head. Smells banana, clove and a little esthery which is good. The taste however is a little off. The flavors that you expect from a hefe are all there, they just taste forced upfront as you first sip instead of on the backend with some nice, mellow lingering banana and clove flavors. Instead, the backend comes off just a little too sweet from the malt. It's definitely drinkable and goes down pretty smoothly and not a bad beer, it's just not a Hefeweizen I would ever go out of my way to have again.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

250th rating.

Cloudy yellow/orange hued with a white frothy head.
Looks fantastic.

Aroma of banana, clove, yeast, light malt.

Taste: light mouthfeel, kind of like a sessionable wheat beer, faint banana, a bit thin on the flavor but still very enjoyable. Great summer beer

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