Night Shift Brewing

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German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #65
Ranked #22,511
3.84 | pDev: 8.85%
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 46
Photo of bobv
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 1/8/18 at 4.3% abv.
Moderate to vigorous pour yields a one and a quarter inch white head over a bright amber body with some sticky lacing. Nose of toast, malt, and slight hops. Taste of hops, malt, and toast. Well carbed for a nice feel and overall, a refreshingly good lager that could be described as an amber dunkel with extra hops?
Cheers to those Everett guys!

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Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber color, clear. Small head with longterm rim bubbles remaining after a few minutes. A couple of larger spots on the tulip glass.

Raw and weedy hop dominates with a deeply toasted malt as a base.

Tastes like a highly bittered amber ale. The aforementioned toasted base is present and dry. The hop is strong and neutrally bitter. Long aftertaste. Predictable body with an elevated carbonation level. Overall, a good, hop-lovers amber.

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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives clear and amber colored with a frothy head that delivers some nice lacing

Smell: Toasted bread, caramel and herbal tones with a hint of citrus

Taste: Toasted bread forward with caramel building underneath; herbal and citrus tones arrive, through the middle with a touch of spice cake in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: An unusual style, perhaps a bit Americanized; really tasty

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Photo of mothman
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

White head with lace. Golden orange color.

Awesome aroma. Definitely to style. Smells and taste like brewday. Cereal grains and toasted malts. Honey sweetness. Awesome pils flavors all around. Bready.

Light bodied. Full on flavor. Excellent offering.

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Photo of Lembeh
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice to see a Zwicklbier like beer on any portfolio. The taste is a little different than what I had in Germany. For the most part it's a great tasting beer but in the end you taste this hop-grain combo that's a little off. Maybe they over hopped it a tad for the style. In any case it's always good to see American breweries making traditional European styles. Despite the departure from your standard Zwickelbier characteristics I would buy this again.

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Photo of Gatch
4.73/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12/09/16 'Prost!'

Absolutely blown away. This is exactly how I expect beer to taste once I make a trip to Germany. Such an on-point example of a Zwickelbier, down to the slight haze and massive frothy head. But it has a super fruity and bready finish that makes it uniquely American. Lately I've been on a search for authentic European styles with an American twist from local breweries around Massachusetts and I am not being disappointed. Jack's Abby, Exhibit A, and now Night Shift. So glad the brewery forced me to buy a 4-pack rather than a single can as I usually do!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can dated 12/12/16

Pours foggy amber orange with a frothy off-white foam head. Smells like sweet toasty bread crust, caramel, apple, pear, grape, plum, orange citrus, mild spice, with floral earthy herbal grass. Tastes like orange citrus, plum, grape, pear, apple, caramel, sweet toasty bread crust, mild spice, with floral earthy herbal grass. Feels medium-light bodied, crisp and creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice zwickelbier-style lager.

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Photo of Dope
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/12/16 canning date

A: Slightly hazy amber pour. Big fluffy tan head. Light chunky lacing left behind as it slowly fades away.

S: Fairly subtle aroma. A little toasted malt, a hint of caramel. Lightly herbal.

T: A hint of caramel up front before a wave of toasted bread. Decent touch of hoppiness on the back end, herbal/earthy maybe?

M: Lighter bodied but nice and smooth.

O: Rare to see a Kellerbier, rarer to see it from a good brewery. A toasty brew with a touch of noble hops. Nice. Easy drinking.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Delicious beer. Copper pour with a moderate sticky head. Lacing leaves a nice web down the glass. Aroma is lightly floral with a lot of bready malt. Taste is caramel malt, toasted grains with a nice spiciness from the hops. Good bitter finish follows every pull. The mouthfeel was a little sticky and left a lingering bitterness longer than I'd like. Great beer.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy reddish-Amber in color with a finger plus of off white head. Aroma is lightly spicy hops with a bit of bready malt. Taste is much of the same, richly malty but with hints of a balancing bitterness. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Overall a very tasty and drinkable beer.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber in color. See through. Bread and dough malt dominate the flavor. It's a good thing. Some bittering hops on the back end round out and balance the beer. Very drinkable. Solid.

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Kehl from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 46 ratings