Nite Lite
Night Shift Brewing

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Style:
American Light Lager
Ranked #2
ABV:
4.3%
Score:
79
Ranked #38,814
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 11.75%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
115
From:
Night Shift Brewing
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
79
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Notes: It's time to rethink light beer. Right now there's too much overlap - bland flavors, redundant branding, macro-brewery after macro-brewery. You deserve better than this sea of sameness, and Nite Lite is our way to raise the light beer standard. An unfiltered, unpasteurized, all natural, craft light lager that everyone can get excited about.

Perfect for BBQs, tailgating before the game, hanging at the beach, enjoying a concert... you know the drill. Nite Lite is simple - light bodied and crisp - just as a light beer should be.
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Photo of headlessparrot
2.69/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I am not giving this beer a negative review because of the style--I'm actually a sucker for a well-made light lager or mainstream American adjunct like 'Gansett or Hamm's--but because I genuinely think it's pretty mediocre. I'd truly prefer a Miller Lite. Hazy pale gold, very crackery, light bitter aftertaste, but there's that underfermented grassy granny apple/apple core flavour that just lingers here. Can't recommend it.

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Photo of Wapes
1.3/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This stuff taste like the aftermath of a root canal. You know the stuff that’s left in your mouth after the dentist grains down the tooth you know that smell, well they captured it and put it in this beer. I really like the other stuff exhibit A puts out but this stuff is gross.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Surprise from my buddy Darren in Connecticut. 16 oz can dated 3/5/19 poured into Stella glass.

Mostly clear straw golden color with slight haze. The fluffy head is 2 fingers and recedes to 1, with sparse lacing up the sides.

Very pleasant fruity esters on the nose with slight hay, straw, and bread dough.

Flavor is of sharp straw/hay, apples, piney bread, and slight fruity esters.

Feel is crisp and starchy, has a semi-creaminess, medium to light bodied. Drying finish with remaining starches.

Overall, a very enjoyable, crisp, fruity lager that's highly underrated. Get some.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a honey-yellow with a transparency clear enough to read the beer label. Head is a finger of white foam, that is more fizz and does not retain well. Aroma is straw, sweet corn and bready and biscuity malts. Flavor profile is straw, sweet and creamed corn and nutty, bready, biscuity malts. Creamed corn comes on strong, a sign of potential DMS, which is fair with this sort of beer. It may be a touch strong for some. Mouth feel is lightly fuzzy with a stilling texture, almost like well-worn movie-theater carpet, where years of walkers have beat down the once luscious, velvety texture. It has a thin consistency. Overall, light and refreshing, with a little more sweetness than is typical for an AAL. Nice little brew.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 16oz can.

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Photo of Gatch
4.46/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 10/01/18. Been wanting to try this for a long time because I knew it would be incredible. A delicious beer in general, but within this style....bonkers, top notch, stellar. Massive credit to Night Shift for making such an approachable and satisfying beer in a seemingly difficult style to brew. Because with this style you can't mask quality with hops or additives/adjuncts (unless you're a macro brewery). Super crisp with drinkability off the charts, this beer has that grainy flavor and feel you expect but much fruitier and palatable and finished with a pleasant hop character. Tip of the cap to Night Shift! I hope the industry continues in this direction, slowly replacing the yellow garbage that passes as beer, and will slowly convert many of those drinkers who will eventually understand that you need to pay a little extra to get a lot more.

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Photo of Ahonky
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pretty light gold, unfiltered and so not translucent. Nice bubbly head that holds up for a good bit. Very enticing.

Aroma is soft, grainy and with a generic pre-craft beer American beer smell. I like that smell.

This is everything you would in a light beer. Plenty of flavor. Each sip begs for the next. Goes down fast and fun.

I will buy more. I want more. Wish I had gotten around to this in the summer.

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Photo of seanh99
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was quite surprised about this one. I figured I would never buy a lite beer but I had one given to me to try and have since bought a lot, My new go to summer beer for hanging out and having a couple beers with limited impact to my evening or more importantly the next morning.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours a sickly pale piss yellow color, one of the worst pours I have ever seen, literally looked clear pouring it out of the can. This beer also honestly had a gross stale smell. The taste redeems this brew somewhat, because it achieves its goal of being a decent light beer, honestly would prefer a miller lite than to pay more for a “craft” light beer such as this.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I stayed at a youth hostel in nearby Everett during a recent visit to Boston & it was in close proximity to Night Shift Brewing so I paid a visit during my visit. I was really taken by their owl logo since my late Pops had an affinity for owls, plus the logo was from a Lite Brite board, making it even cooler! Jeff Lebo will get the spent CAN, but in the meantime, this beer furthers The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Craft Light Lager"; "Share the Night".

I did a bottom-opening since this was kind of special, so there was no Crack! & the Glug was kind of a dribble. Either way, it still formed nearly two fingers of fizzy, foamy, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a light bready malt sweetness, but not much in terms of hops or bitterness. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was pleasant enough, kind of sweetish, very clean and lager-like with no crappy adjuncts getting in the way. Finish was crisp, dry & definitely refreshing on a hot, humid Summer's day. I was told at the brewery that this is their answer to requests for B/M/C products by unenlightened customers, but this was better than those types of beers. This would be a great buncha CANs to put in the beach-bound cooler if you were looking for a tastier alternative to a macro CAN.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I know this is positioned as a craft alternative to Miller Lite, but I think the problem is it is executed so well that maybe you should just save a little bit of money and drink Miller Lite

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Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that settled down, leaving a thin film of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of grainy malts and grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of grainy malts and grassy malts with a light amount of bitterness. There are some faint hints of corn.
M: It feels light-bodied and very clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has the drinkability of a lawnmower beer without hardly any aromas or flavors in the way of adjuncts.

Serving type: can

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Photo of smcolw
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pale straw color and crystal clear. Modest head and nearly no lace (a couple of spots).

A typical macro American lager smell, which means little to nothing to the nose.

Highly carbonated. In fact, the bartender offered a sampling of Genesee Lager as a comparison. The only distinction was the higher carbonation of this beer. The rest is a watery pale malt and nearly no hop. One might call it retro, but most serious beer drinkers will say bleh.

Knowing their other beers, Night Shift obviously accomplished their goal. Beer lovers will say Bravo but avoid this beer.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a can at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. This beer had a yellow, clear appearance with visible carbonation. Fluffy white head with patchy lacing. The beer had a bready and grain-rice aroma. Somewhat bitter but nothing overpowering; malt and light tartness. Very good mouthfeel; crisp and refreshing. Overall, good beer for the lager style.

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Photo of illpass78
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear straw with a big white head.

Aroma: Clean. Some grass, some biscuit. (My wife also uses the lip of this glass to make biscuits, so there’s that.) Faint hop.

Taste: A very clean, crisp lager with a nice hop note along with cereal grains and cut grass.

Mouthfeel: Super drinkable. Great beer to pair with pizza.

Overall: Really impressive flavor and drinkability for a light lager. Can’t beat the price point, either. Great stuff.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from Colonial Spirits
Faintly hazy deep yellow with a tightly bubbled white head that persists. Rich crackery pilsner maltiness with bits of earth and floral hops. Very well made light beer.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a pint. ($6.99/4-pack)

A - Pale straw, crystal clear. Pours about a 1/4 inch head that recedes quickly. Light lacing, big effervescent bubbles.

S - sweet grain, faint corn

T - cereal grains are most prevalent. Light hint of sweet corn. Nothing offensive.

M - super refreshing light, clean, lots of carbonation.

O - I was skeptical, but this is a really really nice, light lager. It’s good, it’s worthy, it’s great for watching playoff hockey.

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Photo of Blackrobe
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dated 4/17/18 on the bottom of the can, 10 days old.

Pours a crystal clear super pale straw with half a finger of rapidly dissipating white head. Nose is very mild, as expected of the style but not off-putting. Besides pale sweet grain and hay, I was also able to pull out notes of cereal, grass and the faintest green apple. Taste follows the nose, crisp and refreshing, very mild, but unlike most light lagers I've tried, not in any way offensive. Light spritzy mouthfeel with an crisp easy aftertaste of the pale grain + green apple. Overall a wonderful light lager, probably the only one I've had that I could say I didn't find offensive. I'd take this of any other light lager I've tried, but not over any other style.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 7/20/17

A: Very pale gold - crystal clear - pours with a medium sized, fizzy white head, fades to a few spots of a head, retains a small collar, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Remarkably mild - there is not much going on here, but that is more or less the point of the style - some light cracker and a touch of grain - some lager yeast, touch of spice - some grassy and herbal notes from the hops - light sweetness and a maybe a hint of corn - not detecting any off-aromas

T: As mild as the aroma, but also as seemingly devoid of flaws as the aroma - crackers, light bread, touch of toast - some lager yeast, touch of spice, pepper, clove - some grass and herbal notes - some light cereal grain sweetness and a very light touch of green apple - crisp, clean finish

M: Light body, medium carbonation, immaculately crisp finish

O: I unironically like this

Nite Lite is a hard beer to actually assign a rating. It is a craft-brewed light lager. Most breweries wouldn't even bother trying to make one worth drinking. That being said, this is just about the best American Light Lager I have had. But I'm not sure if I would necessarily buy it again. Hmmm...

Update, 4/28/18: Yes, I bought it again. And I will continue to buy it. It's so simple, clean, and drinkable. It's perfect for many situations and particularly great for warmer weather. I've updated scores because this is a heavy hitter in a style full of pushovers.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - Transparent pale yellow with less than a finger of fizzy, white head.

S - Refined grain aroma which stops it from being put in the same crowd as BMC. Not off-putting.

T - Sweeter than I had anticipated. Green apples, wet grains, wet hay, mild lemon juice. Metallic aftertaste.

F - Light and crisp. Lots of carbonation.

O - Better than a generic macro, but did have an off aftertaste.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a finger of bright white head. The head sticks around awhile, settling into a nice, creamy film. Leaves very little in the way of lacing.

The aroma is surprisingly complex for the style, bringing notes of freshly mowed grass, cereal grains, and tart green apple.

The flavor is closer to expectations. Lots of grains, slightly grassy with a touch of sweet corn. Not getting much of the green apple note from the nose.

The feel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Nicely dry with a lightly crisp finish. I hate to use the term "crushable" but here you go. Very clean throughout.

Overall, a fine example of a light American lager. It's definitely more flavorful than a Bud or Coors lite, yet it still retains that clean, refreshing character that is perfect for a hot day.

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Photo of digboy
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can dated 1/5/17 (3 months old)

Pours a a crystal clear straw gold color with lots of fizz but a thin, soft head. Aroma is apple - almost like a hard cider but the grain scent comes through enough to dispel the notion. Taste is all grain with a hint of sweetness behind it and maybe a bit of the apple comes through. Feel is very light and crisp and effervescent. I swore off crappy "American" supermarket lagers a long time ago so this is tough to love but it is a hundred times better than the swill that's mass produced in this style. Its what happens when the brewer puts care and time and good ingredients into the process. 'nough said!

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It is absolutely what it says it is. It's a very clean and straight forward light lager. Refreshing and light with a hint of sweetness in the body. Easy drinking.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can dated 01/05/17

Pours foggy straw yellow with a frothy white foam head. Smells like green apple, malty cereal grains, with floral grassy hops. Tastes like green apple, malty cereal grains, with floral grassy hops. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and crisp with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice light lager.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I based my ratings on drinking a light lager (not an IPA) and how I perceived this beer versus drinking a Bud Light, for example; I really loved it at the end of the night, nice easy drinking, lots of aroma and flavor for the style; best way I can describe this beer is eating a homemade burger versus a mass produced McBurger

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Photo of bobv
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned yesterday and poured into a snifter yielding a 3/4 inch head that sticks around for a while with no lacing. Nose of Bud Light? Tastes way better than the last Bud Light I had decades ago. Feel is spot on for what it is! Overall, best light lager I've ever had!

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Nite Lite from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 115 ratings