Nite Lite
Night Shift Brewing

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Style:
Lager - Light
Ranked #2
ABV:
4.3%
Score:
83
Ranked #42,218
Avg:
3.65 | pDev: 13.42%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
123
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Night Shift Brewing
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
83
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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.
Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 123 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Rug from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 9/14/20

What can you really say about a light lager? Sometimes you're just in the mood for something easy drinking to go with lunch, and that's where they shine the most. I've only reviewed a few, and find them rather hard to pin down flavors. I had Lime Lite already, which is just this with lime, so I'm assuming it'll be comparable

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a finger of white head that quickly fades to a very thin cap and leaves no lacing

The nose is simple (duh) and brings notes of lemon, corn sweetness, soft doughy malt, and grassy hops

The taste starts off with a nice lemon tang, grain, and general hops, not overly bitter. The swallow amps up the grassy and floral hops along with a honey like sweetness and some crackery malt

A very light body pairs with moderate carbonation for a very clean drinking lager, goes down very easy. Finish is crisp and dry as expected, with just a touch of sweetness

Yeah, just as I thought this is Lime Lite with less citrus. Equally good if not better, especially for pairing with food, whereas I think Lime Lite can hold up better on its own

Nov 23, 2020
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AlltheBacon from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As a young man I crushed Coors Light or Miller Lite. I always had something against Bud light, probably because its basically water. the other 2 had some flavor. This light American Lager has a solid flavor, I can slightly taste the corn and if I'm gonna crush light beers, ill pay the extra dollar or 2 and get this from here on out. it is crisp and refreshing.

Sep 01, 2020
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Damian from Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Target, Watertown, MA
06/02/20
Served in a Willi Becher

Nearly crystal clear, ultra pale straw yellow appearance. This looked like your typical macro larger. The body was topped by an inch-tall, tight and creamy, bright white head that quickly dropped to a medium sized collar. No lacing whatsoever.

A crisp, dry, powdery yeasty quality dominated the aroma initially. As the head receded, pale, pilsner malt notes appeared. Somewhat grainy with a touch of sulfur. There was a hint of lemony brightness too.

The flavor profile was cleaner and more interesting than the nose. Crackery malts led things off on the front end. Touch of raw grain and wheatiness. Bright lemon notes came through strong as the beer moved along the palate. Bit of sulfur on the back end. The beer finished with more lemony tartness and just a touch of earthy hop bitterness.

Excellent fluffy, lighter bodied mouthfeel. Pillowy soft and smooth on the palate. The liquid contained a super fine, fairly zippy effervescence that was spot-on for a beer of this style.

I usually have certain expectations for “craft” beers, so this one threw me for a loop initially. All things considered, however, Night Lite drank a lot cleaner than a typical macro and was as quite refreshing. At $5.99 a four pack, there is probably no better option at this price point.

Aug 19, 2020
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VTbrewfan from Massachusetts

2.01/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Not much to write home about on this one. Super pale yellow color (looks even lighter than some ciders). Pretty weak flavor, still get some wheat and bread in there but very bland. Really thin mouthfeel. Too bad. Feel like if I’m going to drink a beer I’d like it to be more interesting than this.

Jul 11, 2020
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1009 from Massachusetts

2.36/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

It’s expensive Miller Lite. Seriously there’s nothing overly special about it. Super easy drinking and light (obviously). As the old joke goes, “what does this beer and sex in a canoe have in common?” Yeah, they’re both f-ing close to water. Would have it again if someone brought it over (if it’s free, it’s for me), otherwise I’ll grab a generic macro-light pack instead and have the same experience with a better price tag.

Jun 27, 2020
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headlessparrot from Canada (ON)

2.69/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

Sep 18, 2019
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Wapes from Massachusetts

1.3/5  rDev -64.4%
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.

Aug 20, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.98/5  rDev +9%
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.

May 09, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

May 02, 2019
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Gatch from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

Dec 23, 2018
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Ahonky from New York

4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Oct 29, 2018
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seanh99 from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Sep 17, 2018
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AfricanPete14 from South Africa

3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Aug 31, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Aug 21, 2018
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VeganUndead from Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
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

Aug 15, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
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

Jul 21, 2018
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smcolw from Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Jul 15, 2018
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Jun 10, 2018
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illpass78 from Maine

4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

May 05, 2018
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

May 04, 2018
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DrewSnyc667 from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

May 01, 2018
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Blackrobe from Massachusetts

3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Apr 28, 2018
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Jul 21, 2017
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -6%
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.

May 27, 2017
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

May 24, 2017
Nite Lite from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 123 ratings