Village Lager
Night Shift Brewing

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German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #19
Ranked #11,673
3.99 | pDev: 5.76%
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 52
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mr connecticutpoet sent me this fine, bright, fire-engine-red can from the owl brewery out in massychuusetttssss. Poured into the 16 oz straight walled shaker pint he also generously supplied.

Can date 11/16/17, 4.5% ABV, here we go.

Bright golden pee-pee color, with a dense foamy, rocky head with creamy lacing up the walls of the glass.

Not getting much aroma on this, so let's give it a swirly-swirl. And there we are. Still not much, but some sweet cereal lifts up to the passages with green hay and light molasses.

Flavor is a bit faint as well, I'm attributing that to the age most likely, but I feel what WAS there was pretty grand. I'm getting the remnants of sweet grains, hay, molasses, squishy lemon, and candied orange. Almost zero bitterness save for the fruit peels. Seems to be a lot of complexity buried under the initial water burst here.

Feel is carbonated and lively, with a to-style starchy tongue-gripping choke hold on the finish.

Overall, a decent Zwickel, but it has been sitting lonely at the back of my fridge for a good while and I should've tried it fresher.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with quarter inch head. Herby, malty lemon nose. Bready, malty, yeasty, earthy taste. Pretty well balanced. Medium-light bodied. Tasty. Trying to get back into lagers, and this doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured the pint can into a Champagne pilsner glass

Straight golden color, excellent carbonation...champagne style. A light, fluffy white cap forms, spreads out quick to minimal coverage.

A heartty and herbal classic lager aromatics, a nose full of spicy hops, grains, golden wheat, corn on the cobb, crispy but honey scented malt. Just right. Xpot on for tbe style.

Gulp, gulp! Crispy malt, all genuine earthy tones, liquid from the fields, like John Barleycorn himself. Traditional spicy hops kick, with green herbal notes, sour and sweet style lager yeast, excellent light malty bite. Very light and refreshing mouthfeel and texture. Nice depth of complexity for the style and a seemless, perfect balance.

An exceptional, classic approach to this excellent lager style.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can from colonial spirits
Medium yellow with a fluffy white head that persists. Crisp almost sharp taste with bready pilsner and lemony earthy hops. Decent Largah.

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Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a 1/4" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: grass and a hint of lemon comes through to the nose.

Taste: grainy malt, grass, some mild lemon zest, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light-medium in body. Lightly crisp throughout. Refreshing.

Overall: a mild mannered lager that is easy to drink and hits the spot.

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Photo of SABERG
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a recent can purchase dated 11/16/17 into the test glass
A - Dark straw color, clarity is excellent, steady carbonation, and a nice white cap
S - Light grains, a hint of grassy hops, nice biscuit element
T - Hint of wheat, graininess is excellent, muted hop bite
M - Medium in body, excellent carbonation, a linger that has just enough sweet to it
O - A very nice lager, this offering is quite good, I will seek out a fresh version

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely solid lager. Mouthfeel is nice, soft and refreshing. Carbonation is high. Beer is orange golden colored, white head with good retention. Has nice malty body, toasty. Floral hops and mild hop bitterness. Hits all the marks for the style and quenches the thirst well

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Photo of smcolw
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nearly clear, straw color. Reasonable head with an initial ring of lace. Some spots thereafter.

Light hop and light sweetness. Low graininess to the nose.

The flavor is both more hoppy and more grainy. The low sweetness seems to be constant. Good body with a slightly elevated carbonation. The finish is refreshing. And the aftertaste is malty and lingering.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving some wisps of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of pilsener-like and bready malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of pilsener and grainy malts along with hints of yeast and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't seem to be as yeasty compared to other beers in the style, but has some nice malty flavors.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Gatch
4.67/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned 10/31/17. Always excited to try a new lager from a reputable brewery. This is one of my favorite styles that always reminds me of how I hope beer to taste over in Europe.

A slightly hazy, light golden color. Super aromatic with lots of bready malt, barn, yeast, hay, etc. Soooo damn flavorful! Feel and body are superb. Stellar drinkability. Everything a proper lager should be. Top notch stuff here.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a slightly hazy yellow, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like crackery malt, doughy malt, sweetly floral hops, and pear.

This is honestly quite good. It's super crisp, with a great fruity and bready malt character, and a very slight floral bitterness. It's simple but clearly well constructed.

This is light bodied, pretty crisp and clean, with a normal level of carbonation.

Night Shift makes beers of all styles pretty well. This is a forgotten style and I love it.

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Photo of EMH73
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly cloudy golden color with a half inch white head that dissipated quickly and left almost no lacing. Smells of grains, grass, floral hops and a hint of spice. Tastes of lightly toasted bread, grains, light sweetness (white grapes perhaps), grass, floral hops and a hint of pepper. Light bodied, highly carbonated, finishes slightly dry. Overall more like a pilsner than a lager to me.

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Photo of brureview
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy honey color with a two finger head in a Pilsner glass.
Fruity, earthy aroma. Very traditional.
Nice mouth feel, malty, not too bitter.
Excellent taste. Fruity.
I really enjoyed this beer. Excellent traditional approach to the style.
Night Shift beers are always singular in approach- never imitative. I would like to see more lagers from their brewery.

Oh to be in New England.!

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Photo of Dope
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Date is smudged, but released very recently. Maybe a couple weeks old?

A: Pours a very hazy dark gold. Tall and effervescent light tan head. Head thins out and fades pretty quickly. Just the tiniest smudges of lacing are left behind.

S: A little floral and grassy hops. Some grainy, bready malt, maybe even a little wheaty? Very mild and simple aroma in general.

T: Taste follows the aroma. A touch grassy up front with a hint of floral hops. Very grainy, bready malt, definitely on the wheaty side. Very pilsner-like if I'm honest, it kinda has that sulfur tang that I'd normally expect. Aftertaste is lightly floral and bready with a quick and crisp black pepper finish.

M: Light bodied, dry and crisp.

O: Not bad, tastes a lot like a typical german pilsner but perhaps more spiced? A bit more complexity and flavor in any case. Not bad.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 10/2/17

A: Deep gold - mostly clear but some slight chill haze that is expected in the style - pours with a medium size, off-white head - fades to a few wisps, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Pilsner malt and a nice amount of grainy aromas - bread, lightly toasted bread, biscuits - pale grains, lightly toasted caramel grains - cereal flakes - some floral, lightly grassy, spicy hops - some lager yeast - some minerality - some light, bready sweetness

T: Decidedly bready, with some light bread, toast, crackers, and freshly baked biscuits - grainy, with some pale and caramel grains, mulitgrain bread, cereal grains - lightly grassy and floral, with some spiciness, mostly pepper - touch of earth and rocks - very light hint of fruit - low sweetness, finishes clean

M: On the light side of medium, smooth body with a crisp finish

O: Grainy goodness

I think the only lager I've had from Night Shift that I didn't particularly enjoy was Pfaffenheck, which is their only year-round lager. Figures. Village Lager definitely fits the description of a Zwickel, even if it could be a bit chewier.

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Photo of Greenlabel
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not an expert on Zwickelbier-Style Lagers but I can attest to the fact that this was a very drinkable and refreshing Lager whatever the specific style may be. I hope this stays on the market for awhile as I'll definitely be a repeat purchaser. Another good product from a versatile brewer.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Some grassy, earthy noble hop bitterness. Simple grain and Pilsner malt profile. Super light. Highly carbed, shorter finish and very crisp. Nicely balanced. Refreshing. Pretty good.

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Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 8/28/17

Pours a light fizzy head that fades semi quickly, slight chill hazed golden pils color.

Nose some pilsner lager, toasty a little grainy, a touch of bread dough and cake batter, a bit of soft lagering, hint grassy hop, fairly light overall.

Taste brings a bit more flavor, plenty of toasted grainy malt, big time cereal, a sweet fruity kids cereal, toasted grain pilsner malt almost wheat like, a hint of grassy hop, plenty of fruity lager and a little softness, background minerality. Finish is dry and light, a bit of lingering grassy hop and lager fruit and minerality.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, a bit of soft lagering, decent carb.

overall not bad, fairly light on the nose but nothing wrong esp for a zwickelbier which shows any problems, although the minerality might be a water hardness thing, lagering is pretty nice, hops add a decent touch, maybe a bit more carbonation would help too.

EDIT: second pour was a bit more aggressive and formed a nice foamy 1 finger head, and nose popped a bit more with more grassy hop and toasted cereal grains. Bumping the score up a bit.

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Village Lager from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 52 ratings