Bee Tea | Night Shift Brewing

Bee TeaBee Tea
BA SCORE
3.58/5
122 Ratings
Bee TeaBee Tea
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
nightshiftbrewing.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mlazzaro on 03-26-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,661
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
122
pDev:
14.25%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
8
Trade:
1
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of thatbentleyguy
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler from their brewery, a shining beacon in the middle of the 6th ring of gnarly warehouse hell!

Golden-orange amber pour with a finely laced just offwhite head, looks beautiful.

Nose of sweet floral honey and a hint of the tangy orange additions.

Taste is sweet honey front and center, with the tangy-sweet orange following it in short order, before finishing beautifully dry and astringent from the green tea. The tea lingers on the palate with the honey, in a bitter-sweet medley of awesome. Perfect malt backbone, lightly toasted.

Mouthfeel as silky smooth as can be throughout, the result of wheat certainly, and perhaps the honey. Sweet silkiness hides the 8% abv.

I'm loving this beer, and Night Shift's unique approach to melding classic styles. Their approach reminds me of Element Brewery of Millers Falls - both refuse to adhere to a single style, but combine disparate styles into something memorable. Night Shift has the unique ingredient niche cornered with this and their other brews - utilizing habaneros, green tea, lemongrass and ginger, just a grab bag of ingredients seen in their other styles.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at Flatbread Company, Somerville, MA
Served in a pint glass

Hazy, glowing, orangey-amber in appearance. The liquid was topped by a small, creamy, off-white head that quickly fell to a clingy ring.

The nose was unique and quite pleasant. Floral, slightly fruity, jasmine tea-like notes came through strong. Lots of honey. Some orange peel was detectible as well.

The flavor profile was also quite distinct. Jasmine tea was most noticeable. Citrus notes appeared in the center. Biscuity malts showed up on the back end. This beer looked and tasted more like an amber ale with flavor added than a wheat ale. Lots of sweet honey notes. The finish was dry and tannic and seemed to contain a green tea-like flavor. No hops were detectible. At 8% ABV, I was amazed by how remarkably well the alcohol was buried.

The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with an ultra fine, medium effervescence.

This is the first Night Shift beer that I have sampled and I was quite impressed. I look forward to trying their other releases.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch 4, bottled 5/30/12, ABV 7.1%

A: A really opaque orange pour. Big fluffy light tan head. Fades slowly, leaving nice lacework behind.

S: Decent amount of green tea. Very wheaty with some nice honey too. Refreshing.

T: Green tea up front, which fades into a nice wheaty malt with a hint of honey. Wheat fades and the green tea remains; quite strong and bitter. Finish is pure green tea and it lingers for a long time in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

O: A unique brew. It's a good combination of the green tea, wheat and honey at first. However the second half of the taste is pure green tea. It's like drinking cold, carbonated green tea once the initial flavor fades. Which I suppose would be fine if you love green tea, but I'd like a little more beer in my beer. Better balance would make this tasty and refreshing I think.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle (Batch#1, Bottled on 3/8/12) courtesy of a co-worker. Thanks Don! Poured into a Harpoon 100 Barrel stemmed glass. Love the simple design of the label...very cool logo and like the hand written batch information on the label too.

A - Pours out of the bottle with a thick and dirty/muddy appearance to it. In the glass the appearance remains consistent with marginally improved clarity. Quite a bit of haze and sediment in the otherwise pale amber body. Three fingers of dense tan foam shows excellent staying power, slowly fizzling down to the surface leaving behind foamy off-white lacing on the glass.

S - An interesting array of aromas. Green tea is easily noticed up front. Strong notes of lemons give a fresh citrusy kick to the aroma...very faint orange blossom aroma comes and goes only making an impression on non-consecutive whiffs. A muddy and somewhat off smelling yeasti-ness mars the overall effect a bit, but doesn't ruin it. A bit of a spicy saison-like wheaty and more traditional smelling yeasty aroma helps make up for things also.

T - Quite interesting...not really what I was expecting. Very strong malt base that is toasty and biscuity. Orange blossom honey comes thru nicely with a citrus kissed sweetness that works well against the malt. The green tea presses thru all of this and almost takes over the flavor stage. Its seemed like the tea is in the center with the other flavors playing off of it...honey and hints of lemon complement the tea as one would expect. A touch of tartness rounds things out.

M - Well carbonated but not overly fizzy...very fine bubbles give more of a creamy carbonation which I really like. The creaminess seems to bump up the body to a medium level...fuller feeling than the beer probably actually is. Quite herbal, spicy, malty and full of green tea.

O - Very interesting beer. I like the idea of the tea addition, but this might be a bit too intense...too much the center of attention. Instead of complementing, it actually takes over the beer a bit too much. Cut back the tea a little and figure out what the somewhat offputting dirty/yeasty off-flavor and this could be a real winner. Overall a pretty decent beer, definitely drinkable and better for warm weather.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of mlazzaro
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this bottle at Pemberton Farms - Cambridge MA.
750 ml w/ cork and cage. Handwritten! Batch #1, B.D. 3-8-12.

Solid carbonation/roaring cork. Immediately smells of wheat and banana yeast. Orange zest really comes through. Also hints of booze. Kind of crazy smelling.

Pours a murky darker orange color. (I was very conscious not to stir up the yeast.) Its very light colored yet completely opaque. Looks kind of like fresh squeezed apple cider, with a creamy cream colored head. Head does a decent job of lacing the glass.

Incredibly earthy flavors from tea, honey and yeast. Yeast lends a fruity banana/berry character. Citrus flavors from zest and hops most likely. I keep getting new flavors as I sip on and my palate adjusts.

Acidic from high carbonation, but smooth for the 8% ABV. Belgian yeast and wheat content really soften the blow of high alcohol. Very pleasant mouthfeel.

Truly scary looking, but highly drinkable. I'm all about trying "new" beer, and this is completely unique. I've never had a single beverage like it. And the three brewers from this company are great guys, and that doesn't hurt in my book. Best of luck fellas!

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Bee Tea from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 122 ratings
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