Somer Weisse
Night Shift Brewing

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Berliner Weisse
Ranked #448
Ranked #13,349
3.91 | pDev: 15.6%
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Somer WeisseSomer Weisse
Notes: Berliner Weisse style sour ale brewed with lemongrass and ginger.
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Photo of dabarton
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another excellent example of why Night Shift is known for its sours. Lemon grass and other citrus flavors and aroma are striking over a biting, slightly astringent, sourness. Barnyard aromas are detectable under the heavy citrus aroma, suggesting that this beer was made with a small Brett component, in addition to the more common souring techniques for Berliner Weisse. This may have arisen through contamination from their American Wild Ales or been deliberately added. The resulting flavor/aroma seems out of place in this beer, though it remains one of the better Berliner Weissebiers I have had.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty taste little berliner here. I'm not sure the lemongrass and ginger come through super strong, although perhaps that's for the better, as the latter in particular can be a pretty dominant flavor otherwise. Pretty darn puckery, so not for those who fear a good kick of sour.

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Photo of thegerm87
1.25/5  rDev -68%

Tastes of lemon-scented soap and chemicals. Smells mildly of regurgitated, low-grade Thai food mixed with cheap floor cleaner. This beer is undrinkable and one of the worst I've ever had.

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Photo of nmann08
2.89/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From a bottle, pours a cloudy light gold, thin wispy white head on top.

The smell is two things and two things only. Ginger root and lemon. It is really hard to pull anything more out. There is some faint lactic acid, vinegar, almost like stomach acid/vomit.

The flavors are strong and distinct. Lots of citrus, ginger and lemon. The ginger and lemon are fighting each other rather than working together. Then you add in the citric acid and this gets to be a mess and disgusting. I think there is a good idea in there, but you have to get the ginger and lemon to play on the same team.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.1/5  rDev -46.3%

Pour is a deeper yellow with a good bit of white head. Nose is huge musky sweat ginger with a hint of lemon and spicy tang. Taste is very sweet, tons of sweaty ginger, tangy, citrus, chlorine like mineral in the back. Bigger body, a bit juicy, softer carbonation. The spice is so strong I just can't handle it.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
2.25/5  rDev -42.5%

Batch 15. Seems from other reviews that this was ... off. Much harsher than I expect from a Berliner. The other review comparing it to cider vinegar is apt, though the lemongrass and a big ginger bite come through. It's not foul, but it's not balanced either. Literally the sourness on first drink took my breathe away and rendered me temporarily incapable of speech.

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Photo of Jonada
2.85/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

750 ml bottle. Batch #14. 5.5% ABV. Bottled on 8/22/2013. Served in a DFH signature glass

Appearance: Pours a bright yellow with a small white head that dissipates nearly instantly. Body is lightly hazy with light visible carbonation.

Smell: Ginger is immediately noticeable, followed by herbs, somewhat medicinal quality, lemon and a really slight lactic quality. Not off putting, but overall quite weird.

Taste: Lots of ginger, followed by a strong menthol/cough drop character. Secondary to those are grain, lemon and a slight grassiness. Finishes spicy from all the ginger. Sourness is medium to high

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp with medium lively carbonation.

Overall: Not a fan of this one at all. Had a really overpowering ginger/medicinal quality that just made drinking it a chore. Might be worth a try if you're really into ginger, but otherwise I would avoid

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
1.82/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Batch 15
Bottled 8/28/13
ABV 5.5%

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a thin white head that fades quickly, no cap on top and no lacing.

Smell has a huge apple cider vinegar aroma, not picking up anything else really.

Wow, taste has a huge freaking sour bite to it, much like the aroma, all I'm picking up on is apple cider vinegar, any other flavors are destroyed in its wake, carbonation is about medium, obviously a vinegar finish.

I'm a huge fan of sours but this is one note all the way, it would be cheaper to buy apple cider vinegar and drink that since this is what you're getting with Somer Weisse. I don't know if this batch went bad or it's meant to be like this, but this isn't a refreshing Berliner Weissbier.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottled 7/13/13 poured into a stemmed Night Shift Glass. Thanks to AutumnBeerLove for both!

A: Pours a cloudy lemon-golden color with a couple fingers of fizzy bright white head that quickly bubbled away into nothingness.
S: Spritzy and vibrant notes of cracked wheat and dry grains, lactic acid tartness, lemongrass, and bright ginger. Very crisp and refreshing smelling.
T: Follows the nose with delicious flavors of light and tart Berliner weisse flavored with clean and crisp ginger. The lemongrass follows through in the finish along with minerally yeast and wheat, and the aftertaste has a kiss of lingering acid and lemon juice.
M: Crisp and clean mouthfeel, tingly and fizzy scrubbing carbonation, light and refreshing body with a drying finish.
O: Extremely quaffable and refreshing. Crisp, light and flavorful all-around. Thanks a ton, Kevin!

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Photo of corby112
2/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Thanks to callmemickey for sharing.

Pours a hazy, bright pineapple juice color with a one finger white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Sporadic spotty lacing left behind.

Slight solvent/chemical-like aroma with strong spices. Lots of ginger, white pepper and lemon grass with some citric acidity and sourdough bread. The solvent chemical notes are really overbearing though overtaking the other notes.

Wow, this beer has a crazy amount of harsh acetic acid! So much so, it destroys almost all of the other flavors. Very strong acetone/solvent chemical flavor completely overpowering everything else. There's some sour lemon acidity and bready yeast as well but they are hard to pick up underneath all of the solvent/vinegar. Complete acetone bomb with harsh, rough solvency. Impossible to finish. All but one person at our tasting poured this down the drain(AKA Ryan's stomach).

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Photo of rlee1390
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy bright yellow one finger head that doesn't last very long.

S-Mild tart notes, wheat and then tones of lemon. Lots and lots of lemon. very slight ginger.

T-Starts and ends with lemon. The lemon flavor was good but there was too much of it and it didn't balance well with anything else. More tart than sour. Some wheat and ginger but once again dominated by the lemon.

M-Lighter, tad watery slight carbonation.

O-A good beer that could become much better if the balance improved.

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Photo of GJ40
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a large Duvel glass. Dated 7/15/13, Batch #13. Thanks surge1311!!!

A - yellow and hazy with a nice white head.

S - Lemon with a variety of fruit and spice notes. The wheat contributes nicely.

T - A wonderful lemony bite. Firmly sour but not piercing. There are plenty of fruity aspects to add depth. Very tasty.

M - A moderate consistency and a low carbonation with a nice pucker factor.

O - Wow, I like this beer. Maybe my favorite out of MA. I might no have left had the state been brewing beers like this eight years ago.

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Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a matching Night Shift stemmed glass. The brew appears a hazy golden yellow color with a firm white cap. Some spotty lace hangs on the glass and the head fades to a penline around the perimeter.

The aroma is strong with ginger that is lemon and earthy with a straw-like grain note and a hint of wheat/grassiness. Overall clean and very ginger forward.

The taste includes a bit of lemony grass and sulfur. It has a dry bready grain flavor and wheat/straw. It boasts almost a perfume-like coriander quality which is a little excessive even by wit or spiced beer standards. It is slightly tart and overall tasty.

This is a light bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. It is ginger heavy and lightly tart with plenty of grainy character. This is pleasant and unique stuff. However, really an odd ball in the night shift berliner lineup. Whereas the others are sour to the point of being harsh, this one is hardly even tart.

Sideline note: I heard there is plenty of batch variation here and this one being batch 17 seems to be the most timid one to date.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Batch # 11. Bottled 8/6/13.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, lemon, and ginger aromas. Taste is much the same with sour lemon and ginger flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and quite refreshing.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, thanks Dustin. Shared this one at a pre-4elf bottleshare at the hotel (Mainer Weiss and Fallen Apple were also opened by others there). Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 12/14/2013.

Pours a very pretty bright straw-yellow body with a very effervescent white head, probably 2-3 fingers' worth, with very good retention. Looks very pretty, and a very typical wild ale.

Smells great- got a lot of tartness and vinegary acidity straight up, complemented by a crapload of lemon that still isn't enough to dominate the tartness and acidity. I can already tell this is going to melt my teeth.

And it does melt my teeth indeed. So, so sour it makes my parotid glands cry for momma. It's very tart in a non-descript way that is nicely overwhelmed by a straight up acidity, like biting into a lemon. There's some herbal notes in there as well that complement the lemon-like acidity. A bit of the wheat base comes out as well when it warms up some more.

Thinner bodied, not watery but a bit thin as expected for the Berliner style. So damn sour, it's more of a sipper than it should be. Despite this, its very well carbonated and creamy.

Nicely done, but a bit too damn sour for a berliner. As a sour head, I really enjoyed this and can't believe this is so lowly rated. Sure, Ever Weiss and Mainer Weiss are better, but this beer is better than people give it credit for.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml C&C bottle into a Crooked Stave tulip.

Appearance- Hazy yellow with quick two finger bubbly white head that little lacing.

Smell- Definantly get that lemon grass, a little ginger, kaffir lime leaves, a little pepper, wheat funk, something chemical (not in a bad way). Smells more herbal than it does fruity.

Taste- Lemon with a little ginger heat. Reminds me of lemon ginger tea. A little lime and wheat malts. Thats about it though. Not too much else going on, but it's real nicely balanced. Quite tart too.

Mouthfeel- Medium full carbonation with a big pucker factor. Pretty dry, but easy to drink. Lighter body than Everweiss.

Overall- Another nice sour from Nightshift. I feel that this would actually be a better colder weather beer as opposed to a "summer" beer. Tart but warming, and still refreshing.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale cloudy yellow with no head. No lace.

Nose is lemon and ginger and yeast. Smells like a cough drop your grandmother would make you have.

Big tart bite up front. Lemongrass is nice, but runs into a medicinal ginger that is almost overbearing. Nice tart finish with a mild ginger flavor.

Light and fizzy. Good structure.

Ginger flaws this but it is still pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazed bright gold. Tiny bright-white collar dissipates instantly. Moderate carbonation on the pour. No cap.

Smell: Ginger and lots of it. Solid punch of lemongrass. Some Lemonhead like sweetness. Floral in moderation with a light pale malt base. A bit of lactic tartness. Citric. Lemon zest and a very slight sweetness. Very light with some faint almost biscuity hints.

Taste: Slightly damp with some mild grass and floral elements. Lemongrass flashes up front and disappears when the ginger rolls through. Loaded with fresh ginger. slight pale malt sweetness. Nice blend of lactic tartness with some more aggressive citric sourness. Clean yeast and refreshing. So much ginger. Vague lemon candy sweetness (which is obviously all lemongrass can taste like).

Mouthfeel: Light, slightly crisp, and clean. Moderate leaning toward high carbonation. So light and refreshing.

Overall: Ginger Weisse.

Has that nice tart balance I expect from the Night Shift Weisses, but it's so ginger heavy it's distracting. A perfect summer refresher though.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 10/12/13

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, hazy medium gold - some serious yellow tones as well - pours with a very small, off-white head - fades to virtually nothing, not much lacing

Smell: Pretty ridiculous, like funky ginger lemonade - so, so much ginger - ripe and over the top - tons of lemon as well - some sour, but mostly funky weirdness, with some tart lemon

Taste: Weird, weird, and good - loads of lemon, like a very lightly sweet lemonade - light malty sweetness - big, potent ginger notes- again, like some kind of ginger lemonade - very sour and funky, with some damp, wet funk - loads of lemon tartness

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body, low carbonation, smooth, some nice sour. near-puckering

Overall: Just like (drunk) grandma used to make!

This is really weird, and really interesting. There are some huge lemon and ginger notes here, with some big funk. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 13, bottled 7/5/13.

Appearance - Hazy golden yellow. Small white head.

Smell - God damn it's gingery. Some lemongrass. But the ginger compounds the acidic aroma. Lemony too.

Taste - Ginger everywhere. Lemony tartness. Quite sour. Ginger dominates the flavor. Grainy finish.

Mouthfeel - Light but very sour. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I can't take all this ginger. Everything else is pretty nice.

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Photo of zac16125
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a Teku
Bottled on: 7/15/13, batch 13

Thanks to kdmcguire10 for sending this one over as an extra.

A: Pours a very hazy, pale light straw yellow with 2 fingers width of white head that dissipates down very quickly to nothing and leave zero lacing.

S: Smells like lemonade. Lots of citrus, tart, and some sweetness. I also get ginger and a bit of oak. Tartness builds as it warms.

T: Follows the nose, except more sour. Still very reminiscent of lemonade. Lots of tart lemon, some ginger, an accompanying sweetness. The degree of sourness is impressive. Loving this.

M/D: Lighter body, puckering tartness, heavy carbonation. Exceedingly drinkable.

O: Fantastic. Easily the best Berliner Weisse Ive ever had. If this is available to you, go buy it, now. Thanks again Kris for this awesome extra.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours hazy and paler yellow. Thin head in my tiny sample cup.

S-Aroma is out there. Spicy, lemony and loaded with ginger.

T-What an odd tasting beer. Its pretty sour. Then the spicy ginger really kicks in and lingers. Wheaty. Sour lemon flesh. Lingering ginger spice.

M-Has more body than most Berliners. Moderate carbonation.

O/D-By far one of the oddest beers I had at Night of the Funk. First sip I didn't like then the second one grew on me. Well worth a try.

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Photo of irv2424
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Lord Hobo in Cambridge

Appearance - poured a hazy orange/yellow with minimal head
Smell - Minimal scent, but faint funkiness with a bit of citrus
Taste - Very refreshing and you could definitely taste the ginger. Not very boozy at all, and had a nice sour finish. Very crisp
Overall - Another great sour by NightShift. This is a perfect summer beer that is refreshing and light with still a but of funkiness as well

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Photo of Jas45678
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle courtesy of lucas1801
Batch 12 7/8/13

Pours a hazy yellow with a big white head that fades very quickly. Smells of lemon, ginger, citrus and a little vinegar. Taste is lemongrass and ginger and is fairly tart. Good amount of carbonation. Great Berliner would definitely have this again.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml, Batch 13 7/15/13
Night Shift baby TEKU

A: Pours a hazy bright yellow color. Tight thin layer of bright white head. Good amount of carbonation.

S: Smells like a straight forward Berliner, but with the addition of that Ginger nose. As I let a rest I smell the Lemongrass. Bright citrus zest.

T: Nice tartness up front. Bright citrus: lemon, zest, lime. You get slight yogurt like lactic character. Funky. That Ginger comes in towards the back end. Lingers. It's fresh. Dry finish.

M: Light bodied. High carbonation.

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