Somer Weisse | Night Shift Brewing

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Somer WeisseSomer Weisse

Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Berliner Weisse style sour ale brewed with lemongrass and ginger.

Added by WanderingFool on 05-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.64/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared thanks to bstyle. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Comes out a bright, hazy yellow orange, with a finger of fizzy white head that dissipates rapidly. No lacing, and body is quite still.

Smell: Ginger right up front, followed by a really nice lemon rind. Some bready yeast, and a slight lactic smell.

Taste: Again, the ginger and lemon rind really meld. A nice clean lactic tartness, minimal funk, and some bready yeast. Just an overall clean beer.

Mouthfeel: This beer is exceptionally drinkable. Would be perfect on a summer day (or any other time). Despite the lack of carb on the body, still a nice carb on the tongue, especially when mixed with the tartness.

Overall: This beer was a pleasure to drink. Clean, simple combination of some new ingredients. I really look forward to what Night Shift offers in the future.

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Photo of JohnCurran
4.62/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thin, quickly-dissapating head. Vigorous carbonation. Cloudy yellow appearance.

Great summer sour brew. Ginger, ginger, ginger up front. Strong sour lemon finish with a hint of sweet citrus. Doesn't cause a huge pucker but a nice long citric acid burn. Refreshing and highly drinkable.

This is a wonderful summer beer that would work perfectly with burgers and potato salad. Would compliment a spicy Thai meal perfectly.

Great job Night Shift!

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold with a big and pompous white head. As is typical with the style head is all bluster and quickly fizzles itself out. The cork actually fits back in the bottle which is an idea more breweries should follow.

Smells like hay and vinaigrette with green apple peel highlights. Sugary Twinkie malt comes through as it warms.

Tastes like ginger lemon vinaigrette and sweet white cake. Very summery.

This is my second Nighshift beer and I'm not just impressed I'm in awe. Now Teddie isn't the only good thing to come from Everett.

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Photo of zac16125
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
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 irv2424
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
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 Gatch
4.41/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright but hazy straw-yellow with a super bubbly, white head that builds and fades very quickly. All liquid and no lace. Poured most of the yeast in because the bottle tipped, spilled, and therefore the sediment was released.

S: Huge aromas of yeast, barn, and citrus. Acidic and funky. Very enticing.

T: Everything that's in the nose plus the added deliciousness of the lemongrass and ginger. The ginger really stands out in a balanced, complementary way. Gives the beer a nice zing.

M: Tons of flavor and a light, drinkable body. Obviously very thirst quenching with proper carbonation. Sour, tart, funky.

O: Another fantastic sour from Night Shift. Good for summertime drinking. Good for anytime drinking.

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Photo of GJ40
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
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 rudzud
4.36/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice mostly crystal clear straw hue with a fizzy two finger head that fades at the usual rate. Solid for the style.

S - Very nice lemon grass notes here, light vinegar notes and almost a white wine aspect. There is some ginger, which for me is unfortunately faint. The lemongrass makes up for it though. Ginger comes out much more as it warms.

S - Holy shit is this sour! Lots of lactic on it too. Man oh man. Creamy tart sourness, tart lemons, super faint ginger (again, for me unfortunate), light vinegar notes. Very sour, tart creamy lactose. Woah. Was not expecting it to be this sour. Ginger comes out much more as it warms.

M - Mouthfeel is spot on here. The carbonation is excellent. With the lactose your mind expects it to be creamy, but no...cheek puckeringly tart.

O - Overall, while not a traditional berliner it is still very nicely executed with the ingredients. Great for a warm summer day.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
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 scottfrie
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
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 inlimbo77
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
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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Photo of flexabull
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of cbeer88, thanks again!

Pours a bright and clear gold color with a tiny white head that disappeared to nothing.

Aromas are very nice. Notes of white wine, ginger, lemon, and faint vinegar.

Taste is lactic and sour up front. Thick, with creamy sweetness, tart lemon, light ginger, and a nice subtle vinegar and funky sourness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is great. Thick, full, and very smooth without being heavy.

Overall, this is quite nice. I'm not sure this is a true Berliner Weiss, but that being said, this is still a tasty sour.

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Photo of Jas45678
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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 NilocRellim
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap at the brewery on September 8th, 2012.

This beer poured a rich, gold, hazy colour with a large, fomay head. It smelled sweet with hints of lemongrass and ginger... almost like a soda. It tasted just like it smelled, sweet with lemon and ginger with a slight earthiness to it. It was low-carbonated with a tart/sour finish. Definitely a very refreshing summer beer... perfect for a hot day.

Would I buy it again? Absolutely.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a chalky, pale yellow with hints of light orange and green. The beer pours with a nice head of soda-like white bubbles. In body the beer is very cloudy and impenetrable to the eye, though light and bubbly. On the nose, the beer smells beautifully funky, almost like a lambic with leather and cherry hints beside bright citric lemon and a touch of spicy ginger. The more you stick your nose in the beer, the richer the funk smell becomes and the more nuances you detect. It smells delectable and complex. On the tongue, the beer tastes tart and puckering with big acidity at the forefront of the taste. As the beer moves over the tongue, however, a nice balancing sweetness blankets the tongue and cushions it from the harsher bite of the acid. Faint, herbal saltiness can also be detected on the edges of the palate. In flavor, the beer begins as huge citric lemon with deep fruity notes that lightly hint at cherry, but mostly suggest the complexity of a well-crafted lemonade. Subtle ginger spice tingles across the middle of the swallow, and brings some really nice, ginger ale-like flavors to the finish alongside tart lemon and light wheat flake flavors that quench down the tartness. The aftertaste is lightly citric with lemon fruit and soft wheat flake flavors. In the mouth, the beer feels light in body, but sharp in carbonation with a good strong scrub and a solid pucker from the acid. The mouth is left with a light ringing pucker and some nice balancing saliva that doesn’t completely flood the mouth with fluid. Overall, this is a supremely crafted American Weisse with a great amount of Berliner Weisse in it. The citrus and wheat flavor of the classic Berliner are still in this beer, but it is far fruitier and more complex than a traditional Berliner Weisse, making the beer fascinating to drink. This beer is light and refreshing, and makes one hell of a summer beer. Try it!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/15/13
Poured into a snifter

A hazy yellow color with a tiny white head.

Ginger and lemon aroma. A little funk.

A great taste of tart lemon and ginger heat.

Tart, refreshing, spicy.

I'm sold. A really good beer. Nice in the summer, but drinkable any time

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
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 UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
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 dabarton
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
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 Rifugium
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had: on tap at Night Shift

Poured a cloudy, white peach color with a nice white head that receded to a thin layer and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma was citrus, musty, mildly acetic. Well-rounded taste, clean and fresh (would be good in the summer, though I did have this in the winter), lemongrass, citrus zest, a twinge of tartness, pale malts, and a dash of gingery spice. Smooth mouthfeel, medium body, very enjoyable overall. My favorite of the NS brews I sampled.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somer Weisse pours a cloudy honey yellow with a small fizzy white head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is loaded with ginger and lemongrass. A touch of wheat and orange peel are also present.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is soft and creamy with a mild carbonated fizz. Ginger and tart lemon dominate the flavor. In the background a sugary sweetness balances out the sour notes. It finishes with some tart orange citrus with lingering ginger and lemon when gone.

The appearance of this beer is rather flat, but the flavor is terrific.

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Photo of Keene
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As my introduction to Night Shift, I was very happy with their take on this uncommon style. (Note: I tasted Batch #1, bottled 4/12/2012.) A foamy white fluff appears immediately upon pouring, collapsing into a liquid the color of tarnished gold. The smell is outstanding; lemongrass with a salty prickle that fades into ginger as the beer warms in the glass.

Their Berliner Weiss also shines in the flavor department. I picked up lots of citrus and ginger, but also green mango as well as a mellow, agreeable sourness that I wanted to find in the first place. Medium-bodied with some acidity, Somer Weisse finishes clean and paired well with an Indonesian rendang. In general its tart profile makes it a great companion to Southeast Asian food.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden yellow with a small white head 4

S - Spicy ginger, lemon, lactic acid, and white vinegar to give it a strong tartness

T - Tart lemon, spicy ginger, and white vinegar. The tartness is actually nice and muted. The finish has some ginger and white vinegar tartness

M - Light carbonation with a tart and dry finish that lingers on

O - Interesting sour with the ginger that adds a nice heat and spice to a Berliner

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Photo of morebeergood
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with a few friends, thanks guys. Very cloudy yellow color. No real head. Minimal lacing. Tons of ginger in the nose. Taste really does hit you with a load of lemongrass and ginger. Mouthfeel is very tart yet refreshing and light. Love that twang left on the palate. Nice beer to sip, but I wish it was a bit more inviting to look at from the beginning.

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Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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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