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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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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 352
Photo of thegerm87
1.25/5  rDev -66.4%

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 deltatauhobbit
1.82/5  rDev -51.1%
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 corby112
2/5  rDev -46.2%
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 cpetrone84
2.1/5  rDev -43.5%

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 -39.5%

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 -23.4%
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 nmann08
2.89/5  rDev -22.3%
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 Alieniloquium
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
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 afksports
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like pee. Appropriate for style I suppose. smells like ginger, overwhelmingly. Tastes like ginger and water, and a hint of lemon. Hops are present only a little, but grassy. sticky finish worth a mild tartness that's vey appropriate for the style. Malts and mouthfeel medium, rather than thin, and the 5.2 abv is a little high. Still enjoyable thigh, especially for a summer beer. I hope they make more of this. Thanks, mike!

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750 mL chilled bottle poured into a Dogfish Heead tulip glass. Served straight from the refrigerator, so this is nice and cold. Batch #3, bottled on 6/18/2012, 4.9% ABV.

Appearance: Light yellow in color with a nice light, fizzy white head that recedes almost immediately. Pretty cloudy.

Aroma: The ginger and lemongrass really stand out. Some light lemon notes in there as well. Almost reminds me more of a ginger soda than a berlinner weisse.

Taste: Once again the ginger and lemongrass really dominate. There's not a lot of spice in the ginger notes, just really strong aromatics. There are some sour lemon notes in the background, but it is not overly sour at all.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and nicely carbonated. Very refreshing.

Overall, an interesting take on a berlinner weisse. I feel like the ginger and lemongrass really overpower everything and can become too much too handle. Some lighter touch with the spice notes would do wonders. The sour component is pretty nice, but hardly ever shines. Definitely a unique beer unlike anything I've ever tasted.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.46/5  rDev -7%
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 -4.6%
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 -0.5%
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 VelvetExtract
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Dope
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1, bottled 4/12/12, 5.2% ABV

A: Cloudy pale straw pour with a large fizzy white head adorning it. Fades quickly, leaving just the lightest smidge of lacing. None of the night shift beers seem to have much lacing, odd.

S: Loaded with fresh ginger up front. Wheaty with hints of tart lemon.

T: Quite sour lemons and wheat up front. Turns into that strong ginger flavor once the tartness has cleared. The slightest grassy touch in the finish. Very crisp.

M: Medium-bodied with higher carbonation, crisp and smooth.

O: Definitely sour but not overpoweringly so. Simple, crisp and refreshing combination of citrus and wheat. Good hot weather beer for sure.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
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 SpeedwayJim
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eric for this one. 5.2%... strong for a Berliner. Corked and caged bottle into a decanter, into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. Shared with schen9303.

1 Finger white head with moderate retention. Beer is semi-cloudy yellow. No lace. Decent for the style.

Nose is exactly as advertised. Lemongrass, big ginger, some light lactic tartness in the background. Aromatic too. Again, solid.

At first sip, I hate it, but on the second, third, and fourth, I find myself liking this one more and more. Opens with a huge ginger presence that lingers throughout. Lemongrass towards the middle with a slight lactic tartness building from the beginning and peaking at the end. Finishes lactic and ginger peel. I like it.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Light and crisp in the mouth and effervescent and slightly puckering going down. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Good for the style.

I'm not a huge fan of ginger but I love me a solid berlinerweisse and this one delivers. A little weird and takes a bit getting used to but it works for some reason. Worth a try.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.87/5  rDev +4%
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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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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Somer Weisse from Night Shift Brewing
3.72 out of 5 based on 352 ratings.
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