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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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