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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Somer Weisse from Night Shift Brewing
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