Mainer Weisse | Night Shift Brewing

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Mainer WeisseMainer Weisse

Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Berliner weisse style beer aged on wild Maine blueberries and cinnamon sticks.

Added by rowingbrewer on 12-23-2012

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Photo of Gatch
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of a flight of the four Weisse's on-tap at the brewery.

Thought it would be more red or bluish red, but it's a light pink! You get the blueberry and a hint of cinnamon but it's all subtle and tastes of extract. Not even that refreshing. Meh.

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Photo of Severymusic
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

New Year's Eve on-site flight of 4 of Night Shift weisses, 2.5oz each.

Nice blue/purple hue coming from the added blueberries. I thought this had a nice level of tart/sourness to it. Didn't really get a ton of blueberry or cinnamon smell though. However I get what they were going for on this one and or mostly delivers on all fronts.

I try to review every beer I drink. I like to think it forces me to objectively improve my sense of taste over time, helps me understand styles and flavors I like, and most importantly the BeerAdvocate weighted ranking system depends on reviews.

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3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Beautiful matte magenta look with minimal head and appropriate carbonation.
Not a huge nose but pleasant and fresh
Lack the dimension of some of the other Weisse put out by Night Shift, a little on the "juicy juice" side

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Photo of gonzo000
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is my second sour from Night Shift (Cape cod being the other) and I have to say these Weisses put the Sour in sour. The beer pours a beautiful purple from the blueberries. Little to no head. Color is so different - I expected the taste to be a fruit basket but the beer was balanced. The smell was slight blueberry. The taste was mellow berry, followed by a a kick in the head of sour, followed by cinnamon finished off with the most wonderful cracker taste, salted cracker. Feel is very smooth, which might get lost in the pinch your cheeks sour, but it is easy going down (granted the beer has a lower ABV). Seek it out and try it if you like a sour adventure!

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Photo of mwobal
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is probably my favorite version of a Berliner Weiss. The blueberries and cinnamon both really come out. Despite the sour, this is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Johnct
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 750ml bottle from Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge MA. Didn't have a price tag but it was around 12ish dollars.

Look: Bright pinky red. Not a beer. Bubbles fizz super fast and die down super fast. Like soda bubbles.

Smell: Smells like a Rosé. That's all I get. Pink Boxed Wine.

Taste: Sour cherry berry tartness. Just berries and sourness all the way through. I can't necessarily pick out blueberries. The aftertaste is bizarre for the first several sips. Like Fritos, dusty cardboard, and bark. I assume that's the cinnamon talking, though it tastes nothing like cinnamon. The taste mellows out as it goes. Now there's subtle hints of vanilla sweetness to it.

Mouthfeel: For one that looked and smelled like a cheap bubbly wine, it has a lot more mellower of a mouthfeel. Drinks just like cranberry juice. Smooth feel but a little sting from the tartness.

Overall: Eh. I bought it because I got it mixed up with the Ever Weisse (which I've always wanted to try) and didn't have any data left at the time to do a quick lookup. Not as pleased as I wanted to be.

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Photo of tigg924
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, grape-purple in color, with minimal head. Taste is light vanilla, and blueberry pie. Lots of mouth puckering blueberry sour mix in here. Nice, tart, and flavorful. I prefer the Ever Weisse, but this one is a treat.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice berliner. This one hits all the notes you want in this style of beer. Nice sourness, but not overpowering with a clean finish. Very easy to drink, but would be even better with some fruit added.

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Photo of popery
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer light amber orangey color. Fairly cloudy. Small to medium white head, dissipates pretty quickly. The aroma is an interesting mix. Tart bluberries, lemons, some woodsy cinnamon. Some yogurty flavor and a pretty good vinegar kick. Mild funk. Taste is medium to strongly sour. Big lemon juice note. Some blueberry flavor. Cinnamon is pretty mild. It’s just a bit too acidic for my taste. Pretty big vinegar note. The feel is light but a bit bracing. Lots of pucker.

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Photo of BostonDuke
4.87/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice tarty sour with tons of blueberry freshness. The bluish purple color screams tart from the second you lay eyes on this beer. For those tart lovers, don't miss this one.

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Photo of BrentLepping
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really solid Berliner Weiss with tons of blueberry flavor. Fantastic color, too. My only knock is that there was hardly any detection of cinnamon. I suppose that's a flavor profile better suited for stouts. Still a very good offering here from Nightshift.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by curran yesterday afternoon.

This one pours a dark reddish-blue, great color, with a small head, and not much in way of lacing.

This one smells pure tart blueberry juice. There must be so much blueberry in here. It smells less tart than I would've expected for a Night shift sour. I get a little bit of cinnamon, but it's pretty faint.

This just drinks like pure tart blueberry juice. The taste brings a bit more tartness than the aroma, but it's still less tart or sour than I would've expected from Night Shift. There's a ton of juicy blueberry in this one, with some nice earthy cinnamon spicing. The cinnamon is luckily mild here, it might have gotten weird if it was too strong.

This is light bodied, with a very juicy mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation.

This was pretty delicious all in all, but I would've enjoyed a little more tartness.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.17/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Pours the color and clarity of cranberry juice with a loose head that dissipates into a tight band around the shoulders. The nose pretty much smells like potpourri. The taste on this beer is weird - I feel like I'm drinking one of those spiced candle tart warmers. Mouthfeel is light in body with an even carbonation and a slight astringency. Overall, I love the style because of its subtleties; however, this beer lacked those aspects. Hopefully it was just an off-batch.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger foamy dark pink colored head with low retention. Beer is a stunning, dark clear purple. Lacing is very spotty with no stick and thin legs. Average but the color is amazing.

Nose is sweet and tart blue and blackberry. Seedy with blueberry syrup overtones. A nice spiciness tickles the nose. Very aromatic and enticing.

Opens tart and seedy blueberry sweetness. A bit of plastic and cardboard in the beginning is a little awkward. Tart fruit pulp and skin in the middle with a spicy sweet finish. Puckeringly dry fruit-forward aftertaste. Solid but the cinnamon is completely missing.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and aggressive in the mouth and goes down sparkling, crisp and dry. Finishes filmy with a dry, tart aftertaste. Excellent.

I love the Night Shift berliner series and this beer is a great representative of it. Fruit forward, good balance and very drinkable. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Like Ever Weisse by them, this beer is absolutely gorgeous. Pours a reddish purple. Body is clear. Almost the color of Pinot Noir. Blueberry juice color for sure. Soft, airy head that fizzles away quickly. The color is a pretty pinkish purple. The aroma brings forth some incoming tartness. Acidic scent. Tart fruit. Some wheat that reminds me of a blueberry pie or other blueberry pastry. Soft cinnamon, almost unnoticeable at first, when very cold. The bottle tells me to drink it at 45 degrees so I patiently wait for it to warm up and the aroma becomes more intense, slightly less sour and displays more cinnamon and wheat. The flavor is a big zap of tart berries. Not just a blueberry flavor; it's a unripe berry medley. It's very sour! Acidity is very high, leaving my lips tasting sour as well. The cinnamon is soft at first but grows with warmth. Finishes with a pastry wheatiness that complements the berries. Not sure what batch this is but the label says 5.6% and was bottles on 12/22/14. Body is light and it's fairly dry. High carbonation. Lingering tartness. I thought this one was a great success. Their Weisse series has been great and more than makes up for a few duds along the road.

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Photo of LehighAce06
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank a batch 7, bottled 11/18/2013 on 1/9/2015. Had lost all of its blue/purple color and was a golden color instead (thus the low Appearance score) and was excessively lactic with out any discernible fruit flavor. Was still a nice, if extremely sour, Berliner Weisse, but was not 'special' as expected.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into a stemless wine glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger pink head that reduced quickly to nothing. Very typical for this style of beer. It is an amber color good clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Sweet Maine blueberries, tart lacto, funky, sour dough bread, and wheat notes.

Taste: Maine blueberries add sweetness to the tart, sour, funky, and pucker notes and a little bit of chewy wheat and slight cinnamon in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, tart, light bodied, medium to high carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: Got to love how the sweet Maine blueberries balance out the tart and pucker notes. Definitely worth trying this one again. A little more cinnamon character would be good since it was hard to detect.

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Photo of TheHumanTorch
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Gift from a bartender at nightshift, enjoyed with friends

Appearance: Beautiful purplish-blue with matching head. Wine-esque look after about 30 seconds. Glowing.

Smell: True nostalgia. Bright Maine blueberries, ripe as if they were from the precipice trail in Acadia. Slight tart/vinegar note. Truly a treat for those that have enjoyed Maine blueberries.

Taste: Follows the nose, but not as bright. More earthy, stalk and soil notes. Stronger acidity than anticipated. Phenomenal contrast of taste and smell.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, some residual body. Probably would prefer a lighter feel.

Overall: Refreshing beer in multiple senses. Do not know who else brews anything similar, or would as well with the task

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Batch # 4. Bottled 10/15/13.

Pours a hazy light reddish-brown with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with grain, blueberry, cinnamon, and chlorine aromas. Taste is much the same with sour blueberry, cinnamon, and acidic 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 pretty good beer that is tasty, but there is an odd chlorine smell that is a bit off putting at first.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.2/5  rDev -43.6%

Pour is faintly hazed pure orange with no head. Nose has a ton of plastic, very off aromas, odd spice, def not cinnamon. No blueberry in the nose whatsoever, tons of acetic. Taste is root beer that burns, faint cinnamon, plastic, sweet sugars and citric acid, high carb, heavier body. Extremely sour and burning around the outside of the mouth.

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Photo of corby112
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to callmemickey for sharing.

Pours a hazy pink grapefruit color with a one finger white head that slowly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Sporadic spotty lacing left behind.

Strong cinnamon component in the nose but I'm not picking up much blueberry. Slightly solvent/acetic but not too harsh with some citrus acidity, sourdough bread and wheat character. Truer to style than the other two I've tried(Somer and Ever). Some darker fruit comes out as it warms but the aroma is still dominated by spice and citrus.

Tart and puckering with strong sour acidity and slight acetone character. Not too harsh or solvent like though. Spicy cinnamon adds a nice touch to the bread/yeast, wheat and acidic flavors . Slight mineral quality in the finish but again, I'm not picking up much blueberry. A bit one dimensional but the cinnamon is a nice touch and a unique take on the style. Slightly harsh but decently drinkable.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange. A little hazy. Small white head.

Smell - Vinegary acidity. Very sharp. A little fruity, but not what I'd called blueberries. Faint cinnamon.

Taste - Very sharp sourness. Vinegar. Again a faint berry flavor that isn't overtly blueberry. Cinnamon is strong in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very sour. Unpleasant at points. I don't love the Night Shift berliner profiles.

Overall - Too intense in the wrong areas for me.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In-between my dog's paw pads fleshy pink color beer with a bone China white head. Foam dissipates as quickly as is typical for these types of beers.

Smells like all encompassing tartness. Some cinnamon and blueberry too. Not too much blueberry though.

Tart, tart Warhead sour with some emerging cinnamon in back. I guess I can find some blueberry if I search. Maybe Night Shift was going for more of a tart wild blueberry effect.

Berliners are Night Shift doing what they do best and this is no exception. Despite the lack of blueberries the play between tart and cinnamon was unique and pleasant.

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Photo of GJ40
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750ml in a Duvel glass. Batch #4, 10/10/13. Thanks surge1311.

A - Orange and hazy with a small head of large white bubbles that dissipates quickly.

S - Tart, lemony, wonderful! Some cinnamon comes through with a hint of blueberries.

T - A wonderful sour and tart bite! Again, the blueberries are faint but there are rich fruit flavors of lemon, blueberry and cherry under the sourness.

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

O - This is the second Berliner Weiss of theirs that I've tried and I really, really like them. An outstanding New England beer!

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Photo of scottfrie
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 4, 750ml bottle into Night Shift stemmed glass. Thanks a ton for both, Kevin! Bottled 10/10/2013.

A: Pours a peach iced-tea color with a couple inches of very short lived bright white head that quickly fizzed away into nothingness. No collar, no lace.
S: Spritzy bright lemony notes of the Berliner weisse base comes through alongside hints of cinnamon sticks and mild fruit. I wouldn’t call the fruit blueberry just yet, but it’s mildly sweet and delicious smelling.
T: Tart and dry notes of lemon zest, clean acid, and cinnamon in the finish. The aftertaste has just a touch of sweet and juicy blueberries and a mild earthy funk.
M: Bubbly, tight, carbonation, smooth and tart mouthfeel with a clean and crisp acidic bite. The body is medium and goes down easy.
O: An excellent and refreshing sipper. Clean, flavorful and smooth overall. Blueberry isn’t prominent but the cinnamon adds an interesting touch. Thanks again AutumnBeerLove.

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