Mainer Weisse | Night Shift Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
nightshiftbrewing.com

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Winter

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

Added by rowingbrewer on 12-23-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
292
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
30.26%
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
39
For Trade:
8
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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 292
Reviews by corby112:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think Night Shift has found its niche. They brew some beautiful Berliner weissbiers.

This one was poured into a snifter and had the color of a slightly rose wine. There was no head or lace, but the color was striking.

Sweet, fruity aroma. A little spice. Funky oak.

Blueberry taste. Cinnamon, but not a lot of spice to it. Tannins.

Sweet and tart. To me, one of their tartest. I thought the cinnamon worked well.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 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 ccurrid
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of roostor07
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zjay14
4.64/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brother_rebus
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of schinebd
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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 MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RAlmeida77
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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 WalkerHater
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of beergorrilla
3/5  rDev -23.1%

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Mainer Weisse from Night Shift Brewing
3.9 out of 5 based on 292 ratings.
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