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 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 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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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 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 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 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 alaimoa
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2 month old bottle. Pours rose hue with not much head. Smells of funk, tart apple, spiced cinnamon, clove. Taste earthy with a bit of funk, tart apple, vinegar. Feel is medium carb with a slight thinness. Not nearly overly sour but more spiced than I would have thought. Tasty early afternoon drinker but would have liked a bit more blueberry notes

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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 stakem
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a matching Night Shift stemmed glass. The brew appears pink in color with a white head that holds nicely for the style. Some patchy lace sticks to the glass and a swirl revives a finger.

The smell is bright and fruity with some notes of unidentifiable berry. Suggestions of vinegar with almosy a briney olive aspect that is strange.

The taste is acedic with minor vinegar notes instead of that clean, lemony lactic character I look for in a good berliner. It is somewhat footy to cheesy and very bitey with fruity hints. A mild tannic bite is present across the back with some cinnamon bark flavor.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. This is a very, very sour brew yet fruity and unique/interesting. The acedic aspects coupled with brine and vinegar make this more harsh than drinkable unfortunately.

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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 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 Maxwell
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a murky pinkish-yellow with a small white head that doesn’t last but does leave a nice ring of white bubbles around the glass. The head leaves a thin, stringy lacing around the glass. In body, the beer is opaque and cloudy. On the nose, this beer smells of tart lemon, green apple, and yogurt. There is a faint touch of blueberry, indiscriminate spice and wheat flakes. On the tongue, the beer tastes very tart and acidic with just a wisp of sweet fruitiness and not much else. As the beer warms, the harshness mellows slightly but this beer is not very balanced and leans too heavily on its sourness. Compared to other weisses that Night Shift offers, this beer is a little out of whack. In flavor the beer tastes sour apple, sour lemon, yogurt, and chalk. The faintest touch of blueberry can be sensed, but I honestly think that is because I know there is blueberry in the beer. No cinnamon can be sensed, but I do pick touches of indiscriminate, hot spice on the tongue. The finish is quick and muted with sour fruit and the aftertaste is of puckering lemon. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body. Carbonation is a little fiercer than a medium level, but the beer is puckering and fierce in mouthfeel, with a touch of slickness. The mouth is left full of saliva and puckering from the sour shock of this beer. Overall, I am disappointed with this beer. Night Shift has really impressed me in the past with their Sour Futures program and the fruited weisses that they can pump out; this beer however, is just too sour. The acid bulls over any other nuance that the beer might have and makes the beer harder to drink. Night Shift usually does an amazing job of bringing fresh fruit flavors into their beer but they missed the mark with this vintage. This isn't a horrible beer but its a little too unbalanced for me.

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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 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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Photo of PHBoiler
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful pink body. This beer looks like a peeled blueberry. I was very excited to get into this beer. All I got on the nose and from the taste was unripened blueberry tartness. This one was a little more acidic than I would expect from a fruited berliner. My favorite part of the taste was the finish of slightly sweetened cinnamon on the very back end. I kept drinking just for that. It was so interesting. I was hoping for more blueberry and less lemony tartness in the taste personally.

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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 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 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 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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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 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 Ljudsignal
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Night Shift tulip. Bottled 10/15/13, enjoyed on 12/10/13. My last of three bottles.

Pours a very slightly hazy rosy amber hue, very pretty. Thin half-finger head froths up upon pouring only to disappear in a matter of seconds, no surprise there. Visible carbonation, zero lacing--again, as expected.

Aroma is predominantly of yogurty and earthy lactic funk, but notes of tart blueberry, oak, crabapple, and light vinegar are also present. Funkiness is very reminiscent of the funky note found in Somer Weisse--perhaps the same strain of yeast at work?

Yep, definitely the same yeast. Opens with lactic funk as well as tannic and citric tartness--predominantly lemon juice--and a strong tart unripe blueberry note. Sweeter blueberry notes become dominant mid-palate, as well as a light sweet/spicy cinnamon note. Spiciness lingers in the finish, as well as a resurgence of sour fruit and lemon zest. Finishes clean and quick, only a slight lingering acidic spiciness to remind you of what you just drank.

Light-bodied, acidic and astringent, low to medium carbonation.

As noted in my introduction, this was the last of three bottles of Mainer Weisse purchased at the brewery release party in mid-October. While I enjoyed the first and second bottles, I found them to be almost tongue-bucklingly sour, with the potency of the sourness overshadowing the complexity of the beer's other flavors. With the extra bit of time on this particular bottle, however, some of that brash sourness has disappeared, allowing the other flavors in the beer to come out of hiding and have their turn in the spotlight. A tart, refreshing, and nuanced Berliner. Very nice, Night Shift, very nice indeed.

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

Thanks to Ricky for sharing.

Light fizzy head fades quickly to nothing, super hazy pink purple like color.

Nose lots of vinegar, acetic acid, blueberry skin and stem, little gym sick funk generic berry like, little juicy fruit, very light sour malt and plenty of sour fruit, some light funk almost grain and wheat but not completely.

Taste is super sour, like mouth watering and tongue buckling acetic acid super vinegar sour, some gym sock funk, acid burn, some fruit, tart berry stem tannic fruit, sour green blueberry and some light blueberry flavor. Finish is dry and very flemmy, sour tart fruit, more acidic bite, tongue buckling sour and acid burn, more tart berry fruit.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, super sour tart and funky, acidic bite, lighter but decent carb.

Overall it's hard to drink, it has so much sour and acidic bite, nice tartness and funk, a bit too much on the gym sock funk too, nice tart fruit but not a lot of blueberry, just so hard to really like this despite how good it could be.

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Mainer Weisse from Night Shift Brewing
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