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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 Stevedore
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared by another beer geek at a pre-4elf bottleshare. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 12/14/2013.

Very similar appearance to Somer Weiss. Yellow-orange body with a nicely effervescent white head, probably 3 fingers' worth, that retains very well with a bit of lacing. Really looks refreshing.

Smells friggin' phenomenal- better than Somer. A decent bit of tart blueberry fruit flavours along with a nice dose of what seems to be cinnamon; I like cinnamon so I don't mind the dominant cinnamon. The blueberry tartness could come out a little more, but I really enjoyed smelling this beer. There's some tartness, not a lot of acidity compared to Somer Weiss.

Flavour is similar to the nose except its actually quite acidic and sour. It makes my parotids burn a lot like Somer Weiss did. Tastes wheaty and cinnamon-ful with a nice fruit tartness that is complementary to the acidity. It's quite good!

A bit more fuller bodied than Somer Weiss, more on the medium side and not so watery. Still quite acidic compared to a lot of other Berliner Weisses, but a bit less so compared to Somer Weiss.

Easier to enjoy all the individual flavour components compared to Somer Weiss which was less complex. Very acidic and tart for the Berliner style, which I really don't mind. Would recommend this over Somer Weiss and Fallen Apple, but Ever Weiss is the best of them all.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 angrybabboon
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for picking this up at the brewery and now sharing it

Consumed 11/8/13

Appearance: An interesting pink color - some interesting peach tones with some light purple - hazy - pours with a small, white head, fades to absolutely nothing, doesn't leave lacing (due to the lack of head)

Smell: Tart and funky - some big tart notes, blueberry flesh, and some vinegar - funkiness vividly reminds me of Somer Weisse (maybe the house yeast, maybe the house barrels) - definitely interesting, with some interesting fruit - some serious blueberry skin, with blueberry flesh, minus the fruity sweetness - some nice wood

Taste: Sour, tart, funky, and fruity - damp, wet lactic sour, and some more tart, bright acidic sour - some funky mustiness - the blueberries are very interesting here - some tartness from the sourness, and some berry tartness - some berry flesh as well, very fresh - cinnamon was not particularly notable in the aroma, but it's definitely in the taste - the cinnamon works very well with the blueberries and the tartness - some pale malts in the background, some light bread

Mouthfeel: Light, smooth, low carbonation actually works pretty well, finishes very tart

Overall: 1) Make blueberry pie; 2) abandon and let ferment; 3) ???; 4) Profit

This is quite a charming Berliner Weiss. It's tart and funky, with some nice blueberry notes. At times this kind of walks the line between a sour and a Berliner Weiss. And that's not a bad thing.

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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 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 Goblinmunkey7
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dusky pink/rose in color. Head is a pale pink and disappears rather quickly. Minimal carbonation on the pour. Rather on point minus the lack of head.

Smell: Tart lactic acid up front. She.building citric elements add some lemon to the back. Some nice slightly sweet and tart blueberry flesh. Cinnamon is nice and fresh; more sweet than spicy. Reminds me of homemade pie filling. Juicy fruit flesh. Some underlying funky notes with a hint of musty grass. Hyper pale malt sweetness thrown in to give it a little more depth. Loaded with blueberry. Clean and light and fruity.

Taste: Blueberry juice with tart, tannic skin. Big lactic tartness coupled with some milder citric notes. Lemon juice and zest. Tons of juicy blueberry flesh. Cinnamon adds a soft spice with some sweeter cinammon elements. Nice balance of spice and tart juicy fruit. Carries the distinct Night Shift berliner yeast. Super clean. Some pale malts are very lightly bready and sweet. Tartness builds as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Light body and astringent as can be. Some creaminess built in. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: A vast improvement over the state.

It's my definition of a dessert beer. Tart, but the cinnamon adds a nice element that evokes some kind of blueberry dessert. Delightful and assertively tart.

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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 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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