Cape Codder Weisse
Night Shift Brewing

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Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #182
Ranked #8,358
4.01 | pDev: 9.98%
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
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Notes: Berliner Weisse style sour ale aged on Cape Cod cranberries and Florida oranges.
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 233 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light fizzy fluffy head, super bright rosy color

Nose little candy tart fruit, candy syrupy, maybe cranberry, cough syrup, Berliner like bread dough

Taste tart syrupy notes, big Berliner bready yeast, minerality, almost but not quite sulfur, big creamy wheat, toasted, little tart cranberry, sour cranberry late.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, creamy, fluffy carb, tart little flemmy acidity

Overall not bad, cranberry is a little on taste no aroma, little minerality almost sulfur note

May 01, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives a cloudy mauve color with a thin cap that leaves a strand or two

Smell: Cranberry punch with a hint of orange

Taste: Cranberry and orange punch with a lactic edge; the sourness builds modestly through the middle with a touch of vanilla sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent Berliner that would benefit from a bit more funk; it appears the low ratings here are the result of an infected release a few years ago

Apr 18, 2017
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intransitive from Massachusetts

1.97/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Beautiful looking beer, a jewel-like red color w light carbonation. Looks like a bubbly rose wine. But as soon as I took a sip, I was appalled. Way too tart and vinegary. Cranberry is naturally quite tart, but I don't taste anything the brewers have done to mitigate that quality with other flavors/notes that would have made the beer drinkable. Reminded me of a salad dressing that's past its expiration date.

Jan 24, 2016
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange red in color, clear, with minimal head. Taste is cranberries, orange, and sour mix. Tart but not overly so. Another winner from Night Shift. I will do this one again.

Jan 10, 2016
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stephenjmoore from Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Settles into the glass with a pinkish-orange body and a very thin, soapy off-white head. Crystal clear transparency through and through. Aroma is cranberries, underripe raspberries and a slight hint of dried, earthy grass. Flavor is very tart, very much like an underripe berry would be. Cranberry comes through nicely, along with some citrusy zest and lots of tartness. Feel is slightly fizzy, almost cola like, with a lingering tartness. Overall, the use of cranberries is nice, the flavor is good, but the feel is a little too fizzy for me.

Dec 18, 2015
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scottfrie from California

3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled: 1/17/14. Thanks for this one, AutmnBeerLove.

A: Pours a super cloudy light pink with a foamy white head that frothed up in the glass.
S: Musty yeast on the nose that is clean and creamy smelling. I get a touch of lightly tart fruits. Smells a bit like tea.
T: Mild cranberry, touch of orange zest, very tart finish, super dry. Light sweetness. Cranberry is very tannic.
M: Dry, light mouthfeel, tart acidity, soft carbonation, medium-light body.
O: A flavorful, tart, and light sour. Not my favorite night shift, but a solid beer overall. Thanks again Kevin!

Oct 06, 2015
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thebigredone from Wisconsin

3.09/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My least favorite of the Weisses from Night Shift, though I'm pretty sure this had some kind of infection issue. The cork flew out as soon as the cage was untied, and the bottle gushed quite a bit.

I'd like to try a non-infected bottle, as the beer still had a semi-decent taste, leading me to believe it would be pretty good under normal conditions.

Sep 07, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

1.8/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bright clear red body with a nice white head. Thin collar. Smells remarkably bad. Butterscotch really doesn't blend well with the rest of the aroma. Light berry and acidity for as long as I can keep my nose in it. The butterscotch doesn't come through quite as horribly in the taste, but it's still there. Sour cranberry. Butterscotch. Light body. Well carbonated. Pretty darned gross.

Jul 07, 2015
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ThePorterSorter from Oregon

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

The beer pours deep cranberry red color with negligible head and little visible carbonation. The nose is a big punch of tart cranberries, citrus, grain, and has a slight diacetyl component. The taste brings together the berry and citrus fruits very well leaving juicy lingering cranberries lingering on the palate, which is accented by slightly bitter citrus peel. It's light bodied and very drinkable, well carbonated and slightly buttery, and finishes supremely dry with cranberries. This is a great offering from night shift & after having mainer last night, I slightly prefer this beer by comparison.

Apr 26, 2015
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caped bottle into Night Shift Reserve stemware. Shared by schen9303.

Pours a foamy 1 finger light pink colored head with no retention. Beer is a crystal clear bright red. Lacing is spotty with moderate stick and thin, filmy legs. Just above average.

Nose is cranberry, strawberry and an aggressive yeastiness that tickles the nose. Decent.

Opens tart cranberry pulp and seed. Puckeringly sour in the middle with a cinnamon and red fruit sweetness bridging the middle and end. Yeasty at the finish with some foam, cut wheat and a seedy saltiness in the aftertaste. Very unique.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Tart and super dry in the mouth. Dry going down with a bone-dry finish and a filmy, sticky aftertaste. The driest berliner I've ever had... no doubt due to the cranberries.

Cranberry beers in general aren't that common but this one really stands out in that it really showcases the tart and dryness of the fruit A really interesting and tasty beer.

Apr 18, 2015
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Beer4B from Florida

3.21/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Butter alert! Butter in the nose and butter in the taste. It is not a butter bomb, at least for us, as it was still drinkable and you could pickup some cranberry in the taste. But buttery none-the-less.

Apr 13, 2015
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More_betterness from California

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark pink body with a half finger head that recedes immediately to a small ring around the glass. Very attractive beer.

S: Tart cranberries, tangerine zest, and lactic acidity. Backing note of sweet wheat.

T: Tart acidity and sour cranberry dominate. Slight bready flavor and maybe a hint of citrus zest emerge as it warms. Not nearly as complex as the nose, but extremely refreshing in its simplicity.

M: Light bodied and extremely effervescent, with a long palate coating dry and acidic finish.

O: Very well crafted Berliner. Love Night Shifts entire weisse series and this is no exception.

Apr 05, 2015
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -30.2%

Pour is insanely cloudy and murky dark peach with pale peach edges and a white head. Nose has a bit of lactic acid, musky fruits, light rubber, faint berry. Taste is cleaner, just a hint of lacto cream, lots of peach skin mixed with hint of tart cranberry. Creamy body, moderate carbonation. Not really dry, body is a bit creamy.

Sep 25, 2014
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PHBoiler from Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful hazy pink body that had loads of head as this bottle was a gusher like so many from the 2014 batch have been. The smell is pretty yogurty with a hint of citrus. The taste is fairly one note. Loads of lactic tartness and yogurty flavor. You get a slight hint of cranberry at the very back end when this warms a bit. The tartness is dialed back a bit this season from NS on this berliner, but there are just so many better berliners on the market. I wanted something beyond lactic tartness and a bit more fruit. There are a lot of great non-fruited berliners available, so the fruit really needs to shine in my opinion.

May 27, 2014
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Jonada from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle cork and cage bottle. Batch #2, 4.8% ABV Bottled 1/17/2014

Appearance: Pours a dark pink color with 2 fingers of a very lightly pink head. Body is extremely hazy and just short of being opaque. Appearance wise, this looks almost exactly like a glass of ruby red grapefruit juice.

Smell: Lacto, slightly cheesy, tart berry and hints of wheat.

Taste: Medium, clean sourness with accompanied by a moderate cranberry tartness. Prominent flavors are cranberry and wheat with a slight citrus and green apple character in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel and medium levels of gentle carbonation. Finishes tart and just slightly dry. No alcohol presence at all.

Overall: Really good stuff. The cranberries are integrated very well with the base beer and add some additional complexity without overwhelming the base beer. Drinkability is insanely high as well. I could (and likely will) kill the entire 750ml in fairly short order.

May 26, 2014
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


750 received in trade... Pours a hazy pink... Sorta looks like watered down Strawberry Quik... Not necessarily a bad think. Pretty traditional Berliner qualities, tart lemon, lightly bready.. the cranberry IMO almost softens the Berliner notes and adds to the drinkability... there is a hint of orange zest that adds to the overall complexity and makes me appreciate it that much more.


May 18, 2014
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cosmicevan from New York

4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2 from January 2014, last years sour futures program. Enjoyed from a night shift wine glass.

a - brew pours an almost grapefruit pink. Really murky. Thin fizzy head that hung out for a while as new fizz bubbled up to the surface to replace the former, now dissolved fizziness.

s - nose is cranberry and lacto. Soft and crisp and focused.

t - really nice tart cranberry. Totally hits the spot on this wonderful spring afternoon. Great Berliner with really nice flavoring.

m - soft carb not nearly as fizzy as it looks. Easy drinking on a sunny afternoon.

o - overall, another winner in the Weisse category for night shift. These beers are all great.

May 11, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Batch # 2. Bottled on 1/20/14.

Pours a murky light red with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, cranberry, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain and cranberry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid slightly sour cranberry aspect in the aroma and flavor.

Apr 28, 2014
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours the color of ruby grapefruit juice with a hazy clarity and a voluminous, pink-tinted head. Nose expresses yeast, bready notes and a suggestion of citrus. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of a tart cranberry. Mouthfeel is light and lively with quite a bit of astringency. Overall, a very good beer but I prefer my Berlinner-weissbiers a bit cleaner and lemony.

Mar 15, 2014
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to pjl44 for this bottle!

750ml C&C bottle. batch 2. bottled on 1/20/2014.

poured into tulip glass,

Appearance: opaque beer that look like ruby red grafefruit juice or pink lemonade. One finger of white head.

Smell: most prominent aroma is the lacto cheesy/greek yogert funk. Moderately acetic notes and vinegar that leads me to think this is going to be fairly sour. Hints of cranberry add a tartness to the nose.

Taste: mild tartness with moderate cheesy and greek yogert funkiness. Hint of cranberries, green apples, and lemons. Simple, but this beer really tastes nice! I like that this beer still tastes like a Berlinner Weisse, but it has a hint of cranberries to accent the already great beer. I really would have liked to get some citrus out of this beers flavor profile, but it was mostly cranberries. Thats the only downfall of this beer, but I gotta say that its a minor thing to the big picture of this brew.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with almost moderate carbonation levels. Light, crisp, spritzy, and very refreshing beer. Very drinkable, but it should be at 4.8% ABV.

Overall: This is the final Nightshift berlinner weiss that I have yet to try out of these seasonal Nightshift brews. This is the 2nd best only behind Ever Weiss. Nightshift and made some unique berlinner weisse beer and it was an awesome ride getting to try all 4 of these seasonal beers by Nightshift. Nightshift is a great East coast brewery for sure. They make some of my favorite berlinner weisse beers brewed in the USA.

Mar 05, 2014
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 2/17/14

Appearance: Hazy, cloudy pink - the color vaguely reminds me of penicillin - pours with a big, frothy head - retains some wisps of a cap - decent head, but doesn't leave much lacing

Smell: Lots of weird, but good stuff going on - tart cranberries, cranberry flesh, and wood - some funk, a touch of vinegar, and a very light touch of acetone - some citrus, like oranges or grapefruits (but definitely not in a hoppy way)

Taste: More or less follows the aroma, with some charmingly weird flavors - cranberry flesh and some tart notes - some funk, with some light notes of vinegar - some wood, some citrus, and some general sourness - some Berliner/wheat strangeness, nicely refreshing

Mouthfeel: Light body, nicely carbonated, finishes tart and lightly sour

Overall: Made with real cod

This is a great Berliner weiss to start, and the cranberries adds some nice flavor. This is nicely tart and nicely refreshing. Definitely worth a try if you can find a bottle.

Feb 17, 2014
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Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Completely cloudy/light pink. Starts with a big pillowy bright-white head. Minimal retention leaves a small collar and wisps of a cap. Slight pop of the cap makes me believe there's a moderate carbonation.

Smell: Funky. Oak, lactic, almost stomach acid level of tartness. Tart cranberry flesh. Slightly juicy push of fruit. A blend of sour and tart buggy goodness. A touch of eartht and powdery yeast. Slightly sweet with some bready undertones. Woody. A touch floral as well.

Taste: Burst of tart and juicy cranberry. Nice hint of orange zest on the finish. Tart citric acid, like straight. A touch if citrus and some lightly powdery yeast. Mildly earthy and woody. Oak adds some dimension. Warming pushes the cranberry flesh and tartness up a notch. Very slight bready sweetness. Super clean.

Mouthfeel: Light and wet. Slightly dry. Relatively clean with a light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: About as exciting as Cape Cod.

Easy drinking and light. Closer to a real Berliner than the other Night Shift Weisses. Soft and solid.

Feb 17, 2014
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Maxwell from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #2, 4.8% ABV
The beer pours a cloudy pinkish red, with an opaque body and a tiny, spritzy head of white bubbles. There seems to be white, cloudy pulp within the beer’s haze, which I suspect is just the particles of cranberry and orange peel. The beer smells excellently citrusy with a lacto-pop and a touch of yogurt, it also sports a nice touch of cranberry, though that is regrettably muddled with the citrus scents. Strong scents of wheat flakes come through as well, heralding the amped up malt bill that was used for this beer. On the tongue, the beer is beautifully tart and acidic with a light, fruity sweet balance that helps the beer to pop in the mouth but not pucker. In comparison to Mainer Weisse (Night Shift’s last weisse release) the sour is much more under control and balanced, and the flavors are just beautiful. This beer sits very close to a classic Berliner in my mind, but also has the terrific fruit funk that establishes it as an American Weisse. The beer features strong lemon flavors that morph into beautiful orange juice with a pop of tart cranberry, lime, and just a touch of plastic acidity that I sometimes find in fruited weisses. Running strongly underneath all these flavors, and building as you sip, is the delicious flavor of wheat flakes, which is far stronger than in any other Night Shift weisse. This wheat flavor blends with the fresh fruit and provides a jammy taste, though not as much so as Everweisse did. In the mouth, the beer feels on the heavy side of light in body, with a strong carbonation and effervescence that adds to the beers crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. This beer has more weight than most other weisses I’ve tried, but I like that and wish more of the American Weisses sported this weight on the tongue. The subtle jam flavors are also delicious, and while the cranberry is a bit light in overall flavor, I still love its additions, as well as the orange peels. This is another great American Weisse from Night Shift, and one that I would happily sip in the heat of summer.

Jan 30, 2014
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AlexFields from Tennessee

3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear reddish wood color, like an herbal tea or something, has a thin head to start with and it fades to just the rim pretty quickly.

Smells of tart fruit, some kind of berry, hints of citrus too, something acidic like orange juice maybe. Mild vinegar note too.

Pretty damn tart up front, some lightly sweet vinegary flavor buried under there, good amount of dry berry fruit character that is now more recognizable as cranberry, oranges noticeable too, the fruit doesn't exactly jump our but it's definitely the dominant flavor. Puckering sour.

Carbonation is too low and sourness too high for this to be as refreshing as a berlinerweiss should be, but if you think of it more as a still cranberry lambic it's not so bad. :)


May 13, 2013
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