Cape Codder Weisse | Night Shift Brewing

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Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Berliner Weisse style sour ale aged on Cape Cod cranberries and Florida oranges.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013

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Ratings: 231 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by Maxwell:
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4.14/5  rDev +4%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Alieniloquium
1.8/5  rDev -54.8%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Cwarwick812
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakerLou
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of ccurrid
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of b2hogan
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of BostonBrewRu
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks like cheap flavored vodka, but tastes great. Tart, clean, wonderful.

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Photo of acurtis
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of roostor07
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of theantihero
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of nickmantia
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Spigs
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of kbuzz
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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Cape Codder Weisse from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 231 ratings