Style: American Weisse with Cape Cod Cranberries and Florida Oranges
From: Everett, MA
Brewer’s Note: “A lively, playful sour, Cape Codder Weisse sips like a tart beer cocktail. With tangy flavors of berry, citrus, grassy wheat, and ripe cranberry, this is a great beer to brighten any dark winter evening. Over 150 pounds of fresh cranberries were boiled and poured into each batch, giving the beer its distinctive coral-like color. A few days before bottling, we added fresh orange zest to the fermenter. Drink this bottle fresh, or age it for complexity.”
The beer pours a cloudy, nearly-bubblegum pink, 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.