Mango Weizen - Northwest Brewing Company
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Reviews by AKBelgianBeast:
4/5 rDev +18.7%
Big thanks go out to a very patient Wetpaperbag for sending this rarity my way. Thanks Sac!
Pours a nice looking slightly hazy brown tinted orange. The head is suprisingly hard to produce, but pops up there with a quick high pour compensation. Head is fizzalicious and stark white. Recedes fairly quickly leaving almost no lace.
Nose is interesting. Smells very much like a wheatbeer, expectedly, but i am not picking up a lot of mango. What im assuming is the mango is in there however, with a very sweet melony scent, it just isnt jumping out too strong in the nose. Some slight pear in the nose as well. Melon flavors peek out more as this one warms up a bit.
Taste is much more complented by melon flavors. Not the type of mango taste i was expecting. It is more candy like and sharp than it is earthy and sweet. This flavor comes out strong in the early taste, but mellows into wheat flavors towards the finish. Would like a little bit more natural mango flavors here. What the Watermelon is in 21A, the mango is in this. That sounds bad, but i dont mean it to be, as the flavor is good, i just mean the manner in which it compliments the base beer. There is defenite wheat flavor in here, a good pale wheat base is provided. Some slight banana, minimal clove, and a slight bubblegum. This tastes like it could be a flavor in those "Fruit Stripe" gums with the zebra. But the wheat beer provides good body. The finish is nice and sharp, not too dry at all (a good thing here) and leaves a slight candy melon sweetness on the palate.
Mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated, and somewhat thick, but all in all quite good, and pretty much where it should be for the style. A bit heavy and slick, but once again, all in all, well done.
Drinkability is the shining star in this one, as this could easily be drank is session. Long session. Wouldnt mind getting hamboned on these, and im pretty sure some lady friends wouldn't either, if you know what im getting at. Quite drinkable, near perfect if it wasnt for the slight overcarbonation.
Overall a very interesting brew, and one i would love to have local access to. This certainly blows 21A out of the water as far as "melon wheat" beers go. I like the subtelty of the melon flavor, and the fact that the base wheat beer is quite solid. This isnt anything particularly mind blowing, but what it is is original, fun, drinkable as hell, and a good one that could provide many fun nights of sessioning. A good brew.
10-30-2008 02:40:31 | More by AKBelgianBeast
More User Reviews:
1.9/5 rDev -43.6%
$3.49 for a bomber, pours cloudy orangy amber, had some major yeast chunks floating in the bottle, the head leaves super fast and is quite noisy. Ends up with no head, no lace, no nothing. Smells fruity, tasty fruity, minor hop drying late. Barely tastes like beer, more of a nasty sweet fruity soda..pass this stuff bye, by all means necassary....Life is too short to consume much of swill like this...can you say drain pour...B-, c'mon fellow BA, how is this B-?
02-13-2010 00:24:36 | More by Billolick
2.98/5 rDev -11.6%
22oz Trade Route Brewing Co. "mango weizen" (beer fermented with mango). My first mango beer! I do love mangos. Will this be fruity enough to pass the girlfriend test?
The beer looks pretty orange and appropriately turbid. Sure looks like there might be some mango nectar in there. Aroma is faint but fruity. HIGHLY carbonated. That said, the carbonation does help to lift the margo juice flavor to the top of the palate. And sure, a cold refreshing, mid-range-ABV summer beer can stand a bit of carbonation. Unfortunately as a hefeweiss the only thing that the wheat has working for it in this beer is that there's not so much grain flavor to get in the way of the mango.
No, too carbonated to pass the girlfriend test. I do applaud them for not sweeting this beer and producing a cloying mess. But ultimately the fruit and weiss just come across muted and it doesn't pass the Hreb test either.
08-01-2011 01:26:00 | More by hreb
2.65/5 rDev -21.4%
- Lightly cloudy orange glowing brew. Fizzy finger of head that has left a thin fizzy blanket on top. Can't really tell what the yeast is trying to do here. Almost like one of those extract homebrews I have made where it just keeps fizzing.
- Little wheat, a slight funky touch. Some bready yeast notes, and a fruity mango character. Smells quite zesty and wheaty.. overall just average though. Can't get past the slight funkiness.
- This brew is slightly off. Huge tart aceto things going on. Zesty bitter lemon peel, grassy wheat, and a thin malt base. Very odd brew, and not all that tasty. Perhaps I will have to find a different bottle or tap pour sometime. I know this wasn't even distributed down here until recently, so I know the bottle can't be that old. Not the light-struck type of flavors either.
Mouth Feel: (2.5)
- Overall very carbonated, and almost too much so in an aceto kind of way. Thin, slightly dry, and puckering. Overall the weird flavors kind of throw off the feel.
- Guessing this bottle is just funky. I am not too impressed with this beer as it seems much like a so-so homebrew. I will have to give it another try maybe. We'll see. Otherwise, I would pass on it unless you see it freshly tapped somewhere.
08-19-2011 01:48:44 | More by Docer
3.46/5 rDev +2.7%
A: Pours a hazy yellow brown with a finger of white head that fades into a foamy ring with little lacing.
S: Sweet breads and tart fruit notes dominate with aromas of bubblegum and mango int he background.
T: Hearty bread flavors dominate with a touch of bitterness. Mixed in are spicy yeast flavors and subtle mango notes.
M: Mid-light body with highish carbonation, this beer is just a little too heavy to be crisp and refreshing, but still feels pleasant.
O: A decent beer overall. Nothing special, but tasty and refreshing.
01-28-2013 03:51:00 | More by n2185
3.55/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a hazy medium orange amber. Half finger white head dissipates rapidly to a tiny ring of bubbles around the glass. Aroma of wheat, bready malt and a bit of light fruit, not readily identifiable as mango, but pleasant. Flavor is light wheat and caramel malt with light, tart lemon citrus and fruit juice from the mango. Finish starts quite tart, then transforms into a light, surprisingly caramel aftertaste. A bit unbalanced as if it's not sure whether to be a tart Berlinerweisse or a weizen. Flavor is fairly subdued. Needs more balance and intense flavor, but holds together as a decent pale wheat with an interesting fruit component. Light bodied and the carbonation did not last throughout drinking the glass, lowering the mouthfeel rating.
07-13-2012 02:10:22 | More by LiquidAmber
4/5 rDev +18.7%
Another new gem that I received as part of the birthday BIF. I was looking forward to trying this one for a while now, as I stared at it in my fridge. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 07/16/2009.
Appearance - Nice, very cloudy here, almost looked like the juice in the bottom of a can of cut pineapple. Lots of haze and sediment in a very bright light orange color. Small head comes up over the top and faded very quickly.
Smell - light, not at all what I was expecting. I was thinking there would be more of a punch from the fruit but it was just lightly laced in there. Really not big enough for me. Light grain notes as well as a small citrus presence.
Taste - Much more pronounced on the taste. Really nice blend here of light banana and clove flavors, hints of light grains and grass and a smooth, very nice and bright mango flavor. It was blended superbly I have to say. Really well done here.
Feel - Light, big thicker then I would have thought and a touch grainy from the unfiltered mango I am assuming. Well carbonated though and that gave it a bit of a bounce that was very welcomed.
Drinkability - Solid all around here. Really could have went at this one all night long. It was just nice and smooth, low ABV and highly flavorful.
Overall - A very solid offering here and something I would like to see more of. When these nice citrus fruits are mixed with light summer offerings, done the right way it can come off fantastic, and this one really did.
07-17-2009 18:12:29 | More by mikesgroove
2.56/5 rDev -24%
at $4 A 22oz i had high hopes but this wasn't much of money well spent.
there was barleey any mango , i mean it was so subtle you only tasted a trace in the aftertaste.
the mouthfeel was ok it wasnt too thin , the pour was a orange almost amber color ,
i didnt taste much wheat , which is sad because it seems shock top has more wheat in it and thats an A-B product .
i am really disappointing by northwest brewing company , i could have bought a pyramid or portland brewing for almost half the price and had twice the flavor .
this should be 1.99 tops its tastes so rushed and over priced
i will probably never buy another $4 beer again .
05-25-2014 19:30:14 | More by vulgora
3.75/5 rDev +11.3%
Pours cloudy light orange (mango) in color with a ton of chunky sediment floating around and a foamy white head that seemed to be sizzling like a freshly poured soda and faded after about a minute; weak lacing that slid down fast.
Smells of yeast, wheat, orange peel, lemon, grapefruit, mango(I guess???), grains, light malt and faint hops. It's grainy and sweet with an almost sour odor.
Tastes of yeast, wheat, orange peel, lemon, grapefruit, grains, light malt, faint citrus hops, sour apple, pineapple and coriander; really tart with a pucker at the end, but a very nice fruity taste overall. Not a typical hefeweizen and quite unique.
Mouthfeel was very light and crisp with a smooth feel on the tongue and very light carbonation, which was almost watery.
Highly drinkable and quenching, this was very different and enjoyable. I had this about a month ago, poolside on a nice warm evening and it went perfect with the summer weather.
09-26-2010 03:03:52 | More by CHickman
4.28/5 rDev +27%
Pours a cloudy pumpkin color with not much head.
Aroma is a bit of funky cheese and some ethyl hexanoate fruit esters. Bit of stinky sock, but not bad. Whatever mango in this is pretty good.
It's got some juicy fruit flavors going too. The yeast is a bit powerdy, but otherwise great. They pulled off the mango infusion wonderfully in my opinion, it's got a nice flavorful mango profile, it's not invasive or distracting. Basing this against other fruit beers, it's top notch. This isn't really one of my favorite styles though.
It's a really good beer folks! Even if you haven't got a preference for fruit beers, try this with an open mind and appreciate it for the style...don't try ranking this against iipas or impy stouts.
05-12-2009 00:23:42 | More by SurlyDuff
1.65/5 rDev -51%
"Your hands are full of mangoes, you're going to be a genius someday." - Phish
My girlfriend picked this up despite the owner of the beer store saying it's one of the worst beers he ever had. Why oh why didn't she listen?
Opaque, cloudy orange yellow color--looks like pulp-in orange juice. Thin white head that got scared of this beer's crappy flavor and ran away as soon as it got the chance. Chunk sized yeast floaties.
Smells like mango. That's good.
Tastes like mango drowned in the sourest, nastiest, wheat beer you can imagine. Eew, eew, eew.
We were warned.
01-24-2010 04:56:25 | More by donkeyrunner
3.65/5 rDev +8.3%
pours a cloudy dark orange with a thin/minimal head, no lacing.
smell is of wheat, fruits, malt, and some citrus.
taste is crisp yet smooth, somewhat tart, light on the fruit, wheat, malt, touch of caramel, and a touch of caramel, ends a little dry, but still thirst quenching.
08-27-2008 02:29:42 | More by froghop
3.15/5 rDev -6.5%
The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to nothing. There is no head retention at all. The aroma is decent. It has a pretty good pale and wheat malt scent along with the traditional weizen yeast aroma. The mango aroma is mild, but compliments the banana/clove character nicely. The taste is average. It has a sour/acidic flavor that seems all too much like a Berliner Weisse. The mango flavor is quite good, but I'm not sure this is supposed to be a sour beer. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This would be a good Berliner Weisse, but as a regular fruit infused hefe, I'm not impressed.
12-16-2009 19:33:18 | More by WesWes
3.43/5 rDev +1.8%
Quite mango flavored, and after it warms up the last sips are just plain mango nectar fruity. A little sharp fruity zing to the stuff. Not as fragrant you you might wish for.
This pours a hazy medium amber color in the pint shaker. It starts out with a decent spritziness in the mouth but trails off. A very modest head. Overall, it has a rather silky mouthfeel with that tropical soda tanginess.
A pleasant quaff and the fruit flavor is among the better I've had in this American wheat style, but it suffers from the simple taste and less than adequate sudsiness.. On tap at Empire Ale House in Mt. Vernon.
11-30-2013 02:28:27 | More by mactrail
4.45/5 rDev +32%
My personal local favorite offering from one of my two favorite local breweries. Joe, the co-founder of Laughing Buddha is still experimenting and working out the kinks with this beer but kudos to him and Chris for founding a brewery and consistently operating outside of the BJCP style guidelines of styles and creating a nice offering.
The Mangoweizen is a very nice mango offering that doesnt have the bland amerian hefeweizen taste. My guess is bc of they use 200 lbs of mangos per 500 gallons and use an English ale yeast which is much better than the crappy American ale yeast that most local breweries use. Recently they have been fining it and offering it as a crystalweisse but i hope they quit that and go back to leaving the true cloud that we all love in a weizen.
I keep this on tap in a corny keg that they refill for me and drink it in any of a few German Weisse Bier glasses that i have. It's tasty, smooth and insanely drinkable. It's my favorite domestic hefe offering and the mango isnt such a novelty that you cant session it.
Once they refine the kinks with head retention and fining and get the batches consistent, this beer should rate high. It's not going to ever review as high as some of the higher abv complex offerings, but I'd put it against any American hefe any day.
12-29-2008 02:40:48 | More by lifeboyq
Mango Weizen from Northwest Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.