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Mango Weizen - Northwest Brewing Company

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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 20.37%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Northwest Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: froghop on 08-27-2008

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Ratings: 65 | Reviews: 40
Reviews by lifeboyq:
Photo of lifeboyq
4.42/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
1.92/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

$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-?

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.98/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of hreb
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Pours a finger of head on a clear straw colored body.
The aroma is mango and strawberry. Nice.
The taste starts as a contrast to the smell: watery wheat with some mild bitterness, mild sweet takes over in the middle to end. Finishes with a strawberry sweetness.
The texture is fizzy with a lighter body and moderate carbonation.
The smell and taste counter each other and are difficult to reconcile. Still, it tastes good, though on the sweeter (fruit) side.

Photo of Docer
2.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: (3.5)
- 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.

Smell: (3.0)
- 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.

Taste: (2.5)
- 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.

Overall: (2.5)
- 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.

Photo of n2185
3.46/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.57/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of vulgora
2.58/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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 .

Photo of Zorro
2.61/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Clear amber colored ale with a medium sized off-white colored head.

Smells of caramel and mango. Not much more than that.

Starts out tasting of saltines, malt and faint mango taste. Flavor doesn't develop much.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall not that great. I can't recommend this.

Photo of CHickman
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.24/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
1.74/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

"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.

Photo of JeffreyHadley
1.74/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

If looks could kill, I'd give it a 5, but the taste was very underwhelming.

Photo of froghop
3.62/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of WesWes
3.17/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of mactrail
3.41/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a weizen glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy orange hue with a great effervescence and three fingers of frothy ivory foam. Nice!

Smell: light wheaty aroma with a light, pleasing fruitiness which is not readily identifiable as mango. Not bad.

Taste: pretty solid malty flavor with a dash of wheat and a very light dose of that nondescript fruitiness. The flavor is actually quite earthy. Not bad, but not very mango-ey.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-light body with a great level of carbonation and a good creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this beer isn't bad, but it doesn't really impress me, either. I would have liked a bit more fruitiness, based on the beer's name.

Photo of joepais
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this one from Scott in the 666 BIF Thanks.
I forgot to pour this into my laughing Buddha glass dam; instead I poured this into one of my Hefe glasses. The bottle produced a finger worth of white head that went away rather quickly and left nothing behind. The color of the brew was the color of Mango juice it was hazy as well with a lot of tiny little bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma of some funky ass shit going on here the old sock comments were right on. There is some fruitiness to it as well but light. I will say the flavor more than makes up for the nose it is really a great fruit brew. The mango is up front in a big way. There is a nice bitter sweet thing going on here and it makes it quit drinkable. It is light and crisp, quite refreshing in the mouth.

I grab another one of these for the summer if it was available local I think it is a great fruit brew. I like to try more from the brewery

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm surprised that this isn't under the fruit/veggie beer category. So I will review this based on that and the American Pale Wheat Ale styles.

A- This looks like sparkling apple juice. The head is very short lived to just a white ring around the edge.

S- Interesting smells. The grainy wheat smell is coming through for sure. Coriander and nutmeg mixed with cotton candy, I know strange, but thats what I'm getting. It is definitely fruity.

T- The mango is there, but I personally could have done with more. I love mango and the mango sort of subtle. I like the wheat, but if they had gone the route of making it more like a German Hefe, then this would really be a winner. I think some of the clove and banana taste would compliment the mango very well. Still quite refreshing in its own right.

M- Good mouth feel, sometimes though it seems a bit heavy in the carbination department.

D- Easy to drink for sure, would make a great summer brew.

Photo of canucklehead
3.98/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My fiance loved this beer and I can see why; a fruity wheat beer that finishes with a real mango flavour. The colour is a cloudy ginger colour and the nose is kinda fruity ( not really the trad banana notes though). I liked the fresh feel to the beer and the mango finishing notes added to the beer. I kinda wish there was more banana and bubblegum flavours but I think they have got a well targeted product here.

Photo of COBeerBuff
3.74/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Received via trade from mcduck. Thanks a bundle for sending this! Enjoyed with my fiancée who was looking forward to this all week...

Appearance: Pours an uber-hazy yellowish orange with a solid finger of white head, and a nice fizzy noise emanating from it indication the carbonation definitely made it through the trip. A little bit of yeast settled in the bottom of the bottle, but a quick swirl added it to the glass. The head quickly dissipates leaving a white ring around the edge of the glass and a look that is semi-reminiscent of orange juice.

Smell: Mango, orange, lemon, yeast, and some farmhouse funk as well. Definitely expecting some sour notes based on the nose.

Taste: Definitely got the tang that I was expecting. Mango, grapefruit, and orange highlight the front end. Some yeast and a tinge of malt round out this yummy summer beer.

Mouthfeel: Exceedingly carbonated. Crisp, yet a little sticky as well. I can't help drawing a small comparison to a carbonated orange juice.

Drinkability: For a summertime libation, this beer definitely fits the mold. My fiancée wasn't crazy about the sourness, but I kind of dig it. At 5% ABV, a few glasses of these would make for a nice afternoon in the shade. Glad I could get this for us to sample. Highly worth it!

Photo of RJLarse
2.3/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought a bomber of Trade Route Mango Weizen at a grocery store, poured in to a pint glass. The label says "Refreshing wheat beer with a subtle mango aroma and finish." Nothing subtle about it.

Pours a bright yellow/orange color and is hazy. A small white head disappears in a flash, and it looks like a glass of fruit juice.

Smell is strong and fruity. Sweet tropical fruit aromas dominate, pineapple, mango etc.

The taste is also over-fruited. Tangy and zippy, well carbonated, but it hardly tastes like a beer. I think it's more like one of those fruity alcho-pop beverages.

Mouthfeel is zesty and first and then a bit cloying after the swallow.

Drinkable I guess if you after not really looking for a beer, but rather a tropical fruit drink. Even then the fruit flavors are artificial tasting, and over done. I'll avoid this one.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.76/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden brown with a thin fizzy white head that quickly fades away. Almost no lacing in the glass. Much darker in color than most weizens/pale wheats that I have sampled.

S - Somewhat fruity wheaty aroma. Very wheat ale like aroma with the slightest hint of a tart fruitiness. No discernable mango aroma.

T - Initially a very fruity taste with tropical fruit being the primary taste. Not sure I can pick out mango specifically. Almost Jolly Rancher like sweetness. A soft graininess underneath but the sweet fruits are overpowering. Almost artificially sweet.

M/D - Medium bodied and very crisp. Easy drinking but very sweet.

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Mango Weizen from Northwest Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.