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Mango Weizen - Northwest Brewing Company

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Mango WeizenMango Weizen

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BA SCORE
78
okay

54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 18.21%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Northwest Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: froghop on 08-27-2008)
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%

Fuzzy (not quite murky) mango thanks to a fair amount of suspended yeasties. Unfiltered beer looks so much better. A thick chunk of pale khaki colored foam is on the crackly side and doesn't have much character. Nor is it generous when it comes to glass coverage. Things like fruit puree (and barrel aging) can sometimes play havoc with head and lace.

There's just enough juicy mango in the nose to result in the above score. The beer smells wonderfully tropical fruity, just as intended. American pale wheats need a little something extra in order to impress with respect to aroma and flavor.

Mango Weizen is pretty good beer that doesn't quite make it over the hump. The mango puree tastes fresh, fruity and delicious (and is present in exactly the right proportion), so it must be the base beer that's to blame. This is also a fairly simple ale, although I won't necessarily hold that against it.

It's hard to believe that much crystal and Munich malt were used. Almost no toastedness makes it taste like pretty close to 100% pale malt and wheat. Similarly, there can't be too many noble hops present since it's neither very bitter nor very hop flavorful. We're left with pale grains and mango. Take it or leave it.

The mouthfeel is at least medium for the style. Despite an appropriate rush of carbonation on crown cracking, there aren't too many bubbles present. A little more energy would have helped quite a bit.

Mango Weizen has enough fruit character to have been more properly classified as a fruit beer. This is an interesting offering that is fun to drink, despite the fact that my socks are still firmly in place. I can't wait to see what else Laughing Buddha has up its sleeve.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +19.4%

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.

mikesgroove, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of WesWes
3.15/5  rDev -6%

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.

WesWes, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

mactrail, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of Billolick
1.9/5  rDev -43.3%

$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-?

Billolick, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -10.4%

LXIXME, May 17, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

flagmantho, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.55/5  rDev +6%

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.

LiquidAmber, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%

Bottle (labeled "Trade Route"). Pours a super cloudy orange with a small white head. Kind of looks like grapefruit juice or something. Aroma is very juice-like (citrus fruits) but indescript. Flavor is sweet and still juice-like sort of like watered down OJ, maybe some prunes, tangerine, and mango too. Certainly very fruity with hardly any noticeable malt flavors. Consistency is actually similar to a glass of pulpy OJ with the yeast. This wasn't as bad as I was expecting...but still not a very good beer.

LilBeerDoctor, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of RedDiamond
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%

First thought: it works. Given the concept of a mango flavored wheat beer, I wasn't sure it would. But the mango weizen does work, and it ain't shy on the mango. Mango dominates the aroma entirely and shapes the taste - not as an afterthought, but as a defining component. Crisp wheat elements are also notable.

Carbonation is adequate, but the beer lacks suds. It is heavily clouded in a color resembling a stormy peach nectar. A slight film of yeast remains at bottle's bottom.

Some beers emulate mango-like esters. This one has no need for emulation, as the mango is real. I imagine there might be lots of potential food pairings here, especially among the types of Indian food traditionally accompanied by chutney. The bottle's label perhaps suggests as much with its silhouetted images of elephants and the Taj Mahal.

Could stand greater effervescence and body, but the flavor is well targeted.

RedDiamond, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +19.4%

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.

canucklehead, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of twelveinches
3/5  rDev -10.4%

twelveinches, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Floydster
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%

Sampled at Bailey's Taproom, reviewed from notes, color is golden orange with some light tint, one inch creamy white head, decent retention, no lacing, aroma consists of mangoes, wheat, grass, tangerines, peahces, bread, and oranges, flavor begins with citrus-like fruits but I could not quite put my finger on what they were, lots of chewy wheat in the middle, finish has a little bit of spice mixed into things, again could not say exactly what it is, more fruits in the aftertaste, pretty light wheat beer with a lot of different fruit character, fruity, chewy, and slightly sweet mouthfeel, thin bodied, too much carbonation, could drink lots of this but that is just because of how light it is, alcohol is low and cannot taste it, crisp when cold but a little sweet once it warms, worth trying

Floydster, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of shelby415
3/5  rDev -10.4%

shelby415, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of donkeyrunner
1.65/5  rDev -50.7%

"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.

donkeyrunner, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.93/5  rDev +17.3%

Ordered from Liquid Solutions, so yes, they ship to PA. Poured from a brown 22 ounce bomber bottle into my nonic pint glass. Still has the old Laughing Buddha label on it. This weizen greets the eyes with a rather cloudy honeyed apricot color and about two fingers of creamy eggshell white foam. A pleasure to look at. The foam ebbs to a thin layer within a few minutes, leaving behind very little lace in it's path. Smell reminds me of oregano and pungent cheese rind, lemony, and grassy, different but not unpleasant. Flavor is of sour lemons, no doubt there is mango in here, nice dose of wheat, and a tad bit tart. Quite crisp and a bit oily in the finish. Nice body and somewhere between medium and moderate carbonation, which works well here. A unique weizen that incorporates one of my favorite tropical fruits, and does so rather well.

ClockworkOrange, May 15, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%

A: Hazy golden color with quite a bit of mango chunks floating in suspension. No head to speak of. Visible carbonation however.

S: Fairly clear mango aroma. You really do not get any heff yeast characteristics. Kind of a tight nose on this one. Nothing really swings me either way.

T: Interesting taste. That sharp tartness up front makes this beer interesting for me. Kind of a crappy heff but an interesting Berlinerweisse. The mango works surprisingly well with the tartness. Nothing even remotely resembling a heffeweisse here.

M: Light bodied. Crisp mouthfeel.

D: Interesting beer just not to style at all. Wish it was 80 degrees out instead of 38. Not bad took a chance on a bottle from Half Time.

aerozeppl, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

Fatehunter, Saturday at 04:50 AM
Photo of n2185
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

n2185, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of CHickman
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

CHickman, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of yesyouam
1.78/5  rDev -46.9%

Trade Route Mango Weizen is a golden ale with some tiny particles in it. It has a thin white head that vanishes in a few seconds. It has a fruity wheat and mango aroma with a note of peach. It's light bodied and watery. The mouth feels chalky and scratchy the instant this beer enters it. It tastes very sour. Is this on purpose or did something happen to this bottle? Is this supposed to be a Berliner Weisse? What the hell? I can taste the mango but the sourness is overwhelming. Yuck. Down the drain it goes.

yesyouam, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of ckeegan04
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

ckeegan04, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of froghop
3.65/5  rDev +9%

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.

froghop, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of Docer
2.65/5  rDev -20.9%

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.

Docer, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of RJLarse
2.28/5  rDev -31.9%

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.

RJLarse, Aug 03, 2009
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Mango Weizen from Northwest Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.