Mango Hefe - West Sixth Brewing Company
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3.65/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Cask conditioned Hefeweizen you say? Conflicts are easy to imagine with this combination but the beer surprises on a few turns as the beer excedes expectations all the while. This is what microbrewing and cask experimentation is all about!
Like most traditional German wheat beers, the ale starts with a hazy straw appearance and a yeasty film that's glaring. What was odd is the lumbering murk that pronounes without the support of high carbonation levels. It's result is a dull looking murky ale.
Despite being an ugly duckling of an ale, its aroams as spot on. Reaching a bit further into the glass (because the spritzy carbonation does not project the aromas more strongly), the ale exhibits all the doughy, cookie sweet breadiness that is expected of a hefeweizen. Resting just above the wheat are the common fruit and spice interplay that gives German wheat beers their identity- banana and citrus balance against white pepper and clove for a distinct aromatic experience that's highly complex and inviting.
Heading into taste, much of the same is expected- cookie dough sweetness is laden with yeast, fruit, and spice. Banana and tropical fruit lead the way. Although mangoes don't resonate with its unique taste, there is a non-descript fruit flavor that's not exactly ester derived and kinda takes the shape of melons and papaya. Light bubblegum, vanilla, and mint leave lasting impressions as the beers complexities seep into the taste.
Now that we've celebrated the beer's aromas and flavors well, I gotta say that it's oddly light carbonation causes the beer to sit lazily on the mouth (Perhaps its because I'm not used to the flavors of hefe at the carbonation rate of cask), but the normal carbonation that gives wheat beers their "life" doesn't exist here and the beer's malty sweetness is felt from beginning to end and without much reprieve. But the same silky vanilla and mint flavors give the beer a silky and evaporative cooling effect that's also very charming in mouth sensations.
Although I don't prefer this handling of hefeweizens, the uniqueness of the beer makes the explore these tastes in a different way. It's that kind of exploration for the brewers and the enthusiasts alike to ponder its merits. And the merits are good!
Serving type: on-tap
01-11-2013 07:58:09 | More by BEERchitect
Mango Hefe from West Sixth Brewing Company
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