Mango Weizen | Northwest Brewing Company

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Northwest Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of lifeboyq
4.42/5  rDev +32.7%
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.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.24/5  rDev +27.3%
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.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of Ig0r
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour gives a thick head of large bubbles that dissipates completely over time. The color is a light straw that is extremely cloudy. Smell is definitely of mango with some floral sweetness. The feel is well carbonated with a taste that is a biting citris sour with a lot less sweetness than the smell. Mango is nearly lost in the taste. There is absolutely no hop finish but the citris lingers a bit after.

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.99/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a weizen glass. 02/05/09.

Pours a murky golden-orange color with about a finger of soft beige foam. The head quickly disappeared, no retention. Aroma is of wheat, orange peel, lemon, and a hint of mango.

The taste is similar to the aroma and then some. The mango is slightly more pronounced (but still subtle), as is the orange peel. There's lots of zesty lemon, as well as white pepper and bubble gum. The wheat flavor is light. Not as much mango as I was expecting, though the label does claim the mango is very subtle.

Feel is medium bodied with little carbonation, which makes it feel a bit heavy. The finish is nice and dry. Drinkability is pretty good despite this. It's really tasty and each sip made me want another.

An interesting beer. Good and subtle mango characteristics. I look forward to trying more beers from this brewery.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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Photo of henrysunset
3.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hazy orange colored brew with very little head. smell is sweet and sour, almost reminiscent of the dish. A tiny amount of malt and floral in the nose.

sweet and destinctively mango'y. It is actually dry for the fruitty flavor. A good fruit hefeweizen.

smooth, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.91/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.76/5  rDev +12.9%
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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Photo of COBeerBuff
3.74/5  rDev +12.3%
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!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.72/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

another beer from these guys that i think is better than it gets credit for. sure it might not be a big creamy banana yeast driven classic german hefeweizen, but its a pretty cool reinterpretation of it, with absolutely no apparent flaws, and a nice spike of sweet juicy mango to make it interesting. the purists can hate, but this really isnt bad at all. pale hazy yellow, looks the part, maybe not the most prominent head on it, but a little bit of airy white fluff hangs around. aroma and flavor of concentrated mango added to this post fermentation, some sort of extract or syrup or puree, relatively authentic to the real fruit, but sweet and not at all dried out by this somewhat classic yeast strain. its juicy and you definitely taste the fruit before the beer, but i think it works for whatever reason. the wheat works to smooth it out in the middle, and with the esters in the yeast showing banana and even apple by the finish, it ends up being balanced and pleasing, without too much residual sugar. i found this quite refreshing actually, especially with the high carbonation. these guys might not be the best brewery in the country, but they deserve more credit for some more than decent beers they come out with...

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Photo of CHickman
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of froghop
3.62/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of HatTrick
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pretty light orange, a little cloudy / hazy. A small amount of head that quickly disappears. Leaves very little lacing.

S: Wheaty, a little melon but not much. Smells a little fruity.

T: Tastes like a wheatbeer; a little bit of mango but not much, have to concentrate. Tastes banana, cloves, another fruit...maybe pears or cantalope. Flavors were a little too mild, felt like it was a little watered down.

M: Carbonated, girly. Went down pretty easy.

D: Could drink pretty easily but doesn't seem like an everyday type of beer. It is a fun beer. A fruity beer. Much easier than a few of the other beers LB produces. Overall, not too bad.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of joepais
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
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

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.57/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of n2185
3.46/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Floydster
3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of mactrail
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of chickencoop
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up a long time ago, and I actually think it helped, this turned into a sour, ok not really. I liked the pour, light and chunky. Smell and smell was a a tangy citrus. Mouthfeel was sour, but not bad, we'll see tommorrow, but I didn't mind this beer. I have had many of these guys beers, probaly the clever packaging, and this would work for me in a pinch.

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