Mango Weizen | Northwest Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Northwest Brewing Company
Washington, United States
nwbrewingcompany.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by froghop on 08-27-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
83
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.33
pDev:
19.82%
 
 
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2
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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 LXIXME
3/5  rDev -9.9%

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 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 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 MarkyMOD
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
1.92/5  rDev -42.3%
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-?

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Photo of a77cj7
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 WesWes
3.17/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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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 NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Zorro
2.61/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.59/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kscaldef
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

odd burnt note.

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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 BDeibs
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of twelveinches
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of shelby415
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.86/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of anteater
2.72/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

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Photo of Chucker17
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 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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Mango Weizen from Northwest Brewing Company
3.33 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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