Mongozo (Banana) | Mongozo B.V.

Mongozo (Banana)Mongozo (Banana)
51 Ratings
Mongozo (Banana)Mongozo (Banana)

Brewed by:
Mongozo B.V.

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Naerhu on 11-01-2003

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2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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2/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of Mora2000
2.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is definitely heavy on the banana. I also get a little grain, but banana is the star of this show.

The flavor is sweet, syrupy bananas with some sugar added.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of olradetbalder
1.75/5  rDev -43.7%

Photo of biboergosum
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

330ml bottle, 3.6% ABV, and BB June 2013 - that's got to be the sugar, eh?

This beer pours a hazy, equally cloudy, pale straw colour, with one finger of thin foamy white head, which leaves a few late to join the sinking party specks of lace around the glass in the process.

It smells just like those banana peanut-shaped candy of my youth and various Hallowe'en excursions - sweet marshmallows, and saccharine, chemically-enhanced banana essence, period. Not much else, unfortunately. The taste is more of this best-forgotten childhood sugar indulgence - with some enhanced candy sugar notes, for shits and giggles, and some mild leavening hops to further confuse matters.

The carbonation is very sedate, the body sickly syrupy in its perfunctory medium weight status - the smoothness rating falling under the same caveat. It finishes sweet, 'fruity', and more sweet - the somewhat expected beer components really overburdened by the guest ingredient.

I'm not really that against banana flavours, as my experiences with wits and hefeweizens can attest, but this just takes the cake - fake fruit candy manifested as a 'beer' - blah. Not for this camper.

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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of mishi_d
3.47/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of elricorico
3.47/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale orange colour with lots of bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. Had a thin white head that fell away to leave only a ring. Looks alright.

The smell is banana chips and candy sugar. A touch of grape is tossed in there and there seems to be an underlying citrus aroma. Mostly bananas though, and I like the smell of bananas.

Woah, not exactly what I expected. Taste is interesting to say the least. Sweet then tart then sweet again. Banana underlies the flavour but a sticky candy sugar is the real finisher here. The citrus is stronger in the taste than it is in the smell, giving almost an orange zest flavour to the drink. Unique.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thicker, sticky like a syrup. The beer starts with an almost cola level of carbonation, but it settles down rather quickly. Average at best.

If you have a sweet tooth, and like banana, then this is a very easy drinker. However, as much as I like banana, I find the sugar a little bit overdone.

Not bad, but not something I'd have often. Tone down the sugar and this would be a nice treat.

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Photo of Squelch
3.8/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Crystal clear. No head. Straw colored. Beautiful

Smell: Wonderful aroma of banana here

Taste: Wow. Totally banana flavored sweet liqueur. This is a very interesting beer. traces of apple in here as well.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and sweet. Slightly tingly due to carbonation

Drinkability: i can only have one of these at a time but this is a very different and interesting beer.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.05/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a 330ml brown bottle, cool wood carving picture on the yellow label, gold foil around the neck and cap, and best before date marked on back label. Pours out a hazed bright pale golden, head recedes immediately to a ring. Wow! The banana on the nose is intense, very sweet, very overpowering. Flavour is sticky sweet banana as well, with a rich, pleasant aftertaste of, you guessed it, banana. Full bodied mouthfeel up front, becomes oily on the palate. Very easy to tell that this was crafted with love, I'll definitely try this again, but couldn't drink more than one in a sitting. Something definitely worth trying at least once.

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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
2.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33 cl bottle. Into Floris fruit tall pilsner glass. Drank at Huyghe brewery. I suppose they brew it for another company. Straw color. High clarity. Aroma of sweet banana. Ripe. Overly ripe. Taste sweet banana. Pretty much too sweet. A little sugary, would be highly drinkable for some but not myself. Interesting however. 

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Photo of vinicole
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of qrazvan
3.16/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A lot a banana flavour. A bit sour after. For fruity beer lovers mainly.

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Photo of Absumaster
2.15/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is produced for the Fairtrade organization. This way one supports the poor farmers in third world countries by giving them an honoust price for their products.

The beer pours a murky orange color with no head. It looks like unfiltered apple juice.

Smell was 100% banana, like the banana candy. To me this smells very artificial and way too dominant to be real. Further smells are covered by this banana vomit smell.

Taste is, you have guessed already, BANANA! Wow, this is no beer, this is banana juice. And to make this even more true, this is tooth-aching sweet! On top of that there is absolutely no carbonation, which makes it even less drinkable.

I am sorry for the poor farmers, but this is a one-time-only beer for me.

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Photo of BigBry
4.04/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml brown bottle with gold foil, best before Aug, 05 clipped into back label. It's banana alright, if you are expecting a strong beer flavor with a hint of fruit forget it. Pours a yellow gold color (not really the 'yellow color of ripe bananas' described on the website). Small foam with little carbonation. It is all banana - strong sweet aroma, and full on banana taste. Syrupy, but not as artificial tasting as I might have thought. Very unique product, so got a bit higher rating than other fruit beers. Dessert beer, over ice cream, etc. would be great. A bit pricey, but will sneak a glass of this to the "non-beer" freinds and see what they think.

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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Sigmund
1.12/5  rDev -64%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

330 ml bottle, now available in Norway (ULTRA stores a.o.). ABV here is 4.5%. Hazy golden colour, moderate creamy head. INTENSE aroma of "banana split" toffees, pleasant at first whiff, then VERY unpleasant sidenotes of vomit and chemical waste take over. Sickly sweet artificial (allegedly NATURAL, "fair trade" even - good grief!) over-ripe / rottening banana flavouring. A truly disgusting beer! It was expensive, so I forced myself to finish the glass. Urk! Blah! etc. Been there, done that. Never, never again

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Photo of tjd25
3.82/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer supposedly follows an ancestral African recipe. Fair trade bananas are used in the brewing process, and the fair trade products represent 69% of the ingredients of the beer.

Little head, pale golden color. The smell was clearly bananas, more something like artificial bananas, candy-like. Some sour in the smell too. The carbonation was more similar to soda than to beer.

The taste is enjoyable, very sweet, with lots of bananas. They didn’t lie, it’s a banana beer. A very pleasing mouthfeel, maybe too sweet for some palates, but ok for mine. Kind of artificial, but not too artificial.
In my opinion, the slight touch of hop in the aftertaste mixed very well with the overwhelming banana flavor.

There’s no comparison with the Chapeau banana beer: I couldn’t finish the 11oz bottle of the Chapeau, but I wouldn’t mind having another Mongozo. A special and interesting taste, but I wouldn’t drink that every day either. Still good.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
1.7/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Picked up a various three pack one of each style.
Pours hazy golden color soft with a white head that leaves quickly
Smell is powerfully sweet banana, let me get up it just knocked me over.
Taste is super sweet bananas. It taste like someone didn't like beer so they went and got a concentrated banana extract and poured it in a normal pils.

It's basically a flavored malt beverage like smirnoff. I'm not digging it at all.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
2.86/5  rDev -8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours with plenty of carbonation yet hardly any head. Like soda. Color is clear and nearly like water. Dirty water. Nose is all banana cream pie. Has some malt complexity in the flavor and the yeast adds a separate fruity element aside from the banana, but this is banana-dominated. Tastes exactly like a banana Runt (the candy) but in liquid form. Or, as if someone added banana runts to ginger ale. Interesting, and I think I'll be able to finish the bottle, but this is not my thing. Not only too syrupy sweet, but it does so in a fashion that the drinker can barely discern anything else going on here. There's certainly better dessert, sweet, girly, whatever you want to call them beers available. This is probably one to pass on.

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Photo of paterlodie
2.45/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not that much of a head and before you can notice already gone. beercolor is yellow and clowdy.
Nose is banana and much more banana overwelming every other arome this brew maybe has. Taste is as nose is but with this overwelming banana arome an enormous sweetness what is again the only thing noticable. As mouthfeel is only sweet and banana like with carbonisation in this banana. Undrinkable to me but mabey suited for somebody that likes banana and is not into beer.

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2.25/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of Sam-VW
3.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from Bottle into Fullers Honeydew glass

A - yellow colour with thin head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing

S - Lots of bananas, candy sugar, very sweet malts

T - initial taste of banana which fades to a very malty kick with a touch of bittering pine. Finishes dry

M - initially very carbonated on the tip of the tounge but then goes down smoothly, but dry. If you're into this sort of beer this is a session beer for you.

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Photo of Domingo
3.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at an Ethiopian restaurant in Amsterdam.
Looks just like a typical Hefe, but a little more filtered.
Smell is faintly hefe-like but with a TON of sweet bananas covering up anything clove related. Some of it is the typical banana-like hefe esters, and some of it is clearly fruit or fruit flavoring.
Flavor is very sweet. A little bit of wheat mixed in with a whole lot of banana flavors. A little bit a creamyness in the back end.
Mouthfeel is a little thin, but it heads up nicely in the beginning and doesn't go flat quickly.
Drinkability varies on how much sweetness you like.
I thought this was pretty good, but it's nothing I'd drink daily. Makes for a terrific dessert drink or something you try on occasion.
I wonder if you can find this in the US?

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