Mango Wheat | Anchor Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
anchorbrewing.com

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
We are excited to present our refreshingly unique craft-brew, Anchor’s Mango Wheat™; an ale made with sunripened mangoes. Mangoes (Mangifera indica) are native to southern Asia, but Californians have enjoyed fresh mangoes since the 1850s. In 1857, Wide West reported that the mango “is at once the richest and most delicate of all fruits, and all other fruits are comparatively insipid beside its intensity of taste. There is something in it which is nothing less than voluptuous.” Anchor’s Mango Wheat is a crisply refreshing, effervescent, golden ale that highlights the delectable character of this singular fruit: Brightness without sharpness, fullness of flavor without heaviness, tropical aroma without pungency, and complexity without cacophony.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
152
pDev:
12.04%
 
 
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5
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45
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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 152
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 vintage; drank 3/28/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through pale orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big white head; strong, frothy lace.

Peach, mango & wheat notes in the nose.

Thin mouthfeel.

Dry peach & mango flavors up front; wheat & a faint carbonation bite on the finish.

A nice, fruity session vibe; I'd have another, especially on a hot summer day.

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Photo of MKV
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

Clear golden color. Decent head. Luscious, heavy mango on the nose. Heavy carbonation but very thin body. Poor mouthfeel. Mango flavor is well enough balanced with wheat notes but both are pretty light. Well balanced bitterness.

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Photo of monkist
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am kind of disappointed with this one, actually the first one from Anchor that was sort of a letdown. Not for the quality of course as they are making superb stuff but for this mango thing. I love mangoes but this one is mango "flavored." Claims to be naturally though but its still kimd of cheesy, kind of like candleway, a bit artificial. I would prefer mango in my juice not in my beer - or if in my brew then I'd rather put it in the wort as like Sierra did it with blood oranges, which was cool. Next I will have their Blood Orange Golden Ale, let's see how stoked it can be.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Almost clear deep golden color with off-white head. Aroma is mostly grainy and malty with a vague fruity note and some yeast esters. Taste follows on the same note. Very light fruit flavor, generic malt sweetness with a light hop bitterness on the finish. Medium body with medium plus carbonation. It's a very tame beer, I expected a bit more fruit character.

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Photo of mynie
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pretty pour. Dark golden amber with a medium-sized head.

Mango aroma is intense enough that I can smell it at arm's length. It's very rounded and smooth and organic-seeming. Not much by way of wheat beer complexities but the fruit is nice enough to carry the aroma by itself.

Tastes surprisingly complex, beery, and good. The aforementioned mango nodes fill the beginning of the sip, but they move quickly into bready and yeasty wheat beer flavors and end with some peppery wheatmalt. The mango colors all of the beer, yes, but it does not blot out it's beeriness. And, unlike most (lesser) fruited wheat beers, this one is full bodied and the flavor doesn't drop off at the end. It's a fruited beer that... gasp... is made for people who actually like beer!

I was really surprised to see this on the shelf. Not only is it out of character for Anchor, but its branding breaks radically with their core lineup. Other brewers might have created some kind of fake subsidiary to distribute it. Anchor is proud of their product, though, and they damn well should be. It's excellently brewed.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a glossy burnt yellow to soft orange color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Not much lace.
The aroma had some sweet mango puree' pulling in some sweet wheat and sweet grass.
The flavor was all about the mango and coming across in a semi-sticky manner in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate. Some cloying effects show their presence along my tongue.
Overall, I like the aroma the best about this. but it needs more balance in the flavor (a little more wheat would help pull down that overly sweet portion). Cloying part doesn't help either.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Mango and wheat lead the aromas with mango dominant. There are traces of caramel and hop aromas in the background.

L: It's a brassy gold pour with a slight haze, streams of rapidly rising bubble and a 1" white foam cap with moderate retention.

T: Wheat to light biscuit and sweet mango lead the attack followed up by a refreshing bitter finish. The mango is medium to medium high, hop bitterness is medium and wheat is medium to medium flow.

F: It has a medium body and medium high carbonation.

O: This is refreshing beer with an interesting blend of flavors.

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Photo of theBubba
2.05/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

At $3.99!! a six pack for an Anchor beer, I had to grab this even though my inner self said west coast...be careful. So in effect what could have been a nice fruity weizen turned out to be another hop-centric bitter mess. Drank one and gave the rest away to an unsuspecting beer buddy who may actually be able to drink it. It did pour with a nice golden color and rich head that led me to great expectations. Phooey!

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A moderate pour from a 12 ounce can into a nonic pint glass yields a snow white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice sheen of lace and some sticky clumps. The beer is a pale amber color, slightly hazy, with low carbonation.

I can really perceive the mango in the aroma, but the flavor is more subtle with a good deal of balancing bitterness. Definite notes of mango mingle with some citrus pith and perhaps a bit of fruity orange to suggest a sweetness that is perhaps more perceived than real. The bitterness settles on the tongue and lingers into the finish, which is crisp and semi-dry.

Another refreshing summer offering from Anchor. I bought this as a single can for about $1.75.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In other reviews, I said Anchor's secret to success was its experiments were incremental, not extreme.
Mango Wheat is neither. Not incremental because this is quite different than the 27 different beers I've Had. And Mango Wheat is not extreme because, well, wheat doesn't lend itself to extreme.

But, Mango Wheat is refreshing; and that is half of its job.
The other half is to hang together to the end... and it does this well enough. While surprisingly clear and no foam, the aroma and taste are consistent while it finishing as refreshing as it was in the initial attack. Staying power, yet delicate.
A good ale. Try it when it is hot... or you are.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of a make a 6-pack from Foodland $10.99
Light, clear golden color
Light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Smell of mangoes
Sweet, slight hint of mangoes, clean, refreshing taste
Overall a nice beer.

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Photo of zac16125
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can
No bottling dates


A: Pours a crystal clear straw yellow, lots of carbonation bubbles, large white head that has good retention, leaves a few small patches of lacing. 4.25

S: Aroma is fruity, very sweet, mango is definitely there, some wheat. 3.5

T: Taste is lots of wheat, some fruity sweetness including mango, subtle balancing hops. 3.5

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium body, carbonation on the moderate side, drinkability is ok. 3.75

O: I honestly don’t like it very much, but I don’t think its a bad beer, and I think they accomplished what they set out for so I think my ranking is fair. Certainly not my cup of tea (or beer) though. 3.5

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger white head which settles into a thin creamy patch.

Smell: A juicy and grainy aroma with a scent of mango and wheat grains. Upfront scent of mango juice along with hints of orange, apricot, and peach. Malt hints of wheat, grains, and cracker with yeast. A pretty solid juicy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and grainy taste with notes of mango juice and wheat grains. Juicy taste of mango juice along with other fruit notes of apricot, orange, and peach. Bready malt notes of wheat, grains, and cracker along with some yeast. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty good fruit Wheat beer. Nice juicy mango and citrus flavor with the wheat.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy gold with a full to huge white head. Does mark each drink nicely. Fruit but not necessarily mango aroma with the wheat background.
The mango taste is leans more tart than sweet, which is not what i think of for mango, and it is more generic as well. The carbonation is with prickly and elevated. There is a flat vanilla like flavor that lays on the tongue heavy towards the end. Not that appealing.
Nonetheless, a middle of the road summer Am. wheat ale that is easy to kick back in heat.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, no can dating. Pours slightly hazy golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of mango, peach, apricot, lemon, orange peel, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of mango, pale malt, and citrus/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of mango, peach, apricot, lemon, orange peel, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Moderate herbal/spicy/citrus peel bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of mango, lemon/orange peel, wheat, cracker, biscuit, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice robustness and balance of mango, pale malt, and citrus/earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance, and no astringent flavors lingering after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a nice fruited wheat ale. All around good robustness and balance of mango, pale malt, and citrus/earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. This was quite a bit hoppy for the style; but was still well balanced and nicely enjoyable.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

How flattering (& how unusual) to have back-to-back reviews with my local, in-person trader, tone77! I try to pick up a seCANd CAN for him in support of his CANQuest (tm) whenever I CAN. It doesn't make my load THAT much heavier. In return, he keeps me balanced with drop-offs of bottles and CANs, often surprising me with his finds.

From the CAN: "From America's first craft brewery."

I have really stepped outside of my CANfort zone this evening, but it has been both enlightening and refreshing. I am beginning to wind it down (up?) with a couple of fruit beers with this being the first. As we should all know by now, nothing happens until the Crack!, but following that is the inverted Glug & then the magic really happens. It began with a rapidly rising head that caused me to have to back down before forming two-plus fingers of dense, eggshell-white head with good retention in the face of tonight's humidity. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was so full-on mango that I was reminded of breakfast on the mess decks during Westpac. We almost always had mangos out & I would eat them like nobody's business, cutting them into oatmeal, grits, eggs, they just worked in everything that we had. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, as I am realizing that so many low-ABV beers are prone to being. It must be part of the price paid for being "sessionable". The taste was unquestionably mango, but not as strong or as prevalent as it had been on the nose. Too bad! I was hoping for a sticky mango experience in my mouth, like the time one of the B-girls was clothed in fruit and we had public sex while she fed me fruit and rubbed fruit all over us. Mango was particularly tasty that night, to wild applause! Finish was dry and refreshing, which I am sure is the idea, but it lacked the Oooomph! to inspire me to do the Mango Wango Tango.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the czar of canned beer, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a deep golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is heavy on the wheat, mango is present. Taste is mango, wheat, not to tart or sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of TX-Badger
2.5/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a mostly clear yellow golden color with white head. Light fruits, but it smells somewhat artificial; follows onto the palate. Finishes with much of the same, very one dimensional.

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Photo of matjack85
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, Illinois as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz can $1.67. No freshness date but their web page says this beer is a spring release and this is still spring so I'm sure it's fresh.

The beer poured a slightly hazy light yellow color with a nice, rocky, 2-finger white head that lasted about 2 minutes and left some small spots of lacing on the glass.

The beer had a bigger wheat smell than a mango smell, but there's definitely mango in here.

Lots more wheat flavor than mango flavor, which was a little disappointing, but it's still a decent spring offering and even has a surprising amount of hops in it, giving it a slightly bitter flavor. Wheaty, fruity, and hoppy - in that order.

Between light and medium in body with medium carbonation.

A refreshing beer, but it needed more mango flavor - especially if you're going to call it Mango Wheat

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Photo of Billolick
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can

Pours hazed lighter amber, lifting a larger light tan head

Artificial sniff of perhaps mango or other ripe fruit

Light, easy drinking andagain ripe tropical fruity...not great, but works as a warm weather, summery kinda quaffer.

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Photo of ZAP
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very fresh mango aroma...not artificial....flavor is also like fresh mangoes....not over sweet or sticky....a bit of a tart finish and a very light, thin body....

I like the fact this tastes like real mangoes were used but it just seems a little too thin and spritzy.

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Photo of KABC
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is hoppier than I would expect from a wheat beer. The smell is very fragrant, both fruity and floral. It has a very light mouthfeel, again not what I would expect for a beer characterized as wheat. Light aftertaste, and the mango is not very pronounced. It is very refreshing though and worth a try.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear medium golden amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint copper and orange highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that reduces to a large patch of mottled medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of tropical/mango and wheat malts with a light aroma of toasted wheat.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of wheat and toasted wheat malts. That is quickly followed by moderate to slightly stronger than moderate flavors of tropical/mango, Finally there is a light flavor of grassy hops which contribute a light amount of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: It is nice because the mango flavors taste like they come from an actual mango not artificial or overly sweet. Easy to drink and refreshing but not a beer that I would run out to get again. Sessionable.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Can picked up at Total Wine in Spokane... Shared with Buckeyeboy... Pours clear golden.. Fluffy white head... Mango is abundant yet balanced.. wheat notes add a sweetness and still finishes pretty dry, very drinkable and approachable... No flaws... Happily drink this one again. Fruit seems stewed with warmth... Drink this one cold.

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Photo of basaywhat
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can. Pours a yellow color with white head. Mango, orange, citrus aromas. Mango, tangerine, bitter orange peel flavors. Not as good as I hoped. Disappointed!

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Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 152 ratings