jgb9348 (4751) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 11, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Super cloudy, alright - opaque orange coloured body with a thin white head. Aroma of potent mangoes, hops, coriander seed and a bunch of wheat and yeast. Medium-bodied; Strong fruity flavour up front of mangoes and apricots fades to a potent fake sugar flavour that just reminds you of aspartame and then fading to a sour pungent fruit flavour - very interesting and complex throughout. Overall, pretty complex and shows nice flavours, but some of the flavours are way too off for me. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Bottleworks in Seattle, Washington on 25-April-2009 sampled in Reston, Virginia on 10-July-2009.
Skyview (5215) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Received 22-oz bomber via trade with 5000. Pours a semi-hazy golden straw colored brew with a decent size white head that has some nice retention and excellent lacing. Aroma of golden grain malt, some tropical fruit, mangos, banana esters, a hint of clove and some yeast. Taste is medium bodied, some carbonation with flavors of multi-grain golden malt, sweet tropical mangos, banana esters and a hint of yeast. Finish is slightly spritzy, with a short lived mango and banana aftertaste that quickly disappears.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazed dark straw color with a moderate white head. Sweet wheat and mango aromas. If this one gets too warm, it really does start smelling like over-ripe mango and nears an over bearing scent. Flavors of sweet fruit, with mango and banana. Some light wheat and hint of cloves. Fairly thick in feel. Finish and linger again are dominated by mild fruit and wheat. Please drink cold.
argo0 (11555) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 3, 2009
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
(2nd Shenandoah Throwdown, 22oz bottle, thanks yobdoog) Medium white head atop cloudy orange body. Aroma is moderately sweet, perfume/mango, light clove. Taste is medium sweet, mango, light clove. Light-medium body, light stickiness, light effervescent/acidic.
Pastor (796) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
Serving type: bottle
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Aroma yeasty with tropical fruit, more tangerine/peach to me than mango, but pretty nice fruit tones, though a bit on the sweet side. Flavor is again yeasty, though more bready and wheaty now, with a generally citrus overtone. A bit lightly-carbonated-juice-like in palate. I still kinda enjoyed it...
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not impressed with this beer. Did not have much mango flavors at all. To me it tasted more like Oragina. Not a beer for me
LilBeerDoctor (3497) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (labeled "Trade Route"). Pours a super cloudy orange with a small white head. Kind of looks like grapefruit juice or something. Aroma is very juice-like (citrus fruits) but indescript. Flavor is sweet and still juice-like sort of like watered down OJ, maybe some prunes, tangerine, and mango too. Certainly very fruity with hardly any noticeable malt flavors. Consistency is actually similar to a glass of pulpy OJ with the yeast. This wasn’t as bad as I was expecting...but still not a very good beer.
notalush (4872) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber, labeled as "Trade Route Mango Weizen" - I bought this one because it sounded interesting, and I was looking for something light and refreshing for this weather - turbid, fizzy pour, with a head that disappears completely shortly after the pour - tangy, wheaty aroma, with notes of hard to identify fruits - light, refreshing and tangy, even a little tart - quite a bit of orange, lemon, and lime - a bit of yeastiness and wheat through the middle - the mango finally comes out in the finish, along with some notes of melon rind - it’s a refreshing beer, and a creative take on a weizen, but as far as the style is concerned, despite its originality, I probably wouldn’t reach for this one again when I want a hefe.
GarrettB (1040) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 11, 2009
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
My first Laughing Buddha beer, the Purple Yam Porter, is a hard one to follow-up. Indeed, the Mango Weizen seemed something like an after-thought. The brewers were busy celebrating the creation of their fantastic yam-based drink when a guy from marketing rushes in, frantically waving his arms and sputtering something about “product expansion.” They eventually translate this block of sounds into English, which suggests that maybe they should make more than one beer. So they reluctantly put their industrial garb back on and get back to the tanks, cranking out the spiritless Mango Weizen. It’s a tangerine colored beer, fashionably bald, and yet riddled with bubbles. The aroma is light and sweet, shouting with tangerine and whispering a little mango, lime, graham crackers, and then even more tangerine scents to bracket the package. This, I appreciate. But this volume of flavor falls on deaf ears for the palate, where a thin whine of tangerine races past the palate before disappearing. Not only does this not taste very much like mango (I had one nearby for comparison’s sake) but what flavor exists is hurriedly pushed past the palate into oblivion before my taste buds can say “Huh?” A good attempt, but nowhere near the same level of satisfaction as the purple yam porter.