LilBeerDoctor (3370) - 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 (4631) - 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 (912) - 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.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 16, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a cloudy golden body with a small white head. Aroma of banana, wheat, and mango. Flavor of wheat, mango, apple, and caramel.
travita (3692) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The smell is musty, very wheaty, citrus, sort of weird, and malts. The look is slightly muddy, ok white head, and golden in color. The taste is wheat, fruits, and not much else.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured a cloudy yellow with a white head. aroma of melon and orange. taste was spice and fruity. very light body and high carbonation.
jkwalking05 (3491) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Cloudy golden orange with a small off-white head. Aroma is of peach, mango, wheat and styrofoam. Taste is of wheat, water, and mango.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, yellow golden pour, smallish head, aroma of wheat, tropical fruits, flavors is same faint tropical fruits
BMan1113VR (7786) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 27, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a small, white head that fades over a hazed yellow body. Aroma of wheat, dirt, mango and banana. Taste is CO2 and fizz, dry watery fruit and wheat. Very fizzy.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a cloudy orange with white head. Aroma of wheat with some citrus. Not much flavor here, some light wheat with a splash of citrus. Mouth feel light-medium, kinda watery though, with high carbonation. Overall, just a weak, watery summer beer....would be ok by the pool!