Blue Moon has been around for a while now, since 1995. They started small and are now owned by Tenth and Blake Beer Company, the craft and import division of MillerCoors. So, they might not technically be a small time brewery anymore but that doesn’t matter with us. They make beer. We drink beer. We review beer. Up for review today is Blue Moon Mango Wheat.
Mango Wheat pours similarly to the Blue Moon you know. This version has a little more orange tint to it but you still get that hazy look of a wheat beer with the thick, foamy, white head. The aroma was mango all the way through. It is strong and doesn’t allow many other ingredients to come through on the nose.
The first sip is mango first and foremost, followed by more mango, then finished with a slight wheat flavor that is overtaken by mango. Mango is a unique fruit. It can be too subtle or it can dominate the profile and this dominates. If you like mango this is right up your alley. There is hardly any beer flavor at all and it tastes more like a mango soda than it does a beer. The dry finish is the only real tell-tale sign that you drinking an alcoholic beverage. It feels medium-bodied in the mouth with moderate amounts of carbonation. The head reduces fairly quickly but there is a thin foam head on top as you drink but very little lacing on the glass.
Overall, this is pretty good for what it is, a mango flavored beer. Hardcore beer drinkers will find the fruit too overpowering. People who don’t like beer might find this to be an acceptable beer to drink. It really will depend on your palate and personal preferences. On a hot summer day this might be great to have at a ballpark, by the lake or ocean, at the pool, or to start off a barbeque or while grilling. If you like mango go for it, if you like beer with hints of flavors you might want to find another alternative. It is a good beer for what it is, a summer beer with lots of fruit flavor.