You’ve got a number of beers that list as ‘fruit beers,’ and tasting them becomes kind of a hunt to discover exactly where said fruit flavor comes in.
Then you get a beer like Mango Wit (Witbier, 5.2% ABV, 18 IBU) from Tallahassee’s Proof Brewing, which is basically like sucking a mango dry.
Honestly, it tastes interestingly close to a radler. Really close, in fact. Proof uses what I can only imagine is a truckload of ripe, organic mango thrown in to the beer with almost ruthless abandon. Seriously, there’s a ton of great mango flavor in this beer, enough to where you might be checking for pulp at the bottom of the can.
Is it a traditional witbier? Not really. That doesn’t mean it’s bad, it just doesn’t feature the more traditional adjuncts of orange and coriander. But the lighter malt bill is definitely there, giving an almost pillowy softness to the beer that works exceptionally well with the fruit.
It’s very refreshing and a fantastic beer to savor and consume. Proof’s distribution foot has definitely grown quite a bit lately, so it’ll be easier to find a six pack.
Or maybe just pick it fresh from a mango tree.
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