Beer Tastings: Mango Berliner Weiss—Red Rock Brewing Co.

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Beer Tastings: Mango Berliner Weiss

Temperatures are nearing triple digits in Salt Lake City. It’s a good time to enjoy a slightly fruity, crisp and refreshing Berliner Weiss. Fortunately, one of the city’s longest-running breweries answered the call with its Mango Berliner Weiss.

Tastings - Mango Berliner Weiss - Red Rock Brewing
Red Rock Brewing’s Mango Berliner Weiss is “carefully designed to quench and refresh on hot summer days…”.

Red Rock Brewing Co., which opened shop in 1994, consistently produces tasty beers. And the kettle-soured Mango Berliner Weiss is no exception. It pours a hazy straw/lemon color and features bubbles dancing to the top of the glass. The mango aroma and flavor is subtle, which serves the beer well. Sufficient tartness and hints of lemon and wheat round out this perfect-for-summer beer.

In its tasting notes, Red Rock explains that it “carefully designed (the beer) to quench and refresh on hot summer days, or to brighten life in the dark of winter.”

We’ll take its word for it on the winter part. Right now we’re more than happy to find some shade and cool off with a pint of refreshing Mango Berliner Weiss.

Red Rock: A Utah Craft Beer Pioneer

One of Utah’s early players in the craft-beer scene, Red Rock Brewing Co. consistently delivers tasty (and award-winning beers).

Red Rock Brewing Co. LogoThe brewery’s original brewpub has been a staple in downtown Salt Lake City since 1994. It’s expanded to include brewpub locations in Murray and another near Park City.

As with all local brewpubs in the state, Red Rock offers a variety of 4% ABV beers on draft. It also offers bottles with higher alcohol content, which can be purchased and enjoyed on-site at the brewpub or purchased at a variety of restaurants, bars, and liquor stores throughout the state.

Even more, Red Rock is somewhat known for its creative annual releases — dubbed the “Artist Palette” on its website — such as Rêve, Paardebloem, and Secale.

Mango Berliner Weiss — Red Rock Brewing
Tastings - Mango Berliner Weiss - Red Rock Brewing

Product Name: Mango Berliner Weiss

Product Description: Red Rock Brewing Co.'s Mango Berliner Weiss offers subtle aromas/flavors of mango. It delivers sufficient tartness and crisp mouthfeel. Hints of lemon and wheat are present. Red Rock says the beer was "carefully designed to quench and refresh on hot summer days...".

  • Aroma
  • Appearance
  • Flavor
  • Mouthfeel

Overall Impression

Red Rock Brewing Co. is one of Utah’s craft beer pioneers. It opened shop in 1994 and has two pub locations in the Salt Lake valley (plus a beer store) and one in Park City. Red Rock produces quality beers and its Mango Berliner Weiss is no exception. Subtle mango aroma/flavor and sufficient tartness make for an enjoyable tasting experience. Hints of lemon and wheat are present as well.

  • Aroma: Minimal mango; some lemon and wheat
  • Appearance: Straw/honey color; bubbles visibly jetting to the top of the glass
  • Flavor: Slight mango, lemon, wheat
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied; crisp and slightly puckering

But you don’t have to take my word for it.

Note: The tasting notes format is adapted from a Homebrew Academy Beer Tasting Mastery course I took in 2017.