Sunday, May 11, 2014

Miami Brewing Shark Bait


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1097) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2014
I poured a 12oz can into a small weizen glass. There was no freshness date. This was sent to me from a friend (thanks, Matt!).

Appearance: Bright lemon-skin yellow hue. Very clear with plenty of carbonation always visible. Pours to a small, white, soapy head which leaves minor lacing and never completely dissipates.

Smell: Light tropical fruits plus some coconut or other dry spices.

Taste: Fruity wheat beers are nothing new, though I can’t think of too many that are flavored with mango like Miami Brewing Shark Bait. Though it’s not a one tricky pony of simply being a mango-flavored beer. There’s a general tropical theme happening here, with an underlying taste of coconut. Neither the can nor the label makes mention of coconut, so it’s probably due to a certain type of hop creating for the coconut flavor. It comes through on the finish, though there seems to be a slightly oily taste as well. The mango accounts for a slight tartness and flavoring, though the beer is not fruity or juicy per se. Otherwise, I pick up some lemony notes and other seasonings you tend to find in summer wheat beers like this. Ironically, I do not get much wheat character and there’s nothing estery about it either like a hefeweizen.

Drinkability: A beer like this is brewed and consumed for its performance value. In other words, Miami Brewing Shark Bait is just as refreshing and light-bodied as you’d expect. The mouthfeel is consistently crisp and finishes clean. I’m surprised it’s 5.3% ABV, though, as the body feels and drinks like something lighter. Is there any reason they can’t bring it down one percent and make it a true session beer? 
Grade: 6/10