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
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