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Novice Homebrewer: Batch #4 Kiwit Man Review

My fourth homebrew was Kiwit Man, a kiwi wit aged with mangoes. As a follow up to my last post, the final gravity did not drop below 1.014 as I though it might. However, with the higher starting gravity, this beer came in at 6.1% instead of the target 5.0%, which I was very happy with.

Kiwit Man
The beer pours a golden-orange color with a frothy white colored head that leaves a faint lacing on the glass. A few bubbles line the sides of the glass, and it is quite an attractive looking beer.
The aroma consists of sweet and sticky mango, kiwi, grapefruit, tangerine, wheat, lemon, and orange. It definitely comes off as more bitter than the plain Kiwit recipe calls for, largely due to the addition of chinook hops.
The taste is light and dry with a strong fruity presence. Mango is pretty intense on the tongue with tangerine, orange, and lemon providing citrusy accents. A hint of kiwi lingers in the background before a spiciness surfaces with pepper and spruce. On the tongue, Belgian yeast and wheat is left behind. A faint hint of extract could be tasted in this beer, and it was probably due to the added extract malt. If i were to brew another batch, I would probably back off of the extract a little bit so the fruits could cover the flavor.
The beer is light, fruity, and nicely carbonated for an easy drinking brew. The mango adds a little bit of a thicker mouthfeel to it, and it makes you want to have another one.
This batch yielded 39 bottles, and I spent approximately $65 to make. This doesn’t put it as good of a deal as some of my other ones, but it was definitely worth the price to make it.
I was pleasantly surprised with how this beer came out, and I think the addition of the chinook hops really helped balance the mango sweetness. It was very refreshing and hit other wonderful citrus notes, finishing with a light wit flavor. I would absolutely make this batch again, and it is ready to be imbibed just in time for summer.

Beer Stats
Style: Belgian Witbier
Serving: Bottle
Size: 12oz
ABV: 6.10%
BA Score: n/a
RB Score: n/a

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Written by Jeff Kupko

Jeff is a traffic engineer that loves his beer, and especially loves trying new beer. As a student at the University of Pittsburgh, Yuengling was a staple and the beginnings of liking something better than fizzy yellow water. This has evolved into an entire hobby, with Jeff keeping a blog of all of the beers he tries. Vacations most certainly involve at least one brewery or bottle shop visit to gather a region’s coveted fruits. Now, Jeff has ventured into homebrewing, and there is probably no saving him from being engulfed entirely by beer. While Imperial Stouts and IPAs rank highest in Jeff’s eyes, sours are sneaking up on those styles, and Jeff loves to try all different styles. Find Jeff Kupko on Google Plus

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