Yuengling Raging Eagle Mango
When I first heard that Yuengling was brewing up a fruity beer, that caught my attention. The company’s image is America’s Oldest Brewery and they stick to pretty traditional varieties – a lager, a pilsner, a porter. I went looking for this Yuengling mango beer and it’s a new product positioning for the brewer. It’s called “Raging Eagle” and has a logo like a football helmet.
Raging Eagle Mango Beer is also not available in bottles – just 24-ounce tall boy cans – or what some lovers of big beer cans call a “silo.” Yuengling’s other brews run between 4% and 5.5% ABV. Raging Eagle Mango hits 6%. This new Yuengling might not be aimed at the traditionalist and more at folks who want to get some beer in them quick and easy.
On the pour, Raging Eagle is a standard yellow. Like Bud or Miller, maybe a touch brighter, and like most American pilsners, there’s a white sudsy head that quickly goes away. You definitely get that whiff of mango. Time to taste. It’s sweet, but not crazy sweet like those malt liquor margaritas. A bit of bitterness from the hops helps keep it balanced. I suspect you want to keep this pretty cold or the “natural mango flavor” could get perfumy.
Raging Eagle isn’t a sweeter White Claw or a Smirnoff Ice. It’s definitely a beer, but it’s more a tailgating beer than a sip-and-savor. You could throw ice cubes into Raging Eagle without shame. I expect we might be seeing more flavors of Raging Eagle down the road.