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Tangerine Wheat - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Tangerine WheatTangerine Wheat

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208 Reviews
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Reviews: 208
Hads: 819
Avg: 3.31
pDev: 39.88%
Wants: 22
Gots: 169 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MLegendre on 07-28-2006

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Photo of anon
1.7/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was iffy on trying this one but thought I'd give it a go anyway. Pours cloudy gold and orange with lots of bubbles and an okay head. And then this brew quickly caves in on itself.

Bubbles dissapear and this beer goes totally flat. Smells strongly artificial and displeasing to the nose, maybe a hint of some lemon zest but the wheat is entirely downplayed by whatever concoction of "natural flavors" was thrown in this.

The taste is a strange wave of citrus including but not limited to aluminum, cardboard, lemon, orange peel, tangerine and other "natural" flavors. The wheat base on this one goes completely out the window and you're left feeling like you bit straight into an unripe tangerine, peel and all. I can't feel a balance whatsoever on this one.

A very sweet beer and very tangerineey but overall a major disappointment for me. I guess if you love tangerines and a lazy base brew then you should give this one a go. I mean, I did.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

-Spiegelau ipa glass. wheat with natural flavors.

A: Washy, dirty white soapy head is quick to dissipate over a dense, coppery orange colored body. Quick release of effervesce, clean topping and clean vessel.

S: Cutie tangerine sweetness, and perfumy. Smells a bit artificial though the label claims otherwise. Good strength, holds its own, but dare i say a bit unmanly?

T: Sweet breakfast juice, tangerine, canned manadrin orange, apricot and pear juice with some sweet pink grapefruit. Light tartness, you can definitly pick up on the wheat backing. Wet juicy tangerine finish.

M: Light bodied, juice like pulp feel, low range carbonation, light tangerine juiciness.

O: Drinks more like a breakfast juice, fruity with hardly any beer taste or flavor. I can literally drink this in place of breakfast juice and not feel guilty. Non beer fans should enjoy this, not bad flavor wise, though just does't have a real beer feel for me.

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Photo of scottwestphall
2.23/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Hugely disappointing. Has zero head and little carbonation.

The smell is that of a non distinctive beer with some orange based cleaner.

The taste isn't horrible but not really good. I am not tasting much of a wheat ale, it's not bready nor is there a hint of yeast. I do get the Orange flavor but like the smell, it seems like someone added a hit of OJ to a Pabst or something.

This is just not that good. Hoping I have one bad bottle because otherwise I am stuck with 5 more of these.

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Photo of Jensen83
4.63/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very refreshing taste with a lovely note of fruit. Like the fact that the fruit taste is not too strong. Very light beer and perfect for the summertime. Since it is so light it's very drinkable and smooth.

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Photo of barczar
3.44/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is somewhat soapy, with a touch of tangerine pith.

Flavor reveals a lot more tangerine presence, with a lightly toasted malt backbone. The tangerine is reprised as pith in the lightly bitter finish.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.28/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tap at World of Beer in Columbus, Easton. The tangerine and citrus aroma is very pronounced, and does enhance the experience. Good choice when in the mood for a citrus beer.

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Photo of Vein95
3.96/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank straight out the bottle.
Looks- partially cloudy, mind you i couldn't see much cause its in the bottle.
Smell- light tangerine peels. Minor wheat.
Taste- medium citrus level, tangerine peel which didn't over power the wheat, which is good.
Feel- full bodied, medium carbonated.
Overall- another good "hot camping summer day brew" which i will be drinking ice cold, i definitely enjoyed it. Its something else besides the "cant hardly taste the blood orange brews out there", well i tasted this tangerine quite well....enjoy.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
2.23/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

The aroma makes a promise that the flavor doesn't keep. Smells like a basket of oranges, but falls flat and comes across as tonic water with a squirt of orange in it.

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Photo of iCica
2.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I had this beer twice. The first was on tap at a local taproom. The second was when I purchased a 22 some weeks later. My first experience was unexpectedly pleasant. It smelled like tangerines, tasted bright and refreshing, and was perfect for the sunny afternoon. My second experience was not so good. I don't know if it was just the bottle, but it tasted like detergent. I couldn't finish it, and ended up dumping the entire thing.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.84/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 5/26/15. Pours a slightly cloudy light amber gold. Normal head volume and retention, excellent lacing.

Outstanding nose of sweet tangerine that has a nice crisp airiness to it over a rich biscuit base.

Light medium body with a smooth texture. Slightly above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is very good. Complexity is slight - it is a flavorful tangerine over a weak biscuit sweetness. Balance is very good. It begins with tangerine over a slight biscuit sweetness that flows into a slightly bitter middle. The finish is a bit crisp and a slight tangerine rind bitterness lingers. Up the flavor intensity and complexity, then this one becomes outstanding. It's got all the right components in balance, just not enough of them.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Tried this on draft this past weekend. Looks very nice, very orange-y. Tangerines definitely appear in the flavor profile, but this beer seems a bit thinner than I was expecting, almost watery. It was good and enjoyable, yet not a world-class beer by any means.

Worth a try... as most beers are.

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Photo of JackDempsy
4.49/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my wife's favorite beer - and she hates beer. I have to keep it in the fridge. So, for those who are not looking for a hoppy, sour, palate destroying taste, this is the beer for you. As soon as you pop the cap, a burst of tangerine smell hits you and then when you are finished, the taste lingers like a wheat biscuit on the back of your tongue.

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Photo of Beer21
1.62/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

When I rate a beer I try to be objective. Even if I don't particularly appreciate a certain style I try to rate it according to other beers in the style that I have tried. I have been to Lost Coast Brewery and it was a great experience. However Tangerine Wheat was anything but great. I hope it was an old bottle or my glass was used to clean a toilet. It was very very orangey but after about a second I had to force a swallow and drain pour the rest. I'll try it one more time and see, but as of this review. Avoid!

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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tangerine Wheat - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this has got a one finer thick finely porous white head,thin lateral lacing, and a hazy light golden body.

I can certainly smell the tangerine, it shines through among all the other very pleasant and refreshing scents I'm picking up with this brew. This smells like summer in a glass to me.

I taste crisp wheat brew elements with the perfect addition of true tangerine flavor. Nothing ade-y or fructose syrupy is present in this brew, just natural and delicious!

Mouthfeel is clean and smooth. I can't hardly tell I just took a hearty swig of beer.

Overall a solid 4.5 for Tangerine Wheat - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe. I was pleasantly surprised by the non-artificiality of the tangerine flavor.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.24/5  rDev +28.1%

West coast, west coast, west coast boyeeee.

Appearance (3.75) : Fluffy vanilla-colored three finger head atop a hazy golden glow of wonder. Opacity about 60%. Head retention is good.

Smell (4.75) : Fresh tangerines, straight from the orchard. (okay, I've never been in an orchard, but I have seen fresh produce...) Yeah, mega tangerine... I mean, it just smells like a tangerine. It should win an award for that. It actually smells like I'm opening a tangerine at the breakfast table. I doubt I'd be able to discern a difference blindfolded between this and the real deal. I'll give it a 4.75 if just for the wow factor. There is a little sugary sweetness behind it, but I'll chalk it up to a really sweet tangerine.

Taste (4.5) : To me this is like drinking a witbier and sucking on a Tic-Tac. Dude, it's that good. It finishes with style and leaves me wanting more. I just want to keep drinking it. Oh, I guess I should be objective here : some wheat and grains, citrus rind, and finishes gloriously with tangerine and/or orange tic-tac. Gotta love beer.

Mouthfeel (4) : Creamy, medium-bodied, lightly carbonated. Ends effervescently dry.

Overall (4.24) : Would I drink this again? Dude, sign me up to buy cases. This is a pleasant beer all around. The smell blew me away, and the taste did little to sway that opinion. Mouthfeel is spot on for the style, and what else is left? The design of the bottle is catchy, too. Tangerine Wheat is fab.

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Photo of hosehead83
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Hazy gold with an airy head of white foam.
Aroma-Big whiff of tangerine
Taste-Pale malt, watered-down tangerine. Flattens out in a hurry. Underwhelming.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.81/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampling right now on 8/4/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a pilsner pint glass.

Pours a slight hazy golden in color with a thin white head. Some sediment is seen in the bottom of the bottle after the pour. Medium/+ carbonation. Some light spotty lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of tangerine zest for the most part and some grains. Lots more tangerine zest flavor for the taste mixed with some grains/wheat. Very slight dry bitter finish that doesn't last at all. Overall, a very decent summer brew.

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Photo of chinchill
3.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub.
Pale golden worth a decent head. Some spotty lacing.

Clear and surprisingly strong tangerine aroma.

While the first sip was best, it did not get cloying and I had no trouble finishing it.

Light body with lively, medium-high carbonation.

O. A bit artificial and a tad too sweet. High grade wine cooler substitute? Still, tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of etownhooligan
3.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Cloudy and burnt orange hue with a half inch head.

S: Strong citrus notes with the sweetness of malt. I also noticed faint hints of wheat.

T: As the smell indicates a strong tangerine hit initially, gradually fades. A bitter aftertaste is left on the back of the tongue, not much sweetness.

M: Light and not as thick as expected. The carbonation can be felt over the tongue, quite tingly.

O: I would not be so quick to buy this next time, but it was not bad. It was worth a try. I will say it was not among my favorites but I have had others I liked less. In short it is worth a try if you are looking for something on a warm pleasant day.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Its name says it all- woven together with the bready-sweet taste of wheat and then cast in a veil of vibrant oranges, it's quite clear that this is as close as ale can come to creamsickles.

Even in its appearance, the hazy golden ale catches a glimmer of orange and peach as it settles into the weizen glass. Its diffused glow gives a charming appearance as a tall column of foam commands the rim like creamy lather. Wishing the frothy character could last longer, the beer trails with broken lace during the first half of the session.

Overtones of oranges fill the nose with creamy, candied and fruit. Its tangerine character is obvious while scents of light bread, grain and leaf slide underneath. Even its grassy hop character seems to come from the leaf of citrus trees as its herbal roundness kicks in.

Those bready sweet flavors aren't gentle- this is a sweet beer- perfect for the tangerine flavor that grows exponentially through the middle palate. Its culmination is highly sherbet-like with its tangy acidity, fructose sweetness and confectionary malt flavor. Its balance is herbal and leafy, given a lemongrass type of bitterness that signals closure to its taste.

Its rich sweetness is kept creamy with bready malts that reluctantly yield its carbonation- further reinforcing its creamsickle character. The ale wavers slightly as its minty warmth grows and its herbal bitterness intensifies- drying the beer tepidly yet allowing sweetness to linger long on the back end.

Easily seduced by the ripe orange flavor, any notion of ale are easy to dismiss. But in the end, the beer is grainy-sweet to a fault and its orange taste becomes way too dominant, not allowing the classic ale-like taste to become part of its story.

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Photo of watermelon
3.54/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Date on the bottle says 10/16/13

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a one finger off white head

S: Very strong tangerine scent and not much else.

T: Follows the nose. With the addition of some slight metallic flavors.

M: Very light and watery mouthfeel. Carbonation is crisp. THere is a faint tartness left on the palette.

O: Its ok I would drink it if it were offered to me, this would make a decent beer for all day drinking.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy apricot color with a fizzy tall head that set up tightly but wafted away.

The scent is a lot of tangerines with what I perceive is to be apricot.

The flavor is a ton of tangerines with apricot but it's so strong that that it could be thought to be artificial. It's nice but perhaps loses the beer like qualities that it should hold.

The feel is nice with a touch of astringency but easy enough to drink.

I believe this to be a beer that is suited to taste. If you are a fan of beers with strong tangerines and apricot sweetness than this is up your alley.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Orange in colour with a small white head. Head fades quickly, some lace.

The nose is all tangerine, smells like juice. There is a wheat scent as well, but it doesn't blend well.

Taste is like the nose. Almost all tangerine, with some wheat and an odd bitterness. The bitterness is jarring and the tangerine overpowering.

Light bodied, highly carbonated. Irritating.

Overall, not a winner. I would rather just have a tangerine.

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Photo of Spikester
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very cloudy golden rose color with one finger of foamy white head that departs rapidly leaving no lace.
Smell is amazing blast of tangerines.
Taste was a bit of a letdown after the great smell. Has some wheat beer qualities but the acids from the tangerine and lots of rind beat the wheat into submission. There is some bitterness from the hops that tends to level the sweetness from the fruit.
Mouthfeel is smooth slightly high carbonation made it a bit prickly on the tongue. Perhaps the acidity from the fruit made it more so.
Overall a pretty good fruit beer on a hot summer evening which it is right now. I think you could do better with a decent wheat beer and squeeze an orange wedge or half a tangerine into the beer.

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Photo of json83
4.8/5  rDev +45%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Smelled orange, tangerine, pulp, orange rind and maybe some citrus hops. Simple, yet good. Got orange, tangerine, orange rind, orange pulp, wheat and grass. Reminded me a bit of an orange creamsicle, orange Smarties and the orange type of dental cleaning powder. Light body. Thin-to-oily texture. Lively carbonation. Astringent, crisp and refreshing finish. A excellent fruit beer not fruity to the extent of disgust. I would highly recommend this seasonal specialty! One of the top on my list under this category. 150 calories per bottle 5% ABV.

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Tangerine Wheat from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
76 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.