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Tangerine Wheat - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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77
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647 Ratings
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Ratings: 647
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 19.82%
Wants: 10
Gots: 58 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MLegendre on 07-28-2006)
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

t0rin0, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with a 1/2 inch orange-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip back into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is a mix of tangerines and oranges with some slight grain aromas. Taste is of intense tangerine up front (fruit and zest) with a wheat aftertaste. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good fruit beer that delivers much more than I was expecting it to.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -11.2%

zestar, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -11.2%

acurtis, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of brentk56
2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with just a wisp of a head that fades away rather quickly without leaving any traces

Smell: Tangerine, no doubt, but there is a hint of unnatural powdered candy, too

Taste: The tangerine flavor builds and builds but the beer ultimately tastes like one of those chewable aspirin tablets I remember from long ago - yuck!

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Couldn't hack the memories of children's aspirin that this beer brought back for me; drain pour

brentk56, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Murky tangerines dipped in golden honey, beneath an attractive French vanilla colored lid. Filtering beer takes away too much of its visual character, so I'm glad it wasn't done here. Although the foam is whipped creamy, it isn't sticky enough to leave more than several splotches of lace. No matter, the beer itself looks great.

Never mind the 'hint of tangerine' as claimed on the label, because the aroma is exploding with juicy fruit. I could even appreciate it when the glass was sitting on the desktop. The scent is natural rather than artificial, which is a plus. There is, however, an undercurrent of children's chewable aspirin, which better not be present on the palate.

It was probably too much to expect that Tangerine Wheat would taste as wonderful as it smells. Unfortunately, a moderate bitterness causes orange-flavored aspirin to dominate the flavor profile. The underlying wheat beer doesn't taste great either. Too grainy and bland.

There aren't any other flavors present, which isn't necessarily a sin in a fruit-based wheat beer. It's simply untoasted wheat, tangerine juice and a few pinches of crushed aspirin. A little more sweetness might have helped for balance's sake... and might have turned it into a pretty decent chick beer... which I've been known to drink on occasion... even though I'm a dude.

The mouthfeel is light, as the style demands, but it doesn't have enough carbonation. It feels thin during the front half of each mouthful and borderline flat during the back half.

Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat sounds like a pretty good idea. Too bad the execution leaves a little something to be desired. Indica IPA and 8 Ball Stout are still this brewery's best.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

BEERchitect, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Texasfan549, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Serious ticking going on here. Thanks Gabriel.

A: The pour is a cloudy orange color with almost no head. Maybe a little bit of white foam.

S: The nose is of sweet citrus, obviously tangerines. It smells overly sweet like candy, sort of like a tangerine lifesaver. Pretty simple and ridiculously sweet.

T: There's more of the same on the tongue. Sweet, sweet, tangerines and candy. There are some undertones of wheat and bread to it, but that's about it.

M: The body is light to medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Just far too sweet to drink any significant amount of. Like drinking melted candy.

womencantsail, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -26%

ygtbsm94, Wednesday at 05:06 PM
Photo of kylehay2004
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: some lacing, murky golden color and half finger head.

S: Mostly tangerine with malt background.

T: Lot of tangerine throughout making this very refreshing from start to finish. No hops really. Mostly wheat background.

M: light body and high carbonation.

Overall: Bascially alcoholic flat fanta. It was good but not what I want from my beer.

kylehay2004, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-copper body with a thin, meager head.

Smell: A bottle politely mentions a "hint" of tangerine, but, damn it, I say there's more than a hint! A lovely, tangerine laden nose is what it is, friends.

Taste: A solid dose of wheat, but it's mainly sweet, juicy tangerines. Sweetish at first, but then it gives way to more citrus and a light, vague bitterness. Citrusy all the way through to the end, babies!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Just when I was griping about a lack of tangerine-based beers Lost Coast saves the day.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a hazy orange color with a nice looking white head on it. The beer doesn't have much lacing. The smell is heavy with tangerine with light aromas of wheat. The taste is very strong with tangerine, it almost tastes like perfume or something. It's a little too strong I think. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing perfect for those days when it's hot out. Overall it's not bad but the flavor is a bit on the potent side.

Knapp85, Jun 15, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this one in a trade with nickd717. Thanks, Nick. I'm sorry to say that I don't quite understand your fervor for this beer.

Appearance: Orange, fizzy and cloudy. The head dissipates in a matter of seconds. It's like pouring soda.

Smell: Tang.

Taste & mouthfeel: Fermented Tang. This literally tastes exactly like Tang, minus the sweetness.

Drinkability: If I had kids, this is what I'd put in their lunchboxes. Personally, I'll stick to beer that doesn't taste like soda.

largadeer, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of zeff80
2.45/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden color with a small, white head of foam. The head was bubbly and short lived. No lacing.

S - It smelled of tangerines. Almost a sweet, candy-like aroma. Little to no wheat aromas.

T - The first four letters of tangerine...Tang. Yes, that orange drink that astronauts took to space. I felt like I was 6 years old again and drinking some Tang after a tough morning of defeating Cobra with my brave G.I. Joes.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A very light bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - If you like Tang, this is a great beverage. If you want a beer, this is not for you.

zeff80, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. "Tangerine, tangerine, living reflection from a dream..."

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden orange hue, with two fingers of rather loosely foamy, bubbly and soapy dirty white head, which fizzles away post haste, leaving a bit of sparse remote islet lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet, almost Starburst-like citrusy tangerine, and some fairly faint and obfuscated grainy wheat malt. The taste is more strong, somewhat zingy and sweetly fruity tangerine, in a somewhat fake fruit juice kind of way, again with a slightly honeyed, grainy, and wheaty backbone, just one not all that appreciable under the specific guest ingredient hegemony. There's also a normal weedy bitterness that seems out of whack with the pervasive fruitiness.

The carbonation is moderate, just a soft, kind of clumsy frothiness, the body a wavering medium weight, in the manner of stale fruit juice, and smooth in the very same vector. It finishes with a still prevalent tangy tangerine-inflected wheatiness, like this was a private couple sort of thing.

Not having this particular fruit (though it's not all that different from navel oranges, IMHO) as part of my diet, it was enjoyable to see it so prominent in the profile of this wheat beer, and tasty enough at that, if you're OK with such brazen simplicity in your doctored brews.

biboergosum, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

SocalKicks, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of nickfl
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours with half a finger of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, copper colored body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Very strong aromas of tangerine, it smells like I just peeled the skin off of a fresh piece of fruit.

T - Sweet malt up front with a bit of spicy wheat and LOTS of tangerine. More citrus juice flavor in the middle and some earthy pith. Things finish up with just a bit of tartness and some wheat as well as more of the pervasive tangerine character.

M - Medium, somewhat creamy body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a very strange beer with some over the top tangerine character. I mean, I expected citrus but this is ridiculous. It really smells like a piece of fruit, which works well in the aroma but not so much flavor wise. It has a weird, orange soda aftertaste that just doesn't do much for me. Not a drain pour, but really not good.

nickfl, May 05, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Kegatron, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

russpowell, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

screw the haters on this one, this beer kicks ass. whether you like fruit beers or not, you have to respect this one. so much flavor! the pour is a relatively standard looking pale wheat color with a lacey but thin white head. the nose is epic, so much tangerine, right from the tree. its acidic and sweet, tangy and robust, its juicy and alive, all at once. its fantastic, and it crowds out any heavy vibes from the wheat malt in both taste and smell. all those aromas carry through to the flavor, which is equally orangey and refreshing. there is no other brew out there this heavy on the tangerine citrus element. its uncanny really. more than enough carbonation, made a little heavy from the left over yeast, but to me this is inconsequential, as the tangerine notes make this beer as light as can be. a perfect spring break lounge chair sipper, winter transformer, or everyday slammer. i absolutely adored this beer, and im sorry to see it rated so low. i think its a rare thing in the beer world to encounter a brew with so much fruit character that isnt sweet or fake. this is really lovely, dont let the ratings throw you off.

StonedTrippin, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of oline73
2/5  rDev -40.8%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at POPE, Philly, PA

I was actually in the mood for a wheat beer this particular day. Served in a ribbed tumbler, a hazy, burnt sienna color with a wispy white head; no real retention or lacing to speak of. Obvious whole tangerine peel in the nose, with a zesty wheat profile. Delivers what it promises in the taste, bready wheat malts, tangerine and more tangerine, from the pulp to the peel, mild pithy bitterness in the finish. Light-medium body, a bit chewy, and moderately refreshing. No surprises here. Not too bad overall.

Rifugium, Jul 25, 2012
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Tangerine Wheat from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
77 out of 100 based on 647 ratings.