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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: 171 | 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

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Beer added by: MLegendre on 07-28-2006

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Reviews: 208 | Hads: 819
Photo of tjsprague
3.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am always wary of flavored beers, I find most to be too sweet or fake tasting and this one didn't impress me.

The beer poured a nice light golden color. It is an unfiltered wheat so it was nice and cloudy.

The smell was very orange and tangerine. A strong citrus nose.

The taste was very lackluster. In all honesty my first reaction was "it tastes like bad orange juice with water and High Life". I think i stand by that description. It tasted like watered down orange flavor and weak beer.

The mouthfeel was light and very carbonated, at least in the batch I had.

I was disappointed, I expected better things from this beer and it turned out to have the same pitfalls as most flavored beers.

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Photo of Nick3
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured a 1.5 finger head that dies quickly. Cloudy orangish-amber color looks rather intriguing. Smell is what I expected, wheaty with tangerines. Taste is a pretty straight forward, a wheat beer with a tangerine finish. It's a simple beer that is very easy to drink. However, I think I'd get bored with it after a couple.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.97/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lost Coast Tangerine is a hazy and sparkling ale that lingers between light amber and deep gold, with a hue leaning toward peach. It has a small white head that fades to a film and stays put to leave nice lacing on the glass. It has a bright tangerine aroma, with a note of lemongrass. It is medium bodied, quite bubbly and extremely smooth. The finish is clean. Tangerine is quite prominent in the taste. It is moderately bitter and well balanced. It is a nice, sound, refreshing and satisfying wheat ale serving as a backdrop for tangerine. There is a clean, short, tangerine peel finish. What a great idea. Rather than just trying to emulate citrus with hops, they just went for it.

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Photo of Azumel
3.54/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While I usually don't enjoy fruity beers, it was on tap and something new so I figured I'd give it a try. Very nice smelling, light and easy to drink beer. It didn't seem like many fruit flavored beers that taste like beer with some fruit extract dumped into it after the fact, was a well blended combination and a pleasant suprise. I wouldn't want more than one of these, but it is a beer that I would try again.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
2.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle tried 3 Sep 2008.

Minimal white head. Moderate carbonation. Very cloudy peach tea color. Aroma of tangerines. Tastes like a citrus barley club soda. Dry beginning but finishes sweet and fruity. Chewy body.

Wheat and tangerine are delivered more or less as advertised. Not sure if that's a good idea though.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from River's Bend.

A - Poured a clear orange color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

S- Moderate tangerine and wheat aroma.

M - Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation.

T - Medium sweet flavor with a medium fruity citrus sweet finish of moderate duration.

D - Refreshing soft fruit brew that met my expectations.

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Photo of lolwut
3.56/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- No freshness date. Pours semi-opaque red-orange. One-finger head dissipates easily.

S- Most points are earned by the aroma- very rich citrus smells, including grapefruit, orange, lemon, and, of course, tangerine. Very inviting.

T- The citrus seemed out of balance, overpowering the wheat. I'll give the brewer the benefit of the doubt and assume that's the point, and that this is supposed to be a fruity beer for drinkers who might not necessarily like beer. Not sure if that's a good thing, but if it keeps just one more person from drinking a Smirnoff, I'd say it's worth it.

M- Very clean, crisp, light, citrusy, etc.

D- Way easy to drink, unless you find the strong fruit taste to be on the offensive side, which I did. Grapefruit is also not a favorite of mine, and by the end of the 22 oz it was getting very tiring. Some overtly fruity beers (Read: New Glarus Rasberry Tart) I can drink all day, but not this one.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.61/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a perfectly clear coppery color with an orange overtone when put up against a white backround. Points were lost here on the head, as there wasn't any to speak of other than a fizzy finger-width's worth that noisily disappeared quickly. Looks like it's well carbonated and there's no lacing to speak of.

S- I could really smell the tangerine notes on this beer, along with other prominent citrus like aromas- grapefruit, lemon/lime, oranges etc...no malt or hop aromas were noticeable. I actually really like the smell!

T- Tastes just like it smells, but maybe with a little more sweetness than the aroma lets on. Crisp, and refreshing tangerines are prominent....the wheat malt does come through a bit and there isn't really any hopped bitterness detectable.

M- This is light bodied...maybe a little closer to watery than I like but still it's very distinctive. It is quite fizzy, as my initial speculation had suggested, like a spritzer almost. Again, this is very light and refreshing!

D- I really do like this beer, but wouldn't find myself having more than one bottle of this at a time, as the citrus flavors are very prominent and could easily get to be a little too much. However, on a hot day, I might be a little more liberal with this one....overall a decent beer!

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Photo of Voonder
3.26/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange-yellow colour with nice one finger head. Smell - tangerines, kinda fanta smeel, wheaty flavour barely noticeable. Taste - tangerines kill all wheat flavor, but it's still pretty decent beer. It kinda like drinking fanta mixed with beer. Fruity, crispy, refreshing. Interesting stuff. Wouldn't drink this on a regular basis, but I'd have it once in a while on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Shadman
3.54/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Usually not a big lambic fan, but this was advertised as a citrus wheat beer.

Has a hefe look about it only with the haziness. Very bright aprocot in color.

Hmmm...nice rich tangerine aroma.

Decent wheat beer bite followed by a fairly rich tangerine flavour. Ends with a decent, enjoyable citrus-like finish.

Decent if not a tad watery.

As a Lambic, I really liked this one. The tangerine could be tiresome after 2 or 3, but if I was in a pub in Eureaka I certainly wouldn't hesitate to order a pint or two. Certianly worth a try.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh tap at The Elk Public House, served in a pint glass.

Pours a dirty orange/brown color and is cloudy. A creamy white head caps the brew, but breaks up quickly, leaving little lace on the glass.

Smell is predictably orange. It smells like an orange soda.

Taste is a sweet orange bread flavor. A little dry bitter hop taste on the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Well carbonated like a soda.

A very drinkable brew. Light ad crisp, it would be a great thirst quencher on a hot day.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 22 oz. brown bomber. Bubbley, spongy off-white head that starts to settle immediately after the pour. Cloudy peach hue in appearance when held to light.

Even though it smells a bit artificial, I'm really digging on the tart citrusy tangerine aroma wafting up off of this stuff, it's both inviting and appealing.

Small tart wheat up front, blends well with the lemon zest citrus that tends to be more predominant, while a mild floral tangerine pops up near the front, and then shortly after the finish. Aftertaste is tart wheat and citrus, mild weedy hops.

Mouthfeel is mostly carbonation, maybe a bit too much, but helps make this a refreshing flavoured wit.

In the end it's an okay flavoured wit, I was hoping for more tangerine as was promised in the aroma, but as a result doesn't stand out too much from the throngs on wheat and wit beers with similar flavour profiles and no extras added.

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Photo of watchnerd
3.82/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber bottle.

Poured into a 250 ml chalice glass I picked up at Biere Culture on Champs Elysee, Paris.

Color is golden orange, like a rich dark cheddar color. Not much of a head or lacing, but the scent of tangerines is unmistakably present, although with the barest hint of wheat and hops.

Bottom line: it's a tasty combination, and if you like fruit lambics, you'll probably like this. Much better than the blueberry wheat beers out there. Would be even better with a bit more carbonation, a thicker head, and more mouthful.

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Photo of mullenite
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured almost no head and left almost no lacing. Looked a bit like orange soda in the glass, very nice orange color but that is about as far as the looks went.

Smelled strongly of tangerines with a little wheat in the background. Tangerine was the major factor in the smell and that followed through in the taste. Mainly tangerine with very little wheat. Almost too sweat, I really wanted more of that wheat flavor to better balance the tangerine.

Mouthfeel was good, light carbonation and a clean finish. Pretty easy to drink if you like the taste.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.19/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

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Photo of MMAJYK
2.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Dingy orangish gold color, no head or lacing but lots of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. If a beer could look carbonated, I'd say it would look like this.

S- Orange/tangerine up front, a little bit of a wet basement smell too. I can't get much more than that. I would say this is definitely a unique smell to be nice.

T- Holy shit. This beer TASTES like a moldy basement. Some oranges thrown into a basement and forgotten about for a year or two is about as close as I can get. Not good...

M- Thin and high carbonation.

D- I hope I got a bad bottle. If not, this is really not a good beer.

Still, I gotta give props to my man, hurleymanvw, for bringing this one back for me and my girlfriend on their recent trip. She actually didn't mind it at all; I just couldn't bring myself past the basement thing. Take all this with a grain of salt, it's probably just me.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At homebrew club's hybrid and blonde style meeting.

A - Golden, moderate white foam, dissipates fast.

S - Tangerine and malts.

T - Tangerine and malts.

M - Slightly carbonated, but naturally well balanced from tangerine pith. I want to say that Lost Coast accounted for the pith bitterness and added less hops. Good on them. Good balance.

D - Good, real refreshing for a fruit beer.

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Photo of Drew966
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tangerine Wheat pours a hazy orange color with an off white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma does a pretty good job of capturing tangerine, it's not all sweetness, there is some rind too. The body is very light, there is a nice tangerine flavor and a fair bit of wheat in the aftertaste. I would disagree with those reviewers who think this tastes like orange soda, it never really gets very sweet. Pretty good summer beer. Recommended.

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Photo of tpd975
2.65/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a bright golden orange color with a nice tall fizzy head. The head dies as fast as it rises leaving a rather flat looking drink. No lace at all.

S: Nice light citrus flavors consisting mostly of orange and tangerine. Light yeasty aroma as well.

T: Yuck. Not a fan. Fake tasting tangerine with wheat. Very floral, taste like I am eating a flower dipped in imitation tangerine.

M: Rather light and sort of flat despite a steady stream of bubbles.

D: Nah, a bomber is way to much of this one, three ounces is too much to be honest.

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Photo of dbONE
4.37/5  rDev +32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a standard pint.
The cup runneth over with the explosive white head as it falls out of the bottle forming a peaceful golden body releasing and aroma
of strong orange blossoms. This carries over to the essence of tangerine that latches on as you roll up for the first sip.
As you except this first sip your taste buds pick up the wheat that is well masked behind the citrus storm. The citrus tingles the tongue as it rolls across and falls away. The head really doesn't have time to fade away into the glass because the beer in the glass isn't in there very long. This is a light drink that sit at only 5%, perfect for the hot summer day, one after another. This is also a great breakfast for those weekend mornings you want to start early.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

07/17/08- Purchased at Ledger's in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness information. Poured into my Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

Appearance- Clouded and yeasty deep golden pour. Samll to mid range yeast particles. About a 1/2 inch head upon pour which fades to nothing in a snap. Leaves absolutely no lacing..looks fairly lifeless.

Smell- Certainly not fresh tangerine juice. More like a can of orange crush with some yeasty scents and maybe a touch of powdered sugar.

Taste- Tastes like tangerine, but as in a flavoring extract rather than actual juice. No banana, clove or anything like that. Pretty much just flavoring and wheat.

Mouthfeel- About the right amount of carbonation...mild fake fruit aftertaste.

Drinkability- It was quenching, but really didn't come anywhere near hitting the mark. Would not really recommend.

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Photo of flexabull
3.44/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This has become a very popular beer out here in Northern Cal. And now it's bottled. This really competes well with the like of Blue Moon. I have friends that really like it. Me? We shall see...

Pours a pale and hazy gold color with a very faint head.

Aromas are of oranges and tangerines. Not all that beer like, but it does smell pleasant.

Taste is very fruit forward as well. Beer tastes thin and crisp. Some citrus flavors, mostly that tangerine flavor. Finish is a bit creamy, but also kind of flat.

Mouthfeel is weak, thin, and a bit overcarbonated feeling. Not terrible, but not great either.

Drinkability is good. This is a refreshing and easy to drink "summer like" beer. Especially nice on a really warm day. But I wouldn't want more than a couple.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
2.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light orange with decent, yet fizzy head. Smell, as you would have guessed, is all tangerine or orange. Taste is about the same. Taste like you would guess, a wheat beer with tangerine flavoring. I do have to say I dont mind an orange slice in a hefe every now and then and this was similar to that, just similar though. Mouthfeel was light and crisp due to the high carbonation. Overall I cant say this was terrible, but I probabyl wont seek it out again. I think if they toned down the tangerine and added some body to it, it could be a great beer.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden hue with a nice white head. Color and inability to see through it much resembles that of a Hefe Weizen through had very minimal lacing.

Smell: Overbearing of tangerine. Lost Coast was not very subtle about naming this one. Next time they should just label all their drinks "Beer" You could smell very little wheat and the citrus undertones overcame any indication of alcohol.

Taste: Simply put just like a tangerine. This shouldn't be in a bottle, this should be in a Hi-C carton for adults to pack in their lunch. If you are a big fan of girly drinks, this beer is for you.

Mouthfeel: Light to Medium carbonation, easy on the palate and goes down unsurprisingly smooth. Thick enough to really grasp the taste and syrupy enough so that there is no change in aftertaste.

Drinkability: Has very high easy drinkability with little resistance to any flavor that isn't tangerine. Honestly disappointed with this beer since Lost Cost makes it. Think about using this beer to make punch at parties to add a kick to it or use it for baking.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

$3.49 for a 22 ounce bottle at La Bodega in Riverside, CA., in May 2008.

Pours a slightly cloudy orange (the color it should be for this beer), with a lot of carbonation.

Aroma is citrus, tangerines, sweet oranges. Flavor is more of the same. No real complexity, almost like a spritzer with orange flavor and a touch of alcohol. Not very beer-like, honestly. But I will say that this is one of the easiest drinking beers I have had in a very long time. It's a moderate temperature day, and I think I would kill for one of these after a hot day working in the yard.

As other reviewers have stated, it may be very simple, very orange soda like in its character, but give it dues for its drinkability.

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