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Tangerine Wheat - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Reviews: 213
Hads: 832
Avg: 3.31
pDev: 20.24%
Wants: 23
Gots: 177 | FT: 0
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Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
California, United States | website

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: 213 | Hads: 832
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.01/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Tangerine Wheat poured a semi hazy yellowish orange color with not much head or lacing.
The smell was awesome. One whiff and you were overwhelmed with the lovely essence of the tangerine. The taste was fairly bitter with a good wheat malt to it with a dominant tangerine. it was pretty thin and mildly carbonated. Overall not a bad fruit beer effort.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy yellow with two-finger head that dies quickly and has a very fruity, springy smell. I like fruit beers, and had some hopes for this but it disapoints. First, it is sharp and sour tasting with the overcarbonation. Also, the fruit taste, the "tangerine", feels like I'm drinking a flavored Diet Soda - just a little fake. The beer passes somewhat smooth and finishes clean, but it is rather pointedly tasty and not for the better. I don't see myself drinking this again.

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Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, that's a lot of tangerine. Really. I mean if you're into super fruity beers and are especially fond of tangerines, this baby is up your alley. Otherwise I advise you to avoid this beer. There is a little bit of clean wheat malt flavor, but like I'm saying - tangerine, tangerine, tangerine.

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Photo of Reino
2.45/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance- Poured into a weizen glass, a spritzy white head rises no more than a fat finger, and quickly releases to the sky. The body is a nice burnt orange core surrounded by a vibrant yellow.

Smell- It took me a second to put my finger on it, but this beer smells like Fruity Pebbles, but mixed with a bit of screwdriver (the drink).

Taste- Tangerine tastes like it smells. It's like an adult version of the milk left over after a bowl of Fruity Pebbles. The wheat shows itself on the back end, but the tangerine fruity, juiciness dominates. Reminds me a lot of Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat, or maybe it's there Berry Wheat. Either way, the tangerine and fruit flavors taste like they've been added from concentrate, and don't give me the authentic tangerine flavor I'm looking for. I know I've said this before, but why don't breweries use German wheat yeast strains for these beers they're adding these types of fruit to instead of leaving us with this bland, cardboard wheat flavor to back the fruit. Man, the more I drink this, the more I feel like I'm drinking Budweiser cut with juice like a junior high girl.

MF- The tangerine "flavor" clings to the sides of my tongue and it becomes pretty unpleasant. The carbonation is medium-high and the body is pretty light because of it.

Drinkability- Saying this is a beer for junior high girls would be disrespectful to junior high girls' palates. It's nauseating how fake this beer tastes. I can't even give this beer the ol' "would probably be good in the scorching sun" label often given to shitty lagers and wheat beers. I don't like to be a hater, but I feel abused paying $3 for this "beer."

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Photo of mithrascruor
2.68/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a hazy/cloudy orange-amber color. Minimal off-white head is more of a film. Minimal visible carbonation.

Smell: Fresh-squeezed tangerine. Pretty good smell, but there's nothing else there.

Taste: First hit to the tongue and I think of drinking OJ or something. A very noticable (though thankfully not too strong) citrus flavor the whole way through. There's a bit of wheat in there towards the finish, but not much.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and smooth. Decent amount of carbonation, which seems to fit with the flavor.

Drinkability: Fine to drink, but gets old after a bit.

Basically this tastes like less-concentrated tangerine juice. Sure, there is a hint of wheat in there, but you hardly notice it. It loses all sense of being a beer in the taste. Really pointless, even for the novelty factor... better just to visit the produce and/or juice sections of your local grocery store.

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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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Tangerine Wheat from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
76 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.