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Tangerine Wheat | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Tangerine WheatTangerine Wheat

Brewed by:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
California, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by MLegendre on 07-28-2006

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Reviews: 223 | Ratings: 865
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice light golden color with a nice whote head. Nose was pretty simple and straightforward..tangerine and wheat. Taste was nice, pretty balanced just enough tangerine to give it a great taste but not overpower like many fruit/wheat beer combos. Low ABV makes it very easy to drink and this would be a good hot summer day beer but not a session beer.

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Photo of illidurit
3.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft in a plastic cup... Clear dark orangey gold with a modest white head. Aroma is tangerine, grains, cream, and citrus. Flavor is grainy with banana pith notes and a rather decently-melded tangerine note. Doesn't taste overly artificial, although it is pretty sweet. Inoffensive, better than a lot of crummy fruit wheat beers out there.

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Photo of casemw
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried this from a bomber bought in FL.

A-obviously unfiltered with a cloudy, tangerine color. Looks like orange juice.

S-full of tangerine/citrusness with a bit of the esters coming through. No alcohol present.

T-again, full of tangerine with a yeasty quailty. Much sweeter than I expected.

M/D-High carbonation in this one, but a pretty refreshing beer for July in SC.

Couldn't drink then entire bomber, too sweet, but a good beer all things considered. Give this one a try.

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Photo of biggred1
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy orange with blonde highlights and a decent cream colored cap that settles quicky to a skim and leaves scaps of lace behind. The smell is pure, fresh tangerine rind and orange candy. The flavor is incredibly fruity like a shandy or radler, half pale wheat beer and half diet orange soda/tangerine juice. Light bodied and creamy. I guess the drinkability depends on how much you like fruit flavor in your beer, it's a little much for my liking.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a pretty good beer.

Appearance- Appearance is orange and cloudy.

Smell- The first thing I smelled was orange soda.

Taste- tangerine

Mouthfeel- light to medium body

Drinkability- This was a pretty good beer and would drink it again. It will definitely prevent scurvy.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.52/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass

Pours a hazy dark golden color with a one inch off-white head that falls to a cap. Moderate lacing left down the glass.

Aroma is of straight tangerines. It's part real tangerine and part orange candy. However, it's quite pleasing.

Taste is pretty much straight tangerine as well, a bit on the sweet side. There's a bit of a bready wheat flavor in there but the orange pretty much dominates. Overall it tastes like orange candy though.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, pretty crisp, nothing to complain about. Drinkability suffers though because it tastes like candy.

There's nothing really offensive about this beer but it's just too much like candy as I've said. Plenty of better summer beers out there.

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Photo of dan4th
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

brings new meaning to Breakfast Beer... Reminds me of nothing so much as the day when cheap orange juice is about to go bad, but is still okay to drink. Surprisingly, I really liked it. As my first beer of the day, I'm not likely to chalk this up to palate-numbing.

Nose is powerfully citrusy. This is where the distinction between tangerine and orange is clearest. Color is a cloudy amber. Heaad is thin and disappates quickly. In dim lighting, I can't really be sure, but I suspect I see zest oils killing the head - thin tendrils cling to the glass.

Delicious and refreshing. Serve with bacon!

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Photo of Procrastinator
2.95/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

No freshness dating on this 1 pint 6 oz. brown bottle poured into a Nonic pint glass.

Appearance: light honey colored body, almost copper with minimal off-white head, which lasts only seconds. The clarity of the initial pour is followed by a cloudy sediment laden second pour. Lacing is almost unknown.

Smell: orange kool-aid is the first impression with slight lemony citrus scents. Mild sweetness of oranges, tangerines and a slight twang of wheat malt.

Taste: the flavors of lighter side wheat take a backseat to a cheap orange kool-aid flavoring. The flavors get better after the second pour which allows the yeast and more flavors to enter the glass. The tangerine flavors are slightly subdued by the yeast additions.

Mouthfeel: on the lighter side of medium. A slight twang of citrus peel. Carbonation is gentle and rarely seen.

Drinkability: I really want to like this beer with its tangerine and wheat profile, but the fruit flavors seem cheap. More wheat malt and a REAL tangerine addition, even at a lesser degree, would improve this beer.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.47/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last time I had an orange Hefe it was a Mandarin Hefe from Grants in their last years alive. It was over carbonated and too orangey. This is a better orange beer because the carbonation level is on the lower level and they don't knock you over the head with the Tangerine taste. It pours a kinda cloudy peachy dark gold colour with little head.The beer itself is a pretty good wheat with the tangerine showing up in the midbody and the finish.I added a lime slice and it helped the acid on the mouthfeel and then I added half a Whistler Wheat to added a more Hefe flavour. I ended getting a real nice summer beer but really the intial product is just OK

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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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Tangerine Wheat from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
76 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.