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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: 863
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 cambabeer
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Really not impressed. Too big on the fruit character, loses the hops and malt in the sweetness. A little metallic as well. The "big" tangerine character seems really artificial as well.

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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 larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-hazy light golden orange.

Citrus and slightly tropical fruit notes, wheat and grainy sweetness.

Grainy sweetness, and subtle citrusy hop flavor.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, grainy.

Overall, needs a lot of work but drinkable.

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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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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.87/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: World Market in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.99
Purchased: July 11, 2013
Consumed: July 13, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a honey orange hazy color with two fingers of frothy white head. Minimal wet foggy lacing on the sides with some sporadic spots. Decent retention on the way down.

Smelled orange, tangerine, pulp, orange rind and maybe some citrus hops. Simple, yet good.

Tasted similar to the nose as expected, yet not quite as 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 pretty good fruit beer overall, although I’m usually a sucker for these ones (not summer beers though). Nice for the summer.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This pours a lemony golden color. There’s a barely perceptible citrus aroma to this. I can almost taste a hint of tangerine along with some orange peel and a hint of coriander. There’s some fizz on the end of this otherwise forgettable beer. With so much out there I’d pass on this next time.

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Photo of themind
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If you like tangerine this beer is for you! I really enjoyed this brew and the low scores it gets is beyond me. If it is hot out and I am thirsty this beer hits the nail on the head. Slight tangerine taste that mixes well with the classic wheat beer taste. Winter...I can see this beer sucking but on a summer day relaxing boom! homerun! good job Lost Coast.

Bottom Line: awesome summer brew!

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.26/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- hazy almost tangerine color with an orange cream tinted white head. Ok retention and lace.

S- orange soda with a hint of vanilla and lightly toasted wheat. That sums it up right there.

T- vibrant tangerine flavor behind a hearty amount of grain. The malt is pretty one dimensional however and doesn't really overpower the fruit. Vague bitterness of grassy earthy hops in the finish.

MF- creamy-juicy and burp inducing. Zippy carbonation.

D- not so bad for what it is. The flavors compliment each other well enough, but it isn't a knock out by any means.

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Photo of tronester
3.87/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden with a thin white head. fresh tangerine peel aromas abound, quite nice. Taste begins with a rich tangerine flavor, then a little bit of bread, finishing with a dry, citrus finish. Mouthfeel is good. Overall quite a nice beer. You can tell you are drinking a wheat beer, even with the tons of citrus flavor.

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Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.37/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle dated 11/7/12
A - A foggy golden tan with a white 2 finger head that dissipated rapidly with minimal lacing
S - Overwhelming tangerine -ish aroma pleasant, but bordering on unnatural
T - Strong tangerine flavor, mostly through the nose; slightly acidic finish
M - Thin with little carbonation
O - Started refreshingly interesting, but the Tangerine is too much. If this beer were a bit mellower and had a little hop bitterness to counter the tangerine it could really work.

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Photo of BigBry
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. Beautiful warm day, so lets stick with a light fruity selection today.
Slightly murky, orange color. Thin, white foam but minimal retention or lace.
The aroma is a huge explosion of fruit. First thing it reminded me of is a creamsickle. If its a fruit beer, lets have it all fruit (in aroma and taste).
The taste had the same orange/tangerine flavor, but not nearly as full as the smell.
The wheat beer base is there in the back ground, but obviously the fruit dominates. No real hop or bitterness to speak of.
The mouthfeel is light, and works for the style. Carbonation is low, keeping it from being too much like a fizzy wine cooler or soda.
Works great for an easy drinking, summer time refresher.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
2.74/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden orange with a white finger width head and fair retention. Leaves a thin layer of microbubbles on the surface,

Smell - Predominant tangerine aroma. Subtle touch of wheat. It's a nice smelling beer, I'll give it that.

Taste - Tangerine up front, tangerine mid-taste, and tangerine in the finish. Touches briefly on wheat. The overwhelming tangerine bittersweetness becomes cloying sip after sip, and then the strong tangerine zest/skin comes through in the finish that truly makes it nigh undrinkable. It's just too damn much tangerine!

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Fair carbonation. Crisp finish.

Overall - While it starts off well enough, the tangerine carries too much into the finish, leaving an overpowering sensation on the palate. A near headache inducing experience after one beer. I once bought a sixer several years ago when it first hit the scene. I couldn't get through two before I gave the rest of the sixer away. I swore I'd never try this beer again, but once I began to review beers I knew I'd have to give it one more round before putting it to rest forever. It's a shame, this could be a great beer if it were toned down and given considerably better balance. As it is, it's awful.

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Photo of Nixonbrew
3.98/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

If you enjoy the taste and smell of tangerine this is the beer for you. Pretty acidic. Ive had this beer on a number of occasions. The colder the better. Going to try to clone it. Figure on using vodka and tangerine peel and make my own extract to add to the bottling bucket.

A straight forward wheat beer with tons of tangerine.

Perfect for a hot summer day.

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Photo of jmbranum
1.64/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I normally enjoy fruit beers but this beer was a huge disappointment.

Pours an orange-gold with a white head that very quickly disappears. Lots and lots of sediment in the glass. Normally I like bottle-conditioned beers with the yeast poured into the glass but that was a mistake with this beer.

Lots of orange aroma when i opened the bottle but after it is in the glass it smells like Tang powder.

And it pretty much tastes like tang. I'm not kidding. It starts off sweet but then ends with an odd chemical powdery taste to it. I'm sure there are some hops and malt in there somewhere but it is hard to pick it up. Frankly, this beer tastes like my first attempt at homebrewing when I went crazy and tried to make an peach IPA, which was a horrible, horrible idea.

Thin mouthfeel.

Don't buy this beer. I really can't help but wonder if this beer really has tang in it? This is the worst beer I've had in a long time.

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