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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 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 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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Photo of AgentMunky
3.32/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in a snifter at Ale Arsenal.

A: Pale, lightly hazy, and with decent head.

S: HUGE tangerine. Unmistakeable and enjoyable.

T/M: Grainy, citrus, but somehow artificial. Lots of tangerine, almost like candy. Some good carbonation, lightly dry end taste.

O: Must try if you like tangerine. Otherwise, would not recommended.

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Photo of tectactoe
2.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a pale straw, somewhat golden color with little tiny bits of white sediment floating around in the beer - is this supposed to simulate pulp?! Tiny bit of haze in the middle, but decent clarity for the most part, especially for a wheat beer. The big white head froths up fast but tames itself quickly and reduces to nothing more than a ring within a minute. The nose smells like Tang. Orange Tang. To be more precise, artificial orange drink. Not orange juice, but orange "drink". It has that kind of dry, powdery smell to it. And the taste pretty much follows right along with that. A slightly tart and tangy snap of orange and tangerine; however, it's not as natural tasting as I'd hoped - kind of artificial and chalky on the palate. It seems a bit diluted, too, like some of the flavor had gone missing somewhere. The wheat flavor is abound, but it engulfed, for the most part, by the tangerine flavors. It kind of has a weird, medicinal, chewing vitamin-like aftertaste. Thin body, high carbonation.

This seems like it would be better paired for a hot summer day by the pool or just after finishing up the yard work on a 90 degree day. It could be good, but unfortunately the tangerine flavor is a bit too artificial in character.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle courtesy of cosmo4u pours a hazed gold color with a modest white head. It does display some nice retention and a few spots of lace.

Nose is quite pleasant...tangerine galore with a decent wheat tang and a little drop of honey sweetness.

Taste throws out some competing flavors....I dont like how the malty sweetness plays against the sharp, obvious tangerine citrus. It lacks flow and the pithy character comes out too much. I dont like the syrupy wheat/malt flavors and think this would come across better with a lighter malt and an uplifting bubbly carbonation. The mouthfeel is a little flat and a touch cloying. I am a sucker for fruit beers, so I will finish this 12 oz sample, but I definitely wont look for this one again.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy amber, with sediment visible, although the bottle was dated over a year ago, so that's taken into consideration. Limited suds, no lace.

Nose proves to be soapy. I get dish soap, to be exact. Would make for a fetching hand-wash, but not beer.

Tastes similar to the aroma, like slightly carbonated soap, with a hint of wheat and citrus at the finish. Definitely not impressive.

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Photo of halfgermanhalfirish
4.02/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

For starters, because the beer comes in a conditioned bottle, its imperative that this beer is not drank from the bottle and poured correctly. My wife poured one of these beers incorrectly leaving all the yeast and sedimet in the bottle and her beer looked and tasted(bad) completly different than mine. On to the review:

Appearance-The beer pours clear with a dark blond color and some carbonation at first and then turns into a cloudy deep orange color with the final swirl from the conditiioned bottle. It takes a few minutes for the beer to settle and develope it's unfiltered characteristics. The head is a fluffy bright white color and looks like it may die down toward the end. The deep orange color is appealing but I expected a thicker head from a wheat.

Smell-It smells like orange juice...plan and simple. The orange smell is impressive and inviteing but I would like something in there to tell me its beer and I didnt get it.

Taste- The beer tast just like it smells. The orange is dominant but but there is a slit bitterness at the end (the very end) and some light carbonation that lets you know that its beer.

Mouthfeel- The feel is very thin and the beer goes down like water. I typically dont drink beer very fast but this may be the easiest drinking beer I have had and the glass was empty in just a few pulls. It drinks much like an american mega brewed lager without the graininess. I expected a much heavier feel for an unfiltered wheat and thought this was the beers weakest charicteristic.

Overall- If you searching for hopps and malts you will be disapointed in this brew. However, evaluating the beer for what it is (fruit beer) I think it hit its mark quite well. This beer is well crafted and is defiinatley an above average fruit beer. The beer needed a thicker head with more lacing on the glass and lacked complexity to be considered a nop notch beer. This beer would be an excellant picnic beer or hot wheater beer. It would also be an excellant entry level beer for someone new to craft beer. Overall I enjoyed the beer. It is definatley interesting and worth checking out.

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Photo of VTJess311
2.12/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Was looking forward to trying this beer at a relatively new bar nearby my house. At first I enjoyed the aroma - it has a very strong tangerine smell to it. The first few sips were ok, but the more I drank through my pint, the more and more it started to taste like Tang. The Tangerine is way too strong in this beer without any other flavors to complement it. It honestly didn't taste like a wheat beer, let alone a beer at all. Unfortunately it was a disappointment.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.57/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Arrives a cloudy dark orange-amber color with a decently retained white head.
Smell is notes of malt and tangerine, strong and delicious like orange soda. That's it. Not great balance.
Taste is tangerine, malt, hops, a woody/pithy/almost medicinal note.
Fizzy like club soda with a feel similar to it as well. Fairly clean finish though dry and bitter. A decent beer overall but needs a better, less bitter, finish. And some wheat notes would be good, too.

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Photo of raynmoon
2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer actually looks pretty nice, like a well crafted IPA, and almost smells like one too, but a little tangerine like in smell. It almost smells like oranges and cream, weird.

But this beer, to me, is hardly palatable. It is thin, watery, and sweet/ dry from the tangerine. It tastes like a yucky soda.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for 2$

Appearance – Hazy amber colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, tangerines/oranges.. like a can of orange crush soda

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with oranges/tangerines and some yeasty notes. It ends with a somewhat dry citrus zest and yeasty aftertaste.

Overall – It reminded me too much of a orange soda to really be a beer. I can't say I've ever had a beer that tasted quite like this one, so that made it worthwhile to try. I won't be buying this again.

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