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Tangerine Wheat - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 730
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 19.71%
Wants: 12
Gots: 97 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 730 | Reviews: 212
Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. "Tangerine, tangerine, living reflection from a dream..."

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden orange hue, with two fingers of rather loosely foamy, bubbly and soapy dirty white head, which fizzles away post haste, leaving a bit of sparse remote islet lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet, almost Starburst-like citrusy tangerine, and some fairly faint and obfuscated grainy wheat malt. The taste is more strong, somewhat zingy and sweetly fruity tangerine, in a somewhat fake fruit juice kind of way, again with a slightly honeyed, grainy, and wheaty backbone, just one not all that appreciable under the specific guest ingredient hegemony. There's also a normal weedy bitterness that seems out of whack with the pervasive fruitiness.

The carbonation is moderate, just a soft, kind of clumsy frothiness, the body a wavering medium weight, in the manner of stale fruit juice, and smooth in the very same vector. It finishes with a still prevalent tangy tangerine-inflected wheatiness, like this was a private couple sort of thing.

Not having this particular fruit (though it's not all that different from navel oranges, IMHO) as part of my diet, it was enjoyable to see it so prominent in the profile of this wheat beer, and tasty enough at that, if you're OK with such brazen simplicity in your doctored brews.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden orange in color with pale yellow highlights that had a very thin head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was that of a tangerine jolly rancher candy with faint wheat notes and a bit of underlying bready character; pretty basic aroma. The tangerine pretty much dominates the palate with lots of sweetness some mild wheaty accents and a touch of breadiness in the backgound. The brew was light to medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a very sweet and mild bready wheaty finish. I can't believe I used to really like this beer but after no having it for awhile and seriuosly drinking lots of craft brew I have definitely out grown it.

Photo of womencantsail
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Serious ticking going on here. Thanks Gabriel.

A: The pour is a cloudy orange color with almost no head. Maybe a little bit of white foam.

S: The nose is of sweet citrus, obviously tangerines. It smells overly sweet like candy, sort of like a tangerine lifesaver. Pretty simple and ridiculously sweet.

T: There's more of the same on the tongue. Sweet, sweet, tangerines and candy. There are some undertones of wheat and bread to it, but that's about it.

M: The body is light to medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Just far too sweet to drink any significant amount of. Like drinking melted candy.

Photo of e11iott
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 12 oz bottle. 1 small finger head, lasted about a minute..some lacing, dried apricot color.

S: heavy citrus smell, backed up with full wheat, very pleasant.

T/M: served ice cold had watery mouthfeel but not in a bad way,
tasted fruity, left citrus aftertaste in mouth also very dry, light carbonation.

D: great substitute for orange kool aid, wife enjoyed it. Great fruity beer if that is what you like.

Photo of heavy216
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: 12 oz bottle, small bottle. 1 finger head, lasted about a minute..small lacing after....caramel in color

S: very citrus with slight hint of wheat

T/M: watery mouthfeel, taste very fruity, left citrus aftertaste in mouth

D: not bad, nice beer for a hot summer day, very refreshing citrus drink

Photo of Lucklys
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lost Coast's Tangerine Wheat poured a clear orange-copper with a thin off-white head and minimal to no retention. Nothing impressive, but what it's lacking in appearances, it certainly makes up for in nose. This was probably one of my favorite beers to smell if only because it was pure sweet, freshly-peeled clementine and tangerines - a nicely sweetened orange citrus juice with plenty of sugar and zero bitterness; I almost want to say it reminded me of some sort of cleaning agent, minus the hospital smell. Had I not been at an event for beer tasting, there is no way I would have known this was a beer purely by smell, as the alcohol was nonexistent in the nose. Even in the taste, it was like an off-kilter orange soda. Sipping it made me think of sucking on a clementine splashed with tangerine. The mouthfeel was medium with quite light carbonation that kept it from being fizzy. It ended nice and clean and very fresh - a summery, fruity drink by all measures.

Photo of gpogo
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy wheaty orange color. No head. Little bits of tangerine zest?

A- As soon as I opened the bottle I smelled tangerine smell. Not bad smell either, smells like actual fruit was used over chemicals.

T- Tangerine flavor dominates. There is a weak american wheat backing, but it is hard to notice. A lot of over the top fruit beers taste more like bad soda. This is refreshing in a radler sort of way, perhaps like adding two oranges to a wit beer.

M- Very smooth medium bodied beer. Moderate carbonation.

D- I usually hate fruit beers. I would love to drink this after a long bike ride. It's a very refreshing beer. That said it isn't too beery, more like a mixed radler.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy yellow-orange colour, with a soda-bubbling head that fizzes and fizzles, leaving absolutely nothing whatsoever. I looks like a soft drink. Extremely flat and empty, and thin and sugary. I'm unimpressed.

Nose is hugely sweet and citrussy, almost indistinguishable from Fanta. OK, perhaps it is a little more genuinely fruity than Fanta, but jeez it's not far off. Little else. It's weak, sweet and insipid.

Taste is unfortunate, even given the nose. Initial faint tangerine character on the front, which gets muted and then smashed by a grainy wheat acidity that is just different enough from the citrus acidity to throw the whole palate off balance. Very light feel, not even with the carbonation you expect for the sweetness. Finish is dichotomously weak and cloying.

Very unpleasant beer this one. It's not a refreshing fruit beer, it's an unfortunate and insipid one. Very little to recommend it, even if you're a fan of the style.

Photo of SilentSabre
2.38/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Cloudy orange body with virtually no head to speak of save for a *little* bit of patchy frost.
Smell is absolutely terrific considering what this beer is. Smells pretty much like a Sunkist orange soda. Now I'm really intrigued!
Oh my...not at all what I was expecting. Very bitter; actually tastes like trying to eat orange rind with a bit of citrus furniture wax in your mouth. In fact, there really doesn't seem to be much else present here outside of this awful, bitter, orange peel taste. How disappointing.
Mouthfeel is bland and lifeless; no carbonation to speak of, really.
I had such hi hopes for this one, too. What a shame.

Photo of zeff80
2.45/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden color with a small, white head of foam. The head was bubbly and short lived. No lacing.

S - It smelled of tangerines. Almost a sweet, candy-like aroma. Little to no wheat aromas.

T - The first four letters of tangerine...Tang. Yes, that orange drink that astronauts took to space. I felt like I was 6 years old again and drinking some Tang after a tough morning of defeating Cobra with my brave G.I. Joes.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A very light bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - If you like Tang, this is a great beverage. If you want a beer, this is not for you.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy orange without a lot of head.

S - Huge tangerine/orange aroma with a hint of cough syrup.

T/M - Quite dry and a bit watery. Bitter orange soda and a hint of wheaty twang. Sharp, fizzy carbonation.

D - Pretty much as advertised. Heaps of tangerine flavour, but I think the beer got lost in the shuffle some.

Photo of u2carew
2.67/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz stubby.
A) Pours with nearly no head, mostly big bubbles at the edge of the glass. Settles rapid, leaving no head. Very little upward carbonation. Hazy. Bronze to yellow in color.
S) Tangerine (or Tang) and a robust amount. No trace of other aromas.
T) Tangerine makes up most of the taste of this brew. Very pronounce from the get go. It is only in the finish that a hint of wheat comes through in this "wheat" beer. Mostly tastes like orange soda beer.
M) Fizzy. Dry. Light bodied.
D) Not easy drinking unless you like orange soda. I would not have another one of these.

Photo of littlesgtpepper
2.4/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had on tap in a bar at Mt. Shasta in California.

Had a foamy white head which went away pretty quick. The beer is a hazy orange color and smells of, well, oranges. Like orange candy, actually. It pretty much covered up anything else that might be present in the smell.

The taste of the beer knocked me back a couple steps and not in a good way. This beer tastes like Windex smells. I realize that what I'm tasting is probably orange zest from orange peels but I just can't get cleaning solution out of my mind. A good hop presence keeps the beer from being completely one dimensional.

I would recommend this beer to people really into fruit beers but I could live my whole life and never have this again.

Photo of Beeryce
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Fitting orange-gold color, the light head dissipates very quickly. Dominant smell of sweet citrus/tangerine is strong and pleasant with a nice wheat backdrop. Tangerine flavor is lighter in taste, a little sweet, but some wheat in the finish to balance. Lots of carbonation and slightly viscous mouthfeel make it somewhat soda like. A pretty good fruity beer, but no more than 2 for me.

Photo of TheDeuce
1.7/5  rDev -50%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat Beer...on tap

Appearance-light orange color with a white head that doesn't linger too long. Disappears quickly.

Smell-obvious aroma of sweet fruit, lemon peel, sugar, alcohol mix.

Taste/Mouthfeel-overwhelming sweetness, fruit flavor is lost as the sugar and sweetness mixed with alcohol makes for an orange soda like taste, not at all appealing, very light watery mouthfeel. On the end is an aspirin like aftertaste.

Drinkability-too sweet, too muddled, too syrupy

Overall-I normally hate to trash a beer but for me this one honestly crashed and burned, not at all a good mix of flavors.

Photo of patbhurley
4.57/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great Summer Session Beer!

Good in bottle - Better on Tap! Can adjust CO2 for better head and head retention.

Light cloudy orange appearance with a bright tangerine smell.
Strong tangerine taste on front, followed by surprising lingering fuller wheat complexity, nice alcohol burn, and bright lemon finish that begs for another sip!

Warning if you don't go right back for that other sip a baby aspirin taste creeps in.

ALL In All - A Great Breakfast Beer that you can continue to drink all day!
Remember - You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning!

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: cloudy, glowing straw gold/orange. minimal white head.
S: tangerine peels-fresh, pithy, grassy.
T: lightly sweet doughy, bready malt with a sourness and a hint of citric bitterness bring it to an off-dry finish. reminiscent of a creamsicle.
M: light to medium body. would like this to have more CO2. a bit slick from the residual sweetness.
D: a little drier finish and some more carbonation would have made this much more drinkable.

Photo of scott451
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Swirl poured from a 650ml bottle into a glass stein. Three finger bubbly cream head which soon diminished to a fluffy ring. Hazy deep apricot colour. Some lacing. Yup. Strong tangerine smell.
Interesting taste. Light - smooth. The tangerine taste dominates but there is more going on here. Nice dry citrusy twist at the end.
Mouthfeel is light, medium carbonation. Refreshing as a wit should be. Drinkability is good. No flaws and a moderate ABV make this sessionable.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.27/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a bomber with andrenaline at a bbq & beer tasting
A - I got the first half of the bottle and it was more clear golden orange, but andrenaline got the last half and it had a much more cloudy wheat appearance, short white head didn't retain much
S - no surprise it smells like tangerine, BUT was surprised at how strong! Also some grainy wheat hints.
T - I used to make "breakfast beers" while camping which is just beer topped off with some O.J., and this is a better version. Very clean orange citrus and wheat flavours, just a pleasant taste.
M - a good thin, clean, crisp and refreshing
D - I could pound this all day in the sun

Photo of andrenaline
4.29/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a thumb of light bubbly head leaving no real lacing after the settle.

S - Oranges and bubble gum overpower the scent. Wheat grass comes through a bit on the finish, but it's quite mild and almost undetectable.

T - Beer and orange juice. The bottle says a 'bit of tangerine'... That's an understatement! The orange flavour is quite strong, but in a nice refreshing way. Again, the wheat comes through, but it is rather mild. There's also a bit of a sour lemon flavour which hits you on the finish.

M - Perfect amount of carbonation, and goes down smooth. Every sip leaves you thirsty for more.

D- This stuff is simply amazing. A tasty summertime beverage, and this one would be perfect as a 'hair-of-the-dog' type drink after a night of drinking! The orange is quite dominant, but there's enough wheaty/malty flavours that linger to remind you that it's still beer. I wish this stuff came in a 6-pack, because it's the perfect summertime beer.

Photo of riversider76
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a thin white head. Not much retention, and just a bit of laceing. Aroma is of sweet tart candy. Body is light with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is Tangerine up front with a mix of sweet tart fruits and wheat throughout. Tart finish. Not bad if you like this style.

Photo of chickenandrice
2.76/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I love the Lost Coast Great White, so this is my first adventure to another beer from Lost Coast. The packaging from Lost Coast is very attractive and really develops a strong brand appeal to myself. Considering where the beer is coming from, NorCal, I hope the extension of the product line brings more excitement.

A: Little to no head, dull is the best term. There is nothing that draws me to this beer, I see it and think flat orange pop.

S: Great tangerine smell. There is a malt smell that is not strong.

T: The taste is sharp. Subtle tangerine, with the typical fruit bitters at the end.

M: Flat. Thin. Dull.

D: I am not enjoying this beer. I will continue to try other Lost Coast brews but will let my wife drink these ones!


Photo of flagmantho
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bomber into a weizen glass. Bottle is stamped 4/29/10 ... I'm thinking that's the brew date.

Appearance: hazy golden-yellow hue with one finger of compact white foam. Head seems to have relatively poor retention. Still, not too bad a looking beer.

Smell: big tangerine flavor with a little wheaten ale below it. I can see why this is classified as a fruit beer rather than a wheat beer; the tangerine is way more prevalent than any other characteristic. Still, they market it as a tangerine brew, and that's what it smells like.

Taste: the tangerineyness is almost cloying in its sweetness. This tastes almost like a dixie cup; I mean, I like a little citrus in some beers, but this takes it rather far. While the flavor is more beer-like than the aroma, I think it diverges a bit much here from reality.

Mouthfeel: medium light body with a bit of creamy carbonation. Not bad, but not great.

Drinkability: well, it's a light and refreshing beer, but I feel like the tangerine is just way too much. Again, that's what they advertise, but this is basically tangerine cream soda that happens to have malt and alcohol in it.

Photo of wordemupg
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into pint glass june24 2010

A pale gold with plenty of suspended particles being moved around by heavy amounts of carbonation, very little head and no lace take away some points

S ummm?? tangerine maybe and not much else, crazy amount really and doesn't seem real, almost like a lifesaver or some other kind of candy I can't place

T again tangerine is hard to miss but I also pick up on a little honey

M light and well carbonated with some flavor that lingers

D one is good two may be too many, If you like tangerine this ones for you

although I did like this beer I wouldn't recommend it unless you need a citrus blast

Photo of thain709
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a straw colored body with some slight haziness to it...a foamy, white head was formed and left some lacing

S - Holy tangerine...the nose is filled with tangerine notes and not much else...a good smell but one could think it's too sweet

T - The flavors here aren't very exotic or abstract but it bascially goes along with what it's described as...it's a tangerine wheat beer...loads and loads of tangerine and maybe other citrus fruits with a slight hint of wheat malt...and I mean slight...the tangerine is not lacking in this beer

M - Light bodied...crisp and refreshing...very dry

D - You'd have to be the judge on this one...I could drink a lot of these pretty quick because the sweetness is not overpowering and it would be perfect on a hot day...but I would not have a few of these just for the heck of it

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Tangerine Wheat from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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