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Tangerine Wheat - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Tangerine WheatTangerine Wheat

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Ratings: 691
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 19.82%
Wants: 11
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MLegendre on 07-28-2006)
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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hey, this stuff is ok. Pours good and hazy, looks like we're entering flavor country. Taste and aroma hit you up with the obvious citrus tangerine, not overwhelming, but more than enough to make no mistake its a tangerine flavored beer.

Mouthfeel, remarkably consistent for a fruit beer, they usuall falter down the stretch. Drinkable, although not worth $7 a 6er, unless its for your old lady and she's hot.

Photo of jrallen34
1.85/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I drank this from the bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a dark gold with a litle hint of gold with very light head and lacing.

The aroma is very strong, all tangerine, very sweet and citrusy.

The taste is horrible, one of the worse things I've ever head. Its super carbonated and fizzy, worse than drinking a super carbonated sparlking water. To make it worse the taste is horrible, its all fizz, not sweetness at all, just biting fizz.

The feel is horrible, and this is a total drank pourer.

Nothing worth drinking, not a fruit or lambic style beer.

Photo of jsdunlop
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a somewhat cloudy orange color with no head to speak of whatsoever.
S: Aromas of oranges, tangerines, grapefruit and coriander, some spicy notes make their way into the combination of fruity scents.
T: Strong tangerine up front, slight hop bitterness with no malt presence noticeable. This is turning into what might be the ultimate summer fruit/veggie beer!
M: Very light mouthfeel with higher than normal carbonation going on here.
D: From what I have read on this beer style, this one seems to match it perfectly. Very little balance going on here, but the flavor of tangerines is very pronounced and enjoyable. Flavor and mouthfeel together make this one that almost anybody could enjoy, whether or not they appreciate a good beer.

Photo of bristol2120
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Not much of a head, especially for a wheat beer. What there is dissipates quickly leaving only a small layer of foam. Appearance is a moderately cloudy golden/copper. Aroma is dominated by a very pleasant tangerine presence, though malty wheat notes are detectable in the background. Those malt and wheat notes are nowhere to be found in terms of taste. Nicely acidic tangerine is present in abundance, but the "beer" taste itself seems a bit watered down. More maltiness would have provided balance and much improvement. Mouthfeel is very refreshing, with plenty of carbonation. Overall a decent and refreshing fruit beer, but it is lacking in traditional wheat beer characteristics.

Photo of WesWes
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a slight orangish hue. It has a beautiful white head with excellent retention. The aroma is decent. It has a light pale and wheat malt scent along with a modest tangerine aroma. The taste is average. It has a crisp wheat beer flavor with what tastes like watered down orange juice. I'm not a huge fan of the fruit flavor here. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with a bit too much carbonation. This is an average fruit/wheat beer. I don't think I'll be having another one of these any time soon.

Photo of 1759Girl
2.3/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Appearance> mellow warmth. hazy. medium liveliness. Tiny head with very tiny bubbles. This frothy head dissipates quickly but leaves a shimmering gossamer of lacing. Looks good but I expected more of a head.

Smell> Tangerine. Delicious but overpowering any other scent.

Taste>Not sure if it is the hideous mothfeel or the taste that is causing the brunt of the problem, but something makes this beer far more reminiscent of flavored mineral water than anything resembling beer. If you have ever had any of the natural flavored Calistoga spring waters, you will know exactly what I'm talking about. There are hints of wheat, but you have to look for them. HARD, and they disappear faster than Keyser Soze. I think Lost Coast has a lot of room to improve here. The hang is almost unbearable because it lacks any and all beer taste. Honestly.

Mouf> Overly carbonated. Dreadful. Like being sprayed in the mouth with a seltzer bottle.

Drinkability> Nope. Couldn't even get half way on the pint before giving it up to a friend, and she wouldn't drink it because she didn't want to waste her alcohol intake on something that tasted like "bad Clearly Canadian."

3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

its as if someone took a wheat ale and squeezed in some tangerine. it has a real sugary taste, with real powerful tangerine flavor. like other reviews, if you dont like tangerine, you dont like this beer. to me its almost overwhelming, and infact, borderline in the same category mikes hard lemonade. but since i love lost coast i wont be to mean. it is in fact refreshing on account of its higher carbonation. and the wheat beer thats hiding under the tangerine actually has good flavor. This is another good beer to have when you spending some time in the sun, coming out of the ice chest a few degress cooler than the fridge. like i said, if there was a refreshment rating it would be really high, and as far as fruit or vegetable beers go its top notch.

Photo of n0rc41
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have had this beer in bottle and on tap. When I tried this beer it was a nice change of pace from my normal great white and guiness beers I usually drink. It had good appearance and smell. Smells like tangerines! Taste was good with strong tangerine tastes. After a few of was feeling great. Nothing was too special about it. A good over all beer.

Photo of DogFood11
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A lifeless appearance even after pouring with aggression. Slightly cloudy, somewhere between Khaki and Orange in color. The occasional bubble rolls to the surface. No head to speak of.

The smell is brilliant with lots of fresh tangerine/orange, and lime. The taste is on the sweet side. Reminded me of citrus flavored bubble gum. The only difference is it gives way to just a hint of wheat brew towards the finish.

The taste and smell are much better than it looks. Easily sessionable for those interested in fruity beers. I enjoyed one of these but I won't be seeking it out.

Photo of nickd717
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Traded a Cable Car and a Toronado 20th to largadeer for a bottle of this and an Indian Wells sampler pack. Figured I should finally put up my earlier review for this beer after Chris brought up my name in his recent review.

A - Hazy orangish-golden color with a fizzy white head, which I don't think is a terrible look for such a beer. It's meant to be light, fruity, and refreshing, and this fits the bill.

S - Lots of tangerine and some wheat. Really not too much else to it.

T - Tangerine and wheat, what you would expect. A tiny bit tart. Not great but it does a good job of being what it's supposed to be.

M - Light, crisp palate with medium-high carbonation.

D - Pretty high. You know, I'm not a huge fan of fruity wheat beers, but this is supposed to be a fruity wheat beer, and considering that, it's not that bad.

Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this one in a trade with nickd717. Thanks, Nick. I'm sorry to say that I don't quite understand your fervor for this beer.

Appearance: Orange, fizzy and cloudy. The head dissipates in a matter of seconds. It's like pouring soda.

Smell: Tang.

Taste & mouthfeel: Fermented Tang. This literally tastes exactly like Tang, minus the sweetness.

Drinkability: If I had kids, this is what I'd put in their lunchboxes. Personally, I'll stick to beer that doesn't taste like soda.

Photo of oakbluff
2.13/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bomber- pours a cloudy dull orange with thin soapy head and little lacing. Nose- big orange juice, five alive beverage smell that overpowers any malt in the nose. Taste- stale fake orange juice. Has a very mineral dryness to it. Little flavour from the malt. A screw driver would be much more satisfying if one was looking for an orange flavoured adult beverage.

Photo of ZAP
2.3/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm not going to spend an hour detailing every aspect of this one.

Tangerines are evident big time on the nose and to lesser extent on the taste...both though come off as artificial to me...the taste is of sweet artificial tangerine flavoring..just doesn't taste good to me or feel right...syrupy almost.... nice idea with the tangerines but this is not done well and is not one I would drink again.

Photo of BDTyre
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent fruit-based wheat ale from Lost Coast.

Cloudy orange-amber with a decent, thin white head. Tangerine and soda hints, with slight traces of wheat, malt and hops.

Sweet orange soda flavour with a bit of a bitter (almost like tonic water) background from the hops. Good malt and wheat flavour, but this is overshadowed by the tangerine.

Good, low carbonation but a little sweet. Not quite as sessionable as it should be, even when served cold on a hot night.

Photo of RickS95
2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Glass looks like tangerine juice, with a nice white head.

You notice the citrus in the nose, but probably couldn't identify tangerine unless you looked at the bottle.

Citrus hints in the mouth, balanced by the wheat. Nothing stands out in the mouth, though the tangerine comes through in the finish.

There is a subtle refreshing carbonation in the mouth that would quench a thirst on a hot day, but I wouldn't want to drink more of this than I had to.

Photo of Psyopticon
4.53/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased in Weaverville, CA at Tops Market.

This beer had a pretty foggy/hazzy appearance. Smelled like a pretty nice tangerine. The taste was quite surprising, I had never had a fruity beer before, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. There was medium carbonation from what I noticed. In my opinion, fruity beers have kinda been more of a 'girlie' thing, but after finally having one, I can say this would be a good beer to have on a hot day for any guy. Enjoyable when you just want to kick back.

Photo of Bighuge
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky looking orange body. Fiery streaks of ruby accent. Thin dirty white head caps it off and leaves minimal amounts of lace. Aroma is bright, citrusy and full of tangerine. Like it. Taste can be described as all fruit flavor and little to no wheat flavor. I'd like a little more of a wheat presence, but this really isn't too bad as is. It's bright and spritzy and full of tangerine. A citric bitterness lingers. Body is medium and carbonation is fairly jacked up. Could be used as a decent refresher on a hot day.

Photo of hike20
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a hazy light orange amber with a thin white head. Aroma is tangerine and other citrus and a touch of malt. Flavor is also tangerine and malt, with only a hint of bitterness. Smooth and light mouthfeel. Not bad, but not my thing really. It is different, but I think I like other wheats better.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of illidurit
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of casemw
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of biggred1
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of roadhouse
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Tangerine Wheat from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
78 out of 100 based on 691 ratings.