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Tangerine Wheat - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 647
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 19.82%
Wants: 10
Gots: 58 | 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:
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(Beer added by: MLegendre on 07-28-2006)
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Photo of IronDjinn
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 22 oz. brown bomber. Bubbley, spongy off-white head that starts to settle immediately after the pour. Cloudy peach hue in appearance when held to light.

Even though it smells a bit artificial, I'm really digging on the tart citrusy tangerine aroma wafting up off of this stuff, it's both inviting and appealing.

Small tart wheat up front, blends well with the lemon zest citrus that tends to be more predominant, while a mild floral tangerine pops up near the front, and then shortly after the finish. Aftertaste is tart wheat and citrus, mild weedy hops.

Mouthfeel is mostly carbonation, maybe a bit too much, but helps make this a refreshing flavoured wit.

In the end it's an okay flavoured wit, I was hoping for more tangerine as was promised in the aroma, but as a result doesn't stand out too much from the throngs on wheat and wit beers with similar flavour profiles and no extras added.

IronDjinn, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of watchnerd
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber bottle.

Poured into a 250 ml chalice glass I picked up at Biere Culture on Champs Elysee, Paris.

Color is golden orange, like a rich dark cheddar color. Not much of a head or lacing, but the scent of tangerines is unmistakably present, although with the barest hint of wheat and hops.

Bottom line: it's a tasty combination, and if you like fruit lambics, you'll probably like this. Much better than the blueberry wheat beers out there. Would be even better with a bit more carbonation, a thicker head, and more mouthful.

watchnerd, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of mullenite
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured almost no head and left almost no lacing. Looked a bit like orange soda in the glass, very nice orange color but that is about as far as the looks went.

Smelled strongly of tangerines with a little wheat in the background. Tangerine was the major factor in the smell and that followed through in the taste. Mainly tangerine with very little wheat. Almost too sweat, I really wanted more of that wheat flavor to better balance the tangerine.

Mouthfeel was good, light carbonation and a clean finish. Pretty easy to drink if you like the taste.

mullenite, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-copper body with a thin, meager head.

Smell: A bottle politely mentions a "hint" of tangerine, but, damn it, I say there's more than a hint! A lovely, tangerine laden nose is what it is, friends.

Taste: A solid dose of wheat, but it's mainly sweet, juicy tangerines. Sweetish at first, but then it gives way to more citrus and a light, vague bitterness. Citrusy all the way through to the end, babies!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Just when I was griping about a lack of tangerine-based beers Lost Coast saves the day.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of MMAJYK
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Dingy orangish gold color, no head or lacing but lots of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. If a beer could look carbonated, I'd say it would look like this.

S- Orange/tangerine up front, a little bit of a wet basement smell too. I can't get much more than that. I would say this is definitely a unique smell to be nice.

T- Holy shit. This beer TASTES like a moldy basement. Some oranges thrown into a basement and forgotten about for a year or two is about as close as I can get. Not good...

M- Thin and high carbonation.

D- I hope I got a bad bottle. If not, this is really not a good beer.

Still, I gotta give props to my man, hurleymanvw, for bringing this one back for me and my girlfriend on their recent trip. She actually didn't mind it at all; I just couldn't bring myself past the basement thing. Take all this with a grain of salt, it's probably just me.

MMAJYK, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At homebrew club's hybrid and blonde style meeting.

A - Golden, moderate white foam, dissipates fast.

S - Tangerine and malts.

T - Tangerine and malts.

M - Slightly carbonated, but naturally well balanced from tangerine pith. I want to say that Lost Coast accounted for the pith bitterness and added less hops. Good on them. Good balance.

D - Good, real refreshing for a fruit beer.

MisterClean, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of Drew966
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tangerine Wheat pours a hazy orange color with an off white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma does a pretty good job of capturing tangerine, it's not all sweetness, there is some rind too. The body is very light, there is a nice tangerine flavor and a fair bit of wheat in the aftertaste. I would disagree with those reviewers who think this tastes like orange soda, it never really gets very sweet. Pretty good summer beer. Recommended.

Drew966, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of tpd975
2.58/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a bright golden orange color with a nice tall fizzy head. The head dies as fast as it rises leaving a rather flat looking drink. No lace at all.

S: Nice light citrus flavors consisting mostly of orange and tangerine. Light yeasty aroma as well.

T: Yuck. Not a fan. Fake tasting tangerine with wheat. Very floral, taste like I am eating a flower dipped in imitation tangerine.

M: Rather light and sort of flat despite a steady stream of bubbles.

D: Nah, a bomber is way to much of this one, three ounces is too much to be honest.

tpd975, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of dbONE
4.4/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a standard pint.
The cup runneth over with the explosive white head as it falls out of the bottle forming a peaceful golden body releasing and aroma
of strong orange blossoms. This carries over to the essence of tangerine that latches on as you roll up for the first sip.
As you except this first sip your taste buds pick up the wheat that is well masked behind the citrus storm. The citrus tingles the tongue as it rolls across and falls away. The head really doesn't have time to fade away into the glass because the beer in the glass isn't in there very long. This is a light drink that sit at only 5%, perfect for the hot summer day, one after another. This is also a great breakfast for those weekend mornings you want to start early.

dbONE, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
2.93/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

07/17/08- Purchased at Ledger's in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness information. Poured into my Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

Appearance- Clouded and yeasty deep golden pour. Samll to mid range yeast particles. About a 1/2 inch head upon pour which fades to nothing in a snap. Leaves absolutely no lacing..looks fairly lifeless.

Smell- Certainly not fresh tangerine juice. More like a can of orange crush with some yeasty scents and maybe a touch of powdered sugar.

Taste- Tastes like tangerine, but as in a flavoring extract rather than actual juice. No banana, clove or anything like that. Pretty much just flavoring and wheat.

Mouthfeel- About the right amount of carbonation...mild fake fruit aftertaste.

Drinkability- It was quenching, but really didn't come anywhere near hitting the mark. Would not really recommend.

GClarkage, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of flexabull
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This has become a very popular beer out here in Northern Cal. And now it's bottled. This really competes well with the like of Blue Moon. I have friends that really like it. Me? We shall see...

Pours a pale and hazy gold color with a very faint head.

Aromas are of oranges and tangerines. Not all that beer like, but it does smell pleasant.

Taste is very fruit forward as well. Beer tastes thin and crisp. Some citrus flavors, mostly that tangerine flavor. Finish is a bit creamy, but also kind of flat.

Mouthfeel is weak, thin, and a bit overcarbonated feeling. Not terrible, but not great either.

Drinkability is good. This is a refreshing and easy to drink "summer like" beer. Especially nice on a really warm day. But I wouldn't want more than a couple.

flexabull, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of bunnyhustle
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light orange with decent, yet fizzy head. Smell, as you would have guessed, is all tangerine or orange. Taste is about the same. Taste like you would guess, a wheat beer with tangerine flavoring. I do have to say I dont mind an orange slice in a hefe every now and then and this was similar to that, just similar though. Mouthfeel was light and crisp due to the high carbonation. Overall I cant say this was terrible, but I probabyl wont seek it out again. I think if they toned down the tangerine and added some body to it, it could be a great beer.

bunnyhustle, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden hue with a nice white head. Color and inability to see through it much resembles that of a Hefe Weizen through had very minimal lacing.

Smell: Overbearing of tangerine. Lost Coast was not very subtle about naming this one. Next time they should just label all their drinks "Beer" You could smell very little wheat and the citrus undertones overcame any indication of alcohol.

Taste: Simply put just like a tangerine. This shouldn't be in a bottle, this should be in a Hi-C carton for adults to pack in their lunch. If you are a big fan of girly drinks, this beer is for you.

Mouthfeel: Light to Medium carbonation, easy on the palate and goes down unsurprisingly smooth. Thick enough to really grasp the taste and syrupy enough so that there is no change in aftertaste.

Drinkability: Has very high easy drinkability with little resistance to any flavor that isn't tangerine. Honestly disappointed with this beer since Lost Cost makes it. Think about using this beer to make punch at parties to add a kick to it or use it for baking.

ThreeWiseMen, May 27, 2008
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

$3.49 for a 22 ounce bottle at La Bodega in Riverside, CA., in May 2008.

Pours a slightly cloudy orange (the color it should be for this beer), with a lot of carbonation.

Aroma is citrus, tangerines, sweet oranges. Flavor is more of the same. No real complexity, almost like a spritzer with orange flavor and a touch of alcohol. Not very beer-like, honestly. But I will say that this is one of the easiest drinking beers I have had in a very long time. It's a moderate temperature day, and I think I would kill for one of these after a hot day working in the yard.

As other reviewers have stated, it may be very simple, very orange soda like in its character, but give it dues for its drinkability.

Dukeofearl, May 26, 2008
Photo of Zorro
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Cloudy to hazy orange colored ale with a average white head.

Smell is orange soda and that is all that you can say about this, no hop, no malt, just oranges.

Taste is sweet and strongly oranges with a wheat malt flavor and a hint of hop. This tastes EXACTLY like orange cake. Little bit sour so I assume juice was actually added so it fermented the sugars and left the citric acid in the beer. Doesn't taste bad but definitely a girl beer.

Mouthfeel is full.

A beer for people that don't really like malt or hops, pretty close to an orange soda in all respects. Not really for Beer Aficionados.

Zorro, May 12, 2008
Photo of woemad
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$5 pitcher special at the Viking Tavern in Spokane.

Poured a hazy straw color, with a creamy looking white head that stood up about an inch or so above the brew. Spotty lace.

Big, tangerine scent that cancelled nearly everything else out. Very vague earthy wheat scent, but it was buried under all the citrus.

Like the nose, the citrus flavor dominates the taste. It's actually not bad, but it doesn't taste like a wheat beer, but a fruit beer. There are both sweet and sour aspects to the tangerine flavor that keep it relatively balanced enough that it doesn't seem like a can of orange crush. Still, I'd like to see the fruit reined in a bit.

The body was somewhere between light and medium bodied. Mouthfeel seemed about right for a wheat beer.

Very drinkable, the strong suit of this beer. Would be very quaffable on a hot day, but wasn't quite what was looking for on a cold, it's-spring-why-is-it-snowing night.

woemad, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a hazy straw yellow with a slight golden hue. with a bright white head that leaves very little lacing.

S- smells of tangerine, about 80% of it of cutting in to a tangerine and 20% of it is tangerine rinds.

T- tastes of a solid wheat beer, with a great sourness of tangerine rinds.

M- leaves the mouth moist and yeasty, with a slight sweetness from the fruit but also a slight sourness from the rind flavors.

D- This is a very drinkable beer. Not my styles, ie fruit and wheat. But I would love this beer in the summer. I might even bring a growler of it to the golf course.

paulthebeerguru, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of dbalsock
2.4/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It looked alright to start. Appeared pale yellow and had a very nice white head that lasted considerably longer than I expected. It only went away towards the bottem of the glass. The smell was of tangerine extract, definitely not fresh tangerine, and it completely masked any scent of beer. The taste was another step away from beer, as it tasted entirely like tang. The carbonation helped this out a bit and made it seem a little more like soda, but nothing could make this actually seem like a beer after such an intense fruit smell and taste. It may be easily quaffable if you aren't looking for beer to drink, but for me, I like my beer to taste a little like beer.

dbalsock, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of jayfarley3
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on-tap in a pint glass, appearance was a dark hazy orange color with a small head. has a strong fruity tangerine aroma to it. tastes pretty much like it smells, has a strong sweet tangerine flavor. mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth tasting. im not a big fan of this type of beer but this one was really refreshing and would probably try it again on a hot summer day.

jayfarley3, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Arrived at my table a mildly cloudy orange with a scant 1/4 inch head. Smells of.. tangerines and more tangerines. Very dominant tangerine flavor. Slightly sweet and and then bitter. The citrus tangerine flavor overpowers everything else. Mouthfeel is crisp and moderately carbonated. This is a smooth drinking beer and although it's now November, I can see myself enjoying a few of these if I should happen upon it on draft again in the summer. Quite thirst quenching.

ClockworkOrange, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lost Coast- Tangerine

Appearance- Dark orange with no head.
Smell- Strong Tangerine/ peach/ grapefruit.
Mouthfeel- Sweet peach flavor, mild citrus hops. Slight wheat/ hay/ grain taste.
Mouthfeel- Sweet and crisp. Like a Fresca soda.

Overall- A candy tasting beer. Not bad if you're going to drink half a pint. Novelty!!

NJpadreFan, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of MLegendre
2.6/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Unfiltered like most of their beers. Cloudy orange. Decent white head and a bit of lacing.

S: Smelled just like tangerines. Any other smell was completly dominated by tangerines.

T: Low and behold this beer tasted like tangerines. There was a slight bitterness in the finish, but for the most part this tasted like fruit juice. Can't say I was a fan of it.

M: Decent amount of carbonation and pretty smooth, but very thick and syrupy... sometimes I like that in a beer (ex: Stouts), but it didn't work for this beer.

D: I'm not a big fan of fruit beers, but I have enjoyed Lost Coast's other offerings, Raspberry Brown and Apricot Wheat, those wern't too overpowering with the fruit taste. This one however was so fruity that it didn't even taste like beer.

MLegendre, Jul 28, 2006
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Tangerine Wheat from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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