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Mandarin Nectar - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gusler on 03-30-2003

A Honey Ale with natural orange flavor. Spices used in a Belgian Wit beer, coriander and orange zest, complement the orange blossom honey used in this ale.
Draft & 22oz bottles.
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Ratings: 256 | Reviews: 93
Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery in Alpine. Orange-Amber color, ok head. Aroma of orange and orange. Flavor is sweet oranges, pretty good. Very easy to drink.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and slight citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, honey, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer beer that is drinkable, but it's a pretty basic and underwhelming beer coming from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.61/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange. The color of honey, no surprise, I guess. Small white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Buckets of honey. Some citrus. Diacetyl.

Taste - Tastes like honey. Lots of honey, but not too sweet. Some citrus. And then diacetyl.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and medium carbonation.

Overall - It isn't that interesting to begin with, but the diacetyl is a deal breaker.

Photo of Sndvl1999
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Hints of orange. Flavor falls flat. Not their Alpine's best effort.

Photo of chinchill
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewpub in Alpine.

Appearance: Clear amber with a small and short-lived head. No lacing.

Aroma: mild light malt with a hint of honey.

Flavor: sweet but not cloying. Light bready malts with a hint of honey.

Feel: Light body with near medium carbonation.

O: a fine honey ale

Photo of mabermud
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into a standard pint glass from a 22 recently purchased from Alpine. I am confident this brew is fairly fresh.

A - The head appears standard white, with medium bubble density and thickness. The body is clear and golden in color. The appearance is nice and clean.
S - The smell is light, citrusy, and sweet.
T - The taste is also light, citrusy, and bright. There is sweetness throughout and tanginess at the backend.
M - The mouthfeel is easy, airy, and clean.
O - This is a nice summer beer for those hot, sunny days, when you need something that will not hold you down. This beer is nicely spiced and easy to drink. My wife and her girlfriend really enjoyed this brew during the afternoon. Simple drinking here...

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Pours a light amber hue with golden edges, fluffy white head, decent retention with some lacing. Aroma is sweet German malt, light orange zest and spice. Flavor follows the nose - real nice malt bill, the orange zest and coriander are subtle and the honey is nice, finishes with light hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied, light carbonation and a dry finish. Very drinkable - especially in the warm summer months in California, or great for an anytime session beer.

Photo of pkalix
2.62/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

my first alpine beer! it kind of sucks...
like the other guy said- apricot color, not carbonated much, no head.
smells like a crappy brew.
sorry, I might just be in a piss-y mood, but this is rather bland with a funky aftertaste. why go into details? kind of novelty tasting.... harsh. very difficult to finish the entire bottle. 5 oz flight taster, sure; but never a 22oz bottle.... sorry guys... still cant wait to make the drive down to taste your good stuff...

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Type: Draft
Glass: Pint glass
From: Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $4.50
Purchased: Jan. 5, 2014
Consumed: Jan. 5, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured an orange, clear color with one finger of white head when I got it. Minimal lacing on the sides. Minimal retention on the top.

Had to work for the smell initially. Got mandarin, nectarine, citrus, floral and orange rind.

Tasted mandarin, nectarine, floral hops and citrus hops.

Light-to-medium body. Thin texture. Soft carbonation. Abrupt finish.

A pretty decent beer, but not great. I probably wouldn’t have it again and definitely wouldn’t if I was at Alpine Beer Company.

Photo of gatornation
2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A- pours a clear apricot color with a quick receding head very little lacing and a small cap/collor
S-honey some orange and butterbread
T- honey ans sweet bread a bit of orange and citrus nectar and some spice
M-watery and bland with a sweet malt butter coating
O- such a bad beer from a great brewery

Photo of rlee1390
3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-Clear yellow orange, well carbonated, two finger fizzy head that doesn't last.

S-Butter, other off putting stuff. Honey that isn't balanced at all, Then a whole bunch of nothing.

T-Honey, butter, bread, not balanced, artificial, not bitterness.

M-Light, some carbonation, tad watery.

O-Alpine does such wonders with hoppy beers and then I tried this. Ouch. Avoid.

Photo of mactrail
2.94/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Handsome clear amber in the tall Stella glass with plenty of lacing. The orange peel stands out. I smell honey, hard candy, and a whiff of grain and maybe a band-aid.

I guess you like the distinct honey flavor or you don't. It seems really strongly-flavored to me, with that sugary, cloying sensation. Unfortunately it's followed by a faintly sour, medicinal note, a little too much like a honey cough drop. Vegetal taste like zucchini, and something like a hint of kaffir lime leaf. Long bitterish, fruity, murky aftertaste.

While light, this is not what I would call refreshing. From the 22 oz bottle bought yesterday at the brewery.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok... Raul only tasted it because he is here (at the brewery) and on the beat - a lil 5 ounce taster and out the door. Verdict? Not OJ guilty, but kind of like Robert Blake should have been. What we have here is a clean and more pure Blue Moon.

Raul did it once and he won't do it again.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks merc for sharing

The bottle pours a clear amber with negligible head. The nose is relatively neutral with a hint of orange peel, honey, and spice. The taste is a boring with a similar drabness, very malt forward, touch of spice. My major complaint is that the beer is horribly under-carbonated, syrupy, reminds me of capri sun. Underwhelming beer that I'd probably pass on in the future

Photo of kojevergas
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on-draught into a 5 oz taster at Alpine's pub. Expectations were high; I love Alpine. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a beige floater; no real head here. Body is a clear pale yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Nectary hops, honey, floral hops, apricot fruit, and pale malts. A mild strength aroma.

T: Nectary hops, apricot fruit and accompanying esters, clean pale malts, and a crisp clean malted barley finish. Tasty and crisp. Very well balanced. The apricot is wonderful. A bit of honey sweetness. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Crisp, clean, smooth, and wet. Ideal thickness and carbonation. Complements the flavour profile very well.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable. I'd have it again. Another solid offering from Alpine. Tasty stuff for the style. I quite like it. I'd recommend it to friends.

High B

Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is transparent golden orange with a creamy white head and some large bubbles. Nose is heavy pilsner grain, lightly toasted, with light notes of citric orange and a honey tinge underneath. Taste is more balanced, the honey gives it a creamy body and adds gently to the toasted grain. Also some caramel malt notes, sweet but well attenuated, with citrus notes and a bit of herbal hops. Very interesting beer, nicely balanced and well done.

Photo of mmapes
4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden orange-yellow (or is that the power of suggestion talking)? Grainy, sweet high note on the finish but not overall too sweet. Long finish, particularly the orange and honey. Honey is noticeable; orange not so much. Long finish is like orange cream. Good!

Photo of wd40
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was somewhat dissappointed not to smell and taste the orange zest and coriander and mountain breeze!
Not a particularly noteworthy beer. The appearence is a slightly cloudy amber color. The smell is slightly better than what I would expect from a macrolager. The taste has a little bit of honey in it which might be interesting if the rest of the beer was more solid. Because the rest of the beer is so lacking, the honey just seems like it's an attempt to hide the impurities and imperfections in the beer. The mouthfeel is pretty flat and unremarkable. Overall, I would not recommend this beer unless there was really nothing else around.

Photo of t420o
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alpine mandarin nectar

old review from oct. 2011

A- semi aggressive pour produces a 1 finger off white head that recedes rather quick leaving decent lacing. Body is a deep straw/gold color. 3.5

S- smells like a wheat beer with orange creamsickle. Not much else. Slight hint of lemon zest and honey. 3.5  

T- a very interesting beer I'm nit sure I've had many like it. It's got between a wit beer and wheat beer taste with an intersting mandarin orange/orange pez taste that isn't overbearing or fake tasting. It's an excellent compliment to the beer. There is a hint of some honey in there as well. Abv is very well hidden.  3.5 

M- good viscotity and carbonation. Above average. 4

O- this would be a great beer for a warm day or anytime your desiring something light in taste and refreshing. If buy this again.  4



Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Bdige.

Enjoyed on 4.23.12.

A - Pours a clear, medium orange with a one finger, off-white head that fizzes down quickly.

S - Malty and candy.

T - Rye bread, candy, ripe citrus fruit, almost like rice candy.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Light, but the flavors are a bit odd.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Alpine

A: Pours a dark gold color with a thin white head. Pretty clean looking.

S: Definitely getting a lot of the orange blossom here with a lot of honey sweetness. Smells a bit sweet but nothing particularly offensive here.

T: Wasn't really a huge fan of this one. A LOT of sweetness, mainly like an orange syrup kind of sweetness with a lot of honey throughout. As it warms, it develops more of a yeast flavor. I probably wouldn't go for this again.

Photo of Murrhey
3.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap at Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, CA. Reviewed from notes. Paired with a pulled pork sandwich and beer battered fries.

A- Thick white head, short retention. No lacing. Crystal clear orange color.

S- Light malts and citrusy smells. Smells sweet and honeyed. Honey, orange, sugariness.

T- Light, sweet flavor. Orange, honey, light malts and sugar.

M- Heavy carbonation, thicker feel. Wet.

O- Ok beer, very sweet and thick. Probably wouldn't buy in the store if I saw it.

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an almost clear amber-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind a bit of lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet malts with some honey, orange zest, and some light spice. There is a touch of floral smells as well.

T - Starts off with some orange and other citrus with some floral flavors and some light honey. Through the middle, some light spice and some sweeter honey. The finish is a mix of orange peel, honey sweetness, and some sweet malts.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet honey finish.

D - Very drinkable. Super sessionable. On the light side but still has some good flavors and very nice balance.

Photo of tobelerone
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An easy drinker but an ultimately forgettable beer from a brewery that makes some of the finest IPAs in the world. This is not one I would go back to personally, if given the choice to have Nelson, Duet, or one of the other incredible hoppy Alpine creations. Mandarin Nectar is hazy orange with a good sized white head; nice retention, minimal lacing. Aroma of mildly sweet honey and oranges, a bit of biscuity malt. Flavor follows the nose; the orange citrus character is nice but not particularly big or bitter. In fact the hoppiness in general is pretty restrained. Honey is noticed but more on the subtle side; this is not an overly sweet beer.

Medium-light bodied with carbonation just a bit on the higher side. Fairly crisp and clean in the finish and overall mouthfeel. Good summer refresher I suppose. Again this wasn’t bad by any means but not all that memorable or exceptional.

Photo of corby112
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the brewpub.

Pours a clear, dark golden yellow color with a half finger white head that quickly settles into a thing ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus aroma with subtle spiciness and pale malts. Lots of orange peel along with apricot and other light fruits countered by some zesty coriander and bready yeast.

Medium bodied with a good balance of zesty spice, citrus sweetness and bready yeast. Not overly spicy or dominant/overpowering in any area. Really well balanced with honey sweetness, orange and apricot countered by spicy pepper and coriander notes.  Not overly complex but flavorful and very quaffable.

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Mandarin Nectar from Alpine Beer Company
78 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.