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Mandarin Nectar - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.25%


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:
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.

(Beer added by: Gusler on 03-30-2003)
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pkalix

California

2.6/5  rDev -23.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 02:56:16 | More by pkalix
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BucannonXC5

California

3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2014 06:23:48 | More by BucannonXC5
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gatornation

Minnesota

2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 21:11:58 | More by gatornation
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 19:24:18 | More by rlee1390
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mactrail

California

2.91/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 06:29:22 | More by mactrail
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RaulMondesi

California

3/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2013 06:01:12 | More by RaulMondesi
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.61/5  rDev +5.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 19:51:59 | More by ThePorterSorter
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kojevergas

Texas

3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2013 23:13:43 | More by kojevergas
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 18:28:52 | More by cpetrone84
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mmapes

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +21.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 17:39:36 | More by mmapes
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wd40

New York

2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 03:41:46 | More by wd40
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t420o

California

3.65/5  rDev +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



Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 02:32:40 | More by t420o
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.58/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 04:16:49 | More by HuskyinPDX
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notchucknorris

California

3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2012 01:22:34 | More by notchucknorris
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Murrhey

Montana

3.18/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2012 22:06:21 | More by Murrhey
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ngeunit1

California

4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 06:26:17 | More by ngeunit1
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 15:03:31 | More by tobelerone
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2012 23:47:57 | More by corby112
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tulip glass.

A: Medium gold, a finger of pure white head which dissipates rather quickly to a ring of foam. Some streaks of lacing.

S: Sugary malt, honey, floral notes, orange cream.

T: Sweet orange, pale malt, creamy sherbert, a little floral and spice. Sweetness makes this flabby and so not very refreshing.

M: Medium body and medium-high carbonation.

O: So-so. Not particularly drinkable, which would be the one redeeming feature of this style of beer. I was also expecting more "mandarin" punch. I think it's funny how average Alpine's regular offerings are.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 04:28:26 | More by pmarlowe
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soze47

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Alpine Brewpub as part of a flight tasting. Review is from notes, tasted on 12/31/11.

Appearance: Golden orange color. Look well carbonated.

Aroma: Not a big nose, both malty and slightly spicy and hoppy.

Taste: Starts with citrus sweetness, finishes roasty and nutty.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Very easy to drink. Light bodied and well carbonated, this one has a good amount of complexity.

Overall: Nice beer to reach for if you want something light bodied and nice citrus and slight sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2012 13:32:17 | More by soze47
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iadler

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brew pub.

A- Pours a translucent light gold that leaves a few thin lines of lacing.

S- Light floral hops, herbal spices, mandarine, lemon, honey and some sweet bready malt.

T- Fairly sweet with honey, bready and caramel malt, mandarine jam, candied lemon peel, herbal spices and some floral hops.

M- medium carb and light body. Finishes sweet.

O- Not a bad beer, but pretty bland and boring from a brewery I really respect. I'll be sticking with their ipas.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2012 19:51:34 | More by iadler
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ehammond1


3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Alpine Beer Company
Alpine, CA

Clear orange and golden with a very thin off-white head. This beer leaves sheets of lacing down the glass.

A very sweet, syrupy, floral, and citrusy aroma.

An authentic and juicy mandarin orange flavor along with honey sweetness. This is a sweet beer, and almost overly so. Simple and uncomplicated.

Thin to medium bodied with low carbonation.

A sweet orange and honey ale. Some might think this is too sweet, and I'm almost in that group. Alpine makes far better offerings to have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 01:59:50 | More by ehammond1
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scottfrie

California

3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into SN imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden-amber with a thin white head that quickly faded into a fuzzy scum that left a complex network of lacing down the glass.
S: Orange blossom honey dominates along with a good dose of bready yeast and pale malt.
T: Sweet notes of pale malts and cracked grains mixed with orange zest, orange blossom honey and a bit dry biscuit-like yeast dominate but I get some coriander as well. The finish has a touch sugary sweetness and the finish is full of sweet orange.
M: Slick and drying mouthfeel, medium-light body with thin carbonation.
O: A little sweet but I was really digging the flavor. Pretty good mouthfeel and overall refreshing and easy to drink. Far from my favorite Alpine beer but not bad all around.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 23:57:19 | More by scottfrie
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

1.25/5  rDev -63.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured out a pretty light orange, a shade lighter than their ipa offerings. Aroma was horrible. Obviously something was wrong, as Alpine consistently makes some of the best smelling offerings in the world. This was obviously diacetyl, but in the most potent concentration I've ever come across (or my BA dad who also suffered from this beer's massive flaw).

Taste, could only gather one taste, and had to pour the rest out. Absolutely disgusting. I've had some D-ctyl bombs before, but this was the imperial nuclear daisy cutter of all diacetyl bombs.

I hope it was just an aberation from these guys, weird something like this would ever leave the brewery. Weird stuff, first the slight diacetyl with Emerson this summer, and then to be followed by this failure. I guess I'll stick w/ their world class ipa's from here on out (and Raven's Odin or vice versa).

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 18:05:01 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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MrVonzipper

California

3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber color with a decent white head. Fair retention and lacing.

Nose is surprising weak. I was definitely looking for some orange/mandarin or honey like sweetness and I'm not getting any of that. Maybe a touch of pale malt and cold odorless orange peel.

Flavor is just like the nose. I got no mandarin. Maybe as the beer warms there is a touch of orange peel. Again there is pale malt but no distinguishing characteristics. It vaguely tastes like a lighter Fat Tire.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with med-high carbonation.

Overall it's very drinkable and not a terrible beer. There is just absolutely nothing special or distinguishing about it. I think they need to revise the recipe because they have so many other amazing beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 23:46:34 | More by MrVonzipper
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Mandarin Nectar from Alpine Beer Company
78 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.