Mandarin Nectar - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 10
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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Photo of RoyalT
2.77/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This one is light orange in color. The head is nice and foamy but the liquid itself looks really cheap, like water with a few drops of orange food coloring in it.

Smell – There's a light, orangy hop aroma here with a little bit of pine but otherwise not much else to be had.

Taste – This one went South quick. The light orange hops turned into rotten orange peel and the flavor profile picked up a harsh medicinal quality.

Mouthfeel – This Fruit Beer is light-bodied and tangy in a bothersome way.

Sinkability – I love their Pure Hoppiness, but this tangy, medicinal effort by Alpine Beer left me cold.

Photo of Dmann
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was kind of a let down concitering how great the Alpine Pure Hoppiness is. It poured a golden color with little to no head that left no hint of lace down the glass. The smell was very hard to get, but it was mostly of sweet honey and a hint of orange. The flavor was average at best with a big sweet malt flavor and a good dose of honey as well. The orange flavor was quite subdued as was any hint of hops. The mouthfeel was very flat and could have used a little more carbonation. This is a pretty easy drinking, non offensive beer though(my girlfriend actually liked it and she hates all beers) but quite borring for me. Pass.

Photo of magictrokini
2.92/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours predominately gold with some orange highlights. Great citrus aroma of oranges. Some bread and grass as well. Subtle orange taste over a bready malt backbone. Tastes kind of candy-fake instead of fresh oranges. Some honey and spice, similar to a wit. Refreshing, but lacking.

Photo of ehammond1
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.28/5  rDev -62.6%
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).

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 MrVonzipper
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very tasty beer from alpine. I could see drinking this after a hard days work and drinking the whole bomber and maybe even 2 if I didn't feel like drinking something else (which is rare)

Pours a clear golden. Nice white head formed but it's just a tiny ring now. No lacing. Very clear.

Aroma is a little like mandarins. Mostly honey malt. Smells a little bready too.

Dang. This is a good light beer. I could see drinkin this with buddies at a pub and drinking a couple pitchers because it goes down so easy. You can taste a little honey, citrus and a nice malt. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is great. High carb like a light beer should.

Man I wish I could get more alpine brews closer to me. I could drink a pitcher of this at the bar easily.

Photo of nickd717
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from K&L.

Awesome appearance: clear brilliant golden in color with a lasting one-finger white head and excellent lacing.

Big orange zest on the aroma with some cream soda, honey, and sweet malt.

The flavor is rather big on cream soda with sweet pale malt, honey, and lots of orange zest.

Clean and crisp on the palate yet smooth and silky with medium-light body.

This is pretty good actually after not sounding like anything too interesting. Good for the style at least.

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

Pours a golden/light amber in color from a bomber into a pint glass from a 22 oz. bottle. Head is present, at least for a while.

Smell is intriguing but not overly exciting. Nice orange notes yet not really that fruity per se, and offers a nice spicy close on the tongue. But wait, just picked up nice nectar notes on the nose. And the beer does finish with a lingering nectar-like sweetness that is pleasant. A touch sweet but not syrupy, and with a light honey finish.

Not a preferred style but surely have room for this one.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick review before the fiancée finishes making dinner! : )

Appearance - Pours a light tangerine color into my SA Perfect Pint. About two fingers of fluffy but quickly dissipating foam, which leave decent lacing.

Smell - Malty nose with prominent wheat. Slight spices make their way through along with orange zest and some grass.

Taste - Honestly, my first reaction is this reminds me of a Blue Moon but is more flavorful. I don't feel this should be labeled a "fruit" beer because there really isn't a heavy prominence of it though it isn't bad by any means. Very flavorful as stated, with a nice spice kick to it.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied bordering on light bodied. Crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Drinkability - Honestly, pretty drinkable in my onion. I am quaffing this down as I type and it is tasting pretty good right before dinner. I wouldn't seek this out by any means because of the price and as stated I feel I could concoct a Blue Moon to achieve the same taste for half the price but a good beer to try nonetheless.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color with a tight, white head that leaves a nice layer of lacing.

Smells of bright citrus notes.

Tastes of mild orange notes and some underlying sweetness. Orange is more subdued than I expected, but what is there is nice. Some of the honey sweetness comes through to complement the orange along with some floral notes. There is some coriander, but it is very subtle.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a light, fruity beer that while I find nothing offensive about it, it just doesn't strike my fancy.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is very much what it claims to be- a very very very orange (color, aroma, and flavor) and honey beer, much enjoyed on a cool day and likely much better on a hot day. The description says it is Belgian Wit-based, with orange and honey. That may be, but the orange dominates and the other characteristics don't come through (to me). It actually does taste like Mandarin oranges too, not just a generic orange flavor, like many have.

My biggest quibble is that there is almost no carbonation- like it's too much work to create a head.

A tasty beer, one of the better orange-flavored beers I've had (and I've had my share).

Photo of rallison
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber golden color with 1 finger white head that mostly dies.

Smells of honey and some yeasty spiciness. Meh - not all that good.

Taste is similar. Honey, boring slighlty sweeter malt and a touch of spiciness. Simply, boring.

Moutheel is ok and drinkability is ok at best.

Not recommended. A very boring beer all around.

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 scottoale
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber with large a single 2/3 wrap label and no freshness date or bottling code visable.

It pours a bright orange-gold in color with an off-white two-finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Good carbonation and just the slightest bit of sedimentary haze. Looks inviting.

Malty and sweet to the nose, a floral note of honeysuckle sweeps through at the end. Light spiciness as well. It has a bit of a macro malt- liquor smell to it, in it's sweetness.

Nice fruit/malt intro with the orange and coriander pulling through to the mid. Honey and a floral sweetness come in and give a honeysuckle nectar taste, then winds down to a crisp, clean finish with a trace of spice in the aftertaste on the tongue. Good Summertime thirst quencher here. The alcohol is not noticed in the taste or smell, but does come through a little warming towards the end.

Light to medium in body, interesting flavor, easy as pie to drink...a good solid offering from a great little brewery, get some.

Photo of Sixofsigmas
3.07/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep yellow to orange in appearance. Head was somewhat thin and did not last.

S: Smell was of orange, some bready malt, sweet honey.

T: Creamy orange sweetened by the honey, detected hops for half a second on the aftertaste but then it was gone.

M: Creamy, medium carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, but not all that impressive. Might be a good beach beer.

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 Gusler
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a crystalline amber color, the head modest and off white in color, the lace left behind a nice silky covering of the glass. The aroma of coriander and other spices and of course oranges, along with the malt makes a nice combo, fresh and crisp, quite pleasant with the start ambrosial, nice malt presence, the top middling. Finish has a stinging acidity, hops are delicate and the aftertaste dry and long lasting. The first beer I’ve ever tried from this fine brewery, and a quite pleasant beer to quaff on a lazy Sunday afternoon, thanks to Xlperro for this bottle.

Photo of iadler
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of weeare138
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a hazy light gold with a small white head. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of honey, caramel, and light citrus.
Taste is of the same aromas slightly toned down.
Mouthfeel is of honey and tangerine sweetness.

Photo of jcalabre
2.49/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to xlperro for this brew:
Appearance: Mandarin Nectar looks remarkably like a pilsener. It has a yellow/gold color and a large, frothy, white head.
Aroma: The aroma was slightly earthy. I certainly could not detect the presence of mandarins or coriander. This was disappointing.
Flavor: A clean soft taste with a slight hint of mandarin.

This is definitely a thirst quencher, but I was expecting a bit more flavor.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Tim, for lugging this one from CA to PA.

This beer pours a bright and glowing pale orange and straw color with a wade white collar that left a bit of lace.

Smells of popcorn, peaches and lime zest. This was over all very faint.

Tastes of light pasty dinner roll, white flour and buttered popcorn with a light orange zest, a bit of watermelon and strawberry pie filling. In the finish was a musky grapefruit funk.

Felt light with a slightly frothy carbonation.

Meh. I probably would have appreciated this more had it been more seasonal. The next time I try this, I'll be sure that it's the summer time.

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

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Mandarin Nectar from Alpine Beer Company
78 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.