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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Ratings: 259 | Reviews: 93
Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a slightly hazy golden body and a white head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Just as advertised, it smells like mandarin orange perfume

Taste: Mandarin orange floral flavor with a smooth finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Awesome combinatino of flavor and quaffability; with the orange flavor, you could drink this stuff for breakfast and be happy the whole day

Photo of surfer4life
4.09/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a dark effervescent orange with a very small head.

S - Smells like a pale ale, some hoppiness to it. I can get some of the orange and I do get honey in the end. Spices include coriander, cinnamon and cloves.

T - Sweet, much sweeter than I expected from the nose. The start is some hops but is quickly overwhelmed by the honey. Orange is there but not overbearing. This is well balanced.

M - Creamy, medium body with medium to high carbonation. Nice warming and makes the mouth feel crisp and clean.

D - Very much so, I might have to for a growled next.

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 UncleJimbo
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, capped.

This ale poured a slightly hazy, light amber color with tall, fluffy, off-white foam that persisted. There was a strong carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The smell was a strong mandarin orange aroma with some malt. The taste was dominated by orange flavor, but there was also a good maltiness. It reminded me of an orange milkshake. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and strong carbonation. Fruity orange and malty flavors gave this a nice feel. This was a very enjoyable beer, and seems to have held up well stored at room temperature (perhaps it actually improved with age?).

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

My pour created two fingers' worth of rocky, eggshell-white head with nice retention. Color was deep gold with NE-quality clarity. Nose was both orange-citrusy and lightly spicy, like black pepper. Mouthfeel was medium with a light orange zest on the tongue. The label mentioned honey, but I missed out on that. The finish was dry with the peppery/coriander presence that I noted on the nose. Yum.

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 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 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 Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale orange with a nice head and a decent amount of lacing as it goes down. The smell is somewhat caramelized in the background, with some orange and a bit of sweetness up front. The taste is quite sweet, with a lot of orange and honey coming through. Fairly well-balanced, and another solid fruit offering from Alpine. Highly drinkable; nice and crisp.

Photo of tpd975
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to SeaBass for this one.

A: Pours a nice light orange hue with a nice foamy white cap. Nice retention and spotty lace.

S: Wonderful aroma of oranges, flowers, and nice sweet honey.

T: Nice floral sweetness with light orange notes. Mild spice and some bready malt.

M: Light in body, good carbonation.

D: Nice sweet summer treat.

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 Gobzilla
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a yellowish orange with a half finger head that had good sticky lacing on the glass.

S: wheat like aromas with hints of mandarins and honey in the nose.

T: crisp honey-mandarin like flavors with a combination of cirtus fruits and slight bitterness at the end of a sip.

M; light to medium body with decent amount of carbonation.

D: pretty sweet for my palate and probably could not drink a whole one by myself.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear gold with white head and just a little lacing.

The smell is faint and very sweet. Im thinking its the honey coming through.

The taste is also on the sweeter side but not overpowering at all. Slight orange and a kind of dry coriander roasted nuts on the back. A nice touch of bitterness as well.

I really dig this beer and it would be perfect for a hot summers day!

Photo of Deuane
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Bright medium orange with a small white head that left little lacing. A very sunny appearance.

S-Light orange, a little sweetness and a bit of clove-like spice.

T-Sweet, juicy orange and a spicy zing. All of this is rather light and completely unoffensive. I like it, flavourful and tasty.

M-Medium-light and bordering on the sticky side of things. Flavour is fairly short lived.

D-Great summer brew to replace malternatives. Nice, light, bouncy and flavourful. A thirst quencher type brew.

Photo of soze47
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of scottfrie
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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.

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 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 mzwolinski
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely, crystal clear gold, with a typhoon swirl of carbonation and a thick, slightly off-white head.

Some orange peel present in the aroma, but fairly faint. Mostly spicy. I didn't find the scent all that appealing -- it struck me as a bit rough.

The honey comes through quite clearly in the flavor, lending a nice counterbalance to the mandarin orange, which kicks in most strongly at the finish. A bit of corriander spice detectable on the back end too. Very nicely balanced.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy, but carbonation is present enough to keep things light. All in all an extremely drinkable, very tasty beer.

Photo of GregSVT
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a Stella snifter. Thanks to Mike for the opportunity.

A: Pours a hazy yellow color with a big white head that fades and leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Malty sweetness with a bit of an orange aroma. Almost bland.

T: The taste is much better than the nose. Starts out with a malty flavor that quickly changes to a mandarin orange flavor. It actually tastes like those little oranges people put in salads...very refreshing.

M: The feel is slightly creamy and crisp.

D: I'd be inclinded to have this again, especially on a hot summer day.

Yet another Alpine brew that I've liked. I have an Expo. I can't wait to try out next.

Photo of broken22
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cannot believe this is my first alpine beer company review. I have had many of their beers. I'm just lucky to be living in San Diego so they are pretty close.

Okay I'll get on with it so not to make anyone feel bad for not living here. :P So this thing pours out and creates a light white head that dies away fairly fast. Once its gone only a thin ring around the edge of the glass are the only hints there ever was a head. The color matches the name. Its an orange honey color. The beer smell very sweet. I can easily smell it even when my nose isn't in the glass. The beer smells of sweet honey with a little malt. Not much more to say about the smell so I'll get right to the taste. This beer is very light on the pallet. This is very much like the description says " light and refreshing". The flavor is much lighter than the smell. The flavor really only hits me on the back end. I cannot really taste it when the beer is in my mouth. I will have to use the description of light when it comes to overall mouth feel with a very nice amount of carbonation.

Overall this is just what alpine says this beer is supposed to be. A nice summer time beer to be enjoyed in the hot days. I like it and think its a nice beer I would have with some BBQ. Actually a nice duck salad would probably work great with this beer. Since this beer much lighter on the pallet I think it would pair really well. Since we are all feeling the heat this summer pick one up if you see it appreciating on you local beer store shelf.

Photo of portia99
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a pale yellowish orange color with a loose one finger of white head. The head gives way almost immediately and recedes to a thin layer on the surface. Very clear beer with lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.

S - Not surprisingly, smells quite heavily of oranges, not super fresh ones though, a little on the old side (like after leaving an orange juice container out of the fridge overnight). A touch of malt that adds a little sweetness to the aroma to round out the oranges. Not getting anything for hops out of this.

T - Orange is prominant in the flavor as I expected, but again, not a really fresh tasting orange. A little on the stale side (but this improves some as the beer warms up - and starts to taste fresher). Gives an overall fruity impression. Hops are there, but don't seem to blend well with the rest of the flavors. They stand out as bitter and a touch on the harsh side. The bitterness of the hops fades to breadlike malt and a touch of yeastiness. Overall, taste is decent, nothing spectacular. I'm a little bit let down - was really hoping to get more orangey citrus out of this.

M - Body is on the light side, gives the beer a refreshing, warm weather quality to it. Quite highly carbonated. Almost has a wheat beer type of feel to it. As the beer warms, more orangey character comes out a leaves a lingering citrus flavor in the mouth. Get way more orange character after the swallow. The lingering aftertaste might be the best part of this beer.

D - Smooth and refreshing. Enjoying this beer more as it warms, although it is still lacking a bit in orangey goodness. Given the name, I expected more. Still think would be a pretty good summertime drinker, but plenty more out there that I would choose first.

Photo of jale
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jesse for this.

A: Pours a light amber with orange hues.and two fingers of off white head.

S: Orange, a hint of grapefruit and light spice and light malt.

T: Coriander spice for a mere second moving into orange and orange zest. Middle is very light malt and hop bitterness followed by slight sourness. Finish is some nice honey flavor.

M: Light and refreshing body.

O: A nice refreshing beer for summer.

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