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Mandarin Nectar - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 93
Hads: 267
Avg: 3.41
pDev: 24.93%
Wants: 11
Gots: 16 | 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 Beerandraiderfan
1.28/5  rDev -62.5%
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).

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Photo of francisweizen
2.41/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light orange amber, small white head with minimal lacing. aromas of chewable orange vitamins, a strange yeastiness, slight bready malts, and nearly non-existant hops. Taste is malty, with hints of honey and medicinal orange. Mouthfeel is light and ok, and drinkability is bad.

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Photo of jcalabre
2.49/5  rDev -27%
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.

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Photo of wd40
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.61/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Photo of pkalix
2.62/5  rDev -23.2%
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...

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Photo of billshmeinke
2.67/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a mug.

Cloudy golden color with yeast at the bottom that looks kinda like some sand was dropped in there. A finger in a half white head that has good retention but not much lacing.

Basically smell like a wheat beer. Nothing really special there.

The taste is pretty similar. Light witbier flavor with hints of orange and coriander.

Light bodied with high carbonation. Pretty smooth.

Just kind of a not that great beer. I love Alpine's IPA/DIPAs, but this is the second non IPA/DIPA that I have tried by Alpine that just isn't that good.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.77/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.92/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of sleazo
2.92/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a kight brown. Minimal head. Some lacing present. Smell is dominated by an orange perfume and honey which i suppose it should for an Orange beer. Taste is sweet with the malt hitting you upfront followed by orange peels. The orange oil lingers in the mouth. This is perhaps a bit too sweet. As it warms a spiciness comes through that was masked by the cold. Mouthfeel is light. Almost soda like. This will appeal to those who like fruit beers but it may just be a tad too sweet for me. One should be enough. This isn't bad for a novelty. I just don't think I could sit here downing too many of these.

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Photo of gatornation
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

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Photo of mactrail
2.94/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
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.

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Photo of
3.01/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bottle

"Brewed with honey & natural orange flavors"

Clear, true gold in color. Modest, off-white head.

Aroma of oranges and honeysuckle. Fairly mild.

Taste is oranges and honey. Grassy/herbal notes at finish.

Medium body. Medium carbonation. Moderately dry.

I do not care for this very much. Too much orange flavor, and not enough beer. Anyone remember Sunkist? Probably very good for the style. I'm learning that I am not a fruit/beer guy.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed at our Epic Chicago Tasting.

A - A light golden color that was a little bit hazy. Decent white head, no lacing.

S - Not a huge fan of this, smells like a wheat beer with some oranges added to it. Bit too sweet, smells a litle fake.

T - Orange, sweetness, honey, something a little off on this. It's not like it's a horrible beer, but it's boring and light. Little bit of spice in there.

M - Light bodied, carbonated, little syrupy.

D - While not the worst beer ever, it's not all that good, and the drinkability is merely average at 6.5%.

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Photo of Sixofsigmas
3.07/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of rallison
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.11/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a remarkably clear light golden-orange color with a fluffy white head and some mild lacing.

S: The nose is not very robust. A touch of coriander spice, some mild orange aroma, and a little sweetness.

T: The honey comes through and gives the beer some sweetness and a bit of a floral flavor. A light citrusy taste but not much in the way of the coriander that I noticed on the nose.

M: The body is medium, perhaps a bit slick and a surprisingly low carbonation.

D: I suppose I should have looked into this beer a bit more before I bought it, but this was one of the few disappointing Alpine beers I've had.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear honey, head leaves fast to ring. Not much lace.

S - Wheat beer smell, Belgian like yeast smell. Very light on both counts.

T - Wheat beer with some orange and spice - coriander maybe?

M - Light bodied, a little clingy in the finish.

D - One of my least favorite from one of my most favorite breweries.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber clear with a tiny rising stream of a few bubbles topped off with a thin ivory settled coating.

Light scents of gummy bear and light apricot.

First swigs: Gelatin fruit of peach. A light wit ale aspect. Wheat and some hard candy sugar. Not too much going on in the flavor department. Rather benign but inoffensive. Light herbaceous and a tad medicinal.

Feel is tacky and tongue coating. Slick with a fast fiish.

Last swigs: Nothing special. Falls into a candy like beer.

Beer is good. Happy easy going beering.

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Photo of iadler
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.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Poured into a pint glass. Very clean aroma with minimal fruit notes of orange. Light mouthfeel. The taste is very clean with some touches of fruit. Orange dominates the flavor over anything else with really no hop notes to speak of. Lightly sweet start and stays sweet the entire time. A very straight forward easy drinking beer. Not as fruity as I would like though for a fruit beer.

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Photo of bigbelcher
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty much disapointed in this beer from a great little brewery. Color is gold with a rather small head. The aroma was that of an orange extract, not truly fresh. No hop character. The flavor was pretty mediocre with that of malt and light toasted grain. Some citrus but it is more in the aroma. The mouthfeel was low to medium and could have used a more carbonation.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.19/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Mandarin Nectar from Alpine Beer Company
78 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.