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Mandarin Nectar - Alpine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
79
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244 Ratings
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Ratings: 244
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.25/5  rDev -63.5%
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).

Photo of Tom-Peters
1.5/5  rDev -56.1%

Photo of tfidler
1.75/5  rDev -48.8%

Photo of IP-EH
2/5  rDev -41.5%

Photo of bca115
2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of francisweizen
2.38/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

Photo of jcalabre
2.48/5  rDev -27.5%
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 Birmz
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of OC_Beer_Fan
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of Dmitchsd
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

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 Alieniloquium
2.6/5  rDev -24%
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 pkalix
2.6/5  rDev -24%
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 billshmeinke
2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
2.73/5  rDev -20.2%
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 Reappropriated
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Sndvl1999
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

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

Photo of The_Jerk
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of nanobrew
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of mmulebarn
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Zaximus
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of RichPettie
2.84/5  rDev -17%

Photo of magictrokini
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
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 sleazo
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
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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Mandarin Nectar from Alpine Beer Company
79 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.