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Mandarin Nectar - Alpine Beer Company

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78
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214 Ratings
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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | 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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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

1.25/5  rDev -63.5%

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).

10-10-2011 18:05:01 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Tom-Peters

California

1.5/5  rDev -56.1%

08-30-2012 19:53:01 | More by Tom-Peters
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tfidler

Illinois

1.75/5  rDev -48.8%

07-21-2013 02:47:02 | More by tfidler
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IP-EH

California

2/5  rDev -41.5%

05-19-2013 21:57:39 | More by IP-EH
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bca115

California

2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

02-24-2013 17:12:26 | More by bca115
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francisweizen

Alaska

2.38/5  rDev -30.4%

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.

12-10-2004 08:03:55 | More by francisweizen
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jcalabre

California

2.48/5  rDev -27.5%

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.

07-05-2003 15:09:00 | More by jcalabre
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Birmz

California

2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

05-29-2014 19:42:37 | More by Birmz
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OC_Beer_Fan

California

2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

08-06-2013 06:23:26 | More by OC_Beer_Fan
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Dmitchsd

California

2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

08-27-2014 13:54:02 | More by Dmitchsd
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wd40

New York

2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

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.

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

California

2.6/5  rDev -24%

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...

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

California

2.68/5  rDev -21.6%

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.

06-27-2010 19:16:30 | More by billshmeinke
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RoyalT

Ohio

2.73/5  rDev -20.2%

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.

10-25-2004 19:58:25 | More by RoyalT
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Reappropriated

California

2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

03-24-2014 20:47:36 | More by Reappropriated
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

11-14-2011 18:20:18 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nanobrew

California

2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

05-03-2012 19:22:58 | More by nanobrew
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

01-04-2014 23:10:09 | More by mmulebarn
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Zaximus

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

08-30-2013 02:27:46 | More by Zaximus
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magictrokini

California

2.88/5  rDev -15.8%

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.

12-04-2008 19:47:32 | More by magictrokini
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sleazo

New York

2.9/5  rDev -15.2%

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.

03-09-2007 17:49:27 | More by sleazo
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mactrail

Washington

2.91/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

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

Minnesota

2.93/5  rDev -14.3%

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

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

California

3/5  rDev -12.3%

07-25-2013 05:57:51 | More by emilylee
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Dinz400


3/5  rDev -12.3%

10-04-2012 20:35:00 | More by Dinz400
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Mandarin Nectar from Alpine Beer Company
78 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.