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Mandarin Nectar - Alpine Beer Company

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229 Ratings
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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and slight citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, honey, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer beer that is drinkable, but it's a pretty basic and underwhelming beer coming from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle.

UCLABrewN84, Yesterday at 03:07 AM
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

zestar, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Thorpe429, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.43/5  rDev +29.9%
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

brentk56, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mandarin orange, if a bit less vibrant than the actual fruit. A modest number of superfine bubbles rise through the pristine liquid to plonk into the bottom of the wonderfully creamy cap of palest pastel orange. The beer itself may be less than thrilling, but the head more than makes up for it. Thick sheets of lace are beginning to tear as they loose contact with the deflating cap.

The nose is on the subdued side and smells orange fruity and a trifle perfumy, although not in a negative way. Mandarin Nectar is, essentially, a witbier with a smattering of orange blossom honey. It sure doesn't smell like one; I don't appreciate either honey or coriander. It's still a pleasant smelling beer though, and is one that should translate well to the palate.

Well... not really. I expected an explosion of flavor rather than the popgun pop that greets my every mouthful. I still don't get the witbier comparisons at all. A miniscule amount of that spice is barely identifiable in a flavor profile that doesn't contain an overwhelming number of competing flavors, but I'm pretty sure that I wouldn't have been able to pick it out without knowledge of its presence.

I wonder why there isn't more orange flavor. My fervent hope was that this would be a tremendously orange juicy beer that would bowl me over with tangy citrusiness. Nope. A lingering sweetness is probably due to honey since there isn't enough malt on hand to achieve it, but honey per se isn't really appreciated. MN is an odd beer that I would have thought would have undergone an overhaul at some point along the way. Alpine must be satisfied with sales.

That light viscosity helps a mouthfeel that struggles to be considered medium. It is nicely silky smooth though, a compliment to quality brewers and quality brewing. I wish the flavor was more to my liking since the beer feels so good in the mouth.

Mandarin Nectar is the first Alpine beer that hasn't either blown me away (Pure Hoppiness) or impressed me greatly (Alpine Ale). Of course, I've only had those two. There's a great deal of potential here for the brewers to release a wonderfully orange fruity beer rather than the less than inspired one that occupies my glass at the moment.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

GRG1313, May 20, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

womencantsail, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

SocalKicks, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to gottajiboo2 for sharing this beer poured cool into a pint.
A - A medium orange w/ great clarity and minimal head. A very sunny appearance.

S - Deep sweet orange aroma w/ a little spice.

M - An average feel, on the lighter side of medium w/ a zing! that says spiced mandarin tea. There is a moderate amount of carbonation noticed as it is held in the mouth.

T - The flavor is sweet, yet more of a juicy zesty, orange rind taste than the flavor 'nectar' brings to mind. The spices are very complementary and a sort of prickly tartness remains after the swallow. Nice sweet flavors that don't go overboard, very nice mix of orange and coriander in the taste.

D - I found this to be average for my taste, Not bad, just didn't hold my interest for more than one taste. This would be a great summer drink almost like orange tea cooler w/ the citrus flavor.

Slatetank, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of mactrail
2.91/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

mactrail, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on-draught into a 5 oz taster at Alpine's pub. Expectations were high; I love Alpine. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a beige floater; no real head here. Body is a clear pale yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Nectary hops, honey, floral hops, apricot fruit, and pale malts. A mild strength aroma.

T: Nectary hops, apricot fruit and accompanying esters, clean pale malts, and a crisp clean malted barley finish. Tasty and crisp. Very well balanced. The apricot is wonderful. A bit of honey sweetness. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Crisp, clean, smooth, and wet. Ideal thickness and carbonation. Complements the flavour profile very well.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable. I'd have it again. Another solid offering from Alpine. Tasty stuff for the style. I quite like it. I'd recommend it to friends.

High B

kojevergas, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours yellow-orange, with a very long-lasting white head, great lacing.

S: Orange zest, sweet malt notes, light.

T: Very sweet beer, the orange predominates, but it's not overbearing. Bready malt and a bit of earthy hops round out the flavour.

M: Can be cloying from the sweetness at times and a bit too much carbonation. Overall light-bodied, medium viscosity, smooth.

D: An interesting fruit beer from Alpine. I'm just glad it wasn't filled with artificial flavour and one could easily drink it. Well done Alpine.

Halcyondays, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

woodychandler, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of corby112
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

corby112, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

orangesol, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of weeare138
3.58/5  rDev +5%
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.

weeare138, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Georgiabeer, May 12, 2014
Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's time for another Alpine beer, so on to it:

Bright golden orange in color, a show of large carbonation bubbles rises through the body of this spiced ale. The head shows good froth, and so is the head retention. Biscuit malt, lots of honey, a little floral in the nose.

It's spiced nicely, and the malt base comes together. I'm not sure if wheat is used here, but I'm certainly getting some malted wheat notes. But that could also be the honey that's present. BURP! There's the orange flavor I was hoping to get. At the trail end comes the coriandor with a hint of Wirgley's gum. Feels lighter than the listed 6.5% ABV, though I can still find a little booze running around.

When I purchased Mandarin Nectar, I thought I'd be getting a light, refreshing orange wheat ale. Wrong! This is a spiced orange ale with plenty of meat on it's bones. A tasty wheat ale, but the irony here is I was in the mood for something lighter.

DoubleJ, May 31, 2010
Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

BillRoth, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of billab914
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured amber in color with a moderate white head to it. The head faded but left some moderate lacing.

The aroma is pretty sweet with honey and orange both present. It almost has a syrupy sweet orange aroma to it. Could have used a bit of bitterness to balance the honey sweetness.

The taste shows off the orange zest and honey pretty well. The coriander adds to the citrusy flavor of the beer as well. The finish especially shows off some of the honey flavors. It's very smooth and refreshing. It reminds me a bit of a few braggot style beers I've tried with the honey.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is a bit above average. Drinkability is decent, it was pretty light but flavorful and went down easy. Would be a decent choice for a hot day, however it felt a bit big and heavy to fit that bill perfectly.

billab914, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of chinchill
3.34/5  rDev -2.1%
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

chinchill, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

iL0VEbeer, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.25/5  rDev -63.3%
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).

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of ShanePB
3/5  rDev -12%

ShanePB, Jul 01, 2014
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Mandarin Nectar from Alpine Beer Company
78 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.