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Mandarin Nectar - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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 SpdKilz


3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick review before the fiancée finishes making dinner! : )

Appearance - Pours a light tangerine color into my SA Perfect Pint. About two fingers of fluffy but quickly dissipating foam, which leave decent lacing.

Smell - Malty nose with prominent wheat. Slight spices make their way through along with orange zest and some grass.

Taste - Honestly, my first reaction is this reminds me of a Blue Moon but is more flavorful. I don't feel this should be labeled a "fruit" beer because there really isn't a heavy prominence of it though it isn't bad by any means. Very flavorful as stated, with a nice spice kick to it.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied bordering on light bodied. Crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Drinkability - Honestly, pretty drinkable in my onion. I am quaffing this down as I type and it is tasting pretty good right before dinner. I wouldn't seek this out by any means because of the price and as stated I feel I could concoct a Blue Moon to achieve the same taste for half the price but a good beer to try nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 02:33:20 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light hazy golden amber color with a full finger white head that fades fairly quickly leaving a reasonable amount of Belgian lacing. I had an expectation with "Mandarin Nectar" and the smell didn't support that on any level. All I got was a roasty macro lager thing. The flavor is a monochromatic roast malt. The mouth feel is on the watery side. Not going to finish this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 18:19:34 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased in LA. I've had nothing but good beers from Alpine so I didn't hesitate to buy this bottle. Granted all of the others I've tried have been IPA's, but I figured this had to be somewhat good too. The label says "a thirst-quenching blend of the finest malts. We've added generous amounts of orange zest, coriander, and a touch of orange blossom honey". So I'm approaching this as kind of a wit-hybrid.

The beer is light copper and clear, way clearer than a wit beer would be. So maybe not a wit, this just uses the typical flavorings from one (coriander and citrus peel/zest). The aroma is sorta modest, it smells like an American pale ale with a very light hops bill. I don't really get any of the honey or orange in the nose. The taste is slightly better though, I can begin to detect the citrus. Still no coriander, they must have used so little of that. I guess this is turning out to be underwhelming, I expected more explosive honey and orange flavors from this beer. It isn't really bad, more a flavorful pale ale than anything else, but the bottle made me expect more.

The body is light, with prickly carbonation giving a mouthfeel about on par with a very drinkable pale ale. I'd say this was a let-down only because I expected greatness from everything this brewery makes, and the label seems to promise more than is delivered. But not bad if approached with no preconceptions, a more than solid pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 22:12:20 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of Thorpe429


3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2010 23:42:42 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of Sixofsigmas


3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 01:33:31 | More by Sixofsigmas
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 00:06:04 | More by portia99
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 17:20:46 | More by tpd975
Photo of Overlord


3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer pours ... orange! Har de har har! White foam head.

Smells like ... orange! I'll be here all night, folks.

Tastes predominantly like ... watermelon! No, I kid, I kid. It tastes mostly of orange. Some nice, rind-included orange. Maybe a bit of spice to it.

What do I say about this beer? It tastes artificial, though I doubt the orange flavoring is anything less than genuine. It's just so overwhelming and intrusive.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2009 05:08:39 | More by Overlord
Photo of bigbelcher


3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 05:37:38 | More by bigbelcher
Photo of surfer4life


4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 04:08:25 | More by surfer4life
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 19:19:40 | More by scottoale
Photo of Halcyondays


3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 05:40:22 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of HalfFull


3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden/light amber in color from a bomber into a pint glass from a 22 oz. bottle. Head is present, at least for a while.

Smell is intriguing but not overly exciting. Nice orange notes yet not really that fruity per se, and offers a nice spicy close on the tongue. But wait, just picked up nice nectar notes on the nose. And the beer does finish with a lingering nectar-like sweetness that is pleasant. A touch sweet but not syrupy, and with a light honey finish.

Not a preferred style but surely have room for this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 06:14:15 | More by HalfFull
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 19:47:32 | More by magictrokini
Photo of hopdog


3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf (thanks!).

Poured a medium golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of orange peel and honey. Tastes of oranges, stronger honey, and some citrus. Definitely a honey presence to this beer (I've never really been a huge honey fan but if you are, you should try this one).

Notes from 1/26/06

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 02:46:49 | More by hopdog
Photo of Deuane


3.83/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2008 07:35:37 | More by Deuane
Photo of rallison


3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 10:26:25 | More by rallison
Photo of Slatetank


3.35/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 16:05:28 | More by Slatetank
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Tim, for lugging this one from CA to PA.

This beer pours a bright and glowing pale orange and straw color with a wade white collar that left a bit of lace.

Smells of popcorn, peaches and lime zest. This was over all very faint.

Tastes of light pasty dinner roll, white flour and buttered popcorn with a light orange zest, a bit of watermelon and strawberry pie filling. In the finish was a musky grapefruit funk.

Felt light with a slightly frothy carbonation.

Meh. I probably would have appreciated this more had it been more seasonal. The next time I try this, I'll be sure that it's the summer time.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 16:50:33 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of

3/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 15:58:55 | More by
Photo of drseamus

New York

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a weird bright amber orange color with a bunch of visible carbonation. There was no head from all that carbonation though. I'm not sure if this was bottle conditioned, but there were a bunch of floaties in there also. The aroma has a lot of spice in it with a complementing orange aroma. I might be crazy, but I also smell some caramel in there also. I get a bunch of caramel in the flavor also. The orange really takes a back seat in the flavor. This beer is nice and light though and would be a decent summer drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 04:41:38 | More by drseamus
Photo of Westsidethreat


3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear honey copper color with a small, greenish tinted head.

S: Tang, fruit loops, wet wheat, dandelions and blue/raspberry otter pops

T: Very rounded orange flavor starts this beer off. The tastes are more full than sharp. Floral hops come next. This beer is dominated by grass and flowery tastes with orange playing second fiddle. Finishes with honeycomb and orange zest.

M: Medium body, fairly hard with a touch of carbo sting.

D: Enjoyable beer, quite refreshing. Not my favorite orange beer but I still liked it a lot.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2007 23:49:11 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of Dukeofearl


3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is very much what it claims to be- a very very very orange (color, aroma, and flavor) and honey beer, much enjoyed on a cool day and likely much better on a hot day. The description says it is Belgian Wit-based, with orange and honey. That may be, but the orange dominates and the other characteristics don't come through (to me). It actually does taste like Mandarin oranges too, not just a generic orange flavor, like many have.

My biggest quibble is that there is almost no carbonation- like it's too much work to create a head.

A tasty beer, one of the better orange-flavored beers I've had (and I've had my share).

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 01:55:58 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of sleazo

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2007 17:49:27 | More by sleazo
Photo of blitheringidiot


3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 04:23:34 | More by blitheringidiot
Mandarin Nectar from Alpine Beer Company
78 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.