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Mandarin Nectar - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 93
Hads: 269
Avg: 3.41
pDev: 24.93%
Wants: 11
Gots: 17 | FT: 2
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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

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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Reviews: 93 | Hads: 269
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.

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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.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a Stella snifter. Thanks to Mike for the opportunity.

A: Pours a hazy yellow color with a big white head that fades and leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Malty sweetness with a bit of an orange aroma. Almost bland.

T: The taste is much better than the nose. Starts out with a malty flavor that quickly changes to a mandarin orange flavor. It actually tastes like those little oranges people put in salads...very refreshing.

M: The feel is slightly creamy and crisp.

D: I'd be inclinded to have this again, especially on a hot summer day.

Yet another Alpine brew that I've liked. I have an Expo. I can't wait to try out next.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a yellowish orange with a half finger head that had good sticky lacing on the glass.

S: wheat like aromas with hints of mandarins and honey in the nose.

T: crisp honey-mandarin like flavors with a combination of cirtus fruits and slight bitterness at the end of a sip.

M; light to medium body with decent amount of carbonation.

D: pretty sweet for my palate and probably could not drink a whole one by myself.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very tasty beer from alpine. I could see drinking this after a hard days work and drinking the whole bomber and maybe even 2 if I didn't feel like drinking something else (which is rare)

Pours a clear golden. Nice white head formed but it's just a tiny ring now. No lacing. Very clear.

Aroma is a little like mandarins. Mostly honey malt. Smells a little bready too.

Dang. This is a good light beer. I could see drinkin this with buddies at a pub and drinking a couple pitchers because it goes down so easy. You can taste a little honey, citrus and a nice malt. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is great. High carb like a light beer should.

Man I wish I could get more alpine brews closer to me. I could drink a pitcher of this at the bar easily.

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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 stoutfiend27
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber aquired as extra in trade with MASPuros..thanks..poured into pint glass

a-clear yellowish orange color....nice three finger head and fell to some ok lacing and stuck around...very little carbonation visibly..

s-smells sweet...like a honey tea or something....really thats all is smells like...nothing offensive not overly complex either..

t-a lot like the nose....its really honey forward...then you can tell theres like a pale ale base under there or something...just enough hops to keep this from being cloyingly sweet...the orange is really faint...no coriander detected im pleased to anounce...finishes sweet

m-a little slick maybe from the low carb even though i got a decent head....the sweetness really lingers on this one..it is a little heavy on the body to me..

d-if not for the heavy body and lack of availability here it would make a good lawnmower beer...

overall nothing to offensive to warrant a negative review...its a good beer just not great

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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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 portia99
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of tpd975
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of Overlord
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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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 surfer4life
4.09/5  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.

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Photo of scottoale
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.65/5  rDev +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.

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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 hopdog
3.42/5  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

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Photo of Deuane
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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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 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.

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