1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Nugget NectarTröegs Nugget Nectar

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

5,956 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5956
Reviews: 2286
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Edwin on 02-13-2004)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 5,956 | Reviews: 2,286 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of BoldRulerVermont


4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to my friend JohnParadee for this bottle!
Pours a nice rich amber color with a small amount of frothy head.
Aromas are very hoppy with such a nice malt backbone.
Taste is really nice as well. Delicious hoppy tropical fruit in unison with a nice malt backbone.
Mouthfeel was really nice, a nice bit of substance here.
All in all, I enjoyed the beer very much. Reminded me of Gandhi-Bot.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 12:53:44 | More by BoldRulerVermont
Photo of SportsandJorts


3.71/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: deep orange color almost red, with golden hues with light. a finger or so of a white head that leaves a small amount of lacing on the sides. perfectly clear and bright

Smell: sweet crystals, notes of dark fruits, light plums and figs. and some herbal hop notes.

Taste: loads of crystal malts, I lose the dark fruits that I find in the nose to my disappointment. the nugget comes through at the end with herbal, and slightly spicy notes but no where near enough to balance the sweetness

Mouthfeel: overly sweet and not quite balanced out. There are a good amount of hops but i find the balance to be sweeter. very sticky as well.

Overall: after drinking hopback I was excited to try this one, but an over abundance of lighter crystal sweetness is a bit overwhelming and the herbal notes don't do enough to balance in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 03:24:35 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of 8stringfan

District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured straight down into a large tulip. Deep amber (15-16) with a two-finger head that settles down to a frothy one-finger heard after about two and a half minutes with solid lacing clinging to the sides. Nose is very sweet and floral with big notes of tropical fruit, pineapple, sweet orange, and more subdued floral hops. Compared to last year, I think this is a sweeter version, with far less pungent ganja hop aroma. Sip is sweet malt and fruit notes up front with a far greater hop presence expanding on the midpalate than the nose suggests. The hops bring a floral and resin-y funk to the party. The bitterness is somewhat tempered however, and while certainly a strong presence, the brew still hews closer to its sweeter amber ale roots. The back of the tongue however sees the bitterness become dominant, and the swallow and finish continue this trend, with subtle floral notes and light hints of grapefruit. As the beer warms a bit, the swallow is a bit more balanced, with more of the sweet malty notes, but the finish is still decidedly bitter. Despite the bitterness overtaking the whole affair and largely controlling the finish, there is never a feeling of oppressively drying tannins, which is actually something of an accomplishment and one of the reasons why, despite being a 7.3% abv beer with 93 ibus, this is a surprisingly easy drinking beer. Aiding to that ease of drinking is a soft, silky, smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation and moderate body. I would have liked to see more of the nice resin-y hop flavors of the midpalate continue a bit longer in the finish, but it’s a slight quibble for an overall terrific beer. Though I only have my notes from last year by which to judge, I think this year’s Nugget Nectar, or perhaps just my sixer, is a bit less hoppy and resin-y, so maybe they went lighter on the Tomahawk hops. Again, maybe it’s just my dim recollections, but I think I preferred the 2013 batch. That said, this is still fantastic stuff and it remains one of my favorite limited releases of the year.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 02:41:21 | More by 8stringfan
Photo of SweetChicken


3.74/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

First off, I'm not a huge amber fan. But I had heard so much about this that I had to give it a try. I thought the appearance was a reddish amber, clearly appropriate for the style. If I were to have smelled this beer without looking at it first, I would have sworn it was an imperial IPA. The upfront nose is all hops. On the sweet side. Best part of the beer in my opinion. On taste, it's certainly a well done amber. The initial hit to the palate is an IPA but it mellows in the end to malty amber, slightly fruity. The mouthfeel was the weakest part of this beer. It's a little milky. I left some lingering slipperiness on the tongue. Not super appealing. Overall it's nice take on an amber beer. Glad I tried it but it didn't convert me. Still not an amber fan.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 23:33:12 | More by SweetChicken
Photo of fitrock2112


3.86/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured Nugget Nectar into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours clear amber color with two fingers of off white head.

S - The aroma is sweet grapefruit, pineapple, and citrus.

T - On first taste getting some grapefruit, citrus and light bitter hops. Mid palate the malt really balances this brew out nicely. On the aftertaste getting some pine, more grapefruit and finally a touch of sweet hops with some acidity.

M - Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

O - Nice beer. Just a tad underwhelmed. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 23:30:26 | More by fitrock2112
Photo of jodybrutal

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Snatched the last bottle of this from Devone's Liquors in Somerdale. Botted 1/27/14, so just over two months old when opened.

A - Very nice, light amber color. Single finger of white head that dissipates fairly quickly, but sticks around til the end, followed by beautifully sticky lacing. A really nice looking beer.

S - Malt, first and foremost. There's a nice sweet citrus smell. Some orange and pineapple in there. A little hop spice at the end.

T - Starts out sweet, fruity. Not as malty as it smells. Some hops. Bitter rind lingers on the tongue. A bit too boozy for it's 7.5%.

M - Good carbonation. Clean, dry, light to medium body. A little more bitter than I expected, and too much alcohol present, but nothing offensive.

O - A very nice hoppy amber beer. Some people refer to this as an IPA, but I don't really understand why. It's sweet and delicious, but not that hoppy. Overall I really liked this beer, though I don't quite understand what all the hype is about. It's good. Try it.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 02:24:22 | More by jodybrutal
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.51/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle I picked up at The Foodery in Philly. Bottled 01.21.14. Drank it about two and a half months after bottling. From notes.

A - Two finger off white head on a dark golden body. Bright with medium carbonation. Good lace rings left over with a good finger of retention.

S - Juicy citrus and pine. Orange, hop pellets, pineapple core, a fair bit of malt.

T - Nice hop burst, fruity, boozy, bready, oddly sweet. Not what I was expecting.

M - Decent bitterness, good carbonation, medium body.

O/D - This seemed fairly sweet and way less hoppy than I was thinking it would be. For a world-class IPA, it's underwhelming. Didn't live up to the hype, but was good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 21:08:38 | More by tbeckett
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour a deep clear orange amber with a slowly fading medium white head, some good lacing. Aroma and Taste is of sweet caramel malt, toffee, some good amount of floral citrus hops, fruity, yeast with some tangy grapefruit flavors. A medium body, crisp and mildly refreshing notes on the palate and good carbonation. Finishes with caramel malt, toffee flavors with some good floral citrus hops and tangy grapefruit notes on the end for balance. This is a very good drinking IPA, full of flavor and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 20:48:44 | More by Samp01
Photo of gueuzedreg


4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Totally transparent pink, almost kriek in color.

S- Lots of malt background, some hop profile.

T- Charred caramel, hop infusion, malt

M- Thin like the style. Good to go on the M. Medium carb

O- Probably my favorite amber (though I like Anchor and Abita)

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 03:18:52 | More by gueuzedreg
Photo of TreyIsWilson


4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear amber with a one-finger foamy white head. Good amount of sticky lacing.

S - Lots of citrus (mango, grapefruit, & guava) and light piney hops.

T - Follows the nose. Very citrus forward with some sweet malts balancing out the flavors. The hops are prominent in the finish producing a nice bitterness. Perfectly balanced.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp dry mouthfeel.

O - Very tasty beer. Super well balanced and extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 02:58:37 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of hillvt4me


3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a solid amber honey hue. Moderate off white head. Excellent lacing on glass.

S - Sweet Guava, honey or some sweetness is rather fragrant; subtle pine notes.

T - Sweet and bitter hops balance well together. Some ETOH, citrus, perhaps orange perl and grapefruit blend together.

M - Medium-bodied. A bit thick and resinous linger on tongue.

O - Rather good, though not my favorite hop balance. Also a bit sweeter and too much etoh to the tongue for 7.5%. Resembles hopslam; though I like this a little more.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 23:35:58 | More by hillvt4me
Photo of fourstringer


4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Moderate hand. Bottled 012414.

A: Slightly hazy, golden orange body with 1 finger off-white head. Ok retention. Nice lacing.

S: Citrus-forward hops with a touch of pine. Some grapefruit, mango, orange. Brown sugar, caramel. Baked bread.

T: Fruit-forward hops initially with a surge of perfectly balancing malt about mid-way. Transitions to a smooth, appealingly bitter finish. Fairly dry end with a lingering essence of grapefruit pulp, caramel and toffee notes. Slight alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with a moderately full body for the style. Nice.

O: Superb seasonal release from Troegs with excellent drinkability. I'm hard pressed to think of a better amber off hand. I look forward to it each year.


Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 03:37:33 | More by fourstringer
Photo of fx20736

New York

4.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bought 2 bottles from Beers of the World on 3/22.

Poured into a large glass, served cold.

appearance: nice amber with 1 finger white head, lovely lacing.

smell: eucalyptus. more eucalyptus. Underneath an orchard fruit tinted (apricots) maltiness.

taste: tastes much like it smells. Some sweetness from the fruity malt is offset by a sharp bitterness in a marmalade kind of way.

mouthfeel: nothing special.

overall: This is an IPA, despite not being labelled one. A decent beer but I don't see why there is so much hype about this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 00:26:06 | More by fx20736
Photo of Seanem44


3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A deep, rich amber/red color with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Very nice smelling.

T: More bitter than sweet. Can taste a bit of alcohol, though it is not too overwhelming. Definitely taste the malt and hops.

M: Decent feel. Hit the palate in the right way. Leaves a very bitter aftertaste

O: I'd be lying if I didn't say I was a little disappointed. I have had some very good IPAs lately which have skewed my taste against against this. Honestly, I expected more out of this based on the reviews. Don't get me wrong, it is a good. However, it is not one of my favorites. I will keep the six-pack I have, but will not be rushing back to my local Wegmans for more. They have an entire pallet of it, if you are in the Northern, VA area and want some as of 3/26.

Again, a very solid AA/IPA or whatever they want to call it. You can't go wrong with it. I may revisit this review again.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 21:31:21 | More by Seanem44
Photo of Wolberjs


3.85/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Good looking clear red beer that poured with half a finger head that dissipated fairly quickly.

S - Slight sweet malty smell with a hint of citrusy hop. Good but nothing remarkable.

T - Taste follows the smell with added hop bitterness.

M - Pleasant mouthfeel. A little thin and I could feel the alcohol.

0 - One of the best red ales I've had, but would choose alot IPAs over this. Overall grade gets a slight bump from the taste and smell due to standing out for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 04:48:06 | More by Wolberjs
Photo of Bosoxfan20


3.55/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a clean light amber with a dense 2 finger off white head. Sticky lacing has a firm grasp on the glass. Head retention is outstanding.Has the look of something in between an amber and a DIPA.

S- Nugget hops with moderate intensity of grapefruit and pineapple. Modest touch of honey and caramel round things out.

T- Hop forward from the initial sip. The fruit flavors combine with hop spice and finish bitter. A hop head's delight. Some lemon zest creates a little twang. Just a hint of sweetness comes to the rescue. Maybe a bit lopsided in the balance department, but will certainly solve your hop fix if you have an IBU shortage.

M- Mid body, clean, dry, bitter. About what is expected.

O- Very solid hoppy amber. Heavy in the hops department.

Bottled on date is faded, so unaware of its freshness. Would pair well with a chargrilled burger.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 02:58:24 | More by Bosoxfan20
Photo of maxcoinage


4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to my buddy Phil for hooking me up with a bottle of this!

a - 12oz bottle into DFH signature glass, 2 finger slightly offwhite head, took time to settle down, bubbles from bottom. clear orange colored beer. nice lacing left on the glas

s - caramel malts, piney hops

t - hoppy but a good malt presence, well balanced. some fruit and citrus, biscuits, slightly bitter on the finish

m - great medium body and carb, coats the mouth a bit but still goes down smooth. very drinkable

o - fantastic beer, I wish there were more hoppy ambers out there. I really like the balance in this brew. might have to seek some out in a trade

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 22:09:37 | More by maxcoinage
Photo of Da314man


4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One hell of a beer! Imperial Amber (I have heard people try to call is a DIPA and although it has many qualities this is NOT one) at it's best!

The flavors are so vibrant and the color is absolutely mesmerizing. A pleasure to drink from start to finish. Troegs needs to expand distribution even if only a few more neighboring states - they are a world class brewery making some of the best beers in America and to us out here in the western half, we have to spend way to much money to acquire the sweet nectar's they produce!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 19:36:56 | More by Da314man
Photo of Ozzylizard


3.33/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 01/07/14 at 45 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma slightly piney
Head large (7 cm), off-white, creamy, slowly diminishing to 1 cm layer
Lacing OK – broken rings and various size bubbles
Body light orange, clear
Flavor begins with pine which quickly fades to just astringency on the back of the palate. No alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl. After several minutes, an alcohol glow begins in the stomach.
Palate medium, oily, soft carbonation

Overall, an average beer. There has been lot to lot variation noted this year and this may be one of the “bad” ones, but it is still average. It’s appearance and aroma both make it an attractive beer while the palate and flavor tend toward average.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 12:10:01 | More by Ozzylizard
Photo of timmy2b

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Perfect amber color with a half a finger of white head at the top of the glass.
Hoppy scent takes the front of the scent with a little bit of malt in the nose.
Nice mix of hops and the amber malt. Hops and bitterness take the back of the taste after the Amber/Red flavor.
This is an easy to drink Double and it is light in the mouth for what it is.
I love drinking this beer and highly recommend it to fans of Ambers, and IPAs!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 02:37:40 | More by timmy2b
Photo of emyers


3.81/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear medium amber with a 1 inch fluffy off-white head.

Smell: Bright citrus hops along with a nice floral component take the forefront. Malt is definitely present, with undertones of caramel and biscuit. Spicy hop bite finishes the nose.

Taste: Similar to the smell, but a little less hop-forward. Strikes a nice balance between citrus/floral hops and a slightly spicy malt backbone. Pleasant bittering hop bite on the finish No alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation. Finishes dry and fairly crisp.

Overall: Very good beer. Strong hop presence backed up by a solid malt base.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 00:33:03 | More by emyers
Photo of BradtheGreat7


4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Review taken Beginning of March 2014(day it arrived)

12 oz brown bottle with a really stellar label. A hop head no doubt absolutely squeezing the life along with all the fresh hop juices and oils straight from the hop itself. Label is of reds, oranges, and yellow. Just a fantastic bottle to look at. Poured into a standard American pint glass.

A - nearly crystal clear body. Amber red in color with shades of copper orange when in the light. Thick white head on the pour carries a really nice creamy appearance to it. Head slowly turns into a lovely covering of creamy white lace leaving very good stick to the walls of this pint glass.

S - citrus and grapefruit up front with orange and a whiff of mellow mango. Grapefruit bite really steps to the side letting the fruitiness take control while the caramel malts blend and balance this aroma to perfection.

T - luscious flavor. Getting the hop notes we love across then balancing them in a magnificent way. Fruity and citrusy up front with mild mango, big orange and grapefruit. Sweet caramel and bread like malts really shift things into that next gear. Hop spice and a peppery note only add character to the flavor. Candied citrus and fruit pop back up just before the quick but sharp grapefruit bitter finish. This has everything anyone could ever want from a big Amber ale. Fresh hop tasting and packed full of flavor.

M - medium bodied with excellent texture. Smooth and drinkable. Texture isn't overly thick, but somehow finds its way into 'the way its supposed to be' category. Coats the mouth with its luscious flavor, gushing hop notes, and sweet malt balance.

O - Nugget Nectar is one of those very few won't absolutely fall in love with. It's the best thing going in the Amber/Red world these days and few could argue its greatness. It's easily one of the most enjoyable and overall best ales I've ever had. I look forward to having more Nugget Nectar experiences in the future and also seek out some of this fine brewery's other offerings. Troegs have a winner here. It's that great

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 13:28:15 | More by BradtheGreat7
Photo of MattSweatshirt


4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber body and a long lasting off-white head with drippy lacing.

Big citrus and pine hop aromas matched up with big caramel malt.

Lots of yummy hoppiness with bite grapefruit and pine flavors.

Definitely the big bro to Hopback. I loved that for it's big hop character and amber backbone. I love Nugget Nectar even more for it's even bigger hop load.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 19:44:14 | More by MattSweatshirt
Photo of TheSSG


4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge, off-white head with tons of hop resin and great persistence. Collapses to a puff of head. A really bright, almost tropical fruit aroma of hops; sweet, floral, and citrus. This smells so lovely. A nice copper-orange color. Starts with lots of hops; bitter, citrus, then it moves into a slightly pine character and medium-high bitterness. The malt pops through just before the finish; lingering citrus rind.

This is nice. I really like the aroma and the front of this. The back half isn't my favorite (too citrus rind bitterness), but it's still quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 02:59:27 | More by TheSSG
Photo of JohnFatAss

New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a copper/amber color. Off white, egg shell colored head.
Nice lacing left behind on the sides of my glass.
The smell is fantastic. Sweet, mango, peach, and tropical fruits.
Sweet malt backbone, Tropical fruits and citrus up front. Hoppy, bitter finish but not over done.
This is a full bodied ale full of complex flavors with the hops taking center stage.
A most excellent beer.


Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 02:57:07 | More by JohnFatAss
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,956 ratings.