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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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6,984 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,984
Reviews: 2,333
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 1,221
Gots: 913 | FT: 35
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Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Edwin on 02-13-2004

IBU: ~93
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Photo of JRed
3.55/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep orange, amber with white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is candied oranges, boozy, hop resin and caramelized apples. Strong flavors of citrus, honey, orange rind, hops, grass, hop bitterness toward the finish. Medium bodied and thick in flavor. The candied sweets flavor is a bit much for the palate and quite distracting.

Photo of MikeBlemker
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Bought a case of nugget nectar on a business trip without ever trying it and wish I had bought more. Very good head retension, sweet smell, a fair amount of hops but very well balanced in this beer. This is on the BA top 100 beers but I would say it is the best amber I have ever had.

Photo of regspeir
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip
I have had this beer numerous times - on draft or pulled at bars and at the brewery and in bottles, bombers and 12 oz. This time I tried holding this bottle, in pristine conditions mind you, but almost 2 months past the brewed on date. Shock - while certainly different, it was still great! Certainly it was sweeter and maybe slightly less in-your-face hops, but delicious nevertheless. It still pours a beautiful golden orange. Head was almost 2-fingers with an aggressive pour which settled into a coating. Lacing was there all the way. And that heavenly smell.... Oranges, floral and piney hops. Taste - still pretty frickin' delicious. Creamy and smooth, this seems to go back and forth from the sweet fruit to hop dry and bitter with the almost honey backbone ultimately winning out. Finish is dry and refreshing. I challenge all those justifiably proud of their west coast offerings to try this beer. It is just simply great.

Photo of Poorpatz
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured two 12oz bottles into pint glasses
The beer poured a golden orange similar to a blood orange. Small head about a half a finger that lasted well though with good lacing the second bottle had a slightly larger head but I made a more rough pour.
Very nice citrus fruit smell grapefruit and some pineyness not overpowering but very sweet. My wife commented that this was the best smelling beer we've tasted so far.
The piney flavor of the hops comes through on the tongue mixed well with the citrus sweetness. Very nice flavor.
Very good amount of carbonation helps to give the beer a creamy feeling. Good dryness on the finsh to add a refreshing feeling and makes you look foreward to the next sip.
Very easy to drink and enjoy. Also the alcohol level is low enough to enjoy more than one at time.
This is my favorite beer so far.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of malthegal thanx mallory

A: poured a golden orange with a half finger of head with great retention and had good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: nice piney hops, caramel, citrus fruits and malts in the aromas with hints of boozw.

T: nice mild bitter piney hop flavor with caramel and citrus fruit that have a good balance between the sweet malts.

M: light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation to accent the flavor and has a pleasent bitter finish.

D; Even though it's probably not as fresh as it could be it is still a great beer all around. I'm glad I have another bottle of it.

Photo of Dangus
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my first review, so here we go. Beer is served pretty cold and poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- An appealing orangey amber color. Poured very small amount of head that didn't stick around for too long. Doesn't look overly carbonated.

Smell- Wow, what a delicious floral smell. I get some malts as well in an initial smell. Smells delightfully hoppy.

Taste- Very tasty. It's malty and sweet and finishes slightly bitter. It has a taste that reminds me of grapefruit. The hops are very flavorful but not overpowering. The 7.5% ABV is masked well. I do not taste a bit of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation is just right. There is enough carbonation to tingle your taste buds, but not enough to sting your tongue. Mouthfeel is also not watery; I can tell that I am drinking a beer.

Drinkability- The drinkability is outstanding. This is a perfect beer to drink on a warm day. I could put a few of these back and enjoy the weather.

Photo of ghostwalker
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish amber body. One finger of head, falls off fast.

N: Sharp, crisp hop nose. Grainy malt nose hides behind.

T: Tangy, crispy hops with a smooth creamy malt backbone. Much like an IPA/ IIPA, but the malt/hop balance is much more in tune with an amber.

M: Creaminess vies with a bit of the old IPA strippiness. A pleasure to sip.

D: Very high. Goes down easy, the ABV is not very noticeable. Great stuff!

Photo of ekardz
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to G311 - received as an extra in a trade we did.

A - reddish amber, decent carbonation, no head, looks inviting.

S - citrus - pineapple/orange scent, nice hop profile, some piney notes.

T - delicious hop blend, sweet, excellent blend of ingredients, nice light citrus taste comes through as well.

M - light on the front, gets heavier bodied as it goes down, mild carbonation, very smooth.

D - very drinkable, will seek out on my own next time. a great beer, a must have.

Photo of haddon
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- a gorgeous golden amber hue, clear, with a frothy white cap. nice lacing all the way down

S- pine mixed with caramel, good amount of hops, a citric blend as well.

T- Slightly sweet, malty background but with good amount of hops to go with it. little on the bready, malty side but great balance.

M- medium to full body with light carbonation

D- most impressed by the drinkability of this beer. clean, crisp and refreshing... could drink it all night!

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to Davolebomb for the hookup.

Appearance: Pours a very transparent amber color with a thick welcoming head. Nice retention and some lace stick.

Smell: Very hoppy, mostly grassy and herbal, with some citrus as well. Roast malt sweetness stays in the background.

Taste: There is toasted malt here, although my hop sensors would not believe me. The variety of hops create a nice, complex flavor. Some spiciness resides on the tongue, grapefruit and apricot hops give a tart pop, and the herbal notes create an interesting finish.

Mouthfeel: Rocky carbonation bubbles in my mouth. Slightly lighter than a medium body, due to the creaminess. Very oily finish, probably due to the herbal / grassy hops.

Drinkability: Yea, this is good. It appeals to my hophead alternative personality without being ridiculous or overwhelming. Solid all the way through.

Nugget Nectar on my list of "must try fresh" beers after this tasting.

Photo of AgentZero
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty much a clear, golden beer with some orange tinge to it. Nice looking two finger head with some decent lacing to it. Nice looking beer.

S - A lot more hoppy than I would have guessed coming from an amber. Bitter, floral hop profile, with an obvious malt backbone.

T - Taste is pretty much what I would have expected given the nose. Bitter, resiny hops profile with a slightly sweet malt backbone. It's a pretty hoppy amber, almost IPAish.

M - Touch creamy, lighter side of medium bodied, smooth, decent carbonation.

D - Pretty good, although the resiny hops in this knocks this down a touch, the bitterness just starts to feedback a little too much. Very nice though, would seek it out again.

Photo of DosBeerigos
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C. Clear
H. Amber/Gold in color
N. Hops Hops and more Hops, Sweet Candy, (very balanced)

I was looking forward to this since I got it in on a trade. I looked forward to comparing it to the other semi-hyped Hoppy Beers. Well it stood its ground. An EXTREMELY solid Amber beer with a huge hop backing to it and a nice malt balance. Although personally I would prefer less malt and more hop bitterness. Regardless, I know I say that a lot of beers are easy to drink, but this one just went down soo easy, and was really full of flavor. While I had high expectations for this beer it really did live up to the hype. I would say this is defiantly a beer that you HAVE to try.

Photo of DLReeves
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What an interesting find. Pours golden/orange with solid head that recedes somewhat rapidly making it drink as a liquid rather than a foamy nothing. Pleasant full taste, hoppy yet subdued at the same time. With a pretty strong ABV, its soething one has to be careful with so as to enjoy it without passing out or DUI later!!

As my most important criteria for any beer or ale, if I like it, I care less about technical stuff. I like it. So does my better half so its a definite re-buy...from consumer beverages in Williamsville NY

Photo of btorsdog
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Masterfully balanced work of art. Beautiful depiction of the style. As alwways try to partake this one in it's freshest state!
Beautiful golden orangish color, quite pretty
Smell is IPA like, lots of fruity,hoppy stuff going on
Taste is unique yet balanced and smoooth!
Mouth is medium bodied and mildly carbonated
Drinkibility is stellar. Outstanding Brew!!!!

Photo of beer2day
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid gold pour with strong orange tints. Sturdy 2-finger head, leaving behind a nice 1/2 finger well through the glass. Excellent lacing, thick strands lining all sides of the glass.

Big floral hop nose. Slight esters and biscuit as well, from the amber malt. Faintest hint of strawberry licorice.

Hops come out right at the front, with pine more than grapefruit. Strong malt body gives this a thick profile. Creamy and smooth, with a very light astringency in the finish. Hops linger for a nice long ride.

I can easily drink 3 of these at a siting, though at 7.5% I'm not so sure that is such a good idea.

Photo of honestdave
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle obtained from Jared. Thanks to Jared for adding this bonus beer.

A: Pours clear golden. Nice creamy half inch head. No real haziness to speak of.

S: Floral and herbal nose. Smells fresh and deliciously hoppy.

T: Great hop bitterness. Nice malty backbone. Slightly sweet, honey, great overall balance with this brew.

M: Medium bodied. Very little carbonation.

D: Excellent smoothness for the alcohol content. Would be easy to drink several of these well balanced brews.

Summary: Excellent hit of hops from the hop combo of nugget, tomahawk, and warrior. Would easily have this one again.

Photo of jkrich
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, reddish brown with a quickly dissipating white head. This ale was bottled on 2/11/10.

There was a strong resiny aroma competing with the caramel sweetness when I opened the bottle. Poured into a Samuel Adams' pint glass, the malt aroma becomes dominant. As the ale warms there are hints of fruit.

I was surprised by the balanced flavor considering this is called an "imperial amber". While this a hoppier version of an amber style, it can hardly be considered a hop bomb. The pleasing malt flavor complements a little hop bitterness.

This is medium bodied with restrained carbonation. The mouthfeel is slick and a little sweet on the palate.

This is dangerously drinkable at 7.5 ABV. The alcohol is well hidden. I am sure this would carry a greater hop kick if I consumed it just after bottling. I really enjoy the balanced flavor.

Photo of pastradul
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wchesak for this amazing extra!

now this is my kind of Amber!

Pours a nice copper with a very tight head on it. I can smell the hops as I start to pour! The head dissolves to leave some spotty lacing.

Aroma is sweet malt a bit of a boozy kick to it to finish with a very hop forward finish!

I am not quite sure what makes this beer an "amber" as opposed to an IPA...maybe the type of malt that is used? becuase the hop kick to it is just amazing! Light sweetness to it with strong hop finish on the palate!

By far the best amber I have ever had!

Photo of malthegal
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers. I have only had this beer from a bottle, but it seems like with each new pour, I love this beer more and more (too bad it's seasonal). The aroma is unreal, so floral, it's absolutely amazing - the many varieties of hops mingle nicely together to make a smell that instantly brings a smile to your face. It has a smooth mouthfeel with an exceptional ability to hit all of your taste buds in a very robust, yet soft, way! The appearance of this beer is also phenomenal, a very clear, crisp, light amber hue with an equally impressive head. Hand down, a great beer. Don't wait - if you see it, try it!

Photo of generalnotsew
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Ruby red copper coloring. Nice fat off white head and very sticky lacing.

S: What a rush to the olfactory glands! Sweet hoppiness. Piney resiney hops. Very close to an IPA.

T: Nice hop zing. Not the hoppiest beer but a nice very clean and balanced hoppy. I am getting a caramel apple touch in the finish with the grassy hops leading the way.

M: Very oily and well carbonated.

D: You can hammer on these all night long. Goes down as easy as a lager. And the abv isn't too crazy high.

Very glad to have finally tried this. I will be buying it again. Seems like a beer that is good for year round weather. Would very much like to see more of something like this. Good change from IPA's.

Photo of DenverW1
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far the best beer I have ever tasted. Its a Hop Head's dream. It's the Hop Backs older, bigger, better brother. The only downfall for this brew is that its SEASONAL!! You can only get this tasty beverage in the spring. I highly recommend this brew, everyone should try it.

Photo of mtstatebeer
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a completely clear orange-amber color with a small off-white head, ok lacing. Aroma is caramel malts, a good amount of citrus, and some pine. Flavor is caramel, bread, orange, pine, and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is medium, dry and bitter. Overall a good beer, well balanced. Also delicious on cask.

Photo of JoePat
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a honey like amber color with a thick white head.
It has a huge smell of citrusy grapfruit hops and a hint of the malt sweetness.
The flavor is very bitter the main focus a piney hop flavor. It does have a good sweet malt backbone to handle all that bitterness though.
The mouth feel is almost syrupy from the sweetness with a dry finish.
With all the hops and all the sweetness it is not the most drinkable of IPA's but good none the less.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer convinced me as to what a nugget hop can do. Decent appearance, nothing earth-shattering, your standard amber ale, with maybe more carbonation and a little more vibrancy. Very clear.

Aroma was unmistakenly hoppy with some of that amber woody smoothness. Taste came through as a happy balance of the high alpha acid resin nugget hop and the amber malt. Very nice. Gotta pair the nuggets up with substantial malt. Mouthfeel was great, I wanted more. Great interplay of everything.

Drank this at Miller Park, Brewers v. Cubs, so there's some cool lucky wild card points for ya on the drinkability.

Photo of TJBurgess
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Thanks to Stevefinny for this one...

Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Big time foamy head. Very frothy and off-white in color, with a very light amber / almost transparent hue. 3.5

S: Wet hops, pine, light citrus, and just plain light in general. Nothing overpowering. 3.5

T: Hop overload. Any citrus was demolished on the first drop of hops hitting my tongue. I'm not a big fan of overly hoppy bears, but this is a decent balance overall. 4.0

M/D: Carbonation in present, but subdued. Alcohol presence is fairly non-existant. 4.0, 3.5

One bomber was plenty for me. I prefer a more citrus balanced hop-heavy beer, but I'm glad I got to try this.


Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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