Mandarin Nectar | Alpine Beer Company

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Mandarin NectarMandarin Nectar

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fresh organic orange zest and cracked coriander complement the orange blossom honey used in this ale. Like a mountain breeze through the citrus trees. 1.060 OG 6 IBU

Added by Gusler on 03-30-2003

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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 435
Photo of puboflyons
3.14/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the bomber with a Best By 04 Aug 2016 date. Sampled on April 10, 2016.

Orange amber pour with modest silky off-white head.

The aroma is orange, honey, slightly herbal, mildly tropical and with toasted grain.

Light to medium body.

Honey characters are big in the taste with the orange juiciness a little behind it. Slight bitterness at the end. On second thought, ti reminds me a bit of a Ricola cough drop.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.07/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Amber with 1 finger of head, clarity, and a little bit of lacing left on the glass

S - Honey, sugar, slightly sweet

T - Lots of citrus flavors. Tangerines, oranges, honey, wheat, mandarin. Very enjoyable

F - Medium body and carbonation

O - Another good brew from Alpine. This one a little less hoppy.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a lovely clear orangey gold, nice chunky off white head which drops off quickly

Big bread nose with hints of orange and coriander

Sweet malt, coriander and honey dominate the flavor, hint of orange zest. Overall pretty subtle. No notable hop elements.

Mouth feel seems a little thin for the abv, or the abv is a little high for a sessionable ale, take your pick

Decent hot weather thirst quencher, if you don't plan on drinking overly much. Can't say I like it as well as Alpine's hoppier offerings. Orange zest seems a little scant, particularly in the flavor. Not badly done, just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of Dope
3.79/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 8/16/16

A: A nice slightly hazy amber pour. Tall frothy light tan head. Head fades pretty quickly with light tendrils of lacing.

S: Sharp, sharp sweet aroma. Honey and lots of it. Sharp orange zest. Light spices.

T: Similar to the aroma. Sweet honey backing up a nice lightly bitter orange. Coriander for sure. Light spices otherwise, especially in the finish.

M: Smooth, creamy medium body.

O: Interesting brew. It reminds me sort of like a cream ale, just spiced and sweetened with honey. Maybe a Cream/Witbier hybrid? That's somewhat close I think.

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Photo of thebeers
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear orange-gold color with a finger-and-a-half of airy white head. Zesty aroma of bitter orange, coriander and dry yeast. So far, pretty solid, but upon sipping there is a creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish that's a little off-putting. The taste is sort of blah too. Drinking further, it's really a muddled, coriander-heavy mess that doesn't live up to the nose at all. There's a little orange blossom, muted creamsicle flavor in there, but what happened to the mandarin orange zest? The other Alpine beers I've had were all great. This one, no.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a dark amber orange with a white head, no head retention, no carbonation, looks flat, slight lacing, beer is clear.

A: Not much on the aroma, touch of spice, clove, not getting any honey, some orange peel.

T: Touch of spice and clove, very mild, some orange and honey, not much else, not at all flavorful.

M: Light bodied, low carbonation, semi-dry finish.

O: I am really surprised that this is brewed by Alpine, very little flavor, aroma, and no carbonation on the mouthfeel. This is the worst beer I've ever had from Alpine. I was at least expecting some moderate hop presence. It taste like a watered down Belgian wit beer.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.02/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Nearly clear dark yellow/light orange color. One finger of short lived white, frothy head. A short ring of lacing is left.

3.0 S: Mild and unassuming. Honeydew, subtle orange, honey. Not a whole lot of coriander.

3.0 T: Like the nose, there isn't much in the taste as well. Orange peel, honeydew, apricot, honey. The coriander is more evident, however.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Super smooth with a light creaminess. Good here.

2.75 D: It's not bad, it's just a little boring.

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Photo of tlema1
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: beautiful light orange, thick billowing off white head
S: not much, maybe a little peppercorn
T: honey and spices for sure and non-bitter citrus
F: creamy, light body
O; probably my least favorite Alpine, but it's still pretty good

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

surprised this is getting so little love. its definitely sweet, almost artificial citrus to it, very orange forward, like the canned mandarins, or even more like orange tictacs , which is maybe a little unflattering in the beer. i can see it going both ways, on one hand sweet and artificial, but on the other hand pungent and intense and distinct, and perhaps it is all from the hops, and if so, maybe its more a critique of the varietal than it is of the beer itself. hard to say, because this one is so new to the scene. i get such true orange though that there has to be fruit in this, the bitterness of the peel and that zesty first bite thing, its tropical and true, but also very sweet, and the residual sugar is a big turnoff for me, and it really limits how much of this i want to consume. well made like all the alpine stuff, and really pretty distinct as they go, there is nothing quite like this, but its not my favorite bit of their work. somewhat belgian in here for a moment, but like a wit meets an ipa, its an odd style. if it was a bid more on the dry side it would be a lot better, but its cool as it is, deserves more credit here for sure.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden honey orange in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint golden yellow highlights, The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy white head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film covering a little more than 80% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet citrus/mandarin oranges with a light aroma of honey. Hints of typical witbier yeast.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of wheat + grainy malts with a light amount of honey sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of citrus/mandarin oranges and citrus/orange zest which imparts a light amount of bitterness which fades away pretty quickly. The finish has a light lingering flavor of witbier yeast.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy enough to drink with well hidden alcohol but perhaps a little underwhelming for me (as I am used to much bigger, bolder, and sharper flavors). Good but not outstanding.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle with a Best By Date of 04 Aug 16. Pours a translucent golden color with virtually no head. Some lacing. The aroma is honey, grassy hops, apple, a hint of cinnamon and light nectarines. The taste is bready with lots of honey, cloves and some grassy hops. Floral. Coriander and citrus zest towards the end. Lots of spices at the finish. Light body with very little carbonation. The mix of the spices with the honey and flowery flavor aren't really doing it for me. Overall, I won't be buying this one again.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.11/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass best before August 2016. Pours a dark yellow, with a half inch white head that leaves behind some attractive lace.

Smell is tangerine, apricot, honey, honey due, and apple.

Taste follows tangerine, apricot, and honey upfront with vanilla, apples, and mellon in lush finish.

Mouthfeel is not quite medium, mild carbonation, not dry, and way too sweet but drinkable enough.

Overall this is not my thing, but it isn't a badly crafted beer for what it is.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light copper colored. Off white head, no lacing. Smell is floral hops, mild citrus and honey. The taste is sickly sweet honey with floral notes and a bit of citrus fruit. All of this is followed by a bitter and sweet finish. Just a strange beer that never seems to come together.

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Photo of parris
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow, with average head retention.
Some citrus on the nose, but mostly grainy malt
Tastes kind of like a fruited malt liquor. Up front is a hint of very ripe Mandarin orange followed by lingering grainy honey
Medium bodied.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.27/5  rDev -63%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Orange color, thin head. Aroma was putrid. Obvious infection.

Super concentrated diacetyl all over this one. So obvious, couldn't finish. Terrible. When I think of the biggest butterscotch meets open garbage dump beers, this one comes to mind. I have literally only drain poured .1% of all new beers I've tried, and this one fit the bill.

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Photo of swanfungus
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from 22oz. bottle, pours orange/amber with little-to-no head and minimal lacing. Aroma is honey and citrus, very sweet. The taste follows suit with malty sweetness, citrus and honey. A decent beer but it is a bit too cloying for me.

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Photo of johlac66
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From the 22 oz. bottle poured a clear orange gold. Somewhat of a head. A few small patches of lacing.
Honey on the nose and palate. A bit of spicy herbal notes, but not a lot.
Thin mouthfeel with almost medium carbonation.
Could have used more earthy orange spiciness. Just okay.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.26/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.61/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange. The color of honey, no surprise, I guess. Small white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Buckets of honey. Some citrus. Diacetyl.

Taste - Tastes like honey. Lots of honey, but not too sweet. Some citrus. And then diacetyl.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and medium carbonation.

Overall - It isn't that interesting to begin with, but the diacetyl is a deal breaker.

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Photo of chinchill
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
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

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Photo of mabermud
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into a standard pint glass from a 22 recently purchased from Alpine. I am confident this brew is fairly fresh.

A - The head appears standard white, with medium bubble density and thickness. The body is clear and golden in color. The appearance is nice and clean.
S - The smell is light, citrusy, and sweet.
T - The taste is also light, citrusy, and bright. There is sweetness throughout and tanginess at the backend.
M - The mouthfeel is easy, airy, and clean.
O - This is a nice summer beer for those hot, sunny days, when you need something that will not hold you down. This beer is nicely spiced and easy to drink. My wife and her girlfriend really enjoyed this brew during the afternoon. Simple drinking here...

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Pours a light amber hue with golden edges, fluffy white head, decent retention with some lacing. Aroma is sweet German malt, light orange zest and spice. Flavor follows the nose - real nice malt bill, the orange zest and coriander are subtle and the honey is nice, finishes with light hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied, light carbonation and a dry finish. Very drinkable - especially in the warm summer months in California, or great for an anytime session beer.

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Photo of pkalix
2.62/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

my first alpine beer! it kind of sucks...
like the other guy said- apricot color, not carbonated much, no head.
smells like a crappy brew.
sorry, I might just be in a piss-y mood, but this is rather bland with a funky aftertaste. why go into details? kind of novelty tasting.... harsh. very difficult to finish the entire bottle. 5 oz flight taster, sure; but never a 22oz bottle.... sorry guys... still cant wait to make the drive down to taste your good stuff...

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Type: Draft
Glass: Pint glass
From: Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $4.50
Purchased: Jan. 5, 2014
Consumed: Jan. 5, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured an orange, clear color with one finger of white head when I got it. Minimal lacing on the sides. Minimal retention on the top.

Had to work for the smell initially. Got mandarin, nectarine, citrus, floral and orange rind.

Tasted mandarin, nectarine, floral hops and citrus hops.

Light-to-medium body. Thin texture. Soft carbonation. Abrupt finish.

A pretty decent beer, but not great. I probably wouldn’t have it again and definitely wouldn’t if I was at Alpine Beer Company.

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Photo of gatornation
2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A- pours a clear apricot color with a quick receding head very little lacing and a small cap/collor
S-honey some orange and butterbread
T- honey ans sweet bread a bit of orange and citrus nectar and some spice
M-watery and bland with a sweet malt butter coating
O- such a bad beer from a great brewery

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Mandarin Nectar from Alpine Beer Company
3.43 out of 5 based on 435 ratings.
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