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Beer – #863 – Almanac – Mandarina

Almanac Mandarina, it looked so nice, and it wasn’t a local beer, and I need to broaden the horizons occasionally, after all this is about a beer you can get here.


330ml can of beer that is 4.3% ABV, thats 128 calories, and in NZ that’s 1.12 standard drinks

For Almanac Beer Company this is brewed at Speakeasy Ales and Lagers in the style that is a Wheat Ale and that all happened in San FranciscoCalifornia  USA

Mandarina’s tart and citrusy profile makes it the perfect beer for warm, sunny days.

A man, a dreamer

A man, a dreamer

The combination of crisp tartness, tangerines and the citrus aromas of Mandarina Bavaria and Citra hops puts this farmhouse ale’s fruity aroma over the top.

Pair this summer sipper with a day at the beach, fresh seafood and citrus-infused desserts.

Part of the fresh beer series, brewed and canned in San Francisco

So, what could possibly go wrong?

It’s Friday Evening, what indeed?

Musty almost like cigarette ash. but then again like dull oranges.

almanac-mandarinaHazy yellow pour with a brilliant white head that looked brilliant and then fell to a film, but is hanging in there.  In the glass that same musty dusty aroma, which isn’t all bad.

Lightly sour, and also lightly bodied, and also lightly flavoured. A light beer then.

I really thought I was going to get that sharp tart orange face scrunching bitterness for some reason, ok even Tangerine or Mandarin, same/same. Didn’t

Disappointment followed.

Then again this isn’t hard work to drink it’s just that In my head I was going to have an epiphany of sorts, discover that sours were the thing and that I’ve been wrong.

Not this time.

It’s very fresh though and you’d do far worst on a summer day or sunshine day than having a couple of these with the whatever it is you were doing

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 of its things from the thing. Light in all the things of sour, aroma, taste and body. But it is fresh and refreshing, looks great and isn’t unpleasing to drink at the end of long day.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? My local Liquorland had this, they’re very good.
  • Am I enjoying it? Not as much as I wanted to.
  • Would I have another? On the right day at the right time these lower alcohol higher taste beers would be nice going.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Not really enough stand out things to impress anyone that you’d want to impress, so no.

Music for this: Ben Glover ” and ” The Emigrant” on Spotify 

An Irishman in Nashville, Ben Glover’s music explores themes of home and belonging..


Wheat Ale

Golden to light amber in color, the body is light to medium. The wheat lends a crispness to the brew, often with some acidity. Some hop flavour maybe be present, but bitterness is low. Not as estery as German or Belgian-style wheats.


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