Brewed by Windsor & Eton
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Windsor, England


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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.36/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Christmas is coming and the beer is getting festive! We are currently brewing a brand new Christmas beer – MANDARIN. MANDARIN is very special indeed. It uses a brand new German hop called Mandarina Bavaria which has a gorgeous orangey aroma. It is so rare that we are the only UK brewery that have managed to get hold of this Bavarian beauty. We have blended it with Columbus, a citrusy US hop that is the perfect compliment. Together they make a full flavoured mid-strength ale. It’s in the fermenter now. We will keep you posted. We will only be brewing this beer twice because of the rarity of the hop, so it will not be available in bottle. Mandarin is currently unavailable but we hope to brew it again for Christmas 2013. Hang on! Only produced in cask (4.5% ABV).

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berkshirejohn (6497) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2017
33cl bottle from Budgens, Sunningdale, at 4.7% ABV. A slightly hazy pale amber pour with a billowing cream coloured head; lovely mandarin aroma; quite lively in the mouth with a mellow orange taste and a strong straw-like bitterness giving a well-balanced body; then a dry, but rather thin, long-lasting finish. This is definitely one of my favourite hops.

Grumbo (2946) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2017
Bottle at Penderel’s Oak, London. Pours amber orange with a short lasting white head. Aroma of mild hop, citrus, orange with light floral notes. Moderate sweetness and bitterness. Light to medium body, slight oily texture, average carbonation.

RichTheVillan (7835) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2016
Cask at Bree Louise; clear light copper pour with a creamy white head, aroma has orange and a little spice, taste has some sweet pale malts, citrus fruit, ok.

imdownthepub (14551) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2016
Cask conditioned at Greyfriar’s, Reading, Berkshire. Clouded gold with white head. Well there is certainly a sweet orange character to this, marmalde jammy hints, a little sticky. Reasonable depth of flavour, some yeasty spiciness. It’s okay.

wheresthepath (2333) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2016
Cask at the Greyfriar, Reading. Hazy orange-amber with a small white head. A light orangey flavour with sweet malts, caramel and a little toast. Very smooth but lacks oomph. It’s like sweet industrial marmalade on toast- I would prefer a darker, more bitter home-made marmalade on my toast please.

BeerViking (4781) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2015
Cask at the Leicester Square JDW, amber with a light head and a vegetal-hoppy and orange nose. Bitter and lightly fruity, with an almost acrid edge and a hint of candy sugar. Pleasant but I’m not convinced by the Xmas angle.

FilippoLippi (2) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2015 does not count
Reminiscent of Christmas only if some evil aged relative forced you to lick out the old ashtrays. Still looks ok

harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2014
cask at parcel yard kings cross. It’s a fruity bitter decent orange fruit touch of rubber. Ok except for the rubber

MrTipple (4955) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2014
Aroma: fruits, caramel malts. Appearance: clear gold, small, white head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: quickly turning lightly butter and quite dry in the finish. Overall: bit of a funny palate, but OK Golden Ale. Pint at Cat and Canary, Canary Wharf.

The_Osprey (7984) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
Short review, social. Pint at the Black Dog. Golden orange, still, small white head. Body is medium to light, smooth. Taste is medicinal, dry astringent spice, light tangy malt, soft bitterness. I found this one a bit hard going, and didn’t get much of the expected citrus. Maybe condition isn’t great?

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