Apricot Wheat - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Reviews: 18
Hads: 42
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 17.81%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 05-20-2005

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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 42
Reviews by williamjbauer:
Photo of williamjbauer
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap served in a pint glass.

A - Clear golden with one finger white head and minimal lacing, min head retention

S - Um, you guessed it. APRICOT! A little too much of it.

T - Yep, same thing here too, not trying to be cute, just too much fruit. Pretty sweet, but smooth and refreshing.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation.

O - Not my thing, almost like a bitter fruit drink more than a beer. (398 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of kb199
1.12/5  rDev -61.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Good lord.... this beer tasted and smelled like a urinal cake.... Light to no mouthfeel, good color and retentive head, but my god.... I just could not get past the fact that the apricot was so artificial... It smelled and tasted horrible, I could barely get through the sample I was given. (290 characters)

Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of chinchill
3.56/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub in Eureka.

Pour is a hazy, medium amber. Very fine head and sticky lacing.

Aroma: Fruity, with only vague apricot, and hints of biscuits and bananas.

Flavor: Soft fruits and light wheat bread.

Feel: medium-light bodied with crisp, medium-high carbonation level. Semi-dry finish.

O: OK, and with restrained fruitiness. (347 characters)

Photo of rastaman
1.96/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Tap@Lost Coast, May 2004. i know my friend i had this with liked this one, but i couldn’t force myself to. Lightly sweet apricots, wheaty, bit funny for some reason, not a fan. I guess i'm not sure whether i like Apricot or not, this just didn't work for me, but it was relatively refreshing. (293 characters)

Photo of JohnW
1.8/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had as a taster on tap in Tanks Tap Room Tampa. Appearance slightly cloudy as you would expect of a wheat beer, though the aroma hints more at dryish apricot flavours, with no hint of the 'banana' flavours you get in a Hefe Weiss beer. The taste was just simply unpleasant, dryish but with an almost artificial apricot weak thin aftertaste that left a dry feeling in the mouth rather like the worst artificial sweetners can give. Cannot really imagine anyone enjoying this, and did not finish the taster, just unpleasant and good argument against adding any fruit to a beer! I would hope the Brewer has some better beers than this, regret it would discourage me from trying any others from them. Sorry, but just simply awful.


JohnW
B'ham UK (written while in Tampa FL Oct 2006) (783 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rutager
3.83/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery. Great look and apricot nose. Good stuff. (63 characters)

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4/5  rDev +37%

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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of xoqx
1.96/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I can easily find Lost Coast’s mainline beers in Seattle, so when visiting their brewpub in Eureka, CA, I was looking for beers on tap that aren’t distributed in my corner of the country. Unfortunately, they were out of both their Winterbraun ale, which would have been the only non-novelty beer (Fruit / Vegetable) beer they had on tap. So I had to venture into territory that I’m admittedly not particularly fond of. I like beer and I enjoy apricots. I’m not convinced after drinking Lost Coast’s Apricot Wheat that they should be united into a single experience. The beer is a cloudy, wheaty, hazy copper orange. The smell is not of fresh apricots so much as a somewhat acrid artificial ester. The taste is washed out, light, and dominated by the artificial fruit taste. If it had, perhaps, a quarter of the fruit flavoring, it might be an acceptable marriage, but it’s too imbalanced towards the fruit. It’s barely beer. The mouthfeel is light and slightly astringent. The drinkability is low.

I realize my ratings on this beer are low. I'm reviewing them even in consideration of the style itself. I think if this beer had less fruit taste in general and more of a natural fruit taste, it could be much improved. As is, it falls short for its style. (1,265 characters)

Photo of DavidBart
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bluetrevian
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Apricot hue, hazy, with a wispy head and spotty lace.

S - The nose is very fruity (apricots mostly), and is almost potpourri like, but is fairly nice.

T - The taste is quite fruity and yet it is also rather dry, offering a simple pale grain and mineral water base with lots of apricot lingering on the finish.

M - The feel is watery and lightly carbonated which happens to serve this beer quite well.

O - A (better-than) decent fruit beer, and very refreshing. (470 characters)

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4/5  rDev +37%

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4.25/5  rDev +45.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of brez8791
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of olimpia84
2.53/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on-tap, served on a Pint glass.

A: the place where I had this beer had very little lightning so it was a bit hard to tell, but I saw a deep dark golden color, only a superficial head. Little to no lacing.

S: very mute. Hints of apricot, sweet fruits and honey.

T: bland...some apricot and wheat flavor that ends with a citrus note, mostly orange.

M: light to medium body, light carbonation, watery.

O: not very happy with this choice. I certainly won't be going back to this beer. (494 characters)

Photo of Erik-P
3/5  rDev +2.7%

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5/5  rDev +71.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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Apricot Wheat from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
74 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.