Great White - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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Reviews by Bounty628:
3.78/5 rDev +11.5%
Lost Coast Brewery’s Great White is a refreshing and crisp witbier that is certainly worthy of working its way into your beach cooler. The style is sort of always associated with summer given the smooth and light nature of a witbier. Great White, if not enjoyed alone, would best be paired with grilled chicken, a white fish or perhaps some spicy food.
Great White has an ABV of 4.8% which makes it exactly what you would expect from a solid-performing witbier. The relatively low ABV allows this beer to be enjoyed either as a single or as a summer cookout session beer and the lack of an alcoholic punch allows you to really enjoy this offering.
When poured into a pint glass, Great White has a very light color complexity to it and a golden straw color is lightly hazed within the pour. There is a pretty decent amount of carbonation when poured and there is a rather faint head atop the pour. There is virtually no lacing left along the pint glass during the drinking of this offering.
The smell of the beer brings about the wheat nature of the offering quite well as there is a grainy, wheat presence that works its way out of the glass almost immediately. The nose, for the most part, it pretty muted after that and though the brewery notes that there is a hint of citrus present in Great White it definitely does not make even the most subtle of a presence in the nose.
Once tasted, there is a better appreciation for the hint of citrus that Lost Coast mentions as being a cornerstone of this witbier. There is an, albeit subtle, citrus backing to the strong wheat presence in the taste and a bit of lemon and grapefruit provides the citrus nature to this beer that really does a nice job at enhancing the taste. It is always nice to see when a brewery does not need to smack the taster over the head with citrus-overkill and Lost Coast does a really nice job providing this offering with just the right balance. The wheat dominance of the taste is very nice and the smooth nature of the wheat allows this beer to sort of be a lighter wheat beer that is easy to enjoy.
The mouthfeel of Great White is rather light so if you are hoping for a really strong beer, I would suggest you look elsewhere. For those who like wheat beers and know what is good when it comes to the style then this mouthfeel will not disappoint. This offering is light and crisp and really is a good beer that will both satisfy and refresh on those hot summer days. The low ABV and the nature of the beer allows the drinkability of this beet to be quite high.
08-20-2011 10:10:02 | More by Bounty628
More User Reviews:
3.45/5 rDev +1.8%
Really like the labels of lost coast beers,poured a hazy orange color with nice fluffy head,smelled very citruisy (maybe a little overpwering) and spicey.The taste didnt match the aroma, a little bland,citruis was present but not enough for me.Not real complex but not horrible either.
04-12-2003 17:53:29 | More by oberon
3.25/5 rDev -4.1%
Appearance Light, cloudy yellow in color with a tinge of orange. The body was nice, but the head didnt do much.
Smell Light orange and grapefruit at the nose with a small wheat backbone.
Taste The fruits come out a little bigger at the taste, especially the grapefruit flavor. The wheat base is there, but faintly.
Mouthfeel Light to medium in the body with a bit of chewyness.
Drinkability I thought the big grapefruit was a little off, but otherwise this was a valiant attempt at this difficult style.
12-11-2003 01:06:15 | More by RoyalT
3.53/5 rDev +4.1%
Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle dated 05/08/08, poured into nonic glass.
There is a nice frothy low head atop a clear light yellow brew.
Smell is somewhat subdued, but taste has a nice slightly tart taste with notes of herb and spice. Nice bubbly mouth feel, finishes nicely with little to no aftertaste.
07-25-2008 06:25:17 | More by mattster
2.17/5 rDev -36%
Serving Glass: Poured from bottle into white wine glass.
Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow with thin white head.
Smell: Sweet wheat, some citrus and grassiness.
Taste: Tastes like overly sweet wheat. Citrus is light and the spiciness is close to nonexistent. Claims there is coriander; not sure I believe it. Horribly unbalanced.
Feel: Moderate carbonation, light body, not at all dry.
Overall: Simply not a good Witbier
03-26-2011 21:20:00 | More by bsp77
2.63/5 rDev -22.4%
A-Thick white carbonated head. Hazy yellow golden color.
S-Citrusy orange aroma with ale yeast esters noticeable-hints of wheat and barley.
T-Similiar to Belgian witbier except with an off flavor (kind of soapy) that hampers this beer.
M-Soft tasting-not crisp ends mellow with a hint of bitterness-highly carbonated yet tastes a bit flat.
O-An average wit without much character.
12-04-2011 23:32:17 | More by deebo
4.33/5 rDev +27.7%
Appearance is slightly cloudy but brilliant yellow with a lively off-white head. Aroma is full of fruity esters like orange, lemon, peach, mango and then some bread dough like yeastiness and finally some fresh herbs like basil. Very complex. Taste...mmm...kind of like a summer meadow in a glass. Fruits, flowers, herbs, and yes, some maltiness, too. Just enough hop bitterness to balance any sweetness. Despite all the esters it's not a very sweet beer and actually finishes semi-dry for a very thirst quenching pint. I've had this now from the bottle and on tap at their little brewpub. It's outrageously delicious on tap and the brewpub has the best grub in town. A bit more subdued in the bottle but definately worth seeking out.
09-15-2008 23:32:21 | More by beerkittycat
2.8/5 rDev -17.4%
San Marcos, CA
A pale tangerine with a hazy, white cloudiness throughout. Thin white head and not much lacing.
The aroma is citrus-like, predominantly lemon and oranges. I don't smell much spice--or anything much at all for that matter, except some lemon and orange.
Some initial sweetness, then some hop bitterness and citrus and also a graham cracker flavor as well. Little, if any, notes of coriander or other spices. Disappointing for the style--simple and undefined.
A thin mouthfeel and not a lot of carbonation.
A citrusy witbier lacking spices, character, and definition. An extremely simple and average witbier.
06-05-2011 01:51:47 | More by ehammond1
2.48/5 rDev -26.8%
Golden yellow color, head quickly disappears, leaving a thin film and lacing, not too exciting.
The aroma that first tickles my olfactory nerve is not entirely pleasant. There is an obvious orange peel smell coupled with spice and something that resembles dirty socks. Perhaps even a hint of rotten eggs, but it is probably from the combination of malts, hops and spices.
The body is somewhat thin and dry, lacking in richness and the taste is pretty much the same as the smell. Orange peel, some spice and not much more. It is far from inspiring and I will probably stay away from this one unless I have to, or someone hands me a bottle. Turning down a beer is always alcohol abuse in my book.
12-02-2008 03:40:14 | More by mj001jk
4/5 rDev +18%
This was a decent witbier, not as flavorful as others i have had, but still refreshing.
the appearance is a nice pale gold, with a finger head that quickly dissipates. there is a tad bit of lacing at the beginning, but it fades after a few minutes.
it has a yeasty smell, and a faint citrusy smell.
yeasty taste, citrusy, wheaty.
it is light even for a witbier, very easy to drink, good for a hot summer day. carbonation is light to moderate, felt bubbly to me.
overall, i like it. good beer for a hot florida day.
07-08-2010 23:16:59 | More by t00sl0w
3.1/5 rDev -8.6%
A shark on the label of a watered down wheat?
OK, that may be a little harsh. Its an into level beer I guess. Boring appearance, a little better than a BMC, but then again, not even as impressive as what Blue Moon brings to the table.
No noticeable aroma, taste is much the same, you might pick up faint lemon & coriander aspects of it, but barely, and you might be searching to find even that. No hops, no aftertaste.
05-21-2010 21:01:07 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3/5 rDev -11.5%
On tap served in a pint glass
A - Cloudy golden-amber with egg shell white one finger head. Min head retention, minimal lacing.
S - Zesty orange and lemon with a wheat backbone.
T - Wheaty but a bit too too much citrus. Smooth and a bit of coriander spicy.
M - Medium carbonation, medium body
O - I like witbiers and this just didn't impress me. Instead of taking time on art design with their sharky they should work on balancing their beers better.
02-02-2012 21:18:05 | More by williamjbauer
Great White from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
77 out of 100 based on 707 ratings.