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Great White - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 759
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 16
Gots: 79 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-20-2001)
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Reviews by Bounty628:
Photo of Bounty628
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Bounty628, Aug 20, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

oberon, Apr 12, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Light, cloudy yellow in color with a tinge of orange. The body was nice, but the head didn’t 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.

RoyalT, Dec 11, 2003
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

Parke, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +47.1%

Hyperdrive6, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of freshflesh
3/5  rDev -11.8%

freshflesh, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of sasoares
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%

sasoares, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Beerswag
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Beerswag, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of TraceKlein
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

TraceKlein, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of mattster
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

mattster, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of justinwright
4/5  rDev +17.6%

justinwright, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of bsp77
2.17/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

bsp77, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of Stebow1289
3.04/5  rDev -10.6%

Stebow1289, Yesterday at 11:44 PM
Photo of alip
3/5  rDev -11.8%

alip, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of deebo
2.63/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

deebo, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of jburchett
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

jburchett, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Janeinma, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of beerkittycat
4.33/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

beerkittycat, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of ehammond1
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle (2011)

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.

ehammond1, Jun 05, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +20.6%

bisq, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Cynic-ale, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of mj001jk
2.48/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

mj001jk, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of t00sl0w
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

t00sl0w, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Beerandraiderfan, May 21, 2010
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Great White from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
78 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.