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Great White - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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77
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676 Ratings
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Ratings: 676
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 11
Gots: 44 | 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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beagle75

Iowa

2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale gold and fizzy, with one finger of white head that diminishes quickly. Remarkably clear for a wheat beer that claims to be unfiltered. Yeast sediment is visible at the bottom of the glass. No lacing remains.

S: Sweet and yeasty, the aroma of this beer is inviting and refreshing. Just a hint of malt backbone is detectable.

T: Reminiscent of a cross between a citrus-flavored soft drink and light Mexican macro-beer, the taste of this beer is disappointingly one-note and entirely too fleeting. Starts sweet and then just turns to water on the palate. The finish includes minimal bitterness that quickly fades.

M: Light body that seems all-too-appropriate for a beer of this appearance. The carbonation effervesces immediately upon tasting, contributing to the abundant sweetness at the beginning. Wet and refreshing feel would satisfy on a hot day.

D: This beer can be consumed effortlessly, but lacks any memorable qualities in its current formulation. Best reserved for novice beer drinkers or for quenching thirst during the height of summer (probably not the height of the Eureka summer).

Great White (aka "Sharky") was one of my gateway beers into the world of varietal craft beer, and one that I have returned to frequently over the last decade. I review it for the first time now because I feel it has changed just in the last few years, and unfortunately the change isn't for the better.

I recall a version of Great White that was obviously unfiltered, delivered more taste than just the overpowering sweetness of this brew, and had a more substantial texture (consistent with its appearance). I first detected the transition from "Old Sharky" (as I like to think of it) to this current beer in the summer of 2008 during a visit to the Lost Coast pub in Eureka. Since then I have had it many times out of the bottle and once or twice on draft, with the same conclusion. I would be interested to hear if other long-time drinkers of this beer observed anything like the change I describe.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 21:54:23 | More by beagle75
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Great White from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
77 out of 100 based on 676 ratings.