Great White - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 808
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 24
Gots: 127 | FT: 0
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Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-20-2001

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Ratings: 808 | Reviews: 323
Reviews by brewerburgundy:
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, Sam Adams perfect pint, no freshness date.

Great White is just that, a very pale yellow, as near white as it gets in the beer world, with an unsubstantial white head. The color doesn't bother me at all, but the weak head definitely does in a wheat beer.

The aroma is light and floral; orange blossom, white tea, rosemary possibly, and the style's ubiquitous coriander.

The flavors are much the same. Light orange peel and wheat malt bounce off of savory herbs. That damn coriander is slightly woody in the background. This is a Wit I like more, though it isn't exactly conventional.

My brother noted its bevy of bubbles right off and he was correct. Great White is crisp, and I dare say effervescent.

Wit is one of my least favorite styles, though as I remember, Great White was one of my first craft beers and certainly my first wheat beer. I like it, I'm not likely to buy it again soon, and it isn't a very hearty Wit.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Tops Tasting Room, Tempe. Light watered down wheat, an uninteresting wheat. Looks OK with decent white head, smells OK, but not so drinkable. Some lemon juice and corriander and the whole thing is not so tasty, just doesn't get me. An entry level wheat.

Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of mattster
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of bsp77
2.21/5  rDev -35.2%
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

Photo of deebo
2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
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.
D-Ok
O-An average wit without much character.

Photo of beerkittycat
4.3/5  rDev +26.1%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle (2011)

Ralph's
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.

Photo of mj001jk
2.47/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

Photo of t00sl0w
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of williamjbauer
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ADR
3.11/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured in a Duvel glass...

Consistently opaque light brownish yellow appearance with a small but durable white head that laces in looping curls. Aroma is a mixture of peanut shells and blackberry seeds. Full body and heavy sweet malt impression, reminds me of a teaberry smoothie. Oversweet with subdued coriander, the lemon is highly sugary, like a cookie. Hops are minimal, as appropriate, but just a bit of a brighter sense would balance out this brew better. Its not a horrible beer, I guess as a drink to change pace it has its place.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. brew bottled in August 2003, Appears a hazy golden with a white short lived head nice webbed even lacing. A pleasant citrusy spiced up wit delivers a smooth slightly bready yeast note through my senses, overall light and spiced up with some tropical fruit like annuances. Tastes, zesty citrusy zeal it with spices and syrupy textured sugar very tasty and dessert like, hold the twist of lemon for me this one's packing enough flavor. Sharp sweet tone from the malted wheat due their duty nice micro brewed wit in my opinion. Mouthfeel is medium in body slightly sticky texured very nice high carbonation going on. Drinkability, definitely brings me back to the summertime, just one of those brews desigined for warm weather.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Light straw color nice head but almost no retention or lacing.

Smell - Notes of banana oranges and yeast.

Taste - Fruity with some yeast and spices thrown in.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp.

Drinkability - Light and refreshing but special? Nah.

Photo of glid02
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at the Liquor Loft in Tallahassee.

Pours a clear straw color (my friend got the rest of the bottle and all of the yeast) with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates quickly into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a thin ring around the glass. Not a whole lot of lacing.

Smells of light citrus fruits with a bit of grainy huskiness to it.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy malt sweetness is joined by mild citrus flavors, ending with an even milder spiciness.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it still manages to go down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability is good. There's nothing that makes this beer particularly drinkable, but it's certainly not bad.

Overall I agree with others that this isn't quite a wit. That being said, it's still a solid beer that I could drink a few of in warmer months. Worth a shot.

Photo of Surefire
4.77/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very delicious beer that is both refreshing and also has significant flavor. Citrus is the unique taste that makes this beer different from the majority of other beers.

A: Slightly cloudy from being unfiltered. No serious flaws in appearance.

S: No off smells, but not overwhelming in smell either. Citrus is the most noticable smell I can get.

T: Citrus (lemon), light malts, slight amount of bitterness. To my taste, has a perfect blend of sweet, tart, and bitter.

M: Medium bodied

D: Outstanding drinkability, maintains refreshing qualities and some body at the same time.

Overall: Outstanding taste, refreshing, while maintaining some body and lots of flavor make this my favorite "refreshing" style beer.

Photo of rastaman
2.6/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tap@ Lost Coast. Smelt OK, lots of aroma. unfortunately it was a bit sweet. Heaps of lemon icing sugar (thanks pogo), too sweet and tart, with nothing to back it up, finishes short. yeah, too sweet, has a nice full body, but it is sweet, so it makes it a little cloying, and the flavour comes across as a touch artificial (even though it most probably isn't)

Photo of OKbrew89
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pale color with the unfiltered residue sinking to the bottom. It has a quickly receding head that isn't big to start with. It smells like wheat with a touch of orange at the end, but isn't very strong. Good balance of citrus and wheat with a little spice kick at the end. Nice crisp, light body with light carbonation. Overall, it isn't complicated or daring and follows through on what it claims to be. A solid wheat I could drink in any weather. Very refreshing and enjoyable.

Photo of Reino
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Light wheat colored body with a bit of haziness. A two finger, white head sits atop and looks good while it hangs around; unfortunately, it doesn't hang around quite long enough for my liking. Not much lacing, either.

Smell- The predominant aromas are wheat and citrus (lemon and orange), but also some buttery/milky coriander, but much more citrus than spice.

Taste- The coriander comes through much more in the flavor. There's a bit of citrus coming through in the middle (almost changes from citrus to melon as I drink) before transitioning to a husky wheat flavor and finishing with more coriander. There's a milkiness running through the entire profile that I remember getting when I first drank this beer in college years ago. There's also a light hop bitterness that doesn't do much except exist.

MF- Light bodied with medium carbonation that could be a bit higher. Pretty watery and tame.

Drinkability- I don't hate it like I used to when I went to Humboldt State and every college kid was drinking 12 packs out of the bottle. It's better than I remember, but still not a very good example of a witbier. It drinks easy, but that's because there's not a whole lot going on and not much alcohol in it. Not offensive, but not note-worthy, either.

Photo of sloejams
3.07/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

After enjoying a 22 oz of this one warm smoggy LA day, I made the mistake of purchasing a 12 pack of it on sale at BevMo. It's not that it's a bad beer; it's just far too much of what it is. A 12er is far too many, in my opinion.
The taste is traditional witbier with a bit more coriander flavor than I would like. It's a wheatier, more coriander-blasted Hoegaarden, if you will. This makes the color less cloudy, more golden. The smell quite aromatic, but too much of the smell overwhelms the tasting experience.
My advice: try 1, not 12

Photo of samtrillo
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks like Cream Soda.

S- Like bread with some citrus

T - Liquid bread with some lemon and hints of other spices at the end. Refreshing cold but more flavor a little warmer.

M - Smooth and light on head from a bottle. Imagine it would be very refreshing on tap.

O - It's not a bad choice at all for a summer witbier. Low alcohol and "drinkability" (yes I went there) means you could kick back a 6pk with your buddy Jesse on a sloppy summer afternoon pretty seamlessly.

Photo of watermelonman
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I think this is my first white beer. It's treating me like a wheat beer with extra flavors, so that's how I'll review it. It poured without much fanfare but it looks good in a glass. It's horribly out of season, but definitely still worth drinking.

The citrus / herb flavors are somewhere between full and extreme. The beer may become better if toned down a little bit.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.24/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Definately a nice whitbier...
Pours a pale cloudy yellow with a smallish head for a whit....nice lacing, however.
Aroma is sweet malt and corriander...a little bit of bread...but not heavy yeast or hop intrusions and no banana esters.
The tongue is hit with the sweetness at first then a lightly biting hop and then wheat spicyness.
Aftertaste is dry and sweet without being cloying
Mouthfeel is tingly with the carbonation and pepper like wheat spiciness.
An excellent summer cooler

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Great White from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
78 out of 100 based on 808 ratings.