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Great White - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 723
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 15
Gots: 65 | 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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2/5  rDev -41.2%

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2/5  rDev -41.2%

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2/5  rDev -41.2%

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2/5  rDev -41.2%

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2/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Live review. Poured from the 10th Anniversary Willoughby Brewing Company growler that I bought for $9.99 at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor this afternoon into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass.

A Fluffy white meringue like head that is too brief over a translucent yellow boring looking body although there are nice streams of bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass. Really the look is underwhelming. 2.0

S Distant light malt and wheat grains. The smell is thin and distant. 2.0

T An off-putting soapy like grain presence predominates. Missing would be the nice Belgian yeast with wheat goodness of an average Witbier. I guess the off-putting taste is from the wheat grains and yeast but it is not good. I am not impressed. 2.0

M Thin but too thin for the style. 2.0

D/O Not very good drinkability due to the less than inspiring taste even though the ABV would allow for repeated pints. 2.0

Notes: Dissapointed with this one after my positive experience with Lost Coast Indica on tap at the store earlier. I guess you win some and you lose some. This beer is not good.

adamette, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of DurtyUI
2.15/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer smells like bartenders piss and it tastes like what I would imagine budwieser does if you accidentally drop vanilla in it.

There is nothing at all good or pleasant about this
libation. Do yourself a favor and skip this pour for something you won't regret!

DurtyUI, May 17, 2009
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2.15/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Before becoming more familiar with beer and developing a pallet, this beer was enjoyable and refreshing. However, that has all changed. There is too much tangerine and spices added the beer, giving it a poor aftertaste. Color is a bit cloudy. All these aspects make this beer sub par. Overall an alright beer but not one I would actively choose.

brandtbates89, Mar 29, 2011
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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
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2.25/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I originally sampled this beer on 26 January 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
I was very disappointed in this beer. It completely lacked the crispness I like in a wheat. In fact it was a bit watery, in my opinion. I can't recommend this beer to anyone.

jcalabre, Aug 23, 2003
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2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

khargro2, Feb 21, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was very pleased to find a local liqour store with a few craft brews. A few different styles from Lost Coast Brewery and a few others. Being a fan of their Downtown Brown I picked up a 22 oz bomber of Great White...

The beer poured a clear pale straw color with a decent head, but left no lacing. It seemed to be well carbonated.
The smell was very faint, but sweet and cidery.
I know the label claimed to be citrussy adn contain corriander, but all I could taste was a peachy-pear flavor. The label boasted Beer with Natural Flavors," but it seemed almost like the flavor was mixed in after the brew was made, much like making Koolaid. I was eager for a little corriander spice, but found none. The label also recomended swirling the last bit of beer in the bottle and pouring to get a flavorful yeast in your glass... This may have helped tone down the sweetness, but still didn't do much for me.
The mouthfeel was okay. Maybe a bit syruppy, but with a decent amount of carbonation.
To me this beer is not a very drinkable brew. The taste just doesn't do it for me, and it reminds me of something that would give you a killer hangover in the morning. Some may like that fruity taste, but I wanted a beer not a fruit punch. I will however, not shy away from trying other brews by Lost Coast.

BeerRun13, Mar 31, 2006
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2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

od_sf, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of McGuire75
2.28/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Golden sunlight with dust particles, it poured slightly cloudy. ½ inch head which left little lacing, with large bubble carbonation.

S- Very light, slight and pale. Smells like a fresh summer breeze with lightly earthy and lemon grass.

T- Not as well built as I would have hoped. A little tart with some lemon zest or orange rind hints. Not the Witbier I would have expected.

M- Very light, watery with a very American taste. It was smooth but not overly crisp or clean.

D- An "OK" beer that is most likely better suited for warm summer days. I would defiantly drink one if offered however this is overshadowed by many similar beers, and due to this I would not buy another.

McGuire75, Nov 15, 2009
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2.28/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Hardly any head when poured, but I wasn't really expecting much. Slightly yellow in color, almost looks like some cheap adjuct style lager or something, but just barely more interesting then that.

S- Faint citrus, lemony smell. Smell is very faint and not much going on there.

T- Tastes like a mild hefeweizen almost. A very mild taste. It's very bland overall. Not much going on taste wise.

M- It's mildly refreshing, and not dry. Carbonation works for the it, but is fairly faint. Very light tasting otherwise.

O- Definitely won't buy this again. Price wise, there is no reason why this beer should cost what it does. Feel like the quality is just not there.

ely2000k, Nov 11, 2011
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2.28/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This has most of what I don't like in witbiers and none of what I do like.

Light, faintly hazy starw yellow, it has a medium white head steadily shrinking to a lasting thin foamy top. It leaves a little decent lace.

The aroma is mostly like a nice basic pale lager with grain and herbal hops, but with the orange and spice and a little fruit later.

The taste is mostly just orange zest and orange cleaning chemicals. It has a hint of spices and herbs, a hint of lemon, and a very faint hint of grain. It's sweet up front followed by a mild, lingering chemically perfumy orange-cleaner bitterness that's sticky and lingering. It's reasonably easy to drink, at least at first, but the orange element is very tiresome.

Offa, Oct 16, 2008
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Great White from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
78 out of 100 based on 723 ratings.