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Great White - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 719
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.47%
Wants: 15
Gots: 64 | 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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Photo of ely2000k
2.28/5  rDev -32.9%

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
Photo of dostom
4.38/5  rDev +28.8%

I enjoy this beer, I buy 6 pack bottles from Binnys or Woodmans. It is even better on tap.
Nice poor, very light head. This beer is unfiltered but not cloudy. It has a plesent light malt and fruity smell. Very smooth and refreshing. I taste wonderful spring water, light spices and citrus. I would personally highly recommend this beer. If you like even more fruit flavor then try the tangerine beer by lost coast. My wife likes that one.

dostom, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of nitro0292
2.53/5  rDev -25.6%

Poured into a wheat beer glass. Head is typical for an American wheat beer, which means it is about a half inch. A far cry from the masterful Germans. Color is a pilsner-like transparent gold. No real lacing to speak of.

Aroma - very bland. No esters, no wheat.

Taste - follows the smell...not much. Not offensive and easy drinking, just not a lot going on.

Mouthfeel is nice and light, with adequate carbonation for the style. Less carbonation than a Hoegaarden (what I consider the benchmark for a Belgian Wit) and certainly less than a German Hefeweizen.

Overall this is OK. Better than macro swill, but friends are telling me my home-brewed wheat beer is more complex and enjoyable.

nitro0292, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of tony223366
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%

From my beer journal. Reviewed on May 17, 2011.

A: straw yellow and a little cloudy. No sediment. Small head that didn't stick around for long.

S: Citrusy and sweet but lacks the spicey qualities of the allagash white.

T: Sweet and spicey but mostly just citrusy.

M: Very light body with a nice amount of carbonation.

O: I was expecting a lot more out of this. However it doesn't have much complexity. There was a slightly unpleasant after taste that I couldn't put my finger on. Definitely not bad, just not the best.

tony223366, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of marty21
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%

A: Pours a golden yellow with two fingers worth of foamy white head. A constant heavy stream of bubbles flowing from the bottom of the glass. A thick foamy head remains the entire time and left a lot of thick lacing.

S: Lots of lemon citrus up front with a few faint spices. But for the most part this is all citrus.

T: Lots of lemon citrus again with a bit of orange as well. Not very complex but it’s very refreshing.

M: Medium fizzy carbonation with a light body.

O: Like I said it’s not a complex beer at all. But it does a great job of refreshing you. It would be great to drink on a patio or at the beach on a hot summer day.

marty21, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of spicelab
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

355mL bottle thanks to Beermasons.

Yellow straw with a very slight haze. Two-finger sudsy white head drops to a bare ring after a few minutes. Medium bead.

Nose has a rather sharp floral-perfumy quality to it. It's killing me, but I can't pick the flower type. Almost like heather or lavender but not quite. Other than that the main aroma is Honey Bears (sweets). Wheat character is mild but there. Simple, clean and distinct.

Almost a carbon copy of the nose.

Carbonation is a bit shy for the style. Smooth enough, but the lightish body could do with some more pizzazz.

I like what Lost Coast is doing and how their beers stand out but it's tricky to review them! Definitely would be a great beer for summer.

spicelab, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%

This brew poured out as a hazy looking orange color. The head was white and fluffy, leaving a pretty nice lacing behind. The smell of this beer has a good amount of citrus and some floral spices on the nose. The taste of the beer was refreshing, floral and citrusy. The mouthfeel was light bodied and smooth, it had a good carbonation to it also. Overall I found this brew to be pretty tasty, surely an enjoyable beer.

Knapp85, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of Bounty628
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%

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
Photo of Nerudamann
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured from a bottle into a Pint glass.

Look - light golden color, clear, with good carbonation and about half a finger's worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - a little bit of a cereal grain-like smell, but with a little more malt flavor. I don't smell the coriander though.

Taste and Mouthfeel - a pretty mild but sweet taste at the beginning. A little of a lively muskiness in the end. More of the herbs and citrusy flavor come out in the taste than in the smell. The texture is pretty well-balanced, but leans a little more on the watery side.

Overall - not a bad brew at all, and somewhat intriguing, although not terribly complex. Still good to taste though.

Nerudamann, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of Vanlingleipa
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Poured into a snifter. Comes out cloudy pale yellow with almost zero head. There is a small amount of carbonation that could easily be overlooked because the bubbles are microscopic - tiniest I've seen in a beer so far. Muted scent of what is probably yeast.

The first and subsequent sips yield the taste of lemon, probably fresh because of the lack of bitterness. Tiniest hint of spice - Very little taste of any grain and lacks the smoothness that accompanies a good wittebier.

Kind of like what you'd get when mixing a bud lite with a glass of lemonade. Well, actually not at all, but you get the point - a non-sweet lemon drink. Has its refreshing qualities but would not pursue.

Vanlingleipa, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of Northsider
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%

In bottle from Trader Joe's.

Not the best for this style I would say. Appearance is cloudy yellow, not much head. Smell is very light, hard to distinguish any particular flavors. Lemon comes to mind. Taste is pretty light, crisp, and citrusy. Definitely a summer beer, very sessionable.

Overall, I'll finish the 6 pack I have gladly, but I wouldn't jump to get more of this. There's much better beers that exemplify the style.

Northsider, Aug 08, 2011
Great White from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
78 out of 100 based on 719 ratings.