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Great White | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Brewed by:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
California, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 10-20-2001

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Reviews: 325 | Ratings: 881
Photo of jsisko01
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a thin frothy head that dissipates instantly. Lacing is ok..

Smell - Lemon zest and coriander is most dominant. Along with some wheat and yeast.

Taste - Identical to the smell. Lemon zest, a lot of coriander, orange citrus, wheat, and somewhat of a floral taste.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - It's been a while since I've drank a witbier.. this is a pretty good one.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.5/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Golden body, hazy, topped by a level finger of white micro foam, which dissipates quickly. The gold seems to lose one luster as the beer settles, which seems counter intuitive.

Picked up some spice in the aroma as soon as the cap was popped. Aroma features wheat, citrus, coriander, yeast.

There's a splash of wheat and lemon on the tongue, then a bizarre dead spot. Then a nip of spiciness, that limps into the aftertaste. Wits should be light, but there is just not enough flavor here for any kind of interest.

Light mouthfeel that could use a bit more carbonation.

Barely more flavor than Coors Light. Give it a pass.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear yellow color with a one finger, rocky white head. The head fades to a thin film across the top rather quickly and leaves some scattered lacing. There is minimal carbonation and it looks very still.

S: The aroma is comprised of a touch a wheat, a bit of yeast aromatics, and a lot of spices that contribute to a citrus-y orange-like aroma. But overall, the aroma is somewhat muted.

T: A touch of wheat, some spices (most notably coriander), and lots of orange citrus tastes. It finishes with a grassy sensation.

M: This is a light bodied brew with an adequate amount of carbonation. Finishes on the watery side.

O: This was just an average witbier. Nothing special here. Definitely had better, but certainly not bad.

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Photo of babaracas
2.79/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light amber with a little yeast in suspension, one finger fizzy white head is gone quickly. Smell: lightly fruity, lemony coriander. Taste: wheat twang, coriander, herbal notes. Crisp carbonation into a slick finish. Overattenuated, boring. No thanks.

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Photo of VagabondHops
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served into a pint glass wih about an inch of head which dissipates quickly.
Smells like wheat, some spices(of which I can't decide), and some citrus, making me think it will be tingly in the mouth.
Correct!! Tingly carbonated mouth feel and goes down smooth.
I'm a fan overall and would recommend it for some casual drinking buds. Looks like a lager, smells and tastes like a wheat beer and called Great White, for a killer craft brew to try. Not super special, but it's a craft beer....so it's special!

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head with lots lacing on a cloudy murky body. Musty hop and malt aroma with light lemon note. Light to medium body and Moderate carbonation. Musty and malty flavor. A little plain with a light lemon note. Overall very drinkable but simple.

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Photo of RollBounce
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow color, light to medium carbonation, wheat, citrus, and cinnamon on the nose. Flavors of black tea are in the front, with lemon zest, bergamont, honey. Clean with good weight for the style.

Overall; The black tea was interesting in the front of my tongue. Reminded me of earl gray tea(my favorite). Little wheat driven and more richness then expected.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a foggy golden yellow with a white, two finger head. The head hangs for a good minute before giving way to sparse lacing.

Smell - Aromas are faint. A bit of wheat. The faintest of spice.

Taste - Light wheat, yeast and subtle notes of coriander spice. There's a touch of milk-like quality, maybe from the yeast?

Mouthfeel - Light, but the tingly carbonation gives it a bigger body feel. Goes down very, very smooth.

Overall - Light, but a unique and a distinct beer. It's certainly an American twist on the classic witbier. Session friendly.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light yellow hue with practically no haze. A little bit of effervescence is present, along with a two-finger cap of frothy white foam. Not quite the murky silver I look for in a witbier.

Smell: light, refreshing, wheaty aroma with a definite whiff of fruity coriander. The coriander smells fresh and enticing; pretty decent.

Taste: lightly sweet malt flavor with a grainy, wheaty character; the coriander is present here too but not quite so much as in the aroma. Overall, a decently tasty wit.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body but a big carbonation that yields a very nice creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is a decent witbier, even if it doesn't really look like one. I'd have it again.

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Photo of DM1293
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste - Its kind of weak. Wheat-y definitely, with a bit of citrus in the background. And there's something subtle but toasty.

Overall - I still say this is better than most of the mass-produced beers you see around. It clocks in at the same price anyway, so I do say grab it if you don't mind wheat beers since the unfiltered nature of this beer doesn't make for a thicker mouthfeel, nor does it change the flavor too much. Unfortunately, if you're looking for a witbier specifically, this one is unremarkable.

But as their best-seller, I can see why; its probably going to agree with everyone who drinks it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light yellow with a 2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a chunky island of foam. Small streaks of lace form randomly around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of perfume, fruit, and spices. There is a hint of grain as the beer warms up. Taste is of grain, perfume, and spices. There is a slightly fruity aftertaste as well. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer and not something I would revisit again.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ever so slightly hazy, this wit looks just like a lager, yellow with a rapidly disappearing white head.
Smell is relatively restrained with some banana, spice and citrus notes to go with a sourness that is reminiscent of skunk without being bad. Odd but not offputting.
Taste is wheat, banana, clove, malt all balanced nicely together. Alcohol is present but only as a warm feeling.
Medium-ish body with an appropriate effervescence for the style, sharp up front but fading fast. Slightly drying in the finish. This could easily be labeled a wheat and is easily confused with one. Good but nothing more.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into pint glass
A – 1 finger white fizzy head shrank quickly, minimal lacing, hazy straw colored brew 3
S – Lemon citrus and grains 3
T – Citrus, grainy brew with mild hop bitterness and spice. Not a great white 2.5
M –Light body with a sharp fizzy carbonation, feels thin and finishes dry 3
O – Won’t be drinking this beer again. Not bad but it is nothing worth looking for 3

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Photo of CBlack85
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a DFH shaped pint glass

Pours a hazy straw/yellow color with about two fingers worth of foamy white head that recedes quickly leaving behind minimal lacing

The smell is mainly of lemon and orange, with some minimal yeasty notes as well. Not alot going on here, but what is there is not unpleasant.

Like the nose the lemon and orange are the dominant flavors. Some banana is barely noticeable. Not much of the wheat character is noticable. Body is thin and moderately carbinated. Very easy to drink, but slightly one dimensional.

Overall, the beer is really quite pleasant. I could see myself drinking several of these, but I couldn't see seeking it out.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack today.
I've had this beer before, but it was only after work, so it tasted great!
Pours a hazy lemon tone, head is thick, creamy, light yeast wheat haze, good so far. Lacking a bit in murkiness upon first pour, second adds a bit more, but not quite the almost milky haze of the best.
Smells of slightly sour wheat, coriander orange zest wheat, bread, notes of clove lots of coriander. Pretty decent, lemon, but not extremely complex.
Flavor is good, refreshing, but not particularly powerful. A subdued version of Allagash to name an American example.
Light lemon, some wheat creaminess, orange, coriander pepper, medium mouthfeel, but in my opinion a bit over carbonated.
I look for that really creamy texture in my Witbiers, and this falls a bit short.
Good, refreshing nonetheless, I like it but would go with Hoegaarden over it if that puts it in perspective.

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Photo of harrymel
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brooklyn deli
A: grain with a finger of white foam. Excellent clarity and cobweb lace.
S: sweet grain with hints of coriander.
T: sweet and spicy with a bit of corn flavor.
M: medium bodied with low carb. Nice feel.
O: great intro beer.

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Photo of deebo
2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

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Photo of Innocentexile
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz poured into weizen glass

A-Pale straw color with some head and zippo lacing. typical wheaty, nothing bad. just ordinary

S-pretty much like a wheat should, faint nose with a little whaet smell with some biscuity aroma too.

T/M-tastes like a wheat beer. some citrus. some. a little bready at the end

O-a typical wheat beer. not much that stands out. no real reason to buy this again

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The Great White beer from Lost Coast is ok...the beer poured a pale straw clear color with vitually no head and no lacing. There is not much to the smell, slight faint citrus and spice. The taste is crisp tangerine and spice flare with some malt. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with decent carbonation. Overall the beer is ok....probably best for summer days!

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Photo of ely2000k
2.3/5  rDev -32%
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.

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Photo of dostom
4.35/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of nitro0292
2.55/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of tony223366
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of marty21
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Great White from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
77 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.