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Great White - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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316 Reviews
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Reviews: 316
Hads: 852
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 28.19%
Wants: 26
Gots: 154 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-20-2001

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Reviews: 316 | Hads: 852
Photo of DM1293
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
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 -11.6%
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 -3.6%
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%
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 -16.9%
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 +2.4%
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 +1.8%
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 -4.2%
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 -21.4%
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 -10.1%
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 -9.2%
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 -31.8%
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 +29.1%
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 -24.3%
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 -8.6%
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 -1.2%
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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Photo of spicelab
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Bounty628
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Vanlingleipa
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Northsider
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy straw colour with a small white head. Poor head retention and little lacing.

Light citrusy aroma with a touch of lemongrass.

Light wheat malt with a touch of fruitiness. No real spice component. A touch disappointing.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Fine.

A middle of the road attempt at a witbier. Lacking depth and yeast character.

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Photo of kwc017
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stone Ruination IPA pint glass

A - Pours a nice straw color, not too light or too dark.

S - Bit of Spice, Coriander maybe, a little banana clove smell as well.

T - Similar to smell. Spices, the clove banana taste is more prevalent in this bottle than I've had on draft..hmmm. It's a bit of a witbier light. You can tell the taste is there but it is faint.

Overall a very drinkable California version of a witbier. At least that's my take. To me, it really tastes like a light version of Franziskaner. The same types of spices are there but ya just can't fully taste them. Sessionable for sure.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Trader Joe's is helping me open my eyes to random new beers at considerably low prices. (They should pay me for all the shilling I've been doing for them lately...) This case-in-point pours a clear straw topped by a finger of white foam and populated by a bunch o' little floaties. The nose comprises lemon zest, orange zest, light grapefruit zest (this is one zesty beer, eh?), coriander, confectioner's sugar, a twist of lime, and a few drops of honey. The taste holds notes of lemon zest, coriander, light black pepper, very light lime, light grapefruit, a touch of banana, and a honeydew slice or two. Nice and fruity. The body is pretty light, with a meekly moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a pretty nice wit, something I'm kinda glad I've found at TJ's.

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Great White from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
77 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.