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Great White - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 667
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 11
Gots: 37 | 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 JDV


3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light cloudy yellow golden color with a fruity wheat smell. Nice sweet wheat like spice. A good all around refreshing easy drinking beer, that kind of like a cross of a Kolsch & Wit beer. Completely unlike a traditional wit, which for me is perfect, as I hate the yeast used in them, and is a style I normally don't enjoy. This one is easily drinkable, and milder flavored. Enjoyed equally well on a rerate and the only beer classified as a witbier I'd ever want to touch again.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 23:15:41 | More by JDV
Photo of elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty clear gold colour with a couple of floaties in it. Thin cap of fizzy white head.

Smells of orange zest and coriander. Pretty standard for the style.

Lemony citrus, light coriander and a touch of pepper. Maybe a touch of clover to the flavour as well. Not bad, nothing too exciting though.

Light body and high carbonation. Just fine here.

A suitable wit, nothing really exciting.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 03:31:58 | More by elricorico
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy dark straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a spicy wheat malt with some estery yeast and light citrus.

The taste consisted of a light wheat malt with some chewy yeast essences. There some lemon zest and coriander noted as well.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style and slightly chewy.

Overall a flavorful wit. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 03:40:59 | More by plaid75
Photo of beeritron


3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great White pours a hazy, golden color with a minimal head that fades fast. No lingering head and no lacing as the beer is quaffed. There is a strong orange-like smell with no hop aroma present. However, a coriander aroma and an underlying scent similar to strawberries is pleasant. The taste is full of coriander and citrus tones. On the back of the tongue there is a lemon lime taste like sprite. I wish this beer had just a little more spice to it. Great White has a thin mouthfeel, with a refreshing level of carbonation. Not one of my faves, but it's a good choice to beat the Phoenix summer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 20:26:59 | More by beeritron
Photo of Surefire


4.8/5  rDev +41.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2007 19:11:42 | More by Surefire
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3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow, with not that much of head, fizzy bubbles at best, not cloudy enough for a wit as well.

S: Smells of lemon and orange, and a bit of wheat malt.

T: This wit has a nice lemony orange citrus flavour to it, balanced by the bitterness of coriander. Not the best mix of flavours in this wit, but still good and tasty.

M: Nice and crisp, refreshing, and spritzy.

D: A pretty good wit, could get the appearance better, but overall, a nice beer, I could drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 18:14:07 | More by Halcyondays
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4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very unique beer, unlike other witbiers.
A: Nice cloudy gold color with a decent head with some lace
S: Very fruity and wheaty, with some spices
T: I have never tasted a beer like this before, completely unique, but very fruity and extremely spicey
MF: Nice medium body, very clean finish, good aftertaste
D: I could drink alot of these puppies before getting sick of it
I highly recommend a trial of this beer, it is too unique to pass up

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 21:27:13 | More by scottyshades
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3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as part of the August MicroBeerClub shipment.

Beer poured a yellow orange color. Not much head upon pour into the Sam Adams glass. Nose is mostly of malt and wheat and not much else. Taste is of those malts and wheats and not much else. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, is light to medium bodied, and decently carbonated. Drinkability is not bad. This is a slightly better than average beer that lacks complexity and flavor to be a superior beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 23:26:09 | More by arizcards
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tiny suspended yeast particle break up the view from one side of this orange-yellow brew. Head is white, but doesn't retain that well.

Citric aromas, mostly lemon really. I'm not hit with any spices though, almost a bit lager-y.

Lemon and orange peel in the flavor, a little white pepper or some spicing, but nothing exciting. Humboldt herbs, huh? Coriander seems to emerge, but isn't quite as upfront as a wit perhaps ought to be. As in the nose, the malt seems to hint towards a lager-like sweetness, a flash of flavor with a hint of bitterness. The light body gives way to a moderately dry finish.

Wit? Or American Wheat Beer? Kind of in the middle here, the spices are certainly present but want to get upfront more to really find a niche amongst other Belgian wheat imitators.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 21:47:53 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of scoobybrew


3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured from the bottle into a Hoegaarden tumbler. It has a coudy, golden color with a decent head that settles fairly quickly but is retained in a small lacing. The aroma is fruity and malty. The flavor is malty with fruity accents most likely from the yeast and perhaps some orange peel. It has a medium body with moderately high carbonation.

Overall this is a decent witbier. I could see this being a good summer staple if it were more widely distributed.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 22:14:39 | More by scoobybrew
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3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had on-tap served in a pint glass, appearance was a golden straw color with a nice white head. smells of spices and citrus. taste is sweet, spicy and citrusy. mouthfeel is light-bodied and smooth. drinkability is ok. most likley i will buy this one again and drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2007 00:23:14 | More by jayfarley3
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3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a golden color with a slight orange tint and thin white head that dissipated quickly to little head or lacing. Initial aroma of wheat dough and spices faded as beer warmed. Mouthfeel was slightly tingly, yet not what I would expect from a white. Unfortunately, the dough and spices in the initial nose were never present in the taste, and the finish was short and slightly stale.

This beer started out better than it finished.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 01:10:31 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of Minkybut


3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from the bottle to a 45 degree tumbler. The beer wa straw colored and cloudy. It had a fine white bibbly head that decayed pretty quick. The taste was slighly sweet with a hint of lemon which I do not normally like but this was okay . It was a clean refreshing summertime beer that I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 14:39:10 | More by Minkybut
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, served in a Pilsner glass.

A - hazy, golden color with a nice white head that thinned to a layer, leaving some bits of lace.

S - nice citrus aroma with a hint of spice.

T - good citrus/spice flavor.

M - light bodied, good carbonation.

D - highly drinkable, good tasting witbier

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 00:46:06 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of hopbar

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer on the Wall - Beers of the Month Club
12 oz. bottle
Pint Glass

A: Fluffy-white, cloud-like head with a golden body, which was semi-transparent due to the yeast in the beer.

S: Mild citrus scent.

T: Sweet citrus taste yet it became a little stale as it warmed.

M: Refreshing with good carbonation.

D: I was very happy with this one. It is a sessionable brew that I would look forward to drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 23:21:49 | More by hopbar
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North Carolina

2.33/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a strangely transparant, headless pale yellow color into my pilsner glass. The only thing obscuring my vision is the steady traffic of carbonation bubbles on their way to not reinforce the invisible head. Nose is also a bit off; it has wheat, it has spice, but it also has a vague noxious graininess that takes a bit away from the appeal.

Wow. something's not right here in the taste either. Broad, sweeping citrus and wheat flavors but something unidentified is making me wince as I sip it and I'm considering not finishing it. It's some kind of artificial tasting late breaking yeast note that just stops me in my tracks. Mouthfeel is fine but this one definitely does not agree with me and I won't be trying it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 01:26:03 | More by daliandragon
Photo of DoubleJ


3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great White - what a name for a white beer. But is it great? On to the beer:

Pours a bit more color than I expected, but it's still very pale. Low dense bubbly head forms and drops. It smells like a good white beer, perhaps from the "secret blend of Humbolt herbs" used in this brew. Yeasty, puffed wheat, and spices make up the flavor. The aftertaste is pleasant and light.

Notes: I like it; a good interpretation of a white beer. Too bad it doesn't live to being a great one, as suggested by the name.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2007 04:09:02 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of phisig137


3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a completely clear 24 karat gold color with a 1/2 finger head and poor retention. Nothing is left behind. Looks like a glass of urine.

Aroma is quite artificial smelling. A good amount of coriander spice, backed by an odd minty, herbal, hippie like smell.

Flavor is heavy artificial spice. No wheat flavor, little yeast presence. Just that odd heavy herbal spice... perhaps patchouli. Just not all that good. Mouthfeel is light. Drinkability is decent.

This is a pretty bad Wit, but overall as a beer, it is interesting. The flavor isn't bad at all, just very different and not wit-like.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2007 23:21:27 | More by phisig137
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer


2.58/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a stemless wine glass from a 12 oz amber bottle.

Poured a crystal clear pale straw color with little head of coarse bubbles.

Smell was earthy, faint citrus, not fresh or crisp.

Flavor was earthy, bland. Mouthfeel was alright, typical for the style.

Drinkability was OK, but would not bother to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2007 18:39:51 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
Photo of RJLarse


3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one was on tap at Elk Public House. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a gold cider color and is clear. Small fizzy head is gone quickly.

Smell is faint. Very faint. Some subdued wheat grain aroma.

Taste is slightly sweet with a fruit flavor. Apples and pears. Mildly bitter finish.. Pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean and refreshing. Perhaps a bit thin.

A very drinkable beer. Easy drinking, low ABV, not filling. Not great, but II'd have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2007 05:41:17 | More by RJLarse
Photo of cjgator3


3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange color with a fizzy white head. The aroma is sweet and fruity with just a hint of corriander. The taste is very fruity much like the aroma and almost tastes like peach/orange tea. I really love the orange and corriander flavors in a belgian wit but these smell and taste artificial. Overall, this is a pretty drinkable and refreshing brew, but I am put of by the artificial flavors present in this one. I don't think that I would not purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 22:44:59 | More by cjgator3
Photo of stereosforgeeks


3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 21:28:05 | More by stereosforgeeks
Photo of terrabyte


2.53/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange/yellow with a small white head that quickly disappears.

Aroma is quite sour & stinky. Not very appealing at all.

Flavor borders on the skunkiness found in the aroma and a slightly boring, corn-like beer.

Mouthful is light and slightly foamy.

Drinkability is passable due to lightness of flavors, but a bit skunky. Not very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 02:26:29 | More by terrabyte
Photo of tgbljb


4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy light amber color with massive white puffy head.
Smell is pleasant with nice citrus and banana notes present.
Taste matches the smell with a nice citrus fruitiness, some banana and some light spiciness.
An easy to drink beer, Very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 16:29:40 | More by tgbljb
Photo of ccrida


3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint, it was a clear gold, more akin to a pilsner then a Wit in my mind, although it did have a decent white head, which quickly retreated to slight skim and almost no lace. Hmmm...
The smell is okay, citrus but not to strong. To heavy on the spices in my mind - coriander, orangle peel and a host of others I'm sure, maybe chamomile? Not sure that I'm getting any esters, maybe they're just lost in the spices. There is also a faint bit of generic beer oder, that skunky kinda oder that dominates any macro lager.
The taste is pretty much exactly the aroma, heavy spices with a thin beer background that you can tell is more then just a standard pale, but not really sure what. The flavors are underwhelming, so this is not something that really turns me off, but not that great either. None of the complexity of sour twang I prefer in a good wit.
The mouthfeel is pretty bubbly and light bodied.
This is a pretty light, watery beer that would probably be fine for sucking down on a hot day...but your pay a high craft beer premium for something that essentially serves the function of a macro light, so I'm not sure why you would. I was disappointed with this Lost Coast offering and won't be bothering with it again. A classic example of a dumbed down American take on a fine Belgian style.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 16:35:22 | More by ccrida
Great White from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
77 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.