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Great White - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 776
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 17
Gots: 91 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-20-2001

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Photo of brandtbates89
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.

Photo of SassyBootblack
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A hazy, pale beer.

Smell: Nice, belgian fruit and spice cabinet.

Taste: Belgian fruitiness, but prominent spice flavor. Something like cumin or similar. A very interesting flavor, but I can't say I enjoy it over other examples.

Mouthfeel: Appropriate, not too thin and not too chewy.

Overall: A very well made beer and an interesting experience, but with all of the crazy spices you can put in wit beer, this may not be my favorite example.

Photo of womencantsail
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Huntington Beach Beer Co.

A: Pours a cloudy pale straw color with a finger or so of white head.

S: Smells like lemony cat litter. Some sweetness, wheat bread, sour lemon notes, orange peel, and some lemon drop candies.

T: Very sugary, like candy, with a lot of lemon and lemon peel flavor. Some orange peel in there as well and certainly a bit of coriander. A touch of wheat and a mild malt sweetness.

M: Light in body with a moderate to high carbonation.

O: A mix of sour American Pale Wheat ale and witbier, and not successful.

Photo of bsp77
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

Photo of NurseJody
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mellow Mushroom!

I've only tried this beer on tap, yet every time I have yet, I like it more and more. Head wasn't that big, with very slight lace. The nose was very pleasing, with slight citrus hints and a very slight hint of honey. On the palate is very refreshing! Well carbonated. I could taste citrus, with slight hints of sweetness. Overall, this is a very good beer. I would highly recommend this to someone who had never tried it. I will try it in a bottle next time!

Photo of gatornation
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap

A-pours a hazed sunset yellow color with a 1 finger head and minimal lacing

S- was faint with lemon and bread smells a little baked bread

T- was like a lager had some malts with a baked bread taste, followed by some lemon grass.a touch of floral hops

M- was fizzy a little watery,somewhat crisp..not a lot of taste

D- this is very easy to plow thru alot of these..but just not alot of taste ..worth a try ..but i wont be looking for this one

Photo of bskrtz
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served cool on tap in a standard pint beer glass at 'The Yard House'

A) Dull straw golden ale, hazy with very tight white head.

S) Orange citrus zest, sweet and sour, doughy with mild spice.

T) Taste is standard witbier -- lemon & orange citrus refreshment. A light beer with coriander and mild/dull bitter hopps.

M) A little sticky and flat. Could be the result of how this beer is drawn in this particular restaurant/pub: The beer travels a long way through elaborate piping, overhead to a gigantic oval shaped bar-back with approx. 180 draft pulls. Very cool in appearance but may filter out the carbonation, leaving the beer flat

D) A beer has to be truly stellar to stand out in this crowded category. I found this one to be good but average

Photo of inlimbo77
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle purchased in Kaui'i, HI into pint glass.

A: looks like a standard wheat beer, light hazy gold color.

S: smells of Coriander and Humboldt herbs. typical smells for this style.

T: tastes as I would imagine for this style. easy drinking. lighter than Blue Moon or Hoegarten.

M: smooth and crisp. not mouth coating at all.

D: if I was into this style I could drink many of these as they weren't very strong.

Overall, just an average wheat beer for me. this was a one 6-pack that was for the time and perfect for the summer/early fall in HI. Beach beer.

Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
2.73/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Date: 6 January 2011
Glass: Standard nonic
Type: 12fl oz

Poured aggressively for a 1-finger head, reduces to nothing, runny lacing, color is slightly-cloudy corn yellow. Aroma of slight lemon peel and very light malt, taste is the same. Very simple session Witbier.

Photo of kwjd
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was the only craft beer at the corner store in northern California that I hadn't tried, so may as well give it a go. Pours a golden-yellow colour with fizzy white head without any lacing. Smells strongly of lemon with some of the wheat malt. There is a lot of sweetness, but still some tart lemon flavour. Medium bodied carbonation. Easy to drink, but too heavy on the citrus and too low on the beer flavour.

Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub today.

The beer pours a whitish gold color with good head retention and decent lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light citrus and clove. Thankfully, the beer is much better on the palate, showcasing considerable orange and lime citrus, light honey and light clove. This is all superimposed on a "wheaty" flavor frame, with some light sweetness and a touch of bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, though the beer is not the least bit watery. The beer finishes pretty well, and drinkability is pretty good.

I guess I've had better domestic wit style beers, but this isn't bad at all. Have to say I'm a bit surprised by the low scores, as I thought this a pretty solid interpretation of the style. Of course having it fresh right at the source probably doesn't hurt.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. The color is a bit of yellow-gold with a bit of a white head and little lace. The nose is a bit of citrus, wheat, and light spicing. The taste is a bit bland with some pale wheat and very mild citrus. Body is nice with good carbonation. Makes up for some of the flavors. Decent beer, but not something I'd seek out again.

Photo of StaveHooks
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden yellow with a small white head that melts into a full ring. No lacing.

S - White bread, lemon, subtle spice.

T - Sweet lemon zest dominates most of the palate. Some bready malt, subtle earthy yeast, faint spices.

M - Medium body with high carbonation.

Very toned down flavors in this one. Almost no spice to speak of. It was hard to pick out anything in the nose. This is an enjoyable brew though. Very refreshing.

Photo of Lemke10
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Menomonee Falls, WI for about $1.50 in early fall 2010.

Great White is a great beer if you're not much of a beer drinker. But if you are an advanced beer drinker, this will seem rather weak and basic. It pours a lighter yellow color and is very easy drinking. It has a decent mellow flavor but no voloume in it's taste. Comparison wise it's around the same grade of beer as Miller Lite. It's not a bad beer by any means, it's just not a good beer.

Photo of mcann2pu
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: was a hazy amber/ straw color in appearance, slight eggshell head with minimal lacing.

Smell: wheat some light lemon grass, some spice notably coriander.

Taste: light refreshing taste, mostly wheat some spice and the lemon come through.
Mouthfeel: appropriate for a refreshing beer.

Drinkability: quite drinkable.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Cloudy pure yellow with minimal head and not much lacing. Good carbonation.

S: A wave of apricot, lemon, honey, peach, orange juice and wheat hit the nose with notes of floral and biscuit malt hiding in the background. Smells fantastic.

T: Fruity and juicy and good, but almost has me asking- is this really beer? Nice carbonation. Finishes extremely clean with a light malt presence.

D: On a hot summer day, this would be one damn refreshing beer.

Value: Lost Coast beers are an excellent value. This one is no exception. Not bad at all, paid $1.59 for a single. I'd take this over Blue Moon any day.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a fizzy white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of some citrus twang.

Tastes of the citrus with a sugary malt. No spices really to speak of. Lemon zest is really the main show here with some pale malt sugar to it.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent straw color with 2 fingers of ivory colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Bready, grassy, lemony, white pepper & coriander. I wish this tasted it like it smelled

T: Lemons, orange peel & grassyness up front, then some coriander up front, along some nice wheat tartness. Wheat tartness, lemons, slight yeasty notes as well once warm. Finishes crisp & slightly grassy

MF: Light bodied with slight carbonation

Drinks really easy, liked this much better than a previous time when I had this on draft years ago (served too cold IMO), nice if simple take on the style

Photo of AgentZero
2.6/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a tangerine orangish yellow with a small head that left no stick on the sides. Poor retention and no lacing.

S - Mega sweet lemon on this, almost like a bit of lemonade was dropped in. Citrus, and some sugary malts. Does smell like summer, but not necessarily like beer.

T - Not good, overly sweet, no hops profile to speak of, very light. Quite bready with a lot of lemony citrus. The big problem here is that it's overpoweringly sweet. Not good at all.

M - Moderate carbonation, sugary, heavier side of light bodied. Fairly smooth.

D - Pretty drinkable, would lbe a lot more so if it wasn't disgustingly sweet.

Photo of chickenandrice
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow with finger of head, good lace at first.

S: Lemony, citrusy, nothing overly produced in smells.

T: Soft wheaty, citrus, crisp and no bitterness.

M: Pure and indulgent.

D: This is my beer to drink when I just want a beer. Really enjoy the flavor that comes from a Great White.

Photo of ruckus232
2.48/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Clear bright yellow in color with a little bit of white head that leaves little lacing.

Smell: Citrus (lemon) smell, but more of a medicinal type smell then from an actual lemon. Almost reminds me a little of lemon smelling cleaners but not quite as powerful.

Taste: When you first take a sip it is a very powerful amount of lemon (artificial). Then that fades away to the slightly sweet and a little bit yeasty flavors from some light beers.

Note: Not at all what I was expecting from a white beer and I have to say I was a little disappointed.

Photo of t00sl0w
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a decent witbier, not as flavorful as others i have had, but still refreshing.

the appearance is a nice pale gold, with a finger head that quickly dissipates. there is a tad bit of lacing at the beginning, but it fades after a few minutes.

it has a yeasty smell, and a faint citrusy smell.

yeasty taste, citrusy, wheaty.

it is light even for a witbier, very easy to drink, good for a hot summer day. carbonation is light to moderate, felt bubbly to me.

overall, i like it. good beer for a hot florida day.

3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into imperial pint glass.

A: A thin white nose, with a cloudy lemon yellow body.

S: A slightly odd wit aroma, something along the lines of straw.

T: A bit of lemon zest on the start, with a subtle spice on the finish. A bit watered down taste.

M: Smooth on the palate, a bit light.

D: With the light subtle flavors this is a easy going brew, but the overall drinkability give off a fast drinking beer. Not many complex flavors bur just enough to go back to search for them.

Photo of primo26xx
2.3/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I'm going to forgo the usual format for reviewing beers, because this is going to be brief and to-the-point. This beer is just plain underwhelming. As I poured it into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass, the nice faint orange haze and lively carbonation was a promising start. Little did I know just how quickly things would turn. Very thin, watery. Malts barely surface. Coriander and some "secret blend" of herbs? Not detectable on the nose or palate. Lost Coast categorizes this to be a wheat beer, but it goes down like a summer ale gone horribly wrong. The 1.5 mark for drinkability isn't an exaggeration. I can't remember the last time that I refused to finish off a sixer of anything that I purchased... until Great White.

Photo of scott451
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Swirl poured into a beaker. One finger white head on a slightly hazy dark lemon. Very transparent for a wit. Citrus and bread smells. A bit weak in the taste department but defiantly a spicier rather than a fruitier wit. Mouthfeel is light and well rounded. Pretty drinkable although it's weakness might be a bit boring after a while.

Great White from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
78 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.