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Great White - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 728
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 16.42%
Wants: 15
Gots: 66 | 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 Dogbrick
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sample at Alan's HSC initation. Bottle from Howard's Market in Tehachapi, CA. This brew is a clear yellow-gold color with a thin white head that diminishes quickly. Spots of lacing. Odd aroma of malt and vegetables at first, but it dissipates into a mild spice pretty fast. Light-bodied with a flavor akin to a Pale Lager. Light hops and spice flavor with a bit of citrus. The finish is mildly spiced with a short citrus aftertaste. Barely average overall.

Dogbrick, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of Risser09
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Zotten glass - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a 1" tall white head. It disappears quickly and leaves no lace behind. Carbonation slowly goes to the surface.

Smell: Malt beginning is comprised of earthiness and paleness. Spicy with that coriander that was added to the beer. Overall, kind of off.

Taste: Earthy and spicy with pale malt, coriander, white pepper and lemony hop bitterness. Decent.

Mouthfeel: Light body, creamy, effervescent and somewhat bitter. Little alcohol and some spiciness.

Drinkability: A decent beer that I wouldn't want too many of. There are just so many great beers out there to conquer this one.

Risser09, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of n0rc41
4.5/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, for starters great white I believe will be in my top 3 all time favorites! I have been drinking great white for many years now. I have drank it in the cafe in eureka, bars in my home town, bottles in my garage.

Appearance is great, nice yellow with a smooth head that goes down fast.

Smells of citrus nicely but not too overwhelming.

the taste was great! i loved it from the start, the citrus is great flavor but not over whelming. went down very smooth with not too long lasting alcohol taste.

I would give this a better drinkability review do to the fact that i cant ever just have one of these. working in my garage I found myself drinking alot more of them then I should. Great white goes awesome with spicy foods! I believe great white is the pringles of beers. once you pop you cant stop! great beer!

n0rc41, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of electricfields
4.3/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours golden yellow. A bit lighter than I generally am into, but not too light. Finger and a half thick foamy white head dissipates quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

S: Florals, fruits, and spice. A little citrus hoppiness, but the malts are what really shows through here.

T: Apples, with a few flowery notes. Finish is all about the bready malts with a slight citric bite. Actually very pleasant, and I generally do not like sweet beers at all.

M: Medium body. Dry, but the sweetness sort of counteracts that. The carbonation is light, but strong enough to make its presence felt and tickle the tongue a bit.

D: I don't think I would make this a regular session beer just because it's probably a bit too sweet for that. But it's still something I will come back to every now and then.

electricfields, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of seand
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow, with a decent amount of dense fizzy white head. The head dissipates almost completely, leaving a very small ring around the edge, which leaves a bit of lacing.

S: A bit malty, with some citrus notes, a bit of yeast as well.

T: Sweet and floral, with a hint of citrus. Finishes slightly dry with yeasty tones.

M: Medium amount of carbonation, fairly light bodied.

D: Drinks easy, which I think is part of the point.

It's a pretty decent summer option, which tastes pretty good even as it warms, if slightly bland.

seand, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of IronDjinn
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to one of the customers in the Sherbrooke beer cooler for giving me a bottle of this from the 6 pack that he bought. Hey, beer folk are great generous people!

Cloudy apricot hue in appearance, one finger of white head that settles quickly.

Quite malty for a wit in the aroma, some green apple, mild phenols, then the wheat tends to appear followed by light fruit.

The flavour is where the real party begins, wheat quickly joined by floral and light fruit notes, a curious sweet herbal blend, crisp dry finish. No real aftertaste. Totally reminds me of Edelweiss Snowfresh.

Mouthfeel is light, rounded at first, with pinprick carbonation on the finish.

A great, unassuming wit, nice twist in the flavour profile from the norm, a decent quencher that would make an excellent sessional. I'm grateful for the one I was given and will have to pick up some more.

IronDjinn, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of jwhawkins81
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Yard House in Coral Gables, FL

Aroma - Lemon and other citrus notes but nothing much else.

Appearance - Poured a yellow color with a little head and a little amount of lacing.

Taste - A good deal of citrus fruit especially lemon. Not bad but nothing special.

Notes - OK mouthfeel but nothing really stood out for this witbier.

jwhawkins81, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - yellow straw pour, a thin watery layer of white bubbles.

Aroma - light fruitiness and grain.

Taste - sweetish, grain beer. A touch of spice and hops on the swallow. A clean finish with a trace of florals. A bit like a diluted Blue Moon.

Mouthfeel - good crispness, average body and weight.

Drinkability - an okay beer for a session, although a touch bland, I imagine a beer like this gets lost in the shuffle amidst the great beers of CA.

brewdlyhooked13, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of OregonPaul
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's a gamble anytime you restock your personal keg. Currently it's 80 degrees outside and summer is here. I replaced my Racer 5 with Great White. With never a taste before I had some apprehensions. First tap... unimpressed. It was almost a letdown until I remembered why I bought this beer; Summer is here! Well lets not forget how difficult seasonal changes are when spring has been so kind this year to us North Westerners. This was almost exactly what I was looking for.
Crisp. Obviously citrus notes hit you first when you smell that disappearing foam head. I quickly questioned the serving temp? I dropped the fridge to a chilly 34 degrees. Much better served cold. I chopped up a fresh Orange and placed slices in the bottom of the pint glasses. I had many complements on this move. I vote serve this beer cold and drink them fast. Face it... some summer wheat's can be disappointing, this one is not. Cheers.

OregonPaul, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of LauraAlberts
4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Typical witbier appearance, Golden yellow with nice white head

Smell: Coriander, citrus, spice

Taste: Belgian wit - citrus, coriander, melon, honeydew

Mouthfeel: light and thin - not water - not chewy.

Drinkability: Very drinkable - good session wit. I would love to try this on draft.

LauraAlberts, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of RickS95
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not much to look at in the glass, like ginger ale...no head.

Cooking spices in the nose, pepper and coriander.

Surprisingly crisp, refreshing taste. The wheat gives it a sweetness to balance the spices.

Very refreshing in the mouth, its best quality.

Being so light-bodied, you would enjoy this (or several of these) on a warm, sunny day.

Not a great beet, but an easy to drink beer.

RickS95, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of Muchosnachos
4.33/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tucson summers are miserably dehydrating. This beer is refreshing and won't leave a dry feeling in your mouth that an IPA or pale ale will this time or year. The appearance is slightly cloudy showing it hasn't been filtered to death and the aroma that of any good wheat beer. I find myself enjoying a lot of this lately!

Muchosnachos, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of TexIndy
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info on bottle but read that it should be lasered on the neck so either didn't happen or it got rubbed off. It was a cloudy straw color with bits floating around. Couple lazy carb bubbles and some light lacing. I gave it a good swirl to get the sediment mixed up so a good sized fizzy white head that quickly settled into a thin partial film and a collar.

The aroma was weak. Lemon, grainy malt and some corriander. A touch of hops. Smell reminded me more of a pale wheat than a witbier. Lacking in the orange and spice area. The flavor followed the aroma. Was watery and weak. Lemon and grain were the dominant flavors. Not bad but was too weak to really stand out. Mouthfeel was light, watery and weak on carbonation.

Overall, a fair beer and weak witbier. Was too bland in aroma and taste to really want you to have another one. Needs more spice to it and less lemon and grains. Don't recommend as better out there. One and done for me...unless a friend has it in his fridge and nothing better there.


TexIndy, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of beertunes
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a cloudy yellow with more than an inch of foamy head that dissipated quickly leaving no head.

Wonderful spice and fruit aromas greet the nose, with that distinct wheat aroma also present. The flavors of orange peel and coriander are noticeable, as they should be for the style, but not over powering.

The body is slightly better than average for the style. The drinkability on this excellent. This is one of my favorite go-to summer beers and a good change of pace from the heavier beers of winter.

beertunes, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of santomark
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a gold/orange color, with little head.

S: The hops balance is nice with obvious use of citrus.

T: The taste is wonderful, nicely balance with a sweet finish.

M: smooth, crisp, nicely carbonated.

D: Nice and light. Goes down nicely.

I suggest drinking this at the beach

santomark, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of nicnut45
4.58/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance-A hazy orangeish yellow color. About a fingers worth of snow white head settles into a wispy layer with a nice white ring around the sides of the glass.

Aroma- great aroma of lemon, fruit loops cereal, coriander, basil, and lime. This is a great wit smell.

Taste- Reminiscent of thai food with tastes of lemongrass, and basil. Very clean and fresh tasting. There is a certain spiciness to this beer that I find very intresting. The bitterness compliments this beer perfectly. You would think this beer is sweet by its smell by that is not so. This is not your typical wit.

Mouthfeel- Very crisp and fresh. Stingy carbonation.

Drinkability- This is good stuff. The best wit I have ever had. I couldn't think of anything better to drink on a hot summer day.

nicnut45, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of nycwinter
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an ice cold 22oz bottle into a large beer mug. Swirled the last two fingers and poured. (No date was marked on the label.)

A= A little cloudy, but mostly transparent gold with very little head.

S= Very light grainy smell with no apparent citrus or spicy smells as expected from a witbier.

T= Average taste for beer in general, but not as complex as I was hoping given the style.

M= Very light with a mildly dry finish.

D= Easy to drink. The 22oz went quickly.

I had this side by side with another witbeir. This one was the least complex and teast remarkable of the two.

nycwinter, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of Reino
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Light wheat colored body with a bit of haziness. A two finger, white head sits atop and looks good while it hangs around; unfortunately, it doesn't hang around quite long enough for my liking. Not much lacing, either.

Smell- The predominant aromas are wheat and citrus (lemon and orange), but also some buttery/milky coriander, but much more citrus than spice.

Taste- The coriander comes through much more in the flavor. There's a bit of citrus coming through in the middle (almost changes from citrus to melon as I drink) before transitioning to a husky wheat flavor and finishing with more coriander. There's a milkiness running through the entire profile that I remember getting when I first drank this beer in college years ago. There's also a light hop bitterness that doesn't do much except exist.

MF- Light bodied with medium carbonation that could be a bit higher. Pretty watery and tame.

Drinkability- I don't hate it like I used to when I went to Humboldt State and every college kid was drinking 12 packs out of the bottle. It's better than I remember, but still not a very good example of a witbier. It drinks easy, but that's because there's not a whole lot going on and not much alcohol in it. Not offensive, but not note-worthy, either.

Reino, May 28, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours slight hazy yellow with white head. Nose is atypical for witbier style- very tepid, with faint citrus and somewhat yeasty. No lemon, orange/coriander, or anything distinctively witbier. Palate comes across as an ordinary wheat ale as well - nothing distinctive to the style.

yemenmocha, May 24, 2009
Photo of DurtyUI
2.15/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer smells like bartenders piss and it tastes like what I would imagine budwieser does if you accidentally drop vanilla in it.

There is nothing at all good or pleasant about this
libation. Do yourself a favor and skip this pour for something you won't regret!

DurtyUI, May 17, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a standard shaker glass. Appears a hazy bright yellow color with an inch of creamy bone white foam. Smells and tastes of light citrus such as orange and lemon, wheat bread, spicy yeast, and a mild hint of black pepper. A bit thin bodied, but not too drastic, with ample carbonation. Worth a try.

ClockworkOrange, May 09, 2009
Photo of solargoat
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured light and golden.
I dectected almost nothing in the nose, slight citrus, picked out almost a lagerish odor.
Taste was nearly non existent, it's not a bad taste, just not much taste.
Refreshingly carbonated, I could easily chug a couple of these on a hot day and not even know it.

solargoat, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of RunDWP
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Today, I'm here to tell you about another beer I've enjoyed for some time, Great White from Lost Coast Brewery.

It pours pale yellow color, with a big fizzy head, the doesn't hang around too long, but leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Not much in the aroma category, I can pick up a little coriander in the nose. The taste is all right, with the requisite coriander, with a little yeasty, spicy zip on top of the bread like malt and wheat background. Could have some more freshness in the taste, but it works for me. The bottle talks about some sort of "secret blend of Humboldt herbs". Sorry, I'm not in on the secret but there were some slight notes of lemon and grass in this brew, if that's any hint for you. Mouth feel OK, with a decent level of carbonation. There is a slight sour note that seems to come from the yeast, but otherwise, I found this one pretty drinkable.

All and all, a pretty solid witbier if you ask me.

RunDWP, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A light golden hue with some cloudiness and a small head and no lacing. A zesty, peppery smell with minor notes of clove, lemon and wheat. A thin-bodied beer that bordered on being a tad sour as the citric notes (lemon/orange) are sharp and cutting and there is very little of the spices on the back to balance or wheat to offer some fluff/sweetness. An alright wit but I don't see myself drinking a sixer of this anytime.

clayrock81, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a slightly hazy insipid light straw hue with an effervescent eggshell head that dissipated nearly as fast as it bubbled up. lacing? pretty much nonexistent.

aroma of honey, pale malt, lemons, maybe a bit of orange. Not getting much in the way of spices - just a hint of pepper.

pale malt... a good bit of wheat... some sweet honey-like notes. A decent amount of ambiguous spices. More lemon, a bit of orange. Just a touch of yeastiness... not as much as I was anticipating. Sweet and citrusy.

mouth is light yet a bit syrupy. Carbonation is fine but ample, carrying the few flavors nicely. smooth and fairly thin, except for the slight syrupiness. Not bad to sip.

Hmm. finishing the glass was a task... any more would be unpleasant. Not sure this one really falls into the white beer category... more like a pasty, ghostly pale with some citrus. Not my cup of tea... just average on the whole. And I really wanted to like this one - 8 ball is one of my favorite stouts. But I just can't say much positive about this one.

djeucalyptus, Feb 04, 2009
Great White from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
78 out of 100 based on 728 ratings.