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Great White - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 791
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 19
Gots: 102 | FT: 0
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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 biboergosum
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Hard to find around here now, but for a buck-fifty in Idaho, why not...

This beer pours a cloudy pale straw colour, with two fingers of foamy white head, which leaves a Cartesian map of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of faint wheat grain, citrus, and mild coriander/white pepper. The taste is sweet wheat malt, more sedate citrus, and a soft herbal hoppiness. Any normal wit spices are notable only in their absence, or, perhaps, obfuscation. The carbonation is soft, but with a bit of rising bubble edge, the body light, and nicely smooth. It finishes crisp and clean, with some trailing wheat sweetness.

An easy drinking wheat beer, sure, but the other witbier qualities seem to be forgotten on the side of some NoCal highway.

Photo of kjyost
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

660 mL bottle poured into a flute with no BB date

Pale yellow with a strong white head that does not lace. I was expecting more haze in the body than there was though. Nose is dominated by citrus, specifically lemon rind, and is otherwise one dimensional. Citrus is also in the body, though tea-like notes become more prevelant over time. Carbonation is low. Now for the truly damning statement: I would rather have had a Hoegaarden.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, Sam Adams perfect pint, no freshness date.

Great White is just that, a very pale yellow, as near white as it gets in the beer world, with an unsubstantial white head. The color doesn't bother me at all, but the weak head definitely does in a wheat beer.

The aroma is light and floral; orange blossom, white tea, rosemary possibly, and the style's ubiquitous coriander.

The flavors are much the same. Light orange peel and wheat malt bounce off of savory herbs. That damn coriander is slightly woody in the background. This is a Wit I like more, though it isn't exactly conventional.

My brother noted its bevy of bubbles right off and he was correct. Great White is crisp, and I dare say effervescent.

Wit is one of my least favorite styles, though as I remember, Great White was one of my first craft beers and certainly my first wheat beer. I like it, I'm not likely to buy it again soon, and it isn't a very hearty Wit.

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light yellow with little head. Nose is citrus and mild spice. Taste is not what I expected; lemon and straw, but there's something off about it. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and dry. Not disappointed I tried it while in CA, but not impressed.

Photo of adamette
2/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Live review. Poured from the 10th Anniversary Willoughby Brewing Company growler that I bought for $9.99 at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor this afternoon into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass.

A Fluffy white meringue like head that is too brief over a translucent yellow boring looking body although there are nice streams of bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass. Really the look is underwhelming. 2.0

S Distant light malt and wheat grains. The smell is thin and distant. 2.0

T An off-putting soapy like grain presence predominates. Missing would be the nice Belgian yeast with wheat goodness of an average Witbier. I guess the off-putting taste is from the wheat grains and yeast but it is not good. I am not impressed. 2.0

M Thin but too thin for the style. 2.0

D/O Not very good drinkability due to the less than inspiring taste even though the ABV would allow for repeated pints. 2.0

Notes: Dissapointed with this one after my positive experience with Lost Coast Indica on tap at the store earlier. I guess you win some and you lose some. This beer is not good.

Photo of ehammond1
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle (2011)

San Marcos, CA

A pale tangerine with a hazy, white cloudiness throughout. Thin white head and not much lacing.

The aroma is citrus-like, predominantly lemon and oranges. I don't smell much spice--or anything much at all for that matter, except some lemon and orange.

Some initial sweetness, then some hop bitterness and citrus and also a graham cracker flavor as well. Little, if any, notes of coriander or other spices. Disappointing for the style--simple and undefined.

A thin mouthfeel and not a lot of carbonation.

A citrusy witbier lacking spices, character, and definition. An extremely simple and average witbier.

Photo of DaCar
4.48/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Move over Jaws there is a new shark in town! Great White is the perfect summer bbq beer. The pale golden color and amazing taste made me an instant fan after my first one. It has a nice citrus smell with a hint of what i think is vanilla and it goes down smooth. Go out grab some and have a bbq with your friends,you wont regret it.

Photo of Phelps
2.54/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint.

Cloudy and pale straw yellow in color. A merengue-like, one-finger head is fluffy, sticky and retentive. It lingers forever atop the liquid, making it look good.

The nose: orange and lemon peel, coriander and lots of crackers. There’s not a ton of fruitiness, and there’s a solvent character to it that gives the impression of wood cleaner.

I pinpointed it: Lemon Pledge. The flavor is awash in it, along with lighter notes of coriander and crackers. The finish is clean and slightly dry finish.

Light-bodied and moderately fizzy, with a crisp and slightly drying finish.

There are very few beers I won’t finish, but this is one. I couldn’t get away from the feeling I was drinking air freshener. Blech.

Photo of nickfl
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - The beer pours with a small head of white foam that dissipates rapidly. The body of the beer is a slightly hazy, golden color.

S - Lightly sweet malt aromas with a bit of coriander and citrus.

T - Sweet malt up front with some peppery yeast notes. A bit of coriander comes out in the middle with some wheat and a bit of clove. The beer finishes with more sweet malt and thick wheat as well as herbal notes of orange peel and more coriander.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Blah, the spices come off as flat and the malt is too sweet for it to be really drinkable. A little bit of tartness would go a long way towards balancing things out, as it does in the few good examples of the style, but this beer is completely lacking in such acidity and it shows in the flabby finish. Not terrible for what it is, but like most witbiers, it is not something that I would drink again.

Photo of whatthehull
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted April 26th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into New Belgium snifter
A - a cloudy straw, one finger snow white head and no lacing

S - citrus hops, seriously sweet yeast. Not to much going on. Just like dessert wine, this is a dessert beer

T - sweet yeast, sweet citrus hops. A slight bitterness to balance it a bit. Tastes like tangerines

M - light, fluffy, low acidity and medium finish

D - light and drinks like water. Not the best but nice for a hot summer day and some grilling

Final thought - at $7 this won't hurt your pocket and will impress the ladies

Photo of 4000qtrap
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Source/Serving: 12 oz bottle.

S: Light coriander laid overtop fresh gains (oats and wheat). Fresh lilies. Light toast and caramel.

T: Semisweet up front with thing, light grains, a touch of caramel and fizzy carbonation. Impression of the grain character is enhanced by the thick and slightly grainy mouthfeel. In the middle the grain character becomes more full and robust. Spices start to come on but stay below the level of the grain flavor. Finish is where the coriander shows through, but its pretty one dimensional spice. Some bitter also creeps in but overall quite sweet throughout.

Notes: Great summer beer that’s very drinkable and refreshing. Good quality but not complex.

Photo of rjochman
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with pure white head that dissipated after a few minutes. Left very minimal lacing on the glass. Smell gives of a sweet grain and fruity tones. Flavor is sweet with hints of lemon and a bit of spice. Has a medium body and not a lot of carbonation and has a smooth finish. A good beer with many different flavors (lemony and spice)

Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden-tinged honey color, with a modest head (especially for the style) that doesn't pass the retention or lacing test

Smell: A hint of banana and graham, but the stongest element of the aroma is lemony

Taste: Banana and graham, up front, with a sweet lemony character developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a touch of coriander and the Humboldt spices (given what else the region is famous for I have to wonder about that), but the finish is rather sweet

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate, but prickly carbonation

Overall: Decent enough and easy to drink but this is really a wit made for the witless - way too sweet and not nearly spicy enough

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - Clear gold colour with an average size fizzy white head. There is a low to average amount of carbonation showing, and there is some faint lacing. The head stuck around for 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Wheat, corn syrup, coriander, an apricot sweetness

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation on the tongue, the beer comes across as slightly watery. There is a corn syrup sweetness mixed with some lemon and corriander/cloves. It finishes with a spicy corn syrup sweet aftertaste.

Overall - A nice above average white beer. I found it had a more potent flavour on tap than it did in the bottle.

Photo of Brimz
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive had this beer on tap as well as from the bottle sevril times and always enjoy it.

It varies a lot in color depending on where you are at in the keg, ranging from straw to milky gold. Very little head that disappears quickly.

The smell is light with citrus being the dominant smell with a hint of hops and spices.

The taste is very light and refreshing, perhaps to light for some. Its sweet and zesty with a little spice.

Nice mouth feel, lightly carbonated goes down smooth.

This is a good beer any day but is even better on a hot one.

Photo of brandtbates89
2.16/5  rDev -36.7%
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 +7.9%
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
2.83/5  rDev -17%
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
2.21/5  rDev -35.2%
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
3.89/5  rDev +14.1%
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 -6.7%
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 -12%
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 -12%
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
2.7/5  rDev -20.8%
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
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Great White from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
78 out of 100 based on 791 ratings.