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Great White - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 674
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 11
Gots: 41 | 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 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
Photo of kdoc8


3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Surfside Grill in Crescent City, CA. It's served up with a lemon wedge and has a dark golden color, frothy thick head (about 3mm) but not any lacing. It smells citrusy, even after having discarded the lemon rind. It was served very cold and tasted bitter, but refreshing and mainly of citrus flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2007 23:09:00 | More by kdoc8
Photo of theWrkncacnter

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle bought at Chan's in Pensacola, FL.

Pours a very clean, light, deep yellow. Head is fairly thick that leaves some nice lacing. Smells very sweet, with heavy plantain on the nose. Taste is light, but sweet with a nice plantain taste but still fairly dry, which I really like. Maybe a little watery, but very good and easy to drink. Feels only slightly acidic on the mouth, but otherwise has a nice dry aftertaste.

This is defnitely one of the better Witbiers that I've had. Not quite a replacement for Avery White Rascal, but close. Better than Blue Moon or Sunset Wheat for sure, I'll definitely pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 03:35:05 | More by theWrkncacnter
Photo of mithrascruor


2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a pale straw-gold color; very clear. Frothy white head soon becomes a thin film, and leaves minimal lacing. I had to do a double-take at the bottle -- this doesn't look like a witbier whatsoever, but more like a generic pilsner.

Smell: Has that spiced citrus/peach smell of many witbiers, but it's faint and not too interesting.

Taste: A bit of cirtus and peach at first, Spices seem to generally be absent. It then evolves into a somewhat bitter, yeasty taste that isn't so good...

Mouthfeel: A bit watery with some odd light carbonation. Relatively smooth.

Drinkability: It's actually alright to drink a few of these, for some reason.

Disappointing attempt at a witbier. I won't get this again; it just looks and tastes wrong. And it's not very good as a beer in general, style notwithstanding.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 02:10:56 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of BeerBelcher


2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was a bit of a disappointment. It is not bad, just very ordinary, and a rather un-spectacular witbier.

This beer poured much paler than I expected, with a very fizzy and fragile white head. Aroma is fairly spicy (clove & coriander?), but flavor and mouthfeel are quite flat and thin, which is a bit disappointing...as is the beer on the whole.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 00:59:43 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of mattd017


3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale tan, almost like a pale ale, with little head that disappears rather quickly. Has a strong citrus scent, almost like fresh lemons. Taste matches the scent, very citrusy, no bitter hop. It lacks some of the normal Belgian White spice and bite. Kind of bland. Washes the tongue with light carbonation and a creamy fluid, true with all Belgian Whites. All in all, refreshing, not a bad beer, but falls a little short of the Belgian White category...

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2007 21:27:16 | More by mattd017
Photo of DogFood11


2.38/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a stemmed pils glass it forms a frothy white head that leaves some sliding ring lace. Hazed up unfiltered body has large sized carbonation. Gold body.

This seems more like an American Wheat beer than a wit but it still fits in somewhat because of the spices. The drying wheat presence is countered by a slightly spiced backend, mainly coriander but there is some lemon rind as well. Husky at times and the grain portion is just bland. This has an adjucnt feel to it and the carbonation looks and feels forced.

Notes: Not a big fan of this one. Not a big fan of the brewery in general. 8 ball stout is decent but thats where it ends in my opinion. Looks decent but I'll pass on this.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 17:41:50 | More by DogFood11
Photo of goschool


3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a lousy interpretation of the witbier, but then again, they never officially call it a wit on the bottle (Apart from the name Great White). This is somewhere between a witbier and an pale wheat ale.

Appearance: As this isn't really a witbier, it's a lot darker than beers that truly fit the style. The pour is a hazy straw to gold with a white head that shrinks and eventually fades away if you nurse it long enough.

Smell: The nose is soft, fruity, and a little floral, with wheat, orange peel, and coriander.

Taste: The taste has grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, yeast and wheat that stay out in front from start to finish. Coriander and a strange potpourri flavor come in towards the middle. In keeping with the hybrid wheat-wit style, it's less spiced than most witbiers.

Mouthfeel: It has low carbonation, but the finish is zesty.

Drinkability: I like the witbier style more than pale wheats and I'm sure most BAs would agree that a straight wit would've been more interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 00:47:42 | More by goschool
Photo of theopholis


2.5/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Pours a sort of dark, clear straw color with practically no head or lacing. Not real impressive.

Aroma- Light and fruity with a bit of corriander. I think I am getting a little canned corn in there to.

Tastes-Some nice flroal hops in there. Bit of the old canned corn in the after-taste tho.

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel is actually pretty good. A nice acidic bite on the tip of the tounge and lips, low-medium body.

Drinkability-Not real impressed. Can't get past the canned corn.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 06:58:56 | More by theopholis
Photo of stephendr


3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. glass bottle- color of bright yellow , with a medium white head - nose of bananas , floral , cloves , lightly hopped and spices – taste of candied , bananas , hopps and spices- body is light , and frothy – aftertaste of sweet , hopps and spices

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 05:46:17 | More by stephendr
Photo of builder53


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

Pours pale yellow with the requesite floaties of an unfiltered, withminimal white head and very little lacing. Some pear/melon/citrus scents mixed with light yeasts. Smooth with mild carbonation. The secret herb additives lend to a unique flavor that in my opinion lasts a little to long in the finish. All said, not a bad beer but not an unforgettable one either!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 01:51:42 | More by builder53
Photo of zeff80


2.94/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a clear yellow color with very little head. No lacing at all.

S - It smelled like corn and citrus.

T - It tasted like corn and a little malt. There was also a fruity/corriander-like taste.

M - It was a little thin and very light bodied.

D - Overall, this was fairly disappointing for a craft brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 23:22:18 | More by zeff80
Photo of rkuhnel


3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a local beer and I drink it often at the Brewhouse. On-tap or in the bottle it tastes the same. This seems to really be an American version of a Belgian White, so while that might set the standard it really has to be rated simply as a Witbier

It pours a cloudy yellow with a moderate white foamy head the does not last long. The nose is most distinctly citrus and coriander. Mouthfeel is surprisingly robust for the type.

Flavor is spicy and really refreshing. The main thing you can say about this beer is that it is good to drink. Or maybe you can say it tastes more like a summer spice beer. When I first started drinking craftbrews I rated this pretty high, but now I have to rate it above average but not outstanding.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2006 04:17:52 | More by rkuhnel
Photo of TheBungyo


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

Poured light straw colored gold, maybe just a little darker than I would've expected. Decent white head. Nose is very floral. As for taste, it is sweetly malty with notes of subtle orange. There's plenty of citrusy flavor going on too. Carbonation is mild. This would be a great beer to session.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 03:05:48 | More by TheBungyo
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle thanks to jhammerly

Pours a clear straw color with a small white head that fades. No real lacing on the glass.

Light fruity aroma with a very mild corriander and orange smell.

Tastes like it smells. A light yeasty fruity taste upfront leading into very mild corriander and orange flavors. I don't like an overspiced wit, but this could use a bit more.

Thin body, light carbonation.

While not an exceptional wit, this beer is very easy to drink and would make for a nice session beer on a hot summer day - very thirst quenching.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 01:25:00 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of rousee


3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky gold color but not as hazy as I would expect. Leaves no lace.
Smell is herby and grassy. Woody elements too.
Taste is hardly wheat-like at all. It reminds me of the brewpubs offering to the bud drinker. In terms of extra flavors like coriander and such--yeah-theyre there but all I am getting is some lemony citrus on the finish.

The mouthfeel is crisp and quenching. It does remond me of a wheat beer in that sense. Drinkability is average although --I would say it would be far more drinkable on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 23:54:45 | More by rousee
Photo of crispy620


3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Althought the cloudiness might turn people off to this Unfiltered wheat, I found it somewhat refreshing in taste and aftertaste.

The coriander and citrus does comes in the very first sip and remains long after.

Light white head and golden color make it a very appealing beer for very hot days.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2006 15:55:01 | More by crispy620
Photo of JayTheFinn


3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I've had Great White on tap and it was okay. I recently had one in the bottle, so I figured I'd re-review it. Quite frankly though, I don't notice much difference. That could be because of its rather subtle nature. It still has the faint citrusy scent and flavor, a decent combo of malt and hops. The mouthfeel is quite light and a little underwhelming. But it's quite drinkable due to the all-around smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 19:56:16 | More by JayTheFinn
Photo of hero27


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

12 oz bottle.

Hazy straw color. Somewhat fizzy white head.
Plenty of coriander and light fruit flavor. Orange peel, lemon, and the usual suspects in a witbier. Crisp, light mouthfeel..bubbly carbonation.
Nothing outstanding, but certainly refreshing on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 22:22:02 | More by hero27
Great White from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
77 out of 100 based on 674 ratings.