Great White - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 769
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 16
Gots: 81 | 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 SLObeer
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 24oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: slightly hazy, straw colored. light head that collapses fairly quickly. light lacing on the glass.

S: sweet, light and citrusy, lots of orange peel. also a strong wheat/bready smell.

T: a very smooth and creamy beer. lots of citrus, a bit too much in my opinion but the hops and wheat balance it out nicely. it also finishes with a sweet lingering aftertaste.

M: highly drinkable. light bodied.

D: a decent session beer. i could easily drink too many. although, while it is a great beer, it doesn't really fit in the style of a witbier.

Photo of dstc
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a small white head. Head falls to a very small one. Very thinnest of lace.

Mild nose with light citrus. Not getting too much here.

Mild white beer flavor. Citrus is mild. Slightest of hops in the end.

Thinnish in the mouth with a bit of a bite.

Very average but very easy drinking.

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

I picked this up at Al's of Hampden - poured chilled into my Redstone Mead glass.

A - A pale golden straw w/ light haze. The cap is snowy white which collapses quickly and the bead is tiny

S - A lot of wheat in the aroma w/ mild orange peel and very mild pepper. The wheat is dominant in the aroma which is nice considering some overdo the citrus peel and coriander

M - A spritzy light bodied feel w/ nutty texture and clean overall w/ smooth effect on the palate

T - the flavor starts off jazzy w/ a bit of creamy wheat and gets soda-like w/ a bit too much citrus and lacks a little depth in the yeast character. The wheat misses the spice a bit in flavor to- it comes off as a pale wheat with a dash of orange peel toward the end

D - I liked this ok, it was refreshing as a lawnmower beer to me and I would not turn one down, but I have had many better tasting wits with fuller flavor - it just felt middle of the road overall

Photo of ABOWMan
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a new beer for me so I'm giving you my first impression.

The pour resulted in a nice white head of fine foam that generated about two fingers worth of depth. The color of the ale was pale yellow, almost straw-like in color and there was only a slight amount of haze for this style of beer.

The aroma was of cereal grain, fresh citrus which was predominantly lemon.

The flavor had a nice up-front citrus bite with a wheat backbone. There was some bready yeast flavor and a pleasant twang on the tongue to finish.

The mouthfeel was light and crisp which is what one would expect from a witbier. This would make a fine session beer at only 4.8%abv.

The drinkability was excellent. A pleasant refreshing flavor that was mild but unmistakably "fresh." Definitely a beer that won't weight you down with too much flavor.

I'd definitely do this one again!

Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a very smooth peachy white into a weizen glass, obviously unfiltered. moderate carbonation. not much more than half a fingers worth of a head on this one. Very attractive in the glass.

Smell is pleasant and wheaty, there is a bit of sweetness to it.

Great refreshing taste with obvious wheat notes, very earthy with a nice hoppiness that I enjoy in witbier. I noticed that as it warmed a bit towards the end it had some of the sweetness that is detectable in the nose. highly flavorful body.

I was pretty impressed overall, and found it quite tasty and fairly drinkable, which i'm learning is routinely the case for Lost Coast offerings.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Clear yellow body with a head of white standing less than an eighth of an inch tall and fading very fast. Lot's of carbonation to note.

S - Honey and wheat.

T - There's a nice bittersweet beginning leading into a grain filled middle and end. The finish has a hint of banana.

M - The feel is coarse and not the texture I appreciate in a wheat brew. It's not smooth or easy going down.

~ I have to say this is not the best whear wit I've had. The flavor is good, which really makes up for the rest of the inadequacy.

Photo of josefnewsong
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - golden color with 2 fingers of white fluffy head
S - not much here, some sweetness and wheat
T - sweetness, some citrus maybe, a little bit of wheat, slightly sour/slightly hoppy finish
M - light bodied, fairly smooth, a little fizzy
D - fairly drinkable, but needs more taste to compare to others in the style

Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Tops Tasting Room, Tempe. Light watered down wheat, an uninteresting wheat. Looks OK with decent white head, smells OK, but not so drinkable. Some lemon juice and corriander and the whole thing is not so tasty, just doesn't get me. An entry level wheat.

Photo of Natural510
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A hard pour elicits a bit of fizzy head which quickly dissipates to nothing, leaving a completely flat appearance. A dark, hazy golden color with small yeast flakes suspended in motion.
Smells fairly strongly of lemon & spice.
Flavor is...interesting. Heavy-handed lemon and flowers right off the bat. Floral quality is similar to chewing on raw jasmine & honeysuckle. Coriander creates the spiciness and adds a peppery quality to the brew, which finishes a bit dry & chalky from the spice & yeast.
Not very appealing, though it is different than any other witbier you'll find. Originality doesn't always lead to a desirable product, unfortunately, and it's far too uneven with all the added spices.

Photo of Squelch
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy. Golden colored. Fast dissipating head.

Smell: Nice estery aromas here. Fits the style

Taste: Moderately fruity. Needs more barnyard character. Tastes like a small triple.

Mouthfeel: tingly due to the carbination. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Nice beer but doesn't quite fit the style.

Photo of beagle75
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale gold and fizzy, with one finger of white head that diminishes quickly. Remarkably clear for a wheat beer that claims to be unfiltered. Yeast sediment is visible at the bottom of the glass. No lacing remains.

S: Sweet and yeasty, the aroma of this beer is inviting and refreshing. Just a hint of malt backbone is detectable.

T: Reminiscent of a cross between a citrus-flavored soft drink and light Mexican macro-beer, the taste of this beer is disappointingly one-note and entirely too fleeting. Starts sweet and then just turns to water on the palate. The finish includes minimal bitterness that quickly fades.

M: Light body that seems all-too-appropriate for a beer of this appearance. The carbonation effervesces immediately upon tasting, contributing to the abundant sweetness at the beginning. Wet and refreshing feel would satisfy on a hot day.

D: This beer can be consumed effortlessly, but lacks any memorable qualities in its current formulation. Best reserved for novice beer drinkers or for quenching thirst during the height of summer (probably not the height of the Eureka summer).

Great White (aka "Sharky") was one of my gateway beers into the world of varietal craft beer, and one that I have returned to frequently over the last decade. I review it for the first time now because I feel it has changed just in the last few years, and unfortunately the change isn't for the better.

I recall a version of Great White that was obviously unfiltered, delivered more taste than just the overpowering sweetness of this brew, and had a more substantial texture (consistent with its appearance). I first detected the transition from "Old Sharky" (as I like to think of it) to this current beer in the summer of 2008 during a visit to the Lost Coast pub in Eureka. Since then I have had it many times out of the bottle and once or twice on draft, with the same conclusion. I would be interested to hear if other long-time drinkers of this beer observed anything like the change I describe.

Photo of Jayli
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed 11/28

A: This beer pours a crystal clear straw color with a one finger of white sudsy head. Head recedes nicely with sticky ringlets of lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is of sweetness, some caramel and toffee, heavy dose of wheat and coriander.

T: Taste starts off very sweet, with caramel and toffee mixing in, moves into a hint of wheat and yeast. Finish is clove, an overabundance of coriander and a hint of lemon.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, clean and crisp at first with a somewhat sticky finish.

D: ABV wise, this is highly drinkable, the coriander was too overpowering for me which makes this a beer that I would pass on in the future.

Photo of July2Nov
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very light and clear with a pale yellow color. Nice carbonation with plenty of tiny bubbles rising to the top. No head and no lace. A bit underwhelming.

Smell: Very sweet, with a bit of spice (coriander) to it. Has a sparkling citrus hint to it as well. Very pleasant.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Slightly strong up-front then mellows out with a slight "earthy" taste to it. Very light and crisp. This a very refreshing beer that leaves the mouth with a slight numbness that turns to a gradual warmness. Good overall beer.

Drinkability: Very nice and mellow, that is both refreshing and not overpowering. Perfect for hotter climates. I could certainly drink a few of these at any get together under the sun. "Great White" beer is worth a look, and don't's safe to go in!!!

Photo of McGuire75
2.28/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Golden sunlight with dust particles, it poured slightly cloudy. ½ inch head which left little lacing, with large bubble carbonation.

S- Very light, slight and pale. Smells like a fresh summer breeze with lightly earthy and lemon grass.

T- Not as well built as I would have hoped. A little tart with some lemon zest or orange rind hints. Not the Witbier I would have expected.

M- Very light, watery with a very American taste. It was smooth but not overly crisp or clean.

D- An "OK" beer that is most likely better suited for warm summer days. I would defiantly drink one if offered however this is overshadowed by many similar beers, and due to this I would not buy another.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Safeway. It reminds me of the days when I lived in Arcata so it does have some memories tied to it.

Appearance- yellow color, thin head

Smell- pale malt

Taste- citrus, malt, pretty nice

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied

Drinkability- pretty good, great summer beer, perfect for when you are working

3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just so happen to live were Great White is brewed, the great Lost Coast. i also happen to work for the distributor of Lost Coast brewery along with others so i get a first look/taste of the beers coming out of here

When i think Great White the first thing i think of is citrus. its probably the first beer i tried long ago that was brewed with any kind of citrus ingredients. its aroma is mild, and appearance is light. it has little to no head. on the tongue it is light but creamy, with mild hints of that famous citrus that get more and more prominent the more you drink. although all in all its a light flavoring that adds a touch of individuality to an already descent ale. a real good beer to drink if your outside in the sun, at the beach or river bar, coming out of the ice chest a few degrees cooler than the fridge.

Photo of Dogbrick
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of Risser09
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of n0rc41
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%
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!

Photo of electricfields
4.3/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

Photo of seand
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

Photo of jwhawkins81
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Photo of OregonPaul
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Great White from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
78 out of 100 based on 769 ratings.