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Great White - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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720 Ratings
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Ratings: 720
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 15
Gots: 64 | 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 yesyouam
2.68/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The color is hazy and straw yellow with a thin white head. The aroma is muted, and of citrus, fruity hops and perhaps hard candy. The feel is thin, watery and a bit chalky. It has decent herbal bitterness. The flavor is primarily of lemon with a lighter shade of wheat and coriander. It is simple and refreshing.
(rated Apr 30, 2007)

yesyouam, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of Brewsmith
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. bottle purchased locally. Aroma is yeasty, grainy and a little spicy. Color is a beautiful straw yellow, clear with a small white head. Flavor is grainy, with some fruit, fairly restrained with a hint of sweetness. Easy drinking and not over carbonated.

Brewsmith, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of Gavage
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with a short 1/4" head that falls quickly. Some spots of lace show up during the session.

Smell: some citrus and soft spice are tough to pick up.

Taste: mild wheat profile with some orange citrus, green grapes, soft spiciness, and barely any bitterness.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Aftertaste is short.

Drinkability: not as refreshing as others in the style. Flavor profile is very mild and not overly exciting.

Gavage, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of kflorence
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden color with small head that leaves lacing around the glass.

S: Smells of citrus, wheat and barley... perhaps some yeast in there as well.

T: A pretty standard belgian style white ale with a little extra kick from the barley which lends the beer a unique flavor. It tastes good overall, but a little dull... it lacks punch and doesn't appeal to me quite as much as other beers of this style.

M: Not as smooth as other some of the other white ales, but light on the tongue, good carbonation.

D: This is a refreshing beer, and above average on the whole, but I'd rather grab a Hoegaarden.

kflorence, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of mj001jk
2.48/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden yellow color, head quickly disappears, leaving a thin film and lacing, not too exciting.

The aroma that first tickles my olfactory nerve is not entirely pleasant. There is an obvious orange peel smell coupled with spice and something that resembles dirty socks. Perhaps even a hint of rotten eggs, but it is probably from the combination of malts, hops and spices.

The body is somewhat thin and dry, lacking in richness and the taste is pretty much the same as the smell. Orange peel, some spice and not much more. It is far from inspiring and I will probably stay away from this one unless I have to, or someone hands me a bottle. Turning down a beer is always alcohol abuse in my book.

mj001jk, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Great White is to be a refreshing summer beer. It pours a clear yellow lager like color with a 2 finger foam head that dissipates pretty quick. Not much in the way of lacing.

The aroma is of wheat and a little bit of spice. The taste is clean with wheat dominating most of the way through with some bitterness on the finish. Coriander and lemony taste linger in the mouth. Overall not a bad one but not my favorite of this style.

cswhitehorse, Nov 21, 2008
2.3/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pale, mildly hazy yellow. One finger of head quickly dissipates, leaving minimal lacing.

S: faint grassy and wheat aromas.

T: Not as charismatic as I had hoped. Wheat and apple flavors up front and almost nothing follows.

For almost $9.00/six-pack, I'll spend my money elsewhere.

FACEMEAT, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of bobsy
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light golden appearance with a thin white cap, not as fluffy and majestic as I would like in a wheat. Some lacing. Clean aroma - generic wheatiness, some spice and a bit of light citrus. Flavours all seem to be a bit muted, but nonetheless its a pleasant enough brew. A creamy wheat backbone with some grassiness and light coriander appended to it. The whole thing needs to be punched up a lot, and it almost seemed like a decent flavours water. Body was as I expected - fairly light with a decent carbonation. It actually suited the flavours quite well. Drinkability is quite high, in part due to the inoffensiveness and accessibility of the flavour, not that its something I'd really reach for again with so many options out there.

Thanks to Mark for letting me try this one.

bobsy, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of Offa
2.28/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This has most of what I don't like in witbiers and none of what I do like.

Light, faintly hazy starw yellow, it has a medium white head steadily shrinking to a lasting thin foamy top. It leaves a little decent lace.

The aroma is mostly like a nice basic pale lager with grain and herbal hops, but with the orange and spice and a little fruit later.

The taste is mostly just orange zest and orange cleaning chemicals. It has a hint of spices and herbs, a hint of lemon, and a very faint hint of grain. It's sweet up front followed by a mild, lingering chemically perfumy orange-cleaner bitterness that's sticky and lingering. It's reasonably easy to drink, at least at first, but the orange element is very tiresome.

Offa, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours only a slightly cloudy pale straw colour. What sediment there is stays in clumps on the bottom of the bottle. Head is a filmy crest of white bubbles which leave some lacing. Minute amount of carbonation present. Not bad, but the lack of cloudiness is a shame.

Nice candied orange peel character on the nose, a strong, pungent biting flavour. Light barnyard funk, not unpleasant - it's a green hay kinda of aroma. Otherwise, mostly sweet-sour from the orange character. Pretty nice.

Taste is a little thin, but pleasant. Initial light seltzer character, which dissipates to a slightly tart wheat mid palate. Finish is dry, with just a little hint of the tangy fruit character on the nose. Mouthfeel has a slickness which is most welcome.

This is a pretty nice wit. In effect, it's a pretty timid copy of the better Belgian varieties (or some of the excellent American examples), but it's genuinely a wit at least. Very drinkable, refreshing, enjoyable.

lacqueredmouse, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of Shadman
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been eyeing this one up for awhile so I felt that as a payday treat....go for it.

Certainly fills some of the bill as a witbier appearance-wise. Nice light aprocot color with the proper amount of unfiltered haziness. Quite fizzy so head retention and lacing were a let down.

Floral maltiness with the wheat malt certainly present. Not much in the way of citrus or spice.

Certainly has more of a wheat ale taste to it IMO. Some fruitiness, say pear/aprocot with the pear on top. Spiciness is very mild to say the least.

Maybe a touch on the watery side, still carbonation and overall body are quite good.

Despite all that, on a hot summer day @ say...Whitefish Montana...I could pound these all day long given the lower ABV and the ease that they go down. In that sense this is a decent Wit....

Shadman, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of beerkittycat
4.33/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is slightly cloudy but brilliant yellow with a lively off-white head. Aroma is full of fruity esters like orange, lemon, peach, mango and then some bread dough like yeastiness and finally some fresh herbs like basil. Very complex. Taste...mmm...kind of like a summer meadow in a glass. Fruits, flowers, herbs, and yes, some maltiness, too. Just enough hop bitterness to balance any sweetness. Despite all the esters it's not a very sweet beer and actually finishes semi-dry for a very thirst quenching pint. I've had this now from the bottle and on tap at their little brewpub. It's outrageously delicious on tap and the brewpub has the best grub in town. A bit more subdued in the bottle but definately worth seeking out.

beerkittycat, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a orange-peachish mix to me, sudded and looked like a hefe. It was really good on the nose but the taste was not for me. Not to say it was a bad beer, the citrous was there but it leaned toward a wheat, citrousy side on the taste. The nose lead me to believe the taste was better than it was. Drinkable.

barleywinefiend, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
2.78/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smudged date, I'm actually suspect of the freshness of these puppies, but anyway, poured from bottle into glass...

Golden yellow cloud, formed a decent head but faded quickly. Light carbonation.

My nose may be dull, very difficult to get a scent, very faint citrus.

Very light on the flavor too. Do I have a cold? Or is this stuff just plain?

Light bodied, I could probably drink 50 of these but I think I'll just move on instead (after killing all these of course).

PatronWizard, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of mattster
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle dated 05/08/08, poured into nonic glass.

There is a nice frothy low head atop a clear light yellow brew.

Smell is somewhat subdued, but taste has a nice slightly tart taste with notes of herb and spice. Nice bubbly mouth feel, finishes nicely with little to no aftertaste.

mattster, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of Voonder
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is cloudly light yellow (apricot) with no head at all.
Smells very nice, not too strong, mostly wheat aroma
Taste is crispy and wheaty, very pleasant light citrus finish.
Feels a bit too watery with medium carbonation
Drinkability is good. Refreshing beer
Would have another one for sure

Voonder, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of Beerbuddha
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- This beer poured a light straw color with a small white head which dissapates quickly.

Smell- Wheat and citrus aromas.

Taste- Typical wit taste. Wheat, citrus with hints of coriander.

Moutfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall- Not a horrible beer. A good beer for summer as it was refreshing and crisp. Nothing to impressive though.

Beerbuddha, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
2.73/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A cloudy straw colored body, but no head whatsoever. My girlfriend asked if I had ordered juice, and actually, it does look a little bit like apple juice.

Not a ton of smell here, mostly wheaty.

Tastes mostly of wheat, but a little bit of lemon in the finish. The lemon was very pleasant.

Mouthfeel isn't too good either. Almost tastes flat.

Hojaminbag, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of gpogo
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy pale straw with small white head that dissipates into nothing.

A- Light spicy citrus aroma. Lemon sticks out a bit

T- Kindof muted for a belgian wit, but the expected flavor is definitely all there. Lighter on coriander than other belgian wits.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry.

D- A decent wit. There are definitely others with less of a muted flavor, but this is pretty good. A nice summer brew.

gpogo, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of QuentinCompson
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into Pilaarbijter glass

A - Nice pour, tall head dissipating into finger, golden brew, good lacing

S - Spicy, yeasty, wheat, grassy, flowers

T-M - Malty intro, watery, light, moving into a spicy floral flavor, much like a chrysanthemum tea, coriander. Maybe a bit too flowery for my taste; a bit too watery

D - Easy to drink, refreshing, though not a huge fan of the style, there are other witbeirs I would probably rather buy.

QuentinCompson, May 20, 2008
Photo of chiapete
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Kahunas restaurant one before dinner and one during all they had on tap that looked good.

Slightly cloudy with a white head that disappeared quickly.

Very faint aroma , slightly sweet , citrus smell not much else.

flavor was the same as it smelled , slightly sweet , fruity , a little citrus , some spice but very little.

Easy drinking , average beer , not outstanding , no after taste , clean finish.

Would rate this just very average.

chiapete, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber straw yellow with a rocky head that dissapears quick. Tight lacing and foam acorss the top that disspoves quickly.

Spicy citrus rinds. Lemon and orange. Floral notes, but they're light.

Crisp and really bright summertime witbeir. I would love a 6pack of this while camping. Spicy coriander and creamy vanilla.

Surprisingly full mouthfeel. Not full compared to other styles, but for a witbier, its damn good.

SurlyDuff, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of argock
2.6/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a short pilsner glass. No freshness date.

A: Hazy golden color with short but steady white head with minimal lacing.

S: Barely any aroma -- faint spices like coriander and clove and none of the pleasant wheat tanginess.

T: Mainly crisp and clean and reminds me more of a decent American wheat beer. Light wheat flavor of the vapory, ethereal quality with more assertive bitterness to leave it dry in the finish. Not sure if this is due to hops or "Humboldt herbs" used during brewing.

M: Clean, crisp and dry with grainy aftertaste.

D: Nothing objectionable but not really worth much of a look. Easy drinking but not much else going on. Not really a witbier in my opinion.

argock, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of kbnooshay
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a slightly cloudy light gold. It was hazy but not quite as much as you would think for a witbier. The tall white head dissapates quickly. The aroma is weak and kind of like apple juice with a citric twist. Not too much flavor here. The malt flavor is light and bitterness is completley absent. The citric flavor is also light. The wheat aftertaste is a little more impressive than the first impression. The body is moderate; kind of slick. I suppose this is fairly drinkable but i wouldnt really want to. I have enjoyed the brown brews from this brewery but this is certainly weak. It is semi refreshing but lacks flavor.

Not bad if there was a "light" witbier category.

kbnooshay, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from paulthebeerguru, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, lemon, Belgian yeast, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with flavors of wheat, Belgian yeast and citrus (lemon & orange). There's a mild but complimentary hops presence. The malt character is thin but it's what you would expect from this type of beer. There after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, this is nice, refreshing, lighter beer that I could pound down for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 17, 2008
Great White from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
78 out of 100 based on 720 ratings.