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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: 99 | 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 John_M
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub today.

The beer pours a whitish gold color with good head retention and decent lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light citrus and clove. Thankfully, the beer is much better on the palate, showcasing considerable orange and lime citrus, light honey and light clove. This is all superimposed on a "wheaty" flavor frame, with some light sweetness and a touch of bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, though the beer is not the least bit watery. The beer finishes pretty well, and drinkability is pretty good.

I guess I've had better domestic wit style beers, but this isn't bad at all. Have to say I'm a bit surprised by the low scores, as I thought this a pretty solid interpretation of the style. Of course having it fresh right at the source probably doesn't hurt.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. The color is a bit of yellow-gold with a bit of a white head and little lace. The nose is a bit of citrus, wheat, and light spicing. The taste is a bit bland with some pale wheat and very mild citrus. Body is nice with good carbonation. Makes up for some of the flavors. Decent beer, but not something I'd seek out again.

Photo of StaveHooks
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden yellow with a small white head that melts into a full ring. No lacing.

S - White bread, lemon, subtle spice.

T - Sweet lemon zest dominates most of the palate. Some bready malt, subtle earthy yeast, faint spices.

M - Medium body with high carbonation.

Very toned down flavors in this one. Almost no spice to speak of. It was hard to pick out anything in the nose. This is an enjoyable brew though. Very refreshing.

Photo of Lemke10
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Menomonee Falls, WI for about $1.50 in early fall 2010.

Great White is a great beer if you're not much of a beer drinker. But if you are an advanced beer drinker, this will seem rather weak and basic. It pours a lighter yellow color and is very easy drinking. It has a decent mellow flavor but no voloume in it's taste. Comparison wise it's around the same grade of beer as Miller Lite. It's not a bad beer by any means, it's just not a good beer.

Photo of mcann2pu
3.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: was a hazy amber/ straw color in appearance, slight eggshell head with minimal lacing.

Smell: wheat some light lemon grass, some spice notably coriander.

Taste: light refreshing taste, mostly wheat some spice and the lemon come through.
Mouthfeel: appropriate for a refreshing beer.

Drinkability: quite drinkable.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Cloudy pure yellow with minimal head and not much lacing. Good carbonation.

S: A wave of apricot, lemon, honey, peach, orange juice and wheat hit the nose with notes of floral and biscuit malt hiding in the background. Smells fantastic.

T: Fruity and juicy and good, but almost has me asking- is this really beer? Nice carbonation. Finishes extremely clean with a light malt presence.

D: On a hot summer day, this would be one damn refreshing beer.

Value: Lost Coast beers are an excellent value. This one is no exception. Not bad at all, paid $1.59 for a single. I'd take this over Blue Moon any day.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a fizzy white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of some citrus twang.

Tastes of the citrus with a sugary malt. No spices really to speak of. Lemon zest is really the main show here with some pale malt sugar to it.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent straw color with 2 fingers of ivory colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Bready, grassy, lemony, white pepper & coriander. I wish this tasted it like it smelled

T: Lemons, orange peel & grassyness up front, then some coriander up front, along some nice wheat tartness. Wheat tartness, lemons, slight yeasty notes as well once warm. Finishes crisp & slightly grassy

MF: Light bodied with slight carbonation

Drinks really easy, liked this much better than a previous time when I had this on draft years ago (served too cold IMO), nice if simple take on the style

Photo of AgentZero
2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a tangerine orangish yellow with a small head that left no stick on the sides. Poor retention and no lacing.

S - Mega sweet lemon on this, almost like a bit of lemonade was dropped in. Citrus, and some sugary malts. Does smell like summer, but not necessarily like beer.

T - Not good, overly sweet, no hops profile to speak of, very light. Quite bready with a lot of lemony citrus. The big problem here is that it's overpoweringly sweet. Not good at all.

M - Moderate carbonation, sugary, heavier side of light bodied. Fairly smooth.

D - Pretty drinkable, would lbe a lot more so if it wasn't disgustingly sweet.

Photo of chickenandrice
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow with finger of head, good lace at first.

S: Lemony, citrusy, nothing overly produced in smells.

T: Soft wheaty, citrus, crisp and no bitterness.

M: Pure and indulgent.

D: This is my beer to drink when I just want a beer. Really enjoy the flavor that comes from a Great White.

Photo of ruckus232
2.44/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Clear bright yellow in color with a little bit of white head that leaves little lacing.

Smell: Citrus (lemon) smell, but more of a medicinal type smell then from an actual lemon. Almost reminds me a little of lemon smelling cleaners but not quite as powerful.

Taste: When you first take a sip it is a very powerful amount of lemon (artificial). Then that fades away to the slightly sweet and a little bit yeasty flavors from some light beers.

Note: Not at all what I was expecting from a white beer and I have to say I was a little disappointed.

Photo of t00sl0w
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a decent witbier, not as flavorful as others i have had, but still refreshing.

the appearance is a nice pale gold, with a finger head that quickly dissipates. there is a tad bit of lacing at the beginning, but it fades after a few minutes.

it has a yeasty smell, and a faint citrusy smell.

yeasty taste, citrusy, wheaty.

it is light even for a witbier, very easy to drink, good for a hot summer day. carbonation is light to moderate, felt bubbly to me.

overall, i like it. good beer for a hot florida day.

3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into imperial pint glass.

A: A thin white nose, with a cloudy lemon yellow body.

S: A slightly odd wit aroma, something along the lines of straw.

T: A bit of lemon zest on the start, with a subtle spice on the finish. A bit watered down taste.

M: Smooth on the palate, a bit light.

D: With the light subtle flavors this is a easy going brew, but the overall drinkability give off a fast drinking beer. Not many complex flavors bur just enough to go back to search for them.

Photo of primo26xx
2.31/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I'm going to forgo the usual format for reviewing beers, because this is going to be brief and to-the-point. This beer is just plain underwhelming. As I poured it into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass, the nice faint orange haze and lively carbonation was a promising start. Little did I know just how quickly things would turn. Very thin, watery. Malts barely surface. Coriander and some "secret blend" of herbs? Not detectable on the nose or palate. Lost Coast categorizes this to be a wheat beer, but it goes down like a summer ale gone horribly wrong. The 1.5 mark for drinkability isn't an exaggeration. I can't remember the last time that I refused to finish off a sixer of anything that I purchased... until Great White.

Photo of scott451
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Swirl poured into a beaker. One finger white head on a slightly hazy dark lemon. Very transparent for a wit. Citrus and bread smells. A bit weak in the taste department but defiantly a spicier rather than a fruitier wit. Mouthfeel is light and well rounded. Pretty drinkable although it's weakness might be a bit boring after a while.

Photo of PintOHops
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Pint

A - Hazy yellow color with some moderate Co2 levels, it produced a 1-2 finger head, retention is decent. It left a bit of splash here & there as well.

S -Dominantly yeasty with mellow hints of orange & lemon zests. A bit of bread, simple & clean.

T - Lots of doughy & yeasty flavors with a mellow zip of lemon citrus on the finish, I get a bit of orange in there as well. Very clean, hardly any bitterness, maybe a bit of muted clove.

M - Moderately crisp with a smooth and almost chewy like feel. I'd say lite bodied.

D - Wow, extremely quaff-able! It's been a while since I've had a Witbier, I'd forgotten just how refreshing they are. This one has a good amount of flavor, I think I'd buy this one again sometime. Cheers!

Photo of JosiahS
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. It's a cloudy straw yellow with a 1-2 finger white, splochy head.

Aroma consists of wheat, citric hops, lemon rind, slightly spicy with a hint of bubble gum.

For taste, I get wheat, some dough-like malt and citrus, mostly lemon rind but maybe a soft mango in the background. It finishes clean.

The wheat adds some nice texture to the mouthfeel. Light bodied, with light to medium carbonation.

A decent witbier, highly drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of wordemupg
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml bottle poured into chalice may27 2010

A pale golden yellow with lots of suspended particles and a fair amount bubbles but no head or lace

S very little just a little lemon and not much else

T the lemon I smell but with just a little spice

M quite watery and almost a cola like fizz

D this is one simple beer nothing here is worth bragging about

this beers pretty average and not worth looking for

Photo of jwinship83
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle drank from a standard american pint glass. no freshness information on the bottle.

A- this comes out of the bottle a murky pale golden colored body with a finger of bright white head. the head fades after a few minutes and leaves behind plenty of lacing.

S- the first thing that i notice is the yeast. lots of banana and clove. malted wheat and plenty of orange zest is in here.

T- wheat malt and belgian yeast are the first things i can pick up. lots of banana, clove, and bubblegum. pretty heavily spiced with the before mentioned as well as orange zest.

M- medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D- meh, not my favorite of the style. sessionable, but a little boring to have more than one or two.

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

A shark on the label of a watered down wheat?

OK, that may be a little harsh. Its an into level beer I guess. Boring appearance, a little better than a BMC, but then again, not even as impressive as what Blue Moon brings to the table.

No noticeable aroma, taste is much the same, you might pick up faint lemon & coriander aspects of it, but barely, and you might be searching to find even that. No hops, no aftertaste.

Photo of aasher
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Somewhat cloudy and light yellow hue. Almost no head at all.

Smell: Smells sweet with slight citrus aroma. Slight yeasty smell as well. Definitely citrusy.

Taste: Nice upfront citrus flavor as well as the yeast presence indicative of the style. Sweet and very tasty. Yeasty after taste as well.

Mouthfeel: Light and very crisp. A good amount of carbonation, almost like a citrus soda.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and a perfect session beer. Great flavor and light body. Appealing to the senses. I'd highly recommend this to others, especially as a summer time beer. If anything, the beer is too light. After a six pack you're left craving more.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. Cloudy, lemonade-like citrus yellow. Two fingers of white head developed and dissipated quickly to leave a trace of lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Of the style, but a little more like mass-produced lemonade. Invigorating lemon and orange citrus. There are some minor spices, and some corn adjunct toward the end.

Taste: Lemon and orange citrus as well as yeast and wheat qualities, but it is all very subdued. There's also a slight hop nip at the end.

Drinkability: Witbier Light. Totally unimpressive. It's not bad, and a little fun, but not high quality or very complex.

Photo of SLObeer
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
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
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
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
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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