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Great White - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 776
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 17
Gots: 91 | 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 PintOHops
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
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
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
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 +0.9%
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
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
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
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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 -11.8%
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
3.88/5  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 worry...it'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.

Great White from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
78 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.