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Great White - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 699
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 14
Gots: 56 | 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 SurlyDuff


3.63/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

03-24-2008 05:08:27 | More by SurlyDuff
Photo of argock


2.6/5  rDev -23.3%

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.

03-22-2008 05:48:11 | More by argock
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

3.15/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

03-18-2008 03:15:13 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

03-17-2008 04:03:41 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of charlzm


2.55/5  rDev -24.8%

Consumed at 3rd Stop Los Angeles on 03/14/08.

Despite claims on the beer menu to the contrary, this is a crystal-clear, apparently filtered beer. It is a light yellow color. A one finger head that faded quickly.

Spice aroma: coriander, maybe? Too faint to be sure. Touches of lemon and grass.

Flavor is weak; slightly bready with a lemon aftertaste. As it warmed, it picked up the tiniest hints of a wheat flavor.

Not terribly exciting to drink, but theoretically refreshing on a warm day?

03-15-2008 02:14:54 | More by charlzm
Photo of clint21


3.35/5  rDev -1.2%

I drank this beer only because it was one of my friends favorites, I'm a stronger beer fan myself. Not that bad and its a local beer, I'm from Humboldt County. Tastes very much citrus but not super strong. A good beer if your thirsty and don't want to get full or drunk.

03-08-2008 05:26:51 | More by clint21
Photo of jwolfie70


3.35/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a cloudy, yellowish white with a decent white head. The smell is of biscuity malt, with grains and a hint of spice. The taste is similar to the smell, with biscuity malt, grain and, unfortunately, only a hint of spice. A decent warm weather thirst quencher.

02-15-2008 19:34:46 | More by jwolfie70
Photo of JDV


3.43/5  rDev +1.2%

Light cloudy yellow golden color with a fruity wheat smell. Nice sweet wheat like spice. A good all around refreshing easy drinking beer, that kind of like a cross of a Kolsch & Wit beer. Completely unlike a traditional wit, which for me is perfect, as I hate the yeast used in them, and is a style I normally don't enjoy. This one is easily drinkable, and milder flavored. Enjoyed equally well on a rerate and the only beer classified as a witbier I'd ever want to touch again.

02-02-2008 23:15:41 | More by JDV
Photo of elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -0.3%

Pretty clear gold colour with a couple of floaties in it. Thin cap of fizzy white head.

Smells of orange zest and coriander. Pretty standard for the style.

Lemony citrus, light coriander and a touch of pepper. Maybe a touch of clover to the flavour as well. Not bad, nothing too exciting though.

Light body and high carbonation. Just fine here.

A suitable wit, nothing really exciting.

01-28-2008 03:31:58 | More by elricorico
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.9/5  rDev +15%

Poured a cloudy dark straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a spicy wheat malt with some estery yeast and light citrus.

The taste consisted of a light wheat malt with some chewy yeast essences. There some lemon zest and coriander noted as well.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style and slightly chewy.

Overall a flavorful wit. Very drinkable.

01-27-2008 03:40:59 | More by plaid75
Photo of beeritron


3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

Great White pours a hazy, golden color with a minimal head that fades fast. No lingering head and no lacing as the beer is quaffed. There is a strong orange-like smell with no hop aroma present. However, a coriander aroma and an underlying scent similar to strawberries is pleasant. The taste is full of coriander and citrus tones. On the back of the tongue there is a lemon lime taste like sprite. I wish this beer had just a little more spice to it. Great White has a thin mouthfeel, with a refreshing level of carbonation. Not one of my faves, but it's a good choice to beat the Phoenix summer.

01-15-2008 20:26:59 | More by beeritron
Photo of Surefire


4.8/5  rDev +41.6%

A very delicious beer that is both refreshing and also has significant flavor. Citrus is the unique taste that makes this beer different from the majority of other beers.

A: Slightly cloudy from being unfiltered. No serious flaws in appearance.

S: No off smells, but not overwhelming in smell either. Citrus is the most noticable smell I can get.

T: Citrus (lemon), light malts, slight amount of bitterness. To my taste, has a perfect blend of sweet, tart, and bitter.

M: Medium bodied

D: Outstanding drinkability, maintains refreshing qualities and some body at the same time.

Overall: Outstanding taste, refreshing, while maintaining some body and lots of flavor make this my favorite "refreshing" style beer.

12-29-2007 19:11:42 | More by Surefire
Photo of Halcyondays


3.48/5  rDev +2.7%

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow, with not that much of head, fizzy bubbles at best, not cloudy enough for a wit as well.

S: Smells of lemon and orange, and a bit of wheat malt.

T: This wit has a nice lemony orange citrus flavour to it, balanced by the bitterness of coriander. Not the best mix of flavours in this wit, but still good and tasty.

M: Nice and crisp, refreshing, and spritzy.

D: A pretty good wit, could get the appearance better, but overall, a nice beer, I could drink this again.

11-15-2007 18:14:07 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of scottyshades


4.05/5  rDev +19.5%

This is a very unique beer, unlike other witbiers.
A: Nice cloudy gold color with a decent head with some lace
S: Very fruity and wheaty, with some spices
T: I have never tasted a beer like this before, completely unique, but very fruity and extremely spicey
MF: Nice medium body, very clean finish, good aftertaste
D: I could drink alot of these puppies before getting sick of it
I highly recommend a trial of this beer, it is too unique to pass up

10-23-2007 21:27:13 | More by scottyshades
Photo of arizcards


3.15/5  rDev -7.1%

Received as part of the August MicroBeerClub shipment.

Beer poured a yellow orange color. Not much head upon pour into the Sam Adams glass. Nose is mostly of malt and wheat and not much else. Taste is of those malts and wheats and not much else. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, is light to medium bodied, and decently carbonated. Drinkability is not bad. This is a slightly better than average beer that lacks complexity and flavor to be a superior beer.

09-22-2007 23:26:09 | More by arizcards
Photo of BretSikkink


3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Tiny suspended yeast particle break up the view from one side of this orange-yellow brew. Head is white, but doesn't retain that well.

Citric aromas, mostly lemon really. I'm not hit with any spices though, almost a bit lager-y.

Lemon and orange peel in the flavor, a little white pepper or some spicing, but nothing exciting. Humboldt herbs, huh? Coriander seems to emerge, but isn't quite as upfront as a wit perhaps ought to be. As in the nose, the malt seems to hint towards a lager-like sweetness, a flash of flavor with a hint of bitterness. The light body gives way to a moderately dry finish.

Wit? Or American Wheat Beer? Kind of in the middle here, the spices are certainly present but want to get upfront more to really find a niche amongst other Belgian wheat imitators.

09-13-2007 21:47:53 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of scoobybrew


3.88/5  rDev +14.5%

This beer was poured from the bottle into a Hoegaarden tumbler. It has a coudy, golden color with a decent head that settles fairly quickly but is retained in a small lacing. The aroma is fruity and malty. The flavor is malty with fruity accents most likely from the yeast and perhaps some orange peel. It has a medium body with moderately high carbonation.

Overall this is a decent witbier. I could see this being a good summer staple if it were more widely distributed.

09-11-2007 22:14:39 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of jayfarley3


3/5  rDev -11.5%

had on-tap served in a pint glass, appearance was a golden straw color with a nice white head. smells of spices and citrus. taste is sweet, spicy and citrusy. mouthfeel is light-bodied and smooth. drinkability is ok. most likley i will buy this one again and drink it again.

09-08-2007 00:23:14 | More by jayfarley3
Photo of kimcgolf


3.23/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured to a golden color with a slight orange tint and thin white head that dissipated quickly to little head or lacing. Initial aroma of wheat dough and spices faded as beer warmed. Mouthfeel was slightly tingly, yet not what I would expect from a white. Unfortunately, the dough and spices in the initial nose were never present in the taste, and the finish was short and slightly stale.

This beer started out better than it finished.

08-27-2007 01:10:31 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of Minkybut


3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

I poured this beer from the bottle to a 45 degree tumbler. The beer wa straw colored and cloudy. It had a fine white bibbly head that decayed pretty quick. The taste was slighly sweet with a hint of lemon which I do not normally like but this was okay . It was a clean refreshing summertime beer that I would drink again.

08-20-2007 14:39:10 | More by Minkybut
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.2/5  rDev +23.9%

12 oz bottle, served in a Pilsner glass.

A - hazy, golden color with a nice white head that thinned to a layer, leaving some bits of lace.

S - nice citrus aroma with a hint of spice.

T - good citrus/spice flavor.

M - light bodied, good carbonation.

D - highly drinkable, good tasting witbier

07-17-2007 00:46:06 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of hopbar

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +5.6%

Beer on the Wall - Beers of the Month Club
12 oz. bottle
Pint Glass

A: Fluffy-white, cloud-like head with a golden body, which was semi-transparent due to the yeast in the beer.

S: Mild citrus scent.

T: Sweet citrus taste yet it became a little stale as it warmed.

M: Refreshing with good carbonation.

D: I was very happy with this one. It is a sessionable brew that I would look forward to drinking again.

06-26-2007 23:21:49 | More by hopbar
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

2.33/5  rDev -31.3%

Pours a strangely transparant, headless pale yellow color into my pilsner glass. The only thing obscuring my vision is the steady traffic of carbonation bubbles on their way to not reinforce the invisible head. Nose is also a bit off; it has wheat, it has spice, but it also has a vague noxious graininess that takes a bit away from the appeal.

Wow. something's not right here in the taste either. Broad, sweeping citrus and wheat flavors but something unidentified is making me wince as I sip it and I'm considering not finishing it. It's some kind of artificial tasting late breaking yeast note that just stops me in my tracks. Mouthfeel is fine but this one definitely does not agree with me and I won't be trying it again.

06-11-2007 01:26:03 | More by daliandragon
Photo of DoubleJ


3.63/5  rDev +7.1%

Great White - what a name for a white beer. But is it great? On to the beer:

Pours a bit more color than I expected, but it's still very pale. Low dense bubbly head forms and drops. It smells like a good white beer, perhaps from the "secret blend of Humbolt herbs" used in this brew. Yeasty, puffed wheat, and spices make up the flavor. The aftertaste is pleasant and light.

Notes: I like it; a good interpretation of a white beer. Too bad it doesn't live to being a great one, as suggested by the name.

05-24-2007 04:09:02 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of phisig137


3.15/5  rDev -7.1%

Pours a completely clear 24 karat gold color with a 1/2 finger head and poor retention. Nothing is left behind. Looks like a glass of urine.

Aroma is quite artificial smelling. A good amount of coriander spice, backed by an odd minty, herbal, hippie like smell.

Flavor is heavy artificial spice. No wheat flavor, little yeast presence. Just that odd heavy herbal spice... perhaps patchouli. Just not all that good. Mouthfeel is light. Drinkability is decent.

This is a pretty bad Wit, but overall as a beer, it is interesting. The flavor isn't bad at all, just very different and not wit-like.

05-20-2007 23:21:27 | More by phisig137
Great White from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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