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Winterbraun - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe


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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%

Brewed by:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2003)
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Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear dark reddish amber brown in color with minimal amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some ruby red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and roasted malts with some lighter aromas of chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted and toasted malts with a light amount of sweetness. There are moderate flavors of cocoa and chocolate with just a hint of vanilla. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness are present but do not linger for too long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy with a touch of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: A nice example of a brown ale with some really nice winter flavors. I enjoyed this one and would definitely consider grabbing it again. Overall the alcohol is well hidden and the beer is relatively easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 02:43:23 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of BierJager89


3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Ruby red tinted brown with a mocha head.

S: Citrus hops and a touch of nutty malt in a faint nose.

T: Cinnamon, cardamom, nutty malt, nutmeg, blended really well together. A touch of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied and a little alcohol astringency. Moderate levels of carbonation.

O: Definitely one of the better brown ales I've had, which is saying absolutely nothing, so I'll put it this way: It's a great beer, nice and wintery, and the nutty malt serves as a nice backbone for the wintery style. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2014 01:28:44 | More by BierJager89
Photo of mxchap


3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Brown in color with reddish highlights. Minimal head with great lacing.
Aroma: Spices, chocolate, and roasted malt. Bread and oatmeal, and roasted almonds.
Taste: Solid sweet brown ale background. A nutty flavor peaks through. Finish is roasty. Rather roasty with some candy chocolate and licorice. Spices subdued. Moderate hop bitterness. Great flavors, but they don't quite blend together the way you would want them too.
Feel: Medium carbonation with a sticky sweetness.
Overall: A good winter-warmer. This beer is close to being great. Rather enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 02:40:37 | More by mxchap
Photo of dwren89


3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: mahogany brown with red highlights, good clarity, almost no head retention

Aroma: very sweet, very molassesy, a thick sugary smell, a little dark fruit, slight spicy kick to it, some chocolate notes

Taste: thick and sweet, molasses prevailing, a good helping of chocolate, a little spiciness, sweet finish

Mouthfeel: thick and viscous, full body, medium low carbonation

Overall: Great full body and very thick, sweet finish. A prevailing molasses flavor (and texture!). Some spiciness on the finish as a little chocolate but a very overall thick and sweet beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 02:09:43 | More by dwren89
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 09/25/2013 printed on the bottleneck. A new winter seasonal to me from Lost Coast. Acquired this bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a dark ruby chestnut mahogany colored body with three to four big fluffy fingers of khaki cream. Nice fat fluffy rings of lacing. Looks pretty damn nice.

S - Smell is nice and diverse. Fruity peach, grapefruit, and orange with some roasty chocolate malt, and some caramel. Herbal and earthy.

T - Taste is very nice. Sweet, earthy, and herbal. White sugar, tea leaves, syrupy toffee, caramel, and dark roasty chocolate malt.

M - Thick, heavy, and full-bodied with big appropriate carbonation. Sticky, dry, and bitter. Slight alcohol warmth on the finish.

Overall, a decent winter warmer from Lost Coast, although perhaps slightly muddled and a little bit confused as to what it wants to be. Either way, it is a tasty and appropriate winter beer at 8.00% abv. Glad to have tried it, and I might even have it again if the opportunity came to pass.

Lost Coast Winterbraun ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 01:10:26 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of schnauzeborne


3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This is a very confused beer- not quite sure whether it is an amber or a stout, and not quite sure it is proud or ashamed of its high alcohol-content. The after-taste is all stout- chocolatey and vaguely coffee-like, but the mouthfeel is light and the head lackluster. The color of the beer itself is a very dark red, and it tastes just like it looks. Overall, it's a very good beer for getting drunk; I was gone faster than I anticipated, and the taste was in all honesty above average. Great beer to buy on sale, but not something to look for, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 03:50:36 | More by schnauzeborne
Photo of 312HopBomb


4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A clear ruby color with awesome widespread and thick sheet of lacing.

Aroma of sweet roast malt and brown sugar.

Sweet malt and nice hop in the background. Focus on the malt. Dark bread, brown sugar and dark fruit. A great flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is med/full and appropriate carbonation for the style.

This is a drinkable, flavorful malty beer. It is a great representation of a winter seasonal. Great job Lost Coast!!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 03:33:40 | More by 312HopBomb
Photo of SaCkErZ9


2.19/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

I don't know if the recipe has changed, but my bottle indicates an abv of only 6.8%. Pours a murky, typical brown ale color of purple and brown mixed together in a rusty sort of way. Topped with a very nice sized, brown eggshell colored head. The head isnt very dense or foamy, but there is enough substance to get it to two fingers and keep it there for a while. Some sporadic lacing.

Aroma is a bit lacking. Nothing really pops out at me. I guess caramel, grainy bread, and sweet figs present themselves: otherwise, rather lackluster.

Not a fan of the flavor. Dammit! I bought a six pack of this stuff on sale hoping for a flyer. Drats! Bitter yet sweet, alcoholic, salty, astringent, sour. It is as if someone put fresh lime rind in my mouth before I took a sip. Very astringent and sour. Is something wrong with this?

This one went down the tubes really fast. Thin and watery, sour, astringent (like sucking on Aspirin), not refreshing at all. This will be a chore to finish the whole sixer. Maybe the recipe DOES need to change. Avoid this one...

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 20:43:37 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown color with a medium head. Smell is not strong at all, very mild. Not much to go by from it. Taste is mild as well, though enjoyable. Slight chocolate flavor with a tad of bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and easy to drink. Medium bodied, medium carbonation and the 8.0 is undetectable.

overall i could session this beer all day, which at 8%ABV is impressive. Very enjoyable though nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 00:56:23 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of AgentMunky


3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter at Ale Arsenal.

A: Good lacing clings after a golden-ruby hued amberish ale.

S: Very malty. Sweet molasses and a hint of spice.

T/M: Tasty. Almost like an imperial amber. It's sweetish, but with a lot of hops and caramel malt. Interesting and smack worthy.

O: I like it. Would have again. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2013 01:46:38 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of pkalix


4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

nice dark brown color, very little head but nice lacing down the side. unless that is left over from the corsendonk....
smell is nutty, sweet, but thin.
taste is nutty and sweet with a tang of bitter in the middle. just realized it's 8% abv. the higher the abv, the more the tendency to stress the flavor a bit.... considring that, i think they did a great job on this brew. the alcohol is noticeable but easily overlooked. there is a certain 'earthiness' to the nutty flavor and this is a beer i could easily drink in succession.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 03:16:31 | More by pkalix
Photo of beer_plus_plus

3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is one of those beers that doesn't taste particularly great but is deceptively drinkable. The creaminess and body of the beer make up for its unsatisfying and perhaps uninspired flavor. I purchased because it was greatly discounted but if you can find it on sale, it's a great value.

Appearance: Creamy hazelnut body, sufficient thin head

Smell: Strong alcohol smell dominates tones of caramel, chocolate, and some fruity elements

Taste: More fruity than expected. Strong alcohol taste. Syrupy to a surprising extent, but leaves unpleasant aftertaste. More or less an unsatisfying experience.

Mouthfeel: The beer is creamier than it looks and a pleasure to drink. Very drinkable in spite of its alcoholic tastes. I found myself unhappy with its taste but coming back for more because of its drinkability.

Overall: If you can find it on sale, its well worth a look. Otherwise, there are plenty of better brown ales out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 05:31:17 | More by beer_plus_plus
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, dated 09?/27/12 pours with a generous and creamy looking tan head that soon settles to a admirable top coat. leaving fine lacing on the way down. The ale itself is brown-amber and clear. The aroma is disappointing, being malty but mild, too earthy and slightly metallic.
The flavor is much better, particularly in the lingering, roasted malt and Czech hops aftertaste. Medium+ body with excellent carbonation and a creamy smooth feel.
8% ABV is very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 00:13:21 | More by chinchill
Photo of One2Remeber


3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Light hazelnut body, adequate thin white head does not linger while sipping.

S: Chewy caramel, slight alcohol undertone, light toffee.

T/M: Mild carbonation singe with a faint alcohol burn but does not linger. Hint of rich chocolate on the back end. Medium body.

O: Extremely easy to drink with pronounced straight forward flavors. Perfect beer to help warm up for the colder season. Highly recommended for someone in need of a change of pace from heavy imperial stouts.

Serving type: growler

12-30-2012 23:53:07 | More by One2Remeber
Photo of Silverchels


3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This brew pours with solid carbonation into my frosted mug. The rich mahogany color contrasts against the white lingering head. The smell does is not strong, but the taste is rich of coffee and warms the throat on the way down. It has a strong malty taste on the roof of your mouth. It lingers with a crisp finish, but does not have much of an aftertaste.
Overall, 8/10.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 20:35:20 | More by Silverchels
Photo of shand


3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's officially winter, time to stop procrastinating on the massive amount of winter beers I've stocked up on. Winterbraun pours out a great clear brown with a very nice looking large head. The aroma is full of roasted malts, chocolate, and some dark fruits. The taste offers more of the roast, chocolate, and fruits from the nose, along with a solid boozy kick and some earthy malts on the finish. The mouthfeel seems a bit too light for the booze factor that the flavor offers, and the drinkability is good. Overall, Winterbraun is a solid winter seasonal that offers something that's a bit different from the pack of overspiced ales.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 02:10:19 | More by shand
Photo of DannyHartman

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As I pour a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, a 1-2" tan head appears atop a mahogany reddish/brown brew.... The head dissolves quickly with decent retention, leaving good lacing up top and little throughout the rest.

I take a whiff and mostly roasted malts and chocolate hit me upfront.... There's also some dark fruit like that of raisin and fig with some sweet caramel or molasses, and the slightest bit of coffee and spice.

The taste is similar with lots of roasted malts, cocoa, and sweetness of caramel and brown sugar.... There's also a hoppy taste with the slightest spice and dark fruit.

I'd say this is a medium-bodied brew that is well carbonated.... It has a slick, yet syrupy feel that has a sweet chocolate aftertaste.

Overall, I really enjoyed this brew.... I like almost everything the Lost Coast Brewery puts out.... A masterful winter brew from Humboldt County.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 18:54:43 | More by DannyHartman
Photo of SerialHiker


4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany, almost brown color…not overly transparent…some light khaki colored head did form and a thin layer lasted…(3.75/5)

Smell: Cocao nibs right off the bat…pale malts, caramel, cream, fig, some earthiness…some alcohol heat…very nice, but there could be more I’m thinking…as it warms, the chocolate really does flourish…I had to rescore it because it really does come to life after about 15 minutes out of the fridge…(4/5)

Taste: Yum! Creamy chocolate opening…pale malts, brown sugar, caramel, dark fruit sweetness, toffee, some earthy hops…there is a little alcohol heat, but it blends well with all the other flavors…Yum! (4.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body…great carbonation making an awesome chocolate fluff on my palette…fairly smooth, does leave chocolate maltiness on my tongue…flavor lasts long after swallowing…no real bitterness to be found…(4.5/5)

Overall: This is a very drinkable beer…the chocolate malts work wonders on my tongue and all I want to do is drink more and more…easy, smooth and flavorful, one of these isn’t enough and six would send me caroling through the streets…let this one sit at room temp (out of the fridge) for 10 minutes or so before opening to find tons more flavor and aroma…the only thing that holds this back from being exceptional is the lack of head retention…I like beers that do leave a little fluff on the mustache (I don’t really have one, but you get the idea)…highly recommended for a sit-around with friends while opening those festive gifts or just chatting it up…Yum! (4.5/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 04:36:13 | More by SerialHiker
Photo of BenjaminBlondbeard

New York

2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rich mahogany that doesn't let a lot of light pass through. There is a half inch of off white foam that shrinks quickly, but leaves a little lacing behind.

The smell i strong, and gives off roasted malts, some chocolate, molasses, some dark fruits, and a little coffee.

There is not too much flavors up front despite the full bodied brown brew. There is active carbonation that helps some piney hop flavors and roasted malts hit the taste buds, but the subdued flavors don't totally mask the boozy nature of this 8% ale. There is a little tinge of alcohol at the end of each sip. The light syrup after feel makes this thick brew leave a lasting presence. I personally don't like that, but it that helps the minimal flavors stick around to balance the booze flavor that otherwise prevails.

All in all it is a decent winter warmer like brown ale for the price. It is a relatively inexpensive, and drinkable, strong brown beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 02:49:33 | More by BenjaminBlondbeard
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours reddish brown with a light tan, 2 finger head. Decent retention. Fine lacing with nice stick.

Smell - Sweet, fruity character, a bit of fig, and with underlying notes of earth and a faint touch of nuttiness.

Taste - Starts sweet, brown sugar and dark caramel with a hint of chocolate, nutty, then hits on moderate notes of fig and dark fruit mid-taste. Finishes fairly quick, leaving behind a bit of earthiness slight metallic twang.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with fair carbonation. A touch creamy. Goes down smooth and easy.

Overall - Good brew, and it's a kick in the pants vs. your more traditional english brown. Does well to hide the 8%. Good balance. Yes, I believe this one will have to be had again, but there's so many beers, and so little time and money.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 05:25:28 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of tychoseven


3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, red-brown w/ a slightly off-white lacing.
S: Chocolate malts, crispy clean sugars
M: Full, rich and syrupy. Feels heavier and thicker than it is.
T: Prominent chocolate malts, caramel/toffee sugars, and a slight hops bitterness. Lingering caramel finish. The alcohol is well hidden until the beer warms, adding a bit more character and a hint of almond. Overall, inoffensive and limited palate-wise; a good but not exceptional beer. I'd drink one again if somebody else were buying.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 02:29:33 | More by tychoseven
Photo of EricDodge

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

this is a pretty decent brown ale. full bodied, and you can really taste that in the mouthfeel. Nice chocolaty/malty taste and enough body to make this good for the winter. Not hoppy, so don't look for that as you would some other winter beers, but it's got enough to make it crisp and not TOO malty. All in all, a good beer. I'd drink another!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 21:33:12 | More by EricDodge
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty big head rest above a a clear dark burnt red colored brown ale.

The head takes its time to recede into a pretty frothy lacing.

Light chocolate and roasted caramel malt aroma.

Roasted or maybe toasted dark chocolate malt taste pretty much drowns out anything else.

A rich full body that keeps giving throughout a mocha like dry aftertaste.

A pretty decent dessert beer, gonna have to try it with a scoop of French Vanilla ice cream.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 23:14:32 | More by LXIXME
Photo of DrDemento456


3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Deep mahogany brown, seems clear in color with a ton of carbonation, and a 1/2 inch of mocha colored head.

S - Mostly saaz hops with mild caramel and chocolate malts. Touch of spicy nodes and hard water as well.

T - Thankfully the hard water isn't in the taste, with no metallic flavors but it's mostly slight bittering hops and some chocolate malt. No more.

M - Light to medium but not that great

Overall not a great winter warmer since not only is the body thin but it has bittering hops and just mild flavors of any roast or chocolate flavors. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 03:21:08 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of Murrhey


3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap in a 11oz tumbler at the Playground in Santa Ana, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger and a half mocha head. Dark brown color. Decent retention and great lacing.

S- Roast malts and chocolate smells. Nice little wintery spicy smell.

T- Roast malts and some warm, heavier hops. Pretty good.

M- Thick bodied and syrupy finish. Average.

O- Good brew. Lost Coast does well.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2012 04:57:29 | More by Murrhey
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Winterbraun from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
84 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.