Winterbraun - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 414
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 7
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2003

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep rich brown with a thin but well retained off white head,big caramel in the aroma up front along with a nice aroma of roasted nuts that lingers nicely a nice combination in a winter seasonal brew.The flavors alot like aroma some caramel and roasted nut with a touch of spice ending with a dry earthiness,a big winner for the style in my opinion very flavorful.A good beer for cold weather would be great on cask I bet but Iam sure I'll never know,well done.

Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Nice dark brown, almost ruby in color with a good head that frothed up respectably.

Smell – Big chocolate and coffee aromas fill the nose at first whiff. There’s a roasted malt base to this one as well as some balancing hops.

Taste – The bitter coffee and intense chocolate flavors come out immediately on the first sip. The finish is sweet chocolate with a touch of hop dryness.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied ale will juice your gums for sure.

Drinkability – I didn’t think this was anything spectacular, but it went down well and was a good buy.

Comments – The ABV is up to 6.5% now since the beer was added and the tasting notes have changed a lot. Maybe this ale has morphed over the years?

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle sampled, no freshness/bottling date etc etc offered. Pours chestnut brown and clear with a tan head that leaves decent fine and drippy lacing. Nose is faintly of sweet bready malt. This is a mellow British all the way Brown ale. Smooth, sweet, satisfying and subtle. Mild undertones of orangy fruit under a layer of chocolate flavors. Drying mild finish. Nice take on the style, fine sessioner

Photo of kingjames1
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours coca-cola-like, with a tan, quickly dissipating head. Good carbonation though. Smell chocolate, caramel, and hazelnut - its definitely a brown ale. Never had the Downtown Brown, so I don't know how this compares, but this is a solid brown ale, with a seasonal twist (some added hoppy kicks). Not bad at all. I prefer it to the overpowering Rogue hazelnut brown ale (which is excellent, but too rich for me to enjoy much of except in particular moods).

Photo of monkeybeer
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear brown red with a very quick disappearing light tan head. Some very light lacing on the glass.

S- A good smell of hops mixed with a sweet and chocolate smell.

T/M – Sweet taste with a roasted undertone

D- A good winter beer. It is a bit heavy so not one to drink a lot of. It defiantly is a winter warmer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark looking brown, like wet wood on a river. Aroma, very nutty, strong.

Taste, thicker than most browns, more flavorful than most English beers. Toffee. Lots of char roast flavor, bordering on smoke, but not getting there. Cocoa edge to it. Has a little dallop of bitterness coming from Cascade hops I suspect.

Begins to wear out its welcome mid bottle, really was upper echelon brown and then got really easy running into thin. I dunno what happened. This beer is good in 4 oz pours, but then about halfway through the bottle, it just doesn't excite me anymore. What, $8 a 6 pack? I just can't imagine wanting 6 of these.

Photo of dwren89
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown ruby tone with a nice bubbly tan head leaves nicely dispersed lacing can't complain here. Aroma: Dark roasts with mild spicing and finishing hops who can say anything bad at this point. Taste: Full flavored charred sugar dark roasts bring chocolate and coffee tones not bad at all full developed flavor finishing hops that bring a lasting effect to the overall tase. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied ale with a strong carbonation excellent mouthfeel almost chewy to me. Drinkability: If you sit around and analyze this beer like we're doing know you can't do anything but love this beer.

Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of OStrungT
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a reddish mahogany with a tan head that leaves minimal laces. It looks a little thin. It smells malty with hints of coffee and fruity. Maybe a little nutty also. It tastes malty with a little chocolate. There is a little sweetness to it also. It goes down relatively smooth. There might be just a little too much carbonation. It leaves a nutty aftertaste. I think I could probably drink a few of there beers, but after a little while, I would probably desire something a bit more robust. Defianatley worth a try though.

Photo of Surefire
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, and clearly unfiltered. Particles floating around when held up to the light.

S: Good smell, chocolate, mocha.

T: Heavy flavor profile. Can get chocolate, mocha, sweet malts, slightly spice hops finish.

M: Very good. Nice even medium body to it.

D: Good. Very drinkable, while still being full flavored and medium bodied. Nice balance.

Overall, a very good seasonal ale that goes well with many foods.

Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Didn’t mind this at all. Spicy cookie/cakie flavours, some chocolate, raisin, with light bitterness, some tart acidity. Pretty tasty , as most things from Lost Coast were, this was a bottle purchased from a shop in San Francisco, which i can't for the life of me remember.

Photo of LXIXME
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of sloejams
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Admittedly, I'm not the biggest Lost Coast fan nor do I go out of my way for often for an English Brown. This already had 2 strikes against, but it REALLY came through to show me.

It pours a dark amber color with a 2 finger head. The aroma is malty with a slight sweetness with waffle batter and shiraz flavors that came out. I can see how this is a Winter offering. It almost comes to be a Winter Warmer but doesn't have the potpourri-like spicings normally associated with it.

I found this to be a pleasant surprise - easy drinking and timely.

Photo of watermelonman
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess it's a brown ale, but it almost seems like a stout!

This is good stuff. It has a very dark appearance, and very solid flavor. It's leaving a great layered lace that I haven't seen in some time.

It tastes like there's a pinch of hard alcohol in there, which I think holds it back. That's the only thing holding it back, though.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured really dark brown with an nice 1/2" head that melted slowly to very faint lacing.
Aroma was toasted malts and coffee....maybe a hint of chocolate.
Taste of sweet toasted malt and chocolate, only slightly citrus hops, finishing to an espresso coffee aftertaste.
Nice mouthfeel of full carbonation.
Slow alcohol burn as you enjoy the last swallow.
I could drink a couple or three of these, but no more. The alcohol I can definately feel and they are very filling

Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, the label theme reflective of most of the continent right now, it would seem. Or at least their options for getting out and letting off some steam.

This beer pours a clear, deep, dark ruby brown colour, with bright cherry cola highlights, and two fat fingers of tight foamy beige head, which exhibits some sturdy retention, eventually leaving a drooping curtain of webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of lightly toasted, biscuity caramel malt, a bit of lush toffee, nutty cocoa, and prominent grassy, leafy, earthy hops. The taste is sweet medium-dark, but still milky chocolate, roasted caramel malt, dark fleshy fruit, and a plucky spicy, leafy bitterness.

The carbonation is on the low side, the body fairly hefty in weight, quite smooth, and fairly creamy. It finishes still quite sweet, but generally tempered by the biscuits and nuts, not to mention the actively lingering bitter Bohemian hop goodness.

I've passed this one over at the local bottleshop for a long time now, mostly due to the goofy label, unfortunately. My bad, as this turns out to be a lovely big brown ale - and more balanced than my ill-informed expectations. Quite easy to put back the whole bottle, and it's inspiring in me a desire to escape the urban snowscape for a quick mountain holiday.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Magpie14
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: the body is of hazed reds, earthy brown, and burnt orange with more of the latter. A decent ecru colored head worked its way to the top for a short spell and slowly decayed leaving some reasonable layers and globs. In particular, a great display of blotchy swiss cheese lacing has formed across from my drinking side of the glass. The body was a bit lighter than I was expecting...but no disappointment is present

S: smells bright and bready with a snap of citrus. Nutty toasted malts start to pop out after numerous whiffs with a tough toffee edge. The sweeter side is claiming the nasal passage. Nice smell and salivation pursues

T: loaded with toasted malts and sweet sugary notes. These prominent characters gain footing as my glass warms. Some hop (mostly citrus-like) distribution is present but remains hidden in the back. Augmenting the sweetness is a residual sugary raisin, date, and fig vibe that kinda leans towards vinous. Burnt caramel starts to show within the toasted maltiness. Kinda of a wild set of flavors and really does not make me think of a winter warmer/seasonal brew
I think it is sort of a stretch to even consider this a English Brown Ale. However, I guess it is sweet and malty enough to fit the bill

M: the feel is kinda sticky and rather fizzy. The body has mild dimensions and is starting to get a little "hot" as it warms. The finish is almost spicy (from hops?) and filled with a tangy and dry sweetness

D: this is a good drinker that had a few surprises on the palate. A pretty hearty and confectionary beer

Photo of cokes
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark cherrywood. The beige head is large and keeps itself well for the duration.
Odors of powdery cocoa and Big Sur hops.
Begins much more fully roasted that I expected. Coupled beautifully with French Vanilla. Traces of molasses twang. Roastedness fades as a caramel base is exposed. Hopping materializes. Bitter and mostly floral. It doesn't feature the sharp citrus tones or resiny pine (though they are present). Lightly sprucey and woody (perhaps from the PacNW and Saaz cross). The hop character is well developed, and well-bittered, without going overboard.
Medium bodied. Fizzy upfront, but grows into its shoes as it sits, and gains heft in the process.
This is the Shakespeare Stout of Brown Ales.

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

chocolate brown appearance, with prominent licorice and hops and malt in the nose. Hoppy in front, then maltiness, including cocoa and spice like nutmeg in finish. Bit of bitterness in aftertaste. A nice one. Good mouthfeel for a well carbonated beverage.

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes 2/2/11

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a dark amber with 1/4" head. Smells a little sweet for my liking; apples and malts. Tastes sweet, too. I can't put my finger on what exactly is tastes like, but I'll offer up apples and syrup as my best guess. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. I prefer my winter offerings with a little more spice and alcohol and far less sweet. Not disappointed I tried it, but the future will be Winterbraun-less for me.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The rich, cocoa-ish flavor of Lost Coast's Winterbraun should be welcome at any time of year! It's dark chestnut body appears a clear burgundy when held to the light, and its creamy tan cap holds fairly well before dropping to a razor thin lid. The aroma is somewhat subdued, but wafts of cocoa, caramel, and even some very-mild background hops appear. Its smooth and creamy, medium-full body accentuates its maltiness which is caramelish, cocoa-like, and mildly fruity (raisins, fig). It's laced with low-key hop flavors; and balanced by a restrained bitterness that let's the malt shine through, yet still finish dry. Quite nice!

Photo of ElGordo
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with ruby highlights, topped by a huge khaki-colored head that leaves a ton of creamy lace on the glass. Very impressive-looking. Aroma of roasted malt and a touch of mocha. Palate is sweet roasted malt up front, with a tangy floral hoppiness emerging before the swallow. Aftertaste is a touch bitter, a nice break from some of the milder brown ales. Body is smooth and rather creamy. A tasty seasonal ale that's a nice change of pace from the usual winter warmers and IPAs.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of Winterbraun from the Binny's singles this might be close to a year is a great tasting Brown ale!!! The appearance is good...poured a brownish amber with good carbonation and ercu head that is lacing. The aroma is roasty and sweet. The taste is a charred molassis that has great balanced between all the characteristics. There is a slight acidic taste at the end and the alcohol becomes more prevalent as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is good...nice fuller body carbonation tickles the tongue. Overall the is a good beer. I was a little nervous because I thought the age would do it in....but kept well.

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Winterbraun from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
84 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.