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Winterbraun - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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381 Ratings
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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2003)
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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Gator_Nation, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of StevieW
4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz stubby brown bottle with a cartoonish snowboarder. Pours a shiny deep black, not brown. Head is a creamy full rich khaki beauty. Roasted barley aromas. Slight chocolate and coffee bitterness. Taste is perfectly smooth, lots of full rich chocolate flavors up front. Hints of roasted espresso bitterness, very rich and full flavored. Cinnamon and nutmeg dance around, but not as pronounced as an Anchor OSA, but well on the way to it.Mellow smooth chocolate malt washes over and lingers during the aftertaste. Pushes the limits of a brown ale, borders on an American Porter along the lines of Anchor, and reminds me alot of Anchor OSA. A real treat to find in Ft. Pierce. The BelgianBum and I relieved the store of their current inventory. I might even send one to a friend in New England or I might just drink them all.

StevieW, Jan 28, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

matjack85, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost black with ruby red edges and a full brown head, decent carbonation, and tattered rings and sheets of lace. Sweetish malt aroma with hints of licorice and a bit hoppy (esp. when fresh). A touch of roastiness on the nose. Malty sweet flavor with a nice balanced hop finish and roastiness. Medium bodied with a dry finish.

Enjoyed fresh and aged .. would seek out to try again...

Label states: "Rich and robust Brown Ale created from Roasted Chocolate and Caramel malts"

Bottled: 10/2000
Tasted: 08/29/03

(22 oz. bottle)

RBorsato, Sep 02, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

brentblack1, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of Offa
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is very good, rather like a slightly more potent, fruity version of their Downtown Braun, which I really like.

Deep red-brown, it has a medium, pale tan head slowly shrinking to a wispy top and foamy ring with some nice lace.

The aroma is very fruity, in a caramelised, faintly tangy sweet-sour way similar to English beers. It has a noticeable light yeastiness plus dark toast, raisins, a hint of chocolate, and a hint of whole-wheat bread.

The taste is similar, rich toast, caramel, sweet-sour dried fruit with a tang, some earthy leaves, hint of chocolate, bread, and prunes. It's very nice, well-balanced if slightly on the sweet side, and very drinkable.

Offa, May 08, 2009
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4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Update 1/20/06-

Notes are dead on...awesome chocolate flavor and aroma...top notch brown ale.

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pours a rich mahogany....enticing nose of sweet chocolate....pretty full-bodied and substantial for a brown ale...excellent flavor...huge chocolate notes held in check by a subtle spicy hop finish...also hints of cedar/woodiness...

This is a great brown ale..very tasty and easy drinking despite the fullness of it....quality beer here...

ZAP, Jan 30, 2004
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4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
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

IntriqKen, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at gobbels in Wichita, review based on notes

Pours chestnut with 3 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & above lacing

S: Toasted malt, brown sugar & cocoa

T: Toasty malt, dryness & nice chocolate up front. Leafy hops, cocoa & roasted malt as this warms. Finished dry with nice toastyness

MF: Fairly rich, moderate carbonation & great balance

Drinks very easy, I like this big brother of downtown brown, quite a bit. This would be a staple if regularly available

russpowell, May 30, 2008
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4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Selma's in RSM.

Pours a light brown-meets-gray head atop a dark, murky brown body.

Aromas of nutty/roasty malts, baked cookies/sweetbread, brown sugar, and something spicy this way comes. Medium-intensity, requiring a strong *whiff* here-and-there to derive the overall bouquet.

Flavors remind me of Downtown Brown but with significant spices. Also some peppermint and stuffing (yes I said stuffing, albeit the kind that includes apples and raisins).

Mouthfeel is silky, ebullient, and medium-bodied.

Overall, a delicious English Brown that could pass for a Winter Warmer if the nutty and roasty characteristics were a bit less prevalent. Either way, without restraint I could drink at least three of these in one sitting.

jminsc76, Jan 05, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this seemed like an english brown with something extra. maybe i'm too caught up in the winter beers at present, but there seemed to be more in this beer than just brown ale, and i liked it!
pours up a dark, hazy amber color, thick head of tan creamy foam, lots of lace.
strong, sweet malt smell before i even bring the glass up to my nose.
sugary malty goodness in the flavor, just a touch of hop in the back of the mouth, and even that is of the floral sweet variety. tons of spicy sweet malt. maybe that's the winter aspect.
medium, creamy, tasty. give me another (6-pack).
a damn good beer from lost coast.

cheers...

NClifestyle, Jan 13, 2006
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4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

cokes, Dec 28, 2003
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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)

SerialHiker, Dec 17, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep crimson/brown/ruby. Not a lot of light getting through. Nice little tight creamy beige head. A nice collar forms as it recedes and laces quite fully. Nice roasty, chocolatey smell doused with some West Coast hop flavors. Now this brown has some character to it. The roasted bitterness melds well with the hop bitterness. It's definitely bitter. Almost like a porter that way. There's some great hop flavors that add depth to it as well. Seemingly a little citric and piney, but they come off a little differntly in this beer surrounded by the brown/porter characteristics. Mouthfeel is creamy to an extent. The body is a little better than medium Quite an enjoyable brown ale at that.

Bighuge, Dec 14, 2003
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4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark dark brown with very little carbonation or head.

S - Roasty, malty and very nutty.

T - Starts with a dark roasted malt flavor, exudes tones of nuts (maybe almonds) and finishes with a nice bitter chocolate.

M - Medium body, smooth, and creamier than a headless beer usually is.

D - Don't let the light head throw you off or the silly label (more about this below) stop you from buying this gem fro Lost Coast. This is a very good brown all that goes down easy and won't bore the taste buds after a glass or two.

Lost Coast continues to make some darn good beers and continues to package them with cartoon laden labels and taps. Perhaps it's just me but it's hard to take them seriously when i am embarassed to carry a goofy looking six pack to the cash register - maybe that's just my issue....

tyanow, Jul 22, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance- Pours a finger of head and leaves a ring of foam around the edge of the beer. Also leaves some foamy bubbles on the glass. The color is a hazy, opaque brown. I'm talking "Brown Soes Don't Make It" brown with some garnet highlights. Only some sparse lacing is visisble when held to the light.

Smell- The sweetest smelling EBA I've ever had thats for sure. But that doesn;t mean the subtle English hops go unnoticed. A very well balanced mix of sweet bread (not cow intestines) and complex hopping.

Taste- Starts out as a mix of Polish rye bread and a barley wine like sweetness. Roasted malts then do a well balanced waltz across my taste buds to a slightly milk chocolatey finish.

Mouthfeel- A very smooth ale with more sweetness than expected. Sweet and roasted malts mixed well with the English style hop flavors. Making for a very well balanced EBA.

scruffwhor, Mar 07, 2006
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4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark garnet all the way through. Clear and free of sediment, no haze. A creamy off white head forms immediately when pouring and is very thick looking. The surface tension with the glass creates some lacing.

Aroma: The first thing I noticed was a sweeter dark chocolate with hints of black cherries and possibly almonds. The sweet malty flavor is present and helps to define this beer as a desert, at least for myself. Hops are present, but not overemphasized.

Taste: This beer has a very malty flavor that I really like. The aromas mentioned balance very well together on the tongue and there is a bitterness of sorts that I am not quite willing to identify with hops. Perhaps they used black patent here? **edit, addition: I usually decline to read bottles until I have tasted and done an impartial review. Upon reading the bottle, it makes no mention of black patent malt. Appears I'm wrong on this one.** Despite the darkness of color and thickness of head, this beer is somewhat lighter tasting because of that darkness exactly. The flavors from the aromas tend to float on top of an airy bitterness, very hard to describe accurately.

Mouthfeel: The very first sip I had was, to me, somewhat syrupy, but this changed as I progressed. The next one was lighter and left my mouth feeling very refreshed and cooled.The third one left a bit of alcoholic warming followed by a tea like bitterness that was very nice. I really like the mouthfeel on this one.

Drinkability: While I do enjoy this one, it will only be occasionally that I endulge in it. The flavors are pronounced, and without the hops I crave, it will be relegated to times when I need to take a hops break.

Muddybuddy, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of monkeylovebeer
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh, nothing says Christmas like the annual battle of the winter warmers ... Let's get ready to fumble!

In the spirit of full disclosure, I am somewhat partial to the brews produced by Eureka's Lost Coast Brewery; as I only stayed alive during my first year of college at HSU due to their delicious and incredibly generous all-you-can-eat Buffalo wing Happy Hour. Happy hours, indeed.

That said, their winter warmer offering, a supercharged version of their perennial Downtown Brown, pours a ruby-tinted cola brown with a half-inch toasted tan head that dissipates pretty quickly.

The Winterbraun throws a nice strong malty nose with wet straw and yeast notes. The first sip revels an unexpected spicy flavor perhaps due to the use of Saaz hops.

A lot of tasters have noticed a hint of chocolate but with all the Christmas candy around this place, I feel I've broken, or at least badly sprained, that particular taste bud. I do detect a nice caramel aftertaste, however and the beer goes down clean and quickly, calling for another one.

Feliz Navidad

monkeylovebeer, Dec 27, 2008
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Winterbraun from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
84 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.