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Winterbraun | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2003

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Reviews: 234 | Ratings: 428
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Comes out a dark brown color, 1/2" tan head. Aroma hits them nuts, in your nose. You smell nuts. Nuttiness. Am I clear here? Phrasing!!

Taste reveals a heft amount of brown malt, the mouthfeel is more substantial than your average brown ale. I guess this is a winter warmer though, but damn, hefty roasted brown malt here. A little chocolate malt/cocao impression. Plenty of toffee, a smidge of smoke. C hops provide bitterness. A beer that is good in small doses.

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Photo of Marius
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

35 cl bottle. Very dark ruby-brown pour with a thin beige head. Smells like dried fruit, sugar and metal. Tastes like caramel, dried fruit, milk chocolate. Soft mouthfeel with a low carbonation.

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Photo of m3rkury
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Solid winter warmer. Roasty, coffee caramel and a nice finish. The aromas hint at the same. You can tell that the ABV is there without it over powering you.

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Photo of stevoj
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle from Grocery Outlet. Average brown ale, but not even up to the standards of their Downtown Brown, so what's the point? Spicy, only in the faintest sense. Dull pour, slightest elements of chocolate, cinnamon and assorted other "winter" spices.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a lovely winter warmer. It is substantial, dark combination of chocolate, coffee and dark fruits. Winterbaun errs on the side of bitter (bakers chocolate and hops) rather than sweet. There is a nice boozy afterburn that provides a warming finish.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass, this fine winter warmer pours a deep mahogany brown with a firm light tan head that dissipates to a big bubbled ring with great soapy lacing. Nose of chocolate and caramel malts, reminiscent of a dopplebock, with some moderate hop bitterness in the background. Flavors follow most exquisitely with roasted dopplebock like notes, chocolate, some dark fruit flavor profile of plum and raisin, and a mild hop bitterness cutting through the back to even it all out. VERY nice and substantial with a smooth yet bracing mouth feel with a decent amount of alcoholic warmth on the back. Excellent!


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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
2.59/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Very dark appearance with mild head and carbonation. Sweet herbal aroma. Spice, tobacco, chocolate malt sweetness. Slightly ashy at the end of the sip.

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Photo of Radome
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

L - Deep brown color. Holding it up to the light shows garnet highlights and crystal clarity. Head was tan, 3/4" tall and persistent, made of tiny, creamy bubbles.

S - Warm malt aromas of bread, Munich malt, low chocolate, plums. Hops are in the background as a spicy earthy note.

T - Flavors follow the aromas. Graham crackers, Munich malt, plums, prunes. Earthy/spicy hops are there also, with bitterness at a sufficient level to cut through the malt sweetness.

M - Medium to heavy body. Low carbonation. Moderate alcohol presence. Moderately sweet finish.

O - This is an enjoyable beer, reminiscent of an English brown ale with some German Doppelbock overtones. The plum and prune notes are a bit strong for me, giving a cloying impression, resulting in the Taste category being its lowest score for me.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours opaque dark brown. The one inch khaki head fades to a thick cap on top and leaves thick curtains of lace.

The smell is of cocoa, coffee, roasted malt and faint vanilla.

The taste is of roasted malt, cocoa, coffee and hop bitterness on the finish.

The texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a solid brown ale that is less nutty, slightly more hoppy and just a little less impressive than Downtown Brown in my opinion.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yay, first winter ale of the season. Okay, it's probably a little early given that we haven't had Halloween yet, but I went to the liquor store looking for winter beers and I was happy to find a couple.

A: Chestnut brown with head that lingers and lingers.
S: Sweet. Maybe some spice in there. Malty. Dark fruits.
T: Dark fruits followed by bitter pure cocoa, with a boozy aftertaste. It's boozier than I might prefer, but, well, the label does say 8%.
F: Smooth.
O: Not exactly what I expected, but quite nice.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown with a large fading off-white head.
Very malty aroma with nutty malt, a bit of chocolate and some soft booze.
Sweet flavours too. More nutty malt, almost cloying. Some melanoidin notes and booze.
Needs more carbonation.
Got pretty hard to drink by end.

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Photo of Boss1993
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lets cut to the chase. This beer is basically liquid dark chocolate. It's got slight hits of coffee, but the taste of chocolate overpowers it. I like the founders style bottle and the Picasso(ish) label art. Great beer, I've bought it twice and wouldn't hesitate to buy it again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of BierJager89
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of mxchap
3.82/5  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

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Photo of dwren89
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of schnauzeborne
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.19/5  rDev +12%
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!!

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.24/5  rDev -40.1%
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...

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of pkalix
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of beer_plus_plus
3.44/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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