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Winterbraun - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe


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370 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2003)
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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 03:22:21 | More by Sammy
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson brown with a 1 inch puffy beige head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Chunky rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, cocoa, and some slight vanilla aromas. Taste is of toasted and roasted malt, caramel, and cocoa powder. A mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a somewhat crisp yet smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good brown ale. I can see why this is released as a Winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 17:26:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark caramel-chocolate with a generous infusion of orange juice that becomes a generous infusion of cherry juice when backlit with sunlight. The buff colored cap is a tidy two fingers in height and leaves a high collar of lace when it deflates. As the beer falls with drinking, a lava lamp pattern of interconnected blobs appears on the glass.

The nose smells like chocolate-covered hops. More so chocolate than hops, but the little green cones add personality to what would otherwise be a good, but relatively uninteresting, brown ale nose. I can't say that I appreciate their Saaz-ness however.

Although unimpressive initially, the flavor improves a good bit with warming. Chocolate is joined by a simple roasted maltiness while spicy hops add balance and flavor interest. Again, if I didn't know that Saaz was in use, I never would have guessed. Hops are emphasized to an even greater extent on the finish.

The body/mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium, even when taking style into consideration, and the carbonation is a tad too buzzy. Firming up the body and taming the bubbles would go a long way toward making this an even more enjoyable beer.

Winterbraun isn't very wintry (other than the Dali-esque snowboarder on the label), but it is a good English brown ale that is helped by a greater than usual amount of hops. Although it has a few minor flaws, the bottom of the glass didn't take long to appear.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2005 01:00:36 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick dark brown, almost black with a 1 inch caramel head, quickly fades, with some residual lace. Smell right off is chocolate, spice, and caramel. Taste is almost coffee like, very nice actually, with a good hoppy after taste. This was very smoothe, somewhat thick but not overally so at all. Its seems very drinkable and I was suprised as I usually do not like darker beers, but this was very welcomed.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 00:42:41 | More by mikesgroove
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North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy cola brown body with a beige head that declines to a ringlet and leaves some, but not much, lacing

Smell: Chocolate and malt aromas waft up from the glass, but it is very hard to pick up the Saaz hops

Taste: Nice malty base with plenty of chocolate and bready flavors; a bit of crispness on the finish from the hops (along with an intriguing roastiness from the malt) that makes for a dry finale

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; a touch or warmth from the alcohol

Drinkability: One of the better English Browns I have tasted but the style doesn't do much for me

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 23:15:34 | More by brentk56
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North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2004 23:01:33 | More by oberon
Photo of TMoney2591


3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

My Bears continue to rock it on the field, hopefully they'll do the same by housing another potentially good beer. This one pours a hazy sunset sienna topped by a finger of dusty light tan foam. The nose comprises rich caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, and a light kiss of cocoa. The taste brings in more of the same, along with ginger, nutmeg, and orange peel. The last one, though, provides an awful lot of citrus-rind-y bitterness given the small amount. This, though, does not hurt things too much. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a pretty solid brown, though the spices start to become a bit much after a while. Not too much, thankfully, but it starts to grate on ya. Beyond that, things are a bit on the thin side, but mostly this is some pretty good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 23:56:21 | More by TMoney2591
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4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2005 00:03:40 | More by NeroFiddled
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Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 00:34:50 | More by biboergosum
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3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label continues the idiosyncratic Lost coast tradition: a Cubist-styled dual-mouthed African-American snowboards with exhuberance down a mountain slope. yeee-hah!
But, the beer...how about that?
Hazy, soft brown color, with ruby sides, big head, lush, light cocoa toned.
Light, nutty aroma, slightly cola-ish.
Taste: nuts, malt, dark fruit, ...fuller mouthfeel than certain popular browns, supple texture, medium bodied, lean, just-fruity finish.
Right on for the style, excellent example, but nothing too special beyond that.
Nice, though.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2005 05:11:13 | More by feloniousmonk
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

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 13:32:08 | More by russpowell
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New York

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich and roasted crystal malt scent with a mild hop aroma. It is smooth and creamy. The taste is good. It has a really sweet and toastey "brown ale" flavor that boasts of crystal, victory, and roasted barley. It is sweeter than most, but it goes down easy. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good "American" brown ale. It is sweeter than the Euro version and not as dry. It has good aroma and flavor; a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2005 01:09:15 | More by WesWes
Photo of zeff80


4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, dark brown color with a very small, tan head. There didn't appear to be much carbonation nor any lace.

S - It smelled very nutty. Also, nutty and roasted malt notes.

T - It tasted of strong roasted malt and very nutty. A little bitter hop kick, too.

M - It was crisp and relatively smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good brown ale. It didn't look so good, but the smell and taste were quite good.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 01:39:22 | More by zeff80
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, rich amber hue, almost approaching a black color. It is topped by an initially frothy tan colored head that quickly disappears to a thin ring and some islands of bubbles. The aroma is rich and sweet with notes of burn raisins, fig and a finish that is like a lightly roasted breakfast blend coffee; roasty but not overly so. The aroma is quite interesting a mix between rich concentrated fruit notes up front to the dry roasted notes in the finish.

The taste has those same sweet concentrated fruit notes up front, and even through to the finish. It is not overly sweet, and is even fairly light on the palate, though it does have enough of a richness and palate to it that this is appropriate for the colder months. This beer has notes of sweet plum, fig. There is a mix between spicy hop notes (with a bit of citrus character thrown into the mix) and a bit of sharp carbonation that helps to balance the fruity sweet character. The finish has a light bitterness and a hint of lingering roasted astringency. As the beer warms up a bit the roasted notes begin to become more noticeable. This beer is nicely drinkable, and it is complex enough that the flavor keeps me intrigued throughout the drinking experience; from the fruit to the roast malt to the American hop notes. I could perhaps wish for a bit more depth to the malt character, but like I said it is quite enjoyable as is.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 05:39:51 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of WVbeergeek


4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2004 07:20:34 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Halcyondays


3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown, with a creamy, white to off-white head, no real lacing, but excellent retention, could have lasted for hours, I thought.

S: Smells of nuts, dark malt, and a bit of cinnamon.

T: Tastes a lot like the Downtown Brown, with a bit more heft and quality of flavour. Nice chocolate notes, and a bit of bitter cinnamon character, even though I don't think this ale is spiced. An all around, good quality brown ale taste.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, creamy, solid, but not spectacular.

D: A good brown ale from Lost Coast, one of their better offerings, IMO, I could definitely see myself having this again, a good nightcap, for a lower alcohol beverage.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 02:16:53 | More by Halcyondays
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3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty, malty, and enjoyable winter ale.

Clear dark amber with red hue. Not much head but pleasant carbonation.

Quite sweet at first, and last taste. Hints of fruit and cocoa. Hops come forward but don't overbalance the malt. It is definitely plenty hoppy as you sip awihile. Roasted, nutty flavors. Just rich and winey enough for the moderate alcohol level.

Not a great favorite but better than my impression in previous years.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 05:35:43 | More by mactrail
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 22:44:41 | More by Billolick
Photo of Zorro


3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep brown brew with a white head.

Smell is roasty and fruity with sweet malt and nuts in the scent. Chocolate and coffee scents in there to.

Taste is bittersweet with a clear taste of ethanol in this. There is a trace of sourness in here probably from chocolate malt. Chocolate flavor is in here and what sweetness there is disappears. The final flavor of this is a dry stout with a wine like acid finish.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is good. This isn't a beer I would seek out again but it is a mild and pleasing beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2005 22:50:01 | More by Zorro
Photo of ppoitras


4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained as part of BIF XMas from wezil. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/2" light brown head over the slightly cloudy reddish brown brew. Head fades but not completely, with average lacing. Aroma is sweet grain husks with slight hops presence. Taste is pleasantly grainy up front, a slight yet notable hops bite, with a lingering presence coating the mouth. Better than I expected. Mouthfeel is good, maybe a bit thin, and drinkability is excellent. A brown worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2005 23:04:48 | More by ppoitras
Photo of DoubleJ


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

It's almost winter, and it's getting colder here in SoCal, so let me open up a winter seasonal and get into the holiday mood. On to the beer:

Ruby brown color with an orange tint, the head is creamy and has decent retnetion and initial size. Hint of chocolate Tootsie Rolls, dry caramel bread, mild fruitness from the hops. So far, a little cleaner than their year-round brown. Continuez...I like this beer. Sweet with a bit of hops. Clean, heavyish feel, I can do this. A splasha of hops at first. It sweetenes to toffee, and lots of it. Quite nutty too. a trace of alcohol. Oh, and the alcohol slowly warms the body.

Not a session beer being it's a little heavier, but meaty enough to keep you warm on a cool night.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 05:53:37 | More by DoubleJ
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3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a mahogony brown with a small white head that fades Lots of carbonation going on here. Some nice lacing sticks around as it goes down. Smell is ok. Reminds me of a trail mix w/ chocolate chips. Taste is slightly bitter but is pretty much balanced by the malty sweetness. Slightly watered down but it's richness saves it. Not to bad going down. This one is drinkable but I wouldn't want more than two in a sitting. This one is okay. IMHO, a bit overrated.

It was okay, dog.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2005 01:11:02 | More by weeare138
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Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a hazy dark reddish muddy brown, decent off white head forms, settles down to a thin ring, some lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet and nutty, caramel, bread, light roast, light, bit of floral/citrus, cake, not bad. Taste is nice, grainy, caramel, solid nuttiness, bit of milk chocolate and light roast, floral, tons of malt, great. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, pretty slick, low carbonation, smooth and easy to put back. Very nice brown ale, flavour is solid and the mouthfeel is nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 03:55:30 | More by Viggo
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3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 05:35:04 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2003 02:32:00 | More by Bighuge
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Winterbraun from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
84 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.