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Winterbraun - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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383 Ratings
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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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
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.

Sammy, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

t0rin0, Nov 22, 2012
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.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

zestar, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Mar 12, 2006
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 06, 2005
Photo of mikesgroove
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.

mikesgroove, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger off white head with excellent lacing on a dark brown with amber hues body.

S: aroma is mild overall with light roasted malt, coffee, even lighter hops

T: fairly hoppy with a smokey porter like note mixed with the roasted malt and coffee flavor of a stout.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: A little different than others in the genre. Fairly full feel with a fairly complex flavor.

kylehay2004, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Dec 02, 2004
Photo of largadeer
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

largadeer, Nov 23, 2013
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.

TMoney2591, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

SocalKicks, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
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.

biboergosum, Feb 04, 2011
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.

zeff80, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
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!

NeroFiddled, Feb 09, 2005
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.

WVbeergeek, Jan 17, 2004
Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of off-white head that rests on top of a brown body with clear, amber highlights. The foam settles slowly and leaves moderate lace on the glass.

S - A nice aroma of moderately dark caramel malt with some fruity yeast notes of apple and plum.

T - Toasted malt notes up front with some caramel and toffee. Things darken a bit in the middle with notes of molasses and some musty hops. The beer finishes with some red apple character, more molasses, and moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish with a touch of astringency.

D - Not a bad winter ale, the malt is very much up front but not excessively dark as it never gets any browner then a touch of molasses. The yeast is there to remind us that it is brewed in semi British style as are the musty hops. On the down side it has a kind of sticky, cola sweetness in the finish and the bitterness is disjointed and harsh. Good enough, but not really any more than that.

nickfl, May 06, 2011
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
Photo of feloniousmonk
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.

feloniousmonk, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of mactrail
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.

mactrail, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of WesWes
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.

WesWes, Mar 28, 2005
Photo of beernads
2.5/5  rDev -33%

beernads, Aug 23, 2013
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.

Gueuzedude, Nov 23, 2005
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.

Halcyondays, Nov 27, 2007
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Winterbraun from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
84 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.