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Winterbraun - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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230 Reviews
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Reviews: 230
Hads: 417
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 9
Gots: 24 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2003

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Reviews: 230 | Hads: 417
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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

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Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

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Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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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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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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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 tdm168
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.96/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12/25/04- Purchased at Tower Market in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with a freaky picasso-esque drawing on the label. No expiration date, poured into my Shipyard pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown colored, very small head and decent lacing.

Smell- A sour and bitter scent. Not appeasing my nose. I think it's the kind of yeast that I don't like. The same kind they use in Pyramid maybe.

Taste- Mixed between a IPA and a ESB. Very bitter hops that hit the upper back of my throat. Not liking this. ESB's aren't my thing. There are, however, some decent roasted malt flavors in the background.

Mouthfeel- Medium to high carbonation. Goes down decent considering.

Drinkability- I'll pass on this one. Finished it, but it wasn't easy for me.

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Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Winterbraun from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
84 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.