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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2003

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Reviews: 230 | Hads: 417
Photo of SerialHiker
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
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)

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Photo of BenjaminBlondbeard
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rich mahogany that doesn't let a lot of light pass through. There is a half inch of off white foam that shrinks quickly, but leaves a little lacing behind.

The smell i strong, and gives off roasted malts, some chocolate, molasses, some dark fruits, and a little coffee.

There is not too much flavors up front despite the full bodied brown brew. There is active carbonation that helps some piney hop flavors and roasted malts hit the taste buds, but the subdued flavors don't totally mask the boozy nature of this 8% ale. There is a little tinge of alcohol at the end of each sip. The light syrup after feel makes this thick brew leave a lasting presence. I personally don't like that, but it that helps the minimal flavors stick around to balance the booze flavor that otherwise prevails.

All in all it is a decent winter warmer like brown ale for the price. It is a relatively inexpensive, and drinkable, strong brown beer.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours reddish brown with a light tan, 2 finger head. Decent retention. Fine lacing with nice stick.

Smell - Sweet, fruity character, a bit of fig, and with underlying notes of earth and a faint touch of nuttiness.

Taste - Starts sweet, brown sugar and dark caramel with a hint of chocolate, nutty, then hits on moderate notes of fig and dark fruit mid-taste. Finishes fairly quick, leaving behind a bit of earthiness slight metallic twang.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with fair carbonation. A touch creamy. Goes down smooth and easy.

Overall - Good brew, and it's a kick in the pants vs. your more traditional english brown. Does well to hide the 8%. Good balance. Yes, I believe this one will have to be had again, but there's so many beers, and so little time and money.

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Photo of tychoseven
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, red-brown w/ a slightly off-white lacing.
S: Chocolate malts, crispy clean sugars
M: Full, rich and syrupy. Feels heavier and thicker than it is.
T: Prominent chocolate malts, caramel/toffee sugars, and a slight hops bitterness. Lingering caramel finish. The alcohol is well hidden until the beer warms, adding a bit more character and a hint of almond. Overall, inoffensive and limited palate-wise; a good but not exceptional beer. I'd drink one again if somebody else were buying.

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Photo of EricDodge
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a pretty decent brown ale. full bodied, and you can really taste that in the mouthfeel. Nice chocolaty/malty taste and enough body to make this good for the winter. Not hoppy, so don't look for that as you would some other winter beers, but it's got enough to make it crisp and not TOO malty. All in all, a good beer. I'd drink another!

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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 DrDemento456
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Deep mahogany brown, seems clear in color with a ton of carbonation, and a 1/2 inch of mocha colored head.

S - Mostly saaz hops with mild caramel and chocolate malts. Touch of spicy nodes and hard water as well.

T - Thankfully the hard water isn't in the taste, with no metallic flavors but it's mostly slight bittering hops and some chocolate malt. No more.

M - Light to medium but not that great

Overall not a great winter warmer since not only is the body thin but it has bittering hops and just mild flavors of any roast or chocolate flavors. Pass.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap in a 11oz tumbler at the Playground in Santa Ana, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger and a half mocha head. Dark brown color. Decent retention and great lacing.

S- Roast malts and chocolate smells. Nice little wintery spicy smell.

T- Roast malts and some warm, heavier hops. Pretty good.

M- Thick bodied and syrupy finish. Average.

O- Good brew. Lost Coast does well.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass. About a finger of head. Color was mahogany black. Minimal lacing on the top that dissipated quickly. No film on the sides.

Smelled chocolate malts up front. Also some toffee and caramel notes in there. Got some spices in there as well although I couldn’t distinguish the main one, Maybe even some light citrus hops?

Good initial taste right out of the gate. Got that same chocolate taste as the nose. Not as malty as I would have thought. Definitely some caramel. No citrus hops like the nose. Simple, yet good taste.

Medium body. Creamy, but watery texture. Average-to-above average carbonation. Smooth abrupt finish.

Not a bad beer overall. Nice chocolate taste, smooth and consistent. Very drinkable.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown color with  a tan colored head.

S- The aroma is sweet malt, chocolate and caramel. 

T- The taste is nice and malty. The taste starts out sweet and malty with some caramel and chocolate. There is a mild amount of bitterness from the hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a solid brown. I enjoyed it! 

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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 PintOHops
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glass - Nonic

A - A dark mahogany colored brew with little visibility. It didn't produce much of a head, maybe about a finger that dissipated quickly. It left a spot or two on my glass.

S - I get lots of brown sugar, toffee, and peanut brittle upfront. There's a bit of a underlying spicy character to it, like cinnamon. Hop aroma is faint and gives off soft herbal notes.

T - Brown sugar, toffee, almond flavors everywhere. There's a soft cinnamon note mingling around mid to finish. Hops lend a touch of herbal flavors, and the bitterness is mild but noticeable. As it started to warm I picked up some chocolate and a slight bit of alcohol.

M - A bit on the crisp side with a smooth and almost chewy feel to it. Medium-full bodied.

O - To me this beer tastes like a brown ale with a touch of cinnamon thrown in. The flavors were good but for the most part it did come off like it was almost a porter to me. I'd probably only have about one of these in one sitting. Overall I thought it was a okay brew, but I don't see myself buying it again.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean deep amber to brown-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a light caramel and a roasted malt. In the taste, a mix of caramel and roasted malt, with a nice ending with a hop presence. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry small hop and caramel like sweetness in the aftertaste. A bit sweet, but nice hop presence in the beer.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winterbraun is a lovely dark brown-maroon beer with a cream colored head that falls quickly leaving a touch of oily lacing in it's wake.

Chocolate and a certain earthy spiciness comes through in the aroma, quite nice actually.

The flavor picks up immediately with the chocolate malt up front backed up by quite a lot of spicy hop flavor. The roasted malts bring flavors of roasted coffee and a touch of nuttiness. Not a lot of complexity but I expect that will change somewhat with warming. Very tasty and drinkable however.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, very smooth though a touch chalky while the lightly creamy carbonation compliments the spicy hops well.

A surprisingly tasty brown ale from a brewery I've never tried before. I look forward to trying their other beers now.

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Photo of BB1313
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on date on neck. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a deep brown, with ruby highlights.. nice head, lacing, retention. Lots of coffee in the nose. I'm also picking up alot of chocolate as well. The flavors are enjoyable, although the coffee is dialed down a notch. Breadiness noticeable. More chocolate malts, caramel, vanilla, spices, and a touch of cinnamon. Mouthfeel is right on, smooth and well carbonated. Nice..

This was a pleasant surprise.. very enjoyable brown ale. Great brown ale to enjoy during the winter.. I wouldn't even mind this year-round.

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

Big three finger plus head of dark tan, fairly whipped up and airy yet has decent retention, the lacing is thick yet slides down the glass sides swiftly leaving a streak here or there. Dark brown colored liquid with a yellow tint, fairly transparent, sedate and inviting presence in the glass. The nose has lots of scone, biscuit and flaky dough in addition to cocoa, mocha and caramel, with all this yet manages to stay firm and dry, the plum, cherry scents have a dried fruit character with raisins and dates mixed in, light leafy, herbal matter too which helps give it character and balance. Medium-bodied, lots of carbonation and churn in the mouth, given this still glues itself to the palate. Loaded with chocolate, cocoa flavors, very dominant, the caramel and toffee a clear second. The breakfast breads and doughiness counterbalanced by orange zest and tea leaves. Pinch of cinnamon powder. As in the nose the components suggest sweetness more than the whole delivers, not necessarily a bad thing and makes for improved drinkability. Roastiness present throughout but restrained. Not much not to like here.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a deep ruby black. When held to the light, the brow and red hues show. The cream colored head dissipates to a wisp with a cream ring around the glass, decent lacing. The beer smells of sweet spices and malts. The beer tastes really good because of the sweet tones over the malts. There is a huge malt presence, but then a brown sugar sweetness follows, with some notes of ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon. The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, a very drinkable brown ale at 6.5%. Sweetness matches any bitterness. I wouldn't want a 6 pack, but one bottle is worth it.

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Photo of Suds
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown in color, slightly red hue when held to the light. The head is tan and a little thin, but this is a fine looking beer. The aroma is malty...with a burnt grass and medicinal character. Some background herbal hops, but mostly a bready, toast-like malt-like smell. The taste is balanced, with a malt backbone. Not much here that's overwhelming...a bit thin, but nice malt-candy and spice qualities. Some grain. All in all, this one is just okay.

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Photo of eightysixants
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured 16 oz draft

A: Dark brown with a burgundy/burnt orange hint. Not a whole lot of head to it.

S: Mild hoppy smell, but overall pretty nonexistent.

T: Quite delicious. Simple, with a good hop bite. Also a sweet malt presence that balances out the beer really well. A quick gulp reveals a good alcohol level, too.

M: Very prickly feel that lingers around a while. Savory.

O: This is a great winter session beer. Waming and easy/tasty to drink. Not crazy complex, but good.

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Photo of hyprlt
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into tulip.

dark reddish brown. somewhat of a dark room.

i did not pick up much aroma. I think i am getting sick, there is a little bit going on

good nuttiness, slight spiciness. the hops used appear to be very traditional and light. there is a bit of crisp, bitiness.

thick as most brown ales, doesnt linger, not too heavy

I like it. A common style with a bit of holiday spice flavor.

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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 timmos1
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

like some other reviewers, I too must note with a little chagrin that when you purchase a winter beer, you don't always know what you are going to get. This beer is beautiful to look at and tastes really great, but I would call it a brown ale, or a light stout or something else. It's great, but if you are expecting a spicy winterfest type beer, you may be disappointed. A light chocolate stout perhaps?

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Photo of tony223366
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Really gorgeous mahogany color. Meaning that it's a darkish brown that is red when light hits it. A very attractive color. Head was two fingers and decent but quickly turned into 1 finger. It seems to be sticking around pretty well though.

S: The saaz hops come out in a nice clean, spicy way. Past that I get mostly chocolate malts with a nice backbone roasted aroma. Smells like an awesome English brown should.

T: This is a really nice beer. The chocolate malts and roasted malts primarily come through. The saaz hops add a nice spicy counterpoint on the finish.

M: The beer also shines here. Great body and carbonation keeps this beer from being cloying and makes you want that next gulp.

O: A great Christmas beer. Just a really clean tasting beer. Very sessionable and great for a Christmas party. So far only second to Jubelale. We'll see how well Anderson Valley and Anchor winter beers keep up!

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Photo of brotherloco
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle x2. Bottled 09/20/11. Served in a tapered 22oz glass. This year's edition is 6.8% ABV.

Pours a translucent dark brown with two fingers of dark beige foam. Recedes slowly. A nice amount of delicate lacing clings to the glass.

Aroma of roasty dark malts. I get mostly chocolate. Some grassy hops are in there too. A touch peppery. Fairly subdued.

Taste matches the nose almost perfectly, and thankfully is stronger. Plenty of roasty malt balanced by those earthy grassy hops. Perfect touch of sweetness. Roasted bitterness lingers in the aftertaste along with the sweetness. Not getting any of the sizeable alcohol.

Medium-full bodied with a very nice prickly but natural supportive carbonation. Quite drinkable.

Another yearly go-to winter ale for me.

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Photo of Innocentexile
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass

A-Dark Brown with a finger and a half of head. some lacing.

S-smells sorta nutty to me, kinda roasted too, nothing in your face

T/M-as it smelled, nutty and roasty

O-nothing too Offensive and nothing spectacular. average all the way

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