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Winterbraun - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of jettjon
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date in evidence into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!), this one's a dark brown color with notes of ruby. Smallish cap and collar has good staying power and rides all the way to the bottom, leaving good sticky lacing clinging in its wake. Nose of fairly bold dry cocoa, chocolaty malt, and faint hints of spicy alcohol. On the tongue, sweet and dry chocolate malt and a chocolate skim milk flavor ends with a slightly bitter finish. Mouth is thinnish similar to watery milk, with smooth and gentle carbonation giving it a creamy feel. Drinkability is quite good; it's smooth and balanced and easily quaffable. 6.5% abv is well masked.

Overall: A great brown ale, easy drinking and enjoyable. Not overly complex or imposing, this is a great brew to simply enjoy. Recommended.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Winterbraun poured a deep dark brown in to the Pilsener glass. It had a minimal foam head with some sea foam lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma was nice. It was a deep roasted malt with hints of chocolate overtones. It was full bodied and gave a sweet malt taste all the way though. There was a tad nuttiness and a tinge of bitterness on the finish. I found it to be a very enjoyable English Brown.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12-ounce stubby poured into a tulip yields a raw honey- amber body capped with a thin layer of big-bubbled milky foam that reduces to the merest of rings right away, leaving no lacing.

Smell is lightly sweet with a touch of chocolate and a spicy note, but overall is not very strong, nor all that revealing.

Taste is somewhat drier than the nose, but with the same components, plus a little light caramel on the sides of the tongue and a nice roasty coffee note that persists into the finish.

Hardly a big beer, the drink is light-medium bodied with a little lingering slickness that makes it very drinkable.

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

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.

Photo of daliandragon
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess it's officially spring when you get a discount on the winter beers, I got $1.50 off this 6 pack at the whole foods in Cary. This brew pours an earthy brown with noticeable floating sediment and a thin cream colored cap. Chocolate and deep dark malts dominate the nose with a hint of dark fruits. Very sweet, as appropriate for a winter warmer.

The taste has plenty of the mentioned sweetness but also kicks in some hops for balance, especially in the finish. Slight alcohol tinge doesn't hurt the taste. Texture is crisp and clean for such a heavy style. I don't love this beer but it's a solid winter session brew and has enough zip and originality to keep you interested. Decent call.

Photo of arizcards
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was sampled last night and lifted from my notes.
Bought a six pack in November from Bevmo for $6.99.
Beer poured a reddish brown with a small off white head. Nose is malty with no other special characteristics. Taste is interesting, taste somewhat like a red from the caramel malts but has chocolate creeping in. Beer finishes with a dry crisp hop. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and satisfying. Drinkability is good. This is a nice addition to the Christmastime rotation. It is recommended to try.

Photo of Surefire
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, and clearly unfiltered. Particles floating around when held up to the light.

S: Good smell, chocolate, mocha.

T: Heavy flavor profile. Can get chocolate, mocha, sweet malts, slightly spice hops finish.

M: Very good. Nice even medium body to it.

D: Good. Very drinkable, while still being full flavored and medium bodied. Nice balance.

Overall, a very good seasonal ale that goes well with many foods.

Photo of Viggo
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.

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

12 oz. glass bottle- color of mahogany, with a medium tan head - nose of nutty, roasted, malty, and light milk chocolate – taste of, malt, dark chocolate light hops, and hint of anise- body is full, smooth, and with low carbonation – aftertaste of bitter chocolate, slightly acidic, and roasted

Photo of monkeybeer
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear brown red with a very quick disappearing light tan head. Some very light lacing on the glass.

S- A good smell of hops mixed with a sweet and chocolate smell.

T/M – Sweet taste with a roasted undertone

D- A good winter beer. It is a bit heavy so not one to drink a lot of. It defiantly is a winter warmer.

Photo of sloejams
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Admittedly, I'm not the biggest Lost Coast fan nor do I go out of my way for often for an English Brown. This already had 2 strikes against, but it REALLY came through to show me.

It pours a dark amber color with a 2 finger head. The aroma is malty with a slight sweetness with waffle batter and shiraz flavors that came out. I can see how this is a Winter offering. It almost comes to be a Winter Warmer but doesn't have the potpourri-like spicings normally associated with it.

I found this to be a pleasant surprise - easy drinking and timely.

Photo of IPAcraig
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brownish black body with a very small and fairly light colored head.

Definitely a sweet smelling brown ale. Caramel malt goodness.

A sweet brown with tiny hints of chocolate and roasted character. Fairly light in body and not very bright in taste. The carbonation is low, yet the beer still feels lacking in body.

A easy drinker, and a solid, yet unspectacular brown.

Photo of Minkybut
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tubler at 50 degrees. The beer was a nice mahoganny color. It poured a fair head that oozed coffee and hints of toffee mingling nicely. I was excited. However, the taste was extremely bitter and ruff. To me the beer was an odd mix that could use some refinning, a good begginning but a ruff finish. I will not buy again.

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.

Photo of tpd975
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice brown hue with a tan bubbling head, kind of reminds me of rootbeer. Lacing is noted but nothing off the charts.

S: Malt aromas are noted first with hints of sweetend peanut brittle. Hops play a role in the background coming at you like christmas pine.

T: Nice hoppy brew right from the start. Don't get me wrong you won't pass this one off as an IPA, but it's a nicely hopped chrismas brew. Behind the hops nutty malty goodness is noted. Hints of chocolate and brown sugar are also noted.

M: Nice medium bodied brew.

D: Easy drinking could have several in a single session which is rare for a christmas brew.

Overall: I liked this one. I love the hoppy Christmas brews like celebration. This is no celebration, but alas it is a nicely hopped drinkable christmas brew.

Photo of loren01
2.68/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours dark cola color, small white head, small amount of lacing down the glass
S: I'm not getting hardly anything here, a hint of sweetness, slight coffee scent
T: Pretty weak, slight dark chocolate taste with some sweetness. A little bit of hop dryness at the end
M: Full bodied, smooth, creamy mouthfeel
D: This beer was not easy to finish, however I did. It didn't really smell or taste like much of anything, however left me feeling a little buzzy. I would not buy this beer again.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a nice brown ale with substantial bock-like malt sweetness and some chocolate roast flavor. Pretty good.

This beer pours a dark red-brown with fairly good head formation. Aroma is somewhat chocolate-y with a bit of Saaz hop aroma Flavor is rather sweet and malty that I found rather bock-like, with a bit of chocolate roastiness. Mouthfeel was nothing unusual, but maybe a bit harsh in its carbonation. Recommended, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of ncvbc
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretty good brown ale here. Pours a dark brown with some red highlights. Decent light tan head with little to no lacing. Smells pretty good, like chocolate and a malty sweet scent. I really enjoyed the taste, though. Good combination of chocolate and caramel. Sweet and slightly spicy as well. Mouthfeel seemed a little lighter than I imagined after the beer was in the glass. Maybe it was a lack of carbonation or something but it seemed like nothing was there, a little watered down but still average. Overall a fairly drinkable beer. The taste makes up for the other faults for me. This beer surprised me for sure, didn't expect much but it delivered in its own right.

Thanks to Talisker for the extra...

Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into snifter. A: Very dark, looks like a porter, chocolate head that went down fairly quick. S: Chocolate, coffee, lots of maltiness. A hint of soy sauce. T: Lots of coffee and chocolate continuing, the hops coming through toward the finish. Alcohol coming through a bit. M: Lots of carbonation, thinner mouthfeel than it looks. D: Mostly nice all around, but honestly nothing incredible. I may buy it again.

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

This review is from a 22 oz bomber. Red brown in color with a light off-white head. Nose is distinctly chocolate. Smooth on the tongue. Flavors of carmel and malts, Hops are just right. This is a very well balanced brew. Love that artwork on the label. Way to go Lost Coast!

Photo of rallison
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Altogether, a decent but not all that noteworthy brown. Dark brown color with a 1 finger head that doesn't really last. Taste is of roasted nuts and caramel malts, with a similar (although not very noticeable) smell. Mouth is a bit on the thin side, with a semi sharp finish. Good drinkability. Tis a decent brown, for sure. Just not something I'm going to remember really. Semi-recommended.

Photo of theopholis
2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a dark brown/burgandy color with a idecent tan head. The head has NO staying power at all, and leaves just a hint of lace.

Aroma- The aroma is barely there. Just a hint of malt sweetness with some toffee thrown in.

Taste- Taste is fairly simple/ Mostly some malt sweetenss, some coffee overtones, .

Mouthfeel- Medium body, CO2 level good. Mouthfeel is about what you would expect from a brown ales..

Drinkability- It's okay. Nothing great, but not to aweful either.

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

Poured into a snifter from a 12oz bottle.

Was looking forward to a nicely goosed brown ale, but found myself drinking a (very good) porter!

Color is a very dark brown, practically black. No head, even after an aggressive pour. Aroma is bitter coffee, a little bit of chocolate. Hard to get any malt or hops in the one dimensional coffee smell. The taste continues the trend - deeply and pleasantly bitter - but not a lot else going on. Body is thin and porter-ish, texture a bit powdery. Maybe a little too dry to invite a quick second sip.

Little of the sweetness or malt of a brown ale, but lots of what you want in a porter (if you want a porter). A very good beer, depending on the style you place it in.

Photo of woemad
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.49. No freshness date.

Pours a dark cola color with a inch an a half or so of tan foam on top. When held up to the light, the beer takes on a dark ruby shade. Medium amount of lace.

The smell of this is a bit too chocolaty sweet for me. It'd be alright if paired up with, say, a coffee-ish bitterness, but it's a bit much by itself.

The taste is like the smell - very one-dimensional sweetness. It's not an unpleasant tasting beer, but that's about it.

Mouthfeel is about right for a brown ale, no surprises here.

An easy to drink beer because it does nothing to offend. It's not horrible, but unless everything else in the bar or store is, I'll not be coming back for this.

Winterbraun from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
84 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.