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Winterbraun - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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398 Ratings
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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | 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 GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured brown with an amber hue and a tan head that was frothy and tall and lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was chocolate with caramel and a light fruitiness. Also present was a slight coffee aroma and a hop presence.

The flavor was chocolate with caramel and a light coffee presence. The bittering component of the beer was well achieved and keeps the malt from becoming too much and makes for a nice balance. A nice hop flavor was present, but subtle.

The finish was dry with lasting chocolate. The body was medium full and well done.

12 ounce bottle.

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

Pours a dark redish brown with a tan 2 finger fluffy head that falls and laces really well. Aroma is nutty sweet lightly toasted malt hints of chocolate some light herbal hops. Taste is same as aroma but more pronounced taste is toasted malty nutty with sweet hints of chocolate and finishes with lightly spicey hops and some bitterness. Overall a good brown ale nnothing to complain about. Mouthfeel is middle of medium. Drinkability is good a nice brown ale don't know why its a winter brew but nice anyway.

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

Standard pour into a Delirium tolip yields a dense, chunky brown head with lite lacing. Aroma is all dark malts upfront with a bittersweet blend of chocolate and coffe. Taste is rich and chocolate malty, creamy and nut-like. Very pleasing flavor profile with a somewhat chewy mouthfeel. Would have scored higher on mouthfeel but it's a bit over-carbonated. Finishes with a touch of dry hop flavor. Well balanced and easy to drink. The lable is funny too, a black dude snowboarding =winter brown...funny!

Photo of Guinness4me
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow...the girls have done it again! I've now learned to trust that if it's a Lost Coast beer, then it's a good beer. Have I not tasted an English Brown Ale before this?

The beer poured a standard pour, with a cloudy brown body and slight head.

The smell was like tea and malt with flittering hoppiness. It smelled like a malty belgian! The smell was a perfect blend with the taste that was outstanding malt and what must be dark hops? Perfect.

Does this come in kegs? I hope so.

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.

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transparent, dark brown colored beer with a caramel hue. Small cream colored head never amounts to much and faded rather quickly to a film. Nice rich cocoa aroma. Mellow yet flavorfull cocoa flavor is fairly creamy. I swear there's some hops in there towards the end, but they blend so well I can't quite pick it out. Soft, mildly carbonated mouthfeel. A brown ale that is full in both flavor and aroma. A very solid brown ale.

Photo of jasonmason
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just picked this one up today - hadn't seen it before, but much of what else i have had from Lost Coast has been good, so i thiought i'd give it a go. The bottle gives the abv for this year's version at 6.5%, so it may be different than previous iterations. The pour gives a nice lacing, and a somewhat cloudy ruby-brown colour. Not too much nose, but i detected some caramel and brown sugar, maybe a hint of chocolate.

Lots of caramel in the taste of this one, though not overpowering. It is well balanced by crisp hops toward the middle; the bottle says Saaz were used, so that seems to fit. Toward the finish there is a sugary, sweet taste - the reviewer before me called it a cakeiness, and i would agree. Some subtle spicing too toward the end. Overall nicely balanced. Not the most memorable winter beer i've had, but still a good effort and would make a nice beer to have a few of after a long day out in the cold.

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

Didn’t mind this at all. Spicy cookie/cakie flavours, some chocolate, raisin, with light bitterness, some tart acidity. Pretty tasty , as most things from Lost Coast were, this was a bottle purchased from a shop in San Francisco, which i can't for the life of me remember.

Photo of koolkat
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this bottle while in Notre Dame for a conference and I found an excellent beer store. The beer is nice and dark with a light tan head. The carbonation is not that much, but enough to be present without overwhelming.

The taste is a nice typical porter taste with a rather malty finish, that is almost nutty. The hops are subdued but present. Overall a nice well balanced beet that I will enjoy again as soon as I can find some more.

Photo of watermelonman
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess it's a brown ale, but it almost seems like a stout!

This is good stuff. It has a very dark appearance, and very solid flavor. It's leaving a great layered lace that I haven't seen in some time.

It tastes like there's a pinch of hard alcohol in there, which I think holds it back. That's the only thing holding it back, though.

Photo of Rastacouere
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep brown without much light brown head and it doesn't stay up there too long. Aroma is heavily malty with distinct milk chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla and nutty hints: I could indeed mistake this smell as a porter blind. It's got a nice nutmeg and almond bite in mouth coupled with dark licorice and a low-profile hop character that leaves a boring unfresh bitterness, while aftertaste is bready, mostly dry and short. Cheers to Matta!

Photo of ZAP
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Update 1/20/06-

Notes are dead on...awesome chocolate flavor and aroma...top notch brown ale.

pours a rich mahogany....enticing nose of sweet chocolate....pretty full-bodied and substantial for a brown ale...excellent flavor...huge chocolate notes held in check by a subtle spicy hop finish...also hints of cedar/woodiness...

This is a great brown ale..very tasty and easy drinking despite the fullness of it....quality beer here...

Photo of StevieW
4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz stubby brown bottle with a cartoonish snowboarder. Pours a shiny deep black, not brown. Head is a creamy full rich khaki beauty. Roasted barley aromas. Slight chocolate and coffee bitterness. Taste is perfectly smooth, lots of full rich chocolate flavors up front. Hints of roasted espresso bitterness, very rich and full flavored. Cinnamon and nutmeg dance around, but not as pronounced as an Anchor OSA, but well on the way to it.Mellow smooth chocolate malt washes over and lingers during the aftertaste. Pushes the limits of a brown ale, borders on an American Porter along the lines of Anchor, and reminds me alot of Anchor OSA. A real treat to find in Ft. Pierce. The BelgianBum and I relieved the store of their current inventory. I might even send one to a friend in New England or I might just drink them all.

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.

Photo of cokes
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark cherrywood. The beige head is large and keeps itself well for the duration.
Odors of powdery cocoa and Big Sur hops.
Begins much more fully roasted that I expected. Coupled beautifully with French Vanilla. Traces of molasses twang. Roastedness fades as a caramel base is exposed. Hopping materializes. Bitter and mostly floral. It doesn't feature the sharp citrus tones or resiny pine (though they are present). Lightly sprucey and woody (perhaps from the PacNW and Saaz cross). The hop character is well developed, and well-bittered, without going overboard.
Medium bodied. Fizzy upfront, but grows into its shoes as it sits, and gains heft in the process.
This is the Shakespeare Stout of Brown Ales.

Photo of Bighuge
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.

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

Appearance – Nice dark brown, almost ruby in color with a good head that frothed up respectably.

Smell – Big chocolate and coffee aromas fill the nose at first whiff. There’s a roasted malt base to this one as well as some balancing hops.

Taste – The bitter coffee and intense chocolate flavors come out immediately on the first sip. The finish is sweet chocolate with a touch of hop dryness.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied ale will juice your gums for sure.

Drinkability – I didn’t think this was anything spectacular, but it went down well and was a good buy.

Comments – The ABV is up to 6.5% now since the beer was added and the tasting notes have changed a lot. Maybe this ale has morphed over the years?

Photo of TripelJ
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now Quaffing: Lost Coast Winterbraun (2003 ~ 6.5%)

Pours an opaque dark chocolate brown with some ruby notes. Not much of a head despite an agressive pour--what little head is more fizzy than fluffy. Smell is sweet with a faint roasted aroma. Taste is mostly sweet with some nice roasted notes--milk chocolate and coffee. The mouthfeel is thinner than I would like in a winter brew, however there is a very nice crisp bite to every sip from the carbonation which disguises what hops may be present. Overall not my favorite winter warmer, but an interesting beer with its assertive crispness. I was expecting more from Lost Coast on this one, its not too different from their year round brown--Downtown Brown.

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

12 oz. Bottle with some cool artwork of a snowboarder and what looks like a reindeer skull on the tip of his snowboard.

Poured a deep dark thick brown with a mild beige head. Aroma is of chocolate,coffee,nutmeg,malt and hops.er. Upon drinking, I taste a spiced porter that gives a bit of a roasted stout kick upon finish. Spices are more predominant in the aroma than the taste. This beer is highly drinkable, but I didn't find myself savoring it as much as other winter beers I've had. Another solid turnout from Lost Coast Brewery.

Photo of rkhaze
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a dark chocolate brown with garnet highlights. Big creamy beige head. Left good lace. Aromas of semi-sweet roasted malt, chocolate, cherries and spice.
Roasted malt flavor with coffee, chocolate and a caramel sweetness. Finishes dry with a spicy hop aftertaste.
Light bodied with decent carbonation and good drinkability.

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost black with ruby red edges and a full brown head, decent carbonation, and tattered rings and sheets of lace. Sweetish malt aroma with hints of licorice and a bit hoppy (esp. when fresh). A touch of roastiness on the nose. Malty sweet flavor with a nice balanced hop finish and roastiness. Medium bodied with a dry finish.

Enjoyed fresh and aged .. would seek out to try again...

Label states: "Rich and robust Brown Ale created from Roasted Chocolate and Caramel malts"

Bottled: 10/2000
Tasted: 08/29/03

(22 oz. bottle)

Photo of beerguy101
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black color. Medium head. Aroma is chocolate and malts. Deeply roasted chocolate malts. Chocolate and coffee predominate. A medium bodied porter. Chocolate throughout, there are also some spices going on here. Nutmeg and allspice? Nice tasting beer. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty sweet with a very slight bitterness. The coffee flavor lingers on.

Photo of jreitman
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark black in color with a decent head. Chocolate and spices come across in the nose. Flavor had some chocolate notes, but was also unmistably spiced. My guesses on spices used would be nutmeg and pine. Spices were high enough in volume, that it lowered the drinkability quite a bit.

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Winterbraun from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
85 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.