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Winterbraun - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 8
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained as part of BIF XMas from wezil. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/2" light brown head over the slightly cloudy reddish brown brew. Head fades but not completely, with average lacing. Aroma is sweet grain husks with slight hops presence. Taste is pleasantly grainy up front, a slight yet notable hops bite, with a lingering presence coating the mouth. Better than I expected. Mouthfeel is good, maybe a bit thin, and drinkability is excellent. A brown worth checking out.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. Pours into the imperial pint glass a very deep red with some brown and has a 1 finger off-white head that reduces to a thin blanket, leaving minimal lacing. The beer looks unfiltered when held to the light. Smell is of hop spiciness, dark fruit, molasses, chocolate, and caramel with a hint of tropical fruit. Hops taste spicy and citric (grapefruit) with a nice bitterness, while the malts contribute caramel, chocolate, molasses, and a little bit of coffee. The flavors become more pronounced as the beer warms. The beer coats the mouth well, feels fairly thick, and leaves a warming sensation (6.5%, according to the bottle). I could easily make this a session beer on a winter night.

Photo of TinusTime
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich mahogany with some nice ruby highlights when the light hits it. Nice 2 finger light khaki head that lingers and laces well. Smell is of cocoa, some light spice with a hint of bitterness from coffee or burnt sugar. Taste is nice with a rich cocoa taste with just enough of the burnt sugar and coffee backing it up to keep the beer from being sweet. No really hoppyness, but finishes pretty dry maybe due to the roasted malts giving it a bit of bitterness. Nice carbonation and medium to full mouthfeel. Drinkability is a bit above average. I would have this again and make it a once and a while beer, but its not something I could have more than one of once in a while. While it was tasty it was just a bit rich to consume that often

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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!

Photo of OStrungT
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a reddish mahogany with a tan head that leaves minimal laces. It looks a little thin. It smells malty with hints of coffee and fruity. Maybe a little nutty also. It tastes malty with a little chocolate. There is a little sweetness to it also. It goes down relatively smooth. There might be just a little too much carbonation. It leaves a nutty aftertaste. I think I could probably drink a few of there beers, but after a little while, I would probably desire something a bit more robust. Defianatley worth a try though.

Photo of rowew
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle (twist). Label has a Van Gogh-esque snowboarder. Short description of the beer. No freshness info found.

Appearance: Dark mahogany color with medium sized tan head. Not quite clear.

Smell: Mostly malt, with the chocolate and roasted smells coming through the most. Also some hints of coffee.

Taste: Malt and chocolate mainly with some coffee flavors mixed in. Just enough hop flavors to balance the malt and give it a good slightly bitter finish. Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Overall impression: Nice brown with a bit more going on than most. Kind of like a mixture of a brown and a porter. Great beer for winter or any other time.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of ggroller
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Cannon's in Allentown last night.

It poured a red mahogany color with a creamey white head about a finger's width that dissipated after my first couple of sips. The smell was inviting to me especially given the season and the atmosphere. Roasty malt, chocolate, coffee, cinnamon.

The taste let me down. It was too burnt tasting and the finish was too thick and sticky on my tongue. I wouldn't drink this one again.

Photo of rajendra82
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Part of the BIF X-Mas package from shippos, this beer poured out reddish brown with a cloud of suspended yeast particles in suspension. The head was about an inch thick, off white in color, and did not hang around for too long. The aroma was roasty malt with notes of coffee and chocolate. The taste was like a thinned out porter, sweet and roasty with toffee, chocolate, and a touch of weak coffee. Hops were quite low in bitterness and mostly lurking in the background. Despite the lack of complexity, the alcohol was quite well hidden, and the beer was much easier to drink than its strength suggested.

Photo of GClarkage
2.96/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Photo of Crotor
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown with red windowpanes. One finger of dense, light tan head, okay retention.

Roasty, slightly-sour aroma - quite like that of an old-ale.

It has a genuinely weird flavor. Piercing bits of roastiness and slight sourness moving around in my mouth. There's the slightest, spicy hop bitterness. It's just barely sweet, but with the sourness and roastiness, the impression is almost one of dryness. Alcohol might be apparent, and it certainly feels warming. Has a clean, but slightly acrid mouthfeel.

Though I find it to be entirely agreeable, I can't ever imagine having more than one of these over a period of several days. It's just not that drinkable. Worth picking up, definately, as it's a quite unique winter beer, but I'm afraid you might be nursing that six pack for the entire season.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle picked up on a recent beer shopping expedition. Has the usual Lost Coast label complete with its generic weird yet appealing artwork. The Winterbraun has a snow-boarding dude taking the slopes. Listed on the label at 6.5% ABV [the BA listing states only 5% I note] but with no freshness date, I did notice the twist cap though, well as I prized it off with my Bottle-Opener!

Appearance: Dark brown body with a murky appearance. Nice thick tan colored head with a lovely smooth creamy cap. Average levels of dissolved carbonation but some very nice lacing on the glass walls.

Nose: Dark fruity malts, limited in strength at first but nevertheless when the beer warms it reveals a lot of chocolate and some roast coffee aromas that are enticing.

Taste: Bitter chocolate starts with some dry coffee in the middle. Light milk chocolate sweetness rises in the latter third. Malty and chocolately at the same time, yet this has a very welcome hop bitterness that takes the ride right through to the finish line. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Smooth on the tongue. Creamy with an above average feel that has a light bitterness but a nice biting spicy bite in the swallow.

Drinkability: A tasty brew that drinks well. Not exactly a quaffer but it accompanies rather well late on a night.

Overall: Tasty stuff, I like the brews from Lost Coast, but so often I am blighted with old samples it seems. This is most certainly a fresh sample and it shows how good the Lost Coast brews can be when properly presented. A tasty Winter brew, worth seeking out!

Photo of 99bottles
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I chose to drink this from a tulip. The body is a deep brown at first glance. When held up to light, it shows a dark ruby color. An average head of yellowish tan rises and falls quickly to a very thin lace.

Smell: The tulip coaxes a nice boquet of malted flavor; I detect a very understated note of cherries, a large dose of nut and carmel and some moderate complexities that remind me of raisins, plums, and a lot of Belgian darks. Nice.

Taste: It's interesting to learn that this micrbrewery has 3 different brown ales. They've tinkered with the style to know it well enough and to be able to manipulate it to create a nice winter ale. This has all of the sweet and fruity feelings of the smell, with more of a commitment to what brown ales typically taste like. The thing that intially hits me is a stong nuttiness, followed by the distinct flavor of chocolate. Not a big bite of milk chocolate, but rather the flavors that comprise it, unrefined and raw. Cocoa. Carmelized sugar. Strong toasted notes, chestnuts, and the faintest memory of noble hops in the finish. This is all accomplished in an understated and lighthearted way.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Nicely balanced. Light and well carbonated helps to make this quite drinkable. It's not too thin to be a winter beer, but it's not so thick that you struggle to get through it. I found this quite interesting, and it will encourage me to try other beers from this brewery. Disregard the awful label, as it looks like a cheap satire of neo-cubism and is probably unaware of it own ugliness.

Photo of germaniac
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's brown, alright. But is it wintery? Who's to say.

Forms a slight tan head, not much remaining but a ring after too long. Smells of roasted chocolate malt, with a slight hint of caramel sneaking in the back door. This is a beer that would be enjoyable most of the year if it was available. I bought this six pack on a cold, foggy, overall shitty day, and the next day it was sunny and fairly warm. Both were great days for Winterbraun. There is just a little too much carbonation hitting my tongue to make this more than just a good beer, but it is a welcome change-up in the winter seasonal selection. A nice switch from it's base recipe, Downtown Brown. One last thing- my bottle says 6.5% abv., not 5.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
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
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
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
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
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
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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 -5.9%
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
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Winterbraun from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
84 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.