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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 schoolboy
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wish winter warmers would say what style they are on the bottle. Of course, I would not have purchased this if it said English Brown Ale on the bottle.

This tastes like a not too robust/not too mild brown. It is well crafted and decent for the style (better than many an English English Brown). But I don't like these. I'm getting heartburn from it. I will try to not buy this again. I wish it were slightly spiced - I would recommend doing this yourself. My spice shelf is a big mess and I couldn't find any.

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Photo of harrymel
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: unk

A: pours ruddy brown with reddish hues. Sheet of tan on top. Spot lace.
S: Prunes, english toffee, orange peel, pumpkin. Interesting.
T: Sweet with dried dark stone fruit, some bready sweet malts. Some herbal hops and some hints of sweet cocoa.
M: Moderate body with hi carb and surprisingly dry finish.
O: Good stuff. Pleasant surprise.

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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 ClevelandG
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased a single bottle at my local beer store. Enjoyed the smell and taste. The label mentions chocolate twice and for good reason. The caramel and chocolate malts make this beer unique, but I don't get much of the spicy hops. It has a very nice aftertaste. I'd purchase a 6-pack to share with friends.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- clear deep dark chestnut brown. Sticky creamy tan head leaves some major lace deposits.

S- sweet malty aroma with mild pumpkin spice. Nutmeg mostly, with some cinnamon, ginger, and brown sugar. toasty roasty nutty and chocolatey.

T- Big full flavor! Very roasted and burnt cookies, coffee, dark chocolate, a dark fruity tartness, some spice nutmeg cinnamon allspice and maybe a touch of earthy hops. Definitely more of a porter flavor than other brown ales. Finish is long and bittersweet.

MF- full and grainy with perfect carbonation.

D- pretty good winter warmer type beer, not too heavy on the spice and big on roasted flavor.

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Photo of Jesse13713
2.54/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A very heavily carbonated cola-like brown color. A thin milky line of head at the top that stays clumped in certain areas.

Smell - Not much going on in the scent. Very faint sweetness and malt.

Taste - Not a bad brown ale, though I'm not sure what's Winter-like about it. Light notes of toffee and a bit of caramel. No spice or any other characteristics that stand out. A bit of light fruit.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - I seem to be at a loss for words with this review. I can't exactly pinpoint what I'm tasting. It's a fairly plain brown ale that I don't mind drinking.

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Photo of litheum94
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/27/11. Reviewed 10/25/11.

Very dark brown body, with faint, ruby edges. Thick, khaki colored head settles to a ring of foam with some lacing on the glass.

Strong coffee aromas, with hazelnut and milk chocolate as well. Very roasty, with no hop profile.

Toasted nut flavors give a fullness to the body. Subtle, yet sweet, chocolate pops up mid-palate. Lightly roasted coffee flavors imparts a soft bitterness.

I used to drink this all the time, and passed it over the last couple of winters. I've been missing out. This isn't an outstanding beer, but it is warming and tasty and a great cold weather brew.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of Winterbraun from the Binny's singles bin....so this might be close to a year old...however....it is a great tasting Brown ale!!! The appearance is good...poured a brownish amber with good carbonation and ercu head that is lacing. The aroma is roasty and sweet. The taste is a charred molassis that has great balanced between all the characteristics. There is a slight acidic taste at the end and the alcohol becomes more prevalent as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is good...nice fuller body carbonation tickles the tongue. Overall the is a good beer. I was a little nervous because I thought the age would do it in....but no...it kept well.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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@Haven Gastropub

App- A tri-colored mixture which was quite nice. A good blend of red/brown/and amber with a good 1/2 finger of head to it. Great cling all the way down.

Smell- A thin mix of roast, malt and a little walnut. Smelled nice just thin.

Taste- A good malt base to which they started and from there it was a bit of roasted caramel malts with a little sweetness and some nutty flavors.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium carbonation level. A little sweet roast and suprisngly a little bitter on the finish.

Drink- It was pretty tasty. It's been a very long time since I have had a base North Coast beer. I should probably go back to some of them.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from kjyost. Cheers.

A - Foamy rich tan head on an amber body with generous carbonation. Good chunks of lacing and a half finger of retention.

S - Rich malty caramel as soon as the bottle is popped. Rich malty goodness. A hefty yeasty aroma with biscuity notes. Overly yeasty.

T - Lot's of caramel. Yeasty. Nutty in the finish.

M - Mild carbonation, medium to full body. Yeasty, dusty finish.

O/D - Odd. Seems like it missed the mark with the malt bill. Yeasty and odd IMO. Too bland to be interesting. Nothing special and not something I would look for again.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - fully hazy redwood brown, creamy tan head retained well with a fairly consistent lacing
S - nutty and sweet with notes of toffee and candied fruit, leafy and peppery as well
T - similar to the nose with added grape fruitiness and the spiciness more pronounced, but all other flavours are a little subdued
M - lower carbonation, rich and smooth, but finishes just a little on the thin side
O - as the name suggests, this is definitely a warm hug on a gold winter night, just too bad for me I cracked it in the middle of a summer heat wave

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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 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 trappistlover
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(12oz bottle). Pours hazy brown with lots of sedimentation in suspension. kahki head. Aroma of wood, caramel, and cocoa nibs. Taste is sweet with some roasty bitterness. Kind of like a chocolate tootsie pop. Medium finish with a slightly bitter, dry finish. Not a bad beer considering I don't typically care for the style.

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Photo of marty21
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with two fingers worth of foamy tan head. Settles to a bit of a cap and left quite a bit of lacing.

S: Milk chocolate with some roasted and caramel malt with a decent amount of hops in the nose.

T: Milk chocolate with a bit of roasted malt and faint hops. There's also a bit of alcohol in the finish.

M: Light to medium carbonation with a medium body.

O: This was a pretty good brown ale. It wasn't super complex but had enough to keep me coming back each sip to search through it. I'd gladly buy this again.

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

Unnotched label (no BB) purchased fairly fresh from the MLCC. Served at 49F in a tulip.

A: Reddish brown and clear body. Pale mocha head that leaves little blobs of lacing. Decent retention.

S: Nutty nose, a bit of soy sauce and smokiness oddly when inhaled deeply. Light earthiness.

T: The first mouthfull felt cloying, but after that thinned out with a gentle sweetness that coupled with a light bitterness. Roasted notes, with coffee flavour playing nicely through the body.

M: Medium strong carbonation. Lingers nicely. Very enjoyable.

D: A really nice beer I would go find again.

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Photo of smbslt
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Produced a 2 finger head the color of dried grass which managed to hold on but diminished to a thin layer at the end. Carbonation could be coaxed out of solution by a little shaking. It was difficult to see if there was any carbonation due the cloudiness. Reddish brown with orange and yellow highlights.

As a side note the label to me seemed a bit offensive. Certainly naming and labeling has taken on as much expression as the beers themselves but this idea should have been left on the drawing board.

Carmel dominated the smell with alcohol coming thru as well however did not affect taste or drinkability.

Roasted flavors were very distinctive and with the roasting taken to within seconds of charring. Very toasted marshmallow and caramel flavors. Maybe some hops at the end but overpowered by the malts. It's what Newcastle was before its identity crisis.

Mouthfeel was good. Substantial enough to compliment the flavor but not chewy.

Very drinkable. The alcohol does not getting in the way

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Photo of canucklehead
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is all over Vancouver including the government stores. This is good as nice Winter beers are a welcome addition to the shelves,

The beer is dark brown with a large head. Nose is hoppy but with lots of malt and a toasty note. The beer is a brown ale with a rounded hoppy mouthfeel. Very drinkable yet full of flavour . Not huge and brooding but rather a fun brown ale that works well at this time of this year

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Photo of seand
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark, slightly translucent brown, with a fair amount of tan head. Enough head retains around the edge of the glass to leave nice long streaks of lacing.

S: Nutty, earthy, roasted caramel malts. There's also what seems to be a slight hint of booze, which I wouldn't expect at this ABV; the overall blend is pleasant, though.

T: Sweet upfront, with a little bit of the nuttiness from the nose. Not really balanced, though, and is almost a little empty towards the middle. The finish just barely hints at the roasted malts and a little bit of coffee-like bitterness. It's a well done simple blend, however, and very nice if you aren't scrutinizing it too closely.

M: Medium to full body, medium to low prickly carbonation; smooth overall.

D: Very nice drinkability.

This beer doesn't quite stand up to careful rating, but it's a great drinking beer to have any time the beer itself isn't the focus. Quite nice overall, and better to my taste buds than pretty much any year-round beer from Lost Coast. It certainly outclasses Downtown Brown.

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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 Swimsum
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery tulip.

Pours out a root beer brown color. When held to the light the edges around the glass a sort of dark caramel color. A one finger head emerges from the liquid but by the time I get back to my couch the head has already settled to a thin ring around the glass. No lacing is left on the walls of the glass.

A sweet milk chocolate scent gives way to some nice roast. Perhaps it's more a roasty nutty flavor but there is some roast in there. Not an overly complex nose.

Like the smell there is some chocolate in there but this is where the roast really comes out. There is a slight bitterness in the finish to let you know that hops were indeed used. But it isn't very bitter at all. Like the smell, this isn't a very complex beer but I like the flavor that's going on here.

Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. The beer goes down pretty well and while it isn't mouth coating it does a good job of filling the mouth.

This was very easy drinking. I haven't had a lot of English Browns so I don't know when I'll get back to this one but I could see it becoming a beer I get to have every so often when its out. However, won't be the first winter beer I reach for at the same time.

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Photo of samie85
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a deep caramel color with a two finger, meringue colored head.

S-Smells of sweet caramel, some dark fruit esters, and a bit of earthy hops.

T-Biscuity upfront with a bit of dark fruit and a finishes with a light bitterness.

M-Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation and a slick feel with a dry finish.

D-Pretty easy drinking, no frills brown ale. A decent beer but I have my favorites when it comes to this style that I'd buy instead.

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Photo of LairdChisholm
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark chestnut color. There is a wonderful one finger tan head that has incredible retention. Each sip massive amount of lacing hang on the sides. When held up to the light, the ale has a nice copper and amber tone to it. The light also show a lot of carbonation bubbles, that are very small and heading to the top. Another great looking brew from Lost Coast.

S - Smells pretty nutty mixed in with roasted nuts and a touch of dark fruit and alcohol.

T - A very nutty and toasty taste up front. The next layer gives way to dark fruit taste, with raisins and plums. After that there is a very mild and a wee bit chalky after taste that brings the ale to a close nicely.

M - There is a good medium body mouthfeel, but I feel like this ale runs out of carbonation a little too fast.

D - Overall A great brew. From the two Lost Coast ales that I've had, they are some of the best looking brews I've seen. It makes you look forward to every sip knowing that it will taste good.

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Photo of jminsc76
4.34/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Selma's in RSM.

Pours a light brown-meets-gray head atop a dark, murky brown body.

Aromas of nutty/roasty malts, baked cookies/sweetbread, brown sugar, and something spicy this way comes. Medium-intensity, requiring a strong *whiff* here-and-there to derive the overall bouquet.

Flavors remind me of Downtown Brown but with significant spices. Also some peppermint and stuffing (yes I said stuffing, albeit the kind that includes apples and raisins).

Mouthfeel is silky, ebullient, and medium-bodied.

Overall, a delicious English Brown that could pass for a Winter Warmer if the nutty and roasty characteristics were a bit less prevalent. Either way, without restraint I could drink at least three of these in one sitting.

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Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really nice winter ale.

A: Murky brown with a light tan head, ring of retention, great lace.

S: Brown sugar, roasted nut, dark bread, cocoa and steelie grass.

T: Chocolate, roasted nuts, brown sugar, caramel, bready malt, sponge toffee, light hopping, balanced bitterness, heck of a brown ale.

M: Smooth, moderate body.

D: A really good drinker.

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