Great White
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #691
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
78
Ranked #48,678
Avg:
3.43 | pDev: 16.91%
Reviews:
343
Ratings:
943
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Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  34
Gots
  219
SCORE
78
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simonrgilbert57 from California

3.02/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Look is okay--its unfiltered and lacks much of a head. Smell doesn't do much except indicate there is indeed alcohol in this beverage. Taste isn't special either--a normal light wheat beer with a bit of booziness in the middle. Feel is light--right where a wheat beer should be. That's its saving grace: it feels nice if you're not looking for taste. It does what it's supposed to do, but there's no reason to go out of your way to get it.

Feb 25, 2021
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Nass from Florida

2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

I like the can artwork, great use of color. The pour is yellow. The taste is wheat with faint citrus. The taste is lackluster for a wheat beer, it can use some more ump-hf. Cheers! C

Jun 19, 2020
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DeanRavencroft

4.36/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the first beers I tried as an adult that wasn't a domestic type brew. So my opinion may be biased, but I also have a particular palette for beers and ales.

Look: It has a deep golden tone, and a short but hearty head about 4 or 5mm. It bubbles mildly as it sits in its glass, or, nearly any head at all in its bottle. It usually comes in a brown glass bottle in 6 or 12 packs of 12 ounce bottles, and from first observation you'll onserve a 2mm film/residue at the bottom of the bottle, being that it's an unfiltered beer. On tap or poured you'll also note the unfiltered portions floating about. This is normal for this light ale. (Note: In bottles, if you tilt the bottle upside down and over a few times before popping the top you'll easily emulsify all the residue, then take a moment to let the carbon int the bottle to rest before opening. The residue is just the unfiltered portions composed mostly from deactivated yeast, and wheat/barley)

Smell: Smelling this beer is a treat if you love citrus. It has a strong scent of orange with a whisper of bread or leavened wheat grain. You'll also recognize the mild aroma of coriander. All together it has a light-sweet, fruity, and pleasant aroma.

Taste: The moment this easy going ale touches my palate I'm in heaven. As a beer connoisseur, I personally delight myself with a heavy wheaty ale and I tend to go for a more bold medium hopped IPA (i.e. Sierra Nevada, Redtail IPA), and usually stick with those styles of beers. But sometimes I truly have to step it down a notch, kick away the bitterness and chill out. This light ale is easy on on your taste buds but is also rich with a fruity and spiced twist. The citrus isn't "too" heavy but it does contain a decent amount of acid, giving it that orange flavor and may upset/iritate people sensitive to citric acid. The remaining flavor is completmented with more of a malted barley and wheat taste, giving it that bread body I mention earlier in regards to smell.

Feel: If you take a full drink you'll find yourself experiencing a cool refreshing and surprisingly clean downwash. This beer is smooth, and is easy to drink with a meal. It's not a heavy beer, it's more of a crisp, almost lager type ale that goes down easy.
It is sort of sweet so after a few drinks you notice a slight stickiness on your mouth and lips, and is slightly heavy after it dries compared to other light ales or lagers. It definitely in my opinion is light, but not in the sense of alcohol but more in regards of bitterness and solidity. Anyway, it goes down smooth and has a simple texture.

Overall: I give this beer 4.5 out 5. Remember this is the first non-craft beer I've ever had, but it still holds deer to me. It's one of those drinks that I always have to go back to. It's citrusy, wheat, slightly spiced, as very crisp.
Also, for those that love to cook with beer, this one is amazing at trying out new Hawaiian and Polynesian recipes. It goes good with pork and beef alike, and I recommend using pineapple juice and chunks.

Jan 04, 2020
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

4.27/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Picked up from the grocery store for $2.50. No discernible date anywhere, but some cryptic numbers printed on the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance - Pours a very large white medium-fine soapy head with good to great retention, patchy irregular lacing with decent stick. Pale gold body so hazy it's virtually opaque. 4.5

Smell - Typical witbier smells, though a bit toned down. Along with some corn. Noticeable alcohol. A bit understated. 3

Taste - Typical witbier taste with some light corn and spices. Perhaps even a bit thinner than a typical witbier. But pleasant. 4.5

Mouthfeel - Crisp and sudsy up front with a light-medium body and a clean, refreshing finish. The bottle self describes as 'full-bodied' but this is really medium bodied at most, to me. 4.75

Overall - Sum is better than its parts. Very drinkable. Refreshing, clean, easy. This really is a near perfect beer in regards to drinkability. It's light without being boring. It's interesting without being overpowering. No off characteristics. 5

Jun 25, 2019
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a pint glass. Canned 12/4/17, so over a year old.

Pours with a hazy yellow/orange body. Small white head replenished by many slow streams of carbonation. A little lacing.

A little yeasty and some straw on the nose.

Sharp and dry in the mouth. Yeasty and some hay.

Mouth below medium, finish dry.

Overall, not a terrible beer by any means. I imagine it could be quite refreshing on a hot summers day after a few hours of yardwork. But I didn't find it inspiring.

Jan 12, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a golden/straw color. Thin white crown sits on top. Very small sediment floating throughout the beer.
The smell is like earthy straw and hay with some almost tangerine/mango notes as well.
The taste comes through with the fruit in the beginning and quickly turns to the straw which leads into the dry and crisp mouthfeel. What I expect from the style.
Overall, very refreshing brew.

Apr 15, 2018
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FLima from Brazil

3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Yellow color with a thin head with short retention.
Wheaty aroma with notes of orange juice and mild coriander.
Flavor with notes of bread, coriander, coconut water and orange peel. Dry aftertaste with a low bitterness.
Light to medium body with slightly effervescent carbonation.
Refreshing and easy to drink Witbier given low presence of spices and phenols and focus on citrus.

Mar 25, 2018
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 oz can in a snifter. This rather standard white ale pours a nice
amber tinged chill hazed straw color with a nice head of white foam that settles
to a thick ring, thin light layer, and shows some nice light lacing. Nose of a hint of
wheat and touches of citrus. Flavors exceed the nose with soft wheat and mild
touches of coriander with a mild orange zest note. Decent mouth feel; medium
light body, medium carbonation that is lively, and a citrus laced finish.

A decent after mowing brew.

Cheers

Mar 14, 2018
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sb17 from Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice hazy gold into a pint glass. Smell and taste are alike in the fact there’s not much to them - some wheat, some citrus, very little (but some) spice. Easy to drink, nothing too complex, and there’s not much “wow!” to it.

Feb 19, 2018
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D1noB from Oklahoma

3.96/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slight beer front followed by a small citrus middle that fades into nothingness. Crisp and delightful.

Taste Rating in Words: A nice nap, in a hammock, on a sunny day.

Apr 09, 2017
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basaywhat from Illinois

2.44/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Slightly hazy gold color with weak head retention. Nose is a light notes of citrus and wheat. Taste is weak. Notes of wheat, citrus and a slight spice.

Dec 21, 2016
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TIG_show from Arizona

3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Forgettable. I could have this beer 100 more times or never again and I would not know the difference. If you can get one for the same price as a PBR or Miller Lite then go for it.

Dec 16, 2016
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GreatHammerhead from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Presentation: 12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Look: Hazy golden yellow with a white one finger head.

Smell: Light citrus notes.

Taste: Citrus with a light peppery flavor.

Feel: Nice light feel but not too thin perfect for summer drinking.

Overall: A nice beer for summer drinking.

Nov 10, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Flat and bland, dry and chalky. Pale golden and slightly cloudy with small foamy head. Light wheat aromas and taste, very light. Not horrible, but not much there either.

Oct 31, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well one great wheat beer review is followed by a mundane one. I like the artwork, but everything else comes up short comparatively. Some haze here, I've seen hazier. Almost a full inch of white head, 5/6" territory. Aroma lacked even the spice rack, or wheat, just muted.

Taste is real mild, search for coriander and wheat and you can get them. No bitterness, no hops, not a whole lot of flavor country here. Substantially carbonated. No off flavors, but this one packs itself firmly in the average category.

Aug 26, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L : Pours a lemony golden glow with a rapidly diminishing 2 finger head. Opacity is 90%.

S : Very low in volume, but leans more towards orange slice, with a handful of coriander and a pinch of clove.

T : Refreshing, cute, easy to drink. Orange pith, pale malts and hoppy wheat come out first, followed by hints of cracked pepper, slight metals, urinal funk, and lemon wedge.

F : Crispy, crunchety, not peanut buttery...but very tight in its carbonation and only yields to a simple semi-creaminess on the finish.

O : Not a bad summer quencher. I'd probably revisit it, although I'm not going to put it up there with the higher ranking Witbiers. This drinks more like a mild Pale Wheat Ale.

Aug 05, 2016
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the_awesometeer from California

3.14/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours a pale to straw color and had a soapy white head that thinned out but lasted most of the drink. The beer was hazy and had a lot of fast rising bubbles of carbonation. I am not sure what is up but I get hardly any aroma from this beer. I get a slight hop aroma, sorta stinks, a little sweaty maybe. I do not get much if any of citrus fruits and spices. Very flat of flavor, none of the typical witbier flavors. Not much in spice or citrus again. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste and the beer sorta sticks in the mouth.

Jul 23, 2016
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psrafa from California

3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Firsr review sooooo.....
Great for inexperienced drinkers.
Really smooth. Great taste. Slight after taste though.
Real wheaty with light fruit.
Definitely feels like a crafted beer. Different from others out there.
I would enjoy multiple on a hot Cali day.
Definitely worth a try.

Jul 12, 2016
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Alpha309 from California

3.79/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into the Duvel glass.

Pours a hazy straw color. Very murky. Head is about a finger of shaving cream consistency foam. Head retention is excellent.

Nose is very lemony with a hints of pine, wheat, cloves and just a touch of banana.

Very heavy wheat cracker taste with a good lemon complimentary flavor. Very slight banana on the swallow.

Very light and refreshing in body. Just about right for a lawnmower or pool beer.

Jun 02, 2016
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gandres from Philippines

2.96/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tap to glass @ Lost Coast tap [email protected] Eureka,CA
Appearance : pale, hazy, cloudy, big white foam-slowly goes away
Aroma: very light aroma of hops for an IPA
Taste: low bitterness for an IPA
Feel: fizzy
Overall: fair free-ok, not to repeat
Drank: April 11, 2016

Apr 19, 2016
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rbelcher1959 from Virginia

4.63/5  rDev +35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer for the first time in Napa California, great beer with a light taste. Flavors of coriander, lemon grass and citrus. A good sipping beer on a hot day. Actually was my first craft brew, lead me to a whole new world of beer.

Jan 03, 2016
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden color, light mouthfeel, high carbonation, citrus taste, smooth and clean tasting, overall an easy refreshing beer. Great for when you're drinking a lot.

Dec 25, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

3.99/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance –is a pale murky yellow color with a small white head. The aroma is citrus with some wheat or grass tossed in. The taste is a surprisingly strong citrus rush with a nice wheat follow through. A real good witbier from Lost Coast.

Dec 24, 2015
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JamieDuncan from Maryland

3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured an opaque yellow gold, limited white head, dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. Flowery lemon and orange citrus in the aroma with just a touch of bread. Muted flavor, you get a little of the flowery citrus but no wheat. Very clean and easy to drink, somewhat juicy with just a touch of hop. Overall, not special but not bad, easy to drink. Would make a good quantity beer.

Dec 13, 2015
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crisis1290 from South Carolina

3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really liked this one ! Nice golden amber color. Crisp and clean. Great smell and an even better taste. Poured in to a nice clear glass. the beer was a bit cloudy with a sharp amber color. Great smell with a hint of citrus making its way through. Mild carbonation but a bit on the low side. Spices are balanced and subtle. This is a solid wit to go for . You should have no regrets. I would definitely order this one again ! Big fan of Lost Coast brands and this one does not disappoint !This was a decent witbier, not as flavorful as others , but still refreshing.

Dec 06, 2015
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