Great White | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
California, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 10-20-2001

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Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Tops Tasting Room, Tempe. Light watered down wheat, an uninteresting wheat. Looks OK with decent white head, smells OK, but not so drinkable. Some lemon juice and corriander and the whole thing is not so tasty, just doesn't get me. An entry level wheat.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head with lots lacing on a cloudy murky body. Musty hop and malt aroma with light lemon note. Light to medium body and Moderate carbonation. Musty and malty flavor. A little plain with a light lemon note. Overall very drinkable but simple.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light yellow with a 2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a chunky island of foam. Small streaks of lace form randomly around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of perfume, fruit, and spices. There is a hint of grain as the beer warms up. Taste is of grain, perfume, and spices. There is a slightly fruity aftertaste as well. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer and not something I would revisit again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i liked this one. it pours a sort of average looking clear yellow to golden color, with basically no head just a few patches of leftover white bubbles. the nose is nice though, fruity and robust, glistening yeast, and something tropical thats tough to place. the flavor is very balanced between the light wheat malt, heavily filtered and refined, the fruity yeast, somewhere between a hefe and a belgian, and the hops, which are english in the bittering sense but american and the dripping juicy sense. this is a very tasty brew. a little too thin on the body, i need more heft in my wheat beers, but just right on the carbonation, which is lively but not popping off too hard. overall id rather have a tangerine wheat, but this was a useful pint of beer, worth the four bucks i paid for it, and one ill drink again before too long.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a hazy looking orange color. The head was white and fluffy, leaving a pretty nice lacing behind. The smell of this beer has a good amount of citrus and some floral spices on the nose. The taste of the beer was refreshing, floral and citrusy. The mouthfeel was light bodied and smooth, it had a good carbonation to it also. Overall I found this brew to be pretty tasty, surely an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Venice Ale House, Venice, CA

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat and lemon citrus are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has flavors of wheat and notes of citrus. Hints of spices are present towards the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. It makes for a nice choice on a hot summer day.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its with the citrusy influence of French wine and the malted wheat structure of Belgian beer that makes this American-made Witbier a multi-cultural event.

As the foamy ale pours, it layers in the glass with a quick separation of beer and froth. Its color is hazy canary in color as its head is cottony white and retains marginally well- part froth and part fizz causes the ale's foam structure to collapse rather soon. With light spotty lace, the ale's foam character struggles to keep up with its expectations.

Musty aromatics of lime, wheat and wine cork come to mind as the nose approaches the glass. Subtly sweet with dough and yeast, the beer's raw bread aromas are met with herbal coriander, orange peels and white pepper. Developing a grassy tone, elements of lemon and straw come to mind as the beer nears taste.

Its flavor is also part-malty, part-grainy as its husky sweet and bready flavors greet the palate like whole wheat bread (husks and all). Its brazen earthy sweetness stops shy of rye before the common coriander citrus character takes command and softens it taste. Those spices bring out the effortless chardonnay-like taste with its acidity, spiciness, and dryness in taste. But then the ale turns to hops in finish for a grassy bitterness to close.

Grainy and semi-sweet in its texture, the ale is creamy but driven with both wheat and barley husk and malt. Slight roughness gives a rustic mouthfeel to the ale, its finish is mildly astringent, playfully grrassy and earthly bitter.

Its unfortunate that the beer struggles so hard for those true Belgian-esque flavors and textures. But his often misunderstood style deserves it. Again, its grain harshness, muted herbal display, lack of milky sourness and its void of quality vinous tartness really limit its quality.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Hard to find around here now, but for a buck-fiddy at some joint in surprisingly bucolic southern Idaho, how could I not?

This beer pours a cloudy, pale golden straw colour, with two flabby fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and fairly creamy bone-white head, which leaves a Cartesian map of lace around the glass in its slow and meandering wake.

It smells of sugary, grainy wheat malt, muddled citrus, and a mild coriander/white pepper 'spice'. The taste is more overly sweet wheat malt, a sedate, and still generic citrus fruitiness, and a soft leafy, grassy, and mostly herbal hoppiness - any of yer normal wit spices are notable only in their obfuscation, or perhaps, outright absence.

The carbonation is soft, but with a bit of rising, bubbly frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, a tiny airy creaminess arising as it warms. It finishes crisp and clean, with some trailing wheaty sweetness and generic spiciness.

An easy drinking wheat beer, sure, but those other more pertinent witbier qualities seem to have been forgotten on the side of some desolate NoCal highway. So, overall, the sort of brew that you don't mind taking without discussion, because there really isn't much more to say.

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Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden-tinged honey color, with a modest head (especially for the style) that doesn't pass the retention or lacing test

Smell: A hint of banana and graham, but the stongest element of the aroma is lemony

Taste: Banana and graham, up front, with a sweet lemony character developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a touch of coriander and the Humboldt spices (given what else the region is famous for I have to wonder about that), but the finish is rather sweet

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate, but prickly carbonation

Overall: Decent enough and easy to drink but this is really a wit made for the witless - way too sweet and not nearly spicy enough

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Photo of zeff80
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a clear yellow color with very little head. No lacing at all.

S - It smelled like corn and citrus.

T - It tasted like corn and a little malt. There was also a fruity/corriander-like taste.

M - It was a little thin and very light bodied.

D - Overall, this was fairly disappointing for a craft brew.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. The color is a bit of yellow-gold with a bit of a white head and little lace. The nose is a bit of citrus, wheat, and light spicing. The taste is a bit bland with some pale wheat and very mild citrus. Body is nice with good carbonation. Makes up for some of the flavors. Decent beer, but not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of nickfl
3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - The beer pours with a small head of white foam that dissipates rapidly. The body of the beer is a slightly hazy, golden color.

S - Lightly sweet malt aromas with a bit of coriander and citrus.

T - Sweet malt up front with some peppery yeast notes. A bit of coriander comes out in the middle with some wheat and a bit of clove. The beer finishes with more sweet malt and thick wheat as well as herbal notes of orange peel and more coriander.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Blah, the spices come off as flat and the malt is too sweet for it to be really drinkable. A little bit of tartness would go a long way towards balancing things out, as it does in the few good examples of the style, but this beer is completely lacking in such acidity and it shows in the flabby finish. Not terrible for what it is, but like most witbiers, it is not something that I would drink again.

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Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Really like the labels of lost coast beers,poured a hazy orange color with nice fluffy head,smelled very citruisy (maybe a little overpwering) and spicey.The taste didnt match the aroma, a little bland,citruis was present but not enough for me.Not real complex but not horrible either.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from paulthebeerguru, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, lemon, Belgian yeast, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with flavors of wheat, Belgian yeast and citrus (lemon & orange). There's a mild but complimentary hops presence. The malt character is thin but it's what you would expect from this type of beer. There after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, this is nice, refreshing, lighter beer that I could pound down for a long time.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great White isn't so much hazy as chock full o' yeast. Bright banana-amber topped with a tight-bubbled ivory head. It's much more citrusy than the average witbier; lemon and orange zestiness is bursting out of the glass. I really don't appreciate any coriander at all. If Lost Coast was going for a good APA nose, they hit it right on the... uh... nose.

I'm sorry, GW just doesn't seem like a wit to me. As in the nose, lemon and orange are uppermost in the flavor profile with, unfortunately, very little else contributing. There's some mild spiciness, but it isn't prominent enough to identify as coriander.

The beer becomes noticeably more, but still inadequately, coriander-like with warming. There's an acceptable, mildly sweet pale maltiness along with a countering, understated hop bitterness that leads to a tending-toward-dry finish. The light-medium body is otherwise unremarkable so I won't remark on it.

Great White is not a classic witbier. It isn't bad, but it needs a more definitive sense of self. 'Hi, my name is Myron, I'm a great white shark and I lack the killer instinct.' All together now, 'Hi Myron...'.

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Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent straw color with 2 fingers of ivory colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Bready, grassy, lemony, white pepper & coriander. I wish this tasted it like it smelled

T: Lemons, orange peel & grassyness up front, then some coriander up front, along some nice wheat tartness. Wheat tartness, lemons, slight yeasty notes as well once warm. Finishes crisp & slightly grassy

MF: Light bodied with slight carbonation

Drinks really easy, liked this much better than a previous time when I had this on draft years ago (served too cold IMO), nice if simple take on the style

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Photo of Slatetank
3.37/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I picked this up at Al's of Hampden - poured chilled into my Redstone Mead glass.

A - A pale golden straw w/ light haze. The cap is snowy white which collapses quickly and the bead is tiny

S - A lot of wheat in the aroma w/ mild orange peel and very mild pepper. The wheat is dominant in the aroma which is nice considering some overdo the citrus peel and coriander

M - A spritzy light bodied feel w/ nutty texture and clean overall w/ smooth effect on the palate

T - the flavor starts off jazzy w/ a bit of creamy wheat and gets soda-like w/ a bit too much citrus and lacks a little depth in the yeast character. The wheat misses the spice a bit in flavor to- it comes off as a pale wheat with a dash of orange peel toward the end

D - I liked this ok, it was refreshing as a lawnmower beer to me and I would not turn one down, but I have had many better tasting wits with fuller flavor - it just felt middle of the road overall

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Photo of womencantsail
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Huntington Beach Beer Co.

A: Pours a cloudy pale straw color with a finger or so of white head.

S: Smells like lemony cat litter. Some sweetness, wheat bread, sour lemon notes, orange peel, and some lemon drop candies.

T: Very sugary, like candy, with a lot of lemon and lemon peel flavor. Some orange peel in there as well and certainly a bit of coriander. A touch of wheat and a mild malt sweetness.

M: Light in body with a moderate to high carbonation.

O: A mix of sour American Pale Wheat ale and witbier, and not successful.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.82/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Trader Joe's is helping me open my eyes to random new beers at considerably low prices. (They should pay me for all the shilling I've been doing for them lately...) This case-in-point pours a clear straw topped by a finger of white foam and populated by a bunch o' little floaties. The nose comprises lemon zest, orange zest, light grapefruit zest (this is one zesty beer, eh?), coriander, confectioner's sugar, a twist of lime, and a few drops of honey. The taste holds notes of lemon zest, coriander, light black pepper, very light lime, light grapefruit, a touch of banana, and a honeydew slice or two. Nice and fruity. The body is pretty light, with a meekly moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a pretty nice wit, something I'm kinda glad I've found at TJ's.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. brew bottled in August 2003, Appears a hazy golden with a white short lived head nice webbed even lacing. A pleasant citrusy spiced up wit delivers a smooth slightly bready yeast note through my senses, overall light and spiced up with some tropical fruit like annuances. Tastes, zesty citrusy zeal it with spices and syrupy textured sugar very tasty and dessert like, hold the twist of lemon for me this one's packing enough flavor. Sharp sweet tone from the malted wheat due their duty nice micro brewed wit in my opinion. Mouthfeel is medium in body slightly sticky texured very nice high carbonation going on. Drinkability, definitely brings me back to the summertime, just one of those brews desigined for warm weather.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The Great White beer from Lost Coast is ok...the beer poured a pale straw clear color with vitually no head and no lacing. There is not much to the smell, slight faint citrus and spice. The taste is crisp tangerine and spice flare with some malt. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with decent carbonation. Overall the beer is ok....probably best for summer days!

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Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light yellow with little head. Nose is citrus and mild spice. Taste is not what I expected; lemon and straw, but there's something off about it. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and dry. Not disappointed I tried it while in CA, but not impressed.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

01/04/05- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- Poured into my Wyders cider pint glass. 12 oz bottle with no dates.

Appearance- Large foamy head that soon dissapears. No lacing to be seen. Creamy yellow colored.

Smell- Maybe a mixture of some sour lemons and oranges. Citrus nontheless. Nice intense smell.

Taste- Lots of citrus flavors mixed together. Mainly a tart lemon tinge. Definite corriander..maybe even a touch of clove?

Mouthfeel- A bit over-carbonated for me. Kind of creamy that help it smooth out a bit.

Drinkability- This would be a good beer to take to the beach or while doing something relaxing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of aasher
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Somewhat cloudy and light yellow hue. Almost no head at all.

Smell: Smells sweet with slight citrus aroma. Slight yeasty smell as well. Definitely citrusy.

Taste: Nice upfront citrus flavor as well as the yeast presence indicative of the style. Sweet and very tasty. Yeasty after taste as well.

Mouthfeel: Light and very crisp. A good amount of carbonation, almost like a citrus soda.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and a perfect session beer. Great flavor and light body. Appealing to the senses. I'd highly recommend this to others, especially as a summer time beer. If anything, the beer is too light. After a six pack you're left craving more.

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Photo of stevoj
2.68/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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