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Great WhiteGreat White

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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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Photo of mxchap
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Overall: Easy to drink and enjoyable. This has always been a solid craft gateway beer in California and still is. [3.5]
Look: A beatiful, perfectly transparent golden color. Fluffy white head with excellent retention, and good lacing to boot. [3.75]
Smell: Yeasty byproducts (phenols mostly), wheaty. [3.25]
Taste: Sweet and bready. Some citrus zest, but a little bland. [3.5]
Feel: Crisp, and thin. Easy to drink, but could use a little more carbonation [4.25]

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Photo of barczar
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%

Awfully clear for a witbier. Orange peel, lemon, coriander, wheat, and floral notes form the aroma. Flavor is zesty, with orange, orange pith, and lemon peel underlying a light wheat backbone. There's a slight sweetness at the floral finish. Coriander is fairly subtle. The sweetness at the finish is slightly offputting.

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Photo of megamick
3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very easy to drink, smooth wheat with some great undertones of citrus flavoring, just not too outstanding. Great summer brew - definitely would try again. Bought one as a sample pack at grocery store cuz I am interested in the Lost Coast Brewery and was not disappointed.

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Photo of vwbus7
3.81/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

PIcked up a bottle from Hateras NC

Cool looking label is what attracted me to this beer (damn advertising)

Pour- clear yellow amber

Smell- of a hop i cannot name

Taste- interesting wheat and a spice i cannot name

Overall- I like it . I bet this is amazing on draft and would be a good session beer. Good job

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Hazy golden white grape color. A white head leaves a wisp of white on top and a ring around the edge of the glass. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: Subtle grains and wheat, faint florals.

Taste: Mostly a wheat body with some lemongrass bringing in some flavor, a touch of dry grass in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light, dry.

Overall: Nothing offensive or outstanding.

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Photo of theteleman
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Straw yellow in apperance with a decent white head. Smells really nice, fruits and some faint malt flavor coming through on the nose. The mouthfeel is nice and crisp, light and refreshing. Taste is pleasent, just not a whole lot going on. A light wheat beer with some faint hits of citrus. Refreshing for sure but not too complex.

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Photo of bambam2517
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Put a sixth keg of this into the kegerator now that the weather is warming up, poured from the tap into a pint glass.

A- Cloudy pale straw in appearance with a nice firm off-white head. Huge amount of yeasty sediment.

S- Lightly bready with a refreshing layer of citrus.

T - Very mild wheaty flavor with just a twinge of citrus, coriander a bit more prevalent on the back end.

M- A little watery and short-lived, makes this offering a little forgettable.

O- A good choice for a keg with friends coming and going, its lightness and refreshing qualities make it very approachable. Not able to stand next to better micro-hefes and certainly not top-flight German hefes in terms of flavor and complexity, but great for knocking around a few on the back porch.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks like Cream Soda.

S- Like bread with some citrus

T - Liquid bread with some lemon and hints of other spices at the end. Refreshing cold but more flavor a little warmer.

M - Smooth and light on head from a bottle. Imagine it would be very refreshing on tap.

O - It's not a bad choice at all for a summer witbier. Low alcohol and "drinkability" (yes I went there) means you could kick back a 6pk with your buddy Jesse on a sloppy summer afternoon pretty seamlessly.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The body has a crisp, clean look as the yellow coloring supports a froth of thick white foam.

The scent holds a lot of bready cereal malts with tinges of spices and a faint bitterness.

The flavor is appropriately bready, reminiscent of a Pilsner, with tones of grain and cereal malts. The coriander becomes much more evident the more you drink and keeps the flavor interesting.

The feel is much like every aspect of this Witbier and it is the lightness that it holds. The scent was not weak, just light, the flavor the same and the feel falls right in line.

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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 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 ranger7
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought from Express in a 22 oz. bomber for $3.30.
Poured from bottle into a plastic cup.
(Review from notes)

A - Bright gold, some fizz, small white head.

S - Citrus. Sweet.

T - Smooth and sweet up front, citrus bite in the back.

M - Some nice carbonation compliments the style.

Summary - This is a very drinkable beer, which is probably the best thing I can say about it. Not much special about it, but it goes down smooth and doesn't do anything wrong.

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Photo of Jdbateman83
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Outstanding, unexpected, refreshing, rare, consistent, excellent, deep, light, complex; all words which can describe this beer. This beer was hyped up to me, as allot of beers have been. I thought I was going to get another flavorless lager just to make one of my friends happy I tried it. I was wrong. Very very good beer. Try one, and I bet you will order it again. Has something for everyone in there.

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Photo of jmbranum
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at a hotel reception in Carlsbad, ca.

Pours a bright gold slightly hazy liquid.

Nice fresh aroma.

Flavor is decent. Fairly sweet. I would have liked it more with some Belgian witbier spices. I do like the citrus notes.

Good decent but not as many of the style. Very much a summer session beer.

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Photo of Smarty_Pints
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pale yellow with a quickly fading head that leaves no lacing behind.

S- citrus smell dominates with hints of grass, bread and pepper.

T- lemon upfront then nothing finishing with and a bit of wheat and spice.

M- light bodied with mild carbonation.

O- good for a sessionable summer beer, but not much more then that.

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Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- cloudy light gold with a nice thick white head. Head doesn't leave much lacing

S- Nice and fruity

T- A nice malty, fruit flavor. Not cloyingly sweet, but nice sitting outside in summer sweet. A nice mix of crisp and sweet.

M- a little thinner with little carbonation noted.

O-less traditional white beer is really good.

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Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit spicy, some citrus as well. Taste is very refreshing. A touch of sweetness, some citrus, wheat, not as much spices as the smell, but some are present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a good beer to drink on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a very light pale straw color with minimual white head/ What head that it did pour had desent retention but left little to no lacing.

S - Very mild aromas. There are hints of grass and lemon. Maybe a slight yeasty aroma

T - I was pleasantly surprised with the taste. I thought with the light aromas that it may taste like water. This was not the case. This beer has plenty of flavor. IT starts off slightly spicy. Definate hints of clove followed vy a lemon, sour, citrus taste with a very light yeasty finish

M - Very thin in the mouth. Almost feels slick

O - A great hot summer pool beer. I was definately surprised with the amount of flavor this beer had. A very easy drinking beer. Not bad.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with the bottle reading 07/09/12-13, so I'm not exactly sure what it's trying to tell me. Another random find off the mix a sixpack shelf at the local beer store. My second beer from Lost Coast Brewery, the other being Lost Coast Indica IPA.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Aggressive pour yields about three fingers of bubbly fizzy white head on top of a murky lemon colored body. Some decent bubbles rushing around, and some sediment twirling around the glass. Fluffy rings of lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is of lemongrass and some lemon rind. Hint of wheat. Some sugar. Smells almost like a shandy in a good way.

T - Crisp lemon tartness, and some herbal earthiness. Dry grainy lemongrass. Sweet malts. Almost tea like; very well balanced flavors for a witbier. Definitely a lot better than I was expecting.

M - Feel is tart, crisp, even creamy & smooth. Perfect carbonation, and very well balanced.

Overall, an impressive easy sipping beer from Lost Coast Brewery. A beer I would be happy to toss back on a hot summer day, with an easygoing 4.80% abv. One of the better witbiers I've had in recent times, also.

Lost Coast Great White Beer ---4/5.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a nonic pint glass from a 12oz bottle. Label on the side states this was bottled on 01/16/13." Or is that freshness date?? Not clear.

Poured vertically upside down into the glass, it unleashes a nicely atoned burst of carbonation with a frothy, 3 finger head above a cloudy, amber toned yellowish body. Not too much carbonation afterwards, however... Barely any bubbles to see overall, and the head eventually dies to a half-finger that luckily sticks around. Good lacing on the glass. Not too viscous, but swirling brings the head back up. Looks pretty solid when rating to style.

The aroma is chock-filled with lots of spices - more notably coriander and lemon peel - and wheat, grain-filled crispness. However, the wheat character and yeastiness is definitely taking a back seat here, and is pretty much coated in a lemon rind, soap-like zestiness. It's pleasant and inoffensive, but probably takes the whole "coriander/citrus" layout for witbiers perhaps a bit too far - or worse, a bit too literally.

The flavor takes the lemon rind astringency to the next level, to the point of nearly muting the other ingredients in the beer. Little wheat or grains soak through, and the beer quickly becomes characterized by upfront soapy characteristics with slight bitterness and an alcoholic burn. Super grainy at the finish. It's not the worst to drink, but the lemon flavor does become rather cloying over time. The beer is slightly under-carbonated and watery, although it does retain decent thick character aided by the malts. It's easy to drink, but not very balanced.

At the price that this is locally, this is a neatly budget-priced option for bare bones white ales. Some of my friends in particular love this stuff because of how easy it is to drink. This paired decently with pork topped with tomato, onions, and lemon squeezed on top. On it's own, well... It's something I'd take over AALs at parties, but I don't know if that's a good thing or not. For better or for worse, it's an above average witbier at the very least.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter at Ale Arsenal.

A: Pale, clear, head fades fast. Light yellow.

S: Neutral. Vague yeast is all.

T/M: It's pretty pleasant. Soft, refreshing, and lightly grainy. A bit wet, sweet, and not as crisp/dry as I might like.

O: Not a bad beer, but only average. Would not recommended.

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Photo of makopoetic
4.48/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What can I say, I'm a summer beer guy and this one doesn't disapoint! Great label, light and easy to drink. This is a great beer to enjoy on a hot summer evening with a few 'blonde' friends! One of my summer favorites. Try both with and without an orange/lemon slice!

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Photo of ChrisFaudree
4.7/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anybody who rates this below a 4 is crazy. This is one of the finest beers ever crafted. The only reason I don't score it a 5 is because it's a witbeir and I'm not particularly fond of them. But this great white, I could drink all night. Serve it with an orange slice.

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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 chefhatt
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at paradise by the slice
review from notes, consumed on November 13th, 20I12
It came out, it had a golden color body with no head. The aroma was of citrus and with some grassy, malty notes to it. The taste had some nice lemon notes and wheat to it, also some fruit and citrus also. The mouthfeel is was very good, good carbonation and easy to drink. Overall this is a good beer.

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Great White from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
3.38 out of 5 based on 904 ratings.
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