Great White
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #676
Ranked #45,411
3.43 | pDev: 16.91%
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
California, United States
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Photo of queenboadicea
2.84/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy golden wheat color with a nice head that dissipates rapidly leaving a lot of lace. The smell is undefinably wheat-y, with some clovy spices. The flavor is pleasant but very mild, with little hops or malt, just....wheat. I'm finding a theme here! Not a bad offering from Lost Coast, but not terribly inspiring, either.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color, cloudy, medium head. An unfiltered wheat beer flavored with coriander and herbs. A lighter bodied beer, typical of a wheat beer. Taste is a little citrusy. Flavor is mild, not much hop or malt taste; most of the flavor is in the spices. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of putnam
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This teasing sentence appears on the bottle: "It is spiced with coriander and a secret blend of Humboldt herbs that give it a delicate, citrusy flavor." Let's see, secret blend of Humboldt herbs ...nettles? yerba buena? sage?
Quite a confected blast of citrus peel and citrus fruit energy on the nose. Anne says "cat pee" aromas, and I can't disagree. Smells like several wedges of lemon squeezed into a decent Loire Valle Sauvignon Blanc...except that there is breadiness too. OK, someone added chunks of biscuit to the drink as well.
On the palate it is soft and smooth, making me wonder where all of that lemon juice went. Creamy, with sucrose sweetness, there is a decent lashing of dried, powdery bitterness on the finish. All the same, low-acid to a fault ...seems a little too "designed" for my taste.

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Photo of jcalabre
2.3/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I originally sampled this beer on 26 January 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
I was very disappointed in this beer. It completely lacked the crispness I like in a wheat. In fact it was a bit watery, in my opinion. I can't recommend this beer to anyone.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.27/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this wheat beer. This light unfiltered beer poured a hazy light straw gold in color with no foam. The smell was of a malty aroma with a hint of wheat. The flavor of barley malts, wheat and spice was very well balanced. The combination of malts, wheat and spice with a hint of a spritzy citrus at the end made this wheat beer a pleasant quincher. A nice bitter/sweet/tangy finish. The aroma and taste reminded me of a Belgium Style Ale!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A One Pint Six Fluid Ounce ‘Bomber’. Has a very colorful eye-catching label, which depicts a snarling Shark holding a Surfboard and a foaming Glass of Ale. Bottle Date: May 2003.

Appearance: Amber golden with straw hints depending on the angle and strength of back lighting. A voluminous head at first that laces the glass with a sliding lacing, all of which eventually settles to a solid ¼” white head. Swirled in the glass, the dissolved carbon dioxide helps the head to reassert itself, for short periods anyway.

Nose: Spicy with hints of orange and lemons. A floral aspect influenced by the coriander and mix of herbs gives the beer an enticing nose. A delicate nose that is nevertheless refreshing.

Tastes: A smooth crisp drinking beer, with simple clean lines. Starts with a slightly sweet malt presence, builds with a strong citric quality in the middle, and finishes with a refreshing herbal ending soaked in a slightly acidic hoppy climax. The coriander is definitely detectable, as is an “orange and lemon zest” aspect, all this is mixed with a light smattering of herbs that lurk throughout the beer from beginning to end. Ever so slightly ‘puckering’ at the death, once the settled yeast is swirled with the remaining two fingers of beer and dunked for the final sampling (as recommended on the bottle blurb).

Mouthfeel: A sharp effervescence on the tongue, and in the mouth, mix with the sweet malts at first. It becomes lighter in character in the middle, and dry in the finish. Average in strength.

Drinkability: Easily imbibed, a collection of three or four simple flavors mingled in a mid-strength beer that has pleasant thirst quenching abilities. Extremely friendly on a hot summers night.

Overall: Far from complex, indeed, simply put, this is just a floral wheat beer with strong citric elements, and a persistent herbal dimension. Still, this is nicely balanced, and a great beer for sinking whilst sat outside on a warm sticky night. Very drinkable and highly refreshing.

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Photo of BierReise
3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy straw yellow with snow white head that dissappeared in a hurry. Yeasty aroma with notes of lemon and citrus. Slight crispness and light to medium bodied. Flavor is a bit yeasty and tart. Flavors fall apart towards end. Not nearly as nice as Allagash.

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Photo of elmocoso
3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one poured a light yellow with a gauzy white tinge.
There was very little visible carbonation. No head but a slight coller with lacing.

Smell? wow - pretty refreshing. Cool spice in the nose with a coriander/ citrus lean.
Smells like a summer drink to me.

Flavor expands in the mouth. A spicy orange twang but subtle enough not to interfere with the balance.

accompanied by a slight carb bite on the tip of the tongue.

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Photo of Morris729
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy golden straw color with a moderate white head that fades into a patchy lace. Nose is dominated by grassy wheat with additional aromas of coriander and lemon zest. Light to medium in body and very crisp and refreshing. Taste starts off with sweet malts and a bit of honey followed by some spicy notes of coriander and some acidic citrusy hops. A nice wit beer and a great brew for the summertime. Thanks to Loki for the sample!

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Photo of DrewBeechum
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12oz bottle.

Another taste in a line of American summer beers. Great White has been around for a while and used to be a beer I had around most of the time for a quick refresh.

the aroma of this particular bottle is corny first with a light touch of hops hiding behind a large dose of coriander and orange.

beer pours light and hazy gold. Flavor is sharp and spicy with a bare hint of sweet wheat behind the rake of coriander.

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Photo of zerk
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light gold with a persistent 1/4 inch white head that leaves rings of lace on the glass. Aroma is a musty mix of citrus, coriander, and cloves. Flavor is pretty light, with some lemon, a touch of coriander, and some wheat flavors. Very light and crisp, with medium carbonation. Definiety not the best wit I've had, but a very drinkable beer for the summer.

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Photo of Loki
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, pale yellow with no head at all. Aromas of coriander, orange, citrus, and maybe some honey on the nose. The nose reveals most of the tastes of coriander, citrus, honey, and wheat. This is a very, very light beer with little mouth feel and light carbonation. Very drinkable on a hot summers day. Would be a little dissapointing on a cold winter night.

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Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
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 StevieW
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard 12 oz brown bottle. Label depicts a menacing cartoon great white shark holding a surfboard with one fin and giant mugog beer in the other.
Hazy yellow-orangish color. Rocky, bubbly white head faded in a hurry. Zesty, spicy whitbeer tastes. Lots of coriander and tangy citrus flavors. Traces of lemon zest and orange juice throughout. Highly charged and very bubbly. All the refreshing traits of a BelgianWit, but a little uneven, thin, and watery. No where near the complexity, balance, and flavors of an Allagash White. It did serve it's purpose and was very refreshing on the dreaded Bartow to Yeehaw Junction stretch of Florida Highway 60.

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Photo of gwfrankpsu
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great tap handle - the beer is not up to what I wanted. I really expected more of a Belgium candy taste and would have liked more flavors any flavors. This is an average beer, they all can't be great.

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