Great White
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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #679
Ranked #45,622
3.43 | pDev: 16.91%
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
California, United States
Great WhiteGreat White
Reviews: 340 | Ratings: 934
Photo of magictacosinus
3.26/5  rDev -5%
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 -9.6%
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 +30.6%
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 +37%
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 +1.2%
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 +4.4%
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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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - hazy pale yellow, finger of head quickly dissipated to minimum random islands and lacing
S - sour citrus and yeasty bread aromas dominate, mild leaf and pepper
T - mild pale grain, some sour citrus, a bit of a musty flavour
M - light with mild carbonation, too tin for my liking, finishes just a little tart
O - average at best

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Photo of Serge
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden to straw with a hint of haze and weak white head. The aroma is mild with candy apples, malt sweetness and a dash of lemon. The taste is much like the nose with malt sweetness mixed with candied apples and lemon. But now a nice floral hop flavor and a touch of bitterness intertwine with the other notes creating a pleasing array of flavors.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a hazy yellow pour with 1/2" head which quickly diminished.
slight aroma of hops, smell of pilsner malt, grassy, bready.
tastes of flowers, honey, fruit citrus, very distinct flavor for a wheat beer.
medium body (light) with moderate carbonation.

overall a decent wheat beer, a lot like a fruity pale ale.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Great White poured a golden color, with a nice size head that did disapate quickly. There were nice lemon aromas, with bits of wheat aromas as well. Nice lemon flavors, but a weak wheat flavor, also some yeast flavors mixed in. The flavor was a bit weak, and watery. Overall it was a nice witbier, a bit watery, but still good, and was very refreshing.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint. Pours a hazy hay color with a lot of head. Smells of floral sweet malts and a bit of spicy citrus. Taste is of sweet but sour citrusy wheaty malts. Some clove and banana but otherwise too sweet and lemony. Its easy to drink but rather blah. There are better offerings usually around, although it is diff than most I've had of the style, just not overly pleasing.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with tiny little white head. What little head there is becomes an even thinner ring of bubbles around the edge. Leaves no lacing.

S- Dominanting the nose here are coriander and lemons. A bit of wheat and spice.

T- Pretty tame and boring. A touch of spice and lemon. Bit of yeast. Fits the style but just very light.

M- Very light in body and carbonation was good.

O- Overall nothing exciting about this beer. Pretty boring and tame.

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Photo of Philousa
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear tawny yellow, which is definitely off style and what I noticed first. Two finger head settles to a thin layer that is constantly renewed by active carbonation below. Pungent yeast hits the nose first, then come light spices such as coriander, pepper, lavender, and a bit of clove. It's hard to get the malt behind all this, but it's there. Seems barely there when I get it, and not much Belgian characteristics to the malt are detectable. The pungent Belgian characteristics are much more prevalent in the taste. Tart yeast turns nearly bitter, but never quite gets there. This is a watery beer, which is good for a hot day, but again, off style. Balanced finish.

I happen to like the mouthfeel, even if it's off style, since it makes it great for summer. It's way lighter than a true Belgian Wit, but it's not nearly as sweet, so they balance each other out. I'm ambivalent about this beer and its lack of complexity, but the good outweighs the bad.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.14/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Must say, this beer's label was what initially got my attention. Had to check this beer out.

Appearance: Something that is actually just too bland for me. Pale yellow with little haze to it. Had decent, foamy white head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Medium malts odor with an almost faint hint of lemon. At my third wiff i did notice a slight hint of orange peel. Almost reminds me of a hybrid of Blue Moon and Hoegaarden.

Taste: Pretty average mix of lemon flavorings, sugary addition of wheat and oranges, and lastly a hint of an almost cinnamon flavor. It was enjoyable, but maybe I was expecting more.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, medium to light body, and easy to drink.

Overall: When I first looked at the label, I was expecting a wheat beer, but I think I was also expecting maybe more to pack a punch. Considering that, I was totally looking forward to more then what I got. Not a bad beer, but nothing that blew me away. Just too average I guess.

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Photo of Flatlands
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This reminds me of a light Blue Moon, not a bad thing as the flavored are more subtle.
A- light colored, ok head, little lacing
T- floral and some grass, clean, great beer to have 2-3 on a Summer day. A good solid beer, no bitterness.
S- not too strong, just like it tastes
M- light but I like the strong carbonation.

I cannot get this in Kansas City, if I could, it would be a summer time staple.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a thin frothy head that dissipates instantly. Lacing is ok..

Smell - Lemon zest and coriander is most dominant. Along with some wheat and yeast.

Taste - Identical to the smell. Lemon zest, a lot of coriander, orange citrus, wheat, and somewhat of a floral taste.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - It's been a while since I've drank a witbier.. this is a pretty good one.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Golden body, hazy, topped by a level finger of white micro foam, which dissipates quickly. The gold seems to lose one luster as the beer settles, which seems counter intuitive.

Picked up some spice in the aroma as soon as the cap was popped. Aroma features wheat, citrus, coriander, yeast.

There's a splash of wheat and lemon on the tongue, then a bizarre dead spot. Then a nip of spiciness, that limps into the aftertaste. Wits should be light, but there is just not enough flavor here for any kind of interest.

Light mouthfeel that could use a bit more carbonation.

Barely more flavor than Coors Light. Give it a pass.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear yellow color with a one finger, rocky white head. The head fades to a thin film across the top rather quickly and leaves some scattered lacing. There is minimal carbonation and it looks very still.

S: The aroma is comprised of a touch a wheat, a bit of yeast aromatics, and a lot of spices that contribute to a citrus-y orange-like aroma. But overall, the aroma is somewhat muted.

T: A touch of wheat, some spices (most notably coriander), and lots of orange citrus tastes. It finishes with a grassy sensation.

M: This is a light bodied brew with an adequate amount of carbonation. Finishes on the watery side.

O: This was just an average witbier. Nothing special here. Definitely had better, but certainly not bad.

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Photo of babaracas
2.79/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light amber with a little yeast in suspension, one finger fizzy white head is gone quickly. Smell: lightly fruity, lemony coriander. Taste: wheat twang, coriander, herbal notes. Crisp carbonation into a slick finish. Overattenuated, boring. No thanks.

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Photo of VagabondHops
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served into a pint glass wih about an inch of head which dissipates quickly.
Smells like wheat, some spices(of which I can't decide), and some citrus, making me think it will be tingly in the mouth.
Correct!! Tingly carbonated mouth feel and goes down smooth.
I'm a fan overall and would recommend it for some casual drinking buds. Looks like a lager, smells and tastes like a wheat beer and called Great White, for a killer craft brew to try. Not super special, but it's a craft it's special!

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
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 RollBounce
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow color, light to medium carbonation, wheat, citrus, and cinnamon on the nose. Flavors of black tea are in the front, with lemon zest, bergamont, honey. Clean with good weight for the style.

Overall; The black tea was interesting in the front of my tongue. Reminded me of earl gray tea(my favorite). Little wheat driven and more richness then expected.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a foggy golden yellow with a white, two finger head. The head hangs for a good minute before giving way to sparse lacing.

Smell - Aromas are faint. A bit of wheat. The faintest of spice.

Taste - Light wheat, yeast and subtle notes of coriander spice. There's a touch of milk-like quality, maybe from the yeast?

Mouthfeel - Light, but the tingly carbonation gives it a bigger body feel. Goes down very, very smooth.

Overall - Light, but a unique and a distinct beer. It's certainly an American twist on the classic witbier. Session friendly.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light yellow hue with practically no haze. A little bit of effervescence is present, along with a two-finger cap of frothy white foam. Not quite the murky silver I look for in a witbier.

Smell: light, refreshing, wheaty aroma with a definite whiff of fruity coriander. The coriander smells fresh and enticing; pretty decent.

Taste: lightly sweet malt flavor with a grainy, wheaty character; the coriander is present here too but not quite so much as in the aroma. Overall, a decently tasty wit.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body but a big carbonation that yields a very nice creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is a decent witbier, even if it doesn't really look like one. I'd have it again.

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Photo of DM1293
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste - Its kind of weak. Wheat-y definitely, with a bit of citrus in the background. And there's something subtle but toasty.

Overall - I still say this is better than most of the mass-produced beers you see around. It clocks in at the same price anyway, so I do say grab it if you don't mind wheat beers since the unfiltered nature of this beer doesn't make for a thicker mouthfeel, nor does it change the flavor too much. Unfortunately, if you're looking for a witbier specifically, this one is unremarkable.

But as their best-seller, I can see why; its probably going to agree with everyone who drinks it.

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