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Winterbraun | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
California, United States | website

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
235
Ratings:
429
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
11.23%
 
 
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Reviews: 235 | Ratings: 429
Reviews by monkeylovebeer:
Photo of monkeylovebeer
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh, nothing says Christmas like the annual battle of the winter warmers ... Let's get ready to fumble!

In the spirit of full disclosure, I am somewhat partial to the brews produced by Eureka's Lost Coast Brewery; as I only stayed alive during my first year of college at HSU due to their delicious and incredibly generous all-you-can-eat Buffalo wing Happy Hour. Happy hours, indeed.

That said, their winter warmer offering, a supercharged version of their perennial Downtown Brown, pours a ruby-tinted cola brown with a half-inch toasted tan head that dissipates pretty quickly.

The Winterbraun throws a nice strong malty nose with wet straw and yeast notes. The first sip revels an unexpected spicy flavor perhaps due to the use of Saaz hops.

A lot of tasters have noticed a hint of chocolate but with all the Christmas candy around this place, I feel I've broken, or at least badly sprained, that particular taste bud. I do detect a nice caramel aftertaste, however and the beer goes down clean and quickly, calling for another one.

Feliz Navidad

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep rich brown with a thin but well retained off white head,big caramel in the aroma up front along with a nice aroma of roasted nuts that lingers nicely a nice combination in a winter seasonal brew.The flavors alot like aroma some caramel and roasted nut with a touch of spice ending with a dry earthiness,a big winner for the style in my opinion very flavorful.A good beer for cold weather would be great on cask I bet but Iam sure I'll never know,well done.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Nice dark brown, almost ruby in color with a good head that frothed up respectably.

Smell – Big chocolate and coffee aromas fill the nose at first whiff. There’s a roasted malt base to this one as well as some balancing hops.

Taste – The bitter coffee and intense chocolate flavors come out immediately on the first sip. The finish is sweet chocolate with a touch of hop dryness.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied ale will juice your gums for sure.

Drinkability – I didn’t think this was anything spectacular, but it went down well and was a good buy.

Comments – The ABV is up to 6.5% now since the beer was added and the tasting notes have changed a lot. Maybe this ale has morphed over the years?

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Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Magister_Beav
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beerswag
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle sampled, no freshness/bottling date etc etc offered. Pours chestnut brown and clear with a tan head that leaves decent fine and drippy lacing. Nose is faintly of sweet bready malt. This is a mellow British all the way Brown ale. Smooth, sweet, satisfying and subtle. Mild undertones of orangy fruit under a layer of chocolate flavors. Drying mild finish. Nice take on the style, fine sessioner

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Photo of Marius
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

35 cl bottle. Very dark ruby-brown pour with a thin beige head. Smells like dried fruit, sugar and metal. Tastes like caramel, dried fruit, milk chocolate. Soft mouthfeel with a low carbonation.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of kingjames1
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours coca-cola-like, with a tan, quickly dissipating head. Good carbonation though. Smell chocolate, caramel, and hazelnut - its definitely a brown ale. Never had the Downtown Brown, so I don't know how this compares, but this is a solid brown ale, with a seasonal twist (some added hoppy kicks). Not bad at all. I prefer it to the overpowering Rogue hazelnut brown ale (which is excellent, but too rich for me to enjoy much of except in particular moods).

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Photo of monkeybeer
3.12/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear brown red with a very quick disappearing light tan head. Some very light lacing on the glass.

S- A good smell of hops mixed with a sweet and chocolate smell.

T/M – Sweet taste with a roasted undertone

D- A good winter beer. It is a bit heavy so not one to drink a lot of. It defiantly is a winter warmer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark looking brown, like wet wood on a river. Aroma, very nutty, strong.

Taste, thicker than most browns, more flavorful than most English beers. Toffee. Lots of char roast flavor, bordering on smoke, but not getting there. Cocoa edge to it. Has a little dallop of bitterness coming from Cascade hops I suspect.

Begins to wear out its welcome mid bottle, really was upper echelon brown and then got really easy running into thin. I dunno what happened. This beer is good in 4 oz pours, but then about halfway through the bottle, it just doesn't excite me anymore. What, $8 a 6 pack? I just can't imagine wanting 6 of these.

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Photo of dwren89
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: mahogany brown with red highlights, good clarity, almost no head retention

Aroma: very sweet, very molassesy, a thick sugary smell, a little dark fruit, slight spicy kick to it, some chocolate notes

Taste: thick and sweet, molasses prevailing, a good helping of chocolate, a little spiciness, sweet finish

Mouthfeel: thick and viscous, full body, medium low carbonation

Overall: Great full body and very thick, sweet finish. A prevailing molasses flavor (and texture!). Some spiciness on the finish as a little chocolate but a very overall thick and sweet beer.

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Photo of Jeffwildcat
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown ruby tone with a nice bubbly tan head leaves nicely dispersed lacing can't complain here. Aroma: Dark roasts with mild spicing and finishing hops who can say anything bad at this point. Taste: Full flavored charred sugar dark roasts bring chocolate and coffee tones not bad at all full developed flavor finishing hops that bring a lasting effect to the overall tase. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied ale with a strong carbonation excellent mouthfeel almost chewy to me. Drinkability: If you sit around and analyze this beer like we're doing know you can't do anything but love this beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, dated 09?/27/12 pours with a generous and creamy looking tan head that soon settles to a admirable top coat. leaving fine lacing on the way down. The ale itself is brown-amber and clear. The aroma is disappointing, being malty but mild, too earthy and slightly metallic.
The flavor is much better, particularly in the lingering, roasted malt and Czech hops aftertaste. Medium+ body with excellent carbonation and a creamy smooth feel.
8% ABV is very well hidden.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a reddish mahogany with a tan head that leaves minimal laces. It looks a little thin. It smells malty with hints of coffee and fruity. Maybe a little nutty also. It tastes malty with a little chocolate. There is a little sweetness to it also. It goes down relatively smooth. There might be just a little too much carbonation. It leaves a nutty aftertaste. I think I could probably drink a few of there beers, but after a little while, I would probably desire something a bit more robust. Defianatley worth a try though.

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Photo of Surefire
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, and clearly unfiltered. Particles floating around when held up to the light.

S: Good smell, chocolate, mocha.

T: Heavy flavor profile. Can get chocolate, mocha, sweet malts, slightly spice hops finish.

M: Very good. Nice even medium body to it.

D: Good. Very drinkable, while still being full flavored and medium bodied. Nice balance.

Overall, a very good seasonal ale that goes well with many foods.

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Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Didn’t mind this at all. Spicy cookie/cakie flavours, some chocolate, raisin, with light bitterness, some tart acidity. Pretty tasty , as most things from Lost Coast were, this was a bottle purchased from a shop in San Francisco, which i can't for the life of me remember.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty big head rest above a a clear dark burnt red colored brown ale.

The head takes its time to recede into a pretty frothy lacing.

Light chocolate and roasted caramel malt aroma.

Roasted or maybe toasted dark chocolate malt taste pretty much drowns out anything else.

A rich full body that keeps giving throughout a mocha like dry aftertaste.

A pretty decent dessert beer, gonna have to try it with a scoop of French Vanilla ice cream.

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Photo of Fuzzycuffs
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of sloejams
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Admittedly, I'm not the biggest Lost Coast fan nor do I go out of my way for often for an English Brown. This already had 2 strikes against, but it REALLY came through to show me.

It pours a dark amber color with a 2 finger head. The aroma is malty with a slight sweetness with waffle batter and shiraz flavors that came out. I can see how this is a Winter offering. It almost comes to be a Winter Warmer but doesn't have the potpourri-like spicings normally associated with it.

I found this to be a pleasant surprise - easy drinking and timely.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

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Winterbraun from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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