Winterbraun | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
California, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2003

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Ratings: 446 |  Reviews: 243
Photo of Verasong
3.17/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rarigney
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thirstygoat
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Blackop555
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown. Foamy, medium, light brown head that fades slowly.

Smells roast malt, chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, raisin, dark fruit and lightly earthy.

Taste dark fruit, caramel malt, Roast malt, light nuttiness and hints of Piney. Finish is semi-sweet with multi and Piney linger. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with a ruby tinge, no haze but moderate carbonation. Topped with 2.5 fingers of brown, frothy head.

Smells malty and dark, with notes of molasses, toffee and caramel.

Dark fruits, toffee, toasted and malty. Hints of cherries, Christmas cake and brown sugar.

Medium to thick body, with moderate to low, frothy carbonation.

Great brew, I couldn't save this till 'twas the season. Passed by this brewery last year on my trip through Northern California, but got his online. Really good brew. Drinking Aug 6th, 2017.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bb-magic
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Everydayoff
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Deep mahogany brown hue with some ruby tinge, the pour builds up thick creamy light tan head that stands with pretty good retention before collapsing to an eternal foamy layer on the surface and leaving lots of lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

Loads of malty goodness in the aroma, it is showcase of chocolate, cocoa powder, brown sugar, roasted, caramel, vanilla, black biscuit, and dark bread. There is also a hint of dark fruit as well as some citric and spicy hop.

Still malt dominates the palate sensation with its chocolate, cocoa powder, brown sugar, roasted, caramel, vanilla, black biscuit, and dark bread while there is also a hint of dark fruit as well as some citric and spicy hop yet moderate bitterness from both hop and roasted malted in the finish.

Rather full body with some good crisp and some lively carbonation through the palate, creamy smooth mouthfeel, finish is very dry.

Solid malty brew with wide varieties of malt character, it is also tasty and very easy to drink. Alcohol is well concealed.

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Photo of yaksurf
2.77/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sunsjammer
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle stamped "Bottled 9/16/16" Poured into a pint glass.

Look: Dark chestnut brown with a two finger tan head. Good head retention and very nice contrast between the dark of the beer and the light of the head.

Smell: The only thing I am detecting is malts, albeit balanced and not overpowering.

Taste: Chocolate and bitter dark fruit, followed by malts. Finishes with warming alcohol on the swallow.

Feel: Thin to medium body and high carbonation. Light alcohol warmth on the swallow and back of the throat afterwards.

Overall: A pretty decent beer. Would be good for a snowy day when you don't want an Irish coffee, or after a couple of them :).

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

With a straight mahogany color, the flavors consists of raisins, caramel and slightly pronounced pine hops that can throw the overall flavors off from its intended style. The aroma is the same, albeit with a more roasty personality. The mouthfeel fits the style, with an aftertaste of dark rye bread with pine hops. Overall, this is slightly disappointing in terms of winter warming beers. I highly recommend the Back Home Gingerbread Stout from Golden Road Brewing Company. Other recommended beers for the wintertime is the Coconut Molasses Brown Ale from Duck Foot Brewing Company and the Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From Cervezalandia. In Teku glass. Playing Blackwell Epiphany. Some nuttyness with a hearthwarming alcoholic feeling that makes it pretty pleasant. Good looking aspect.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Cigar City snifter.

Creamy,khaki colored,1 finger head that retains well.Once the head dissolves,it leaves a nice khaki ring around the glass,with beautiful swirls in the center.The carbonation creates a nice bubbling in the center that almost resembles an underground spring bubbling up from the bottom of a pond.Dark brown in color with a purple tinge.The light coming through the glass is very distorted.There is a massive stream of fast carbonation rising from the center of the glass.It almost resembles smoke pouring from a chimney.Looks great in the glass!

I'm not getting a whole lot on the nose...Mostly just nuts,and some dark fruit...Maybe a little bit of sweet malt,and a hint of piney hops.Small hint of chocolate,and caramel also.

On the palate I get nuts,chocolate,and caramel,with a bitter hop finish.Some smoke,and nuts the after taste as well.

Full bodied with a dry hop finish,plenty of carbonation rolling around on the tongue.

This is a good winter warmer,the appearance is more appealing than the smell,and the taste,but nonetheless an all around solid brew.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is nutty and sweet, with deep caramelization and molasses notes. Touch of dark fruit.

Flavor reveals more dark fruit character in the form of prunes and plums, with a slightly sweet malt backbone that becomes toffee-like in the finish. Deeply toasted, nutty malt hits mid palate and dries it out a bit.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ve had a few beers from this brewery and I find them somewhat underrated. This winter warmer pours a dark brown color with a slight reddish tint and a barely detectable white head. The smell is faintly of alcohol and yeast. The flavor is of roasted malts, molasses, cocoa, and alcohol not surprisingly given that it’s 8%. Many people commented on the hoppiness of this, but I actually didn’t think it was that noticeable. I found it to be pretty well balanced and it has a medium body that I found very drinkable. Some people might complain about the noticeable alcohol, but it’s actually not too bad for a winter warmer and I actually find this less intense both alcohol and body wise than I’ve seen in many examples of the style. It’s not super complex, but I think this is a nice, well-made beer with a definite warming sensation that lives up to the name. It’s definitely a solid drinking beer on a cold winter day.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Comes out a dark brown color, 1/2" tan head. Aroma hits them nuts, in your nose. You smell nuts. Nuttiness. Am I clear here? Phrasing!!

Taste reveals a heft amount of brown malt, the mouthfeel is more substantial than your average brown ale. I guess this is a winter warmer though, but damn, hefty roasted brown malt here. A little chocolate malt/cocao impression. Plenty of toffee, a smidge of smoke. C hops provide bitterness. A beer that is good in small doses.

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Photo of casapy
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marius
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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 m3rkury
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Solid winter warmer. Roasty, coffee caramel and a nice finish. The aromas hint at the same. You can tell that the ABV is there without it over powering you.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Garret593
4.66/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stevoj
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle from Grocery Outlet. Average brown ale, but not even up to the standards of their Downtown Brown, so what's the point? Spicy, only in the faintest sense. Dull pour, slightest elements of chocolate, cinnamon and assorted other "winter" spices.

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Winterbraun from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 446 ratings