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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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.24/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

I don't know if the recipe has changed, but my bottle indicates an abv of only 6.8%. Pours a murky, typical brown ale color of purple and brown mixed together in a rusty sort of way. Topped with a very nice sized, brown eggshell colored head. The head isnt very dense or foamy, but there is enough substance to get it to two fingers and keep it there for a while. Some sporadic lacing.

Aroma is a bit lacking. Nothing really pops out at me. I guess caramel, grainy bread, and sweet figs present themselves: otherwise, rather lackluster.

Not a fan of the flavor. Dammit! I bought a six pack of this stuff on sale hoping for a flyer. Drats! Bitter yet sweet, alcoholic, salty, astringent, sour. It is as if someone put fresh lime rind in my mouth before I took a sip. Very astringent and sour. Is something wrong with this?

This one went down the tubes really fast. Thin and watery, sour, astringent (like sucking on Aspirin), not refreshing at all. This will be a chore to finish the whole sixer. Maybe the recipe DOES need to change. Avoid this one...

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Photo of Jesse13713
2.54/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A very heavily carbonated cola-like brown color. A thin milky line of head at the top that stays clumped in certain areas.

Smell - Not much going on in the scent. Very faint sweetness and malt.

Taste - Not a bad brown ale, though I'm not sure what's Winter-like about it. Light notes of toffee and a bit of caramel. No spice or any other characteristics that stand out. A bit of light fruit.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - I seem to be at a loss for words with this review. I can't exactly pinpoint what I'm tasting. It's a fairly plain brown ale that I don't mind drinking.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
2.59/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Very dark appearance with mild head and carbonation. Sweet herbal aroma. Spice, tobacco, chocolate malt sweetness. Slightly ashy at the end of the sip.

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Photo of loren01
2.68/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours dark cola color, small white head, small amount of lacing down the glass
S: I'm not getting hardly anything here, a hint of sweetness, slight coffee scent
T: Pretty weak, slight dark chocolate taste with some sweetness. A little bit of hop dryness at the end
M: Full bodied, smooth, creamy mouthfeel
D: This beer was not easy to finish, however I did. It didn't really smell or taste like much of anything, however left me feeling a little buzzy. I would not buy this beer again.

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Photo of theopholis
2.73/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a dark brown/burgandy color with a idecent tan head. The head has NO staying power at all, and leaves just a hint of lace.

Aroma- The aroma is barely there. Just a hint of malt sweetness with some toffee thrown in.

Taste- Taste is fairly simple/ Mostly some malt sweetenss, some coffee overtones, .

Mouthfeel- Medium body, CO2 level good. Mouthfeel is about what you would expect from a brown ales..

Drinkability- It's okay. Nothing great, but not to aweful either.

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Photo of jhu1995
2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep, dark brown with a thin, light tan head that dissipated quickly. A well carbonated beverage. Smell was malt, pure and simple, with mostly caramel aromas with some toastiness coming through. Not much else going on. Taste was similar to smell with some faint spice trying to come through. A little more hops or some other spice would probably do the trick for me. Felt clean on the mouth with lots of body. Personally, I could only have one of these as a change of pace and move on to something else. The caramel malt flavor is a little too much for me.

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Photo of BenjaminBlondbeard
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rich mahogany that doesn't let a lot of light pass through. There is a half inch of off white foam that shrinks quickly, but leaves a little lacing behind.

The smell i strong, and gives off roasted malts, some chocolate, molasses, some dark fruits, and a little coffee.

There is not too much flavors up front despite the full bodied brown brew. There is active carbonation that helps some piney hop flavors and roasted malts hit the taste buds, but the subdued flavors don't totally mask the boozy nature of this 8% ale. There is a little tinge of alcohol at the end of each sip. The light syrup after feel makes this thick brew leave a lasting presence. I personally don't like that, but it that helps the minimal flavors stick around to balance the booze flavor that otherwise prevails.

All in all it is a decent winter warmer like brown ale for the price. It is a relatively inexpensive, and drinkable, strong brown beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.96/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12/25/04- Purchased at Tower Market in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with a freaky picasso-esque drawing on the label. No expiration date, poured into my Shipyard pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown colored, very small head and decent lacing.

Smell- A sour and bitter scent. Not appeasing my nose. I think it's the kind of yeast that I don't like. The same kind they use in Pyramid maybe.

Taste- Mixed between a IPA and a ESB. Very bitter hops that hit the upper back of my throat. Not liking this. ESB's aren't my thing. There are, however, some decent roasted malt flavors in the background.

Mouthfeel- Medium to high carbonation. Goes down decent considering.

Drinkability- I'll pass on this one. Finished it, but it wasn't easy for me.

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

Served in straight pint glass. I hate when this happens. This is a beer I like a lot, from a brewery that I like a lot. And sitting down for critical review all I can do is rate every thing as average. I still like this beer and will continue to enjoy it, I just thought the actual rating would be higher. A beer worth trying and having several is not a bad idea, just don't expect to be blown away.

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Photo of stevoj
3.03/5  rDev -19%
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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Photo of Graham21
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

it poured ok, brown amber in appearance with a two finger head that dissipated to ok lacing. this beer smells like smoked meat, kinda sour, hoppy, and malty with nutty undertones.

taste is weak, maltiness, some sweetness, hints of chocolate and nuts with a bitterness that follows.i also tasted the alcohol. the flavors are lacking in complexity and the carbonation leaves quickly,

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean deep amber to brown-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a light caramel and a roasted malt. In the taste, a mix of caramel and roasted malt, with a nice ending with a hop presence. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry small hop and caramel like sweetness in the aftertaste. A bit sweet, but nice hop presence in the beer.

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Photo of Drew966
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Winterbraun pours a reddish brown color with a thin light tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is quite mild, its a bit fruity, and a bit nutty. Taste is kind of average, slightly fruity, a bit nutty, a bit of cocoa. Not unpleasant, but doesn't get me excited either.

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Photo of cerveza5150
3.07/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark, ruby red to almost black. Head is pretty nonexistent, but clings to the side of the glass.

S: Smells spicy and piney like a typical winter warmer. Reminds me of Anchor Steam's annual offering, but it actually smells alot better!

T: This might be too subjective, but I gave this an overall below average rating in the taste category. It starts off promising, but finishes way too sweet and malty. I taste the spices, but there's no bitterness to wash it all down with. It leaves a taste like fig newtons on the palette that's not too enjoyable...

M: The mouthfeel is actually right on. If the taste were to back it up, it would be a killer ale.

D: Only a couple would do me for this one. It's just way too sweet, way too thick, and way to spiced to be enjoyable as a session ale. I know that the purists out there are going to chastise me for calling any winter warmer a 'session ale', but some do follow that craving (ie. SN's Celebration Ale). I'm not regretting the purchase, but I'm not going to buy this again this year. Too many other choices out there.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glass - Nonic

A - A dark mahogany colored brew with little visibility. It didn't produce much of a head, maybe about a finger that dissipated quickly. It left a spot or two on my glass.

S - I get lots of brown sugar, toffee, and peanut brittle upfront. There's a bit of a underlying spicy character to it, like cinnamon. Hop aroma is faint and gives off soft herbal notes.

T - Brown sugar, toffee, almond flavors everywhere. There's a soft cinnamon note mingling around mid to finish. Hops lend a touch of herbal flavors, and the bitterness is mild but noticeable. As it started to warm I picked up some chocolate and a slight bit of alcohol.

M - A bit on the crisp side with a smooth and almost chewy feel to it. Medium-full bodied.

O - To me this beer tastes like a brown ale with a touch of cinnamon thrown in. The flavors were good but for the most part it did come off like it was almost a porter to me. I'd probably only have about one of these in one sitting. Overall I thought it was a okay brew, but I don't see myself buying it again.

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

I had this on tap at Cannon's in Allentown last night.

It poured a red mahogany color with a creamey white head about a finger's width that dissipated after my first couple of sips. The smell was inviting to me especially given the season and the atmosphere. Roasty malt, chocolate, coffee, cinnamon.

The taste let me down. It was too burnt tasting and the finish was too thick and sticky on my tongue. I wouldn't drink this one again.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
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 Naes
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one is a dark brown ale with a tall light tan head. Lacing and retention are good.
The aroma is nutty and malty sweet.
The flavor is also nutty, but it has a strong chocolate malt character with a slight hop presence near the finish.
Mouth feel is medium in body and moderately carbonated.

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Photo of Suds
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown in color, slightly red hue when held to the light. The head is tan and a little thin, but this is a fine looking beer. The aroma is malty...with a burnt grass and medicinal character. Some background herbal hops, but mostly a bready, toast-like malt-like smell. The taste is balanced, with a malt backbone. Not much here that's overwhelming...a bit thin, but nice malt-candy and spice qualities. Some grain. All in all, this one is just okay.

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Photo of tychoseven
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, red-brown w/ a slightly off-white lacing.
S: Chocolate malts, crispy clean sugars
M: Full, rich and syrupy. Feels heavier and thicker than it is.
T: Prominent chocolate malts, caramel/toffee sugars, and a slight hops bitterness. Lingering caramel finish. The alcohol is well hidden until the beer warms, adding a bit more character and a hint of almond. Overall, inoffensive and limited palate-wise; a good but not exceptional beer. I'd drink one again if somebody else were buying.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep brown without much light brown head and it doesn't stay up there too long. Aroma is heavily malty with distinct milk chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla and nutty hints: I could indeed mistake this smell as a porter blind. It's got a nice nutmeg and almond bite in mouth coupled with dark licorice and a low-profile hop character that leaves a boring unfresh bitterness, while aftertaste is bready, mostly dry and short. Cheers to Matta!

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From a 22 oz. brown bomber. Pours out a deep transluscent mahogany, tall tight spongey off-white head that retains and leaves chunky wedges of lacing in its wake.

Pretty plain aroma, crisp yet nondescript, some soapy floral hops, warm toasted wood in the far background.

Flavour is also pretty darn mild, some loose sweet malts up front, picks up some toasted and woody notes near the finish, it's pretty much all malt on this one, some grassy floral hops well into the aftertaste already. Flavour is clean however, no complaints except it's pretty one-dimensional with a couple tasty tangents.

Fantastic mouthfeel on this one, medium-bodied yet velvety and silky smooth and rounded, gorgeous to experience, a magic carpet across the tongue.

A pleasant brown, no denying that, but not too much character to it either. I have nothing bad to say about it regardless, and it would make a great intro or session ale for the style, but not enough there to keep me coming back for more personally.

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Photo of tapman
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An aggressive pour yielded a big, rich, tan head that sat suspended in the liquid for a while, like a nitro beer at the bar, before rising up. Color is very brown. Even when I hold it up to the light I don't find any big hints of ruby, orange, or amber. Just brown, which is actually pretty cool.

Big chocolate notes mix with some minerals and a light hop spiciness.

Bitter hop spice and a little bit of flat brown malt taste. A small hot alcohol tinge that warms a little as the beer does. A little bland with not enough maltose to support the chocolate, making it astringent opposed to bitter, dark chocolate.

Like in the flavor I could have used more dissolved sugars in this one, both for taste and consistency.


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Photo of woemad
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.49. No freshness date.

Pours a dark cola color with a inch an a half or so of tan foam on top. When held up to the light, the beer takes on a dark ruby shade. Medium amount of lace.

The smell of this is a bit too chocolaty sweet for me. It'd be alright if paired up with, say, a coffee-ish bitterness, but it's a bit much by itself.

The taste is like the smell - very one-dimensional sweetness. It's not an unpleasant tasting beer, but that's about it.

Mouthfeel is about right for a brown ale, no surprises here.

An easy to drink beer because it does nothing to offend. It's not horrible, but unless everything else in the bar or store is, I'll not be coming back for this.

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Winterbraun from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
3.74 out of 5 based on 439 ratings.
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