Winterbraun | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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3.72 w/ 442 ratings

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

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2003

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Photo of jmathis
2/5  rDev -46.2%

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2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.24/5  rDev -39.8%
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 tfsimpkins
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of adamguillette
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of AndrewMichael
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of beernads
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of RobertColianni
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of Jesse13713
2.54/5  rDev -31.7%
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 -30.4%
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%
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 -26.6%
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 abmhighrise
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of jasperska
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of yaksurf
2.77/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jhu1995
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
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 -20.7%
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 -20.4%
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 Magister_Beav
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -19.4%
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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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of BMart
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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Winterbraun from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
Beer rating: 57.7% out of 100 with 442 ratings
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