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 Everydayoff
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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 GreatHammerhead
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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 -16.3%
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 josanguapo
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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 +3.5%
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 barczar
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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 +5.1%
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 -11%
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 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 m3rkury
4.3/5  rDev +15%
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 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 Bunman3
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a lovely winter warmer. It is substantial, dark combination of chocolate, coffee and dark fruits. Winterbaun errs on the side of bitter (bakers chocolate and hops) rather than sweet. There is a nice boozy afterburn that provides a warming finish.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass, this fine winter warmer pours a deep mahogany brown with a firm light tan head that dissipates to a big bubbled ring with great soapy lacing. Nose of chocolate and caramel malts, reminiscent of a dopplebock, with some moderate hop bitterness in the background. Flavors follow most exquisitely with roasted dopplebock like notes, chocolate, some dark fruit flavor profile of plum and raisin, and a mild hop bitterness cutting through the back to even it all out. VERY nice and substantial with a smooth yet bracing mouth feel with a decent amount of alcoholic warmth on the back. Excellent!


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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 Radome
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

L - Deep brown color. Holding it up to the light shows garnet highlights and crystal clarity. Head was tan, 3/4" tall and persistent, made of tiny, creamy bubbles.

S - Warm malt aromas of bread, Munich malt, low chocolate, plums. Hops are in the background as a spicy earthy note.

T - Flavors follow the aromas. Graham crackers, Munich malt, plums, prunes. Earthy/spicy hops are there also, with bitterness at a sufficient level to cut through the malt sweetness.

M - Medium to heavy body. Low carbonation. Moderate alcohol presence. Moderately sweet finish.

O - This is an enjoyable beer, reminiscent of an English brown ale with some German Doppelbock overtones. The plum and prune notes are a bit strong for me, giving a cloying impression, resulting in the Taste category being its lowest score for me.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours opaque dark brown. The one inch khaki head fades to a thick cap on top and leaves thick curtains of lace.

The smell is of cocoa, coffee, roasted malt and faint vanilla.

The taste is of roasted malt, cocoa, coffee and hop bitterness on the finish.

The texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a solid brown ale that is less nutty, slightly more hoppy and just a little less impressive than Downtown Brown in my opinion.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yay, first winter ale of the season. Okay, it's probably a little early given that we haven't had Halloween yet, but I went to the liquor store looking for winter beers and I was happy to find a couple.

A: Chestnut brown with head that lingers and lingers.
S: Sweet. Maybe some spice in there. Malty. Dark fruits.
T: Dark fruits followed by bitter pure cocoa, with a boozy aftertaste. It's boozier than I might prefer, but, well, the label does say 8%.
F: Smooth.
O: Not exactly what I expected, but quite nice.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown with a large fading off-white head.
Very malty aroma with nutty malt, a bit of chocolate and some soft booze.
Sweet flavours too. More nutty malt, almost cloying. Some melanoidin notes and booze.
Needs more carbonation.
Got pretty hard to drink by end.

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Photo of Boss1993
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lets cut to the chase. This beer is basically liquid dark chocolate. It's got slight hits of coffee, but the taste of chocolate overpowers it. I like the founders style bottle and the Picasso(ish) label art. Great beer, I've bought it twice and wouldn't hesitate to buy it again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear dark reddish amber brown in color with minimal amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some ruby red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and roasted malts with some lighter aromas of chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted and toasted malts with a light amount of sweetness. There are moderate flavors of cocoa and chocolate with just a hint of vanilla. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness are present but do not linger for too long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy with a touch of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: A nice example of a brown ale with some really nice winter flavors. I enjoyed this one and would definitely consider grabbing it again. Overall the alcohol is well hidden and the beer is relatively easy to drink.

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Photo of BierJager89
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Ruby red tinted brown with a mocha head.

S: Citrus hops and a touch of nutty malt in a faint nose.

T: Cinnamon, cardamom, nutty malt, nutmeg, blended really well together. A touch of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied and a little alcohol astringency. Moderate levels of carbonation.

O: Definitely one of the better brown ales I've had, which is saying absolutely nothing, so I'll put it this way: It's a great beer, nice and wintery, and the nutty malt serves as a nice backbone for the wintery style. Recommended.

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Photo of mxchap
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Brown in color with reddish highlights. Minimal head with great lacing.
Aroma: Spices, chocolate, and roasted malt. Bread and oatmeal, and roasted almonds.
Taste: Solid sweet brown ale background. A nutty flavor peaks through. Finish is roasty. Rather roasty with some candy chocolate and licorice. Spices subdued. Moderate hop bitterness. Great flavors, but they don't quite blend together the way you would want them too.
Feel: Medium carbonation with a sticky sweetness.
Overall: A good winter-warmer. This beer is close to being great. Rather enjoyable

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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 mfnmbvp
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 09/25/2013 printed on the bottleneck. A new winter seasonal to me from Lost Coast. Acquired this bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a dark ruby chestnut mahogany colored body with three to four big fluffy fingers of khaki cream. Nice fat fluffy rings of lacing. Looks pretty damn nice.

S - Smell is nice and diverse. Fruity peach, grapefruit, and orange with some roasty chocolate malt, and some caramel. Herbal and earthy.

T - Taste is very nice. Sweet, earthy, and herbal. White sugar, tea leaves, syrupy toffee, caramel, and dark roasty chocolate malt.

M - Thick, heavy, and full-bodied with big appropriate carbonation. Sticky, dry, and bitter. Slight alcohol warmth on the finish.

Overall, a decent winter warmer from Lost Coast, although perhaps slightly muddled and a little bit confused as to what it wants to be. Either way, it is a tasty and appropriate winter beer at 8.00% abv. Glad to have tried it, and I might even have it again if the opportunity came to pass.

Lost Coast Winterbraun ---3.5/5

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Photo of schnauzeborne
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This is a very confused beer- not quite sure whether it is an amber or a stout, and not quite sure it is proud or ashamed of its high alcohol-content. The after-taste is all stout- chocolatey and vaguely coffee-like, but the mouthfeel is light and the head lackluster. The color of the beer itself is a very dark red, and it tastes just like it looks. Overall, it's a very good beer for getting drunk; I was gone faster than I anticipated, and the taste was in all honesty above average. Great beer to buy on sale, but not something to look for, in my opinion.

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Winterbraun from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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