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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Photo of seanbhudson
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with 10/07/09 date. Pours a clear orange / brown color with a medium tan head.
Moderate aroma of toasted malt, caramel and chocolate. Pumpernickel bread comes to mind. Light spice and dark fruit. I think I am picking up some alcohol too.
Malt flavors predominate. Nice complex flavors of chocolate and light spice. Reminds me of a Mexican hot chocolate. I also pick up some dark fruit flavors.
Medium body. Moderate fizzy carbonation. Silky mouthfeel.
A flavorful beer that has hints of spice but not overpowering. Borderline too sweet. While the beer went down very easily, I think it would get to sweet after awhile.

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Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty, malty, and enjoyable winter ale.

Clear dark amber with red hue. Not much head but pleasant carbonation.

Quite sweet at first, and last taste. Hints of fruit and cocoa. Hops come forward but don't overbalance the malt. It is definitely plenty hoppy as you sip awihile. Roasted, nutty flavors. Just rich and winey enough for the moderate alcohol level.

Not a great favorite but better than my impression in previous years.

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Photo of jimbodude
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - brown ale with a small head.

S - chocolate, caramel, smokey

T - Mostly chocolate. I like that it's not too carbonated. You can taste that its a stronger beer.

M - Bold and smooth. Leaves a slight smokey aftertaste

D - Probably no more than 2 before the flavor becomes too overwhelming.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, reddish amber brown. Small head, tan in color. Good retention that drops to a ring and island.
Smell is malt, hops, roasted notes with hints of spice, citrus, caramel and smoke.
Taste is malt, hops, slight smoke and spice.
Warming with nice hops astringency note, medium-bodied, light effervescence. Slightly dry. Pretty good stuff. Though not a standout, a solid brew.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. A big thanks to my girl Melissa for grabbing an extra bottle of this one for me. I really enjoyed it!

A: Small foamy head, with cloudy hues of caramel brown. Minor retention and lacing.
S: A crisp, semi-roasted barley, with a good deal of nuttiness.
T: Only slightly too much biscuit in the otherwise perfect malt profile. It's spicy, nutty, roasted, and downright perfect for a cold night. A bit of warm alcohol flavor with a woody note, maybe from the hops.
M: Light body and medium carbonation. A good deal of residuals, and malty but not unpleasant.
D: Interesting choice of hops (Saaz)...I wish they would have come out more in the flavor. But not overdone with the chocolate. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of wangbruins
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Chocolate brown color with an orange hinge and a small head that disappeared quickly

S- Chocolate and caramel with a little smoke and some cherries

T- Wow, this is chocolaty! I didn't expect this much but it's pretty much all that I taste

M- Thick but smooth- it has a bold start but a real nice and easy finish

D- I could have one or two. It's more like a dessert beer for me

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

Beer pours a mahogany brown color with a persistent off white head. Good lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smells sweet, fruity, little hints of chocolate and holiday spices.

Flavors of chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt. There is also a nice spicy hop balance.

Overall a very solid brown ale. I'm normally not a fan of this style but I would buy this one again.

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

12 oz. bottle from John's Marketplace poured Christmas pm into Delirium Tremes tulip.

Amber body, semi-opaque, finger and a half tan head, slow dissipation, nice lacing, a really nice looking beer. Bready malts, a bit of chocolate in the nose, some aromatic hops. not overpowering, malts predominate. Taste is mostly chocolate, a bit of caramel sweetness, good hop presence but not bitter. Finish is pretty dry, a bit bitter and chocolatey as it warms up. Big carbonated mouthfeel, a bit busy. This is pretty drinkable. Not sure I'd call this a Winter Warmer (despite the label), but it is a tasty, hoppy English Brown. Recommended, especially if you have the patience to let this warm a bit so the chocolate and hops come fully front and center.

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Photo of climax
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This winter brown poured about the color of the bottle with a bit of red tones. Head was pretty small and didn't leave much behind.

Nose was mild, more hoppy and well-balanced than I had anticipated. Flavors included brown sugar, ripe fruit, and noticeable hops.

Flavor was good, but not as complex as I had hoped from a winter beer. More warmth from the alcohol was evident, brown sugar, some fruitiness, and a coffee finish.

Feel was very chalky with abundant carbonation. The sharpness faded to a fizz and the beer finished dry. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 40 degrees

Shows a clear mahogany in the glass with a thick, creamy slightly off-white froth with above average retention & very good lacing. The nose offers aromas of caramel, toffee, chocolate, cinnamon, brown sugar, dark fruits, vanilla, & a very light citrus hop. Aromas turn into flavors on the palate with a good mouthfeel, slight alcohol tingle, decent hop bitterness, and long finish. Overall, a very nice winter beer. Recommended.

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Photo of popery
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Solid, simple beer. This isn't really a great brown ale, but it's still good beer. Light chocolate malt and spicy hops are evident in the aroma. The beer is a rich copper color with a creamy, ecru head. The flavor is a mish mash of sweet malt and bitter, spicy hops. Mouthfeel is a tad thin. Good beer but not terribly interesting.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: the body is of hazed reds, earthy brown, and burnt orange with more of the latter. A decent ecru colored head worked its way to the top for a short spell and slowly decayed leaving some reasonable layers and globs. In particular, a great display of blotchy swiss cheese lacing has formed across from my drinking side of the glass. The body was a bit lighter than I was expecting...but no disappointment is present

S: smells bright and bready with a snap of citrus. Nutty toasted malts start to pop out after numerous whiffs with a tough toffee edge. The sweeter side is claiming the nasal passage. Nice smell and salivation pursues

T: loaded with toasted malts and sweet sugary notes. These prominent characters gain footing as my glass warms. Some hop (mostly citrus-like) distribution is present but remains hidden in the back. Augmenting the sweetness is a residual sugary raisin, date, and fig vibe that kinda leans towards vinous. Burnt caramel starts to show within the toasted maltiness. Kinda of a wild set of flavors and really does not make me think of a winter warmer/seasonal brew
I think it is sort of a stretch to even consider this a English Brown Ale. However, I guess it is sweet and malty enough to fit the bill

M: the feel is kinda sticky and rather fizzy. The body has mild dimensions and is starting to get a little "hot" as it warms. The finish is almost spicy (from hops?) and filled with a tangy and dry sweetness

D: this is a good drinker that had a few surprises on the palate. A pretty hearty and confectionary beer

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Photo of atsprings
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip glass pours a slightly hazy brown with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is mild dark malts and not much else. The taste is a nice blend of toasted brown malts and Earthy bitter hops that leave a nice bitter finish. The beer is on the light side of medium with mild alcohol. This is an enjoyable brew for a winter day.

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Photo of bcm119
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark red with a long lasting tan lace.

Aroma is spicy, bready, medium roasted malt, slight herbal hop zing and a little alcohol.

Malt flavors are wholesome, grainy, and chocolatey, with a little burnt caramel and some hints of minerals. Medium bodied, not much residual sugar, gentle carbonation. Nice long finish where the grassy Saaz hops appear, turning a bit lemony toward the end.

A nice beer for gray fall weather. Its good all around, with no particular weaknesses. Clean, with some malt complexity, and a good balance of Saaz hops. Interesting enough for a few pints, and best after it warms to about cellar temp.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

taste- sweet, soft malt

color- reddish amber

clarity- clear with slight sediment present

smell- sweet malt

body- medium-full

appearance- really nice color, nice carbonation, little head

overall impression- slightly above average

notes- brewed with american pale malt and caramel and chocolate malts with saaz hops to give a spicy flavor and aroma. i'm not picking up any of the qualities mentioned prior. this review is for a 2008 vintage tasted in 2008

glassware: pint

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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 tyanow
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark dark brown with very little carbonation or head.

S - Roasty, malty and very nutty.

T - Starts with a dark roasted malt flavor, exudes tones of nuts (maybe almonds) and finishes with a nice bitter chocolate.

M - Medium body, smooth, and creamier than a headless beer usually is.

D - Don't let the light head throw you off or the silly label (more about this below) stop you from buying this gem fro Lost Coast. This is a very good brown all that goes down easy and won't bore the taste buds after a glass or two.

Lost Coast continues to make some darn good beers and continues to package them with cartoon laden labels and taps. Perhaps it's just me but it's hard to take them seriously when i am embarassed to carry a goofy looking six pack to the cash register - maybe that's just my issue....

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Photo of Offa
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is very good, rather like a slightly more potent, fruity version of their Downtown Braun, which I really like.

Deep red-brown, it has a medium, pale tan head slowly shrinking to a wispy top and foamy ring with some nice lace.

The aroma is very fruity, in a caramelised, faintly tangy sweet-sour way similar to English beers. It has a noticeable light yeastiness plus dark toast, raisins, a hint of chocolate, and a hint of whole-wheat bread.

The taste is similar, rich toast, caramel, sweet-sour dried fruit with a tang, some earthy leaves, hint of chocolate, bread, and prunes. It's very nice, well-balanced if slightly on the sweet side, and very drinkable.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at 55 degrees courtesy BA naproxen...Thanks!

Pours dark, murky mahogany with barely a trace of beige head. A few dots of lacework and a crescent of retention for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics are meaty and chocolaty. Roasted malts, bakers chocolate, and caramel. A hint of smoke follows through.

On the full side of medium bodied with a chewy, tacky mouthfeel. Slightly creamy with a crispish edge.

Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and burnt caramel start the palate. Hints of chipped toffee and brown bread follow through.

Finishes with lingering roast, bitter chocolate, and a hint of warmth.

This is one big brown and leans in a Dopplebock direction. This ones not tasting particularly fresh though.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle pours a dark, ruby brown with light fizzy head that quickly disappears. Not much lacing.

Smell is brown sugar and caramel malts. Some light fruit notes, pretty light smell.

More of the caramel malts, a fairly healthy raspberry note in the middle, some molasses, some bittering hops in the back. Smooth drinking, slightly too light body (though it fits with the British style), slight alcohol in the finish which is slightly odd because it's only 6.5%.

Would be nice with a meal (edit: it is!), pretty decent all-around brew that with the right crowd I might have another. Only thing that holds me back is the slight resemblance to the Lost Coast Raspberry Brown which was...not so good.

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Photo of Shadman
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich cherry cola red with a fizzy off-white-boarding on tan head. Lacing is so-so for a 'craft' brew.

Heavy on the sweet malt floralness with a hint of that west coast hop.

Will say it is hopped up for an English Brown ( it's a west coast Yank version afterall lol), but not aggressively enough to put it totally out of this category. Malts trend more toward the fruit side, dried fruit. Dates, figs, etc. Again higher ABV is well masked and only shows itself with a fuller body mouthfeel. Finish is a tad too much on the tin/metal side of the spectrum to score it higher in the 'feel' category.

Carbonation is about right given the higer ABV...Smooth without being too watery.

Seeing as this is the year that Winter seemingly won't let off it's death grip over the prairie. this is a well named brew and certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Chapter40z
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Whoa, its 2-23-09 found this in the local store in the cheapy rack...a little past its prime I'm sure but what the heck better later then never.

A. A dark ruby color, very little head.

S. Has a heavy malt profile. Some chocolate and caramels.

T. Better then I thought it would. If it taste this good 2 months late I want a fresh one. Some burn and roasted flavors, all malt with this beer.

M. Medium body, mild carbonation very enjoyable.

D. This is actually kind of light for a winter brew but all in all I like it and look forward to it next year

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

A - dark brown with red highlights, clear, small light tan head, leaves a few gobs of lace behind.

S - clean caramel, some nuttiness, dark fruit

T - sweet caramel malt, nicely balanced, gives way to some nuts and toast. Aftertaste is dry biscuit, but does not linger. Finish is dry.

M - smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, no alcohol warmth

D - dangerously drinkable, there is no way I'd guess this to be 6.5% abv.

A very good brown ale, excellent even, but when one considers that this has been somewhat "imperialized" at 6.5% (the brewery even says it's a pumped up version of the Downtown Brown from their regular lineup), it seems a little tame.

However, the more I drink of it, the more I enjoy it, and I'm kinda glad that they didn't make it into some bastardized Extreme version. Browns are a bit of an underwhelming style and I always say that a good one is hard to come by. Check this one out if you are a fan of the style, and looking for something simple, yet sturdy and satisfying.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark berry red brown colored ale with a fluffy light brown head that dissipates slowly. Clear and sparkling. Pine forest hops and dark wooden malt prevail in the aroma. It is soft and full bodied. It leaves the tongue slightly ragged. It has a solid, deep dark burnt and resinous flavor. Yes, it tastes like a forest fire.
(rated Apr 26, 2007)

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Winterbraun from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
3.74 out of 5 based on 440 ratings.
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