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 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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Photo of Grabbin2nd
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 11/9/08: Lost Coast Brewing Co.
Winterbraun 2008
6.5% abv. 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Appearance=Dark, tan head. Minimal carbonation. Vigorous pour yields 1.5 finger head. Cascading rings down the glass and you sip.

Smell=Strong smell, almost like fresh Guinness from the tap but more going on. Coffee, chocolate, malt and hops.

Taste= coffee, malt. Good flavor on this beer. Not my favorite style, but well represented. I enjoy this beer every year.

Mouth Feel=good thick mouth feel.

Drinkability= To me it's not a big session beer. I think it's better as a sipper. I could take down at least 5 though...

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's almost winter, and it's getting colder here in SoCal, so let me open up a winter seasonal and get into the holiday mood. On to the beer:

Ruby brown color with an orange tint, the head is creamy and has decent retnetion and initial size. Hint of chocolate Tootsie Rolls, dry caramel bread, mild fruitness from the hops. So far, a little cleaner than their year-round brown. Continuez...I like this beer. Sweet with a bit of hops. Clean, heavyish feel, I can do this. A splasha of hops at first. It sweetenes to toffee, and lots of it. Quite nutty too. a trace of alcohol. Oh, and the alcohol slowly warms the body.

Not a session beer being it's a little heavier, but meaty enough to keep you warm on a cool night.

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

Fair "braun" ale. Nice brown-mahogany appearance with a thin, dense head.

Sweet fruit, raisin, malt smell. Hints of caramel and milk chocolate.

Heavy malt taste with a sour profile. Faint hops, traces of raisin and plum. A bit sour on the finish.

Good carbonation, not a bad winter beer.

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

Let the Christmas beer consumption begin. I picked up a handful of Christmas ales at City Beer Store a couple weeks ago and it's time to try them Winterbraun is first. I've never had this before and am very happy with it.

A: Pours dark caramel and brown in color with a fair amount of carbonation. Some lacing sticks around for a while.

S and T: Caramel and spices. I don't get any of the chocolate. Somewhat sweet.

Mouthfeel: is medium bodied, a little sticky, with a bit more than medium carbonation. Really nice.

D: At 6.5% ABV and well rounded, it's not going to be hard to finish this. But it's a Sunday night, so I won't open another.

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Photo of hops4me
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer. Dark brown/ruby body with white lacing sticking to the side of the glass. Smells sweet, fruity, little hints of chocolate. Maybe a little floral hops in there as well. Taste is very fruity. I detect rasberry and toffee. Again hints of choclate in the aftertaste. Light to medium mouthfeel with good drinkability. Nice malty brown ale. Not alot of hops in there which is true to the Enlgish Style. Very smooth and pleasant to drink.

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Photo of elricorico
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Fairly dark brown, with some redness to it. Clear, but blocks most of the light. Had two fingers of head that fell quickly to a thin cap.

A roasty, almost milk chocolate aroma with some spicy hop to it. Smells fairly good, but isn't as full as one might hope.

Nutty, chocolatey and touched by just a bit of tobacco in the taste. Front to back seems to stay pretty much the same, though there is the slightest medicinal hop to the finish. Not bad, but I think I prefer Downtown Brown's flavour to this one.

Medium bodied with lots of carbonation that is lively but does not become coarse. Pretty pleasant mouthfeel.

English browns just don't seem to do bigger as well as some other styles. This isn't bad, but it isn't one I'd buy again.

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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 lynx1245
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A winter brown... lets give it a pour.

Appearance: A nice dark brown that turns ruby red when held up to the light. Unremarkable head that is barely present and dissipates quickly. Very minimal lacing.

Smell: Smells very sweet and malty but not much else.

Taste: Coffee, malts and some caramel. A very very small hint of hop bitterness at the end. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: Body is a bit thin, but it is a brown ale. Nothing really special here.

Drinkability: I think this brew really shines in this department. It may be a little light but it is still tasty and is dry enough to keep me wanting to drink more. I could definitely be happy with a sixer of this in a night.

I like Lost Coast's downtown brown and this is probably a little better. Not bad at all.

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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 jettjon
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date in evidence into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!), this one's a dark brown color with notes of ruby. Smallish cap and collar has good staying power and rides all the way to the bottom, leaving good sticky lacing clinging in its wake. Nose of fairly bold dry cocoa, chocolaty malt, and faint hints of spicy alcohol. On the tongue, sweet and dry chocolate malt and a chocolate skim milk flavor ends with a slightly bitter finish. Mouth is thinnish similar to watery milk, with smooth and gentle carbonation giving it a creamy feel. Drinkability is quite good; it's smooth and balanced and easily quaffable. 6.5% abv is well masked.

Overall: A great brown ale, easy drinking and enjoyable. Not overly complex or imposing, this is a great brew to simply enjoy. Recommended.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Winterbraun poured a deep dark brown in to the Pilsener glass. It had a minimal foam head with some sea foam lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma was nice. It was a deep roasted malt with hints of chocolate overtones. It was full bodied and gave a sweet malt taste all the way though. There was a tad nuttiness and a tinge of bitterness on the finish. I found it to be a very enjoyable English Brown.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12-ounce stubby poured into a tulip yields a raw honey- amber body capped with a thin layer of big-bubbled milky foam that reduces to the merest of rings right away, leaving no lacing.

Smell is lightly sweet with a touch of chocolate and a spicy note, but overall is not very strong, nor all that revealing.

Taste is somewhat drier than the nose, but with the same components, plus a little light caramel on the sides of the tongue and a nice roasty coffee note that persists into the finish.

Hardly a big beer, the drink is light-medium bodied with a little lingering slickness that makes it very drinkable.

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Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at gobbels in Wichita, review based on notes

Pours chestnut with 3 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & above lacing

S: Toasted malt, brown sugar & cocoa

T: Toasty malt, dryness & nice chocolate up front. Leafy hops, cocoa & roasted malt as this warms. Finished dry with nice toastyness

MF: Fairly rich, moderate carbonation & great balance

Drinks very easy, I like this big brother of downtown brown, quite a bit. This would be a staple if regularly available

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Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, dark brown color with a very small, tan head. There didn't appear to be much carbonation nor any lace.

S - It smelled very nutty. Also, nutty and roasted malt notes.

T - It tasted of strong roasted malt and very nutty. A little bitter hop kick, too.

M - It was crisp and relatively smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good brown ale. It didn't look so good, but the smell and taste were quite good.

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

I guess it's officially spring when you get a discount on the winter beers, I got $1.50 off this 6 pack at the whole foods in Cary. This brew pours an earthy brown with noticeable floating sediment and a thin cream colored cap. Chocolate and deep dark malts dominate the nose with a hint of dark fruits. Very sweet, as appropriate for a winter warmer.

The taste has plenty of the mentioned sweetness but also kicks in some hops for balance, especially in the finish. Slight alcohol tinge doesn't hurt the taste. Texture is crisp and clean for such a heavy style. I don't love this beer but it's a solid winter session brew and has enough zip and originality to keep you interested. Decent call.

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

This was sampled last night and lifted from my notes.
Bought a six pack in November from Bevmo for $6.99.
Beer poured a reddish brown with a small off white head. Nose is malty with no other special characteristics. Taste is interesting, taste somewhat like a red from the caramel malts but has chocolate creeping in. Beer finishes with a dry crisp hop. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and satisfying. Drinkability is good. This is a nice addition to the Christmastime rotation. It is recommended to try.

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Photo of Surefire
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, and clearly unfiltered. Particles floating around when held up to the light.

S: Good smell, chocolate, mocha.

T: Heavy flavor profile. Can get chocolate, mocha, sweet malts, slightly spice hops finish.

M: Very good. Nice even medium body to it.

D: Good. Very drinkable, while still being full flavored and medium bodied. Nice balance.

Overall, a very good seasonal ale that goes well with many foods.

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Photo of Viggo
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a hazy dark reddish muddy brown, decent off white head forms, settles down to a thin ring, some lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet and nutty, caramel, bread, light roast, light, bit of floral/citrus, cake, not bad. Taste is nice, grainy, caramel, solid nuttiness, bit of milk chocolate and light roast, floral, tons of malt, great. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, pretty slick, low carbonation, smooth and easy to put back. Very nice brown ale, flavour is solid and the mouthfeel is nice.

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Photo of stephendr
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. glass bottle- color of mahogany, with a medium tan head - nose of nutty, roasted, malty, and light milk chocolate – taste of, malt, dark chocolate light hops, and hint of anise- body is full, smooth, and with low carbonation – aftertaste of bitter chocolate, slightly acidic, and roasted

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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 sloejams
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Admittedly, I'm not the biggest Lost Coast fan nor do I go out of my way for often for an English Brown. This already had 2 strikes against, but it REALLY came through to show me.

It pours a dark amber color with a 2 finger head. The aroma is malty with a slight sweetness with waffle batter and shiraz flavors that came out. I can see how this is a Winter offering. It almost comes to be a Winter Warmer but doesn't have the potpourri-like spicings normally associated with it.

I found this to be a pleasant surprise - easy drinking and timely.

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Photo of IPAcraig
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brownish black body with a very small and fairly light colored head.

Definitely a sweet smelling brown ale. Caramel malt goodness.

A sweet brown with tiny hints of chocolate and roasted character. Fairly light in body and not very bright in taste. The carbonation is low, yet the beer still feels lacking in body.

A easy drinker, and a solid, yet unspectacular brown.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tubler at 50 degrees. The beer was a nice mahoganny color. It poured a fair head that oozed coffee and hints of toffee mingling nicely. I was excited. However, the taste was extremely bitter and ruff. To me the beer was an odd mix that could use some refinning, a good begginning but a ruff finish. I will not buy again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown, with a creamy, white to off-white head, no real lacing, but excellent retention, could have lasted for hours, I thought.

S: Smells of nuts, dark malt, and a bit of cinnamon.

T: Tastes a lot like the Downtown Brown, with a bit more heft and quality of flavour. Nice chocolate notes, and a bit of bitter cinnamon character, even though I don't think this ale is spiced. An all around, good quality brown ale taste.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, creamy, solid, but not spectacular.

D: A good brown ale from Lost Coast, one of their better offerings, IMO, I could definitely see myself having this again, a good nightcap, for a lower alcohol beverage.

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Winterbraun from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
3.74 out of 5 based on 441 ratings.
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