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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Ratings: 446 |  Reviews: 243
Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick dark brown, almost black with a 1 inch caramel head, quickly fades, with some residual lace. Smell right off is chocolate, spice, and caramel. Taste is almost coffee like, very nice actually, with a good hoppy after taste. This was very smoothe, somewhat thick but not overally so at all. Its seems very drinkable and I was suprised as I usually do not like darker beers, but this was very welcomed.

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Photo of flexabull
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark, almost black, with a quickly fading white head.

Aromas are nice, smells of sweet raisins and roasted malts.

This tastes like a cross between a winter warmer, and an English Brown. A bit crisp and light up front, with a nice finish of dark chocolate malts, and a hint of a hoppy bitter aftertaste. A bit of alcohol is present too.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, the tastes do linger a bit.

Another worthy effort from Lost Coast.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured really dark brown with an nice 1/2" head that melted slowly to very faint lacing.
Aroma was toasted malts and coffee....maybe a hint of chocolate.
Taste of sweet toasted malt and chocolate, only slightly citrus hops, finishing to an espresso coffee aftertaste.
Nice mouthfeel of full carbonation.
Slow alcohol burn as you enjoy the last swallow.
I could drink a couple or three of these, but no more. The alcohol I can definately feel and they are very filling

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Photo of Graham21
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
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 scottoale
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12 oz brown bottle a dark copper-brown with a finger of foamy tan head. Head recedes quickly leaving a very fine lacing behind and when aggitated.

Earthy roasted malt nose with notes of chocolate and caramel, a hint of grassy hops in the background.

Sweet malty taste, mostly of caramel and toffee, with a mild bitter chocolate in the finish. Smooth, mellow taste with a good balance that leaves a bitter-sweet, yet clean finish.

Easy to drink, moderate alcohol content, it's got a medium body and a light creamy mouthfeel. A good winter brew that certainly fits it's style...enjoy it !

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy cola brown body with a beige head that declines to a ringlet and leaves some, but not much, lacing

Smell: Chocolate and malt aromas waft up from the glass, but it is very hard to pick up the Saaz hops

Taste: Nice malty base with plenty of chocolate and bready flavors; a bit of crispness on the finish from the hops (along with an intriguing roastiness from the malt) that makes for a dry finale

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; a touch or warmth from the alcohol

Drinkability: One of the better English Browns I have tasted but the style doesn't do much for me

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

chocolate brown appearance, with prominent licorice and hops and malt in the nose. Hoppy in front, then maltiness, including cocoa and spice like nutmeg in finish. Bit of bitterness in aftertaste. A nice one. Good mouthfeel for a well carbonated beverage.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance- Pours a finger of head and leaves a ring of foam around the edge of the beer. Also leaves some foamy bubbles on the glass. The color is a hazy, opaque brown. I'm talking "Brown Soes Don't Make It" brown with some garnet highlights. Only some sparse lacing is visisble when held to the light.

Smell- The sweetest smelling EBA I've ever had thats for sure. But that doesn;t mean the subtle English hops go unnoticed. A very well balanced mix of sweet bread (not cow intestines) and complex hopping.

Taste- Starts out as a mix of Polish rye bread and a barley wine like sweetness. Roasted malts then do a well balanced waltz across my taste buds to a slightly milk chocolatey finish.

Mouthfeel- A very smooth ale with more sweetness than expected. Sweet and roasted malts mixed well with the English style hop flavors. Making for a very well balanced EBA.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with no real head, just a faint ring of tan foam. It's seems somewhat cloudy but hard to tell as the brown color is fairly dark. The smell is a nice mix of toasted chocolate and Saaz hops, however it only barely makes its way to the nose. The taste begins with a sweet chocolate flavor, then turns dry with a moderate, nutty bitterness. The flavor didn't initially impress but it opens up after awhile and does become a bit sweeter. Has a slight thickness on the tongue and carbonation is good. Tasting more like a porter, I thought this brown ale was very drinkable, but I expected there to be a little more sweetness from the malt. I like this beer as a winter seasonal, but I didn't notice the spiciness as they claimed on the description. Fine with me anyway, I liked the style...

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Photo of Naes
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
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 bgraney
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich brown color with creamy 1 finger head
A nutty aroma but the smell was a little thin, I felt I had to search
Nice nice/malty chocolaty taste but not overwhelming in any direction. It wasn't as robust as I would like but there was nothing distasteful about it.
Definitely not too heavy so you could drink as many as you want.
I liked it and wouldn't turn it down if offered and I would enjoy drinking it again but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a great bottle smell. Smells like the homemade chocolate syrup for ice cream my mom used to make. Poured it into a 12 oz chalice. The color is also very chocolatey. The taste is very chocolatey. Surprised this bottle didn't have a Nestle's Special Dark wrapper on it. This isn't what I expected for a "brown" ale but I am pleasantly surprised by this flavor. This is a very sweet beer, very smooth and very sweet. The mouthfeel is pure chocolate and the beer is consistent throughout with a sweet finish. I wonder if I could pour this on some vanilla ice cream? Very smooth brew but really sweet. My new microbrew source grocery store had this brew in a 50% off cart. Should have bought all they had it would probably store well.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rather dull, transluscent brown with a thin tan head thats gone quickly. The aroma is a big improvement however, with nice chocolate and earthy malt character, as well as some grassy and floral hops. The flavor is nice and malty, with chocolate, toasted bread and earthy flavors dominating, as well as some subdued floral and grassy hops and a slight hint of alcohol and some hazelnut coming through in the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side but not bad, and drinkability is pretty good. An enjoyable winter seasonal from loast coast, subtle and rewarding.

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Photo of Muddybuddy
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark garnet all the way through. Clear and free of sediment, no haze. A creamy off white head forms immediately when pouring and is very thick looking. The surface tension with the glass creates some lacing.

Aroma: The first thing I noticed was a sweeter dark chocolate with hints of black cherries and possibly almonds. The sweet malty flavor is present and helps to define this beer as a desert, at least for myself. Hops are present, but not overemphasized.

Taste: This beer has a very malty flavor that I really like. The aromas mentioned balance very well together on the tongue and there is a bitterness of sorts that I am not quite willing to identify with hops. Perhaps they used black patent here? **edit, addition: I usually decline to read bottles until I have tasted and done an impartial review. Upon reading the bottle, it makes no mention of black patent malt. Appears I'm wrong on this one.** Despite the darkness of color and thickness of head, this beer is somewhat lighter tasting because of that darkness exactly. The flavors from the aromas tend to float on top of an airy bitterness, very hard to describe accurately.

Mouthfeel: The very first sip I had was, to me, somewhat syrupy, but this changed as I progressed. The next one was lighter and left my mouth feeling very refreshed and cooled.The third one left a bit of alcoholic warming followed by a tea like bitterness that was very nice. I really like the mouthfeel on this one.

Drinkability: While I do enjoy this one, it will only be occasionally that I endulge in it. The flavors are pronounced, and without the hops I crave, it will be relegated to times when I need to take a hops break.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After its release from the 12-ounce brown bottle it sets in the glass a nice deep brown with a modest light tan semi-creamy head that after its dissolving leaves a velum like coating of lace upon the glass. Nose has a nice malt sweet aroma, hints of caramel, quite a pleasing nose I must say, start is sweet with a nice grain presence, top is light to medium in feel. Finish is delectably acidic, the hops delightfully spicy and the aftertaste dry, a decent winter beer, and one I always purchase as it makes a nice end of day beer.

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Photo of NClifestyle
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this seemed like an english brown with something extra. maybe i'm too caught up in the winter beers at present, but there seemed to be more in this beer than just brown ale, and i liked it!
pours up a dark, hazy amber color, thick head of tan creamy foam, lots of lace.
strong, sweet malt smell before i even bring the glass up to my nose.
sugary malty goodness in the flavor, just a touch of hop in the back of the mouth, and even that is of the floral sweet variety. tons of spicy sweet malt. maybe that's the winter aspect.
medium, creamy, tasty. give me another (6-pack).
a damn good beer from lost coast.


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Photo of rebel1771
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazey dark reddish brown. The aroma consists mainly of chocolate with hints of toffee and a hoppy finish. The chocolate from the aroma mixes with coffee to make up the body of the flavor with a nice hoppy finish. This is not an overly complex ale, and that's good it doesn't have to be. A damn fine brew to enjoy in those cold months.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

CHOCOLATE MILK!! This tastes like nesquick on crack to me, i love it. A dessert beer. 12 oz stubby bottle w/snowboarding dood on it. This poured a nice deep mohogony brown. Very hazy looking. Beautiful creamy foamy godlike tan head with some good lacing. Aroma is nice and roasty with strong chocolate milk/cocoa and coffee flavors. The taste is so damn smooth and chocolately. Very sweet. At first it tastes like dark chocolate, but this contains some serious nesquick flavors. Wintery spices are present. Nice malts but hoppy enough to balance. This is sort of a combination between a porter, and a wintery brown ale. Dark brown ale of light mustyness amazingness. This one surprisingly kicked my ass, guess I am having a weird night. Smoothish cream feel to the mouth. Very flavorfull, very drinkable. One of the more enjoyable winter beers I have had.

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Photo of jhu1995
2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
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 kingjames1
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours coca-cola-like, with a tan, quickly dissipating head. Good carbonation though. Smell chocolate, caramel, and hazelnut - its definitely a brown ale. Never had the Downtown Brown, so I don't know how this compares, but this is a solid brown ale, with a seasonal twist (some added hoppy kicks). Not bad at all. I prefer it to the overpowering Rogue hazelnut brown ale (which is excellent, but too rich for me to enjoy much of except in particular moods).

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Photo of charlatan
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle has no freshness date, but claims 6.5%abv rather than the 5.0% above. Slightly reddish tan colour with very little head. It has a roasted malt nose with chocolate to the fore. There is also a slight herbal tone.

After initial strong carbonation this has a creamy feel and a pleasantly chocolatey flavour with just enough hops to prevent it from being sickeningly sweet. This isn't something I would want to consume regularly, but it is well balanced and rather well done all round.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown color below a thin coating with no lacing to speak of.

At first I thought this was a porter or a spiced up mild stout. Smell was full of toasted malts, quite the bready doughy aroma as well.

mildly spiced, this is mostly a malt bomb. There is a slight bitter twinge at the end that I found to be a nice touch to be otherwise toasted malts, and bakers chocolate. I found the mouthfeel to be a bit chalky for my liking. Once again this chewy doughball frustrates the palate.

I thought it was a fairly decent beer although I could only have one maybe two twelve ouncers in a night. Not because of ABV as this version is still a solid but not overwhelming 6.5%. Pick up a sixer and give it a whirl.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured, the color reminded me of root beer. The same brown, but not as thick. The smell of sweet roasted malts filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. But, that was the high side, the low is that, the flavor was of a hoppy nature, with no roasted malt taste. Not much anyway. The piney, hoppy flavor is not what I expected in a brown ale. The aroma was great, but the flavor of a hoppy brown ale was a turn off!

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Photo of qcitydarkstar
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$7.99/six-pack 12oz. bottles.

Pours a translucent dark brown, reminiscent of a classic English Nut Brown with an inch of slightly off-white head that slowly settles down into the liquid. The noise is full of malts and chocolate, both scents are almost overpowering. The beer has a strong initial taste of heavy malts and hazelnut, but finishes quickly and smoothly. Rather refreshing but awfully light considering the style. Decent winter seasonal from Lost Coast for malt heads (hop heads beware).

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Photo of RootedFool
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Winterbraun pours murky mahogany with a head that barely eclipses half an inch in height, tan in color, and has the consistency of heavy cream. Not much lacing clings to the glass, more like swaths of pasty residue. Still, it's an attractive beer. Smell: Warm notes of chocolate, a few strands of honey, caramel, some enjoyably raspy hop undertones; smells like a brown ale should, just with more bulk. In fact, this simply smells like a bigger version of Lost Coast's excellent Downtown Brown. Taste: The use of Saaz hops (typically used for pilsners) is noticeable right away on the tip of my palate, mildly peppery, followed by a steep drop into dark chocolate, and some hints of powdered sugar; the finish flows back to the hops, unique for a brown ale, spicy, even tangy. A little thin in the mouth, but that's forgivable. Crisply carbonated.

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Winterbraun from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 446 ratings