Winterbraun | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
California, United States | website

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of hyprlt
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into tulip.

dark reddish brown. somewhat of a dark room.

i did not pick up much aroma. I think i am getting sick, there is a little bit going on

good nuttiness, slight spiciness. the hops used appear to be very traditional and light. there is a bit of crisp, bitiness.

thick as most brown ales, doesnt linger, not too heavy

I like it. A common style with a bit of holiday spice flavor.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson brown with a 1 inch puffy beige head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Chunky rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, cocoa, and some slight vanilla aromas. Taste is of toasted and roasted malt, caramel, and cocoa powder. A mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a somewhat crisp yet smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good brown ale. I can see why this is released as a Winter beer.

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Photo of timmos1
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

like some other reviewers, I too must note with a little chagrin that when you purchase a winter beer, you don't always know what you are going to get. This beer is beautiful to look at and tastes really great, but I would call it a brown ale, or a light stout or something else. It's great, but if you are expecting a spicy winterfest type beer, you may be disappointed. A light chocolate stout perhaps?

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Photo of tony223366
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Really gorgeous mahogany color. Meaning that it's a darkish brown that is red when light hits it. A very attractive color. Head was two fingers and decent but quickly turned into 1 finger. It seems to be sticking around pretty well though.

S: The saaz hops come out in a nice clean, spicy way. Past that I get mostly chocolate malts with a nice backbone roasted aroma. Smells like an awesome English brown should.

T: This is a really nice beer. The chocolate malts and roasted malts primarily come through. The saaz hops add a nice spicy counterpoint on the finish.

M: The beer also shines here. Great body and carbonation keeps this beer from being cloying and makes you want that next gulp.

O: A great Christmas beer. Just a really clean tasting beer. Very sessionable and great for a Christmas party. So far only second to Jubelale. We'll see how well Anderson Valley and Anchor winter beers keep up!

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Photo of brotherloco
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle x2. Bottled 09/20/11. Served in a tapered 22oz glass. This year's edition is 6.8% ABV.

Pours a translucent dark brown with two fingers of dark beige foam. Recedes slowly. A nice amount of delicate lacing clings to the glass.

Aroma of roasty dark malts. I get mostly chocolate. Some grassy hops are in there too. A touch peppery. Fairly subdued.

Taste matches the nose almost perfectly, and thankfully is stronger. Plenty of roasty malt balanced by those earthy grassy hops. Perfect touch of sweetness. Roasted bitterness lingers in the aftertaste along with the sweetness. Not getting any of the sizeable alcohol.

Medium-full bodied with a very nice prickly but natural supportive carbonation. Quite drinkable.

Another yearly go-to winter ale for me.

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Photo of Innocentexile
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass

A-Dark Brown with a finger and a half of head. some lacing.

S-smells sorta nutty to me, kinda roasted too, nothing in your face

T/M-as it smelled, nutty and roasty

O-nothing too Offensive and nothing spectacular. average all the way

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

I wish winter warmers would say what style they are on the bottle. Of course, I would not have purchased this if it said English Brown Ale on the bottle.

This tastes like a not too robust/not too mild brown. It is well crafted and decent for the style (better than many an English English Brown). But I don't like these. I'm getting heartburn from it. I will try to not buy this again. I wish it were slightly spiced - I would recommend doing this yourself. My spice shelf is a big mess and I couldn't find any.

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

Bottled: unk

A: pours ruddy brown with reddish hues. Sheet of tan on top. Spot lace.
S: Prunes, english toffee, orange peel, pumpkin. Interesting.
T: Sweet with dried dark stone fruit, some bready sweet malts. Some herbal hops and some hints of sweet cocoa.
M: Moderate body with hi carb and surprisingly dry finish.
O: Good stuff. Pleasant surprise.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

My Bears continue to rock it on the field, hopefully they'll do the same by housing another potentially good beer. This one pours a hazy sunset sienna topped by a finger of dusty light tan foam. The nose comprises rich caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, and a light kiss of cocoa. The taste brings in more of the same, along with ginger, nutmeg, and orange peel. The last one, though, provides an awful lot of citrus-rind-y bitterness given the small amount. This, though, does not hurt things too much. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a pretty solid brown, though the spices start to become a bit much after a while. Not too much, thankfully, but it starts to grate on ya. Beyond that, things are a bit on the thin side, but mostly this is some pretty good stuff.

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Photo of ClevelandG
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased a single bottle at my local beer store. Enjoyed the smell and taste. The label mentions chocolate twice and for good reason. The caramel and chocolate malts make this beer unique, but I don't get much of the spicy hops. It has a very nice aftertaste. I'd purchase a 6-pack to share with friends.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- clear deep dark chestnut brown. Sticky creamy tan head leaves some major lace deposits.

S- sweet malty aroma with mild pumpkin spice. Nutmeg mostly, with some cinnamon, ginger, and brown sugar. toasty roasty nutty and chocolatey.

T- Big full flavor! Very roasted and burnt cookies, coffee, dark chocolate, a dark fruity tartness, some spice nutmeg cinnamon allspice and maybe a touch of earthy hops. Definitely more of a porter flavor than other brown ales. Finish is long and bittersweet.

MF- full and grainy with perfect carbonation.

D- pretty good winter warmer type beer, not too heavy on the spice and big on roasted flavor.

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Photo of Jesse13713
2.54/5  rDev -32.1%
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 litheum94
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/27/11. Reviewed 10/25/11.

Very dark brown body, with faint, ruby edges. Thick, khaki colored head settles to a ring of foam with some lacing on the glass.

Strong coffee aromas, with hazelnut and milk chocolate as well. Very roasty, with no hop profile.

Toasted nut flavors give a fullness to the body. Subtle, yet sweet, chocolate pops up mid-palate. Lightly roasted coffee flavors imparts a soft bitterness.

I used to drink this all the time, and passed it over the last couple of winters. I've been missing out. This isn't an outstanding beer, but it is warming and tasty and a great cold weather brew.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of Winterbraun from the Binny's singles this might be close to a year is a great tasting Brown ale!!! The appearance is good...poured a brownish amber with good carbonation and ercu head that is lacing. The aroma is roasty and sweet. The taste is a charred molassis that has great balanced between all the characteristics. There is a slight acidic taste at the end and the alcohol becomes more prevalent as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is good...nice fuller body carbonation tickles the tongue. Overall the is a good beer. I was a little nervous because I thought the age would do it in....but kept well.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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@Haven Gastropub

App- A tri-colored mixture which was quite nice. A good blend of red/brown/and amber with a good 1/2 finger of head to it. Great cling all the way down.

Smell- A thin mix of roast, malt and a little walnut. Smelled nice just thin.

Taste- A good malt base to which they started and from there it was a bit of roasted caramel malts with a little sweetness and some nutty flavors.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium carbonation level. A little sweet roast and suprisngly a little bitter on the finish.

Drink- It was pretty tasty. It's been a very long time since I have had a base North Coast beer. I should probably go back to some of them.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from kjyost. Cheers.

A - Foamy rich tan head on an amber body with generous carbonation. Good chunks of lacing and a half finger of retention.

S - Rich malty caramel as soon as the bottle is popped. Rich malty goodness. A hefty yeasty aroma with biscuity notes. Overly yeasty.

T - Lot's of caramel. Yeasty. Nutty in the finish.

M - Mild carbonation, medium to full body. Yeasty, dusty finish.

O/D - Odd. Seems like it missed the mark with the malt bill. Yeasty and odd IMO. Too bland to be interesting. Nothing special and not something I would look for again.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - fully hazy redwood brown, creamy tan head retained well with a fairly consistent lacing
S - nutty and sweet with notes of toffee and candied fruit, leafy and peppery as well
T - similar to the nose with added grape fruitiness and the spiciness more pronounced, but all other flavours are a little subdued
M - lower carbonation, rich and smooth, but finishes just a little on the thin side
O - as the name suggests, this is definitely a warm hug on a gold winter night, just too bad for me I cracked it in the middle of a summer heat wave

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Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes 2/2/11

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a dark amber with 1/4" head. Smells a little sweet for my liking; apples and malts. Tastes sweet, too. I can't put my finger on what exactly is tastes like, but I'll offer up apples and syrup as my best guess. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. I prefer my winter offerings with a little more spice and alcohol and far less sweet. Not disappointed I tried it, but the future will be Winterbraun-less for me.

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

A - Pours with one finger of off-white head that rests on top of a brown body with clear, amber highlights. The foam settles slowly and leaves moderate lace on the glass.

S - A nice aroma of moderately dark caramel malt with some fruity yeast notes of apple and plum.

T - Toasted malt notes up front with some caramel and toffee. Things darken a bit in the middle with notes of molasses and some musty hops. The beer finishes with some red apple character, more molasses, and moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish with a touch of astringency.

D - Not a bad winter ale, the malt is very much up front but not excessively dark as it never gets any browner then a touch of molasses. The yeast is there to remind us that it is brewed in semi British style as are the musty hops. On the down side it has a kind of sticky, cola sweetness in the finish and the bitterness is disjointed and harsh. Good enough, but not really any more than that.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(12oz bottle). Pours hazy brown with lots of sedimentation in suspension. kahki head. Aroma of wood, caramel, and cocoa nibs. Taste is sweet with some roasty bitterness. Kind of like a chocolate tootsie pop. Medium finish with a slightly bitter, dry finish. Not a bad beer considering I don't typically care for the style.

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Photo of marty21
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with two fingers worth of foamy tan head. Settles to a bit of a cap and left quite a bit of lacing.

S: Milk chocolate with some roasted and caramel malt with a decent amount of hops in the nose.

T: Milk chocolate with a bit of roasted malt and faint hops. There's also a bit of alcohol in the finish.

M: Light to medium carbonation with a medium body.

O: This was a pretty good brown ale. It wasn't super complex but had enough to keep me coming back each sip to search through it. I'd gladly buy this again.

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Photo of kjyost
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Unnotched label (no BB) purchased fairly fresh from the MLCC. Served at 49F in a tulip.

A: Reddish brown and clear body. Pale mocha head that leaves little blobs of lacing. Decent retention.

S: Nutty nose, a bit of soy sauce and smokiness oddly when inhaled deeply. Light earthiness.

T: The first mouthfull felt cloying, but after that thinned out with a gentle sweetness that coupled with a light bitterness. Roasted notes, with coffee flavour playing nicely through the body.

M: Medium strong carbonation. Lingers nicely. Very enjoyable.

D: A really nice beer I would go find again.

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Photo of smbslt
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Produced a 2 finger head the color of dried grass which managed to hold on but diminished to a thin layer at the end. Carbonation could be coaxed out of solution by a little shaking. It was difficult to see if there was any carbonation due the cloudiness. Reddish brown with orange and yellow highlights.

As a side note the label to me seemed a bit offensive. Certainly naming and labeling has taken on as much expression as the beers themselves but this idea should have been left on the drawing board.

Carmel dominated the smell with alcohol coming thru as well however did not affect taste or drinkability.

Roasted flavors were very distinctive and with the roasting taken to within seconds of charring. Very toasted marshmallow and caramel flavors. Maybe some hops at the end but overpowered by the malts. It's what Newcastle was before its identity crisis.

Mouthfeel was good. Substantial enough to compliment the flavor but not chewy.

Very drinkable. The alcohol does not getting in the way

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Photo of canucklehead
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is all over Vancouver including the government stores. This is good as nice Winter beers are a welcome addition to the shelves,

The beer is dark brown with a large head. Nose is hoppy but with lots of malt and a toasty note. The beer is a brown ale with a rounded hoppy mouthfeel. Very drinkable yet full of flavour . Not huge and brooding but rather a fun brown ale that works well at this time of this year

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Photo of seand
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark, slightly translucent brown, with a fair amount of tan head. Enough head retains around the edge of the glass to leave nice long streaks of lacing.

S: Nutty, earthy, roasted caramel malts. There's also what seems to be a slight hint of booze, which I wouldn't expect at this ABV; the overall blend is pleasant, though.

T: Sweet upfront, with a little bit of the nuttiness from the nose. Not really balanced, though, and is almost a little empty towards the middle. The finish just barely hints at the roasted malts and a little bit of coffee-like bitterness. It's a well done simple blend, however, and very nice if you aren't scrutinizing it too closely.

M: Medium to full body, medium to low prickly carbonation; smooth overall.

D: Very nice drinkability.

This beer doesn't quite stand up to careful rating, but it's a great drinking beer to have any time the beer itself isn't the focus. Quite nice overall, and better to my taste buds than pretty much any year-round beer from Lost Coast. It certainly outclasses Downtown Brown.

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Winterbraun from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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