Watermelon Wheat | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Watermelon WheatWatermelon Wheat

Brewed by:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
California, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by kylehay2004 on 06-01-2012

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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of kylehay2004
2.61/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: no head really and scant lacing on a hazy golden with crimson hues body.

S: straight up watermelon.

T: watered down watermelon. Maybe some malts and wheat but I am probably making that up.

M: light body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: alcoholic watermelon juice. Period.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.77/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, and watermelon candy aromas. Taste is much the same with watermelon candy and the flavored pink antibiotic given to children on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with artificial fruit qualities all around.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.52/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle - I'm having watermelon with dinner tonight, so this is a nice preview, as such.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden amber colour, with a near-teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some rather loose Swiss cheese pattern lace around the glass as it slowly but evenly recedes.

It smells of musty watermelon rind, bready and doughy caramel malt, a bit of buttered toast, simple syrup, and a touch of musky yeastiness. The taste is grainy and bready caramel malt, a lesser wan wheatiness, muddled citrus, candied watermelon, and cantaloupe notes, dead yeast cells, more buttery nothingness, and a hint of earthy, weedy, and floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite mild in its insouciant frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, yet with a weak clamminess worming its way in as things move along here. It finishes off-dry, the mixed melon fruitiness and lingering sugary wheat cereal making for a strange atemporal experience.

Overall, this is a decent enough attempt at melding watermelon into the brewing process - I've only ever seen it be moderately successful in a couple of previous instances. So, as expected, the guest fruit gets somewhat lost in the mire of an already timid wheat ale, and isn't really as refreshing as one might have been anticipating.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.56/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of krome
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Tone
3.51/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy maize color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of strong and distinct watermelon, sweet malt, hint of hop, and slight floral notes. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable Beer. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong and distinct watermelon, sweet malt, hint of hop, pale malt, hint of earthiness, and slight floral notes. Overall, weak appearance, watermelon is clear and dominates both aroma and body. There is still somewhat of a balance, so not simply a watermelon juice.

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Photo of BEER88
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gobzilla
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Slightly hazy orange.. Nice foamy white head shows good retention and splotchy lacing. Everything about this beer screams Jolly Rancher.... Can't be natural, but still is very tasty... Wheat is more than present and provides a little sweetness that allows the melon flavor to bloom... It was like 90 degrees today, this was pretty nice in the heat.


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Photo of Erik-P
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery in Eureka, CA.

Pours a cloudy golden colour, perhaps with a hint of pink to it. Head is fine and white. Lace is excellent and intricate. Body is solid. All of these are good things.

Nose is piquant with a tart, direct watermelon aroma. Jolly rancher, with some lilting acid. It turns sweet and slightly cloying after a while. It's powerful, though, and pretty unique.

The taste, however, is pretty much just sweet—it craves some lacto or something to cut through it. In fact, the sweetness turns the watermelon character almost into a sugary strawberry, perhaps with a hint of fake cherry. Light dryness on the back, and a hint of tight but mild astringency. Feel is good, light and fluffy.

Weird beer, but it's interesting and unique enough for what it is. I'm pleased to say that I enjoy it: I think it's the most successful of Lost Coast's fruit beers that I've tried. Maybe that's just because it's unique.

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Photo of hilgart1
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of 2GOOFY
3.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HardyA
3.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LeeEvolved
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Gregwa
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BigTrubble
2/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of Marco_Gtz
2.99/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of MidwestBA
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 98green
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of djtomain
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of Irrationalist
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Watermelon Wheat from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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