Lost Coast Winterbraun Ale
Brewed by: Lost Coast Brewery
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: Brown Ale
- Variation: American Style
- Seasonal: Winter
- ABV: 8.0%
- IBU: N/A
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
Enjoy the full body and rich chocolate taste of Winterbraun. Brewed with American pale malt and a mixture of caramel and chocolate malts, with Czech Saaz Hops added to give a unique spicy flavor and aroma.
Hops: Czech Saaz
Malts: American Pale, Chocolate, and Caramel
More Lost Coast WinterBraun Images
Artwork: A cartoony, Dali-esque snowboarder is hitting the slopes.
Color: There is no fancy description for this ale’s color — it’s straight up brown.
Aroma: Bready, with mild hints of caramel.
Arrived in: 12oz. Bottle
Served in: Goblet
As 2015 came to a close, we really made an effort to concentrate our winter seasonal efforts on local beers. #DrinkLocal, right?
But we also wanted to highlight an out-of-market release that we always enjoy during the winter months, which is Winterbraun Ale by Lost Coast Brewery. Based out of Eureka, they have been brewing award winning beers since 1990.
Winterbraun poured a modest half inch tall mocha colored head. Its frothy stack was extra creamy like a stout in those first few sips, then reduced down to a thin sheet. A small gathering of bubbles collected in the center, along with clusters of lacing down the glass.
There was not much aroma, except for the biscuity notes typically found in amber or brown ales. But there was a slight hint of caramel layered over that breadiness. Caramel might not have been dominant on our noses, but by the end of each drink our palates were doused in it.
Winterbraun was a moderately bitter brown ale up front, until more chocolate maltiness emerged. From there the flavor transitioned from chocolate, to a sweet caramel finish, like caramel icing being drizzled on a chocolate cookie.
It was impressive how much dessert-like flavor this ale achieved without the use of any additives. Winterbraun also featured a clean finish for a dark ale, where only traces of residual caramel lingered after the finish.
With its creamy mouthfeel, yet lighter consistency for a dark ale, Winterbraun went down quite smooth. Just watch out for its sneaky 8.0% ABV that will eventually catch up to you.
Final Score: 4/5
Lost Coast Brewery Winterbraun Ale offered a pleasing balance of confectionary flavors without the fillingness of a stout. Think of this brown ale as a satisfying “dessert beer light.”