Great White Beer – Lost Coast Brewery & Cafe (California, USA)

Great White Beer – Lost Coast Brewery & Cafe, 4.8% ABV – 12 fl.oz., (Eureka, California, USA)

On the front label:

“This light, unfiltered beer is made with two-row malted barley, unmalted wheat, crystal clear mountain water and ale yeast. It is spiced with Coriander and a secret blend of Humboldt herbs that give it a delicate citrusy flavor. Because Great White is unfiltered, natural yeast settling may appear at the bottom of the bottle.”

  • Style: Witbier
  • My Rating: C+
  • Taste Profile: Tangerine creaminess -> yeast/wheat/coriander -> off-dry roughish finish.
  • Where I got it: Darbys
  • How much: $3, April 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours almost clear golden yellow with a hint of orange, suspended sediment, almost no head, ringed retention, and lots of active streams. Aromatic tangerine citrus on the nose. Drinks with a bright tangerine fruitiness up front, half creamy/fizzy mouthfeel, 6/10-sweetness, transitioning into off-dry yeast, coriander, light malts, wheat, the body petering out thin/watery, finishing off-dry with a roughish finish. Low-medium complexity, low-med depth, okay transitions, not awesome carry, okay drinkability. Good flavour up front but finish isn’t great.

Tangerine Wheat Beer – Lost Coast Brewery, 5% ABV, (Eureka, California)

  • My Rating: B-
  • Why I like it: ultra-clean straight-forward tangerine taste
  • Where I got it: Brewery creek (?)
  • How much: ~$7, 1 Pint 6 fl.oz., Summer 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: Maybe in the summer, shared
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting notes: pours clear golden tangerine orange, barely any head, minimal retention, lazy-moving CO2 streams. Fruity and bright tangerine peel and juice on the nose. Starts with a very refreshing blast of distinct tangerine without the tangy citrus, transitions smoothly into a mildly bitter-almost salty off-dry light malt finish. Somewhat thin in the mids and finish. Low-medium complexity, low-medium depth, good transitions, average carry, great (in the hot blazing sun) drinkability. Not very complex but great clean tangerine flavour and highly gulpable.