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32°/50° - COAST Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
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246 Ratings
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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 83
Gots: 19 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
COAST Brewing Company visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our take on a kolsch style ale that is soft on the palate with a delicate malt flavor. Balanced with a touch of wheat and honey notes .Dry and wine like with a flowery hop finish.

(Beer added by: MarkSCCOT on 10-21-2007)
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Photo of DeutschesBier
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's hard to find a good Koelsch, but COAST just made the search a little easier. It has the nice golden appearance of a German style Koelsch. This beer just looked refreshing, as it was 100 degrees out that day. The crips, clean taste was everything I hoped it would be, and one of the best examples of the style I've had since I had authentic ones in Germany. I could drink this beer all day, no problem. A fantastic example!

DeutschesBier, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of RussBecker1
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Most important in tasting Coast's 32/50 is to first understand the purpose of this particular brew. This Kolsch is exceptionally light on the palate and is meant as more of a cleansing agent than a pairing beer. Upon knowing and appreciating that, one will find that it does its job exceptionally well.

From a personal standpoint, pilsners have never struck much of a chord with me as I have always found them to be rather bland and lifeless. This particular pils has changed my mind entirely as it still manages to encapsulate the classic pils smells and tastes while adding many layers of intricacy. The nicest part about the brew however is the fact that it enhances whatever you may eat or drink following the beer as your palate is freshened and clear of any distracting agents. I will certainly have this again.

RussBecker1, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this courtesy of Ding - thank you sir!

Pours a crystal-clear pale straw color with a thin white head that quickly recedes into a wispy layer of bubbles on top. Solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts and noble hops - mildly sweet with an underlying grassy aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt sweetness is soon joined by a mild bitterness that does just enough to produce a clean finish. As with the smell there's a grassy undertone.

Mouthfeel is good. It's light, but that's to be expected, and the carbonation is crisp.

Drinkability is good. I could easily have a few of these, and the low ABV is conducive to that.

Overall this is a solid beer for the style, although I have to admit I'm still developing an appreciation for said style. This would be a great summer beer, to be enjoyed while playing bocci ball. Thanks again to Ding for sharing this.

glid02, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a stange.

Pours a fairly clear gold, with just the slightest bit of an unfiltered haze to it, and several dense fingers of of shiny bright-white foamy head. This retains with a rich 3/4 cap that leaves thick frothy swathes of lace back. The aroma is light and airy in the nose, with floral spice, lemon zest, and sweet toasty wheat character giving this a pleasant zesty pop.

The taste is quite lively in the mouth, with a lightly prickly and drying hop character that is backed by a splash of fruit and grainy toasted sweetness across the tongue. Dryness and leftover fruitiness spreads out in the mouth, giving this a refreshing finish. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied but still crisp on the palate, with an easy smoothness that helps keep this very drinkable.

This was just an all around solid take on the Kölsch-style and another great offering from COAST, with an easy drinking crispness and a good amount of flavor presence for a sub 5% beer. This would go down perfectly on a warm spring or summer day.

Kegatron, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of waltonc
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light straw color with poofy white head. Smells really refreshing - light malt, slight lemon, nothing too complex. Again, light malty flavor with faint citrus notes, a hint of grass. Quite bright and refreshing. Body is fairly thin with high carbonation. Overall, a great summer beer that would instantly improve the tap lineups of most bars.

waltonc, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a take on the Kolsch style by David Merritt, a former brewer for Palmetto Brewing and the Head Brewer/Owner of Coast Brewing.
Davis and his wife, Jamie were active in the legislative movement to get the abv cap raised here in SC. Once this movement succeeded, the damn broke and great craft beer flooded into the state.

A. A great yellow hazy brew with a moderate head and slight lacing.

S. Good healthy malt background with a hint of hop. A clean fruity aroma.

T. Very true to the style with a clean finish. On the negative, I heard a beer fan state "it could have used a week." When I stopped by earlier in the week they were still filtering the beer with the deadline of their opening looming on the horizon. I will follow this beer in the future and I know it will only continue to refine itself.

M. Very clean and refreshing finish. Among the non-"Hop Heads" at this opening, this was a favorite. Need I say more?

D. Very drinkable, very clean, very true to Kolsches. This is a style that the US has wrongly not yet embraced.

A great light session beer!!!!

MarkSCCOT, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Mike for sending me this one. Had it on 4.5, from notes. Bottled in Nov 09.

Pours, wow... REALLY light. I mean, this almost looks watered down. It's the palest of straw colors with a stark white head that fades fairly quick to a thin cap.

Everything about this beer is very subtle and nuanced... crackery malts are here and lightly toasted grains in the aroma. The taste is also very subtle... it's almost just like this could be a BMC beer.... without the off-flavors. All jokes aside, this is a great, clean beer. Malt subtleties and a low-medium body create a refreshing and crisp brew. Very clean finish. The label noted "flowery hops", and I think that just a hint of that would help raise this brew to the next level, hopefully I can revisit another bottle and that character will be more evident when fresher.

Somehow this is so simple, without any 'big' flavors, but doesn't get too boring. Extremely drinkable and one that I would like to have again, especially on a hot day this summer.

Ineedabeerhere, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of Overlord
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really not a style I like, but hey, this was pretty good!

Pours a very, very pale golden color. Kind of scared me with the color, but it turned out pretty good. Huge white foam head.

Smells faintly of grass and ... something sweet ... and a biscuit-y, almost pilsener mineraliness. Interesting.

Taste is mostly sweet malt, some balancing yeast and minerals, and a bit of grassiness. Really quite pleasant and quaffable. Thin, but appropriately carbonated for the style.

Really quite enjoyable.

Overlord, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of wagenvolks
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber courtesy of a trade with brentk56, bottled on 1/17/10.

32/50 pours into my Andechs weizen glass with a gorgeous, white-grape juice color that transitions to a glassy paleness. Absolute torrents of carbonation stream upward through the clear liquid to fuel a healthy, creamy tuft of eggshell white head. Great lacing to boot...just an all-around beautiful Kölsch. Slightly muted aroma, but the soft, grassy hoppiness is done well. Bleached cracker malts, white wine, and a crisp mineral profile round out the nose.

Two words: crazy delicious. 32/50 hits the tongue with a crisp, herbal grassiness that adds just the right amount of hops to balance the white cracker malt notes. Clean, grassy finish with a well-crafted bitterness and a trace of mineral water and white wine spritzers. Mouthfeel is exceptionally light on the palate, with a brisk, bubbling carbonation level. All in all, a pleasure to consume. Highly recommended and perhaps the best American-brewed version of the Kölsch style.

wagenvolks, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of CrellMoset
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber from Five Points Bottle Shop, Athens, GA. Poured in to a flute.

Appearance: Pours a pale, light citrine - that is, a faintly green-ish yellow gold - transparent though not radiant, with a fair amount of gentle-looking and evenly paced carbonation, of average size and disposition, perambulating upwards to a half finger of virginal snowy head with surprisingly good retention for a beer of this style. Even after it begins to fade, the remnants of the head have good cling, with a firm collar and plenty of crisp surface dusting. The lacing on this one is also surprisingly nice, and for a brief moment had me considering knocking this up to a 4.5, with plenty of full and uniform patches with interweaving intricate arms.

Aroma: Bright and simple cereal grains meld with cloves, faint peppery hops, spicy, freshly mowed grass, and a few other flashy fruit notes. A pretty complex if subtle aromatic mixture.

Taste: Sweet, golden malts - surprisingly rich, wholesome, flavorful, not the typical neutral, light flavorless malts you get in so many beers that look like this - suggest wheat, well-attenuated wildflower honey, and dry, biscuity cereal grains. These blend very nicely with a great amount of slightly fruity esters - very light, bright, and high on the tongue - some mild hop bitterness, and tons of great grassy, lightly spicy hop notes. This is one flavorful kolsch that fits all the good notes you'd expect to get out of such a brew.

Mouthfeel: A little uneven - likely by virtue of the thinner body, the relative attenuation of the malts, and the high (but not too high) level of effervescence in this one - but in a bright, crisp, sunny, bubbly way that isn't offputting and instead I'd have to just call "noticeable." All of the aforementioned, though - the dryness, the thickness of the body, and the level of effervescence itself - are nice, even if the unfortunate byproduct is worth a slight point loss.

Drinkability: I feel an oncoming urge ... someone find me a lawn to mow, stat! This is a fantastically easy-drinking beer, and I was a little blown away when I saw it really was only 4.8% abv (and how fantastic that it's offered in a 22 oz. format!). A summer beer to be envious of, or to enjoy copiously if you are fortunate enough to live in South Carolina, so for those who do, drink up, and drink up plenty!

CrellMoset, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of Anthony1
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler from charleston beer exchange

pours super pale straw color, with a decent head, with some good lace.

smells a bit grainy with light fruits and citrus. sweet malts and hops. taste is also sweet with a bit of grass. very crisp and refreshing. VERY refreshing. light body good carbonation. would session this beer all day long

Anthony1, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a two finger marshmallow head; impressive lacing, too

Smell: Cracker malt and grassy hops with a squeeze of lemon

Taste: Opens with the cracker malt and while the grassy and lemon flavors arrive early, the hops and the malt waltz back and forth through mid-palate; after the swallow, the malt adds a hint of honey; the finish is crisp and dry

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Wow, if every Kölsch tasted like this they would be my go to beer style all summer long

brentk56, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of jpro
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on draft a while back, but finally getting around to reviewing based on the growler picked up at CBX last weekend. Pours a bright, straw gold with a snowy white, one finger head; lots of carbonation going on. Smell is dominated by clean, bready malts. Taste is of light malted grains / bread crust with a touch of grassy hops... finishes with a nice bit of sweetness followed by a well balanced bite. Also, a little fruity / estery-ness in there. Mouthfeel was pushing medium-bodied and surprisingly creamy - I was really surprised by the mouthfeel. Drinkability... YES! Awesome stuff! So refreshing!

jpro, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased at the Charleston Beer Exchange for ~$15 with tax. Poured into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip glass. I want to preface this review with the fact that I typically do not care for this style. It just seems like most of the options I have had didn't bring a lot to the table that a glass of water doesn't already bring.

A: Crystal clear straw like yellow with a large head that does settle a bit but never completely goes away. What is there leaves huge sheets of lacing on the side of the glass. This one definitely looks better than the other examples of the style I have seen.

S: Aroma is composed of paler malt with hints of lemon and grassy hops. It has definitely gotten my attention.

T: The taste follows what I got from the aroma. Very pale malts provide a hint of sweetness and the citrus and grassy hops balance out the beer leaving a nice crisp finish. This beer doesn't wow you with flavor like some other bigger style brews, but it is damn refreshing and does let you know you are actually drinking a beer. The best tasting example I have had.

M: Thin body, but I would not call it watery at all. The carbonation adds just a small amount of tickling to the tongue.

D: This one goes down super fast, especially when you are at the beach in the hot and humid south.

GatorBeerNerd, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of pburland23
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting to try some much heralded Coast beer...pretty much the highlight grab from my recent trip to South Carolina.

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into my Gaffel Kolsch stange.

Beer pours a very effervescent, bright yellow with about two fingers of brilliant white head. Great head retention and very nice lacing.

Smell is crisp, clean and dry. The Hallertau hops are at the forefront providing that quintessential German aroma. The pale malts provide a hint of sweetness. The taste is dry and unmistakably a kolsch. The pale malts and German hops provide a light, soft taste. There's a hint of honey like sweetness at the end of each sip. Different, but very tasty.

The mouthfeel is light and eminently drinkable. The carbonation is very prominent and it provide a prickly quality to the mouthfeel.

Overall, a really nice kolsch. Nice to get a fresh bottle while in Charleston and enjoy this beer. I frequent Charleston a lot and will be drinking this one again and again.

pburland23, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from thagr81us. Thanks Calton! I've been waiting to try this for a while. Bottled 23 Feb 2010.

Light yellow with a dense egg-shell white head with excellent retention. Moderate lacing is present as well. The nose is quite excellent. Light, bready, fruity, a little wheaty, a little honey, a little citrus, there's a lot going on. The hop character has a light earthy spice as well. As it warms, the floral honey character grows. I really dig this.

The palate opens light with a blend of bread, raw wheat, a mild grain character with some grainy astringency. Mildly fruity and honey-like in the mid-palate, my first few sips have a slight butteriness that decreases as it breathes. Hop character is light, a blend of delicate spices and a little citrus-like, more an herbal citrus rather than a fruity citrus. Light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer does feel a little slick on the palate. That slickness, along with the mild astringency, takes away from the beer. Enjoyable stuff, I'd drink an awful lot of it. I'd argue that the Stoudt's Koslch is better, though

DefenCorps, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of JCaweinstein
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow in color, very nice one finger creamy white head, lots of carbonation. This looks very refreshing and adds some decent lacing down the glass as well.
On the aroma side of this I smell wheat and a wonderful herbal hop aroma.
The taste starts with wheat followed by a slight touch of honey and finishes with the slightest herbal hop flavor.
This is a light bodied beer, it's crisp too. Starts with the wheat and finishes with herbal, flowery hops and honey and leaves almost no aftertaste.
This is an extremely pleasant beer for the summer season and one I would love to enjoy again.

JCaweinstein, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz. Bright gold pour, 1 finger of white foam. Actually sticks to the glass a bit.
Taste is malty, surprisingly so. Like a white wheat bread, very nice. Just hint of citrus, herbal grasses. Feels like a "meal", but is pretty light at the same time somehow. Very nice level of carbonation. Goes down great, but not like water per se.
I don't drink too many of the lighter styles such as this, but for a light session ale this would be great. Blows away the macros that could be considered "similar".

Bung, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler shared by Ding at the BSP.

Pours a very light, clear straw color with a small white head that left decent lacing while maintaining a ring.

The aroma is very clean and dominated by light sweet malts with hints of light fruit sweetness and hops.

There is an apple sweetness to the taste that is complemented by just enough hops to leave a clean, crisp finish.

The mouthfeel is as crisp as I've ever had in a beer and leads to exceptional drinkability...I could have taken down this entire growler in short order. A great kolsch.

gford217, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of steve8robin
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Heard this one was good so I grabbed at a beer store on a work trip. 22oz bottle...

A: A perfectly clear light lemonade yellow with a 1/2 inch fluffy white head that fades at a decent pace to a bubbly lace on the brew. Decent.

S: Smells of some nice earthy rye with some banana in the middle and hints of barley and sugary malt on the backend. Very bready / earthy. Good.

T: Very balanced. Have not had much, if anything, in the style, but this seems like it does it justice. A bready grain mildly upfront with some barley and slight spices. Some wheat tastes on the backend. Good.

M: Medium body with a fantastic carbonation. A very grainy smooth finish. Very good.

D: Can't imagine going down much smoother. Perfect!

All in all, this is a very easy brew to drink. Not too familiar with the style, but this is amazingly balanced and I imagine this would represent the style very well. If you liek very good, drinkable, session brews, then definitely hunt this one. Otherwise, if you're a big beer guy, don't bother.

steve8robin, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of starrdogg
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to kkipple for sending this bottle along with the growler of Boy King - a couple of great beers.

A: Pours a cloudy yellow/light gold with a nice white head. Much hazier than your average kolsch.

S: Damn, this is great smelling beer. It smells almost like a saison with some peppery notes in there along with some lemon and grassiness.

T: Taste is lemony up front with a bit of grassy hops in the finish. Very nicely balanced and a lot more flavorful than your run-of-the-mill Kolsch.

M: Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, but for a Kolsch it's just fine.

O: This is pretty much a perfect summer beer. A nice, refreshing, easy-to-drink kolsch that actually has some flavor to it. I tend to stay away from the style because most of them are bland and watery, but if more kolsches were like this, I'd drink them all summer long. Kudos to COAST for re-igniting my interest in a style I'd all but given up on.

starrdogg, Jun 08, 2011
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