32°/50° - COAST Brewing Company
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3.68/5 rDev -12%
A - A light gold body with slight haze, topped by a one finger head of bone white foam. The head settles quickly and leaves moderate lace.
S - A light grainy aroma of malt with some herbal hops and perhaps a hint of sulphur.
T - Very light, dry malt up front with a toasted bread note. Some herbal hops in the middle with just a hint of malt. Finishes with very light bitterness and minor, earthy hop notes as well as a lingering note of very weak malt sweetness.
M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a very dry finish.
D - This is an extremely light beer that doesn't quite deliver the wheat and honey notes promised on the label. There is some nice herbal hop character hinted at in the aroma, but it fails to follow through in the flavor. There is a good balance between the very light malt and the fleeting hop flavor and bitterness, but both could stand to be turned up a bit. This isn't a bad beer, but I think they have erred on the light side of the Kolsch style. This is more of a blonde or cream ale, it would need a bit more malt and hop presence to make it a Kolsch.
04-27-2010 05:49:56 | More by nickfl
4.1/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
03-04-2010 18:04:53 | More by Kegatron
4.05/5 rDev -3.1%
Beer bottled on 11/12/09 according to label. Beer is light yellow (really light) and clear. Carbonation is moderate to high with small and medium bubbles, very steady. Head forms quickly but disappears leaving a diffuse layer of thin white bubbles on the top of the beer. No lacing, looks good.
Aroma is slightly sweet and some grain in the nose. Smells like a kolsch, just OK.
Beer is medium body and finishes without an aftertaste at all. Feels great, nice carbonation in the mouth interesting kolsch. Second taste, almost fruity that time, again really drinkable, some almost apple flavors up front gives way to really mild bitterness on the back end. I am warming up to these Kolsches. I like this beer a lot. I would order it and have it again.
03-02-2010 01:38:06 | More by drabmuh
4.4/5 rDev +5.3%
Thanks a lot to the generous trader portia99 for this one. Thanks for letting me keep it Bill!
It pours a pretty light head of about 1/2 a finger, pretty fizzy and fades somewhat quickly over the opaque straw wheat yellow color.
The nose comes on beautifully though, with some very nice lager aromas. Some wheat, light with some light pilsner malts, and a little sweetness. Some fruits as well, a little banana, and typical lager fruit aromas. It has a nice aroma that comes on soft.
The taste comes right out with fresh malt flavors. Almost like sipping some of the grist and wort as it is coming right out of the boil. Fresh malts, some pilsner malt, and hints of wheat. A very clean and crisp demeanor, adding some lager flavors, with more of the same fruits, a little banana and more lager yeast fruits. It has a slight sweetness but keeps very smooth. Then all of the sudden a nice grassy mild hop flavor comes through, adding a slight bitterness and tasty hop flavor. The hops also bring a slight herbal quality, a good flavor but keeps nice and balanced with the delicate beer itself, making sure not to overpower anything. I really like how all the flavors come together, nothing overpowering, all soft and delicate, but at the same time you get plenty of the flavor. It must have taken them many attempts to get the balance right. I can't stop drinking it! It finishes with more soft features, but the hops start to come on a little stronger now, bringing some more bitterness, a little more herbal grassy tastes as well. It finishes pretty dry as well, which probably accents the bitterness, but keeps the finish very clean and crisp. THis goes down smooth!
The mouth is lighter bodied, very crisp, with a lower but decent carbonation.
The drinkability on this is astronomical. It's so clean and crisp, a nice light sweetness on the initial taste and finishes smooth and dry. A nice light herbal hop bitterness teases you but doesn't overpower at all. No lingering sticky feel or sweetness, it must have attenuated very well.
10-07-2010 21:22:10 | More by jlindros
4.43/5 rDev +6%
Appearance: pours a pale yellow color with a 1" head. Nice lacing paints the glass during the session.
Smell: light grass and some mild bready tones come through to the nose.
Taste: light biscuit profile with grass, hint of lemon zest, and a touch of fruity sweetness late. Bitterness is mild but nicely balancing.
Mouthfeel: light-medium in body. Crisp throughout and very refreshing. Clean aftertaste.
Drinkability: very easy to quaff this beer. A wonderful session beer that provides refreshment you want.
03-12-2011 22:47:20 | More by Gavage
4.53/5 rDev +8.4%
Big thanks to raverjames for sending this in a recent trade.
Pours a clear, pale golden yellow color with a one finger foam white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.
Earthy grassy aroma with nice grassy hops, light crisp fruit, straw and biscuit malt. Hints of faint apple and pear but the earthy grassy hops dominate.
Pretty carbonated up front, probably too much so, with a light crisp sweet yet earthy body and dry effervescent finish. Subtle bready yeast with light crisp fruit notes, namely apple and pear along with a nice earthy, grassy hop presence. The honey used adds some additional sweetness but this beer is excellently balanced and complex. One of the best examples of the style. Highly recommended!
12-09-2009 05:11:37 | More by corby112
3.7/5 rDev -11.5%
Kolsch! The name refers to the lat./long. coordinates of the brewery but does not give much away in terms of style. That is what I refer to as "too clever by half". Oh well.
It was presented in a room-temperature glass with a thin, bone-white head with moderate retention. The color was spot on - a beautiful, deep-golden yellow with NE-quality clarity. The nose was muted, slightly malty, but not terribly present. Mouthfeel was medium with a light, dry, lemony taste on the tongue. Finish was dry and refreshing. This would be perfect on a hot, humid day such as the one that I was experiencing in Charleston, SC.
07-05-2008 01:17:28 | More by woodychandler
4.33/5 rDev +3.6%
Bottled on 5/2/11. It poured a hazy yellow with a tall white head. Wow, this has every nuanced flavor you'd expect from a kolsch, but dialed to 11. I'm not saying this is over the top, or too rich, or even unbalanced. It's like the brewery has just found a better way to make a kolsch, one that surpasses any German original I've tried.
Anyways, the beer opens with a light sulfur and mineral-rich water in the aroma and flavor.That's quickly followed up by dry, toasty grains and a light touch of a caramel and honey. A mild hit of earthy hops kicks in with a little lemon citrus, but then the beer returns to the clean, place barley.
Before I know it, I've nearly finished off the bomber. This is a hell of a session beer, but also something you could slowly sip and pick apart. Hell of a beer.
05-16-2011 01:40:46 | More by tempest
4.38/5 rDev +4.8%
Nice example of a Kolsch, albeit one that trades some of the crispness for a more rounded, fuller flavor- which in itself is remarkable given the low 4.8%abv. Growler from the Charleston Beer Exchange. Pours a classic light golden with good clarity. The head is somewhat slight, but the carbonation is fine and I'll chalk that up to the growler. The smell is rounded rather than crisp with an almost nutty aroma of lager yeast and some gentle hops. The taste is also rounded, with a bit of butteriness and some lager yeast up front, but with a refreshing noble hop crispness that is long and refreshing. Really nice lingering bitterness makes this quite satisfying and makes it feel a bit more full bodied than it really is. Becomes more delicious with every sip. Quite nice.
11-07-2009 04:56:45 | More by Georgiabeer
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.55/5 rDev -15.1%
Poured into Pils glass.
Pours over 1 finger of foamy white head. Great retention with a ton of lace. Color is a clear straw yellow. Active carbonation in the glass.
Aroma: Pale malts, floral earthy hops. Biscuit flavors. Pretty simple as it should be.
Taste: Huge flower hop profile. Almost weedy like. Pale, bready malt profile. Earthy is a good word to describe this beer.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and bitter. Light body with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends with a dry floral taste that sticks around forever.
Overall, the aftertaste wasn't too clean which really bugged me. I would rather have a kolsch clean and refreshing. It was pretty decent otherwise. I didn't detect any of the honey, but I did get some herbal notes. Decent drinkability.
09-04-2010 16:44:51 | More by mothman
3.96/5 rDev -5.3%
Pours a cloudy yellow color with a white soapy head and plenty of lace. The aroma is malty, with a biscuity nature, as well as hay and hop flowers. In the beginning, unknown citrus flavors give way to bread, hay, and ultimately hop bitterness rounding out the finish. Good bready malts, crackers, and herbal notes with a complimentary dryness expected with the style. Light bodied, well carbonated and smooth. Overall, this is a high quality Kolsch from South Carolina brewery COAST, better than many imports. Thanks to "Oneeye" for bringing back a bottle from the Piggily Wiggily in Surfside Beach, SC, all the way to PA.
06-18-2014 23:31:13 | More by Stinkypuss
District of Columbia
4.48/5 rDev +7.2%
A gracious extra from thagr81us. Thanks Calton, this beer has been on my radar for a long time. This went from the shipper to the freezer then directly into my glass.
The beer is golden yellow with a slight haze and a quarter inch of lasting, white head.
The aroma offers floral notes, hops, lager malt. Very good. A top notch aroma for the style.
Great flavor. Really smooth. Floral hops and lager working together in harmony.
So easy to drink and light on the palate. I would like a sixtel of this, please.
Overall, this lived up to and even exceeded expectations. Yum.
05-03-2012 02:38:40 | More by Huhzubendah
4.03/5 rDev -3.6%
Poured from the bottle into a Gaffel Kolsch stange glass. Much big thanks to mikesgroove for the trade! Love the quest for the perfect Kolsch, excited about this one! Bottled October 12th 2011.
Head is a bit shocking white, very foamy with large bubbles, but on a great glowing lemon yellow body, literally text book bright and orb lemon glowing. Slightly cloudy. Lots of rising carbonation some of it quite large. Love this body color, head clumps slightly.
Nose is small, but a wonderful citrus lemon aroma, some spicy hops, and light faint bread malts. Not particularly hoppy though it seems but no complaints.
Taste brings an extremely light palate. Light crisp sensation with lemony soda and small malts. Mild spicy phenols finally on the finish that takes some time to find on the finish for the aftertaste. Carbonation seems just about right, bringing in a big quenching feeling.
Overall, real solid Kolsch, I am still looking for the perfect one, but this would be great on a hot day. Boy would this be good on a hot day. Not sure if this is my favorite, but real glad to have had the chance to try it. Would have again in an instant.
11-23-2011 00:26:12 | More by smakawhat
4.08/5 rDev -2.4%
Review from notes. Consumed at the Moo Bar.
A: Pours a golden yellow color with a large white, foamy head on top, very fizzy. Pretty good retention, leaving some streaky lacing down the sides.
S: Plenty of lemon citrus up front, grassy hops, and a little bit of spice. Faint bready malts.
T: Light bready malt mixed with lemon and plenty of grass. Slightly sweet finish with a touch of honey.
M: Light to medium bodied, very crisp and easy drinking.
O: Beginning to like Kolschs more and more. Another great beer for a hot day.
01-31-2012 20:57:06 | More by mdaschaf
4.1/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
01-19-2009 17:05:02 | More by glid02
4.05/5 rDev -3.1%
Bottle shared by Javier at Sour Fest 2011, thanks!
A: Very light in color, a transparent straw yellow with a big white head. Nice color and clarity.
S: Light sulfur and mineral with notes of grain, wheat, and a touch of apple.
T: The flavor is dry with a little malt sweetness reminding me of wheat. A touch of mineral. A low noble hop flavor with a faint sulfur note. The finish is dry, crisp, and clean.
M: Light in body with high carbonation. Mouthfeel is crisp, dry, and smooth.
Overall: An enjoyable and very refreshing Kolsch on a pleasantly warm San Diego summer day.
06-30-2011 03:54:33 | More by HopHead84
32°/50° from COAST Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.