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32°/50° - COAST Brewing Company

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Reviews: 123
Hads: 308
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 15.83%
Wants: 97
Gots: 24 | FT: 2
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COAST Brewing Company visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MarkSCCOT on 10-21-2007

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.
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Photo of PatLarsen
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at McHales in Fort Mill. Poured into a pint glass. The color on this beer is exactly what you would expect. Nice head. The smell was nice, nothing overbearing but really enjoyable. The taste followed the smell. Wonderful balance. The mouthfeel wasn't thin, but spot on. Overall, I drained this beer quickly. It's highly drinkable and really something that you can see yourself drinking 3 or 4 before you realized it. It was a pleasure.

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Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled: 12/09/2010. 22 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Franziskaner weizen glass.

A: It pours a lightly clouded mello-yello color with two fingers of wet white head that recedes to a half-inch and stays. The beer also laces better than any Kolsch I've ever seen.

S: Lemon, grass, floral hops, and some light cereal malts.

T: It is damn-near identical to the nose with an emphasis on the lemon and cereal malts. Nothing is very strong in the taste but the subtlety is pleasant.

M: The body is light with plenty of carbonation and a clean finish.

O: This is one of the better sessionable beers out there.

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Photo of Florida9
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear pale yellow with a visibly active and vibrant carbonation level. Forms about a 1/2" of fluffy white head. Decent retention with light lacing.

S: Light lemon citrus and pale malt. Typical for the style.

T: Lightly sweet with a light tart funkiness. Biscuit malts with a faint grassy hoppiness. Simplistic, but easy to like.

M: Light with appropriate carbonation. Clean finish.

O: A good beer and a good representation of the style. Easy drinker.

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Photo of Gavage
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of steve8robin
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to FutureCowboy for bringing this bottle to the Sexual Chocolate 2011 release for me. Bottled January 13, 2011. Served in a COAST glass generously extra'ed by FutureCowboy. Thanks!

Pour is gorgeous. Golden-straw body with quite a bit of visible carbonation and a huge white head with great retention. Very creamy head. Loads of lacing. Nose is equally fantastic with some nice front-end notes of grain followed up with some beautiful floral hop notes. The taste mixes light grain and floral hops beautifully with some light fruit notes in the background. Mouthfeel is light with crisp carbonation and a nice finishing bitterness. Insanely drinkable. This is currently the #1 Kolsch and very deservedly so.

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Photo of jsanford
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my COAST pint glass.

A - Clear, glowing gold with a nice white head that dissipates to a thin ring around the glass.
S - Sweet pale malt and earthy noble hops, with a "toasted" aroma. Very clean.
T - More sweet biscuit malt with grassy, earthy hops. There's a slight buttery apple flavor, and some nice bitterness in the finish.
M - Light bodied with crisp, sharp carbonation.
D - Excellent drinkability, this is about as good as it gets for a sessionable "Lawnmower" beer.

Another top-notch brew from Jamie and David!

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought over by w113raf

Pours murky and yellow. A bit of head but it dissipates quickly. Smells a bit hoppy and yeasty. Tastes a bit bitter and hoppy and yeasty. Very tasty. Smooth and crisp and highly drinkable. Overall a great kolsch. Not my favorite style but tasty enough ;)

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Photo of scottfrie
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into SA perfect pint glass. Big thanks to craytonic for this one.

A: Pours a slightly hazy bright lemon color with a dense couple fingers of eggshell white head. Head took forever to slowly receded into an oily film that left a few streaks of fine lace.
S: Bright spicy yeast notes with a touch of grassy and herbal hops. Pale grainy malt and wheat undertones persist throughout. Very clean and fresh smelling.
T: Flavor follows the nose. I'm no expert in this style, but it's almost like an extremely light tripel. There is a soft fruitiness to the flavor reminiscent to apples or apricots. Finish has light notes of grain and wheat, and the aftertaste is a tad bitter.
M: Medium-light body with a slightly oily yet slightly dry mouthfeel that is very crisp and refreshing. Soft carbonation compliments the lightly bitter aftertaste.
D: This is my first introduction to the style, but I love this beer. It is so very light and refreshing but still has a rich, fairly complex flavor and uses ale yeast instead of lager. Thank you very much Matt for introducing me to this style!

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to jahuneyc for the hook-up.

A - Bright lemon-yellow, slightly cloudy and topped with a ridiculous tower of white billowing froth. Huge lace ensues. This looks exceptional.

S - Smells mild, which is how I expect a Kölsch to be. There is a pale mineral malt, a subtle fruity element, and a very vibrant herbal hoppiness. I guess I could imagine an even better smelling Kölsch, but this one is pretty good.

T - Clean and delicious, with a healthy dose of hoppiness. The pale malt is so pristine in a mineral-y sense, the hop is so leafy and green, and the whole thing just comes together amazingly.

M - Lighter than medium, bright and softly effervescent, and with a long dry (and slightly bitter) finish.

D - This stuff is awesome. I love Kölsch, and while this may not be Köln's idea of Kölsch, it is a perfect take for a North Carolinian brewer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of waltonc
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.06/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Golden crystal clear straw color with a fluffy white 2 finger head. Very clean smelling in that there isn't any overpowering aromas that come from this at all. The faintest smells are those of light malts sweetness and a touch of hops presence. The taste is also very light. Slightly sweet upfront with a surprisingly semi-bitter aftertaste. Some floral notes. The aftertaste is bothersome to me.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle, HopArt, and Belafonte growler at Green's in Greenville.

A: Bomber pours a light straw color with a little cloudiness. The head is small, wispy, and retains decently, leaving lots of foam on the glass.

S: Wheat, light malts, and earthy/grassy hops. Grainy and bready as well. Pretty mellow nose, and the hops give this a nice touch.

T: Lighter in flavor, thus making this very drinkable. Earthy/grassy/ slightly twangy hops on top of a pale malt, wheat, and grains. Slight touch of sweetness and caramel.

MF/D: Low ABV + lots of mellow flavor = highly drinkable. Very balanced, and very to style. Awesome beer.

Notes: This is my second COAST offering aside from Boy King, and man, this brewery is impressive. Too bad I have to drive 40 minutes away to get some. Up next is HopArt and Belafonte

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

08/23/10- Had a bomber of this courtesy of a generous trader.
A: Very pale golden, with a nice lingering white head.
S: Mild banana, musty, slightly orange pale malts.
T: Mild orange juice, everything as expected from the smell, lemony with a nice fresh hops finish.
M: Not syrupy, nice bolder mouthfeel.
D: Awesome.

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Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip from a 64 oz. growler, poured from the Charleston beer exchange 2 days ago. Lovely, white head, nice retention, soapy, fluffy, lacing not too sticky. Aroma is kinda hard to describe....Kolschy? Maybe a bit of salt in the aroma maybe a bit freshly cut grassy? Interesting. Taste is sorta salty actually and maybe a reserved balance between bitterness and sweetness with a touch of salt thrown in. Very easy to drink and very refreshing. This is one you would drink in the head and probably avoid when its snowing. Enjoyable. Tasty.

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Photo of portia99
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle (bottled on 7/13/10) received in a great trade with jpmclaug. Big thanks for this one! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours an extra pale straw yellow color with pretty good clarity...just a hint of haze. A thick pillow of creamy, dense white foam forms on top and hangs around for a long time. Thick sheets of lacing left on the glass.

S - Grainy and wheaty up front with lots of grassy hops. big whiff of hay and a very light lemony citrus aroma. Very nice.

T - Grainy at the base with lots of crisp grassy hops. Very clean, almost too clean...makes me think more of a fine German Pils instead of a Kolsch. There is just the slightest touch of citrusy lemon in here which sets apart from the Pils profile.

M - Crisp and sharp bitterness with a long lingering aspect to it. The soft malt sweetness that sits at the base is really the starting point to this beer. Very subtle sweetness that plays into the lemony aspects of the beer. So clean tasting and refreshing. Carbonation level is on the high side and causes the flavors to fill the mouth completely riding on prickly waves of bubbles.

D - Very drinkable beer. I could see myself sitting on my deck all day and not moving...maybe I should have saved this for the holiday weekend. Low alcohol at 4.8% makes this extra good. A true session beer with tons and tons of flavor. This should satisfy any craft beer drinker...outstanding.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.21/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a transparent golden yellow color with a creamy pure white head.

S-the nose has a hint of toasted biscuit up front, barley and wheat follow, grainy, light grassy hop and a touch of honey.

T-hint of toasted bready malt taken over by grainy wheat, grassy herbal hops and a touch of honey are light in the back with a lightly bitter finish.

M-light bodied, a little grainy, semi dry finish.

D-not a favorite style but some balance, pretty straight forward and done to the style. Quite grainy and that seems to dominate but there is some balance with light hop bitterness.

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Photo of aasher
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to receive a bottle of this from thagr81us in a trade down in South Carolina. It poured an excellent and vibrant straw yellow with medium cloudiness. The head was white and frothy. It smelled great, slightly yeasty with citrus hints to it. It was just like you'd want a Kolsch to smell. The taste was excellent as well. It featured the citrus like yeasty flavor with a slight sourness to it. It was superb. The beer was very, very light, almost like a pale pale wheat. It was very drinkable and my friend and I both really enjoyed trying it. I greatly recommend this. It was perfect on a humid summer night.

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Photo of craytonic
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pour is a hazy golden yellow, nice head and lacing.

Smell: Nice light crisp malt, touch of citrus lemon, hay and sweet grass

Taste: Light sweet malts with a perfect dose of hops, you could drink this all day.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp; refreshing

Drinkability: You could drink this all day long; I have never cared for this style but liked this one!

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Photo of jampics2
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously brought back from South Carolina by my parents. Thanks so much!! Just a month old when sampled, COAST rocking the freshness dating. Huge win!

Looks just great in the glass. A straw colored, sunny beer with active carbonation and a nice white head. Great lacing. Just a nice looking beer!

Smell is wonderful. One of the better Kolsch beers I've had. Nice levels of bready malt, sweet cereal, and some flowery fruit. Hops add a touch of earthiness.

Taste is really nice as well. Light bready malt has edges of lightly toasted crackers and honey. Sweet but not vineous or sugary - just really nice. There's even a touch of wildflower honey in the medium hoppy finish. The only thing that's missing is the Oompah band. Wicked beer here!

Mouthfeel is light and carb is sparkling. Finish is super clean. Just a touch too light but really nice.

Overall, this was a 1-2 knockout punch. Wonderful beer from COAST. Would buy again (and again, and again) in a heartbeat. One of the best summer session beers EVER!

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Photo of ugaterrapin
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured a light straw straw color with 2+ fingers of pillowy crisp white head. It receded slowly and left considerable layer of foam on top of the beer.

S: It has a slightly sweet aroma with some hints of hops.

T: It has a slight malt presence on the front of the sip. Not as much sweetness as I was expecting from the smell. It has a slightly dry finish with with some hop notes. Overall this is a great beer. It hit the spot on an extremely hot day. It is incredibly refreshing. I haven't had too many Kolschs, but this is definitely the best one I have had.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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

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32°/50° from COAST Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.