32°/50° - COAST Brewing Company

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Reviews: 121
Hads: 302
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 94
Gots: 21 | 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 GJ40
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at The Griffon in Charleston, SC.

Yellow and hazy with a small white head. Good lacing. Aroma was black pepper and spice. Flavor was crisp with a hint of sweetness and a mild bitterness. Creamy consistency with a low to moderate carbonation. Interesting and fun but not remarkable. (297 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, crystal-clear, golden-yellow coloring with a halo of bubbly, white head. Nose of toasted grains, wet hops, and a heavy, floral highlight. Flavors of biscuit, butter, jasmine, bitter hops, and tangy sweetness. Very balanced and clean. Smooth and light in mouth, with a clean, crisp finish. Aftertaste is clean, with hints of hops spice and bitterness. Great brew. (425 characters)

Photo of JohnnyI
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber in to a tall fluted pilsner glass. Pale and straw yellow with exceptional clarity and copious amounts of active carbonation. Like watching the aerator in a golden-lit fish tank. Kind of mesmerizing. There's a nice crown of soft white foam with impressive staying power and scalloped ridges. A very lovely appearance. The aroma is soft and floral. If a beer could smell graceful, this would be the one. The taste brings a mild honey sweetness with subtle, balanced, flowery hops. The woody finish is clean and neat with just a suggestion of dinner roll bread flavor. The spritzy, biting carbonation makes the beer quenching, while the balanced body adds to the refreshment. This is the best Kolsch I've had to date. It's simple, delicious, measured, and crisp. It just hits all the right spots. I was ready to resign the Kolsch category to a poor lager imitation, but this one has renewed my hopes that there are world class varieties out there worth the distinction. (993 characters)

Photo of SykDoc
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap and from the bottle. Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. It pours a very light straw color. A 3 inch almost white head reduces to a nice lacing. Carbonation is definitely visible.

The aroma is grains with an almost grassy component. The wheat is there and I think I'm picking up just a bit of apple.

The taste is starts with a malty/wheaty note and then I pick up more of a grassy/noble hops presence. Interesting lemon component at the end.

The mouthfeel is light bodied, clean and crisp. Carbonation is slightly elevated, but that seems to balance the flavor. A very nice dryness lingers at the finish and there is perhaps just a hint of sour bite.

This is a solid beer. It is not my preferred style and I definitely enjoyed this. The taste that I had at the brewery was solid and this one, bottled on 8/10/11 was good as well. It is a nice, light, and easy beer to drink. (904 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally was able to find this one during a trip to the Upstate last weekend. Bottled on 12/21/11. Poured into a stemmed lager glass.

Pours a slightly-hazy pale gold with a lusciously thick bone-white head. Great retention. Sticky sip rings cling to the glass. The nose is sharp with grassy notes, lemon-lime, floral hops. Body is effervescent and lively. Sweet citrus flavors join arms with a subtle green hop twang that is lip-smackingly good. This beer errs on the mild side, but it is packed full of flavor regardless. Refreshing and tasty. Loved this one. (561 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a couple cans of this while in Charleston, SC. A solid, very easy drinking beer. Citrus notes, fruity malts, earthy malts, grass, oak, spice, and some floral notes. Could crush a few of these. (196 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz tall can into a pint glass. Looking forward to this one!

Appearance: medium yellow hue with a light haze and a light effervescence. Head is a thin layer of white foam; not at all bad for the style.

Smell: lightly sweet with a hint of graininess and just a dash of noble hops. Subtle yet refined; I like it a lot.

Taste: grainy malt with a light sweetness and a very floral hop character. I've had Kölsches and pale ales with this kind of grainy/floral combo, but rarely is it done as well as it's done here.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big, big carbonation and a massive creaminess. Woohoo!

Overall: I could see this beer being a go-to if it were available in my area. It is definitely one of the best Kölsches I've had. (756 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,146 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (751 characters)

Photo of RussBecker1
4.03/5  rDev -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. (819 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Foothills shaker. Poured a hazy straw yellow with a half finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, fruit, rye, and grain. The flavor was of sweet malt, gain, fruit, banana, subtle spices, and rye. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I had just recently had a bottle of this one that was aged and I have to say that I enjoyed the aged version better than this one. While this one was still pretty good, the rye component as I saw it was a little strong and covered up a lot of the more mellow flavors going on here. If this would not have been the case it would have definitely received higher marks as the bottle did. Still a very solid offering from COAST that everyone should try at least once. (898 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

6/26/2011

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. (591 characters)

Photo of DeutschesBier
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
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! (427 characters)

Photo of Anthony1
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
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 (339 characters)

Photo of steveh
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new beer from a new brewery I'd never heard of. Thanks again to Herr B. for a great trade.

22 ounce bomber, bottled on 8.26.12.

A -- Hazy pale straw color with a fluffy, long-lasting white head.

S -- Spicy hops right up front, my bet is on Hallertauer, maybe Tettnang. Mild DMS and some mellow grains.

T -- The flavor is very interesting; starting with the spicy hops and some mellow fruit esters folding into some grainy characters and mineral water then smooth, mellow Pils malt -- almost sweet. The finish is somewhat citric with spicy bitterness in the aftertaste and a lingering graininess from wheat malt.

M -- The mouthfeel is smooth to crisp with a light body and dry finish.

O -- A definite keeper and good quaffer over any long-haul. Delicious enough to keep you wanting another swallow without being overbearing on the palate. (845 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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. (537 characters)

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
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!!!! (1,088 characters)

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (1,012 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (1,010 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (874 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (1,034 characters)

Photo of waltonc
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of jpro
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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! (611 characters)

32°/50° from COAST Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.