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32°/50° - COAST Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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271 Ratings
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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 87
Gots: 20 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 Onenote81
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of BeerBucks
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jaswilson2
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of alleykatking
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle. Many thanks go out to mikesgroove for this bottle.

A- Pours a clear yellow color. Two finger white head comes up fast and lasts for a little bit. Nice ringing lacing left on the glass.

S- Clean smelling malts in the front end of this beer. Unlike other kolsch styles I have had seemed to be much muted than this beer. There is some light cracker like aroma as well. A light earthy hops comes into play around the ending of the aroma as a whole. Nothing really else going on...smells like a kolsch on steriods.

T- Tastes like what a normal kolsch would be like. Light buttery biscuty flavors right in the front end of this beer. Also, the bitter hops come into play right about the middle and stay throughout the rest of the beer. The beer has more hops in it than I have hade with other kolsch styles. Not bad at all actually quite good..maybe the most flavor I have had in one before.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style but high for my personal taste. Very drying in the mouth. Clean tasting flavors throughout the entire beer. Light buttery biscut malts in the front end with light bitter hops in the aftertaste.

D- This was a very drinkable beer that I enjoyed very much. Opened up my eyes to what a very well crafted beer in the style could be. COAST hits it dead on and I personally would love to get some more bottles of it.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass on 6/14/10

Bottled on 5/14/10

Thanks to PDXHops

Very light yellow color, straw-like; slightly pale. Two fingers of active foam with lots of bubbles rising to the top. Consistently thin retention. Impressive lacing.

The smell of grass, wheat & hay is plentiful; light & airy. Ever-so-subtle hop hints, mild lemon zest. Earthy with a slight mustiness. Buried in back are notions of biscuit & yeast. Overtones of honey sweetness.

Everything that imparts flavor is done with tact; a "greater than the sum of the parts" sort of thing. A mild spiciness leads off & pairs exceptionally with modest swaths of lemon zest. Wheat & grass tones are settled throughout. Toasted malts manifest toward the finish. Integration is awesome; everything in it's place. Not overly sweet.

32/50 Kolsch is light in body. Initially I expected rather high carbonation (after observing the pour). Indeed, with each pour the carbonation is rather prickly toward the beginning, but it mellows over time, allowing a different take on the flavor components. The finish is zesty & somewhat dry.

This is definitely a case of "less is more." Drinkability is superb. The only way I imagine this could be better would be on tap. Recommended with ease. On a side note - COAST, thank you for dating your bottles.

Photo of josephwa
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of AleWatcher
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into stange.
Glorious looking beer; pale straw-colored yellow with a slight haze to it and a stark white head of two shiny fingers.
Smells of a little grainy malt bill with a light honey-touched wheat note. Very dry, musty white grape-like finish. The flavor is nice and refreshing with a crisp bitterness at the backend.

Feels medium-bodied and well carbonated. Just about right.

Overall-- this is a great Kolsch. Maybe not the best I've had, but absolutely worth drinking. I'll be happy to have this one again.

Photo of sirsteve42
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of JNForsyth
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GJ40
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of Spider889
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of JISurfer
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this at the Battery soccer game last week. Yes, they sell this at the local semi-pro soccer games! Anyway, it was a great beer for the time, especially since it was a bit hot out. It had a nice light fruit/wheat taste to it, as well as a malty backbone. The slight hint of the hops didn't overpower the others. The head was thick and creamy, even lasted a while in a plastic cup. Definitely going to have another at tonights game! Go Battery!!!!

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of augustgarage
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained in trade (a generous extra) from mikesgroove (thanks!). Bottled on November 26th, 2009. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Uerige stange.

Pale, lightly hazy (traditionally this style is filtered to a brilliant clarity), Naples-yellow body topped by a healthy column of creamy magnolia foam. The head recedes to a thin but persistent layer with minute delicate bubbles holding together eroded arches of lacing.

Light malt, floral, and honey aromatics with faint fermented sour apple and white grape notes as well.

Delicate flavor profile with clean malt, unripe pears, and a slight fruitiness on the palate. As it warms, it is as if the pears ripen a bit and more mead/honey notes emerge. Thankfully, hops contribute a drying bitterness which is quietly joined by wheat to smooth out the mineral-laden finish. I'm on the fence about the wheat - on the one hand it is contributing a nice balance and a bit of body - but it does vaguely bring to mind an adjunct lager.

Well carbonated, crisp, medium-light bodied, and very well attenuated.

An excellent beer for a hot day, and an interesting domestic variant on this subtle style.

Photo of DeutschesBier
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
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!

Photo of kbutler1
3.06/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

Photo of FUwolfpacker
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a finger of fluffy white head. Retention is good, lacing is excellent.

S: Very refreshing - lemon zest mixed with a light to moderate graininess and an earthy, lightly floral hop aroma. Bright, well balanced, I wouldn't change a thing.

T: Graininess comes out a little stronger in the flavor, along with a light fruity sweetness. Hops come across as quite earthy with a light floral accent.

M: Medium thickness with a fairly strong carbonation.

O: The aroma on this beer is remarkable. Balanced, complex, refreshing - everything I want in a Kolsch. The flavor is a touch heavy without quite the same brightness I got in the aroma, but it is still excellent. I love this beer. I wish Coast distributed it to Atlanta.

Photo of Damian
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fl oz. bottle purchased at Whole Foods, Mount Pleasant, SC
Served in a pint glass

Clear, pale straw yellow in appearance. The liquid was topped by a fluffy crown of bright white froth, which quickly faded to a thin, transparent film. Tiny drops of lacing trickled down the glass with each sip.

The nose was super powdery initially. Crisp, dry and yeasty. Fresh and bright. Strong notes of lemon and wheat. The powderyness subsided with time and the nose turned slightly skunky. Bready, German malts were noticeable.

The flavor profile was exceptionally crisp and bright. Pale, plisener malts and cereal grains were apparent. Noble hops came through in center. Lots of lemony tartness as well. Bitter, grassy hops appeared in the crisp, dry and refreshing finish. The hop bitterness lingered on my palate for quite a while. Subtle notes of sulfur were also detectible.

The mouthfeel was crisp and sprightly with a prickly, semi-aggressive effervescence. Somewhat Champagne-like in texture. Surprisingly, the liquid remained creamy, soft and plush.

32/50 is a tasty and refreshing beer, but it did not impress me as much as I had hoped it would. If you happen to be in South Carolina, this is definitely worth a try.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
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 ;)

Photo of kell50
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of starrdogg
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of DrMindbender
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

32°/50° from COAST Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.