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32°/50° - COAST Brewing Company

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Reviews: 123
Hads: 307
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 15.83%
Wants: 97
Gots: 23 | 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 Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


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.

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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 flagmantho
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a growler to a pilsener glass. Had a darker yellow color and a clear consistency. There wasn't much head, but there was decent lacing.

S: A nice aroma dominated by malt, floral hops and almost citrusy quality.

T: You get a lot of malt up front, followed by floral hops and some lemon. A refreshing flavor.

M: A zesty amount of carbonation and a fairly dry finish. A lighter-bodied beer.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. It's very light and goes down easy. This would be a good summer beer.

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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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Photo of champ103
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Griffon in Charleston SC.

A: Pours a slightly hazed golden orange color. A pillowing, white head forms with excellent retention and lace.
S: Bread and biscuit malts. Lightly toasted with some cereal grains. Grassy, earthy, and floral hops. The malts and the hops mingle together perfectly here.
T: More of that great bread and biscuit malts. Like baked bread and cereal grains. Hops come next, with a grassy, earthy, and herbal character. I love it.
M/D: A light to medium body. Very effervescent, crisp, clean, and dry. So easy to drink. All day with this, and perfect for the hot summer months here.

Lots of character, and so easy to drink. A near perfect example of the style. Highly recommended.

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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 thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.86/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a pale, straw-yellow color with a finger of white head that dissipated to nothing in rather quick fashion. No lace on the side, but some surprisingly decent legs.

S - Smells kind of skunked, with some sulphuric notes as well. Wheat, grain, little bit of hops, cereal malts.

T - Tastes like skunky and sour malts, little bit of mineral, cereal malts, some soured honey, slight hop bitterness. Not very pleasant.

M - Lighter bodied, pretty active carbonation, this seems fine for the style.

O - Didn't like it for the style or for beer in general. Taste was bad, didn't care for it.

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Photo of maximum12
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to md655321 for shipping this northwest in a recent trade. And boy, am I glad he included this one. Split with the next-door neighbor after a lawnmowing session. And eventually another neighbor joined in, as well. The sight of drawn beer glasses on a beautiful summer night draws people...bottle dated 4/2/10.

Pours a kolsch, sun-dried straw yellow with snap/crackle carbonation. Smell is faint, with a touch of the summer solstice, hay bales, & just cut wheat. Very nice.

32/50 just set a new kolsch standard for me. The wheat is light, offset with a perfect touch by the gentle malting & a subtle sweetness rounding off the edges, perhaps from the honey mentioned on the label. Hops wipe their feet & smile but never become intrusive. Dry, light, crisp, & I looked down regretfully at the empty bomber beside me when it was over.

Damn excellent beer & that was created for a 78 degree summer evening with friends. Well, done. COAST.

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Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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".

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Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3-week-old bomber into a Duvel tulip. Huge thanks to Modernartblues for hooking me up with this one, a long-time want.

A: Slightly hazed straw body under a finger of frothy white head. Ok retention, nice lace. Pretty good.

S: Crisp, clean, balanced aroma of herbal + lemony hops on top of subtle, bready malt. Simple, to style, and terrific.

T: Opens with a bit of hop bite but quickly opens into a rich, clean, crackery malt midsection. The finish has a touch of spice, some moderate hop bitterness, and a lovely undertone of clean minerality. Absolutely delicious and refreshing.

M: Soft, light, bubbly. Excellent.

O: Incredible beer. I wish I could get cans of this all the time, as I might drink nothing else in the summer - I can only imagine it's great year-round in SC. It's got all the crisp refreshment of a great Pils combined with the fruity hop punch of a pale ale, all wrapped up in a supremely drinkable sub-5% package. We have a winner.


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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 Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a growler at Charleston Beer Exchange on 7/5/09. Consumed the next afternoon.

Quite an aggressive foamy head forms atop a golden pale beer. Has some nice structure and is almost creamy. Then this fades to a small ring of foam around your glass. Some light visible carbonation and no lacing to speak of.

Aroma is of yeast, light toasted grains and a bit of sweet dough.

Flavor is really nice and quite fruity. I'm not sure I've ever called a Kolsch complex, but this has a lot going on. First you are hit with some delicate fruit flavors, then a touch of sweetness and malt, before heading into a nice bready clean finish.

Mouth feel is crisp and body is fairly light, but not too light. Crisp and refreshing, a nice summer session beer with character.

A good Kolsch for sure. This is a nice gateway beer and one to share with those wanting to enter the craft beer world.

Well done!

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

Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! About 6 oz poured into a beer mug.

A: Pours a light straw color with a surprising amount of cloudiness and strong looking carbonation. The head is a two finger white color with good retention and texturing.

S: Grassy hops and neutral malts - it doesn't blow me away with its aroma, but I can tell it's a very high quality product.

T: Incredibly smooth, with an initial hit of lemony esters. I love the finish, it's just about perfectly bitter with the grassy hops and balanced delicately. Slight touches of subtle complexity add to the experience of this. Just insanely good, plain and simple.

M: Light, crisp, refreshing, and just amazing. I have nothing to complain about here, it's so drinkable and easygoing without being boring.

O: Oh, wow. This one lives up to the hype in my opinion - I could totally kill multiple bombers of this in an hour's time; the drinkability is insane. I'm gonna search this one out in the future.

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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 prototypic
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to kkipple for the bottle. Always stoked to try out a new Coast brew.

32°/50° pours a very light yellow/straw color. It's relatively clear, and looks even less colorful with backlighting. A soft, modest white head covers it. It stands about a finger tall, and falls to a surface covering quickly. Lacing was moderate. Much more than I expected in that department. Given the style...not bad at all.

The nose is alright. Generally speaking, I don't get much out of the nose in Kölsch style beers. This one isn't materially better. Initially, it strikes me as a little weak. There are some sweet, malty notes. It's definitely earthy and slightly grainy smelling. Honey is noted. The x factor here is hops. They're very much present and accounted for. They're floral in character and smell nice. I don't know that I've encountered that in this style before. Alcohol is not noticeable. No surprise there.

The flavor is pretty good. I'm not the biggest fan of the style, but this one's pretty damn good. A nice, semi-sweet, malty base is noted right off the bat. It's earthy and grainy. Honey is relatively strong in the mix and adds much to the overall flavor. I really like that addition. Light lemon also adds some depth. Hops steal the show in a sense. I'm not accustomed to a nice hop presence in this style. This one has it, and it's all the better for it. They're definitely floral, and complement the earthy notes so well. I'm impressed. Alcohol is buried. It finishes with a honey/hop combo.

32°/50° has a light body that goes down easy. Carbonation is light and restrained. Its body is too light to really feel smooth, but I don't think that's uncharacteristic of the style. Drinkability is good. This is one tasty Kölsch, and it'd go down all too well on a hot day. A bomber is no problem at all.

Coast Brewing Company brews good beer. I'm not the biggest fan of Kölsch, but this one's impressive. It really succeeds because of the honey/hop presence. They add a lot to the overall flavor and character of the beer. I'm still not the biggest fan of the style, but this one is certainly impressive. Definitely worth seeking out, especially if you're into Kölsch.

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

Poured from tap into pint at Sesame Burger. Smells of crisp fruity malts. Really full of crisp malt flavor, nicely balanced with some minor hop and floral notes.
Kolsch as really become a favorite of mine...and this one has as much personality as a Kolsch can have. Not quite up to Captain Lawrence for me, but very close. Very good and worthy of every good rating it gets.

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Photo of wedge
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on: 06/28/13

Pale straw yellow color covered with a small, creamy, pure-white head. Subtle fruit, soft malty sweetness, grass, and low sulfery yeast aromas. Grass and lemon hop bitterness, subtle fruity yeast, apple dryness, faint sweet toasted grain. Creamy smooth, a bit under-carbonated. Pretty nice and authentic, though honestly, after a few glasses now, it's never really grabbed my attention all that much.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the best looking Kolsch Ale I've ever seen with a bright iridescent yellow and a thick white foam. The nose is full of malt and grain. The flavor is very assertive for the style with a cereal malt, light barley, nutty pecan and a kilned grain. Kolsch is not the style I go to for flavor but this one is well done.

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