Gateway Kolsch - French Broad Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
French Broad Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: cvstrickland on 02-23-2009

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Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a perfect after work beer to be had here in my mind mind.Poured into a standard pint glass a slight hazed light golden, like sunshine basically,with a thin wispy white head.Aromas of toasted grain with some fruity esters,crisp mouthfeel and flavors,quite toasty with a bit of honey-like sweetness and shot of sharp zing in the finish.A highly quaffable pleasent drinking kolsch,again a perfect after work or hot day brew with real flavor.

Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Mac's in Atlanta.

Pours a clear golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet light malts with a mild biscuit quality and light floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The malt flavors are a bit sweeter than the smell intimated however the hops bring in just a bit of bitterness and slightly leafy flavors that balance it out. The ending is crisp and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this is a solid beer for the style, very clean and crisp. Worth a shot.

Photo of tdm168
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Biere Garden in Asheville.

A - clear gold with noticeable carbonation bubbles; thin lacing of white head; no retention

S - faint grass, hint of lemon

T - grassy, noble hops, faintly bitter finish

M - smooth, little carbonation, light bodied

This is a very light, easy to drink, refreshing beer. It doesn't have much flavor, but it's to style and ultimately enjoyable.

Photo of PhillyStyle
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle

Poured a hazy dark yellow with a huge white head that was very well retained that receded into a thin cap that lasted throughout the beer. The beer did have noticeable particles floating in the beer. To be honest, I expected the beer to be perfectly clear.

Aroma is mainly bready and citrus tones. No hops to mention. Definitely not what I had in mind for the style. It reminded me more of a Belgian Witbier than a Kolsch.

Taste follows the nose well, what I did not get was any hint of hop or bitterness to the taste at all.

The beer is light, smooth and easy to drink. The beer did have very good and very prevalent carbonation, and this was not a determent to the beer. The beer left a dry aftertaste, which I had expected, but it was somewhat unappealing. Overall, this may be a decent summer beer, but it reminds me of Blue Moon and not a Kolsch, especially after my first was Reissdorf Kölsch.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An oldie but goodie that I had not had in a long while from French Broad. Decided to pick up a bomber on my last trip. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/08/2010.

The pour was nice, very cloudy and bright with a big white head of foamy froth that billowed up from the bottom of the glass through ample streams of carbonation. Nice golden color and when held up into the light really seemed to shine very nicely. Great looking for the style. Light aroma, to be expected with light hints of citrus and banana, a touch of clove and light grain, much more citrus coming through then I remember. Crisp, clean, light, this is how you start off the afternoon! Really very nicely done here with a crisp and clean flavor. Light grassy notes, hints of citrus flavors all over give it a touch of a bite, light banana and grain in the finish round it out well. Nicely done just as I remembered as the lightly dry finish begged me in for just a touch more. Super drinkable and really just a fine example of the style.

Overall a superb session offering from them, I could have seriously gone on with this one for days. Really just a good example of the style and really nicely done

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Mellow Mushroom, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of bready malts along with slight hints of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. It makes for a good beer to drink outside on a hot summer day.

Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Barley's, Asheville, NC.

Poured a light brass hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a clean pilsner malt and slight herbal hop.

The taste was well balanced with a clean breadiness with a balancing herbal noble hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty easy drinking kolsch.

Photo of MTNboy
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It had nice yellow color and white head to the body. There was average lacing. The aroma was grassy and had a good aroma of hops. The taste was a little hoppier than this style usually is but it was good. I thought the use of hops was proportioned and done well. There was a grainy and grassy flavor with a small hint of fruitiness. The mouthfeel was thin and light.

Photo of patre_tim
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden straw filtered with a light haze, lots of soda like bubbles and some clinging to the side of the glass. One finger of creamy bright white head.

S: White wine, grapes, clean linen, dough, clean and crisp.

T: Very vinous like like white wine, clean linen, dough, dry clean and crisp.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, clean dry finish.

O: Great brew. Well done Kolsch. Got this one in Asheville, drank in Chicago, IL with some deep dish pizza, great combo.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear light to medium yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation quickly rising from the bottom of the glass and hints of lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense fizzy white head that reduces to a large patch of medium thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts and grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are slightly heavier than moderate flavors of bready malts with light flavors of grassy hops in the finish. Light amounts of bitterness which lingers slightly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Very easy to drink, very refreshing, and tasty - I could see myself picking this up a lot more frequently once the weather gets warms (great beer for when I am out on the porch manning the grill).

Photo of NODAK
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Aroma is quite grainy and wheaty. Pretty light stuff. Figured on a bit more.

Taste follows pretty closely. It's fairly honey sweet, full of grain and wheat, and a very small bitterness at the backend. This is a pretty straightforward beer here. A bit surprised at the lack of citrus character. Nothing complicated, but it goes down quite easily. Would probably make a great summer beer.

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Pours a clear and effervescent light golden color with a nice sized, frothy white head, good lacing. Aroma is pale malts, wheat, light citrus, grain, and grass. Flavor is sweet grain, bread, yeast, and a light hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is dry, bitter, and light. Not a whole lot of flavor here, but a very crisp and drinkable beer.

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

One of the overlooked CANtributors to The CANQuest ™ is one of my local beer people, soon (eventually) to be a “Character” in my column – Justin C. He does a good job of looking out for new and different CANs for me in his travels and this is one with which he recently returned.
From the CAN: “French Broad Gateway Kolsch is a German-style ale with moderate hop flavor and a sweet finish.”
I have been watching the AmeriCAN Heroes Channel’s series on World War I and it reminded me of a French Broad that I once knew before visiting Germany as a young sailor.
The Crack! was as loud as a CANnon and the CAN was as full as the trenches in early-1915. The inverted Glug was precise in its deployment and quickly netted me two fingers of foamy, fizzy, bone-white head that began to collapse under the exertion, leaving Belgian lacing in its wake. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = 3.9, a preciseness measured by the brewery), as yellow as the cowards who retreated In the face of the enemy, and with NE-plus quality clarity, allowing me to peer into a grim future. Nose was what I tend to think of with regard to the style – slightly honey-like, slightly grassy. If we still rated on Smell, I would characterize this as “Perfect”. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was grassy and honey-like, sort of a Gateway between a light lager and a German Pilsner. I have to disagree with them as to “… a sweet finish” because I would characterize it as “Dry”. The CAN mentions “O.G. 11.5 P and IBU 32.3”, so I think that an argument CAN be made for my point of view. A very nice, light drinking beer on a Summer’s day.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pouring a cellar temp can into a snifter. Gift from my cousin Joe in NC. Thanks!

The beer pours a bright gold hue with just the faintest amount of haze on the pour. Bleached white fizzy head of 2.5 cm foams up and fades quickly to a wispy edge layer.
Aroma is some grainy malt and a bit of biscuity note also. I do get a bit of spicy hops and no hint of abv.
First sip reveals a crisp body with light texture and fine fizzy carbonation. Very easy to drink as it should be per style.
Flavor is a bit of grainy malt that flows to some spicy and earthy hop notes, and finishes with some sweet almost fruity note on the finish. The beer really dries out after each sip,making me thirsty for more beer.
A very easy to drink brew that would be enjoyable on a hot day. I am just fine drinking it after a long day to decompress. Good example of the style.

Photo of matzah
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bomber into a pint. Pours clear and a nice yellow color with a hint of orange. 1.5 Finger head quickly turns to a half finger. Highly carbonated.

S: Something like a cross of a hefe and pilsner, but favors pils. Clean grassy notes.

T: Crisp with good, but long, aftertaste that is true to the flavors of the beer. Taste favors pilsner or even saison. Grassy flavors more pronounced than in smell.

M: Light and carbonated. Slight burn from carbonation but not unpleasant.

O: Good light Kolsch. I'm not too familiar with this style, but enjoyable. I found it less sessionable than others though, simply because the aftertaste hung around so long.

Photo of PDXHops
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured in increments into a Collins glass. Even in this narrow vessel, the bright white head is quite modest, yet leaves a surprising amount of streak lacing. Light gold and bubbly body.

A pleasant combo of fresh cut hay, grass, some floral sweetness and a touch of noble hop spiciness greet the nose. Rather bitter with a nice lemony hop flavor and a grassy bite that goes well with the biscuity malt. A touch of vague funkiness. The bitterness disappears at the swallow, leaving a crisp grainy finish with a lingering squeeze of lemon.

Overall impression: A refreshing and lively Kolsch. Recommended.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass on 1/3/11

Thanks to PDXHops

Golden yellow color of just a slightly faded caliber. Almost entirely clear, exhibiting a faint chill haze. The one finger of puffy white foam has dropped by a half but seems content to stay. Few speckles of lace.

Really bright, clean aroma full of floral notes; much like a prairie. Lemongrass, hay, floral hops, a hint of citrus zest & grains. Starts to smell like lemon bars as it warms but it isn't the dominant aroma.

The brightness of the aroma doesn't fully carry over to the palate. It doesn't taste bad, just not as vibrant, or structured for that matter. Lots of grassiness & toasted grains. There's a hollow lemony twinge on the peripheries. Hints of floral hops.

The feel is a tad down the spectrum from light bodied, with an appreciable graininess. Carbonation is moderate, seemingly befitting the style & my personal tastes (cool). The finish is reasonably dry with grass & grain lingering.

Gateway Kolsch is quite solid overall. If we're talking Kolsches from the Carolinas, I'd take COAST's 32/50 any day; however, Gateway is pretty close. A few tweaks on the flavor profile & it's there. Worth a shot.

Photo of womencantsail
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The beer pours a pale golden straw color with a huge, rocky, white head.

S: Quite a strange smell for a kolsch. Lemon zest and apple juice are prominent. It's got a slight champagne character (likely from the high carbonation and yeastiness). Moderate bread notes and some floral hops.

T: Light bread and cracker malts provide much of the flavor. More lemon zest along with some floral and earthy hops. Just a light bitterness to it. The carbonation is extremely high, which diminishes from the flavor intensity a bit.

M: Light in body with very high carbonation.

O: Despite not being terribly "kolsch-like", I thought this was a pretty decent beer.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, straw gold coloring, with a fluffy, tall, clingy, white head. Steady carbonation action throughout the body, too. Nose of toasted grains, subtle floral notes, and hints of berry esthers. Flavors are tangy forward, with buttered toast notes, and a subtle hops bitterness. Smooth and light, with a frothy, effervesced finish. Tangy, grainy aftertaste. Not bad.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light yellow and clear, lots of bubbles, ok white fizzy head and pretty good lacing.

A little bit of yeast compliments a large amount of lemon rind and no shortage of crisp grape-y aromas. There's an element of pilsner almost, with some grainy and grassy elements too.

Taste is very pleasant. Grape juice, white only mind you, comes to mind. It's slightly chardonnay like in character. Again I find it slightly along the lines of a good crisp pilsner, but with a bit of yeast that reminds you it's a kolsch.

Carbonation is heavy, yet it's light and easily drinkable. White grapes dominate the aftertaste, with just a tinge of yeast.

It's not super complex but it's extremely drinkable and definitely quite tasty. I definitely like this beer. It would make a great fishin' beer, does it come in cans?

Photo of cvstrickland
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 22-ounce bomber bottle poured into my Kolsch cylinder produces a clear pale gold body livened by a storm of internal carbonation that feeds a towering cap of bright white foam. The resultant head recedes very slowly and deposits copious rings and soft blobs of 3-D lacing onto the glass.

The smell is mild with a touch of fruity grain and a solid buzz of spicy German-style hopping. A lightly-toasted nuttiness is present throughouth the encounter, and becomes stronger and toastier as the drink progresses.

The taste is quite nutty and replete with mild toasted notes of warm grain, medium-sweet toffee candy and just a tad of caramel. Mellow herbal bitterness is quite mild, but a fine, dusty, perfectly-proportional earthiness dries the finish and balances the drink nicely.

French Broad's tasty new formulation of their Kolsch is light-medium in body, perfectly carbonated and highly quaffable.

Photo of JayQue
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a winner...a good year-round session type beer. Pours a slightly cloudy light gold color. The frothy white head is HUGE...makes no difference how you pour it. Nicely carbonated. Good patchy lacing and good head retention.

Smell is mild..a little lemon zest, some grassy hops and a little hefe-style flavors banana/cloves. A bit of funk going on as well

Taste is more of the same but more robust. A nice tasty light ale with hints of Saison and Hefeweizen. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth.

Overall a very good beer from a style that should be fairly mild and bland. This is something you could drink a ton of either by itself or with food.

Photo of EmergingZymurgy
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliantly clear with very light straw color. Foamy, white head with moderate lacing. Poured into a pilsner glass.

S: Slight apple character in the aroma with a grainy background.

T: Hint of fruit with a nice, clean finish. Very crisp. A bit grainy, but only in the background of the beer.

M: Light on the plate, but also slightly creamy. Has a bit of a dry finish to the end, but not too dry.

O: Quite a nice beer. It's very drinkable and easy to drink. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Brought the bottle back from a trip out to North Carolina and was not disappointed. I have just started getting into the Kolsh beers and this is a nice, easy drinking one for a hot, summer Kansas afternoon.

Photo of thadbme
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear yellow color with heavy carbonation. A crazy amount of head that forms on top. Took several pourings and allowing it to sit before it calmed down. This is what I would expect beer to look like if I first started drinking.

S: This is a different smell from what I'm used to drinking. With the heavy foam on top, that leaves a different scent. Honestly to me it smells clean, almost like a beer soap if that makes any sense. Its not really unpleasant but not what I would prefer. You can smell the wheat in it as well but the foam hits me first.

T: Slightly bitter, foamy, carbonated wheat taste. The beer is very smooth to drink, and very drinkable. I can see this would be easy to drink a large beer of.

M: Foamy and light. Carbonation shows up while looking at, but not overpowering.

O: I think the name of this beer might have captured it, its a gateway Kolsch. I think this might be a good one for me to try to get into the style. It is certainly not my favorite beer I've ever had, and I doubt this will be the favorite of this style, but its something you could drink a lot of, and not ask too many questions about it.

Photo of Mojo
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can -> New Belgium globe glass

A - very pale straw color with a very small head, no lacing and no retention.

S - lemon notes dominate with some floral and grass

T - Lemon honey sweetness with a dry finish. Very easy to drink.

M - light with average carbonation

O - does not make the earth shift on its axis, but is easy to drink and satisfying.

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Gateway Kolsch from French Broad Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.