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Gateway Kolsch - French Broad Brewing Co.

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83
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122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
French Broad Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cvstrickland on 02-23-2009)
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-01-2012 01:05:21 | More by t0rin0
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-17-2013 23:15:56 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2013 14:26:18 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A gusher, with a huge head of foam atop the hazy straw colored liquid; nice stickage

Smell: Biscuity, with a bit of lemongrass in the background

Taste: Bready, up front, with a growing grassy, lemony character appearing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the floral, bitter elements dominate but there is a bit of residual sweetness from the malt

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body but overcarbonated

Drinkability: Aside from the mouthfeel, this is a very nice example of the style as it is well-balanced and flavorful

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 18:56:50 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  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

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 01:57:22 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 17:58:57 | More by womencantsail
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, light yellow body with an inch of white foam that thins out almost instantly.

Smell: Nose of sweetened grains and fragrant, floral Noble hop aromas.

Taste: Light pale maltiness, lightly sweet, and with a slight hint of unrefined grain. Mild, indistinct fruitiness. Floral, even grassy hop character with a nice bite of Noble hop bitterness. Light touch of sweetened grains on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy-drinking and keenly refreshing -- just what I want from a Kölsch.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 22:47:20 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-11-2014 00:56:10 | More by ygtbsm94
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 20:53:12 | More by oberon
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin head that doesnt last long on a near crystal clear bright golden body. The aroma is very light with barely perceptable pale malts, sweet corn and honey. Flavor has a nice amount of honey flavor with barely, wheat and herbal flavors. Nice body for the style with moderate to high carbonation. Certainly drinkable with nice degree of sweetness and flavor for a style that can be fairly bland.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 01:01:21 | More by kylehay2004
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nickfl

Florida

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

A - Poured with one finger of white head on top of a yellow body with good clarity. Good head retention and lace.

S - Light bready malt with some honey sweetness, but no noticeable hops.

T - Slightly sweet malt up front with a little bread richness. Very light, herbal hop flavors in the middle with a bit of honey. Finishes light and herbal with more bready malt.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - This is a nice, drinkable and smooth kolsch. There is nothing complex here, but that is just right for the style. A nice, simple session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2010 08:44:10 | More by nickfl
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.5%

05-28-2013 01:10:23 | More by Rifugium
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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).

Serving type: can

02-06-2014 01:54:37 | More by dbrauneis
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-30-2012 17:05:28 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy to see this brewery in Atlanta now. I like their focus on some underappreciated styles, and the fact that they make quite a few low alcohol beers. This beer is a case in point. Wonderfully refreshing and very nicely balanced with a nice crisp bitterness and some soft grassiness. Really very close to what it should be for the style with a pilsner bitterness and crispness but kolsch softness overall. Pours a very pale yellow with little head, but the proof is in the drinkability. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 01:07:31 | More by Georgiabeer
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plaid75

New York

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2012 21:17:33 | More by plaid75
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-15-2013 18:35:10 | More by LXIXME
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2012 08:02:01 | More by tdm168
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glid02

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 23:03:22 | More by glid02
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harpus

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-19-2013 01:11:36 | More by harpus
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to kolsch glass. Had a pale yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a quarter inch of quickly-dissipating, foamy head. Average lacing.

S: A decent, if two-dimensional, aroma of malt and a bit of citrus.

T: Tasted of lemon, pale malt and some hop. Like the smell, the taste wasn't overly dynamic, but decent enough.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This beer isn't horrible or undrinkable, but it isn't particularly memorable.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 02:14:02 | More by avalon07
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RBorsato

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.7%

10-22-2013 15:58:37 | More by RBorsato
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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.7%

07-28-2013 21:58:16 | More by pathman
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rec'd from gford217 during the now legendary FC BIF, along with three other bombers from this brewery I'd never heard of. Thanks Grant!

This brew is macro golden with only a smallish bit of head on the pour. Smell is mild to the point of having on odor only existentially. Shadow of wheat grains in the nostrils.

Gateway is crisp, clean, refreshing. Hey Bud, Michelob, Coors - this is what your beers should taste like! A quick, simple style that would be great on a hot day with the grill spitting the smell of venison brats in my face & a bit of sweat on the back of my neck. Drinkability is insanely high; this could easily be pounded by any Wisconsin small-town homey (& I mean that fondly for all my Miller-pounding WI friends in the cheap seats) or savored sip-by-sip with the geek crowd.

Very nice. If French Broad can make a kolsch this appealing, I'm looking forward to the other three bombers resting in the basement.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 01:52:05 | More by maximum12
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was very surprised and delighted to see the line of French Road beers in stock at Newton Farms @ Kiawah Island. I loved a couple of their beers when I last visited Asheville.

Kolsch remains among the most under-rated styles that exists. Too many folks assume that since it’s light, golden and delicate that it must be compared to BMC lagers. One man’s opinion is that this is just not right. In the proper context and mood a wonderful Kolsch is just what the Dr. ordered.

This pours with a sudsy bright white head that show decent retention but eventually fades away. The beer is somewhere between a dull gold color and light straw. No lacing…

Aroma is light, slightly doughy and with a touch of grass. Very bready

Flavor is very nice and quite refreshing. Again light dough… bready finish. Just a moment of bitterness to balance the touch of sweetness. Fresh.

Light, crisp, refreshing. A wonderful session choice and great when returning from the beach.

Nicely done!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 21:13:41 | More by Reagan1984
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Gateway Kolsch from French Broad Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.