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Gateway Kolsch - French Broad Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

pjhalifax, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3/5  rDev -18%

Rifugium, May 28, 2013
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.

metter98, May 27, 2013
Photo of smithj4
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

smithj4, May 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

harpus, May 19, 2013
Photo of GratefulEdd
4/5  rDev +9.3%

GratefulEdd, May 14, 2013
Photo of Bamarooster
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Bamarooster, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of NoCurse2012
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

NoCurse2012, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of NODAK
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

NODAK, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of AlexFields
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light fuzzy banana color, light head.

At first not much on the nose, just a touch of light tart wheaty malt and maybe some banana. Gets sweeter as it warms, touch of honey.

Taste is pretty similar--tart wheatiness again, light honey sweetness, hint if banana and yeast.

Nothing special but a decent kolsch.

6.2/10

AlexFields, Mar 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

LXIXME, Feb 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of bmami
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

bmami, Jan 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

BigGingDrinker, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of Falcone
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Falcone, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of freduardo
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

freduardo, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of plaid75
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

plaid75, Nov 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

ecmoon3, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

kylehay2004, Oct 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

t0rin0, Oct 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

OldTime, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of pburland23
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bombe into my Gaffel kolsch stange.

Appearance: Beer pours a clear, brilliant golden yellow. Pour released a little more than two fingers if light, bright white head. Decent head retention and no lacing. Inviting looking pour.

Smell: Sweet and grassy on a nose, a very light and delicate smelling beer. No hops presence but still nice smelling, very clean.

Taste: I found the taste to be the weakest component of the beer. It's just a touch off from where I think a kolsch should be. There is a nice German hops bite but the sweetness and grassy maltiness I expect from the style aren't big enough. There was an almost adjunct like flavor in the middle of the sip.

Mouthfeel: Very refreshing and quite drinkable. Would be a good beer to enjoy after some yard work or poolside.

Overall: I love kolsch but is one isn't as well crafted and flavorful as some of the better examples of the style. Not a bad beer, but kolsch fans can do better.

pburland23, Sep 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

pintofparadise, Aug 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 30, 2012
Gateway Kolsch from French Broad Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.