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Cali Cöast - Calicraft Brewing Co.

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Cali Cöast
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Calicraft Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: scottfrie on 07-10-2012)
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Photo of pauldevay
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

pauldevay, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of hansenme
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

hansenme, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of lauras231279
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

lauras231279, May 25, 2013
Photo of magictacosinus
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a stange glass. No freshness date.

Color is a straw, clear, golden color, complete with a ton of carbonation and a thinning, semi-bubbly head that coats the top of the glass. The initial appearance is exactly how I'd want a kölsch to look like, what with the jubilant bubbles rising atop, but they quickly die down and the stange tries its best to keep the head intact, with unsuccessful results. Hardly any lacing. Leaves some cloudy residue along the glass's edges. The color is spot on, although this style doesn't need to be *this* delicate!

The aroma is about as crisp as this can get - flaky, golden, crisp grains are everywhere in this thing. Not too many fruity nuances, although if I dig deeper or let this lazily warm up there are some of the grape-y flavors, apricots, dried apple cider, and a grassy, lightly tinged hop character. Not super complex, but very subtle for that matter. Everything fades even more at room temperature, although it is undeniably pleasant.

The first flavor consists of a semi-wet, full-bodied character that immediately covers the palate with bright graininess, sugar cane flavors, a grassy, leafy finish. It's very light at the finish, with perhaps a little bit of yeasty skunkiness and dried pear, maybe cider fruitiness that keeps things interesting. Very refreshing, but does lack the dry hoppy and underlying fruity character I really like in this style when done correctly. The grains do win here, and this suffers at room temperature to the point where the carbonation leaves behind a thinned, slightly acrid grainy flavor, without much to fall back on. This is best consumed as quick as possible cold, due to its delicacy.

Not my favorite take on the kölsch style, but still quite drinkable, refreshing, and undeniably clean. I do not like how the carbonation dies so quickly, and I wish this had a more forward fruity grainy character and stronger malt syrupy profile to back onto as soon as the bubbles go away. The grassiness is simple and tasty, but it's also very simple. I was thankful to be able to try this, and it definitely makes a good break from all the intense beers I've had lately, but it is only above average for the style, but in terms of local versions I'm yet to see a more interesting take.

magictacosinus, May 21, 2013
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a golden straw. The head dissipates from a half inch to nothing very quickly, leaving no lace behind.

Toasted light grain, Saaz, minerals and slight caramel make up the smell.

Very grainy up front. Grassy hops, tart lemon and floral notes are followed by a slight, sweet toffee note. Dry, crisp mineral finish. A little thin in the mouth.

Nothing offensive or unworthy of the style, just not top notch in my book. That being said, I would never refuse one.

OBeerMeGreatOne, May 16, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This appears to have been renamed "Cali Cöast". I'm not quite sure why. 22oz bomber purchased from Berkeley Bowl West, in Berkeley, CA.

Pours a champagne-clear bright golden colour, with a coarse-bubbled head that settles to a filmy ring with a steady bead. Lacing is fine and delicate. Overall, it looks pretty sophisticated.

Nose is clean and light, with a pleasant German grain character coming through and some faint, green organic hops. There's a dusty, floury yeast character which comes through as well: it's not unpleasant, and it fits with the style, but it somewhat dampens the rest of the aroma.

Taste is light and clean, with a very nice crisp, lagery freshness from start to finish. Some green hops lift the back, providing a punctuation to the mild, crisp grain character, and giving some dryness to the finish. Clean aftertaste gives a real refreshment. It's light, balanced, crisp and supremely drinkable.

Feel is pleasant and light.

Extremely drinkable, and extremely well-made. This is a very nice, easy drinking beer, perfect for a Californian summer. It's not wild, it's not bursting with amazing flavour combinations: it's just well-crafted beer of high quality. Love it.

lacqueredmouse, May 12, 2013
Photo of brotherloco
4/5  rDev +9.3%

brotherloco, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of ambruns1979
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

ambruns1979, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of mactrail
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Highly drinkable, crisp and clean brew. Golden color in the Duvel glass with a moderate foam. Plenty sudsy in the mouth.

Nice biscuity flavor with a perfumey hop aroma. Light and fragrant. Just enough bitterness to give it a zing. Pleasant malty flavors. Bitter aftertaste with warm tanginess. Hard to describe well, but it seems to be the essence of Kölsch.

One of the better Kölsch brews I've had. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Beer Revolution in Oakland.

mactrail, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

IRONRakkasan, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of pilsner and grainy malts with some lemon zest and lager yeast esters and a bit of diacetyl.

T - Starts off with pilsner malts with some lemon zest and a touch of citrus hops. Through the middle, some lager yeast esters come through with some grainy malt flavor. The finish is mix of pilsner malts, lemon zest, lager yeast, and some light fruity esters.

T - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and lightly tart finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced Kölsh that stays fairly true to the style.

ngeunit1, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of kaseydad
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Awesome to see my City (Walnut Creek, CA) hosting a home for an up-and-coming brew team.

Poured from a bomber and I am met with a clear yellow straw colored ale with a small frothy white head. Light lacing.

Grainy aroma with some wheat and slight rye shining through. Nice light lemon in the background and some grape included.

First off, the taste is very refreshing. The German Kolsch yeast is present and there is a well carbonated mouthfeel with a spicy, peppery finish. You can tell the hops are in there and it brings a kick at the end , which I like. Bready also.

Mouthfeel is pretty good for this Kolsch. Moreso than other's I have experienced.

Overall I was impressed with this. At 5.2% this is an easy drinking, full of flavor beer. This would pair well with many, many dishes or just on a hot, sunny afternoon. Refreshing and worth a shot.

kaseydad, Oct 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

halusin8r, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of jjohnston87
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

jjohnston87, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange amber with a lovely but short lived pure white head.

Nose is negligible and that is even at room temperature! A few swirls releases soe esters that are pleasant but the nose is closed.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with light carbonation and very nice balance.

Flavors are light yeasty white bread, hints of celery and green herbs but fresh, clean and inviting. There are hints of wheat and white pepper and an all around pleasant drink that has a wonderful flavor profile for food.

Finish is clean, dry and lightly salty. Very light pleasant bitter character. This is a wonderfully balanced and drinkable beer.

GRG1313, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into SN tulip shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a glowing clear golden with a couple fingers of bright white head. Head took some time fading into a dense film leaving a few wisps of lace down the glass.
S: Crisp notes of pale malts, dry grains, and cracked wheat. Yeast comes through as well giving the beer a dry and refreshing odor.
T: Light notes of pale malt, lightly toasted grains, straw, and lager yeast. I get a hint of citrus and earthy hops near the finish with light notes of lemon juice and cracked pepper. The aftertaste is slightly sweet and chalky with maybe a note or two of stone fruits and honey.
M: Very soft carbonation and an extremely smooth mouthfeel. The body is light but not watery, and the drinkability is off the charts. This is one smooth and refreshing beer.
O: Definitely an underrated style. I’m glad this new brewery made it, and made it well. A wonderfully easy going brew. Cheers!

scottfrie, Jul 10, 2012
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Cali Cöast from Calicraft Brewing Co.
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