32°/50° Kölsch
COAST Brewing Company

32°/50° Kölsch32°/50° Kölsch
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Style:
German Kölsch
Ranked #4
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,151
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 9.69%
Reviews:
141
Ratings:
369
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COAST Brewing Company
 
South Carolina, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  108
Gots
  49
SCORE
92
Outstanding
32°/50° Kölsch32°/50° Kölsch
Notes: 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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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From notes 10/20/13: Pours a hazy straw with 1 finger of fast diminishing, white head. Aroma is crisp and dry, grain, biscuit, lemon and light grass. Taste is grain, pale malt, lemon and grassy hop notes with a lingering bitterness. Dry, clean and very drinkable.

Nov 20, 2019
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is light, lemon, slight bready malts.

Color is darkish yellow with a 1/3 inch white head that recedes quickly to a thin cap and ring, leaving some strings of lace on the glass. A slight haze. Lots of carbonation.

Taste is bready with lemon, a little honey-like sweetness, little to no bittering. Fairly true to style. Light on the tongue, but enough going on with the interplay between the malts and hops to keep it interesting. Excellent flavor.

Feel is thin, as expected for the style.

Finish has a little bittering in the finish and aftertaste, with the pleasant malt body and lemon flavor lingering on the tongue.

A very nicely done Kölsch.

Oct 21, 2019
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I tried this beer at Hudson's Restaurant in Hilton Head, SC. It poured a clear golden with thin white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had faint grain notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with grain presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

Sep 12, 2019
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 12 oz. with the canning date and batch number printed on the bottom. Served in a Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: The foamy, one finger head stays around for a while and leaves some great lacing that coats the entire glass and slides off slowly. It's a crystal clear, bright gold color.

Smell: It has a sweet malt scent with hints of earthy grains in the background.

Taste: It sweet and malty at first with a slightly bitter fruity hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It's light and refreshing with medium-high carbonation.

Overall: A "by the book" Kölsch that's very well made with a traditional flavor profile and texture.

Dec 22, 2018
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Canned 08/13/18. Picked up at the brewery along with a pint of the Smoked Rye Pale (delicious!).

Difficult to explain how good this is. From my experience, this and Goody Two Shoes from Exhibit A are by far the best American versions of Kölsch available. And that says a lot about a brewery. This beer is stunningly drinkable and stupidly delicious. Pours gorgeous, finish and feel are off the charts, and the price is bonkers ($10/6-pack). I made sure to visit this brewery during a long weekend I’m Charleston!

Sep 01, 2018
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BackMarker from Maryland

4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

At the Tap House in Greenville SC. Fantastic American rendition of the style. One of my favorite in the flight. Rich, hazy yellow with a nice bright, fruity hops on the tongue, but not overpowering. Very balanced and flavorful right to the end. Definitely an easy drinker. Paired well with the enchilada stack too.

Aug 08, 2017
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JayQue from Virginia

4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Surprised to see such a high rating but it is a good beer, just a style that is not that exciting. Pours a clear light gold color from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass. Small white head that fades pretty fast. Light, thin bands of lacing on the glass. Aroma and taste are light biscuity malt and very mild white grapes. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with some mild bitterness. Very refreshing. Would make a fine session beer.

Nov 18, 2016
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THANAT0PSIS from Wisconsin

4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

COAST 32°/50°

A: This highly-rated Kölsch-style ale pours a gorgeous, moderately hazy, golden hay color. Unfortunately, this haze is off-style and may be due to a lack of filtration or the wheat grist (which is actually authentic, however rare). A light dusting of the first snow of the season sits atop the hay, and equally disappointingly quickly melts away into a small crust. Lacing is moderate, thankfully. The appearance needs a little work to fit into the very forgiving style guidelines. 3.25/5

A: This is more like it. Apple, pear, a bit of grape must, and spicy hops all mingle together perfectly, ticking all the Kölsch boxes. Slightly sweet bready malts and just a hint of both honey and sulfur round it out. Honestly, a textbook-smelling example of the style. What more could you want, apart from just a little more intensity. 4.75/5

T: As if the beer read that last comment, the intensity that was wanting in the nose is present here. Of course it is not intense in the same sense as an imperial stout, lambic, or IPA, but it is full-flavored and all one can ask for in what is certainly a style defined by subtleties. Lemony, spicy, and floral hops dominate the front end followed by slightly sweet grapiness and pear esters. A slight apple bite hits next. Honeyed malts and slight breadiness, never coming within a country mile of cloying territory, come toward the middle of the mouth. Then, a striking minerality akin to well water accompanied by spicy bitterness and a moderate drying sensation cleans out the palate, leaving traces of grape must, grassy bitterness, and only the impression of sweetness. Sheer brilliance. 5/5

M: A medium, creamy mouthfeel injected with pleasant carbonation makes for easy drinking. The dry finish along with very mild astringency makes this truly dangerous. Extreme drinkability is the name of the game with Kölsch, and this nails it, with perhaps just a touch too much lingering bitterness being the only blight. 4.75/5

O: This is one of the best of its kind made in the United States, and it even hangs with the best German styles available here (whether that is due to freshness and importation issues is difficult to say but easy to presume). Regardless, this is a beer that I would love to buy cases of for three seasons of the year. Unfortunately, it will likely be a very long time before it is distributed to me, so I will make do with Metropolitan Krankshaft and Around the Bend Ghost of 'Lectricity in the meantime (though this beer easily edges them out with only insanely fresh draught Gaffel and Reissdorf rivaling it). Pair with a simple album full of nuance like Fiona Apple's debut, "Tidal." 5/5

Oct 04, 2016
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Redrover from Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of the local beers offered at Cru which is a really good restaurant in Charleston.

Poured into a strange, the beer is a slightly cloudy light yellow with a bone white head.

It has a nice aroma of grains, flowers and bit of botanicals.

The beer leads with some semisweet malts, a bit of pear and apple and then some floral elements. The beer is delicate and for me hits the style notes.

The mouth is crisp with good carbonation.

I liked this beer and think it would be easy to pair with oysters, bisque, or chicken salad.

Sep 28, 2016
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale brassy gold, a flurry of rising bubbles when the can is poured. Sturdy meringue foam lasts and leaves spotty lacing.

Aroma is clean and grassy, lightly grainy with a vague note of white grape from the Kölsch yeast.

Taste is pleasant, a lightly grassy noble hop bitterness is the constant, with a crackery malt base and mildly assertive yeast.
Dry finish with a mildly bitter hop character, and light breadiness. Quenching, simple and unfettered. Finely tuned and well made with no flaws. Really a great Kölsch, one of the better ones stateside.

I bought and shared at least 3 sixers of this while in Charleston, pretty much a standard go-to everyday beer, it pairs with everything and hard to get tired of.

Sep 13, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

not at all a bad beer, but i dont think its the best representation of the kolsch style, and i am very surprised to see it reviewed so favorably here, especially for a style like this, where the purist opinion always seems to be the most popular one. this is anything but, far more heavy and malty than most kolsch types i have encountered, its almost heavy, and more toasted on the grain front than the light pale clear beer i am used to crushing glass after glass. clear still, but a shade closer to caramel than yellow, full fluffy head. smells and taste cerealy, not as clean and light, not sweet necessarily, but a little bready, especially with the yeast on top of it, not as crisp. its good though, and its still very drinkable, but compared to what i look for and expect in the style, this is a little too americanized. the hops are nice in the finish though, i appreciate that, floral and bitter at the same time, seemingly very fresh as well. good carbonation but more body than i think the style allows for. good not great, still mixed opinions on these guys across the few of their beers i have had so far...

Sep 10, 2016
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

COD 5/26/16. Golden pour that is crystal clear. World class head volume, lacing and quite outstanding retention.

Outstanding nose of light lemon, pale and biscuit malt, very light floral hops and hints of wheat.

Light medium body that is smooth and a bit slick. Outstanding carbonation / body balance that is mildly effervescent in the middle and prickly in the finish.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding. It begins with a subtly tart weak lemon note that morphs into grainy wheat over subtle biscuit. The middle is slightly sweet and is contrasted with a very subtle floral bitterness. The finish is clean and somewhat crisp. A soft note of honey lingers.

Jul 12, 2016
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can into a pilsner glass.

Damn this beer is good. Beautiful looking golden/straw-colored body with a tinge of haze. Shows a finger of foamy, pale white head.

Smells of sweet, French bread and light honey. Light earthy floral hints.

Taste is much like the nose. Sweet, bready malt with a hint of earthy honey and floral bouquet. Simple, straight-forward, but delicious.

Light, refreshing, clean, rich, a healthily restrained sweetness. Excellent all around.

This is damn good.

Jun 26, 2016
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Apellonious from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 5 church, poured into a stange.

A - golden, cloudy orange with a half finger head. Moves to thin lace quickly, with good lace retention on the side of the glass.

S - mild banana/clove and spices. Grains/wheat.

T - very clean and crisp. Mainly the grains and mild banana/pepper notes come through. You also get some wine/grape like qualities on the finish.

M - medium carbonation, slightly smooth, medium light feel.

O - recommended Kolsch.

Apr 16, 2016
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argock from Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Five Loaves (Charleston, SC).

A: Clear honey-gold with short rim of off-white head which leaves a few lines of squiggly lacing.

S: Pale pils maltiness with light floral, herbal hopping with light bready yeast

T: Crisp and clean pils maltiness with Bready and light lemony hop character.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation and crisp light feel.

O: An easy-drinking enjoyable Kolsch with classic character.

Dec 25, 2015
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metter98 from New York

4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of cracker malts are present in the nose along with some hints of green grapes and lemon citrus.
T: The taste has flavors of cracker and wheat malts along with notes of green grapes and hints of lemons.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a touch of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer seems a little lighter in body compared to other Kölsch beers, so it would make for a refreshing choice during the summer months.

Serving type: can

Dec 24, 2015
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Nice yellow color, bubbly white head.

Smell - The lime notes come through nicely. Grains notes can also be detected.

Taste - The lines, pleasantly tart, jump to the front in the aftertaste. Dry grain notes lay a nice backbone, that shows contrast. The smooth mouthfeel shows the lime fading in the aftertaste and the grains standing taller.

Mouthfeel - Smooth normally does not describe a kolsch, but there it is. Carbonation is big, but that's the style.

Overall - This is a world class kolsch.

Dec 12, 2015
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anonymoose from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer has a clear pale yellow color. The aroma is lemon and german malt. The taste is lemon, spice, wheat, light bitterness. Very refreshing kolsch. The best american example of the style I've had

Nov 05, 2015
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SPLITGRIN from Kentucky

3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Very clean wheat like body that sits in the glass champagne like golden. Head is a short off white half inch of quick fading foam and turns into a skim in no time. Nose is soft with hints of citrus rind and dry wheat notes. Taste is crisp and slightly fruity up front with first sip. A bit of sweet bread dances with the German tones on the tongue nicely. Very nice mouthfeel and a super drinkable Kolsch.

Sep 08, 2015
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Heisey for gifting me with a pounder can of this. The brew pours a clear golden color with white cap that fades leaving spotty lace.

This smells sweet with grain and a touch of fruity and floral character before a hint of sulfur, corn and grass follow in.

The taste is sweet grain somewhat corn-like before hints of sulfur and grassy bitterness come into play. Across the middle are some fruity and floral aspects.

This is light bodied with moderate carbonation. An easy drinking and solid interpretaion of a style that doesnt get much love.

Jul 21, 2015
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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Jul 04, 2015
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flagmantho from Washington

4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Jun 07, 2015
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Kevinpitts from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really enjoyed this beer. Not usually my style, but this is great. Super smooth and very drinkable. Lighter, but still great flavor. Lovely!

Apr 23, 2015
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scbeerman from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a slightly hazy yellow; attractive with great head and some solid lacing, but the haze is not quite correct to style, as kolsches are traditionally filtered.
S: Light cereal grains and grassy, floral hops predominate. Some slight lemon and fruit characteristics from esters. It smells incredibly refreshing and pleasant.
T: a slight touch of grainy wheat taste is complemented marvelously by a bit of light malt sweetness; hops noticeable with a floral aspect that includes some melon and hay, along with some lemon zest. No component overpowers and it is light and refreshing; by far the best-tasting Kölsch I've tried.
F: medium-heavy carbonation with a light-medium body is correct for style and quenching. Very drinkable as a kolsch should be and I'd have no problem sessioning this beer.
Overall, a great beer that serves as a standard bearer for taste, smell, and drinkability in the style. Lives up to its place as the top kolsch on BA.

Mar 14, 2015
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mdfb79 from New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a couple cans of this while in Charleston, SC. A solid, very easy drinking beer. Citrus notes, fruity malts, earthy malts, grass, oak, spice, and some floral notes. Could crush a few of these.

Mar 13, 2015
32°/50° Kölsch from COAST Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 369 ratings