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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States | website

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by MarkSCCOT on 10-21-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
131
Ratings:
332
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
15.63%
 
 
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101
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30
For Trade:
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Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottled on 11/12/09 according to label. Beer is light yellow (really light) and clear. Carbonation is moderate to high with small and medium bubbles, very steady. Head forms quickly but disappears leaving a diffuse layer of thin white bubbles on the top of the beer. No lacing, looks good.

Aroma is slightly sweet and some grain in the nose. Smells like a kolsch, just OK.

Beer is medium body and finishes without an aftertaste at all. Feels great, nice carbonation in the mouth interesting kolsch. Second taste, almost fruity that time, again really drinkable, some almost apple flavors up front gives way to really mild bitterness on the back end. I am warming up to these Kolsches. I like this beer a lot. I would order it and have it again.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So glad to grab a bottle of this in the Midlands. Pale straw golden pour has a fizzy white head that billows up and sticks around. Lots of carbonation, like a pilsner and an aroma of light grains, various melons and fruit salad. Taste is smooth and fresh with a nice kick. Lots of green grapes in the taste before a mild fruity sweetness takes over. Some buttery caramel also present, but there are enough hops present to give this brew a great body and taste. Finishes sweet and crisp. Perfect spring or summer beer here. My new favorite Kolsch.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to Mikesgroove for sending me this beer. It is my first brew from Coast and I'm looking forward to it.

32/50 has a body that is a bright, clear yellow. There are a ton of fast moving carbonation bubbles that fly to the surface to join a head that is easily two and a half fingers. The head is thick and foamy, it has great retention and it leaves thick, sticky sheet and rings of lacing on my glass.

The aroma is big on the clean, malty side with light sweetness and a clean cracker aroma. A slight bit of earthy hops in the back and a decent amount of fruits with pear being the most noticeable.

Up front, 32/50 has a malt base that features flavors of biscuit, a hint of butter and a noticeable wheat flavor/twang. Some dry, flowery hops are in the middle, adding just a hint of bitterness. Just a hint of light fruits like pear and green apple are in the background. A good amount of slightly sweet honey pops up in the finish and lingers even after the beer is gone.

The body is light, well-carbonated, and very dry in the finish.

I cannot tell by the bottled on date whether this beer was bottled on 1/14/09 or 11/4/09. I would guess that the date is in November based on the taste, but it is possible that I'm wrong. For a beer with such low ABV, 32/50 packs a lot of flavor, and it is truly something I could drink quite a few of on a summer day. Right on for the style.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.31/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a hazy pale golden color with a thin layer of white head on top.

S: The nose is very buttery, which I was not expecting, nor did I find pleasing. There is a touch of light malt with a mild yeast aroma.

T: The diacetyl is present, but not to the extent that it exists in the nose. There is a slight malty sweetness, and a moderate bitterness which provides a welcomed bit of balance.

M: Somewhat light in body, but it works with the rather light feeling of the beer overall. The carbonation is moderate.

D: This kind of "tastes like beer"--in the sense most non-beer drinkers would describe. Nothing really all that good about this beer, unfortunately.

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Photo of FutureCowboy
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

CBX growler poured into a 20oz COAST glass. The good folks @ COAST recently decided to send this brew out unfiltered, figured it was a good time to review since I thoroughly enjoyed a pint recently

Pours that light golden straw colors, just right for the style, with a foamny white head. Instant lacing, whcih I like, head fell pretty quick since it's not too dense. Though it's unfiltered, there's no unplesant haze here.

Nice bold smell, nothing overwhelming at all but it's just...bold. Almost hints of cheese in there somehow?

Taste is instantly refreshing. The unfiltered version brings out all the notes just a little more, for fuller flavor all around. It's a balanced, easy drinking delight.

Mouthfeel is indicative of a Kolsch, again very easy drinking.

Can I say it enough? Easy drinking.

Keep it up COAST.

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Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz. Bright gold pour, 1 finger of white foam. Actually sticks to the glass a bit.
Taste is malty, surprisingly so. Like a white wheat bread, very nice. Just hint of citrus, herbal grasses. Feels like a "meal", but is pretty light at the same time somehow. Very nice level of carbonation. Goes down great, but not like water per se.
I don't drink too many of the lighter styles such as this, but for a light session ale this would be great. Blows away the macros that could be considered "similar".

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Photo of Overlord
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really not a style I like, but hey, this was pretty good!

Pours a very, very pale golden color. Kind of scared me with the color, but it turned out pretty good. Huge white foam head.

Smells faintly of grass and ... something sweet ... and a biscuit-y, almost pilsener mineraliness. Interesting.

Taste is mostly sweet malt, some balancing yeast and minerals, and a bit of grassiness. Really quite pleasant and quaffable. Thin, but appropriately carbonated for the style.

Really quite enjoyable.

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Photo of MPLS
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been curious about this brewery ever since Coast's Jack Daniels Barrel Aged Blackbeerd Imperial Stout broke into the Best of BA.

This is my first offering from this brewery, thanks for making this happen in our trade Chris.

A: The beer has some extreme pallor, one of the palest beers I have seen. Active carbonation is visible in the pint glass it was poured into. A stark while head that dissipates into the every familiar asymmetrical saliva. This beer screams delicate, unlike the fiery brimstone stouts I'm used to drinking. Something about it that's not inspiring still.

S: Tame in aroma. Pale malts and a small floral aroma, maybe the label is making me think this...no it does have that aroma to it.

T: The taste has pale malts that fades into a nice balance of sweetness and dryness. It's excessively clean, as the color would lead you to believe. Maybe my palate was receptive to it after reading the ingredients, but the honey in this beer leaves just the trace of honey in the midst of the dry finish.

M: This beer's body matches it's other characteristics, a light-bodied brew with carbonation that brushes the front of the tongue.

D: An example of a beer that is light, crisp, and enjoyable...yep extremely enjoyable. Go Kölsch, go.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained in trade (a generous extra) from mikesgroove (thanks!). Bottled on November 26th, 2009. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Uerige stange.

Pale, lightly hazy (traditionally this style is filtered to a brilliant clarity), Naples-yellow body topped by a healthy column of creamy magnolia foam. The head recedes to a thin but persistent layer with minute delicate bubbles holding together eroded arches of lacing.

Light malt, floral, and honey aromatics with faint fermented sour apple and white grape notes as well.

Delicate flavor profile with clean malt, unripe pears, and a slight fruitiness on the palate. As it warms, it is as if the pears ripen a bit and more mead/honey notes emerge. Thankfully, hops contribute a drying bitterness which is quietly joined by wheat to smooth out the mineral-laden finish. I'm on the fence about the wheat - on the one hand it is contributing a nice balance and a bit of body - but it does vaguely bring to mind an adjunct lager.

Well carbonated, crisp, medium-light bodied, and very well attenuated.

An excellent beer for a hot day, and an interesting domestic variant on this subtle style.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle thanks to softcough.

Pours a pale straw color with a small fizzy white head. Doesn't look entirely appealing.

Scent of lightly sweet malts, crisp grain, and spicy hops. Balanced incredibly well, these characteristics work very well together to make a great refreshing scent.

Taste is pretty much the same with a bit more sweetness and a little less spice. Light bready malts, some grain, a touch of sweetness and a hint of spicy and earthy hops. This is amazingly good, even better than Metropolitan's Kolsch.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with crisp carbonation.

Endlessly drinkable.

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Photo of corby112
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to raverjames for sending this in a recent trade.

Pours a clear, pale golden yellow color with a one finger foam white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.

Earthy grassy aroma with nice grassy hops, light crisp fruit, straw and biscuit malt. Hints of faint apple and pear but the earthy grassy hops dominate.

Pretty carbonated up front, probably too much so, with a light crisp sweet yet earthy body and dry effervescent finish. Subtle bready yeast with light crisp fruit notes, namely apple and pear along with a nice earthy, grassy hop presence. The honey used adds some additional sweetness but this beer is excellently balanced and complex. One of the best examples of the style. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice example of a Kolsch, albeit one that trades some of the crispness for a more rounded, fuller flavor- which in itself is remarkable given the low 4.8%abv. Growler from the Charleston Beer Exchange. Pours a classic light golden with good clarity. The head is somewhat slight, but the carbonation is fine and I'll chalk that up to the growler. The smell is rounded rather than crisp with an almost nutty aroma of lager yeast and some gentle hops. The taste is also rounded, with a bit of butteriness and some lager yeast up front, but with a refreshing noble hop crispness that is long and refreshing. Really nice lingering bitterness makes this quite satisfying and makes it feel a bit more full bodied than it really is. Becomes more delicious with every sip. Quite nice.

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Photo of Anthony1
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler from charleston beer exchange

pours super pale straw color, with a decent head, with some good lace.

smells a bit grainy with light fruits and citrus. sweet malts and hops. taste is also sweet with a bit of grass. very crisp and refreshing. VERY refreshing. light body good carbonation. would session this beer all day long

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Photo of JISurfer
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this at the Battery soccer game last week. Yes, they sell this at the local semi-pro soccer games! Anyway, it was a great beer for the time, especially since it was a bit hot out. It had a nice light fruit/wheat taste to it, as well as a malty backbone. The slight hint of the hops didn't overpower the others. The head was thick and creamy, even lasted a while in a plastic cup. Definitely going to have another at tonights game! Go Battery!!!!

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a growler at Charleston Beer Exchange on 7/5/09. Consumed the next afternoon.

Quite an aggressive foamy head forms atop a golden pale beer. Has some nice structure and is almost creamy. Then this fades to a small ring of foam around your glass. Some light visible carbonation and no lacing to speak of.

Aroma is of yeast, light toasted grains and a bit of sweet dough.

Flavor is really nice and quite fruity. I'm not sure I've ever called a Kolsch complex, but this has a lot going on. First you are hit with some delicate fruit flavors, then a touch of sweetness and malt, before heading into a nice bready clean finish.

Mouth feel is crisp and body is fairly light, but not too light. Crisp and refreshing, a nice summer session beer with character.

A good Kolsch for sure. This is a nice gateway beer and one to share with those wanting to enter the craft beer world.

Well done!

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased at the Charleston Beer Exchange for ~$15 with tax. Poured into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip glass. I want to preface this review with the fact that I typically do not care for this style. It just seems like most of the options I have had didn't bring a lot to the table that a glass of water doesn't already bring.

A: Crystal clear straw like yellow with a large head that does settle a bit but never completely goes away. What is there leaves huge sheets of lacing on the side of the glass. This one definitely looks better than the other examples of the style I have seen.

S: Aroma is composed of paler malt with hints of lemon and grassy hops. It has definitely gotten my attention.

T: The taste follows what I got from the aroma. Very pale malts provide a hint of sweetness and the citrus and grassy hops balance out the beer leaving a nice crisp finish. This beer doesn't wow you with flavor like some other bigger style brews, but it is damn refreshing and does let you know you are actually drinking a beer. The best tasting example I have had.

M: Thin body, but I would not call it watery at all. The carbonation adds just a small amount of tickling to the tongue.

D: This one goes down super fast, especially when you are at the beach in the hot and humid south.

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Photo of Willibomb
4.87/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- As golden as the sun in South Carolina, this beer pours with a big head and diminishes into a crystal clear golden pint. It could be mis-understood for a simple beer, but just wait!

S- As you take a smell, you notice that this is not just a domestic, it has scents of spice and corriander. In addition, you can smell the grain, and not the force carbonation that haunts many light beers. This is the first chance you have to realize that this beer is quite exceptional.

T- This is possibly the most important quality of a light beer. People don't generally approace a Kolsch as a challenge as they would a baltic porter or an imperial stout. This beer is refreshing and light with a pronounced grain flavor with a light spice note that has to be tasted more than once to fully understand what just happened in your mouth! that kicks over to the freshest hop finish I have ever tasted in any style of beer!

M- The downside to many light beers are in this catagory. This one is good, but falls into the same trap of having a light and watery edge that cannot be dodged. I would likely be disappointed with anything else for the style, but I just think it is a downfall to the style in general.

D- This is where the beer really shines. When I drink this beer, I feel as though I could continue to drink it forever! I never grow tired of the classic flavor with the artistic hints of spice in a summer mainstay. This beer is better than anything out of Cologne, and you can find it right here in South Carolina.

In summary, this beer is in my top 10 that I have ever tried. Not only is it the best session beer I have ever had, it is so stylistically difficult to present a classic Kolsch and still wow the un-informed drinker away from their bud's. If anyone has ever attempted a Kolsch, you can appreciate the dedication to quality in this brew and the organic ingredients and spice choices, shows that the brewers of this ale are truely taking the style to the next step!

If you make this the first Kolsch, you will love the style for the rest of you life!

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Photo of grayburn
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am ecstatic that COAST has hit Myrtle Beach. About f'ng time if you ask me. This brewery has been hyped to the extreme and I need to test their wares.

The beer pulls a crystal golden color, with a solid head of tiny bubbles that just don't want to leave. The lacing is nice.

The smell is light malt and bready notes with a wee bit of alcohol in the back.

The taste follows the nose, there is little flavor, but the beer is extremelt crisp and refreshing. This is an excellent summer beer to drink in large quantities. Good Job Coast, I cannot wait to get some more of your offerings.

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Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler shared by Ding at the BSP.

Pours a very light, clear straw color with a small white head that left decent lacing while maintaining a ring.

The aroma is very clean and dominated by light sweet malts with hints of light fruit sweetness and hops.

There is an apple sweetness to the taste that is complemented by just enough hops to leave a clean, crisp finish.

The mouthfeel is as crisp as I've ever had in a beer and leads to exceptional drinkability...I could have taken down this entire growler in short order. A great kolsch.

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this courtesy of Ding - thank you sir!

Pours a crystal-clear pale straw color with a thin white head that quickly recedes into a wispy layer of bubbles on top. Solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts and noble hops - mildly sweet with an underlying grassy aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt sweetness is soon joined by a mild bitterness that does just enough to produce a clean finish. As with the smell there's a grassy undertone.

Mouthfeel is good. It's light, but that's to be expected, and the carbonation is crisp.

Drinkability is good. I could easily have a few of these, and the low ABV is conducive to that.

Overall this is a solid beer for the style, although I have to admit I'm still developing an appreciation for said style. This would be a great summer beer, to be enjoyed while playing bocci ball. Thanks again to Ding for sharing this.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Gene's Hofbrau.

A - Pours clear golden with a minuscule white head.

S - The sort of fruity, flowery aroma of prior Kolsches I've tasted is present here, with some sweetness

T - The light and fruity hops is very well applied here, not overpowering but give the brew its defining characteristic. The sort of earthy, wheaty, grain quality is present and everything is pleasantly balanced.

M - On the thin side of medium bodied.

Notes - Another winner from COAST.

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Photo of avalon07
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a growler to a pilsener glass. Had a darker yellow color and a clear consistency. There wasn't much head, but there was decent lacing.

S: A nice aroma dominated by malt, floral hops and almost citrusy quality.

T: You get a lot of malt up front, followed by floral hops and some lemon. A refreshing flavor.

M: A zesty amount of carbonation and a fairly dry finish. A lighter-bodied beer.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. It's very light and goes down easy. This would be a good summer beer.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had it many times at COAST, and at a few restaurants and bars around town.

It's very pale and perfectly clear - I think it's the only beer that COAST actually filters, and only because people expect it. I've tasted it unfiltered though, a lucky occasion I think. But it looks beautiful and has a decent white head.
I love the smell and taste of it. You can smell the light fruity German hop pallet and the taste has almost no bitterness but incredible hop flavor, balanced by the light sweetness in the malt. Nothing is too much and nothing is underdone. I love this beer and I could drink it in any situation for any period of time.

I hope I'm not slanting my opinions too much because this brewery is in the town where I live, but it's rare that I can find something I'd rather go drink than this or COAST's other brews.

I've certainly had this one the most, though.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

never thought i'd be giving a beer all 5's, but i just can't find a reason not to with this one--until two years later. for what it is, it's simply (almost) perfect. shimmering and beautiful, great head and lace, the taste and smell of fresh grain accompanied by an intriguing fruitiness and perfectly balanced by the hops. i would drink this (and shower with it, pour it over my cereal, etc.) every day if it were available in my area.

5/pint (yikes)

v: oz1 al1 2.5

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consumed on tap at the source 8/15/2008.

So I made my way back down to COAST after a nearly 6 month delay! Graciously welcomed as always, I was thrilled to see them again as well. Sat down and chatted for a while, drinking a few pints while I was there. This one was not quite ready the first time I cam up, so I was glad to see it today.

The pour was wondeful, bright golden yeloow with a slight haze and huge carbonation. Fully frothy white head with great retention adn a good amount of side lace ta boot. Smooth aroma, light grains, hints of light fruit and a slight touch of citric. Easy smooth flavor, hardly a drop goes by that you dont remark as to how easy drinking this is. Light grain, hints of fresh grass like hop notes just barely there, just enough to let you know. Quick clean finish, lots of carbonation, light body, shit pretty damn perfect "Lawnmower beer"(There ya go Bill)

Overall outstanding, probably the best session ale I have had in I dont even know how long. This was intense, tight, perfect. I was in heaven. Thank you Jamie and David for brewing such a wonderful ale. This is the kind of thing that can break a market wide open.

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