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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

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130
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330
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
15.63%
 
 
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Photo of kylehay2004
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very golden with mustard hues. Very white thick single finger head with good retention and lots of lacing. A very attractive brew. Aroma is as buiscutty as they come with some light banana/pineapple notes and grain mixed in. Flavor is heavy on the wheat and biscuit up front with transition to a subtle spicy yeast and noble hops like finish. Honey notes aren't there for me. Light to medium in body with moderate to high carbonation. An excellent kolsch which for me are usually too dry and bland whereas this one is not overly dry and has a traditional flavor with some additions to make it more interesting.

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Photo of metter98
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a two finger marshmallow head; impressive lacing, too

Smell: Cracker malt and grassy hops with a squeeze of lemon

Taste: Opens with the cracker malt and while the grassy and lemon flavors arrive early, the hops and the malt waltz back and forth through mid-palate; after the swallow, the malt adds a hint of honey; the finish is crisp and dry

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Wow, if every Kölsch tasted like this they would be my go to beer style all summer long

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to FutureCowboy for bringing this bottle to the Sexual Chocolate 2011 release for me. Bottled January 13, 2011. Served in a COAST glass generously extra'ed by FutureCowboy. Thanks!

Pour is gorgeous. Golden-straw body with quite a bit of visible carbonation and a huge white head with great retention. Very creamy head. Loads of lacing. Nose is equally fantastic with some nice front-end notes of grain followed up with some beautiful floral hop notes. The taste mixes light grain and floral hops beautifully with some light fruit notes in the background. Mouthfeel is light with crisp carbonation and a nice finishing bitterness. Insanely drinkable. This is currently the #1 Kolsch and very deservedly so.

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Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A light gold body with slight haze, topped by a one finger head of bone white foam. The head settles quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - A light grainy aroma of malt with some herbal hops and perhaps a hint of sulphur.

T - Very light, dry malt up front with a toasted bread note. Some herbal hops in the middle with just a hint of malt. Finishes with very light bitterness and minor, earthy hop notes as well as a lingering note of very weak malt sweetness.

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

D - This is an extremely light beer that doesn't quite deliver the wheat and honey notes promised on the label. There is some nice herbal hop character hinted at in the aroma, but it fails to follow through in the flavor. There is a good balance between the very light malt and the fleeting hop flavor and bitterness, but both could stand to be turned up a bit. This isn't a bad beer, but I think they have erred on the light side of the Kolsch style. This is more of a blonde or cream ale, it would need a bit more malt and hop presence to make it a Kolsch.

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Photo of jlindros
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a lot to the generous trader portia99 for this one. Thanks for letting me keep it Bill!

It pours a pretty light head of about 1/2 a finger, pretty fizzy and fades somewhat quickly over the opaque straw wheat yellow color.

The nose comes on beautifully though, with some very nice lager aromas. Some wheat, light with some light pilsner malts, and a little sweetness. Some fruits as well, a little banana, and typical lager fruit aromas. It has a nice aroma that comes on soft.

The taste comes right out with fresh malt flavors. Almost like sipping some of the grist and wort as it is coming right out of the boil. Fresh malts, some pilsner malt, and hints of wheat. A very clean and crisp demeanor, adding some lager flavors, with more of the same fruits, a little banana and more lager yeast fruits. It has a slight sweetness but keeps very smooth. Then all of the sudden a nice grassy mild hop flavor comes through, adding a slight bitterness and tasty hop flavor. The hops also bring a slight herbal quality, a good flavor but keeps nice and balanced with the delicate beer itself, making sure not to overpower anything. I really like how all the flavors come together, nothing overpowering, all soft and delicate, but at the same time you get plenty of the flavor. It must have taken them many attempts to get the balance right. I can't stop drinking it! It finishes with more soft features, but the hops start to come on a little stronger now, bringing some more bitterness, a little more herbal grassy tastes as well. It finishes pretty dry as well, which probably accents the bitterness, but keeps the finish very clean and crisp. THis goes down smooth!

The mouth is lighter bodied, very crisp, with a lower but decent carbonation.

The drinkability on this is astronomical. It's so clean and crisp, a nice light sweetness on the initial taste and finishes smooth and dry. A nice light herbal hop bitterness teases you but doesn't overpower at all. No lingering sticky feel or sweetness, it must have attenuated very well.

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

22 oz bottle into a stange.

Pours a fairly clear gold, with just the slightest bit of an unfiltered haze to it, and several dense fingers of of shiny bright-white foamy head. This retains with a rich 3/4 cap that leaves thick frothy swathes of lace back. The aroma is light and airy in the nose, with floral spice, lemon zest, and sweet toasty wheat character giving this a pleasant zesty pop.

The taste is quite lively in the mouth, with a lightly prickly and drying hop character that is backed by a splash of fruit and grainy toasted sweetness across the tongue. Dryness and leftover fruitiness spreads out in the mouth, giving this a refreshing finish. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied but still crisp on the palate, with an easy smoothness that helps keep this very drinkable.

This was just an all around solid take on the Kölsch-style and another great offering from COAST, with an easy drinking crispness and a good amount of flavor presence for a sub 5% beer. This would go down perfectly on a warm spring or summer day.

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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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Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Pils glass.

Pours over 1 finger of foamy white head. Great retention with a ton of lace. Color is a clear straw yellow. Active carbonation in the glass.

Aroma: Pale malts, floral earthy hops. Biscuit flavors. Pretty simple as it should be.

Taste: Huge flower hop profile. Almost weedy like. Pale, bready malt profile. Earthy is a good word to describe this beer.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and bitter. Light body with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends with a dry floral taste that sticks around forever.

Overall, the aftertaste wasn't too clean which really bugged me. I would rather have a kolsch clean and refreshing. It was pretty decent otherwise. I didn't detect any of the honey, but I did get some herbal notes. Decent drinkability.

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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 mdaschaf
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Consumed at the Moo Bar.

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a large white, foamy head on top, very fizzy. Pretty good retention, leaving some streaky lacing down the sides.

S: Plenty of lemon citrus up front, grassy hops, and a little bit of spice. Faint bready malts.

T: Light bready malt mixed with lemon and plenty of grass. Slightly sweet finish with a touch of honey.

M: Light to medium bodied, very crisp and easy drinking.

O: Beginning to like Kolschs more and more. Another great beer for a hot day.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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

A gracious extra from thagr81us. Thanks Calton, this beer has been on my radar for a long time. This went from the shipper to the freezer then directly into my glass.

The beer is golden yellow with a slight haze and a quarter inch of lasting, white head.

The aroma offers floral notes, hops, lager malt. Very good. A top notch aroma for the style.

Great flavor. Really smooth. Floral hops and lager working together in harmony.

So easy to drink and light on the palate. I would like a sixtel of this, please.

Overall, this lived up to and even exceeded expectations. Yum.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kolsch! The name refers to the lat./long. coordinates of the brewery but does not give much away in terms of style. That is what I refer to as "too clever by half". Oh well.

It was presented in a room-temperature glass with a thin, bone-white head with moderate retention. The color was spot on - a beautiful, deep-golden yellow with NE-quality clarity. The nose was muted, slightly malty, but not terribly present. Mouthfeel was medium with a light, dry, lemony taste on the tongue. Finish was dry and refreshing. This would be perfect on a hot, humid day such as the one that I was experiencing in Charleston, SC.

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Photo of stakem
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Served in a taster.

Appearance - Clear golden body. Slightly yellowish. Not much of a head but some nice lace.

Smell - Grainy with an earthy hop. Lots of wheat. Some pale malts. Clean.

Taste - Pretty good clean kolsch. Very wheaty. Lots of pilsener malt. Brightened a bit by a hop bit. A bit of pine. Earthy finish. Grainy in the back.

Mouthfeel - Easy drinking. Medium light body. Grain and hops keep this fresh.

Overall - Excellent clean kolsch. I'm taking a bottle of this home.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Gaffel Kolsch stange glass. Much big thanks to mikesgroove for the trade! Love the quest for the perfect Kolsch, excited about this one! Bottled October 12th 2011.

Head is a bit shocking white, very foamy with large bubbles, but on a great glowing lemon yellow body, literally text book bright and orb lemon glowing. Slightly cloudy. Lots of rising carbonation some of it quite large. Love this body color, head clumps slightly.

Nose is small, but a wonderful citrus lemon aroma, some spicy hops, and light faint bread malts. Not particularly hoppy though it seems but no complaints.

Taste brings an extremely light palate. Light crisp sensation with lemony soda and small malts. Mild spicy phenols finally on the finish that takes some time to find on the finish for the aftertaste. Carbonation seems just about right, bringing in a big quenching feeling.

Overall, real solid Kolsch, I am still looking for the perfect one, but this would be great on a hot day. Boy would this be good on a hot day. Not sure if this is my favorite, but real glad to have had the chance to try it. Would have again in an instant.

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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 GarthDanielson
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, crystal-clear, golden-yellow coloring with a halo of bubbly, white head. Nose of toasted grains, wet hops, and a heavy, floral highlight. Flavors of biscuit, butter, jasmine, bitter hops, and tangy sweetness. Very balanced and clean. Smooth and light in mouth, with a clean, crisp finish. Aftertaste is clean, with hints of hops spice and bitterness. Great brew.

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Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 5/2/11. It poured a hazy yellow with a tall white head. Wow, this has every nuanced flavor you'd expect from a kolsch, but dialed to 11. I'm not saying this is over the top, or too rich, or even unbalanced. It's like the brewery has just found a better way to make a kolsch, one that surpasses any German original I've tried.

Anyways, the beer opens with a light sulfur and mineral-rich water in the aroma and flavor.That's quickly followed up by dry, toasty grains and a light touch of a caramel and honey. A mild hit of earthy hops kicks in with a little lemon citrus, but then the beer returns to the clean, place barley.

Before I know it, I've nearly finished off the bomber. This is a hell of a session beer, but also something you could slowly sip and pick apart. Hell of a beer.

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Photo of Gavage
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a pale yellow color with a 1" head. Nice lacing paints the glass during the session.

Smell: light grass and some mild bready tones come through to the nose.

Taste: light biscuit profile with grass, hint of lemon zest, and a touch of fruity sweetness late. Bitterness is mild but nicely balancing.

Mouthfeel: light-medium in body. Crisp throughout and very refreshing. Clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: very easy to quaff this beer. A wonderful session beer that provides refreshment you want.

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Photo of aasher
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to receive a bottle of this from thagr81us in a trade down in South Carolina. It poured an excellent and vibrant straw yellow with medium cloudiness. The head was white and frothy. It smelled great, slightly yeasty with citrus hints to it. It was just like you'd want a Kolsch to smell. The taste was excellent as well. It featured the citrus like yeasty flavor with a slight sourness to it. It was superb. The beer was very, very light, almost like a pale pale wheat. It was very drinkable and my friend and I both really enjoyed trying it. I greatly recommend this. It was perfect on a humid summer night.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a white soapy head and plenty of lace. The aroma is malty, with a biscuity nature, as well as hay and hop flowers. In the beginning, unknown citrus flavors give way to bread, hay, and ultimately hop bitterness rounding out the finish. Good bready malts, crackers, and herbal notes with a complimentary dryness expected with the style. Light bodied, well carbonated and smooth. Overall, this is a high quality Kolsch from South Carolina brewery COAST, better than many imports. Thanks to "Oneeye" for bringing back a bottle from the Piggily Wiggily in Surfside Beach, SC, all the way to PA.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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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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