32°/50° | COAST Brewing Company

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4.13/5
340 Ratings
32°/50°32°/50°
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States
coastbrewing.com

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
Ranking:
#2,116
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
340
pDev:
9.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
103
Gots:
32
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 340 |  Reviews: 136
Photo of kylehay2004
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
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...

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of nmann08
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of metter98
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

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Photo of emerge077
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, pairs with everything and hard to get tired of.

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Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev 0%
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 oline73
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
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 dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of jlindros
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Thorpe429
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
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 -10.4%
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 ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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 billab914
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of smithj4
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
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 mdaschaf
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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 -3.1%
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.

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Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 340 ratings
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