32°/50° | COAST Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
338
Reviews:
135
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
9.86%
 
 
Wants:
103
Gots:
31
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 338 |  Reviews: 135
Photo of carrollmel7
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JayQue
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Resuin
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of THANAT0PSIS
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
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

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Photo of Redrover
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of SmithyAlan
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emerge077
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
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 StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
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 TheBigBoy
3.1/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tillmac62
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of gigoat
3.54/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Philcassella
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Apellonious
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of 4truth
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TmKeisySC
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tim725
3.57/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MonkeyBread
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of argock
3.95/5  rDev -5%
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.

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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 Rockjocknroll
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice representation of the style. Wonderful subtle floral hints with a crisp finish.

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Photo of bwbetts
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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32°/50° from COAST Brewing Company
4.16 out of 5 based on 338 ratings.
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