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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
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
337
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
15.63%
 
 
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Photo of kbutler1
3.06/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Golden crystal clear straw color with a fluffy white 2 finger head. Very clean smelling in that there isn't any overpowering aromas that come from this at all. The faintest smells are those of light malts sweetness and a touch of hops presence. The taste is also very light. Slightly sweet upfront with a surprisingly semi-bitter aftertaste. Some floral notes. The aftertaste is bothersome to me.

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

Picked up this bottle, HopArt, and Belafonte growler at Green's in Greenville.

A: Bomber pours a light straw color with a little cloudiness. The head is small, wispy, and retains decently, leaving lots of foam on the glass.

S: Wheat, light malts, and earthy/grassy hops. Grainy and bready as well. Pretty mellow nose, and the hops give this a nice touch.

T: Lighter in flavor, thus making this very drinkable. Earthy/grassy/ slightly twangy hops on top of a pale malt, wheat, and grains. Slight touch of sweetness and caramel.

MF/D: Low ABV + lots of mellow flavor = highly drinkable. Very balanced, and very to style. Awesome beer.

Notes: This is my second COAST offering aside from Boy King, and man, this brewery is impressive. Too bad I have to drive 40 minutes away to get some. Up next is HopArt and Belafonte

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

08/23/10- Had a bomber of this courtesy of a generous trader.
A: Very pale golden, with a nice lingering white head.
S: Mild banana, musty, slightly orange pale malts.
T: Mild orange juice, everything as expected from the smell, lemony with a nice fresh hops finish.
M: Not syrupy, nice bolder mouthfeel.
D: Awesome.

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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 KickbacksSteve
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip from a 64 oz. growler, poured from the Charleston beer exchange 2 days ago. Lovely, white head, nice retention, soapy, fluffy, lacing not too sticky. Aroma is kinda hard to describe....Kolschy? Maybe a bit of salt in the aroma maybe a bit freshly cut grassy? Interesting. Taste is sorta salty actually and maybe a reserved balance between bitterness and sweetness with a touch of salt thrown in. Very easy to drink and very refreshing. This is one you would drink in the head and probably avoid when its snowing. Enjoyable. Tasty.

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Photo of portia99
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle (bottled on 7/13/10) received in a great trade with jpmclaug. Big thanks for this one! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours an extra pale straw yellow color with pretty good clarity...just a hint of haze. A thick pillow of creamy, dense white foam forms on top and hangs around for a long time. Thick sheets of lacing left on the glass.

S - Grainy and wheaty up front with lots of grassy hops. big whiff of hay and a very light lemony citrus aroma. Very nice.

T - Grainy at the base with lots of crisp grassy hops. Very clean, almost too clean...makes me think more of a fine German Pils instead of a Kolsch. There is just the slightest touch of citrusy lemon in here which sets apart from the Pils profile.

M - Crisp and sharp bitterness with a long lingering aspect to it. The soft malt sweetness that sits at the base is really the starting point to this beer. Very subtle sweetness that plays into the lemony aspects of the beer. So clean tasting and refreshing. Carbonation level is on the high side and causes the flavors to fill the mouth completely riding on prickly waves of bubbles.

D - Very drinkable beer. I could see myself sitting on my deck all day and not moving...maybe I should have saved this for the holiday weekend. Low alcohol at 4.8% makes this extra good. A true session beer with tons and tons of flavor. This should satisfy any craft beer drinker...outstanding.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.21/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a transparent golden yellow color with a creamy pure white head.

S-the nose has a hint of toasted biscuit up front, barley and wheat follow, grainy, light grassy hop and a touch of honey.

T-hint of toasted bready malt taken over by grainy wheat, grassy herbal hops and a touch of honey are light in the back with a lightly bitter finish.

M-light bodied, a little grainy, semi dry finish.

D-not a favorite style but some balance, pretty straight forward and done to the style. Quite grainy and that seems to dominate but there is some balance with light hop bitterness.

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

Appearance: Pour is a hazy golden yellow, nice head and lacing.

Smell: Nice light crisp malt, touch of citrus lemon, hay and sweet grass

Taste: Light sweet malts with a perfect dose of hops, you could drink this all day.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp; refreshing

Drinkability: You could drink this all day long; I have never cared for this style but liked this one!

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Photo of jampics2
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously brought back from South Carolina by my parents. Thanks so much!! Just a month old when sampled, COAST rocking the freshness dating. Huge win!

Looks just great in the glass. A straw colored, sunny beer with active carbonation and a nice white head. Great lacing. Just a nice looking beer!

Smell is wonderful. One of the better Kolsch beers I've had. Nice levels of bready malt, sweet cereal, and some flowery fruit. Hops add a touch of earthiness.

Taste is really nice as well. Light bready malt has edges of lightly toasted crackers and honey. Sweet but not vineous or sugary - just really nice. There's even a touch of wildflower honey in the medium hoppy finish. The only thing that's missing is the Oompah band. Wicked beer here!

Mouthfeel is light and carb is sparkling. Finish is super clean. Just a touch too light but really nice.

Overall, this was a 1-2 knockout punch. Wonderful beer from COAST. Would buy again (and again, and again) in a heartbeat. One of the best summer session beers EVER!

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Photo of ugaterrapin
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured a light straw straw color with 2+ fingers of pillowy crisp white head. It receded slowly and left considerable layer of foam on top of the beer.

S: It has a slightly sweet aroma with some hints of hops.

T: It has a slight malt presence on the front of the sip. Not as much sweetness as I was expecting from the smell. It has a slightly dry finish with with some hop notes. Overall this is a great beer. It hit the spot on an extremely hot day. It is incredibly refreshing. I haven't had too many Kolschs, but this is definitely the best one I have had.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from thagr81us. Thanks Calton! I've been waiting to try this for a while. Bottled 23 Feb 2010.

Light yellow with a dense egg-shell white head with excellent retention. Moderate lacing is present as well. The nose is quite excellent. Light, bready, fruity, a little wheaty, a little honey, a little citrus, there's a lot going on. The hop character has a light earthy spice as well. As it warms, the floral honey character grows. I really dig this.

The palate opens light with a blend of bread, raw wheat, a mild grain character with some grainy astringency. Mildly fruity and honey-like in the mid-palate, my first few sips have a slight butteriness that decreases as it breathes. Hop character is light, a blend of delicate spices and a little citrus-like, more an herbal citrus rather than a fruity citrus. Light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer does feel a little slick on the palate. That slickness, along with the mild astringency, takes away from the beer. Enjoyable stuff, I'd drink an awful lot of it. I'd argue that the Stoudt's Koslch is better, though

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Photo of DeutschesBier
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's hard to find a good Koelsch, but COAST just made the search a little easier. It has the nice golden appearance of a German style Koelsch. This beer just looked refreshing, as it was 100 degrees out that day. The crips, clean taste was everything I hoped it would be, and one of the best examples of the style I've had since I had authentic ones in Germany. I could drink this beer all day, no problem. A fantastic example!

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

22 oz. bomber from Five Points Bottle Shop, Athens, GA. Poured in to a flute.

Appearance: Pours a pale, light citrine - that is, a faintly green-ish yellow gold - transparent though not radiant, with a fair amount of gentle-looking and evenly paced carbonation, of average size and disposition, perambulating upwards to a half finger of virginal snowy head with surprisingly good retention for a beer of this style. Even after it begins to fade, the remnants of the head have good cling, with a firm collar and plenty of crisp surface dusting. The lacing on this one is also surprisingly nice, and for a brief moment had me considering knocking this up to a 4.5, with plenty of full and uniform patches with interweaving intricate arms.

Aroma: Bright and simple cereal grains meld with cloves, faint peppery hops, spicy, freshly mowed grass, and a few other flashy fruit notes. A pretty complex if subtle aromatic mixture.

Taste: Sweet, golden malts - surprisingly rich, wholesome, flavorful, not the typical neutral, light flavorless malts you get in so many beers that look like this - suggest wheat, well-attenuated wildflower honey, and dry, biscuity cereal grains. These blend very nicely with a great amount of slightly fruity esters - very light, bright, and high on the tongue - some mild hop bitterness, and tons of great grassy, lightly spicy hop notes. This is one flavorful kolsch that fits all the good notes you'd expect to get out of such a brew.

Mouthfeel: A little uneven - likely by virtue of the thinner body, the relative attenuation of the malts, and the high (but not too high) level of effervescence in this one - but in a bright, crisp, sunny, bubbly way that isn't offputting and instead I'd have to just call "noticeable." All of the aforementioned, though - the dryness, the thickness of the body, and the level of effervescence itself - are nice, even if the unfortunate byproduct is worth a slight point loss.

Drinkability: I feel an oncoming urge ... someone find me a lawn to mow, stat! This is a fantastically easy-drinking beer, and I was a little blown away when I saw it really was only 4.8% abv (and how fantastic that it's offered in a 22 oz. format!). A summer beer to be envious of, or to enjoy copiously if you are fortunate enough to live in South Carolina, so for those who do, drink up, and drink up plenty!

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass on 6/14/10

Bottled on 5/14/10

Thanks to PDXHops

Very light yellow color, straw-like; slightly pale. Two fingers of active foam with lots of bubbles rising to the top. Consistently thin retention. Impressive lacing.

The smell of grass, wheat & hay is plentiful; light & airy. Ever-so-subtle hop hints, mild lemon zest. Earthy with a slight mustiness. Buried in back are notions of biscuit & yeast. Overtones of honey sweetness.

Everything that imparts flavor is done with tact; a "greater than the sum of the parts" sort of thing. A mild spiciness leads off & pairs exceptionally with modest swaths of lemon zest. Wheat & grass tones are settled throughout. Toasted malts manifest toward the finish. Integration is awesome; everything in it's place. Not overly sweet.

32/50 Kolsch is light in body. Initially I expected rather high carbonation (after observing the pour). Indeed, with each pour the carbonation is rather prickly toward the beginning, but it mellows over time, allowing a different take on the flavor components. The finish is zesty & somewhat dry.

This is definitely a case of "less is more." Drinkability is superb. The only way I imagine this could be better would be on tap. Recommended with ease. On a side note - COAST, thank you for dating your bottles.

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Photo of maximum12
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to md655321 for shipping this northwest in a recent trade. And boy, am I glad he included this one. Split with the next-door neighbor after a lawnmowing session. And eventually another neighbor joined in, as well. The sight of drawn beer glasses on a beautiful summer night draws people...bottle dated 4/2/10.

Pours a kolsch, sun-dried straw yellow with snap/crackle carbonation. Smell is faint, with a touch of the summer solstice, hay bales, & just cut wheat. Very nice.

32/50 just set a new kolsch standard for me. The wheat is light, offset with a perfect touch by the gentle malting & a subtle sweetness rounding off the edges, perhaps from the honey mentioned on the label. Hops wipe their feet & smile but never become intrusive. Dry, light, crisp, & I looked down regretfully at the empty bomber beside me when it was over.

Damn excellent beer & that was created for a 78 degree summer evening with friends. Well, done. COAST.

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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 PDXHops
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber consumed about a month after the bottling date, poured into a nonic pint glass.

Pours out a pale gold with a bright white head that's initially a light and frothy 2 fingers, but slowly settles into a denser 1 finger layer that leaves some nice crackly lacing from top to bottom.

Pleasantly light nose of husky grains, light fruitiness and some floral notes. Aside from a delicate malt sweetness, the flavors are surprisingly lively given the smooth aromas. There's a grassy bitterness with a spicy bite of freshly ground white pepper. Finishes quite crisp and crackery with a bit of lemony tang. Medium-light bodied with lively carbonation.

Overall impression: Extremely refreshing and enjoyable brew. Highly recommended.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Charleston Beerworks.
This has got to be the palest yellow I've seen. It's not urine pale like most macros. This is such a pale yellow it makes me think, "now, this is a real session beer."
I'm not getting much in the aroma but I think that's more b/c of the bar and less to do with the beer. I get some faint grassy type hops in the nose and not much else.
This is good. It's not going to smack you upside the head but instead it will just make you nod and say hmmmm this is a good beer. Sweet malts mixed with some light floral and grassy hops. It's the balance and simplicity that I enjoy in this beer.
Very light bodied and easy to drink. Nice beer to sit back and session for awhile while playing pool or skeet ball.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color. Nice fluffy white head that leave moderate lacing and hangs around a while.

S: Fruity, yeasty, and light floral hops.

T&M: Very crisp. Floral and mild malty sweetness that fades to a more fruity hop taste and ever so mild bitterness. Nicely balanced.
Fine carbonation that finishes dry.

Coast is defintely the BEST local brewer I've tried in recent years here in the Carolinas. Way to go COAST! Keep it up.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle (4/20/10) into a pint glass.

Clear golden pour. Flurry of bubble activity in the glass. Three fingers of plush white foam retain very well. Gobs of lacing stuck to the glass.

Aroma kind of reminds me of a pils. Somewhat wheaty and musty. A little grainy, as well. There's a honey-like sweetness, and like floral hops.

Flavorful kolsch. Sweet malt, some tart wheat, and a flowery hop finish.

Light bodied, appropriate carbonation. Tingly, yet still somehow smooth. Very refreshing. Highly drinkable, and surprisingly tasty for the style. I'll come back to this one as it starts to heat up.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle into pint glass.

Pours a dull straw-gold, very little head - maybe a bit of white head shows through with an aggressive pour, but it doesn't last much longer than a second or two. Adjusted slightly upward because, at 20%, appearance is worth way too much.

Nose is light but clear - a bit fruity, some cereal grain, just a bit of floral hops.

Taste is... well, tasty. Subtle, dry, and floral up front, fantastically crisp and integrated flavor just begs for another sip. Hops are there and lend so much to the flavor without ever leaping out at you the way one who mainly drinks American beers is used to - floral and a bit fruity, only a hint of grainy sweetness lies underneath, with a very subtle bitterness lingering briefly on the finish. Beautifully executed.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, well-carbonated and dry. Flavorful and perfectly balanced, every sip simply begs for another - near perfect drinkability. Very nice take on what is one of my favorite all-time styles.

To those who say it needs "more flavor" to truly be labeled a kolsch - I respectfully disagree. The aim is perfectly true on this one in my opinion.

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Photo of prototypic
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to kkipple for the bottle. Always stoked to try out a new Coast brew.

32°/50° pours a very light yellow/straw color. It's relatively clear, and looks even less colorful with backlighting. A soft, modest white head covers it. It stands about a finger tall, and falls to a surface covering quickly. Lacing was moderate. Much more than I expected in that department. Given the style...not bad at all.

The nose is alright. Generally speaking, I don't get much out of the nose in Kölsch style beers. This one isn't materially better. Initially, it strikes me as a little weak. There are some sweet, malty notes. It's definitely earthy and slightly grainy smelling. Honey is noted. The x factor here is hops. They're very much present and accounted for. They're floral in character and smell nice. I don't know that I've encountered that in this style before. Alcohol is not noticeable. No surprise there.

The flavor is pretty good. I'm not the biggest fan of the style, but this one's pretty damn good. A nice, semi-sweet, malty base is noted right off the bat. It's earthy and grainy. Honey is relatively strong in the mix and adds much to the overall flavor. I really like that addition. Light lemon also adds some depth. Hops steal the show in a sense. I'm not accustomed to a nice hop presence in this style. This one has it, and it's all the better for it. They're definitely floral, and complement the earthy notes so well. I'm impressed. Alcohol is buried. It finishes with a honey/hop combo.

32°/50° has a light body that goes down easy. Carbonation is light and restrained. Its body is too light to really feel smooth, but I don't think that's uncharacteristic of the style. Drinkability is good. This is one tasty Kölsch, and it'd go down all too well on a hot day. A bomber is no problem at all.

Coast Brewing Company brews good beer. I'm not the biggest fan of Kölsch, but this one's impressive. It really succeeds because of the honey/hop presence. They add a lot to the overall flavor and character of the beer. I'm still not the biggest fan of the style, but this one is certainly impressive. Definitely worth seeking out, especially if you're into Kölsch.

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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 jpro
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on draft a while back, but finally getting around to reviewing based on the growler picked up at CBX last weekend. Pours a bright, straw gold with a snowy white, one finger head; lots of carbonation going on. Smell is dominated by clean, bready malts. Taste is of light malted grains / bread crust with a touch of grassy hops... finishes with a nice bit of sweetness followed by a well balanced bite. Also, a little fruity / estery-ness in there. Mouthfeel was pushing medium-bodied and surprisingly creamy - I was really surprised by the mouthfeel. Drinkability... YES! Awesome stuff! So refreshing!

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32°/50° from COAST Brewing Company
4.16 out of 5 based on 337 ratings.
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