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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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131
Ratings:
332
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
15.63%
 
 
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Photo of AleWatcher
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into stange.
Glorious looking beer; pale straw-colored yellow with a slight haze to it and a stark white head of two shiny fingers.
Smells of a little grainy malt bill with a light honey-touched wheat note. Very dry, musty white grape-like finish. The flavor is nice and refreshing with a crisp bitterness at the backend.

Feels medium-bodied and well carbonated. Just about right.

Overall-- this is a great Kolsch. Maybe not the best I've had, but absolutely worth drinking. I'll be happy to have this one again.

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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 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 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 coreyfmcdonald
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a finger of fluffy white head. Retention is good, lacing is excellent.

S: Very refreshing - lemon zest mixed with a light to moderate graininess and an earthy, lightly floral hop aroma. Bright, well balanced, I wouldn't change a thing.

T: Graininess comes out a little stronger in the flavor, along with a light fruity sweetness. Hops come across as quite earthy with a light floral accent.

M: Medium thickness with a fairly strong carbonation.

O: The aroma on this beer is remarkable. Balanced, complex, refreshing - everything I want in a Kolsch. The flavor is a touch heavy without quite the same brightness I got in the aroma, but it is still excellent. I love this beer. I wish Coast distributed it to Atlanta.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3-week-old bomber into a Duvel tulip. Huge thanks to Modernartblues for hooking me up with this one, a long-time want.

A: Slightly hazed straw body under a finger of frothy white head. Ok retention, nice lace. Pretty good.

S: Crisp, clean, balanced aroma of herbal + lemony hops on top of subtle, bready malt. Simple, to style, and terrific.

T: Opens with a bit of hop bite but quickly opens into a rich, clean, crackery malt midsection. The finish has a touch of spice, some moderate hop bitterness, and a lovely undertone of clean minerality. Absolutely delicious and refreshing.

M: Soft, light, bubbly. Excellent.

O: Incredible beer. I wish I could get cans of this all the time, as I might drink nothing else in the summer - I can only imagine it's great year-round in SC. It's got all the crisp refreshment of a great Pils combined with the fruity hop punch of a pale ale, all wrapped up in a supremely drinkable sub-5% package. We have a winner.

Cheers!

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

Enjoying this from a growler into a pint glass on a rediculously hot and humid day. Filled at the brewery 72 hrs ago.
This is my first review.
Only had one other Kolsch before. This is a perfect beer for the day. Pours with a nice two finger head. Hazy yellow orange. Looks like summer in a glass.
Tastes a little spicy up front, but eases into a nice refreshing finish. Some lemon going on in there?
Nice crisp beer for summer. Easy to drink when its 95 in the shade. I will be getting this one again.
That's it for my first review. Kudos to COAST for cranking out great beer after great beer after great beer.

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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 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 theveganbrewer
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in a 22 ounce bottle for 6.99 at the Whole foods in MT. Pleasant.

Light yellow in color with fluffy white head that dissipatesbfairly quickly. Nice lacing. Streams of carbonation running up the sides.

Aroma has hints of fruit, possibly apple, along with some spicy hops and a little sulphur along with wheat.

Taste is quite well balanced with a creamy softness in the malt combined withbsome spice from the hops and a slight tartness. Very dry, leaving gums quite dry. Slight bitterness lingers after sipping.

Happy I picked this up when I was in town, it seems to stand up to its good reviews.

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass with a very thin head. And unremarkable pale yellow color. Very clear.
Smells malty and bready. Perhaps some light citrus notes and some sweetness, which I presume to be honey.
Taste is great for the style. Sweet up front and some light hoppiness toward the back. Great balance of between the hops and malt. The honey makes a nice addition here. Outstanding.
Medium to high carbonation but extremely crisp and smooth. Slightly dry toward the end, with bit of sweet hang.
Overall a great beer for the style. It meets the requirements in all departments except appearance but that is easily forgiven. Wonderful spring/summer beer, but would be tasty enough to have any time of year.

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Photo of champ103
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Griffon in Charleston SC.

A: Pours a slightly hazed golden orange color. A pillowing, white head forms with excellent retention and lace.
S: Bread and biscuit malts. Lightly toasted with some cereal grains. Grassy, earthy, and floral hops. The malts and the hops mingle together perfectly here.
T: More of that great bread and biscuit malts. Like baked bread and cereal grains. Hops come next, with a grassy, earthy, and herbal character. I love it.
M/D: A light to medium body. Very effervescent, crisp, clean, and dry. So easy to drink. All day with this, and perfect for the hot summer months here.

Lots of character, and so easy to drink. A near perfect example of the style. Highly recommended.

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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 scbeerman
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a slightly hazy yellow; attractive with great head and some solid lacing, but the haze is not quite correct to style, as kolsches are traditionally filtered.
S: Light cereal grains and grassy, floral hops predominate. Some slight lemon and fruit characteristics from esters. It smells incredibly refreshing and pleasant.
T: a slight touch of grainy wheat taste is complemented marvelously by a bit of light malt sweetness; hops noticeable with a floral aspect that includes some melon and hay, along with some lemon zest. No component overpowers and it is light and refreshing; by far the best-tasting Kölsch I've tried.
F: medium-heavy carbonation with a light-medium body is correct for style and quenching. Very drinkable as a kolsch should be and I'd have no problem sessioning this beer.
Overall, a great beer that serves as a standard bearer for taste, smell, and drinkability in the style. Lives up to its place as the top kolsch on BA.

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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 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 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 patre_tim
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Bright yellow urine like colour, 1 finger white head. Clear filtered, almost no carbonation.

S: Malt, white grape, dry and wine like.

T: Malt, bitter, white grape, white wine, long bitter finnish following the initial bitter in quality. The bitterness is like a white grape fruit rind (as opposed to ruby red) toned down in strength. Dry finnish.

M: balance of body and carbonation makes it smooth. It’s a medium light body with medium low carbonation. Dry finnish.

O: Very pleasant, very balanced, to me it’s a great representation of this style. Keeps me sipping. Would go well with light meats like chicken breast with mozzerella.

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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 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 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 goindownsouth
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Consumed vom Fass at Coast on 06/07/08.

Golden and effervescent in appearance. Huge head with brisk carbonation although extremely heady out of the barrel. Aromas plentiful of freshly mowed grains and subtle hop tones with just a twinge of citric action in the background. Smooth on the palate, hardly astringent. Very clean and refreching with decent dryness. Highly quaffable in every way imagineable, a [German] session Bier defined. Balanced, delicious, and low in alcohol. Perhaps the best sub-5% craft Bier I have had in a LONG time.

Hats off to Jamie and David for this one. An absolute gem in my book. I would have this one on [not-so] slow drip intravenous if I could rig it. Well worth the trip to Charleston but I will be happier when they will be able to distribute to the Upstate.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of ncvbc
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to try this at Coast today and while I liked each of the three I tried this was probably the favorite. My first taste of their beer and certainly not my last.

Straw to golden in color with a big head and lively carbonation. Some lacing down this nice COAST pint glass. Very clear and bright, shimmering color.

Smell is fairly subtle and of wheat and grain. A soft hop presence of lemon zest and grassy notes and also a little yeast. Inviting to say the least.

Very flavorful stuff. Good lingering hop bitterness riding along a very clean flavor profile. Grain, wheat, somewhat biscuity, and a little fruity twang to it. Also a hint of peppery spice. Very clean, refreshing finish with the slightest dryness.

About as drinkable as they come. Multiple pints of this were no problem and you don't have to worry about it sneaking up on you later. Session defined.

This is quite the enjoyable brew, especially with the warmer months coming up. I'm very glad to have tried this. It would be cool if this got bottled because not only is the beer great but the label would be nice, too.

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