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%
 
 
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103
Gots:
32
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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Mike for sending me this one. Had it on 4.5, from notes. Bottled in Nov 09.

Pours, wow... REALLY light. I mean, this almost looks watered down. It's the palest of straw colors with a stark white head that fades fairly quick to a thin cap.

Everything about this beer is very subtle and nuanced... crackery malts are here and lightly toasted grains in the aroma. The taste is also very subtle... it's almost just like this could be a BMC beer.... without the off-flavors. All jokes aside, this is a great, clean beer. Malt subtleties and a low-medium body create a refreshing and crisp brew. Very clean finish. The label noted "flowery hops", and I think that just a hint of that would help raise this brew to the next level, hopefully I can revisit another bottle and that character will be more evident when fresher.

Somehow this is so simple, without any 'big' flavors, but doesn't get too boring. Extremely drinkable and one that I would like to have again, especially on a hot day this summer.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2015-01-06 in Spartanburg, SC at Wild Ace.

Flower, bread, honey, good hop bitterness, crisp, good feel. Very nice.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber courtesy of a trade with brentk56, bottled on 1/17/10.

32/50 pours into my Andechs weizen glass with a gorgeous, white-grape juice color that transitions to a glassy paleness. Absolute torrents of carbonation stream upward through the clear liquid to fuel a healthy, creamy tuft of eggshell white head. Great lacing to boot...just an all-around beautiful Kölsch. Slightly muted aroma, but the soft, grassy hoppiness is done well. Bleached cracker malts, white wine, and a crisp mineral profile round out the nose.

Two words: crazy delicious. 32/50 hits the tongue with a crisp, herbal grassiness that adds just the right amount of hops to balance the white cracker malt notes. Clean, grassy finish with a well-crafted bitterness and a trace of mineral water and white wine spritzers. Mouthfeel is exceptionally light on the palate, with a brisk, bubbling carbonation level. All in all, a pleasure to consume. Highly recommended and perhaps the best American-brewed version of the Kölsch style.

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this courtesy of Ding - thank you sir!

Pours a crystal-clear pale straw color with a thin white head that quickly recedes into a wispy layer of bubbles on top. Solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts and noble hops - mildly sweet with an underlying grassy aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt sweetness is soon joined by a mild bitterness that does just enough to produce a clean finish. As with the smell there's a grassy undertone.

Mouthfeel is good. It's light, but that's to be expected, and the carbonation is crisp.

Drinkability is good. I could easily have a few of these, and the low ABV is conducive to that.

Overall this is a solid beer for the style, although I have to admit I'm still developing an appreciation for said style. This would be a great summer beer, to be enjoyed while playing bocci ball. Thanks again to Ding for sharing this.

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

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

Pours a light straw color with poofy white head. Smells really refreshing - light malt, slight lemon, nothing too complex. Again, light malty flavor with faint citrus notes, a hint of grass. Quite bright and refreshing. Body is fairly thin with high carbonation. Overall, a great summer beer that would instantly improve the tap lineups of most bars.

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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 AlexFields
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | 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 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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Photo of Overlord
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really not a style I like, but hey, this was pretty good!

Pours a very, very pale golden color. Kind of scared me with the color, but it turned out pretty good. Huge white foam head.

Smells faintly of grass and ... something sweet ... and a biscuit-y, almost pilsener mineraliness. Interesting.

Taste is mostly sweet malt, some balancing yeast and minerals, and a bit of grassiness. Really quite pleasant and quaffable. Thin, but appropriately carbonated for the style.

Really quite enjoyable.

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

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

Really enjoyed this beer. Not usually my style, but this is great. Super smooth and very drinkable. Lighter, but still great flavor. Lovely!

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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 JNForsyth
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Brihon
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heystevec
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AMarkle6524
4.12/5  rDev -1%

Photo of scootny
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A classic golden German ale. Crisp with a lively wheat twang and smooth light mouthfeel. Great malt core with soft honeyed presence and a dry clean finish. Great feel, superb drinkability. This was on tap at Fleet Landing in Charleston SC and was a perfect compliment to my fried okra, calamari, and especially the superb crabcakes.

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

Growler purchased at the Charleston Beer Exchange for ~$15 with tax. Poured into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip glass. I want to preface this review with the fact that I typically do not care for this style. It just seems like most of the options I have had didn't bring a lot to the table that a glass of water doesn't already bring.

A: Crystal clear straw like yellow with a large head that does settle a bit but never completely goes away. What is there leaves huge sheets of lacing on the side of the glass. This one definitely looks better than the other examples of the style I have seen.

S: Aroma is composed of paler malt with hints of lemon and grassy hops. It has definitely gotten my attention.

T: The taste follows what I got from the aroma. Very pale malts provide a hint of sweetness and the citrus and grassy hops balance out the beer leaving a nice crisp finish. This beer doesn't wow you with flavor like some other bigger style brews, but it is damn refreshing and does let you know you are actually drinking a beer. The best tasting example I have had.

M: Thin body, but I would not call it watery at all. The carbonation adds just a small amount of tickling to the tongue.

D: This one goes down super fast, especially when you are at the beach in the hot and humid south.

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

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 pburland23
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting to try some much heralded Coast beer...pretty much the highlight grab from my recent trip to South Carolina.

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into my Gaffel Kolsch stange.

Beer pours a very effervescent, bright yellow with about two fingers of brilliant white head. Great head retention and very nice lacing.

Smell is crisp, clean and dry. The Hallertau hops are at the forefront providing that quintessential German aroma. The pale malts provide a hint of sweetness. The taste is dry and unmistakably a kolsch. The pale malts and German hops provide a light, soft taste. There's a hint of honey like sweetness at the end of each sip. Different, but very tasty.

The mouthfeel is light and eminently drinkable. The carbonation is very prominent and it provide a prickly quality to the mouthfeel.

Overall, a really nice kolsch. Nice to get a fresh bottle while in Charleston and enjoy this beer. I frequent Charleston a lot and will be drinking this one again and again.

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