Gateway Kolsch | French Broad Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
French Broad Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States
frenchbroadbrewery.com

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cvstrickland on 02-23-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
182
Reviews:
58
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
11.05%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
22
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 182 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of chinchill
2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can; purchased very recently but undated and possible over the hill (see below).
Unappealing skunky Euro hop aroma
Much better flavor but there's certainly some similarity to the aroma.
Light but not watery body with medium+ carbonation.

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Photo of BigBry
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsshuck
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JonSchwartz
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vylo
4.79/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OldSwampy
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a glass. Fairly normal light straw color with a decently stiff but not exceptional white head. Nose did not fade as I drank the beer and was nicely floral. Taste was lean and hoppy, but as a kolsch should be rather than an IPA type of hoppiness. I find kolsches in general to taste lean, so this was true to style, not a fault. Mouthfeel clean and unexceptional. My first beer from this brewery, and certainly enough to make me look forward to trying others.

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Photo of BradShook
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of juicebox
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chrisroarshack
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EN27
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gerite
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker glass from a can.

Appearance is a pale golden color with average head.
This is a light body ale, not overly carbonated. A crisp, easy drinking summertime beer with a clean dry finish. Overall, much better than I expected. A good example of a German-style Kolsch.

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Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3.5/5: Not a standout, but a fine example of an underrated style; 3.5's across the board

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Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: yellow in color with a 1/2" head that lingered around awhile.

Smell: light malt and grass aroma is all I can detect,

Taste: biscuit, grass, a bit of lemon zest, a bit of green grape sweetness, and a very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lighter in body. Very crisp from start to finish. Clean aftertaste.

Overall: a very easy drinking beer, great on a warm day as it is refreshing and crisp.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FrankK
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeranbrews
2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

A - faint watered down chamomile tea color. Big puffy white cloud of head. Minor continued carbonation. 3

S - sharp astringent but not caustic. Hoppy but without so much of the AAL aluminum smells. Faint crystal malts. 3

T - better than the smells but overall very weak. At times reminding me of a pilsner or Vienna lager but sadly subdued. 3

M - pleasant fizzy malty. 3.5

D - easy simple but very boring. Won't return 2.25

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Photo of jkermitj
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Josbor11
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Buck89
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pilsener glass. Good looking beer with a clear straw yellow color and a 3 finger white head. Nice complex aroma with grass, dough, white bread and some floral tones. On the taste, I noticed white bread and cracker up front, followed by sweet grassy note and a subtle spicy bitter clean finish. The beer had medium carbonation and felt light on the palate. Overall, a great regional brew. Really hits the spot on this hot July day.

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Photo of DonaldS
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Gateway Kolsch from French Broad Brewing Co.
3.71 out of 5 based on 182 ratings.
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