Gateway Kolsch | French Broad Brewing Co.

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Gateway KolschGateway Kolsch

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French Broad Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of drunkboxer1
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A golden colored pour with a thin white head. Smells nice, flowery noble hops clearly dominating. Tastes a lot like those same hops and with a faint sweetness of pale malts. I like it a lot, and would buy it again, but I feel like it was meant to be drank on tap. So I might hold out for that as opposed to grabbing another bomber when I'm in town.

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Photo of LauraAlberts
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this beer at City Beverage while in Winston Salem for a friends wedding.

Hot and sweaty from working in the yard. It's 90 degrees outside - came in and ate some salty chips - ready for thirst quencher - this one passed the test!

Appearance: Cloudy - Amber - Really nice retention and lacing down the glass

Smell: Mushroom - Spice - Coriander

Taste: Very smooth - nice dryness on the end that eludes to the German-ness of this style. Very enjoyable. Nice spice - coriander.

Mouthfeel: A little Dry - Bitter on the finish - my favorite part of this beer.

Drinkability: very drinkable - very sessionable. I love this kolsch - will recommend this to friends - I wish we got this in Charleston - great for the weather.

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Photo of EmergingZymurgy
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliantly clear with very light straw color. Foamy, white head with moderate lacing. Poured into a pilsner glass.

S: Slight apple character in the aroma with a grainy background.

T: Hint of fruit with a nice, clean finish. Very crisp. A bit grainy, but only in the background of the beer.

M: Light on the plate, but also slightly creamy. Has a bit of a dry finish to the end, but not too dry.

O: Quite a nice beer. It's very drinkable and easy to drink. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Brought the bottle back from a trip out to North Carolina and was not disappointed. I have just started getting into the Kolsh beers and this is a nice, easy drinking one for a hot, summer Kansas afternoon.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 22-ounce bomber bottle poured into my Kolsch cylinder produces a clear pale gold body livened by a storm of internal carbonation that feeds a towering cap of bright white foam. The resultant head recedes very slowly and deposits copious rings and soft blobs of 3-D lacing onto the glass.

The smell is mild with a touch of fruity grain and a solid buzz of spicy German-style hopping. A lightly-toasted nuttiness is present throughouth the encounter, and becomes stronger and toastier as the drink progresses.

The taste is quite nutty and replete with mild toasted notes of warm grain, medium-sweet toffee candy and just a tad of caramel. Mellow herbal bitterness is quite mild, but a fine, dusty, perfectly-proportional earthiness dries the finish and balances the drink nicely.

French Broad's tasty new formulation of their Kolsch is light-medium in body, perfectly carbonated and highly quaffable.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy to see this brewery in Atlanta now. I like their focus on some underappreciated styles, and the fact that they make quite a few low alcohol beers. This beer is a case in point. Wonderfully refreshing and very nicely balanced with a nice crisp bitterness and some soft grassiness. Really very close to what it should be for the style with a pilsner bitterness and crispness but kolsch softness overall. Pours a very pale yellow with little head, but the proof is in the drinkability. Very nice.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was very surprised and delighted to see the line of French Road beers in stock at Newton Farms @ Kiawah Island. I loved a couple of their beers when I last visited Asheville.

Kolsch remains among the most under-rated styles that exists. Too many folks assume that since it’s light, golden and delicate that it must be compared to BMC lagers. One man’s opinion is that this is just not right. In the proper context and mood a wonderful Kolsch is just what the Dr. ordered.

This pours with a sudsy bright white head that show decent retention but eventually fades away. The beer is somewhere between a dull gold color and light straw. No lacing…

Aroma is light, slightly doughy and with a touch of grass. Very bready

Flavor is very nice and quite refreshing. Again light dough… bready finish. Just a moment of bitterness to balance the touch of sweetness. Fresh.

Light, crisp, refreshing. A wonderful session choice and great when returning from the beach.

Nicely done!!!

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Photo of gerite
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
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 beer2day
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light gold with a nice one and one half fingert head. Good retention.

Nose is very crisp and clean. Crackers come through the most for me, saltines. Slightly lemony and a nice mellow malt hint.

Very crisp hit. Nice malty sweetness with some flowery presence. Slight, slight bitters present in the finish. Again, very clean.

Mouth is very appropriate for the style. Just chewy enough. Not thin at all.

Drinking this in the mountains around Asheville. Would taste just as good at the beach.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An oldie but goodie that I had not had in a long while from French Broad. Decided to pick up a bomber on my last trip. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/08/2010.

The pour was nice, very cloudy and bright with a big white head of foamy froth that billowed up from the bottom of the glass through ample streams of carbonation. Nice golden color and when held up into the light really seemed to shine very nicely. Great looking for the style. Light aroma, to be expected with light hints of citrus and banana, a touch of clove and light grain, much more citrus coming through then I remember. Crisp, clean, light, this is how you start off the afternoon! Really very nicely done here with a crisp and clean flavor. Light grassy notes, hints of citrus flavors all over give it a touch of a bite, light banana and grain in the finish round it out well. Nicely done just as I remembered as the lightly dry finish begged me in for just a touch more. Super drinkable and really just a fine example of the style.

Overall a superb session offering from them, I could have seriously gone on with this one for days. Really just a good example of the style and really nicely done

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Photo of Schwab
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like this style and was quite plesaed to see it on tap at an local establishment in Asheville when I visisted. I knew I am not goint to make it down to French Broad Brewing so I had to try it.

The appearance is pretty good for the style, perhaps a little bit too golden but overall great. Taste was spot on for a Kolsch and mouthfeel paired with drinkability was great. Definately a mellow session beer! I'd buy it here or there if I could get it in my area. It is not 100% to style IMO and there are definately better domestic examples of this style, I still believe it deserves it's rank in the top domestic Kolsch category.

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Photo of nickfl
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured with one finger of white head on top of a yellow body with good clarity. Good head retention and lace.

S - Light bready malt with some honey sweetness, but no noticeable hops.

T - Slightly sweet malt up front with a little bread richness. Very light, herbal hop flavors in the middle with a bit of honey. Finishes light and herbal with more bready malt.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - This is a nice, drinkable and smooth kolsch. There is nothing complex here, but that is just right for the style. A nice, simple session beer.

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Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Mac's in Atlanta.

Pours a clear golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet light malts with a mild biscuit quality and light floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The malt flavors are a bit sweeter than the smell intimated however the hops bring in just a bit of bitterness and slightly leafy flavors that balance it out. The ending is crisp and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this is a solid beer for the style, very clean and crisp. Worth a shot.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured in increments into a Collins glass. Even in this narrow vessel, the bright white head is quite modest, yet leaves a surprising amount of streak lacing. Light gold and bubbly body.

A pleasant combo of fresh cut hay, grass, some floral sweetness and a touch of noble hop spiciness greet the nose. Rather bitter with a nice lemony hop flavor and a grassy bite that goes well with the biscuity malt. A touch of vague funkiness. The bitterness disappears at the swallow, leaving a crisp grainy finish with a lingering squeeze of lemon.

Overall impression: A refreshing and lively Kolsch. Recommended.

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Photo of babaracas
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Asheville. A clear gold with a thin ring of white foam. Smell: white grape juice, mildy musty grain, mild spicy hopping. Taste: grain twang, a little vinous, cracker, slightly spicy lemon and mild herbal hopping. Most don't do this style well but this was a good one.

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Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a perfect after work beer to be had here in my mind mind.Poured into a standard pint glass a slight hazed light golden, like sunshine basically,with a thin wispy white head.Aromas of toasted grain with some fruity esters,crisp mouthfeel and flavors,quite toasty with a bit of honey-like sweetness and shot of sharp zing in the finish.A highly quaffable pleasent drinking kolsch,again a perfect after work or hot day brew with real flavor.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass on 1/3/11

Thanks to PDXHops

Golden yellow color of just a slightly faded caliber. Almost entirely clear, exhibiting a faint chill haze. The one finger of puffy white foam has dropped by a half but seems content to stay. Few speckles of lace.

Really bright, clean aroma full of floral notes; much like a prairie. Lemongrass, hay, floral hops, a hint of citrus zest & grains. Starts to smell like lemon bars as it warms but it isn't the dominant aroma.

The brightness of the aroma doesn't fully carry over to the palate. It doesn't taste bad, just not as vibrant, or structured for that matter. Lots of grassiness & toasted grains. There's a hollow lemony twinge on the peripheries. Hints of floral hops.

The feel is a tad down the spectrum from light bodied, with an appreciable graininess. Carbonation is moderate, seemingly befitting the style & my personal tastes (cool). The finish is reasonably dry with grass & grain lingering.

Gateway Kolsch is quite solid overall. If we're talking Kolsches from the Carolinas, I'd take COAST's 32/50 any day; however, Gateway is pretty close. A few tweaks on the flavor profile & it's there. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Buck89
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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 myelo
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap

Poured bright clear pale gold with 1 inch white head and mild lacing. Delicate malt aroma. Taste is mild sweet malt, low clean bitterness. Smooth, light body with medium carbonation.

Very nice, clean refreshing example of the style.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pouring a cellar temp can into a snifter. Gift from my cousin Joe in NC. Thanks!

The beer pours a bright gold hue with just the faintest amount of haze on the pour. Bleached white fizzy head of 2.5 cm foams up and fades quickly to a wispy edge layer.
Aroma is some grainy malt and a bit of biscuity note also. I do get a bit of spicy hops and no hint of abv.
First sip reveals a crisp body with light texture and fine fizzy carbonation. Very easy to drink as it should be per style.
Flavor is a bit of grainy malt that flows to some spicy and earthy hop notes, and finishes with some sweet almost fruity note on the finish. The beer really dries out after each sip,making me thirsty for more beer.
A very easy to drink brew that would be enjoyable on a hot day. I am just fine drinking it after a long day to decompress. Good example of the style.

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Photo of JayQue
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a winner...a good year-round session type beer. Pours a slightly cloudy light gold color. The frothy white head is HUGE...makes no difference how you pour it. Nicely carbonated. Good patchy lacing and good head retention.

Smell is mild..a little lemon zest, some grassy hops and a little hefe-style flavors banana/cloves. A bit of funk going on as well

Taste is more of the same but more robust. A nice tasty light ale with hints of Saison and Hefeweizen. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth.

Overall a very good beer from a style that should be fairly mild and bland. This is something you could drink a ton of either by itself or with food.

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Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Barley's, Asheville, NC.

Poured a light brass hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a clean pilsner malt and slight herbal hop.

The taste was well balanced with a clean breadiness with a balancing herbal noble hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty easy drinking kolsch.

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Photo of everetends
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Hop City in Atlanta for just a little over 4 dollars I think. Served up in the slimmest glass I had.

A: Well, you certainly should be careful when you pour this thing. Got a huge gas escape when I popped the cap and the first pour was nearly all foam. When it settled as well possible, I was left with a glass with about 4 fingers of head and then another two fingers of foam sitting well above the mouth of the glass. That is quite impressive for sure. The foam starts to seperate and becomes bigger and bigger foam bubbles that make a spider web of thinning foam. This foam really sticks all over the glass. Now to the actual beer. Got very pilsner yellow in appearance. Very pale and very macro as far as color but that is somewhat expected. This beer does have one of the most active carbonations I have ever seen in an appearance. The carbonation bubbles are just so plentiful and fast moving.

S: Pretty basic in this department but still has a good size to the aroma. First off you get the big time floral hops aroma coming out that have a bit of bitterness kicking around in here. Then you can get the very pale and lightly bready malt smells coming out. Very light spice coming in here, maybe a bit of pepper. Other than that, nothing really to report here. Although it is basic, the aroma is pretty in your face. Makes it a pleasure to get the nose next to the glass for each sip.

T: A bit better than the aroma but still light and enjoyable. Getting the floral hops first again in this arena. They are lightly perfumey and has a nice bite to it. Just a touch of citrus coming behind the floral. Light malts that just act to balance things out a bit. Mostly pale here, nice and earthy. After that there is a nice fruity quality. Pretty much tastes like white grape and apple skins with maybe just a touch of juice still on them. Everything is light and balanced which I believe is what I am looking for in a beers flavor.

M: Very light in body, almost watery at times. The carbonation is high, very high. Very crisp and oh so refreshing. Has a bit of bitterness but is mostly dry in here. ABV is light and feels a lot lighter than the displayed 5.3%, I actually can't believe its that high. Aftertaste are those nice fruits and a touch of hops.

D: You know, I can see why they named this Gateway. This would be an easy beer to get a BMC drinker hooked on. It has that BMC look as far as color, but has just enough more in the flavor department to show you beer can have bigger flavors but not crazy enough to scare newbs away. Big carbonation makes this easy drinking and that foamy and carbonated look is really cool. Good warm weather beer that quenches, what else do you people want?

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, light yellow body with an inch of white foam that thins out almost instantly.

Smell: Nose of sweetened grains and fragrant, floral Noble hop aromas.

Taste: Light pale maltiness, lightly sweet, and with a slight hint of unrefined grain. Mild, indistinct fruitiness. Floral, even grassy hop character with a nice bite of Noble hop bitterness. Light touch of sweetened grains on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy-drinking and keenly refreshing -- just what I want from a Kölsch.

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Photo of thadbme
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear yellow color with heavy carbonation. A crazy amount of head that forms on top. Took several pourings and allowing it to sit before it calmed down. This is what I would expect beer to look like if I first started drinking.

S: This is a different smell from what I'm used to drinking. With the heavy foam on top, that leaves a different scent. Honestly to me it smells clean, almost like a beer soap if that makes any sense. Its not really unpleasant but not what I would prefer. You can smell the wheat in it as well but the foam hits me first.

T: Slightly bitter, foamy, carbonated wheat taste. The beer is very smooth to drink, and very drinkable. I can see this would be easy to drink a large beer of.

M: Foamy and light. Carbonation shows up while looking at, but not overpowering.

O: I think the name of this beer might have captured it, its a gateway Kolsch. I think this might be a good one for me to try to get into the style. It is certainly not my favorite beer I've ever had, and I doubt this will be the favorite of this style, but its something you could drink a lot of, and not ask too many questions about it.

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