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Gateway Kolsch | French Broad Brewing Co.

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Gateway KolschGateway Kolsch

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

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Spring

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Added by cvstrickland on 02-23-2009

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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 +15.6%
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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4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
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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4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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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4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
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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4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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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4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
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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Gateway Kolsch from French Broad Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 182 ratings
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