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Gateway Kolsch | French Broad Brewing Co.

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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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Added by cvstrickland on 02-23-2009

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1.75/5  rDev -52.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of PhillyStyle
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle

Poured a hazy dark yellow with a huge white head that was very well retained that receded into a thin cap that lasted throughout the beer. The beer did have noticeable particles floating in the beer. To be honest, I expected the beer to be perfectly clear.

Aroma is mainly bready and citrus tones. No hops to mention. Definitely not what I had in mind for the style. It reminded me more of a Belgian Witbier than a Kolsch.

Taste follows the nose well, what I did not get was any hint of hop or bitterness to the taste at all.

The beer is light, smooth and easy to drink. The beer did have very good and very prevalent carbonation, and this was not a determent to the beer. The beer left a dry aftertaste, which I had expected, but it was somewhat unappealing. Overall, this may be a decent summer beer, but it reminds me of Blue Moon and not a Kolsch, especially after my first was Reissdorf Kölsch.

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Photo of chinchill
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
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 jeranbrews
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
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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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of AlexFields
3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light fuzzy banana color, light head.

At first not much on the nose, just a touch of light tart wheaty malt and maybe some banana. Gets sweeter as it warms, touch of honey.

Taste is pretty similar--tart wheatiness again, light honey sweetness, hint if banana and yeast.

Nothing special but a decent kolsch.


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Photo of juicebox
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Pours a clear and effervescent light golden color with a nice sized, frothy white head, good lacing. Aroma is pale malts, wheat, light citrus, grain, and grass. Flavor is sweet grain, bread, yeast, and a light hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is dry, bitter, and light. Not a whole lot of flavor here, but a very crisp and drinkable beer.

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3.16/5  rDev -13.7%

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3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from gford217 in SS09

A - Very cloudy straw yellow. Bigtime gusher (even when opened pretty darn cold)

S - Smell is much better. Nice noble hop aroma with some fruitiness from the yeast.

T - Crisp, refreshing, follows closely to the nose with pears and a little bit of hops. Little bit of an odd aftertaste though.

M - Highly carbonated and very light. Nothing special on the mouthfeel.

D - Great lawnmower beer. I could see drinking this on a hot summer day. Goes down easy.

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3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Aroma is quite grainy and wheaty. Pretty light stuff. Figured on a bit more.

Taste follows pretty closely. It's fairly honey sweet, full of grain and wheat, and a very small bitterness at the backend. This is a pretty straightforward beer here. A bit surprised at the lack of citrus character. Nothing complicated, but it goes down quite easily. Would probably make a great summer beer.

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Photo of mbrown26
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

First Kolsch style beer. Went from the bottle to a goblet.

A: A nice hazy beer with a fairly decent head that slowed down to a quarter inch thick, and stayed there for a while.

S: Lemons. Hay. Citrus.

T: Not a whole lot of flavor, but not necessarily a bad thing. Would pair well with fish or something light. Citrus to lemon taste, but the crispness of the beer overpowers the flavor.

M: Crisp. Somewhat of a bitterness. Watery and Thin. A decent level of carbonation.

D: I like my beers maltier and heavier than this, but not hard to drink either.

Probably had this at the wrong time of year for me. Could be very pleasant while out on the back porch during the spring and summer.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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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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