Gateway Kolsch | French Broad Brewing Co.

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

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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Reviews:
57
Ratings:
177
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
19.35%
 
 
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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 177
Photo of kylehay2004
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin head that doesnt last long on a near crystal clear bright golden body. The aroma is very light with barely perceptable pale malts, sweet corn and honey. Flavor has a nice amount of honey flavor with barely, wheat and herbal flavors. Nice body for the style with moderate to high carbonation. Certainly drinkable with nice degree of sweetness and flavor for a style that can be fairly bland.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Mellow Mushroom, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of bready malts along with slight hints of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. It makes for a good beer to drink outside on a hot summer day.

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A gusher, with a huge head of foam atop the hazy straw colored liquid; nice stickage

Smell: Biscuity, with a bit of lemongrass in the background

Taste: Bready, up front, with a growing grassy, lemony character appearing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the floral, bitter elements dominate but there is a bit of residual sweetness from the malt

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body but overcarbonated

Drinkability: Aside from the mouthfeel, this is a very nice example of the style as it is well-balanced and flavorful

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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 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 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 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 womencantsail
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The beer pours a pale golden straw color with a huge, rocky, white head.

S: Quite a strange smell for a kolsch. Lemon zest and apple juice are prominent. It's got a slight champagne character (likely from the high carbonation and yeastiness). Moderate bread notes and some floral hops.

T: Light bread and cracker malts provide much of the flavor. More lemon zest along with some floral and earthy hops. Just a light bitterness to it. The carbonation is extremely high, which diminishes from the flavor intensity a bit.

M: Light in body with very high carbonation.

O: Despite not being terribly "kolsch-like", I thought this was a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear light to medium yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation quickly rising from the bottom of the glass and hints of lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense fizzy white head that reduces to a large patch of medium thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts and grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are slightly heavier than moderate flavors of bready malts with light flavors of grassy hops in the finish. Light amounts of bitterness which lingers slightly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Very easy to drink, very refreshing, and tasty - I could see myself picking this up a lot more frequently once the weather gets warms (great beer for when I am out on the porch manning the grill).

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Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

One of the overlooked CANtributors to The CANQuest ™ is one of my local beer people, soon (eventually) to be a “Character” in my column – Justin C. He does a good job of looking out for new and different CANs for me in his travels and this is one with which he recently returned.
From the CAN: “French Broad Gateway Kolsch is a German-style ale with moderate hop flavor and a sweet finish.”
I have been watching the AmeriCAN Heroes Channel’s series on World War I and it reminded me of a French Broad that I once knew before visiting Germany as a young sailor.
The Crack! was as loud as a CANnon and the CAN was as full as the trenches in early-1915. The inverted Glug was precise in its deployment and quickly netted me two fingers of foamy, fizzy, bone-white head that began to collapse under the exertion, leaving Belgian lacing in its wake. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = 3.9, a preciseness measured by the brewery), as yellow as the cowards who retreated In the face of the enemy, and with NE-plus quality clarity, allowing me to peer into a grim future. Nose was what I tend to think of with regard to the style – slightly honey-like, slightly grassy. If we still rated on Smell, I would characterize this as “Perfect”. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was grassy and honey-like, sort of a Gateway between a light lager and a German Pilsner. I have to disagree with them as to “… a sweet finish” because I would characterize it as “Dry”. The CAN mentions “O.G. 11.5 P and IBU 32.3”, so I think that an argument CAN be made for my point of view. A very nice, light drinking beer on a Summer’s day.

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Photo of tdm168
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Biere Garden in Asheville.

A - clear gold with noticeable carbonation bubbles; thin lacing of white head; no retention

S - faint grass, hint of lemon

T - grassy, noble hops, faintly bitter finish

M - smooth, little carbonation, light bodied

This is a very light, easy to drink, refreshing beer. It doesn't have much flavor, but it's to style and ultimately enjoyable.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.02/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

6.2/10

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, straw gold coloring, with a fluffy, tall, clingy, white head. Steady carbonation action throughout the body, too. Nose of toasted grains, subtle floral notes, and hints of berry esthers. Flavors are tangy forward, with buttered toast notes, and a subtle hops bitterness. Smooth and light, with a frothy, effervesced finish. Tangy, grainy aftertaste. Not bad.

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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 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 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 avalon07
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to kolsch glass. Had a pale yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a quarter inch of quickly-dissipating, foamy head. Average lacing.

S: A decent, if two-dimensional, aroma of malt and a bit of citrus.

T: Tasted of lemon, pale malt and some hop. Like the smell, the taste wasn't overly dynamic, but decent enough.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This beer isn't horrible or undrinkable, but it isn't particularly memorable.

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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 maximum12
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rec'd from gford217 during the now legendary FC BIF, along with three other bombers from this brewery I'd never heard of. Thanks Grant!

This brew is macro golden with only a smallish bit of head on the pour. Smell is mild to the point of having on odor only existentially. Shadow of wheat grains in the nostrils.

Gateway is crisp, clean, refreshing. Hey Bud, Michelob, Coors - this is what your beers should taste like! A quick, simple style that would be great on a hot day with the grill spitting the smell of venison brats in my face & a bit of sweat on the back of my neck. Drinkability is insanely high; this could easily be pounded by any Wisconsin small-town homey (& I mean that fondly for all my Miller-pounding WI friends in the cheap seats) or savored sip-by-sip with the geek crowd.

Very nice. If French Broad can make a kolsch this appealing, I'm looking forward to the other three bombers resting in the basement.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another one that I've been sitting on for far too long. Enjoyed in my Portsmouth tulipy snifter.

a - opened the bottle and poured....straw yellow with steady even carbonation that could be seen throughout the clear liquid. thick frothy white bubbly head that left milkshake chunks on the sides of the glass as it dissipated.

s - grape sweetness. welches or concord grape jelly. very pleasant. VERY wine like.

t - a bit more sour and tart than the sweetness i get in the nose. sourness is a bit heavy for my tastes. the green grape taste though is nice.

m - SUPER carbonated. very fizzy.

o - overall this is a style i haven't explored much but this was way different than i had expected. the nose was the highlight and i wish that the rest of the beer lived up to that promise, but all-in-all a decent beer and one that i'm glad i finally opened. thanks mike!

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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 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 srandycarter
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light straw, slightly murky, small near white head leaves to thin bubbly disk.

S - Barny, sharp, deeper malt notes underneath.

T - Crisp, a little funk, finishes clean and snappy.

M - Light body, medium coating, good carb.

D - Easy enough to drink, just doesn't keep my interest.

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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 patre_tim
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden straw filtered with a light haze, lots of soda like bubbles and some clinging to the side of the glass. One finger of creamy bright white head.

S: White wine, grapes, clean linen, dough, clean and crisp.

T: Very vinous like like white wine, clean linen, dough, dry clean and crisp.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, clean dry finish.

O: Great brew. Well done Kolsch. Got this one in Asheville, drank in Chicago, IL with some deep dish pizza, great combo.

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