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 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 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 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 jpro
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a couple of these at DD Peckers to go along with some wings on Divisional Playoff Saturday...

A: Served in a standard shaker pint, this beer was a light, straw gold with a one-finger, snow white head; not much for retention or lacing to be had.

S: Grains; fruity (maybe yeast derived?); lightly floral; a touch grassy / wet-hay-like.

T: Light biscuit malts, backed up by the fruitiness that was evident in the nose (hmmmm, don't know how I feel about that); some lightly earthy hop bitterness provides some balance and crispness to a slightly sweet beer.

M: Between light and medium bodied, with a moderate carbonation. Pretty standard for the style, I suppose.

D: A good beer to have a few of - although not too exciting; went well with wings!

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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 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 MTNboy
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It had nice yellow color and white head to the body. There was average lacing. The aroma was grassy and had a good aroma of hops. The taste was a little hoppier than this style usually is but it was good. I thought the use of hops was proportioned and done well. There was a grainy and grassy flavor with a small hint of fruitiness. The mouthfeel was thin and light.

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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 mbrown26
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
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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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours hazy pale straw, with a thinnish but nicely persistent, long-lasting fluffy white head. Decent lacing.

Nose is big on lemons... smooth and citrusy, just a bit sweet, some grainy pale malt peeking through underneath.

Taste is big on lemony hop flavor, despite a very restrained if not non-existent bitterness, some light, very pale malt sweetness in there as well. Finish is, again, a nice balance of pilsner malt, just a bit of wheat perhaps, and lemony hops - just a bit of very mild noble hop bitterness. This, to me, is not a Kolsch - much closer to a Blonde Ale. The hop presence is surprisingly prominent, and the yeast is pretty much drowned out. There are some great Kolsches produced in the Carolinas - Mother Earth and COAST come to mind - and while this is not really a Kolsch in my experience, it's still pretty tasty as an American Blonde.

Mouthfeel is dry-ish on the long finish, medium-light in body with a light carbonation. Just a bit tingly.

Nicely drinkable, not nearly as delicate as you'd expect a Kolsch to be. An American take, perhaps, decent amount of flavor but lacking in subtlety.

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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 RedChrome
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very light golden color with a faint haze. Huge white head takes minutes to settle down. Tons of carbonation bubbles rising rapidly.

Grain husks and white raisin scents assault the nose on inhalation. A light earthy grass scent in the back of the nostrils. Hints of hops fade in and out.

Very dry crispy malt flavor on the tongue. Taste has a very mixed coating to it, both metallic and plastic. Hops do provide a decent amount of bitterness.

Tastes cling, but the overall feel is watery. Carbonation is a nice burst on the tongue.

An OK brew. Would work well with a nice piece of lemon grilled whitefish. Not the best choice in the style. IF you like kolsch give it a try, otherwise, look for something else.

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Photo of mklinger
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this at Lupi's in Chattanooga. Served in a pint glass. Super bright pale golden beer. Nice inch thick head that left good lacing behind.

Aroma was fine & subtle. Lots of slightly bready malt character. Some hop character, though not a lot. This is a beer that isn't so much about the aroma, though what's there is solid.

Taste was very refreshing. Lots of pilsener malt character with good earthy/herbal hops afterwards & finishing with just a complement of hop bitterness. Decent slightly acidic character too from the fairly ample carbonation.

Light mouthfeel, thin & refreshing with a good amount of carbonation. Very easy to drink on a hot summer's day

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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 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 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 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 mtstatebeer
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
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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Photo of nlmartin
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came my way via my Secret Santa Ding. Big time thanks! The beer was served in a pint glass. The beer was a pleasure from start to finish.

Appearance: The body of the beer is clear straw yellow. The head is a thick white foam. The head retention is perfect.

Smell: A pleasant combination of floral hops, lemon and a bit of clove ride a malty biscuit.

Taste: The flavor of the beer is floral up front a bit grassy nice subtle lemon. The malt profile is biscuity. A bit of pepperyness coming in at mid flavor perhaps cloves.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is light. The carbonation levels work well with the beer. This is an excellent flavorful beer. Many people may like this beer on a hot day. I am thinking this beer would be good on any day of the week. Thanks again Ding!

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Photo of Tiklmelmo
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
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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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 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 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 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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