Gateway Kolsch | French Broad Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cvstrickland on 02-23-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
182
Reviews:
58
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
11.05%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
23
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0
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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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3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
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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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of sulldaddy
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Mojo
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can -> New Belgium globe glass

A - very pale straw color with a very small head, no lacing and no retention.

S - lemon notes dominate with some floral and grass

T - Lemon honey sweetness with a dry finish. Very easy to drink.

M - light with average carbonation

O - does not make the earth shift on its axis, but is easy to drink and satisfying.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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Gateway Kolsch from French Broad Brewing Co.
3.71 out of 5 based on 182 ratings.
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