Tybee Island Blonde | Coastal Empire Beer Co.

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Coastal Empire Beer Co.
Georgia, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kylehay2004 on 12-20-2012

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 50
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft at Hooters in Atlanta, GA.

THe beer is transparent and light golden with an inch of frothy white head. Nice, ready, grainy aroma. Malty with slight fruity sweetness. Quaffable and pairs nicely with spicy wings. Mild bitterness. Pretty good.

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap at into a pint glass at Tybee Island. The appearance is a slightly murky pale amber with a small white head. The aroma is hop driven. The taste is big on citrus with a mild hop finish.

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Photo of GeorgiaFunkadelic
2.57/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Cold is best with this Kolsch style ale. Perfect when heavy drinking on a hot day at the beach is necessary. It is similar to mass produced domestics. Looks blonde, but the smell & first taste made me wonder why I didn't choose a more flavorful option. After finishing the first glass, I did enjoy. Keep cold!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can - $2.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a light yellow-hued body, ever so slightly hazed, with a small, powder white head.

Smell: Sweetened lemon peel, scant crackery maltiness and a pinch of peppery dried herb.

Taste: Mild malt flavors of soda crackers and puffed grains preclude some sweetish lemon, some mealy-toned husk accents and a herbal, lightly spicy hop character. Lightly bitter. Flavors follow through the crispish, semi-dry finish, though, there's more of that sweet lemon popping up in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Satisfactory.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Tybee Island Blonde is a Kölsch style ale. It is a clean, crisp, session beer brewed with noble hops." Brewed in the style of a German Kölsch beer, this is one of the two year-round releases by recent upstart Coastal Empire Beer Co. in Savannah Georgia. Available in canned 6 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a pint glass. Served above 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Be wary when pouring from a can, as this beer is easily energized and prone to foam overs. Pours a eggshell white head of a crisp frothy consistency over a densely hazy medium amber body. Specked sediment contributes to the significant haze. Carbonation is plentiful and energetic. Retention is good, lacing is light and clingy. 4

(Smell) Cracker pilsner malts joined by a fruity, grassy hop profile with a moderate bitterness. A slight peppery earthiness and subtle distinctiveness of vinous white grape must nods to the style. Potency is mild. 3.25

(Taste) Soft, clean cracker malt pairs with a grassy and slightly lemony hop profile with a soft bitterness, finishing slightly dry with a vinous tart grape fruitiness. Very clean and quite the quaffable ale. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, softly dry, mildly acidic. Carbonation generates a solid fizziness for a moderately crisp mouthfeel. Body is medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is slightly tart and bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is very low, off characters are minimal. 3.75

(Overall) Pleased to see a Georgia brewery adopt this drinkable, traditional German style beer as one of their launching year round selections. Tybee Island Blonde sits comfortably within the guidelines of the style with a nice moderate and simple hop profile, as well as the unique yeast-born subtleties within the style that make it genuinely Kölsch, like the moderate acidity. that contributes to the drinkability of this beer. Coastal Empire's beers recently entered the Metro Atlanta Area, and I suggest giving Tybee Island Blonde a try. 3.75

Coastal Empire Beer Co.'s
Tybee Island Blonde

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Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce can canned on 12/31/12. Thanks Brandon!
Pours a slightly hazy pale amber with white head of moderate size and duration. Aroma is strong and hoppy for style, with a mainly herbal/grassy character. Taste is more citrusy, and more appealing than the aroma. Not as hoppy as the aroma suggested but still high hops for style. Light body with rather aggressive carbonation.
Refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.11/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single finger head with poor retention but nice lacing on a hazy dull golden body. Musty grains, pale malts, clean aroma. Flavor is also fairly standard semi sweet lemon, pale malts and barley and grains. Light body and moderate to high carbonation. This one is very drinkable. More like a kolsch for the sweetness and bitterness levels.

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Tybee Island Blonde from Coastal Empire Beer Co.
3.43 out of 5 based on 50 ratings.
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