Gateway Kolsch | Sawdust City Brewing Co.

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Gateway KolschGateway Kolsch

Brewed by:
Sawdust City Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Sammy on 08-27-2012

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 20
Reviews by cfalovo97:
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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Photo of biegaman
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If only I knew of a way to transfer this beer's brilliant, beaming golden radiance into a pair of earrings, then my girlfriend would be much happier with her Christmas gift this year (no way I could otherwise afford jewelery this nice!). Gateway Kölsch does indeed look pretty enough to wrap - something, it turns out, that its bubbly head does on its own.

Kölsch sounds like one of the more interesting styles of beer because of its history and how it's made, but in fact it tends to have one of the simplest flavour profiles: clean and concise maltiness and usually just a smidgen of fruit and/or hops. This Canadian interpretation, by the smell of things, seems to fit that description to a tee.

The taste shows off fresh, bready, and fairly substantial Pils-dominated flavours that probably rank among both the most approachable and under-appreciated out there. Lagering ensures a smooth, concentrated maltiness, though fermenting with an ale yeast has resulted in a subtle apple-like ester or two. The mouthfeel is fluffy as a pillow; you'd think it was brewed primarily with wheat.

It wouldn't be entirely unfair to characterize Kölsch by their visual familiarity and simplicity - a more agreeable, universally appealing style of beer there may be not. But to take them only at face value is to under-appreciate the tremendous amount of character they truly offer. The real 'gateway' element to Gateway Kölsch is not in turning non-beer drinkers onto beer...

It's changing the perspective of craft geeks obsessed and easily impressed with higher gravity and experimental beers that are too dismissive of "plain" styles like this. Confucius is quoted as saying: "Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated". In the case of the poor Kölsch, for whom balance and subtlety are key components, we've made the complicated overly simple. Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it - let Sawdust City open your eyes!

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Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at The Rhino. Truly is a gateway beer. Hits the style and drinkable, smooth. Small amount of yeast and hops. A bit below average mouthfeel. Something to drink for a converted craft brewer when nothing else in on. Medium yellow with lace sheet.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for around $2.65 or so for a 473ml can. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that is gone within a minute. Very light gold colour and filtered clear

S- Some hops and a touch of malt but pretty much a mass produced North American beer

T- Yup it's a low flavored North American style brew

M- Pretty much a Bud in a different bottle

O- A Bud in a different bottle here. Will not buy again. Was expecting a great craft brewery to never do something like this but O well

Food Pairing

This Bud type of brew went well with....... Yup! You guessed it.... Anything you would have a Bud with


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Photo of MattCampbell
3.12/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

473 mL can picked up at TBS; canned Jun 16 2016 and served well-chilled.

Pours a sunny, pale golden-yellow colour with brilliant clarity, fitted with a half-inch crown of soapy white head. Average retention; it has mostly dissipated after a few minutes' time, leaving behind a foamy collar and an attractive swath of lacing. Gritty cereal grains, wheat and tempered pale malts on the nose, with slight suggestions of grassy, leafy hay courtesy of the German hops. Nothing to get too excited about.

And really, that statement just about sums it up - while this is a quality German-style beer, as a köelsch it's a little lacking (reminding me more of a German pils, to be honest). More grainy, doughy pale malts come through, but with a slight hint of bready wheat sweetness in the background. The Magnum/Spalt hops show up on the back end, with subtle hop flavours of grassy hay and herbal, vaguely spicy notes. Finishes moderately clean. Light-bodied, with aggressive carbonation levels and a prickly, crisp mouthfeel and pleasing texture. Quite refreshing; this would serve adequately as a summer patio beer.

Final Grade: 3.57, a passable B grade. Sawdust City's Gateway Kölsch is a decent stab at this suddenly-trendy style, but I'd be lying if I said I were inclined to seek out more cans in the immediate future. As a big German pils/Munich helles fan - two styles that certain aspects of this beer really remind me of - I still enjoyed Gateway, but if you're not already enthusiastic about pale German lagered styles then I wouldn't expect this one to shift your opinion much, if at all. Not bad I suppose, but there are a handful of other domestic kölsch beers that I'd definitely select before this one.

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Photo of Rukeli76
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sdm9465
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PorterPro125
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 473 mL Can

A- Pours an extremely pale slightly hazy yellow topped by a 1 finger white head that fades to a couple whispy caps fairly quickly. No lacing to speak of.

S- Fresh bread, restrained herbal hops. Slight lemon aroma.

T- Bready grains, lemon zest, and herbal hops.

M- Light Body and Moderate but prickly carbonation.

O- A good Kolsch, although it drinks more like a Pale German Pils. Not real bold on anything (especially aroma and flavour) but not bad either. Wouldn't go out of my to find this one again but I do recommend that you give it a try. Good beer, half-decent representation of a Kolsch.

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Photo of Jaisell
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nullbort
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale clear gold with active streams of carbonation. The smallish cap lasts a good while and coats the glass with foam trails. The aroma is restrained breadyness and bit of herbal hops. Bready, nutty malts make up the light flavor. Some earthy hops in the background. Hop bitterness is low. The mouthfeel is light but creamy with carbonation.

A light tasting beer that still has substance. A very good first step on the journey to craft beer.

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Photo of Cycle69
3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Simon212
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bf_89
3.96/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TerryW
3.04/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one didn't work for me. Slightly hazed gold, moderate head, no lace. Enjoyable nose, nice and grassy. But not so much going for it after that. Doesn't drink like a Kolsch to me. Somewhat metallic, more bitter than expected. Not a tasty quaff.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bright straw color with low activity. Extra foamy white 4 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with poor legs. Flavors of corn, lemon, grapefruits, wheat, hay, soft caramel, noble hops. Sharp straw and cereal feel, with zesty citrus. Slick and smooth full body with extra prickly and crispy carbonation. Medium strength finish, sharp grassy floral dry hops with a dash of citrusy fruits, a bit leafy and flowery, with notes of sweet grains and bread. Really fresh, heavy, and zesty, proper to the style, with the flavors having an american touch. Very tasty and pleasant to drink. The smell is a bit faint, and the carbonation is probably a tad too much. Still makes a solid summer beer. Overall very good quality craft.

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Photo of boszormeny
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Gateway Kolsch from Sawdust City Brewing Co.
3.47 out of 5 based on 20 ratings.
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