Cali Cöast | Calicraft Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Calicraft Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by scottfrie on 07-10-2012

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Photo of Lelanni
2/5  rDev -47.2%

Photo of Covocali
2.45/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Ok Taste a little bitter

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mikeb8
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of halusin8r
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of NorCalBeer
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Reginato
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of mjpoole
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This wasn't really a memorable beer for me. I found it to be more flavorful than beers in the BMC crowd, but honestly if I wanted a lighter crisp beer, I would probably just go for something like bud over this just because of the price. If you want something with a little more body and flavor than a bud but still light and crisp, this will probably be an ok beer for you.

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Photo of token_23223
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TruePerception
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Spaz7
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of largadeer
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Rick778
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lauras231279
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of bvermilion
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of DSkilling
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Fatehunter
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a finger and a half of head on a hazy light straw body.
The aroma is mild fruits.
The taste is mild lemon and grapefruit bitter, a little pear and apple sweetness.
The texture is softer.

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Photo of tomb_ride
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of magictacosinus
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a stange glass. No freshness date.

Color is a straw, clear, golden color, complete with a ton of carbonation and a thinning, semi-bubbly head that coats the top of the glass. The initial appearance is exactly how I'd want a kölsch to look like, what with the jubilant bubbles rising atop, but they quickly die down and the stange tries its best to keep the head intact, with unsuccessful results. Hardly any lacing. Leaves some cloudy residue along the glass's edges. The color is spot on, although this style doesn't need to be *this* delicate!

The aroma is about as crisp as this can get - flaky, golden, crisp grains are everywhere in this thing. Not too many fruity nuances, although if I dig deeper or let this lazily warm up there are some of the grape-y flavors, apricots, dried apple cider, and a grassy, lightly tinged hop character. Not super complex, but very subtle for that matter. Everything fades even more at room temperature, although it is undeniably pleasant.

The first flavor consists of a semi-wet, full-bodied character that immediately covers the palate with bright graininess, sugar cane flavors, a grassy, leafy finish. It's very light at the finish, with perhaps a little bit of yeasty skunkiness and dried pear, maybe cider fruitiness that keeps things interesting. Very refreshing, but does lack the dry hoppy and underlying fruity character I really like in this style when done correctly. The grains do win here, and this suffers at room temperature to the point where the carbonation leaves behind a thinned, slightly acrid grainy flavor, without much to fall back on. This is best consumed as quick as possible cold, due to its delicacy.

Not my favorite take on the kölsch style, but still quite drinkable, refreshing, and undeniably clean. I do not like how the carbonation dies so quickly, and I wish this had a more forward fruity grainy character and stronger malt syrupy profile to back onto as soon as the bubbles go away. The grassiness is simple and tasty, but it's also very simple. I was thankful to be able to try this, and it definitely makes a good break from all the intense beers I've had lately, but it is only above average for the style, but in terms of local versions I'm yet to see a more interesting take.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 1/26/17. Beer of month club gift.

Pours light yellow, light gold color, one finger head. High clarity.

Nose is slightly fruity, white grapes. Grassy.

Taste continuous with combination of sweet and tart white grape flavor. Mild bitterness.

Light bodied, medium carbonation. Semi clean and dry finish but a tad of lingering bitterness.

Pretty easy drinking beer but doesn't pack a ton of flavor. What flavor it does have is a touch sweet.

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Photo of bobbyhands
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BdM
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Cali Cöast from Calicraft Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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