Front Street Coastal Kolsch | Front Street Brewery

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Front Street Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by MuddyFeet on 05-16-2007

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 30
Photo of CEGentry007
3.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: highly carbonated. Light in color like a kolsch should be. Very light head. Smell: smells very earthy, no foral or citrus aromas. Hints of grass. Taste: carbonated, light biscuit notes but grassy, earthy taste is coming through hard. Little bitter for a kolsch. Overall: not too impressed. For a kolsch this is very heavy and bitter. Nothing what a kolsch should be- light crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of Twal
2/5  rDev -42.5%

Beer is quite dry ,astringent,over attenuated,grassy.
bitterness is harsh.
Carbonation very high,large bubbles,no dissipation.
Lacking in any fruitiness or malt back bone which would be a (subtle) base line of the style.
Considerable chill haze.
overall poor example of a Kolsch.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Pours a light lemon yellow with a white lacing, pretty hazy.

Lemon citrus aroma with a sugary maltiness.

Lemon flavor with a grassy maltiness, on the sweeter side.

Medium body with a tingle of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A very good light brew that drinks easy and pairs well with flavorful foods. Probably not something you're going to kick back with and sip for the beer itself, but for sessioning or a meal it hits the spot.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the brewpub and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a crystal clear, pale, honey-gold coloring with a tall, frothy, clingy, white head. Nose of subtle toast, floral and tangy hops. Flavors are toasty forward, with tangy sweet and peppery hops. Different characteristics, and very balanced. Light, smooth body, with a tangy sweet aftertaste. Smooth, clean finish.

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Photo of jstehly
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I almost skipped this beer not being a big fan of Kolsch style beers. HOWEVER, that said I am very glad that I did not. This is a delightful beer. I find that I am attracted to dark strong brews with high ABV. It is nice to find a light refreshing beer with a lower ABV that I can enjoy. This beer is clean and light as expected. It has a complexity and subtlety of flavor that is a wonderful surprise. It has the slight hint of Banana that a good heffewiezen will have sometimes. A light style beer that people who like beers will enjoy.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Now called Front Street Coastal Kolsch, this one clocks in at 4.7%.

Appearance: Arrives a pale yellow, almost an alarmingly pale yellow. Capped by a snow white head approximately half a finger tall, it fades fast, leaving a thin but nonetheless dense collar and a few streaks of runny, blotchy side lace, jewel-like and glittery.

Aroma: Very biscuity, in a pleasant, earthy, wholesome way, accompanied by faint Noble hop aromatics. It's decidedly green, and slightly fruity, suggesting banana esters and pears. That great Kolsch yeast aroma is in fine form here.

Taste: Neutral tasting, on the whole, with a dry, crackery foundation. The yeasty esters and other such goodness suggested in the nose evaporates pretty quickly here, leaving a slightly green, mildly spicy, and only faintly suggestively fruity presence. None of its quite pungent enough, however, and that leaves the whole thing a little watery, without any accompanying sweetness to give it much body.

Mouthfeel: Too carbonated, and the thinner, dried out body thus makes for a bubbly, overly effervescent mouthfeel. It doesn't quite work, and the end result is something more akin to soda water than beer.

Drinkability: I've been getting more in to Kolsch's as of late. Blue Mountain Brewery here in central Virginia makes a fantastic one, and Coast Brewing Company's Kolsch may be one of the best I've ever had. This one leaves a lot to be desired, but the aroma in particular suggests something promising. Amp up everything here a little - particularly earlier in the boil - to transfer that character present in the mouth and cut down on the carbonation a little, and you'd have a real winner here.

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Photo of ewright
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours from the growler with light carbonation, enough to create a 1/4" layer of foam that rapidly disappears. The beer is a pale straw color, not entirely unlike mass produced lagers.

S: Subtle fruitiness and a mild zing of hops. Some mild aroma from the grain reminds me of graham crackers.

T: Fruity notes of green raisins and apricots are readily apparent. The hops play a nice balancing note, but are not readily obvious nor overly forward.

M: Medium body with light carbonation likely due to the fact it sat in the growler for a while (more carbonation was apparent in the fresh pint I had).

D: I won't have any problems putting away the balance of the growler today. The lower carbonation and the mild fruity notes will certainly help.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a clear golden color and a nice head that leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Clean aroma with a hint of fruit

Taste: Fruity apricot and peach elements up front with a slightly bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and spritzy

Drinkability: Excellent example of the style with great fruit elements

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Even nearly flat this is a tasty beer. I was afraid this growler had passed its prime when on my way out of the brewpub I overheard an employee say how he spent all weekend filling growlers. I picked it up on Wednesday and am drinking it on Thursday. Unfortunately, there is extremey little carbonation to this beer. However, it is quite nice tasting. Malts kind of coat the tongue but cutting through it all is a nice hop bill that builds up some steam. Little bit of a breadiness to it. Poured a very clear gold with hardly a bubble in the glass.

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Front Street Coastal Kolsch from Front Street Brewery
3.48 out of 5 based on 30 ratings.
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