Type
Origin
Serving Temperature

4°-7°

Description

Crisp, delicate and oh-so-drinkable, the German-style Kolsch is a beer hybrid, meaning that its production and subsequent beer drinking experience saddles qualities of both lager beers and ale beers. These light and refreshing ale-lager hybrids are perfect for warm summer days and have become a favored style by American craft brewers and beer lovers alike. In addition to their thirst quenching ability, they also are a fun beer to enjoy with food, including traditional German sausages and kraut. German-Style Kolsch The German-style Kolsch is light in color and malt character. This style’s fermentation process yields a light, vinous character which is accompanied by a slightly dry, crisp finish. Ale yeast is used for fermentation, though lager yeast is sometimes used in the bottle or final cold-conditioning process. Kolsch Beer in America Kolsch beer stems from Cologne (Koln), Germany, but has found its way onto America’s craft beer scene like many other German beers. Technically, for beer to be called a Kolsch, it has to come from the city of Cologne, but that hasn’t stopped American craft brewers from embracing the Kolsch style of beers. Craft beer connoisseurs have been enjoying American Kolsch style beers during the warm seasons since the Kolsch was introduced to the American craft scene. This beer style pairs best with bratwurst, nutty cheeses, and even lighter desserts like apricot cake. We want to help you find a brewery that makes your next favorite Kolsch beer.

Quantitative
  • SRM Color Scale
    3 - 6
  • International Bitterness Units (IBUs)
    18 - 28
  • Alcohol by Volume (ABV)
    4.8% - 5.3%
Flavor
  • Alcohol
    Not Detectable
  • Hop Aroma/Flavor
    Hop flavor is low and, if evident, should express noble hop character. Hop bitterness is medium
  • Malt Aroma/Flavor
    Malt character is a very low to low with a soft sweetness
  • Yeast Esters
    Light pear, apple or Riesling wine-like fruitiness may be apparent
  • Yeast Phenols
    Not common to style
Palate
  • Body
    Soft
  • Carbonation
    Medium to High
  • Finish Length
    Short
  • Attenuation
    79 - 86
Ingredients
  • Hops
    German Noble
  • Malt
    Pilsner, Vienna
  • Water
    Varies
  • Yeast
    Ale
Food Pairings
  • Cheese
    Nutty Cheeses
  • Entrée
    Bratwurst, Weisswurst, Porcini Mushroom Ravioli, White Fish with Capers, Arugula Salads
  • Dessert
    Light Apricot Cake
Appearance
  • Carbonation
    Medium to Fast Rising Bubbles
  • Clarity
    Brilliant
  • Color
    Straw to Gold
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