German-Style Kolsch

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German-Style Kolsch Beer

German-Style Kolsch beers are often described as a hybrid between an ale and a lager. They are brewed with ale yeast but are then cold-fermented like a lager. As a result, German-Style Kolsch beers tend to be very clean and crisp, with a light body and moderate carbonation.

Unlike many ales, German-Style Kolsch beers are not particularly hop-forward. Instead, they rely on a balanced malt profile to provide flavour and aroma. German-Style Kolsch beers are perfect for summertime drinking, and many breweries produce seasonal or limited edition versions of this style. If you’re looking for something refreshing and easy-drinking, a German-Style Kolsch beer is the perfect choice.

German-Style Kolsch Details

  • Color: 3-6 SRM
  • Bitterness: 18-28 IBU
  • Alcohol: 4.8-5.3% ABV
  • Glass: Flute
  • Temperature: 4-7°C
  • Color: Straw to Gold
  • Clarity: Brilliant
  • Hop: Low
  • Malt: Soft sweetness

German-Style Kolsch Pairings

  • Food Pairing: Pizza, Flatbread
  • Cheese Pairing: French Comte
  • Dessert Pairing: Peach Cobler

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