German Kölsch

First brewed in Köln, Germany, this formerly obscure style is now found at many US brewpubs and a number of breweries have released their own creative takes using American hops and other nontraditional ingredients. Light to medium in body with a soft mouthfeel and a straw yellow or pale gold color, Kölsch has a spicy, herbal Noble hop bitterness that is medium to slightly assertive—less than a Pilsner, but not by much. A somewhat fruity or vinous (grape-y from malts) quality and a crisp, dryish finish make up the rest of the flavor profile.

ABV: 4.0–6.0% | IBU: 18–25 | Glassware: Stange (Slender Cylinder)

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SummertimeGoose Island Beer Co.5.101,4043.47
California KölschBallast Point Brewing Company5.201,3863.55
Reissdorf KölschBrauerei Heinrich Reissdorf4.801,3273.87
Leinenkugel's Canoe PaddlerJacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company5.009343.21
Saint Arnold Fancy LawnmowerSaint Arnold Brewing Company4.909343.56
Gaffel KölschPrivatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.4.808933.67
Samuel Adams East-West KölschBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)5.018463.63
Alaskan KolschAlaskan Brewing Co.5.308353.59
Schlafly KölschThe Schlafly Tap Room4.807723.67
Samuel Adams Escape RouteBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)5.007563.43
New Holland Full CircleNew Holland Brewing Company4.907273.59
SantoSaint Arnold Brewing Company4.705843.41
Calumet Queen3 Floyds Brewing Co.5.005163.65
Früh KölschBrauerei Früh am Dom4.804763.81
Sünner KölschGebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG4.804423.76
Clearwater KölschCaptain Lawrence Brewing Co.4.804403.8
MangöClown Shoes6.504193.89
Rogue Farms Honey KolschRogue Ales5.004193.68
Curve Ball Blonde AlePyramid Breweries, Inc.5.004053.24
Saranac KölschMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery5.004003.21
KölschSierra Nevada Brewing Co.5.003813.86
Krankshaft KölschMetropolitan Brewing5.003743.8
Karnival KolschStoudts Brewing Co.4.803623.77
Endless RiverMother Earth Brewing4.903503.94
32°/50°COAST Brewing Company4.803464.13
Lug Tread Lagered AleBeau's All Natural Brewing Company5.203103.73
Love Street Summer SeasonalKarbach Brewing Co.4.903033.44
Geary's Summer AleD.L. Geary Brewing Company6.002823.61
Spectra TrifectaFounders Brewing Company5.902823.62
Lancaster KölschLancaster Brewing Company4.802793.61
Big SprangTrillium Brewing Company7.502514.24
Dundee Kolsch Style AleGenesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.5.102473.46
Kölsch 151Blue Mountain Brewery5.002333.61
SprangTrillium Brewing Company4.902244.26
Shiner KölschSpoetzl Brewery / Shiner4.901933.43
HooDoo Kölsch Style AleUinta Brewing Company4.001913.46
Gateway KolschFrench Broad River Brewing5.301833.65
American KölschBoulevard Brewing Co.4.601813.76
LiftMadTree Brewing4.701743.69
Lawn Seat KolschGreat Lakes Brewing Co.4.801723.72
Blonde AleSaint Archer Brewing Co.4.801633.54
Kolsch 45Short's Brewing Company6.501623.79
Gold Spike AleBerkshire Brewing Company Inc.4.201613.71
KolschRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery4.831613.34
Ghost River Golden AleGhost River Brewing4.001593.38
Angry AngelBig Boss Brewing4.501583.47
Tart Peach KölschBallast Point Brewing Company5.201543.86
Josephs Brau Summer BrewTrader Joe's Brewing Company4.801503.11
Chaser PaleBlackstone Restaurant & Brewery4.601483.41
Sunbru Kölsch-Style AleFour Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery5.201423.49
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