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.5.001,4363.49
California KölschBallast Point Brewing Company5.201,3953.56
Reissdorf KölschBrauerei Heinrich Reissdorf4.801,3753.89
Leinenkugel's Canoe PaddlerJacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company5.009703.22
Fancy LawnmowerSaint Arnold Brewing Company4.909563.58
Gaffel KölschPrivatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.4.809473.69
KölschAlaskan Brewing Co.5.308633.6
Samuel Adams East-West KölschBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)5.018483.67
KölschThe Schlafly Tap Room4.807883.69
Samuel Adams Escape RouteBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)5.007563.44
Full CircleNew Holland Brewing Company4.907303.61
SantoSaint Arnold Brewing Company4.705953.44
Calumet Queen3 Floyds Brewing Co.5.005163.67
Früh KölschBrauerei Früh am Dom4.805023.83
Sünner KölschGebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG4.804533.78
Rogue Farms Honey KolschRogue Ales5.004523.73
Clearwater KölschCaptain Lawrence Brewing Co.4.804483.81
MangöClown Shoes6.504413.9
Curve Ball Blonde AlePyramid Breweries, Inc.5.004093.27
Saranac KölschMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery5.004043.23
KölschSierra Nevada Brewing Co.5.003873.86
Krankshaft KölschMetropolitan Brewing5.003853.82
32°/50° KölschCOAST Brewing Company4.803694.13
Karnival KolschStoudts Brewing Co.4.803623.81
Endless RiverMother Earth Brewing4.903613.95
Love Street Summer SeasonalKarbach Brewing Co.4.903453.5
Lug Tread Lagered AleBeau's All Natural Brewing Company5.203283.77
Summer AleSummit Brewing Company4.903203.63
Geary's Summer AleD.L. Geary Brewing Company6.002853.65
Spectra TrifectaFounders Brewing Company5.902833.67
Lancaster KölschLancaster Brewing Company4.802823.62
Big SprangTrillium Brewing Company7.502564.25
Dundee Kolsch Style AleGenesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.5.102463.49
Kölsch 151Blue Mountain Brewery5.002383.63
SprangTrillium Brewing Company4.902354.27
American KölschBoulevard Brewing Co.4.602053.77
HooDoo Kölsch Style AleUinta Brewing Company4.001973.48
Shiner KölschSpoetzl Brewery4.901943.43
Gateway KolschFrench Broad River Brewing5.301843.67
LiftMadTree Brewing4.701813.68
Blonde AleSaint Archer Brewing Co.4.801773.56
Lawn SeatGreat Lakes Brewing Co.4.801723.75
Gold Spike AleBerkshire Brewing Company Inc.4.201663.71
Golden AleGhost River Brewing4.001633.39
Kolsch 45Short's Brewing Company6.501623.81
Tart Peach KölschBallast Point Brewing Company5.201623.86
KolschRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery4.831613.35
Angry AngelBig Boss Brewing4.501593.51
Josephs Brau Summer BrewTrader Joe's Brewing Company4.801553.15
Chaser Pale AleBlackstone Brewing Company5.201503.43
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