Kölsch

Learn more about the Kölsch style of beer.

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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Reissdorf Kölsch
Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
4.801,4923.8802-25-2024
Summertime
Goose Island Beer Co.
5.001,4763.4810-13-2023
California Kölsch
Ballast Point Brewing Company
5.201,4013.5511-12-2023
Gaffel Kölsch
Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
4.801,0793.702-10-2024
Canoe Paddle Kölsch
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
5.009913.2205-31-2023
Fancy Lawnmower
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
4.909853.5812-08-2023
Kölsch
Alaskan Brewing Co.
5.308843.5911-23-2023
Samuel Adams East-West Kölsch
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
5.018483.6310-06-2019
Kölsch
The Schlafly Tap Room
4.808153.6711-08-2023
Samuel Adams Escape Route
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
5.007563.4305-20-2018
Full Circle
New Holland Brewing Company
4.907373.5909-17-2023
Früh Kölsch
Brauerei Früh am Dom
4.805993.8402-17-2024
Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch
Rogue Ales
5.005053.712-08-2023
Sünner Kölsch
Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG
4.804913.7801-28-2024
Mangö
Clown Shoes
5.504783.8802-25-2024
Clearwater Kölsch
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
4.804603.801-08-2024
Curve Ball Blonde Ale
Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
5.004093.2504-10-2020
Saranac Kölsch
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
5.004043.2208-18-2019
Kölsch
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
5.003863.8506-13-2020
32°/50° Kölsch
COAST Brewing Company
4.803814.0909-29-2023
Love Street Blonde
Karbach Brewing Co.
4.903723.4710-01-2023
Endless River
Mother Earth Brewing
4.903643.9310-15-2023
Karnival Kolsch
Stoudts Brewing Co.
4.803633.7808-27-2022
Lug Tread Lagered Ale
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
5.203393.7212-24-2023
Kölsch
Lancaster Brewing Company
5.502953.6207-04-2023
Geary's Summer Ale
D.L. Geary Brewing Company
6.002903.6107-10-2023
Spectra Trifecta
Founders Brewing Company
5.902833.6310-07-2019
Big Sprang
Trillium Brewing Company
7.502654.2303-10-2023
Sprang
Trillium Brewing Company
4.902534.2306-19-2023
Dundee Kolsch Style Ale
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
5.102463.4605-22-2018
Kölsch 151
Blue Mountain Brewery
5.002433.6106-13-2023
American Kölsch
Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.602093.7706-03-2023
Shiner Kölsch
Spoetzl Brewery
4.902063.4512-25-2023
HooDoo
Uinta Brewing Company
5.001993.4703-27-2023
Gateway Kolsch
French Broad River Brewing
5.301953.6511-07-2023
Lift
MadTree Brewing
4.701883.707-25-2021
Kölsch Style
von Trapp Brewing
5.001823.9402-25-2024
Lawn Seat
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.801723.7207-02-2018
Goody Two Shoes
Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company
4.501714.0501-20-2024
Gold Spike Ale
Berkshire Brewing Company
4.201693.701-20-2024
Sky Blue
Carolina Brewery
5.001663.2907-29-2023
Josephs Brau Summer Brew
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
4.801663.1408-20-2023
Kolsch
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
4.831643.3407-18-2022
Tart Peach Kölsch
Ballast Point Brewing Company
5.201633.8612-31-2021
Kolsch 45
Short's Brewing Company
6.501623.7905-16-2018
Angry Angel
Big Boss Brewing
4.501603.4707-08-2020
Chaser Pale Ale
Blackstone Brewing Company
5.201553.4105-05-2023
Sunbru
Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
5.201543.511-05-2022
Kölsch
Brauhaus Sion
5.001473.6302-28-2024
Colorado Kolsch
Steamworks Brewing Co.
4.861473.4810-13-2023
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