Kolsch Season

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by diesel59, Mar 14, 2013.

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  1. diesel59

    diesel59 Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2012 New York

    I know its only the 2nd week of march, but when we get a few warm days this time of year, I get this craving for some ice cold Kolsch. Sittin' on the porch with my dogs, lookin' out over my plush green lawn with a frosty glass full of Reisdorf. Oh yeah, now thats what I'm talkin' bout'.

    Anyone else a fan of this "under the radar" German masterpiece?
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  2. Robtobfest

    Robtobfest Disciple (358) Oct 21, 2009 Connecticut
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    Captain lawrence captains kolsch! Get some STAT!
  3. diesel59

    diesel59 Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2012 New York

    I will definatly take your advice.............. I am like 45 mins from their brewery in elmsford........... so its very available in this area.............. thanks for the suggestion.......
  4. mjtiernan

    mjtiernan Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2008 New York

    The thing I've learned about the few kolschs that I've had is that the idea of drinking them ice cold is often better than the reality. Cold temps really lay a sledgehammer on its delicate flavor.
  5. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,005) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
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    I am a huge fan. Matter of fact, my buddy and I have been brewing multiple 30-gallon batches of the stuff recently. After a trip to Koeln over Xmas and some valuable "research," I think we finally managed to hit on the recipe we were going for: something with the malt profile of a Malzmuehle and the hoppiness of a Paeffgen. Enjoyed a few outside during a warm SC weekend recently (buddy nerded out majorly on the beer mat).

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  6. diesel59

    diesel59 Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2012 New York

    agreed............. shall I say slightly chilled.......:wink:
  7. joelwlcx

    joelwlcx Initiate (198) Apr 23, 2007 Minnesota

    I'd say it's still bock season, where I live; and irish red ales too, considering the upcoming holiday.

    I do like a good kolsch, though.
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  8. beerassociate

    beerassociate Initiate (0) Apr 21, 2011 New Jersey

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  9. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (1,815) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Seconding this- a very good example, and likely to be in better condition than either Gaffel or Reisdorf- especially if you are not too far from the brewery.

    Last year I went through a few sixers of Lancaster, but now that Capt Lawrence is available in NJ I'm going with them instead.
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  10. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Aspirant (267) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    I'm all about the kolschs. Summer can't get here fast enough.
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  11. njhopspop

    njhopspop Initiate (0) Oct 17, 2010 New Jersey

    Ha! I was just thinking the same thing a few days ago when I picked up a growler of Stoudt's Karnival Kolsh from the local Canal's.
    A great tip of the cap to an under appreciated style!
  12. FlakyBiscuit

    FlakyBiscuit Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Props to kolsch. I spent 4 months in Cologne and have fond memories of the cold narrow glasses of Fruh and Gaffel.
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  13. williamjbauer

    williamjbauer Champion (889) Jan 17, 2012 Colorado
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    Just brewed a honey kolsch and going to do a blueberry variation as well, like this message and I'll pick a few people at random and mail out these homebrews when they are finished.
  14. FiddlersBrew

    FiddlersBrew Initiate (0) Oct 6, 2011 New Jersey

    Am I the only one that isn't a huge fan of the Kolsch style? Theres something about them I just can't get into. I can't exactly put my finger on it. I guess I need to drink more of them this year.
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  15. Brenden

    Brenden Poo-Bah (3,554) Feb 25, 2008 Ohio
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    I'm game. :wink:
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  16. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Aspirant (267) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    Btw, I noticed Dundee's Kolsch is back in their Spring/Summer variety pack this year after being absent in last year's pack. I know its Dundee but the more Kolsch the better.
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  17. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (4,928) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Kölsch is all about refreshing.
  18. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener Initiate (0) Jul 28, 2009 Illinois
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    Metropolitan Krank Schaft, and even some Goose Island Summertime when it get warm can't wait.
  19. EDNOSE

    EDNOSE Aspirant (226) Oct 27, 2007 Connecticut

    Been to Cologne many, many times for work and Paeffgen is my favorite so this sounds fantastic!
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  20. HokiesandBeer

    HokiesandBeer Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Yes sir, actually just brewed a Kolsch last month. Can't wait to drink a few of these.
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  21. Thorpe429

    Thorpe429 Poo-Bah (5,333) Aug 18, 2008 Illinois
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    I love kolsch. If you have a chance, try to get some from Mad Fox. They do both a filtered and unfiltered kolsch, and lately have had both on tap. The unfiltered won a GABF gold, I think in 2011.
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  22. dar482

    dar482 Poo-Bah (3,475) Mar 9, 2007 New York
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    Love kolsch, I'll definitely look for the Captain Lawrence. Time to bring back the memories of being in Cologne last summer.
  23. smakawhat

    smakawhat Poo-Bah (5,936) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    I love Kolsch to death... it's ALWAYS Kolsch season as far as I am concerned :sunglasses:
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  24. jeebeel

    jeebeel Initiate (152) Jun 17, 2003 Texas

    Looks great. Any chance of sharing that recipe?
  25. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,005) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
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    The system we brew on is 30 gallons, so scaling down may or may not work. Happy to send along anyway if you like. Just send me a beer-mail.
  26. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (2,784) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Thanks for the tip about Mad Fox. I am guessing that this is a draft only product (available only at the brewpub?).

    The unfiltered Kolsch did indeed win a Gold Medal at the 2011 GABF for the Kellerbier category; it is called Mad Fox Kellerbier Kölsch.

    “Kellerbier Kölsch (4.4% ABV)
    Our 2011 Great American Beer Festival® Gold Medal award winning Kellerbier style Kӧlsch. Same recipe as our standard Kӧlsch, just an unfiltered version served cellar style like a German Brewer might enjoy directly from the lager tank. The experience might not be as crisp as the filtered version due to the presence of yeast and other proteins that are typically filtered out.”

    Sounds tasty!

    I have a homebrewed Kolsch that I brewed with Kolsch Malt from a maltster co-op based in Osthofen, near Köln. It is happily bottle conditioning as I type this. I suppose my homebrewed beer is a Kellerbier Kolsch since I don’t filter my homebrewed beers.

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  27. mpyoung215

    mpyoung215 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2010 Massachusetts

    Harpoon Summer is a great example of a Kolsch and is readily available once released
  28. smakawhat

    smakawhat Poo-Bah (5,936) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    Mad Fox does make solid offerings, I was confused to about the category, and I "think?" I've only had the clear version? It's at their brewpub, but I've also had it at Meridian Pint also. There's a good chance it might be there for the 29th March event too.

    And yes it's a very solid Kolsch or.. Keller or whatever it is.. it's great. (love Kellerbeir also), when I had it at the brewpub and asked for the winning Kolsch that's what they gave me, but it was clear.. so I am confused.. It's "Kolsch style" more than likely what I had.

    And yup it is tasty. Fruh from Germany has now landed stateside and I really enjoy it also, along with Reissdorf.
  29. smartassboiler

    smartassboiler Champion (827) Apr 9, 2012 Illinois
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    I'm still a fan of Goose Island's Summertime Kolsch. It's hardly some complex beer, but it's refreshing.
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  30. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (2,784) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    “but it was clear.. so I am confused..”

    It is possible for an unfiltered beer to have a non-cloudy appearance. For the instance of an unfiltered Kolsch at the brewpub, it may have been in the chilled serving tank for a sufficient time for the yeast and proteins (and polyphenols) to settle out. I am of the opinion that filtering can ‘strip out’ flavor so my personal preference is to drink unfiltered beer if given the choice.

  31. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Poo-Bah (2,657) Oct 15, 2011 Maryland
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    COAST 32/50 is absolutely amazing. Why that doesn't get more love I have no clue.
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  32. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poo-Bah (6,941) Aug 15, 2010 New York
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    Something about sipping kolsch from a stange warms my heart just to think of it. Looking forward to visiting Cologne asap - perhaps even this summer.
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  33. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,005) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
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    I think it's rated the #1 for its style on here. I think that's pretty generous. Either way, I agree, it's a pretty good representation of the style. Wish they'd offer a filtered version, too, for the traditionalists out there.
  34. smakawhat

    smakawhat Poo-Bah (5,936) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    learn something new everyday! Thanks!

    Getting back to the original question, I think what I am confused about is there are now two entries for this Mad Fox brew. When I had it there was only one under the listing Kolsch.. now there are Two of them:


    Not sure if there is a difference, maybe there is. Either way the brew is tasty.
  35. jbertsch

    jbertsch Meyvn (1,066) Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts

    I'm jealous that your lawn is green already, let alone plush.
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  36. ferillo

    ferillo Devotee (482) Sep 12, 2009 Massachusetts
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    32/50 from Coast is a great US example of the style.
  37. redelephantdane

    redelephantdane Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2006 North Carolina

    Kolsch is my favorite of the lighter ale/lager hybrid styles and fairly easy to brew with success. I think they make a great candidate for New Zealand hops, definitely room to raise the IBU's a bit.
  38. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,343) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    They're great with the warm weather.. I enjoy them alot.. probably not as much as I should though..
  39. hopsbreath

    hopsbreath Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2009 Oregon

    Kolsch, kolsch, kolsch, I love kolsch. Here it goes down, down into my belly...I was just talking to my wife about getting some stange glasses to properly drink it in. I'm a glassware whore like that.
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  40. TheBeerDad

    TheBeerDad Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2012 Michigan
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    The only good thing about summer beer season imo. Only have 5 bottles left of my raz/black berry kolsch homebrew from last summer, that one is a defiantly pleases a crowd.
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