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Kölsch

Style Snapshot

A delicately balanced, lightly fruity ale that can range from pale to dark straw in color, is light to medium-bodied, is moderate in strength, with a light amount of hop flavor and aroma. It finishes dry to slightly sweet over the Pils malt flavor underneath.

The Kölsch style is an interesting bridge or hybrid between German ales and lagers. It has a lightly fruity profile reminiscent of an ale, yet shows the pale color of a Pilsener.

History

Technically, this style can only be brewed in the area of Köln (Cologne), Germany, where it is a native style. The Kölsch Convention, signed in 1985, protects the definition of Kölsch and designates the region in which the beer may be produced.

Style Parameters


Original Gravity (OG):

1.041 - 1.048

Final Gravity (FG):

1.008 - 1.013

Strength (ABV):

4.3 - 5.1

Bitterness (IBU):

17 - 31

Color (SRM):

3 - 5


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Serving This Style

Suggested serving temperature: 42 - 48 F

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Kölsch