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German Ale

Style Family Snapshot

Yes, Germany does brew ales. The two main examples, apart from the wheat beers described separately, are Kölsch and Alt. Both contain a portion of malted wheat as part of the grain bill. Kölsch is a native style of Cologne. It is 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. Alt, or Altbier comes in several versions, is typically amber in color, and is a more highly-hopped North German ale than Kölsch.

Style Family Parameters


Original Gravity (OG):

1.040 - 1.057

Final Gravity (FG):

1.008 - 1.017

Strength (ABV):

4.3 - 5.5

Bitterness (IBU):

12 - 58

Color (SRM):

3 - 19


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Suggested serving temperature: 42 - 48 F

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German Ale