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Beer Styles

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German-Style Kolsch

Light in color and malt character, this style’s fermentation process yields a light vinous character which is accompanied by a slightly dry, crisp finish. Ale yeast is used for fermentation, though lager yeast is sometimes used in the bottle or final cold-conditioning process.

Category: Hybrid Beers

Food Pairings

  • Bratwurst
  • Nutty Cheeses
  • Light Apricot Cake

Glassware & Serving Temperature

Flute
40-45 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Straw to Gold

Clarity

Brilliant

Carbonation (Visual)

Medium to Fast Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Not Detectable

Hop

Hop flavor is low and, if evident, should express noble hop character. Hop bitterness is medium

Malt

Malt character is a very low to low with a soft sweetness

Esters

Light pear, apple or Riesling wine-like fruitiness may be apparent

Phenols

Not common to style

Fermentation By-Products

Low-level sulfur notes are acceptable

Sensations

Body

Soft

Carbonation

Medium to High

Finish Length

Short

Attenuation

Medium - High

Ingredients

Hops

German Noble

Malt

Pilsner, Vienna

Water

Varies

Yeast

Ale

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