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Pale Bitter European Beer - Kölsch


A clean, crisp, delicately-balanced beer usually with a very subtle fruit and hop character. Subdued maltiness throughout leads into a pleasantly well-attenuated and refreshing finish. Freshness makes a huge difference with this beer, as the delicate char

Flavor Profile: Soft, rounded palate comprised of a delicate flavor balance between soft yet attenuated malt, an almost imperceptible fruity sweetness from fermentation, and a medium-low to medium bitterness with a delicate dryness and slight crispness in the finish (but

Ingredients: Traditional German hops (Hallertau, Tettnang, Spalt or Hersbrucker). German Pils or pale malt. Attenuative, clean ale yeast. Up to 20% wheat malt may be used, but this is quite rare in authentic versions. Current commercial practice is to ferment warm, co

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Top 10 Kölsch Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
Kolsch, All Grain
11 gal 4.93% 20.15 1.048 1.011
All Grain 5896
JZ FRUH - Kolsch
5.25 gal 4.92% 21.98 1.048 1.011
All Grain 5225
Alfie - Kolsch
21 L 4.78% 25.81 1.049 1.013
All Grain 3229
Kolonel Kölsch
5.25 gal 5.18% 25.87 1.048 1.009
All Grain 3188
Kolsch - Brulosophy
5.5 gal 4.95% 27.11 1.047 1.009
All Grain 3154
KOLSH
500 L 5.4% 21.98 1.050 1.009
All Grain 3113
Kottbusser
11 gal 5.04% 28.01 1.052 1.014
All Grain 3028
Kaffir Lime Kolsch
15 gal 5.03% 23.52 1.047 1.009
All Grain 2822
Honey Kolsch
5.5 gal 5% 25.18 1.045 1.007
All Grain 2780
SUCK A BAG OF DICKS
10 gal 5.51% 31.26 1.053 1.011
All Grain 2671

Newest Kölsch Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
InterKolshtal 2023
12 gal 5.17% 28.19 1.053 1.014
All Grain 10
Intercoastal
12 gal 5.13% 28.19 1.053 1.014
All Grain 7
Brüh2
5.5 gal 4.74% 18.26 1.048 1.012
BIAB 45
Flavour of the Seventown
27 L 4.47% 24.31 1.045 1.011
All Grain 24
LVII Kölsch
5.5 gal 4.23% 22.97 1.042 1.010
All Grain 81
BIAB Kolsch
3.25 gal 5.84% 25.32 1.055 1.011
All Grain 41
Bonn
6 gal 4.91% 24.01 1.049 1.012
All Grain 18
Flauwekölsch
12 L 5.12% 23.64 1.047 1.008
BIAB 58
Potsdamer Stangenbier
7 gal 5.33% 16.74 1.054 1.014
All Grain 51
Spring Time Kolsch
5.5 gal 5.12% 22.57 1.050 1.012
All Grain 86

Fermentables Used In Kölsch Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
German - Pilsner 519 German Grain base malt 1.6°L
38 83% 8% - 100%
German - Vienna 283 German Grain base malt 4°L
37 11% 2% - 100%
American - Pilsner 206 American Grain base malt 1.8°L
37 80% 3% - 100%
German - Acidulated Malt 182 German Grain acidulated malt 3.4°L
27 3% 1% - 10%
German - Wheat Malt 151 German Grain base malt 2°L
37 10% 2% - 42%
Munich - Light 10L 148 Grain specialty malt 10°L
33 10% 2% - 100%
American - Vienna 140 American Grain base malt 4°L
35 11% 1% - 54%
American - White Wheat 101 American Grain base malt 2.8°L
40 11% 1% - 45%
American - Carapils (Dextrine Malt) 99 American Grain crystal malt 1.8°L
33 7% 0% - 19%
German - Bohemian Pilsner 91 German Grain base malt 1.9°L
38 84% 11% - 100%

Hops Used In Kölsch Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Average AA Avg. Usage Usage Range
Tettnanger 287 4.5 41% 6% - 100%
Hallertau Mittelfruh 269 3.75 45% 5% - 100%
Saaz 191 3.5 37% 9% - 100%
Magnum 137 15 35% 3% - 100%
Perle 125 8.2 38% 7% - 100%
Hallertau Hersbrucker 124 4 47% 8% - 100%
Domestic Hallertau 89 3.9 48% 8% - 100%
Spalt 88 4.5 48% 3% - 100%
Hallertau Tradition (Germany) 58 5 44% 5% - 100%
Cascade 53 7 39% 13% - 100%

Steeping Grains Used In Kölsch Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
German - Vienna 14 German Grain base malt 4°L
37 67% 28% - 100%
American - Carapils (Dextrine Malt) 12 American Grain crystal malt 1.8°L
33 51% 20% - 100%
American - Caramel / Crystal 10L 9 American Grain crystal malt 10°L
35 47% 25% - 100%
Munich - Light 10L 8 Grain specialty malt 10°L
33 45% 33% - 74%
American - Vienna 8 American Grain base malt 4°L
35 59% 20% - 100%
American - Wheat 8 American Grain base malt 1.8°L
38 32% 25% - 43%
German - Carapils 5 German Grain crystal malt 1.3°L
35 67% 20% - 100%
US - Pale 2-Row 4 US Grain base malt 1.8°L
37 58% 25% - 100%
German - Wheat Malt 4 German Grain base malt 2°L
37 43% 33% - 57%
Briess - Carapils Malt 4 US Grain specialty malt 1.5°L
34.5 28% 3% - 60%

Yeasts Used In Kölsch Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Laboratory Type Alcohol Tolerance Flocculation Attenuation Min. Temp Max. Temp
White Labs - German Ale/ Kölsch Yeast WLP029 358 White Labs Ale Medium Medium 75% 65°F 69°F
Wyeast - Kölsch 2565 287 Wyeast Ale 0.1 Low 75% 56°F 70°F
Fermentis - Safale - German Ale Yeast K-97 211 Fermentis / Safale Ale .104 High 81% 54°F 77°F
Lallemand - LALBREW® KÖLN KÖLSCH KOLSCH STYLE ALE YEAST 113 Lallemand Ales Medium Medium 75% 59°F 72°F
Fermentis - Safale - American Ale Yeast US-05 91 Fermentis / Safale Ales Low Medium 81% 54°F 77°F
Imperial Yeast - G03 Dieter 77 Imperial Yeast German Ale Medium 75% 60°F 69°F
Omega Yeast Labs - Kolsch II OYL-044 53 Omega Yeast Labs Ales 0.1 Medium 75% 65°F 69°F
Wyeast - German Ale 1007 23 Wyeast Ale 0.11 Low 75% 55°F 68°F
Wyeast - Kölsch II 2575 20 Wyeast Ale 0.1 Low 75% 55°F 70°F
Fermentis - Saflager - German Lager Yeast W-34/70 17 Fermentis / Safale Lagers .105 High 83% 48°F 72°F

Other Ingredients Used In Kölsch Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Type Use Avg. Usage Usage Range
Gypsum 244 Water Agt Mash 14% 0% - 100%
Whirlfloc 167 Water Agt Boil 61% 0% - 100%
Lactic acid 147 Water Agt Mash 76% 0% - 100%
Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) 144 Water Agt Mash 15% 0% - 100%
Irish Moss 119 Fining Mash 70% 0% - 100%
Epsom Salt 109 Water Agt Mash 7% 0% - 50%
Calcium Chloride (anhydrous) 61 Water Agt Boil 18% 0% - 100%
Baking Soda 45 Water Agt Mash 5% 0% - 36%
Phosphoric acid 36 Water Agt Mash 70% 0% - 100%
Table Salt 31 Water Agt Mash 4% 0% - 25%

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