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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 6495
JZ FRUH - Kolsch
5.25 gal 4.92% 21.98 1.048 1.011
All Grain 6333
Kolonel Kölsch
5.25 gal 5.18% 25.87 1.048 1.009
All Grain 3894
Kolsch - Brulosophy
5.5 gal 4.95% 27.11 1.047 1.009
All Grain 3761
Kottbusser
11 gal 5.04% 28.01 1.052 1.014
All Grain 3701
KOLSH
500 L 5.4% 21.98 1.050 1.009
All Grain 3566
Alfie - Kolsch
21 L 4.78% 25.81 1.049 1.013
All Grain 3537
Honey Kolsch
5.5 gal 5% 25.18 1.045 1.007
All Grain 3342
SUCK A BAG OF DICKS
10 gal 5.51% 31.26 1.053 1.011
All Grain 3048
Ruby Red Kolsch
5.5 gal 4.83% 25.06 1.048 1.011
All Grain 2390

Newest Kölsch Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
Honey Kolsch
5.5 gal 4.88% 30.46 1.049 1.012
All Grain 9
SB66-2: Kiwi Kolsch
5.5 gal 5.10386% 0 1.050 1.011
All Grain 12
Kölsch kalendář 2021 v III Bratislava24
34 L 5.14% 26.1 1.048 1.009
All Grain 9
Kölsh
11.8 gal 4.85% 22.14 1.048 1.011
All Grain 20
Kolsch
5.25 gal 4.34% 26.65 1.046 1.013
All Grain 27
Say hello to my little Kolsch
5.5 gal 5.05% 22.96 1.050 1.012
All Grain 37
Rubia maltosa
20 L 7.34% 37.69 1.069 1.013
extract 35
A little bit of Kolsch
2 gal 4.98% 16.56 1.046 1.008
BIAB 34
Kolsch Cup 2024
4 gal 4.97% 25.11 1.047 1.009
BIAB 124
Killer Kolsch
5.5 gal 5.15% 21.27 1.047 1.008
All Grain 35

Fermentables Used In Kölsch Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
German - Pilsner 537 German Grain base malt 1.6°L
38 83% 8% - 100%
German - Vienna 300 German Grain base malt 4°L
37 11% 2% - 100%
American - Pilsner 221 American Grain base malt 1.8°L
37 80% 3% - 100%
German - Acidulated Malt 198 German Grain acidulated malt 3.4°L
27 3% 1% - 20%
German - Wheat Malt 155 German Grain base malt 2°L
37 10% 2% - 42%
Munich - Light 10L 154 Grain specialty malt 10°L
33 10% 2% - 100%
American - Vienna 154 American Grain base malt 4°L
35 11% 1% - 54%
American - Carapils (Dextrine Malt) 109 American Grain crystal malt 1.8°L
33 7% 0% - 100%
American - White Wheat 108 American Grain base malt 2.8°L
40 11% 1% - 45%
German - Bohemian Pilsner 93 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 316 4.5 41% 6% - 100%
Hallertau Mittelfruh 304 3.75 45% 5% - 100%
Saaz 201 3.5 37% 9% - 100%
Magnum 151 15 35% 3% - 100%
Hallertau Hersbrucker 137 4 48% 4% - 100%
Perle 136 8.2 38% 7% - 100%
Domestic Hallertau 96 3.9 49% 8% - 100%
Spalt 89 4.5 48% 3% - 100%
Hallertau Tradition (Germany) 66 5 46% 5% - 100%
Cascade 56 7 40% 13% - 100%

Steeping Grains Used In Kölsch Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
German - Vienna 15 German Grain base malt 4°L
37 66% 28% - 100%
American - Carapils (Dextrine Malt) 12 American Grain crystal malt 1.8°L
33 51% 20% - 100%
American - Caramel / Crystal 10L 10 American Grain crystal malt 10°L
35 53% 25% - 100%
American - Vienna 9 American Grain base malt 4°L
35 63% 20% - 100%
American - Wheat 9 American Grain base malt 1.8°L
38 32% 25% - 43%
Munich - Light 10L 8 Grain specialty malt 10°L
33 45% 33% - 74%
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%
Munich 4 Grain specialty malt 6°L
37 48% 33% - 67%

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 374 White Labs Ale Medium Medium 75% 65°F 69°F
Wyeast - Kölsch 2565 314 Wyeast Ale 0.1 Low 75% 56°F 70°F
Fermentis - Safale - German Ale Yeast K-97 230 Fermentis / Safale Ale .104 High 81% 54°F 77°F
Lallemand - LALBREW® KÖLN KÖLSCH KOLSCH STYLE ALE YEAST 165 Lallemand Ales Medium Medium 75% 59°F 72°F
Fermentis - Safale - American Ale Yeast US-05 96 Fermentis / Safale Ales Low Medium 81% 54°F 77°F
Imperial Yeast - G03 Dieter 87 Imperial Yeast German Ale Medium 75% 60°F 69°F
Omega Yeast Labs - Kolsch II OYL-044 57 Omega Yeast Labs Ales 0.1 Medium 75% 65°F 69°F
Wyeast - German Ale 1007 22 Wyeast Ale 0.11 Low 75% 55°F 68°F
Wyeast - Kölsch II 2575 21 Wyeast Ale 0.1 Low 75% 55°F 70°F
Danstar - Nottingham Ale Yeast 17 Danstar Ale Med-High High 77% 57°F 70°F

Other Ingredients Used In Kölsch Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Type Use Avg. Usage Usage Range
Gypsum 293 Water Agt Boil 14% 0% - 100%
Whirlfloc 185 Fining Boil 60% 0% - 100%
Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) 181 Water Agt Boil 15% 0% - 100%
Lactic acid 176 Water Agt Mash 77% 0% - 100%
Irish Moss 132 Fining Boil 67% 0% - 100%
Epsom Salt 131 Water Agt Boil 7% 0% - 67%
Calcium Chloride (anhydrous) 74 Water Agt Mash 18% 0% - 100%
Baking Soda 52 Water Agt Mash 5% 0% - 36%
Phosphoric acid 45 Water Agt Mash 74% 0% - 100%
Yeast Nutrient 38 Water Agt Boil 30% 0% - 87%

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