Craft Beer Style Focus: German Kolsch Beers
Craft Brewed German Style Kolsch Beers
Light-bodied and crisp, Kolsch beers are nice refreshing style to drink in the warm weather months. Kolsch beers are ales which are fermented at cool temperatures, giving them clean lager-like flavors. They are low in hop bitterness with a soft malt mouthfeel. Flavors include bready malt, mild sweet malt, and very mild herbal Noble hop notes.
Many craft brewers offer this style as a seasonal late Spring or Summer release. Some of our favorite craft-brewed German Style Kolsch beers are listed below.
Light-bodied and crisp with mild sweet malt flavors. Brewed in Portland, OR.
Clear golden in color with notes of bready malt and earthy hops. Crisp and refreshing. Brewed in Austin, TX.
Fort Bend Brewing – Texas Backyard Blonde (5.1%, 20 IBUs)
Brewed to style with German malts and German hops. Crisp bready malt and herbal hop flavors. Brewed in Missouri City, TX.
Captain Lawrence Captain’s Kolsch (5.0%, 25 IBUs)
Light-bodied with a soft malt mouthfeel and mildly sweet flavor. Available year-round. Brewed in Elmsford, NY.
Burnside Brewing Lime Kolsch (5.4%, 18 IBUs)
Crisp, citrusy, and refreshing. Brewed with lime zest, Kafir lime leaves, and lemongrass. Produced in Portland, OR.
Peticolas Golden Opportunity (4.6%, 27 IBUs)
Aromas of sweet bready malt and floral hops. Crisp clean flavors. Brewed in Dallas, TX.
Harpoon Summer Beer (4.8%, 26 IBUs)
Clean and crisp flavors. Light-bodied and brewed with a portion of Wheat Malt. Produced in Boston, MA.
Alaskan Summer (5.3%, 18 IBUs)
Refreshing summer ale with soft malt and biscuity notes. Brewed in Juneau, Alaska.
Goose Island Summertime (5.1%, 20 IBUs)
Mild and refreshing. Brewed with Wheat Malt and Saaz hops. Produced in Chicago, IL.