Kolsch

Craft Brewed German Style Kolsch Beers

pinthouse kolsch

karbach love street summer

harpoon summer

Kolsch beers are crisp, clean, and refreshing with mild flavors of bready and sweet malt. A smooth, easy-drinking, session-style beer which originated in Cologne, Germany. Kolsch beers are classified as ales, but fermented at cooler temperatures which gives the beer characteristics of lager beers, including a lower fruity character than most ales.

Many craft brewers offer Kolsch beers as Summer seasonal offerings, due to their light-bodied and refreshing character. Some, though offer this style year-round, as a popular alternative to mass-produced lager beers.

Rated A-, Great

Burnside Brewing Lime Kolsch (5.4%, 18 IBUs) | Brewed with lime zest, Kaffir lime leaves, and lemongrass | Portland, OR

 

Karbach Love Street Summer (4.9%, 20 IBUs) | Refreshing Kolsch brewed with Tettnang and Hallertauer hops | Houston, TX

 
Rated B+, Very Good

Alaskan Summer Kolsch-Style Ale (5.3%, 18 IBUs) | Summer seasonal release | Juneau, AK

 

Ballast Point Ale (5.2%, 23 IBUs) | Brewed with German hops, Wheat, and Munich Malt | San Diego, CA 

 

Breakside Brewery Lincoln Kolsch (4.2%) | Portland, OR

 

Captain Lawrence Captain’s Kolsch (5%. 25 IBUs) | Available year-round | Elmsford, NY

 

Cascade Lakes Koschknelpin Ale | Brewed with Pilsner Malt and German hops | Redmond, OR 

 

Chuckanut Kolsch (5%, 22 IBUs) | Bellingham, WA

 

Crazy Mountain Scenic Route Kolsch (5%, 25 IBUs) | Summer seasonal release | Avon, CO

 

Double Mountain Kolsch (5.2%, 40 IBUs) | Hood River, OR

 

Drake’s Blonde Ale (4.8%, 22 IBUs) | Crisp, with mild sweet malty flavors | San Leandro, CA

 

Golden Road Cabrillo Kolsch (5%, 25 IBUs) | Crisp and smooth, available year-round | Los Angeles, CA 

 

Goose Island Summertime Ale (5.1%, 20 IBUs) | Chicago, IL

 

Harpoon Summer Beer (4.8%, 26 IBUs) | Seasonal April-September release | Boston, MA

 

High & Mighty Beer of the Gods (4.5%) | Brewed with 100% German malts and hops | Holyoke, MA

 

La Cumbre Miles from Cologne (4.7%, 23 IBUs) | Brewed with wheat malt and German hops | Albuquerque, NM

 

New Holland Full Circle (4.9%, 26 IBUs) | Brewed with Magnum and Mt. Hood hops | Holland, MI

 

Ninkasi Kolsch (4.5%, 22 IBUs) | Brewed with German malt and hops | Eugene, OR 

 

Peticolas Golden Opportunity (4.6%, 27 IBUs) | Available year-round | Dallas, TX

 

Pinthouse Pizza Kolsch (4.5%) | Austin, TX

 

Watch City Rescue One Kolsch (4.8%, 23 IBUs) | Waltham, MA

 
Rated B, Good

Fort Bend Brewing Texas Backyard Blonde Ale (5.1%, 20 IBUs) | Brewed with German malts and hops | Missouri City, TX

 
Odin Brewing Freya’s Gold (4.5%, 23 IBUs) | Brewed with a touch of ginger | Seattle, WA
 

Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower (4.9%, 20 IBUs) | Houston, TX

 

Uinta Hoodoo Kolsch Style Ale (4%, 25 IBUs) | Salt Lake City, UT

 

Worthy Easy Day Kolsch (4.5%, 25 IBUs) | Bend, OR