About Kolsch

About Kolsch
Kölsch is pale straw to pale gold in color and ranges in alcohol from 4.5-5.5%. These beers are light-to-medium bodied and have a clean, crisp finish as a result of cooler fermentation temperatures. Subtle fruitiness and a dry, herbal hop-accented finish define these easy drinking ales. Originating in Cologne, Germany, the word kölsch is legally limited to the beers brewed in the city of Cologne. This naming convention is closely followed in European markets, but outside of Europe kölsch style beers may be labeled as simply kölsch. Most examples one will encounter in the US are brewpub draft interpretations produced during the summer months, though some commercial brewers produce a summer ale in the kölsch style. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Goose Island Summertime, Metropolitan Krankshaft Kölsch and Sünner Kölsch.

Top Picks for Kolsch

Carolina Brewery Sky Blue Kolsch
90 points
Clear light gold color. Aromas and flavors of toasty cheese roll, plantain, floral honeycomb, and coriander with a bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a polished, medium-length finish with elements of tortilla, arugula and starfruit, and roasted nut finish. A clean and tasty kolsch that refreshes and delights.
Rogue Ales Honey Kolsch
90 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Aromas of corn pudding with honey, pineapple yogurt, and schmaltz with a supple, spritzy, dryish medium body and an engaging, medium-long salt buttered sourdough toast, snap peas, radish and onion sprouts, and honeycomb finish. A very savory and rustic Kölsch for the table.
RavenBeer Dark Usher: Dark Kölsch
87 points
Opaque brown black color. Roasted aromas and flavors of smoked nuts, dark pumpernickel toast, fig paste, and turkey jerky with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish evoking overtones of cocoa, roasted corn, peppered arugula, and mandarin orange finish. An interesting Kölsch porter hybrid that is quite refreshing and food friendly.
Tribes Beer Daylight Kölsch-Style Ale
86 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas of celery leaf, toasted baguette, and honeyed apple with a satiny, bright, spritzy, dry light body and a silky, quick nut skins finish. An easy-drinking Kolsch with a nice bitter finish.
Dos Desperados Brewery Blonde Kölsch
84 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas of freshly baked bread and tangerine peel with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a graceful, quick crispy toast points and water chestnuts finish. A light, citrusy kolsch that refreshes.
Guilded Kölsch
80 points
Bright amber color. Aromas of toasted pumpkin bread, banana, and coriander with a crisp, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length sweet cream and toasted scone finish. A weizen-like brew with a sweet edge.