Cool Off with Kölsch This Summer

5 Great Examples of this Refreshing Summer Beer


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Cool Off with Kölsch This Summer I've mentioned Kölsch before but you might not know the whole story. The style, something between a lager and an ale, originated in Köln, Germany, where it was first brewed in about 1906. The beer never really saw much popularity until about 1980, when consumption of this brew peaked. It became a contender in the German beer market and got so big that the government created the Kölsch convention in 1986, which stated that only breweries within Köln could produce the beer and call it Kölsch. But that really hasn't kept American craft brewers from adopting this style of beer.

This is a pretty mild brew and as such it's actually very difficult to make. Without big flavors, you can't easily hide flaws. But the mildness is also what makes it a perfect summer beer. It's refreshing and tinged with a hint of hops -- sometimes more than you might expect, depending on the brewer -- and given to subtle citrus flavors. While it's taken some time to catch on, you can find several fabulous Kölsch-style brews domestically. Which ones should you drink this summer? I have a few recommendations...

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  • Snooth User: JerzJerry
    490279 38

    Just had a Saranac Kolsch from their Summer Seasonal 12-Pack....Was quite decent !!

    Aug 21, 2013 at 12:45 PM

  • Snooth User: wortsup
    1334079 8

    This article is the biggest load of BS ever. Why you ask. For one Kolsch... real Kolsch can only come from KOLN, Germany, just like Champagne and Burgundy can only come from their respective regions. Snooth should do some research before spewing articles that make no sense and just make them look silly. This list should be Gaffel, Reisdorf, Sunner, and Fru all of which are from Koln. SMH

    Aug 21, 2013 at 12:57 PM

  • Hey Wortsup -- thanks for the comment. I actually did point that out in the opening paragraph. While yes, the Kolsch convention does state that Kolsch can only come from Koln, the style of beer has caught on with a lot of domestic breweries. Thanks again -- hope you keep reading.

    Aug 21, 2013 at 1:45 PM

  • Snooth User: larrylee13
    459444 54

    Interestingly, just had a "Kolsch-style" beer from Alaska Brewing on my return trip from Alaska (on Alaska Airlines, of course!). Quite decent!

    Aug 23, 2013 at 10:50 AM

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