What is a Kolsch Style

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ccbu
13:26 Thu 5/8/2008

Can someone descripe a Kolsch Style beer and What type of flavor/aroma does Hallertauer hops give beer?

 
puzzl
beers 3258 º places 138 º 13:34 Thu 5/8/2008

Originally posted by ccbu
Can someone descripe a Kolsch Style beer and What type of flavor/aroma does Hallertauer hops give beer?



Very light, filtered lager. Low carbonation and very mild flavors, mostly dry, with none of that sweet corn or adjunct taste you get from typical pale lagers. Super drinkable when fresh, and very refreshing. The hops are very mild, earthy, with a fair touch of bitterness. No citrusy or American hop type notes at all.

 
puzzl
beers 3258 º places 138 º 13:37 Thu 5/8/2008

err, apparently its an Ale? Wow, never knew that or would’ve thought it.

 
puzzl
beers 3258 º places 138 º 13:39 Thu 5/8/2008

Here’s what Oakes says about it:
http://www.ratebeer.com/Beer-News/Article-512.htm

 
rpattinson
beers 84 º 13:42 Thu 5/8/2008

Originally posted by puzzl
err, apparently its an Ale? Wow, never knew that or would’ve thought it.

Kolsch is a lager. A top-fermented lager. It has a primary top-fermentation and then is lagered at a low temperature.

 
puzzl
beers 3258 º places 138 º 13:43 Thu 5/8/2008

Originally posted by rpattinson
Originally posted by puzzl
err, apparently its an ale? Wow, never knew that or would’ve thought it.

Kolsch is a lager. A top-fermented lager. It has a primary top-fermentation and then is lagered at a low temperature.



Making it more of a hybrid than anything. There are many people out there that would still consider it an ale.

It certainly tastes like a (strict) lager, though.

 
aspidites
beers 1271 º places 1 º 13:45 Thu 5/8/2008

Originally posted by rpattinson
Originally posted by puzzl
err, apparently its an Ale? Wow, never knew that or would’ve thought it.

Kolsch is a lager. A top-fermented lager. It has a primary top-fermentation and then is lagered at a low temperature.

UMMMM huh? Kolsch is an Ale top and warm fermentation makes it an ale, lagering a beer does not make it a lager.

 
JoeMcPhee
beers 10943 º places 543 º 13:47 Thu 5/8/2008

Originally posted by ccbu
Can someone descripe a Kolsch Style beer and What type of flavor/aroma does Hallertauer hops give beer?

Well, Hallertauer are sort of spicy and herbal. Here is a link to the BJCP description of Koelsch

http://www.bjcp.org/2008styles/style06.html#1c

 
DerWeg
beers 1928 º places 46 º 13:52 Thu 5/8/2008

Originally posted by puzzl
err, apparently its an Ale? Wow, never knew that or would’ve thought it.


That’s because Germans drink a lot of Lagers! Even if they drink a non-lager, they usually speak of it as something else than "ale."

Mainly Kölschbier, Altbier from Düsseldorf, Weizen, and Berliner Weisse... some Bocks were originally ales eg. Salvator.

H.O.T.D. ADAM is based on a Dortmunder ’Traditional Ale’ style.

 
lb4lb
beers 2655 º places 27 º 13:52 Thu 5/8/2008

The long and short of it is that it tastes like normal yellow beer.

 
DerWeg
beers 1928 º places 46 º 13:59 Thu 5/8/2008

Originally posted by lb4lb
The long and short of it is that it tastes like normal yellow beer.


Some are rather bland, even a bit crappy - you have to look around.

It’s like a good California Common, there are simply a few that excel at a style that can otherwise be very ’meh.’