Category 57: German Kölsch

Color:
Straw to gold
Clarity:
Chill haze should not be present.
Perceived Malt Aroma and Flavor:
Malt character is very low to low with soft sweetness. Caramel character should not be present.
Perceived Hop Aroma and Flavor:
Low and, if present, should express noble hop character.
Fermentation Characteristics:
Fruity esters are absent to low, expressed as pear, apple, or wine-like attributes when present. Diacetyl should not be present.
Body:
Low to medium-low. Dry and crisp.
Additional Notes:
Traditional examples often display persistent head retention. Small amounts of wheat can be used in brewing beers of this style. Koelsch-style beers are fermented at warmer temperatures than is typical for lagers, but at lower temperatures than most English and Belgian-style ales. They are aged cold. Ale yeast is used for fermentation. Lager yeast is sometimes used for bottle conditioning or final cold conditioning.
Alcohol by Volume:
4.80% – 5.30%
IBU:
22-30
SRM Color:
3-6