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Also Known As:   Kölsch

Kölsch is the local beer of Cologne (Köln). It is one of Germany's only all-barley, pale ale.

Kölsch beer is brewed exclusively in Cologne (Köln) and its neighboring towns. Only about 24 breweries produce this beer. Its distribution is almost entirely limited to in and around Cologne. In the U.S. Kölsch beer is only available in specialty stores.

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Classification:  Vollbier

Type of Beer:  Ale

Alcohol Content:  4.8%

Extract Value:  11.3%

Region:  Cologne (Köln)

Well Known Brands
Gaffel, Reissdorf

Beer Characteristics
Subtle, delicate, slightly fruity. Light in body and in color. Subdued maltiness. Slightly effervescent.

Serving Suggestions
Kölsch is traditionally served in a narrow, straight-sided, 0.2 liter (6.75 fl oz) glass called a Stange.

Food Pairings
Traditionally paired with Bratwurst or a "Halve Hahn" - a rye bread roll with a thick slice of Gouda cheese and optional onion slices.

Beer production in Cologne (Köln) dates back to the year 873. However, the Kölsch beer originated only about 100 years ago. It was in 1906 that the Sünner Brewery first created the pale ale. In 1918, this pale ale from Sünner Brewery was given the name Kölsch Beer. 

Additional Information
Kölsch is similar to the Altbier.


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