Koelsch German Ale

Last week we went to Moose Jaw, so I stopped in at a Winekitz store in Regina to pick up a couple of Paddock Wood Ready Brew kits. One was a Burton-upon-Trent pale ale, and the other was a koelsch German ale. I also picked up a Wyeast 2565 koelsch ale yeast. I’ve had their pale ale before, but never a koelsch.

Paddock Wood describes Koelsch as ” a rich golden coloured brew, with a pure white foamy head. Finish can be dry to slightly sweet but cleaner than an ale. A popular beer for those who can only ferment at room temperature.”

Here is what the BJCP has to say about koelsch German ales:

German-Style Kölsch/Köln-Style Kölsch

Kölsch is warm fermented and aged at cold temperatures (German ale or alt-style beer). Kölsch is characterized by a golden to straw color and a slightly dry, subtly sweet softness on the palate, yet crisp. Good, dense head retention is desirable. A light fruitiness may be apparent, but is not necessary for this style. Caramel character should not be evident. The body is light to medium-light. This beer has low hop flavor and aroma with medium bitterness. Wheat can be used in brewing this beer.Ale yeast is used for fermentation, though lager yeast is sometimes used in the bottle or final cold conditioning process. Fruity esters should be minimally perceived, if at all. Chill haze should be absent.

Original Gravity (ºPlato): 1.042-1.048 (10.5-12 ºPlato)

Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (ºPlato): 1.006-1.010 (2-3 ºPlato)

Alcohol by Weight (Volume): 3.8-4.2% (4.8-5.3%)

Bitterness (IBU): 18-25

Color SRM (EBC): 4-6 (8-12 EBC)


About Mike

I'm the head brewmaster at Shepody Brewery. I'm the one who chooses the recipes, orders supplies, does all the grunt work, and drinks most of the product.
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