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2015 Top Ten German Kolsch Beers in North America

This Top Ten List of  German Kölsch  is from the results of the U.S. Open Beer Championship, Great American Beer Festival, and the

1. Gateway Kolsch - Sawdust City Brewing - Canada
2. Laimas Kolsch - FATE Brewing - Colorado
3. Khos Kolsch - Icicle Brewing, Leavenworth, WA
4. Flying Bison Buffalo Kolsch - FX Matt Brewing - New York
5. I’d Like to Buy the World a Kolsch - Old Town Brewing - Oregon
6. Point Three Kings - Stevens Point Brewery, Stevens Point, WI
7. Khos Kolsch - Icicle Brewing, Leavenworth, WA
8. Capital City Kolsch - Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant, Topeka, KS
9. Harpoon Summer Beer - Harpoon Brewery, Boston, MA
10. Canoe Paddler - Leinenkugel Brewing - Wisconsin

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German Kölsch

Kölsch is warm fermented and aged at cold temperatures (German ale or alt 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.
OG: 1.042-1.048
FG: 1.006-1.010
Alcohol by Weight: 3.8-4.2%
IBU: 18-25
Color SRM: 4-6

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