Beer Style: German Kolsch and Altbier

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Gordon Strong’s Altbier

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In the world of beer trivia, if you mention altbier, most people know two facts: That it comes from Düsseldorf in Germany, and that “alt” means “old” in German. But it’s nothing like an English old ale . . .

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Potsdamer Stangenbier

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Potsdamer Stangenbier (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.050  FG = 1.010IBU = 15  SRM = 3  ABV = 5.3% Ingredients6.5 lbs. (3 kg) Weyermann Barke® Pilsner malt 2.2 lbs. (1 kg) Weyermann Floor-Malted

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Kölsch One and Two

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I really do like the technique of first wort hopping, I feel that in such a delicately balanced beer, the hop flavor just seems more integrated without being overbearing.

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Long Trail Brewing Co.’s Long Trail Ale clone

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Long Trail Ale, which has won multiple awards at GABF, is considered an altbier with several unique twists to it.

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Cologne Kölsch

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The word Kölsch has several connotations in the German language. If used as a noun, it refers to the distinct Cologne dialect and accent. As an adjective, it means “anything from Cologne.” Thus, it is a local joke that Kölsch is the only language that you can also drink!

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Düsseldorf Altbier

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The grain bill of the classic copper-colored altbier — which is internationally also known as a German Brown Ale — is almost Munich-like, but with a slightly less “caramelly” character than a Märzen, and less dark than a dunkel. It differs from a Munich brew, however, in its much more pronounced hoppiness. This creates a wonderful blend of malt-and-hop aromas in the finish, which is often described as bitter-sweet. The uniqueness of this beer — an ale after all — comes from the clean fermentation of a relatively cold-tolerant, top-fermenting specialty yeast.

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Horst’s Kölsch

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One of Germany’s summer session beers, Kölsch is a fairly recent development by beer-historical standards. The style has no exact birthday, but instead emerged gradually as a beer style in Colgne shortly after World War I. Frequent contributor Horst Dornbusch provides BYO readers with a recipe for this style of beer.

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Cowboy Alt

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Jamil Zainasheff provides a classic Düsseldorf altbier recipe for readers here. You can find the full Style Profile column in the articles section to delve deeper into this style.

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Red X Altbier

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There is a yearly Chicago Homebrew Club Competition sponsored by Bell’s Brewing called Hoptacular and this took second place in 2013, but still a C.H.A.O.S. club favorite and re-brewed several times. We have done lightly rested Bourbon Barrel versions as well.

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Milwaukee Brewing Co.’s Louie’s Demise Ale: Replicator

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Dear Replicator, My neighbor and brewing buddy, David Toomes, was visiting relatives in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin a couple of months ago. He texted me to say he had found a beer he just

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Milwaukee Brewing Co.’s Louie’s Demise Ale clone

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A traditional German altbier. Owner Jim McCabe’s goal was to have a malt-forward, but well-balanced beer with complex flavors. The blend of Munich, honey, and caramel malts accomplishes this nicely and add earthy and caramel notes.


Thunder Island Brewing Company: Vitamin K Kölsch

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This light yellow German-style ale is no longer brewed by Thunder Island, but you can brew it at home for a fresh, crisp brew for the summer.

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