Writer: Horst D. Dornbusch

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There’s a new kind of beer on the loose. It’s  five years old and unlike any other brew on the market. It’s really a Champagne-like beverage made from wort instead of must


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!


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.


German Pils

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This beer is hearty but very drinkable. It is hop-spicy upfront, with a solid mouthfeel and a crisp finish. Many German breweries nowadays make a Pils with much less hop character and a lower gravity than specified here, but this recipe is closer to the original guidelines for making this beer as it might have been brewed in the 19th century.


Thuringian Schwarzbier

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De-husked roasted malts like Carafa® III are an ideal solution to darken the color of schwarzbiers as they don’t have any sharp acrid notes as highly kilned malts do. This makes a surprisingly smooth dark lager.


Munich Helles

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The bittering hop selected here is the Mittelfrüh-like, daughter of Hallertau Gold, Tradition with a nominal average alpha acid rating of 5.5%. It has gentle fruity notes. However, any other German noble hops would work as well. The flavor and aroma hops are, fittingly, Mittelfrüh.


Munich Dunkel

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Authentic dunkels rely on Munich malts to provide color, without the roastiness or burnt flavors often associated with darker beers.


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.


Horst’s Helles

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Author and frequent contributor, Horst Dornbusch provides readers with a classic Munich Helles recipe, restrained in hop character with a sweet-grainy malt finish and just enough hop bite to keep it nicely balanced.


German-Style Pilsener

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3 different hop varieties add character to this crisp and bitter German-style Pilsener.


German Pilsener

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The Pils — short for Pilsner or Pilsener — is the northern German adaptation of the world’s first-ever blond lager, the original Czech Plzensky Prazdroj, which is more commonly known by its German name of Pilsner Urquell. The Plzensky Prazdroj was first brewed in 1842, in the Bohemian city of Plzen (Pilsen), by the Mestansky


Brouwerij Bosteels: DueS clone

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Are you ready to try brewing a Bière de Champagne, also known as a Bière Brut? If so, here is a recipe for one of the shining starts in this rare and unique category of beers.


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