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Old 07-09-2012, 02:29 AM   #1
May 2011
ocean city, md
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I don't know how I've managed to overlook the Kolsch style for so long, but now I love it!! A brewpub near me brews a fantastic kolsch style and it is perfectly crisp and refreshing on a hot summer day while still having a great taste.
Ever since finally trying this style I've been going Kolsch crazy and trying to find some good ones. My local beer store only has harpoons summer beer but I'm going to a better store soon and I know you all will give me some good recommendations. So, what is a good commercially available Kolsch??

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Old 07-09-2012, 02:47 AM   #2
May 2012
Wash, DC
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I've only seen the Schlafly Kolsh style in stores in my neighborhood lately. It's good.

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Old 07-09-2012, 02:59 AM   #3
Feb 2012
Rochester, MN
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I've had 3 recently.

Alaskan summer kolsch
Lake superior kayak kolsch
Reisdorf kolsch

Brewed Jamil's recipe and love it after only 2 weeks in the keg

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Old 07-09-2012, 06:12 AM   #4
Dec 2010
garland, tx
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Alaskan summer is REALLY good

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Old 07-09-2012, 02:52 PM   #5
Feb 2012
North Canton, Ohio
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New Holland Full Circle is out now

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Old 07-09-2012, 02:57 PM   #6
Jun 2012
Allentown, PA
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Sam Adams has one in their summer sampler. I'd suggest not going with that one. They try to blend a couple of spices and it doesn't turn out that great IMHO.

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Old 07-09-2012, 03:07 PM   #7
May 2011
Middletown, DE
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In 2002 I went on a trip to Germany with a small group homebrewers and we spent 2 nights in Cologne. We must have had a dozen different varieties of authentic Kölsch! There are not too many American versions of Kölsch that taste as good as those.

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Old 07-09-2012, 03:12 PM   #8
Feb 2012
Little Rock, Arkansas
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Goose Island Summertime.

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Old 07-09-2012, 03:18 PM   #9
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Buffalo, NY
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I haven't found too many commercially available in my area as well, but I just posted a recipe for my kolsch (German Kolsch) and I can tell you that it is very good. Good luck in your search.

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Old 07-09-2012, 03:26 PM   #10
Jul 2011
Ramsey & Akeley, Mn
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Schells Zommerfest is a decent version from Mn and Midwest.
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