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Brewing water characteristics of Köln
Ca: 104
Mg: 15
Na: 52
CO3: 152
SO4: 86
Cl: 109
Notes: The soft water of Köln lends Kölsch its distinctive soft, rounded mouthfeel. This effect may be hard to duplicate for most homebrewers using their ordinary water supply.

Köln, also known as Cologne, is a German city noted for its distinctive Kölsch beer style.

The breweries of Köln have banded together to form a legal designation protecting the indigenous Kölsch beer style. This light, unique German ale and its traditional methods of serving and drinking are still an integral part of the city's culture.