Kolsch Extract Kit

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This pale, light-bodied golden ale is traditionally given a long, cold aging period which makes it very smooth and clean. "Spritzy" is a word often used to describe Kolsch - very refreshing, and a popular lawnmower beer for beer snobs!

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This pale, light-bodied golden ale is copyrighted by, brewed in, and named for the German city of Köln. Kölschbier is traditionally given a long, cold aging period like a lager, which makes for a very smooth and clean beer. A small dose of German Hallertau hops cuts the richness of the malt. "Spritzy" is a word often used to describe Kolsch - very refreshing, and a popular lawnmower beer for beer snobs!

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style German/Czech/Continental
Beer Style German Ales, Hybrid Beers
Color Light
Original Gravity 1048
Total Time to Make 6 weeks

Customer Reviews

Great Beer! Review by Joel
Nice and easy to brew. Very straight foward, I didn't rack to a secondary, just left 3 weeks in the primary. Nice easy drinking beer, would brew again. (Posted on 12/9/13)
Very easy to brew but great tasting beer Review by Steven
This beer as very simple in the ingredients for someone new to brewing. It is a very balanced refreshing beer for hot summers. I would recommend this beer for first time brewers that don't want to tackle very complex dark beers. (Posted on 11/17/13)
Everyone Loves IT! Review by Kram Sanecam
I've brewed this one two times now and everyone loves it. Kolsch is so easy and very drinkable. The ladies seem to really take a liking to it as well. (Posted on 10/29/13)
Love it. Review by Jean
As a new-ish brewer I use kits exclusively and this is one of my favorites. My husband and I came back from Germany and wanted to try replicating the brews. This is a great one. (Posted on 10/22/13)
Excellent summer beer.... Review by Jen M
Lesson learned: I should have heeded the advice for a blowoff tube. After a three day trip, I came home to the lid of my fermenter blown off, with a mess all over the walls of my closet. So, I have no idea how long the lid was off, but it didn't affect the final taste or quality in the least. After fermentation was over, I bottled it anyway, and it is great. As the description says, this is very "spritzy", much as with champagne. I also added the zest of one lemon at 5 minutes before flameout. It added a very nice fresh, zesty quality.

The brewing and drinking of this beer is a bit of a paradox. You need cooler temps to ferment (mine was about 58-60), but it really tastes best on a very hot day. My advice is to brew in early Spring for later in the summer. I'm brewing a second batch now, but I'm having to cool down the fermenting bucket by keeping it in a larger bucket of cooler water. A bit more work than the first batch.

Anyhow, this is very very good. Even with the extra efforts needed to keep fermentation cool, it is worth it. (Posted on 5/21/13)
Cream corn Review by James
I didn't like this one, it tasted like cream corn. Friends that drink light beers liked it. The only time I had any enjoyment out of drinking it was when I was eating fried chicken. Maybe it's because I usually eat cream corn when eating fried chicken. (Posted on 5/13/13)
Perfect Summer Brew Review by James
This is the beer your commercial beer swilling friends will like. It's light, clean, and refreshing. This batch isn't going to last long. (Posted on 5/7/13)
awesome! Review by Paul in Los Gatos
I'm German, born and raised less than 30 miles from Köln. So I was looking forward brewing this recipe more than anything else. The problem is that I don't really have a controlled temperature fermenting environment, so I had to wait to January to have the basement somewhere close to the recommended 55F. Patience paid off! After a long and slow fermentation using the Wyeast yeast with not touching it for 6 weeks (no secondary) and having it bottled for 3 weeks, it's finally here! Awesome and very close to my favorite Kölsch beers! If you expect something hoppy and crisp like a Northern German Pilsener you will be disappointed though. Kölsch ist mellow and not very hoppy, but at the same time fresh and having lots of malt flavors, just right for a California spring weekend, enjoyed outside on the porch in the sun! (Posted on 4/19/13)
Go To Brew Review by Greg
This kit holds a permanent spot in my standard rotation (along with the Sierra Madre and Cali Common). I've been brewing this one for about 2 to 3 years and it always turns out great. It's a pretty basic/simple kit but yields some really nice flavors that always please a range of tasters - Even those who "don't like homebrew".

I usually do +/- 10 days in primary @ ~58 degrees. Then rack straight to a keg. Carb @ 11psi. and refrigerate for 2 weeks. It is totally drinkable at that point, but as many others have said, it gets better with a bit of age on it. Generally, I think it hits it's stride around 8 to 10 weeks.

If you are looking for an easy drinking, crowd pleasing brew, you cant go wrong with this one. (Posted on 4/9/13)
Let it age Review by Rob
I started drinking this too soon. It went from not bad to really enjoyable about the time the last bottle disappeared. I should have let it age an extra month before bringing it out. (Posted on 1/17/13)
Great summer beer Review by Samuel
Simple kit but a really good beer. Very refreshing when served cold on a hot summer day (or any other day for that matter). I'll definitely be making this one again, along with the honey kolsch. (Posted on 9/27/12)
A Crowd Pleaser! Review by Michael
This beer was excellent. This beer went faster than any beer that I have ever made. I would describe Kolsch as being a blonde ale that has the slight taste of champagne or white wine. (Posted on 6/2/12)
Great summer beer Review by Randall
I love this beer. Refeshing. Drink cold on a hot day. Also, one of the easiest kits I have had to make.

Mouthfeel: Water

Flavor: Mildly bitter hops up front, light sweetness on the finish

Color: Bright sunny yellow

Carbonation: Low head, tingly on the tongue.

Extra Equipment: Personal preference, but I used a blow off hose and a starter kit. I now use a yeast starter on all my beers. Blow off hose was nice since the kit had a thick Kräusen and bubbled vigorously for 3 days before slowing down.
(Posted on 5/24/12)
Great first time lager Review by Matt
This was my first lager and I enjoyed the process becuase it wasn't too challenging. Finding a consistent temp in/around the house is key. As you would expect, it was refreshing, crisp and perfect to brew in the winter/spring and enjoy in the summer. (Posted on 5/22/12)
Refreshing! Review by Nathan
My first extract batch after a 10 year hiatus from homebrewing was this smooth and refreshing Kolsch kit. I will be brewing another batch soon as this one won't last through May and I'll need this cool lawnmower beer in July and August. (Posted on 4/28/12)
Best I have brewed Review by stooby
I'm new at brewing, ( bout 6 batches) & have since gone on to all grain. This is still the best tasting beer I've made. Everyone who drank it loved it. (Posted on 2/28/12)
One of the better kits we've made. Review by Big Red
This is my father-in-law's favorite so far. It got a lot better with age. At first is was just so-so, and not a lot of complexity, but then it mellowed enough so that more flavors came out. A light and slightly sweet beer, could maybe use more hops to balance. Recommended! (Posted on 2/3/12)
A Challenging Kit Review by Boozehound
I've made two great batches with this kit, but each time they were difficult to control & inconsistent from one another. Although my discerning beer-snob friends happily chugged down bottles upon bottles, I was pretty disappointing with both batches.

The hop profile used in this kit fails to achieve the authentic Czech flavors that I was accustomed to while living in Europe.

But the bigger problem is that you either need a cool cellar or a laggering setup to make this beer correctly. The WYeast strain seems to prefer a long secondary ferment at 50 - 55 degrees. I was unable to keep it in that range (The coolest I could manage consistently was just below 65), and so my batches were never as clear or crisp as some of those described in other reviews.

Conclusion: If you have an advanced setup but don't want to try a Kolsch recipe of your own, this is the kit for you.

Cheers. (Posted on 1/28/12)
Just a word of warning... Review by Jim N
I've been homebrewing for about a year, and this Kolsch is probably my 5th or 6th. All of my other brews fermented very nicely in the primary, but watch out for this one. About 48 hours after I put it in the primary, I had a blowout. I'd advise you get your blowout hose and bucket of water ready just in case. My rating of 4 stars is not really fair because it's only been fermenting for about a week now. This web site requires me to give it a rating. (Posted on 12/27/11)
Great Beer Review by Brent
This was one of my last extracts before moving to AG and I must say, one of my favorites. I cannot wait to try the AG version of this to compare.

I would advice at least 3 weeks in the primary and let it sit in the secondary in low 40's for 3 - 4 weeks before carbing it up. Beer gets better with age and great for BMC folk. (Posted on 12/14/11)
An awesome beer, crisp and refreshing but with full flavor Review by Gus
I brewed this beer in late Spring and it was my Summer beer of choice, but you could drink this year round. It's got a deep flavor, has some malty sweetness but is also crisp and refreshing without being watery. This is one of my favorite NB kits. I used the Cooper's Carbonation Drops and the carbonation was perfect. Everyone I served this to LOVED IT! (Posted on 8/31/11)
Best so far! Review by tiker rivers
Loved this beer, luckily I made 2 batches. I started drinking the first batch about 6 weeks from brew day, it taste like was .... beer. Around 12 week mark I was finishing the first batch and it went from OK to great almost overnight! Luckily I had the second keg! Crisp, flavorful, easy drinking...
*I've brewed about 8 batches. (Posted on 8/28/11)
Best Kolsch I've ever had Review by Andrew
I brewed 1 Kolsch before, and that inspired my Kolsch obsession. I've tried Kolsch samples from many different brewers since then (Sam Adams, Dundee, etc.), but this recipe takes the top position. I was at the Wheaton Ale Fest Last week where I tried a couple different Kolsch samples from local brewers, and that really boosted my confiedence as a home brewer because I thought mine was far superior. I'm a little disappointed though, as the first bottle that I tried at 6 weeks after brew day had a really strong hint of clove. It was surprising, but it was a nice surprise. Since then, that flavor has almost completely conditioned out. Now it's more along the lines of the traditional Kolsch, but still really great. This was my first attempt at boiling my own hop schedule. In the past I've always used hopped malt extracts, but I'm now converted. I bought a second fermentor, and will bottle my 4th batch in 2 weeks. We'll see how far the rabbit hole goes... (Posted on 8/14/11)
Tasty Review by Qwan
I wound up brewing this as my fourth batch and kegged it. Primed with 1/2 cup of natural unfiltered honey which made it slightly amber colored but very tasty. I can't believe how good it tastes only 5 weeks after brew day. Will definitely make this over and over again. (Posted on 6/13/11)
Pleasantly Suprised Review by Billy5077
I just kegged my first batch of Kolsch on Memorial day and was pleasantly surprised. This beer came out refreshing, clean, clear with a slightest lemon hint. There was even a slight bitterness to it but not overpowering. I used the liquid yeast, added the LME at the end of the boil and cold crashed for 2 weeks at 40 degrees. This beer is making a strong case to be a standard in my kegerator. (Posted on 5/31/11)
Best Beer so far! Review by ZoomerBrewer
Luckily I made 10 Gallons, when it was young it was OK (aprox. 4-8 weeks from brew day), but at around 10 weeks it was a great -crisp- summer beer. I preferred it over any beer I could pick up at the supermarket. (Posted on 4/13/11)
Genuine Review by CO Defender
I'm a big hop head, so I did this Kolsch for my wifey who loves wheat beers, and pilsners. I added a little dried lemon peel near the end of the boil, and didn't modify anything else. Used Wyeast Kolsch. Spent 2 weeks in primary, 2 in the secondary with gelatin to clarify. When I bottled it, I used Munton's CreamyX and an additional 6oz of priming sugar. After a little over 2 weeks in the bottle, it's good to go...genuine Kolsch spritz, with faint lemon hints, and a strong lemon aroma...yeah, it's cloudy at lower temps, but it tastes spot on. I'm gonna hide it from wifey, and keep it around for post yard work days. Thanks NB...great job on this one. (Posted on 3/18/11)
Very Refreshing Review by Walleye242
Fantastic. Everyone loves it. Very refreshing with a very slight lemony taste. Was able to keep at about 55-60 degrees by placing pale in a box stuffed with old towels and a gallon milk jug of ice. Had trouble with carbonating the bottles. Took them out of the fridge for a day and then returned to fridge. After another week they were wonderfully carbonated and tasted great. (Posted on 3/1/11)
Floral and Perfect Review by EvenOlder
My OG was lower than kit stated by 2 points. Brewed at 64deg in brewing fridge. Super active Wyeast. Beautiful lemon color, floral/lemon flavor. Favorite kit beer to date. Super recommended. (Posted on 1/14/11)
Nice Hybrid Beer Review by Raspsu1
This was the first kit I've purchased from NB and I'm glad I did. I felt it had nice a nice clean taste and a really great bridge beer for friends/family to try something beside BMC. I fermented with dry yeast, but I may try it again with a liquid Kolsch strain to see if the results are even truer to the style. Highly recommend this kit! (Posted on 10/31/10)
So So for me Review by MaineMike
This beer is OK but not great in my opinion. Comes out a little darker and a little sweeter than what I expected. However, my friends that like american macro brews think it is pretty good. I am a big fan of bigger darker more hoppy bitter beers but thought I would give this one a try. Reminds me of a sweet light beer. Could be my palate is use to the bigger beers but I just don't look forward to this beer. (Posted on 7/15/10)
May I have another? Review by TuckBrew
Based on the description my buddy and I decided to give this beer a try. We threw some gypsum, yeast nutrients, and irish moss into the boil and finished the 4-week secondary stint with some gelatin finings. After 3 weeks of cold conditioning in the bottles we have a delicious, clear, golden straw beer that we can't get enough of! We also have Stange glasses which really complement and showcase the look of this beer. With its taste and appearance this beer is an easy sell to any homebrew holdout...give it a try! (Posted on 6/11/10)
Hoppy the way it turned out Review by Novice
This is only my second batch ever brewed, first from NB. I LOVE it!!!! I had it in primary for 15 days and secondary for 2 weeks. I did not cold crash and it does come out a bit cloudy. I let it bottle condition for 18 days also. I'm going to order this kit again and try "cold crashing" in my keg fridge. (Posted on 6/8/10)
First Ever Kölsch: Great Success Review by E Male
I have brewed between 5 and 10 British ale and California common extract kits and wanted to brew a "yellow" beer for a change of pace. I am not set up for lagering so I knew I would be looking at ales. Based the description and reviews at Northern Brewer I decided to try their Kölsch Extract Kit. In short it is delicious and the little of it I have remaining continues to improve in the keg. I have another of these kits in my shopping cart as I write this review. I recommend it as a good first kit due to the simple recipe and it is an easy transition for pallets used to American-style lagers (although if you ween your friends, you do have to share with them). (Posted on 5/26/10)
Excellent, but not a spot on Kolsch Review by Mr. Knox
As a huge fan of Kolsch beers I picked up two kits in order to get ready for summer. Each batch I left for 2 weeks in the primary and 3-4 weeks in the secondary. Both kits came out amazing! I crave this beer at the end of a hard day.

My only complaint is that being a NYC apartment dweller, I don't have the space for a secondary fridge and therefore this beer came out a little hazy. My next batch I plan on using some whirloc to clear this up. Definitely order this kit, you won't be disappointed. (Posted on 5/24/10)
Okay could be better Review by Jon McCombs
I am a big fan of Kolsch beer. It is refreshing and easy to brew being an Ale but light like a lager. But Northern Brewer has changed the ingrediants without telling anyone and I am not a fan of the new recipe. The one before this was much better. I called Northern Brewer and their indifference to letting anyone know what was in the old recipe or caring about changing the recipe without keeping track of the changes has led me to get my kits and recipes from other shops. Their prices have sky rocketed and the lack of concern for the customer will limit anything if ever I purchase them them in the future. (Posted on 5/4/10)
refreshing Review by peanut
this is my sixth batch i really enjoy the refreshing taste
my son said it is the best yet i will buy this again (Posted on 4/10/10)

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