Hops. The german-style beer is an all-barley pale ale, tied specifically to the city of Cologne in Germany. Kölsch (the Low German name for Cologne) is a specialty beer brewed only in Cologne. A document known as the Kölsch Convention was signed in 1986 by the directors of two dozen Kölsch breweries, ensuring that Kölsch beer can only be brewed in Cologne and its surrounding area, and nowhere else in the world. Some breweries add up to 20% malted wheat. Purists are groaning as they see that the choice for the Kölsch entry is actually brewed in Chicago. Kölsch is an unusual beer because it is brewed with ale yeast, but it is aged like a lager. Whereas at 2010’s Great American Beer Festival, only 46 American breweries submitted a Kölsch, by 2016’s festival, that number had ballooned to 111, and Kölsch had become the seventh most-entered category. The grain bill for a Kolsch beer is typically comprised of German pilsner or German pale malt from two-row barley. Mainly Hallertau and Perle hops are used for bittering and Tettnang and Hersbrucker are the aroma hops. Though beer-making has a long tradition in Germany, the term Kölsch, which is also the name of the dialect spoken in Cologne, didn’t appear until 1918. The beer was lighter than what people were used to in Germany at the time, and it didn’t become popular until the 1960s, with 50 million litres produced in 1960. Kölsch (the Low German name for Cologne) is a specialty beer brewed only in Cologne. A document known as the Kölsch Convention was signed in 1986 by the directors of two dozen Kölsch breweries, ensuring that Kölsch beer can only be brewed in Cologne and its … In 2017, even Dogfish Head was ready to release a Kölsch. In Köln when you order a beer, you are given a Kölsch. First brewed in Köln, Germany, this formerly obscure style is now found at many US brewpubs and a number of breweries have released their own creative takes using American hops and other nontraditional ingredients. Kölsch Beer Brands. It is pale and refreshing with moderate hopping.