Here’s your cheat sheet for Das Köölsch by Howling Hops. I love a Kolsch. They’re lager-ale hybrid beers, crisp and refreshing but also soft and fruity. But as this one’s not brewed in Cologne, I guess it’s more ‘Kolsch-style’ than actual Kolsch.
Howling Hops, Das Köölsch / Kolsch / 4.6% ABV / IBU not available
Featured in main subscriber box on 28 March 2019.
Serve this beer between 4°C and 7°C; stick it in the fridge for a good hour or so.
As ever, be wary of over-chilling your beer. More chill means less flavour. To learn more read my post on recommended serving temperatures.
Flavours to expect
The brewers say this beer has a “bready malt aroma with hints of noble hops”. This sounds to me like it’s going to be a pretty classic brew true to style. Some of the best German examples can have a subtle whiff of sulphur on the nose. Not sure if we’ll get that here. But look for a pretty lagerish beer with fruitiness at the end of each sip. The hop bitterness should be subtle and restrained.
The hops used are:
- Tettnang: earthy, herbal, floral
- Mittelfruh: herbal, floral, grassy
Keep to light dishes with clean and simple flavours. Let’s go for something springlike. Try it with a pea, mint and feta salad.