Originating in Cologne (Köln), Germany, Kölsch is a clean, crisp, delicately-balanced beer usually with a very subtle fruit and hop character. Kölsch is top fermented with ale yeast. Though not essential, it’s traditionally lagered for several days at about 35º F. to promote clarity before packaging. Subdued maltiness throughout leads into a pleasantly well-attenuated beer. It’s lightly hopped, with a refreshing finish. Freshness makes a huge difference with this beer, as the delicate character can fade quickly with age. Prost!