Kolsch is a style of beer brewed in Cologne and is a local speciality beer that is protected by the Kolsch Konvention an association of brewers in the Cologne region.
As for the beer itself, it is easiest to describe it as a beer very similar (not the same) in taste and appearance to a traditional Pilsner except it differs in the fact it is dosed with top fermenting yeast making it an ale. It’s use of traditional German hops and pilsner malt leave it clean and refreshing but not massively full of flavour.
Kolsch is a very pale gold ale with delicate flavour, the merest hint of fruitiness and a clean refreshing palate, hop bitterness is moderate and aroma is low.
IBUs: 20 – 30
SRM: 3.5 – 5
OG: 1.044 – 1.050
FG: 1.007 – 1.011
ABV: 4.4 – 5.2%
The beer designated “Cream Ale” came about when brewers in Northwest America brewed a lager style beer with ale yeast wanting to compete with the popular US lagers, the result is a style of beer of its own.
The best way to describe Cream Ale is as a thirst quencher,a popular term in the US is a lawnmower beer. Usual examples are Pale gold to straw coloured, low to moderately bitter and next to no hop aroma and often a corn like quality. The ideal quality of a Cream Ale is to quench a thirst on a warm day or as a session beer
IBUs: 15 – 2 0
SRM: 2.5 – 5
OG: 1.042 – 1.055
FG: 1.006 – 1.012
ABV: 4.2 – 5.6%