Kolsch Ale | 5 Gallon Beer Recipe Kit | Extract

Kolsch Ale | 5 Gallon Beer Recipe Kit | Extract

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  • A German Lager/Ale hybrid style. Blonde in color with low hop bitterness and smooth flavor
  • Includes Perle and Saaz hops
  • Estimated ABV: 4.3%
  • Estimated IBUs: 24
  • Makes 5 gallons of finished beer

A German Lager/Ale hybrid style that is traditionally made in Köln, Germany. Ideally, this beer is fermented between 58 - 64F, followed by cold aging for several weeks. It is a very tasty summer brew! Blonde in color, with low hop bitterness, a smooth flavor; grab a few bottles and head for the pool! This kit includes 4 pounds of our Pilsner liquid malt extract for authentic pils type flavor and 2 pounds of golden DME to give a more complex malt flavor to this light beer style. Also comes with 4 ounces of Maltodextrin powder to boost mouthfeel.

  • Makes 5 gallons
  • Estimated Original Gravity:1.042-46
  • SRM (Color Range): 5
  • IBUs: 24
  • Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 4.3%


Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags, yeast or priming sugar. To find our yeast recommendations, choose your preferred kit option above and then select the drop-down menu under “Yeast Options”.  For more info, click on the recommended yeast(s) below in the “You Might Also Need” section below. All included steeping grains will come milled.
Liquid Malt Extract (LME) vs. Dried Malt Extract (DME)
MoreBeer! recipe kits are offered in both Liquid Malt Extract and Dry Malt Extract so that our customers can choose the format that best suits their needs and brewing style. LME is a viscous liquid, similar in consistency to maple syrup. In addition to being the more affordable option, many brewers find LME easier to handle than dry extract. DME is more condensed and comes in a powder format that is similar to baking flour. Although it’s a little more costly, DME is naturally lighter in color and stays fresher for longer. We highly recommend DME when brewing light colored beers.


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Solid ale not overly hoppy
Shawn P on Jul 16, 2020
Time for some summer beers
Valued C on Jun 23, 2020
Solid ale not overly hoppy
Shawn P on Jul 16, 2020
Teaching friends a simple ale
Mark E L on Jun 27, 2020
Time for some summer beers
Valued C on Jun 23, 2020
Summer beer!
Nick C on May 14, 2020
current favorite beer style.
Paul M on Apr 14, 2020
try something new
Kenneth G on Apr 7, 2020
Good beer
Erik H on Jan 31, 2020
I like this style of beer that is in line with the current season and fermentation temperatures
Isaias montano on Jan 11, 2020
It gets hot in Okinawa
Paul D on Nov 22, 2019
Local garage temperatures good for this brew this time of year, and well accepted by family and friends.
James R W on Nov 7, 2019
Brewed this once before and liked it
Tom on Oct 18, 2019
Made it before with this kit and it turned out great.
Scott C on Oct 4, 2019
to compare with other Kolsch
Charles R on Apr 12, 2019
wanted something lighter for the warmer weather coming
Gary W on Mar 27, 2019
Wanted to brew a kolsch
Valued C on Jan 30, 2019
A nice relatively light beer which is still different, to serve at our wedding
Jessica E on Jan 22, 2019
I like this type of beer.
John W on Dec 27, 2018
Need a lawn mowing beer
Jack A on Nov 17, 2018
Want to try something different from all the heavy ales I’ve been making
Scott C on Mar 27, 2018
I want a lighter beer once in a while
Clinton L on Mar 20, 2018
Been to Germany love the beer
Matthew f on Jan 22, 2018
Makes a great base for a cranberry beer!
Adam L on Jan 22, 2018
I like lagers but do not have controlled temperature fermentation, so low bitter ales seem like a good choice. - it will be my third batch of home brew.
Paul Korinko on Jan 15, 2018
Teaching friends a simple ale
Mark E L on Jun 27, 2020
Summer beer!
Nick C on May 14, 2020
The kolsch extract description says; "Ideally, this beer is fermented between 58 - 64F, followed by cold aging for several weeks." That temp is a little higher than most lagers. Do I need to do a diacetyl rest before the 'cold aging'. Is cold aging the same as lagering?
Doug Hall on Nov 18, 2022
BEST ANSWER: I think it does mean lagering - but when I made this brew, I fermented at about 60 F and skipped that aging -& it turned out very well.

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Rated 5 out of 5
Simple recipe and delicious results
I’m fairly new to brewing. I’ve made 10 batches with various kits. This one is the winner so far. It was a simple kit but delicious. My next batch is the all grain version.
July 1, 2021
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Outstanding results with Wyeast 2565
May 14, 2019
over 6 years ago
Rated 2 out of 5
just ok
This beer came out very bland. Not a lot of flavor. Other Kolsch ales I've brewed have been full of flavor.
April 15, 2019
over 5 years ago
Response from MoreFlavor
Hello Craig - Kolsch is typically intended to be rather mild. Flavor comes in the complexity. Was there a particular part of the recipe you did not agree with?
April 16, 2019
Zach R Staff
Rated 5 out of 5
Delicious, spot on recipe of a kolsch
Many people have commented on how good this beer turned out. Will brew it again!
December 25, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
A very light but very tasty brew
The Kolsch is refreshing would and did buy another one..Would suggest everyone buy this product
April 3, 2018
over 6 years ago
Rated 3 out of 5
Tried it, didn't love the result. Kind of bland.
February 6, 2018
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
my friends wanted more
This is the best extract beer of the 10 or so I've made so far. The steeping grains add some freshness and character. The dextrin gives it a nice mouthfeel. It's a really delicious beer. Lots of flavor yet very drinkable.

Mine came out with a very slight banana-bread fragrance and a bit of vanilla-like flavor. Very pleasant but I think it's not supposed to be there in a K?_lsch style beer. Probably because I pitched the yeast at around 80F (it was a hot day!) before cooling to around 62F. Next time I'll try getting the wort cooler before pitching.

There was a little bit of harshness that seemed to be reduced by lagering. Problem was, I couldn't keep myself and my friends from drinking it long enough to lager more than a couple weeks.

I used the white labs K?_lsch yeast WLP029. I've read that there can be sulfur smell while this yeast is fermenting but I didn't get any of that. It was pleasantly fragrant the whole time.
August 18, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5
Good for summer
Brewed this and several other styles for a seafood boil party and the crowd complimented me on this beer in particular. It is a crisp summer beer and went well with the seafood. Seemed a little heavier than a true Kolsch, but still a good all around beer. I may try the all grain version next time.
May 6, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5
Not bad, but it didn't really taste like a Kolsch to me.
I brewed the extract version of this recipe, but it really didn't taste like a Kolsch to me. I've brewed other recipes that had additional specialty malts (1/4 lb Vienna Malt and 1/4 lb Wheat Malt), as well as Tettnanger instead of Perle. I have a feeling the additional malts reminded me of what I tasted in Cologne.
April 15, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5
First homebrew
Got this with basic equipment kit for one Christmas. Sat in storage for years with the kit until I was shamed into making it. Had to buy new yeast but the steeping grains held up well. It had mild cheesy overtonesmaybe due to age of kit? At the time, I thought it was the best beer in the world. Color in the picture is somewhat off.
May 16, 2014