LalBrew® Koln Kolsch Style Ale Yeast - Lallemand

LalBrew® Koln Kolsch Style Ale Yeast - Lallemand

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The perfect dry yeast strain for brewing traditional Kölsch-style beers and other neutral ales. LalBrew Köln's neutral character accentuates delicate hop aromas while imparting subtle fruity esters. Through expression of a beta-glucosidase enzyme LalBrew Köln can promote hop biotransformation and accentuate hop flavor and aroma. Colder fermentations will be more neutral in character, while warmer fermentations will have more fruit-forward ester profile.

Beer Styles: Kolsch-style, neutral ales
Aroma: Sightly fruity, more neutral with colder ferments
Attenutation: Medium to High
Fermentation Range: 54-68°F
Flocculation: Medium to High
Alcohol Tolerance: 9% ABV
*See the technical data sheet below for information on rehydration, usage and storage.
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Trying something new.
andrew on Oct 20, 2020
Recomended for the Eskimo Amber I ordered.
Joel Bornhoft on Jun 13, 2020
Trying something new.
andrew on Oct 20, 2020
Try it
Bart P on Sep 25, 2020
Recomended for the Eskimo Amber I ordered.
Joel Bornhoft on Jun 13, 2020
I've heard good things, and I'll need this for a Gose or Kölsch-Style Ale
Adrian L Febre on Jun 13, 2020
Jeffrey L on Jun 11, 2020
Because Vince said so
Paul R on Jun 5, 2020
Something new to try out and reasonable price.
Mario P on Jun 3, 2020
John R on Jun 2, 2020
Never tried dry kolsch yeast.
Carl Brevelle on Jun 1, 2020
Blond ale
Chuckles on May 30, 2020
New produce and Kolsh is a favorite type of beer to brew.
Paul W on May 30, 2020
Want to try lallemand
Daniel M on May 26, 2020
Wanted to give it a try.
Jon S on May 19, 2020
It's a new dry yeast why not.
Jeremy W on May 12, 2020
Try it
Bart P on Sep 25, 2020
I've heard good things, and I'll need this for a Gose or Kölsch-Style Ale
Adrian L Febre on Jun 13, 2020

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Great Kolsch yeast
My first Kolsch was shockingly good using this yeast. Several well traveled, beer drinking friends that have had Kolsch in Cologne compare it favorably. Crisp and clean.Low on estery flavors. I fermented at about 60 deg F and did a couple of days D rest. Why mess with the cost and short shelf life of liquid?
October 23, 2020
3 weeks ago
I used this for a dry-hopped (kohatu/motueka) kolsch and it was fantastic. Fermented at 62F, lag was a little long but once it got going it seemed to finish pretty quick. Flocculated well and I got a nice clear beer after I cold crashed it. Pretty neutral and clean profile that let my hops shine through. Will definitely use this again.
October 5, 2020
I mean, it makes beer!
I made two beers with this, a Raspberry Gose, and an Altbier.
The Gose was quite fantastic; there was possibly a hint of ester on the backend, but the yeast fully attenuated a quite sour wort (I'm fairly certain it was a touch under 3.5), without creating any big off-flavors. The Altbier, however, was marred by classic homebrew unhappy yeast flavors, and I fermented it in a thermowell'd fermenter at 60f, with a (short) lagering period of two weeks.

There is a caveat: as *per the instructions*, I pitched the (carefully rehydrated!) yeast directly into un-oxygenated wort, both because that was what was suggested by Lallemand, and because I found it a bold enough claim to be worth testing (not that bold given the whole schtick of dried yeast but...I digress).

The punchline: I'm sure someone out there can make a killer Kölsch with this yeast, and it is cheap, but from now on I'll be sticking to White Labs' strain for a beer that I need to be as clean as a Kölsch or Alt. I can see keeping this on hand for kettle-soured beers, but I'd just as happily use Kveik yeast for that.
August 20, 2020
4 months ago
Excellent crisp clean Kolsch yeast!
This was the first time I have tried this yeast and because it is fairly new, I couldn't fine a review that explained it well. Now that I have brewed a Kolsch with this yeast, I provide the following:
- There is a significant lag. The fermentation didn't start until the third day after I brewed.
- I attempted to ferment at 55 degrees and I couldn't get it going at that temperature. This could be part of the long lag time. At 63 degrees it started and fermented just fine.
- It took nine days to complete the fermentation at 63 degrees.
- My OG was 1.053 and my FG was 1.004. This was a very complete fermentation. The beer was very clear.
- I used a 3/8" blowoff hose and didn't really need it. I believe a simple air lock would have worked fine.
- The taste was very crisp with almost no fruity flavor fermented at this temperature.
I will definitely use this yeast again. I highly recommend this yeast for a refreshing, crisp, clear Kolsch.
August 11, 2020
3 months ago
Belgian Esters from warm fermentation
Held at 68° in ferm chamber, results where not fruity kolsch yummies I get from liquid yeast. Tastes like a Belgian yeast strain, which my wife and neighbors love, but I cannot drink.
July 30, 2020
3 months ago
Works Well at 72ºF
I choose this yeast because it's harder to ferment at lower temps down in FL. I typically ferment at 72ºF for all my brews and was interested in this yeast because it works within that range. The beer came out well. Great tasting Kolsch style and very clean/clear. let the beer sit in my SS Brew Bucket for two weeks then racked to keg and let sit for a month at 45ºF. I used this yeast with the "Kolsch Ale" kit from Morebeer and will definitely be brewing more in the future.
July 30, 2020
3 months ago
Great yeast- clean & quick, tolerates a higher temp ferment.
I just made a Kolsch with this- fermented very clean and fast (was done in 4 days). I fermented at a warmer temperature than advised (temp was mostly in the high 60s low 70s during the ferment) but of my 6 or 7 Kolsch I’ve ever brewed this easily tastes the best and I’m giving most of the credit to this yeast. Give it a shot!
May 22, 2020