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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Need for style
George H. Maxfield on Nov 17, 2021
Best deal
Todd P on Aug 9, 2021
Need for style
George H. Maxfield on Nov 17, 2021
Trying new dry yeast options
Todd on Nov 2, 2021
Best deal
Todd P on Aug 9, 2021
Brewing two batches of cream ale
Larry C C on Aug 2, 2021
Looking for a more convenient substitute for liquid yeast for a cream ale.
Larry C C on Jul 27, 2021
To brew a kolsch beer
Heather D on Jul 15, 2021
My recent favorite yeast
Clancy J P on Jun 7, 2021
Great Ale Yeast for Kolsch and IPA
Tysen Bibb on Jun 3, 2021
Need to brew a Kolsch!
Richard Schmittdiel on May 10, 2021
I wanted to have this ads backup
William C on May 5, 2021
Dry yeast is easy to use
Fred S on Apr 16, 2021
Nicholas C Trausch on Apr 2, 2021
Wish to save money on liquid yeast
Jay on Apr 1, 2021
My recipes call for Kolsch yeast and Dry Yeast travels better
Jed P on Feb 8, 2021
Tryin our a new yeast
Rob B on Nov 19, 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
Trying new dry yeast options
Todd on Nov 2, 2021
Brewing two batches of cream ale
Larry C C on Aug 2, 2021

4.5 / 5.0
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Rated 5 out of 5
Great Kolsch Yeast!
Great Kolsch yeast, I’ve been using it for almost two years now and never fails!!??
November 15, 2021
1 month ago
Rated 3 out of 5
Not the style I was expecting.
Fermentation at 68 lower fluctuation than I expected and taste more like a Belgian than a German strain clove and a hint of banana will not use again for a kolsch unless I was gonna lager it at a lower temp. Would make a good Belgian style especially if you like coriander and orange peel in your brew.
November 2, 2021
Rated 5 out of 5
Great yeast! Especially if you need a fast fermentation
This yeast is fantastic. I’ve done lots of seltzer and great ciders with it and unbelievably fast fermentation at warm temps. Up to 90 degrees. Believe it or not I did a seltzer in 3 days and then threw apple juice on that yeast cake and it fermented to 1,007 in under 10 hours and was fantastic no fusils…. Haven’t done a beer yet but I will for sure !! Fun stuff
August 6, 2021
4 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Wow! What a versitile yeast.
This Kolsch yeast is just as effective in Pale Ales and IPA's as it is with German hybrid ales like Kolsch and Alt. This would be a great house ale yeast.
July 26, 2021
6 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great Kolsch yeast
First kolsch I have made, feel it is a good representation from some imported kolschs I have tasted. Started ferm temps at 64 worked up to 66. Did rehydrate with Go-Ferm and yeast nutrient before pitching. Feel like there could be a bit more fruity character to nose and taste, but over all would use again. Maybe higher ferm temps for more fruit. Does have a slight sulfur taste, but believe that will go away as I have read. 81% attenuation, FG 1.010
July 22, 2021
6 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
first time using this yeast
I wanted to make a nice light summer beer and decided on a Kolsch but have never tried a dry yeast for this style . After reading about the Lalbrew Kolsch I decided to try dry yeast and I was very surprised how well it is working @ 64 deg. and also an amazing krausen . I will use this brand again .
June 15, 2021
6 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
Rated 4 out of 5
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
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
1 year ago