German-Style Beers: Light Beers

While you may be familiar with Pilsners and Bocks, there is a whole world of German beers out there just waiting to be sampled. Whether you’ve already fallen in love with German-style lager or you’re interested in exploring a new light beer style, learn more about two popular options: Weissbier and Kolsch. Both of these traditional styles have a lot to offer, so brush up on your German beer knowledge and find out where you can grab a pint and relax with your friends.

Weissbier

Weissbier is a tantalizing option if you’re looking for an eclectic and exciting pint. If you’ve never experienced a classic Weissbier or Hefeweizen, then you’re in for a unique treat. The first thing you’re likely to notice about Weissbier is the sizeable head, which is partially due to the higher carbonation content. Weissbier has a gold, cloudy appearance, but has a medium body compared to other light beers. As a Bavarian Style Wheat-ale, Weissbier uses Weyermann Premium Pils and Weyermann wheat.

Originally created in Germany, this beer style uses a unique yeast strain to produce sweet overtones of banana and clove. Unlike other light beers, this is anything but mild. Clove and banana tones create a memorable pairing, and the light sour notes are a great way to shake things up. Whether you’re well-versed in craft beer or trying a German-style craft beer for the first time, Weissbier is sure to be a hit.

Consider pairing Weissbier with a light lunch or spicy dinner for the best results. The delicate flavors of this light beer pair well with vegetables and a light salad, but the warm, sweet tones balance out spicier dishes fantastically. Try it with Mexican dishes for a refreshing balance of cultures and flavors.

It’s no secret that the Prost Brewing Weissbier is a particular favorite. Winner of both the 2015 gold medal and 2016 silver medal for South German-style Hefeweizen, this particular Weissbier is one you can’t miss.

Kolsch

Originating in Cologne, this Koln-style classic ale is hailed as the perfect summer beer. Balanced between a lager and ale, a Kolsch has a floral aroma and slight maltiness that complements its overall smooth character. If you’re experienced with German beers, you’ll find this wonderful addition situated right in between the bitter Pils and sweet Helles.

A slight, sharp taste accompanies the varied hop notes in a traditional Kolsch beer. However, the overall effect of this refreshing light beer is a smooth, drinkable option for light lunches or summertime enjoyment.

Due to the light, malty taste of Kolsch, it pairs well with fish, brunch, or salads. However, a cool Kolsch can still be refreshing with a traditional, hearty German meal. Wash down warm meals of sausage, sauerkraut, and other traditional fares with a tasty, crisp Kolsch. Because of the delicate balance between lager and ale, Pils and Helles, you can’t go wrong with a Kolsch.

Try Them Both Today

Both Weissbier and Kolsch are very different takes on German-style classic ale and lager options. Depending on your tastes, both present interesting options for your next meal. Grab a Weissbier if you’re ready to try something new with a sweet, satisfying twist. For more traditional fans of lagers and Pilsners, a Kolsch will be just the thing you need to change things up.

For more information about these two excellent German beers, or to sample them for yourself, stop by a Prost Brewery Biergarten today. Our Denver and Fort Collins locations both have excellent fare and a dynamic lineup of traditional German beers. Enjoy your favorite light German beers and try a few new ones to expand your tastes and explore traditional beer made right.

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