California Kölsch

German-Style Pale Ale

The beer that launched Ballast Point.
Our California Kölsch is a rich golden brew, crafted with aromatic German hops and rounded out with a blend of American and Munich malts. While it’s hopped like a lager, we ferment it like an ale to create a smooth, bright taste that has just a hint of fruit and spice. It’s extremely drinkable, like a Kölsch should be, yet complex, like a good craft beer demands.


Year-round in:
12oz. Bottles, 12oz. Cans,
22oz. Bottles, & Draft

Alc. By Vol.



23 IBUs

Food Pairings

Pickled Beet Salad
Honey Comb
Huevos Rancheros

German-style Pale Ale, inspired by the Kölsch Ales of Cologne, Germany. Our Pale Ale drinks like a Pilsner, only with more body and flavor. It’s no wonder why our Pale Ale is so popular—it is skillfully crafted in the style of the Kölsch beers of Cologne, Germany. We’ve chosen German hops for aroma, and rounded out the recipe with a blend of American and German malts. While it is very much like a Pilsner, our Pale Ale is fermented at ale temperatures, giving it a subdued fruitiness—a perfect complement to the crispness of the wheat and maltiness of the Munich malt. If you like a lighter brew but also like the complexity of craft beers, then our Pale Ale is for you.

  • Los Angeles International Beer Competition
    • 2004: Gold
    • 2006: Bronze
    • 2007: Gold
    • 2009: Bronze
    • 2010: Gold
    • 2011: Bronze
    • 2012: Bronze
    • 2013: Honorable Mention
    • 2014: Gold
    • 2015: Silver
  • California State Fair
    • 2004: Silver Certificate
    • 2005: Silver Certificate
    • 2007: Silver Certificate
    • 2008: Bronze Certificate
    • 2011: Silver Certificate
  • San Diego International Beer Festival & Competition
    • 2011: Bronze
    • 2015: Gold
  • Brussels Beer Challenge
    • 2014: Silver
  • Australian International Beer Awards
    • 2010: Bronze
  • US Beer Open Championship
    • 2014: Gold
    • 2015: Gold
    • 2016: Bronze
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