To celebrate our 8th birthday at Orbit Beers, we're championing our award-winning Köln lager Nico. In the birthday box you'll find classic Nico, the new limited-edition XX Nico (Double Kölsch), and our barrel-aged Nico - Cuvée de Cologne 2022.
4x Nico, Köln Lager 4.8%
4x XX Nico, Double Kölsch 8%
4x Cuvée de Cologne 2022 5.8%
Our award-winning Nico Köln Lager is typical of a Cologne Kölsch and is named after musician Christa Päffgen under her singing alias Nico, who hailed from Cologne, the city of Kölsch.
Nico offers a delicate balance of malt and hops that is synonymous with the Kölsch style, and a soft bitterness with a crisp, thirst-quenching, dry finish. Look for green apple and pear drop notes from the distinctive Kölsch yeast.
Awards: Great taste* 2021, SIBA regional gold award for best premium craft keg lager 2022, SIBA national silver award for best premium craft keg lager 2022.
XX Nico - Double Kölsch 8%
The Double Kölsch was the first White Label Series Beer Orbit produced back in January 2016. We decided to brew it again for our birthday - 8% on our 8th year! The perfect celebration beer.
Fans of Nico will enjoy this extra-strength Kölsch with its pale golden colour and fluffy white head. Aromas of cereal malts with subtle notes of pear, green apple, and herbal hops. Expect to taste a smooth, malty sweetness, balanced bitterness, and a hint of boozy warmth with a long, crisp finish.
Cuvée de Cologne 2022:
A brewer’s choice blend of complex, oak barrel-aged Nico, this super limited release is an annual treat among Orbit drinkers!
Every year Orbit Brewers barrel age a small portion of Nico in a solera system, leaving it to ferment with some wild yeasts as well as specially selected strains of Brettanomyces.
When they fill the barrels with freshly fermented Nico, they do so on top of a small portion of BA Nico left behind from the previous year’s incarnation. This annual process allows the Cuvée de Cologne to change and develop year on year, whilst retaining links to Nico – the base beer, and previous releases of Cuvée de Cologne.
From the 2022 batch, you can expect aromas of toasted hay, oaky vanilla, and a subtle funk of lemon sherbet. Smooth bready malt flavours with retrained bitterness, delicate acidity, and a champagne-like dry finish.