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Früh Kölsch - Brauerei Früh am Dom

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very good

117 Reviews
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Reviews: 117
Hads: 361
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 23.22%
Wants: 29
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Longstaff on 10-01-2002

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Reviews: 117 | Hads: 361
Reviews by GMB:
Photo of GMB
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gentle pour of Früh Kölsch yields fills the glass with a crystal-clear, golden amber liquid. From with the liquid emerges a craggy, bone-white foam. The foam quickly disappears, revealing a flurry of small explosions on the surface. The bubbles in this brew seem to be on steroids. When I inspect the carbonation from the side, it seems as if my glass is acting as a magnifying glass. I expect a sharp mouthfeel.

The nose is much more complex than I expect from a Kölsch. Sweet, lightly toasted barley malt is present, but does not obscure the beer's gentle grassy and floral aromas. When I close my eyes and focus my olfactory receptors, I pick up some mild notes of sour apple.

I've never tasted such a sophisticated Kölsch. Up front is a nice balance between the sweet malt and the floral and herbal hoppy flavors. The latter yield the palate quickly to subtle flavors of sour apple with a very faint hint of cured lemon rind. The back end is fantastic: The well-balanced bitterness brings out the cured lemon notes just a bit more. Moreover, the understated malt, sour yeast, and light, floral hops are in just the right balance to suggest dry chardonnay, whose taste slowly develops on the palate as the hang lingers.

The mouthfeel isn't anything like I had imagined. A gentle swirl around the tongue tosses up a slightly thin but gentle foam; nothing harsh here. A perfect complement to the beer's dry, crisp, tart flavor profile.

I do believe I've found my favorite Kölsch. A delight.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Head retained for a good while. Meanwhile the body of the beer continued to bubble in quite a lively way.

Pale bright straw. Crystal clear.

Little nose/smell, just a slight hoppiness.

Very nice 'rounded' flavour on the palette.

Very refreshing, if a little unremarkable. I'd enjoy again, but perhaps not specifically go and seek it out.

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Photo of ricke
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very, very pale yellow. Clear liquid. Pretty big white uneven head that leaves some lacings.

S: A very weak smell. Some malts and white bread. Faint grassy hops, a hint of lemon and some spices.

T: Not much going on here either, rather restrained. Nice spices, though. Some malty sweetness and white bread as well. Some grassy hops and resins. The finish is short and has a mineral-like touch to it. A refreshing yet restrained bitterness develops in the finish, though.

M: Light body and plenty of lively carbonation.

D: This is a good beer, easy to drink and refreshing. But it's not outstanding and it's not very exciting. Probably one for those warm summer nights.

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Photo of Cmichaelfisher
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of jisak74
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of chickenm
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of timontheroad
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a half-liter weissbier glass, nice fluffy white head, faded quickly to a light film of bubbles. Clear pale yellow, with a lot of carbonation bubbles continually rising to refresh the film. the nose is a bit lemony, with some nice light roast malt notes in the background, along with some slight grassy aromas. The taste is very bitter up front, with a touch of tartness and followed by a nice bit of malty sweetness. The mouthfeel is thin, crisp and somewhat dry, but super refreshing - seems like the perfect after-work beer! Overall, i really liked this beer, as a session beer - it's top-notch.

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Photo of RickyS
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Look is clear golden colour, no head at all and low carbonation, not to attractive.
Smell is clean Mineral water but nothing else much.
Taste is crisp fresh but flat with light malt after taste, easy to drink.
Feel is fresh and clean, dry aftertaste.
Overall Ok, früh means early and that's how it tastes. Prost!

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Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of dcbeers
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Always nice to see an example of an esoteric style from its point of origin arrive on my local shelves.

This beer pours a crystal clear, very pale golden straw colour, with two pudgy fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and mostly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some nicely evil-looking webbed lace around the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells of bready, doughy pale malt, a hint of white wine must, some old lemon fruitiness, and grassy, leafy hops. The taste is more grainy cereal-heavy pale malt, a bit of apple and white grape fruity tartness, and earthy, leafy, and mild wild grass hops. Simple, but decently so.

The bubbles are pleasantly interactive, but gentle in the process, the body on the far, far side of medium weight, and plainly smooth, the slightest hint of airy creaminess seeping in. It finishes off-dry, a tad, the remaining cereal malt still heady enough to easily keep the lingering fruitiness and still innocuous hops at bay.

A fresh (despite the real time and distance between me and the source of this offering) pale Euro lager, meant more for sunny, humid outdoor patio drinking orgies, rather than a mid-December northern climate's, um, huddlings, but things being as they are, I verily appreciate the out of season images this one paints in my head - ja, Fraulein, I would very much like another.

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Photo of slacker79
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Lion088
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a bottle brought back from Koln. The label is marked 27.10.10. As expected, this was a tasty and crisp little ale. The aroma has an interested toasted popcorn and grain character with a tiny hint of citrus. The flavor expands on the dry grainy toast with biting orange peel that rolls through a dry finish. Along the way there are also hints of sweet apple (maybe Pink Lady) and fresh raspberries and blueberries. The fruit isn't quite as big as Reissdorf, but it's still all very well balanced. Check out this kolsch classic when you get a chance.

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Photo of rclark69
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aztraz
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Leftofthedial
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of briancathy
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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Früh Kölsch from Brauerei Früh am Dom
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