Früh Kölsch - Brauerei Früh am Dom

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Reviews: 118
Hads: 355
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 28
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Longstaff on 10-01-2002

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Photo of therica
4.83/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After spending weeks here in Cologne, trying the various kolsch's, I'd been avoiding the Früh simply because of its high reputation. I'd wanted to wait and let it stand the test of comparison. Last night, it stood.

We ate dinner at the Brauerei Früh Am Dom (across from Starbuck's, behind which is The Dom Cathedral). I started with a clean palate on my first Früh. I was rather amazed at its complexity. I sat, carefully appreciating each sip, attempting to discern all of its characteristics (and probably annoying the waiter and also nearby tables).

First-- the head-- it is clean-white, soft and foamy, not overly sturdy and it dissipates in about a minute. The taste is very nice-- not overly-pils/hops, but a slight taste thereof. It's not bitter, like some, however.

The beer-- gorgeous medium-gold!

It seemed as though the beer triggered a different taste from tongue-tip to palate to tongue-rear, each step of my slow and careful discernings triggered some new ambience in the flavor. I was rather startled!

I seemed to sense some apple, maybe even some subtle hints of sour-apple at times. There was this subtle "golden" taste which tells me possibly apricot, and/or maybe peach or plum, or possibly all three.

After 5 glasses of .3L Früh, before during and after the meal, I still was eagerly exploring its taste. But-- alas, it was time to leave!

As for the restaurant itself, the atmosphere (and price) is a bit above-scale, the food is great, and the service impeccable.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have nothing to compare this to since it was my first Kolsch experience. But it had a medium yellowish color slightly darker than Budweiser and was cyrstal clear even though it was being served from a a wooden keg using gravity. The head was light, frothy, and bone white in color. Clean, crisp tasting malt with a slight fruitiness. Finishes with a mild hop twang and bitterness like a mild pilsner. Very refreshing - I could have sat and had about 30 of these - they were served in .2 liter test tube like glasses that was replaced without question whenever you were near the bottom of the glass.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ahhhh, sitting near the Dom, eating a Halve Hahn and drinking a nice Koelsch as fresh as it comes. This, my friends, is heaven. Sit down, shout 'Eh, Kurbis!' with pride and enjoy one of the finest beers the world has to offer.
How does the beer taste? Well, it's simple, sweet and clean. Like any other Koelsch, it has broad appeal. That also means that there isn't really anything too special about it. It's just a well-put-together beer. Enjoy with friends and food and life will be good.

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Photo of tfarmstrong
4.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This Kolsch in my opinion can only be experienced on tap. The bottled versions tend to be over hopped and slightly off in flavor versus the tap version. Obviously enjoying a Fruh Kolsch in the shadow of Kolner Dome is very unique. The beer is light and crisp with a very light and almost airy appearance when presented in the kolsch glass. If you are looking for a heafty dense beer go somewhere else. It is one of my personal favorites, especially on a hot summer day.

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Photo of putnam
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled blind, in a Stange next to Reissdorf.
Not a hint of boiled grain on the palate. Just flowery, starchy fizz and sunny, bright, natural, pure sweetness. How can this be "obergaerig," I wonder. It is so light, so drinkable. Not necessarily a beer to dissect, but rather, a beer to succumb to and float away on.
If "Frueh" means "early," does that mean we can drink this for breakfast???
Thanks to Jan's dad for this treat.

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Photo of JeanDuteau
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hard to find Kolsch in Edmonton, but I found two bottles of Fruh and tried them out. A pale yellow colour with a lot of bubbles. There was a nice bit of foam but it dissipated quickly, leaving some lacing behind. A floral smell with a perfect crisp taste. The taste was mostly in the center of the mouth so it didn't overwhelm but I thought it could have been more well-rounded.

I really liked this beer and hope to get more of this specific brand as well as some other Kolschs. It would be perfect on a hot day sitting on my deck.

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Photo of tjd25
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lasting fine and dense head, velvety on top of a transparent pale golden color. The smell was enjoyably fruity and sweet with some biscuity and slightly buttery notes. The taste shows a crisp maltiness with light but interesting fruity notes of tangerine and sweet buttery biscuit notes. Mouthfeel is very cleanm round and crisp. Dry, but round. Slightly creamy. Hoppiness is clean and under control.

My favorite Kolsch of the trip.

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Photo of Earl11
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: slightly cloudy golden color with a white head that dissipates quickly

S: very delicate floral nose, presumably from the noble hops used by the Cologne brewing convention; the tulip glass brings up the delicate nose nicely

T: prominent characteristic beer flavor from the pale barley malt, with a mild sweetness said to be from the special ale yeast used by the Cologne brewing convention; noble hop bitterness was noticeable but very mild

M: Light body, medium carbonation, smooth round mouth feel; just what you look for in a kölsch

O: Reminds me of the sips of beer my German grandfather gave me when I was little. For me a kölsch from Cologne is a definitive light German ale and there is none better than Früh.

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Photo of ttu94
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The definition of what a Kolsch should be. While in Munich I wanted to try the Fruh but was prevented my a looong night at a Turkish bar. Now I have one via express mail. Great light color and smell of a kolsch. Crisp and Clean taste. Great mouthfeel and drinkability. A kolsch of the hightest order the sort only found in Bavaria.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On gravity at Frueh am Dom.

It pours a perfect clear yellow with a nice white head. Retention isn't great, but it does leave decent lacing.

Smells of light hops, pilsner malt, and not much else. The taste is pretty similar, with some spices also evident.

It's a bit on the light and watery side, but that's just the style; the carbonation does keep it interesting.

Very, very drinkable session beer. Not my favorite koelsch, but close to it.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite the find for under $4

Perfect pour. Light golden, very clear. Nice fluffy white head of about 2 fingers; lingered for half the glass. Timid swirl brought it back

Aroma has a gentle undertone of malt and sweetness, white grape. Consistent front of grassy hops and slight spice

Clean flavor. The white grape is noticeable at the end, but not dominant. Good combo of hop zip and carbonation. This is a porch pounding beer and would go quite well with grilled white meats and salads

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Photo of Slatetank
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this from the brown bottle in a mug chilled.

The color is golden straw with very good clarity and thick white cream of two fingers high w/ very fine bead visibly carbonated with smooth creamy froth for head and good retention as lace sticks well. The smell is fruity but light with subtle pear-likes sweet fragrant yeast with mild aroma of malt with mineral quality accenting. The feel has slight yeast up front with malt sweetness and moderately high carbonation with smooth creamy body, mild bitterness and semi-dry finish.

The taste is malt oriented with mild entry and gentle hops which are herbal with not overly bitter taste. The yeast adds fruitiness with subtle hint of alcohol in the background and pilsner malt taste throughout which is refined and subtle but hops have a toned down effect. This is a great kolsch -might be one of the best I have had it is a treat to sip and savor I would have got more if I could I love the subtlety and drinkability.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on Tap at the actual brewery in Cologne

This beer poured a nice light golden amber with a simply small white head. The smells was of biscuity malts and breadlike aroma with a slight hop spice. The taste was very refreshing, perfectly balanced with the nice crisp malts dominating the flavor. A slight fruit and hop bitterness is barely noticeable but compliments the style perfectly. This beer had a nice light body and went down easy.. (except for the one my travel mate actually knocked down onto the floor). Overall a must try Kolsch for all fans out there..

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Photo of jneiswender
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at the brewhouse in Koln. Served cool in traditional strage glass.

A-bright white cap head and a light gold body.

S-light floral aroma, some sweet grain smell as well.

T-sweet, some floral hop, hard candy and a cereal grain finish.


D-great representation of the style. Very enjoyable and highly drinkable. I would drink this beer again.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Crystal clear golden color with a nice 1 finger bright white head which dies rather quickly. Soft fruitiness with a sweet graininess.

Sweet graininess, light body and light effervescence. Toasted grain, faint butteriness, tart fruit flavors, bit of apple, sweet grain husk, Faint fruity hoppy bitterness to balance. Pretty good, very clean with good flavors and goes down like water.

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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 francisweizen
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent kölsch beer for sure. Thanks to Eva for bringing this back from Germany for me. This is a super pale golden colour with a fizzy white head. Just like a true kölsch should be. The smell was simple, and consisted of berries, fruity hops, and light bready malts. The taste was immensely satisfying with hops and malts having some great interplay. The mouthfeel is light and thirst quenching and the drinkability is exceptional!

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Photo of czfreeman
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Headed up to Koln this week, last Kolsch I had was Coast's 32/50, but that was quite a while ago, and can't really remember the profile.
Pours A light lemony golden malt color, light, thin head actively bubbling and dissipates quickly, leaving a lovely little ring of head. Good carbonation, light bubble streams, looks really nice., but not really much to look at.
Aromas is strangely and deliciously complex. Light bread notes, followed by a bouquet of floral notes. Fruit-apple, plum, under ripe pear, lemony acidity, sour fermented notes, clean, crisp lightly subdued hops on the finish. Even a bit of grape-like note in their as well. Smells utterly drinkable.
Flavor is really intriguingly light, yet complex. Upfront I find the grape, plum, apple notes, mid-sip the lemon comes into play. Bitterness, carbonation balance and perfect the light mouth feel. The fruit gives way to light bready malt and delicate hops. Whereas most beers here in Munich finish with a mineral finish due to the high mineral content of the water, this one finishes soft, clean and lively. Not to make too much of a simple thing, but it's nutty, with a light toasted nut character, it's fruity, sweet yet citrus punch, and ends with a great cleansing carbonation and an intruging spicy character akin to fresh cracked black pepper.
This is one of the highest rated of the Kolsch, but not the highest so I am going to hold back on the perfection rating until more samples are consumed.
What a great discovery, I would pair this head to head with young chardonnay in a wine vs beer, and pair it with lighter food fair, jumbo prawns with a light citrus sac and a peppery kick of arugula would match with beautifully. I really enjoyed my Kolsch, and look foward to more next week and ironically enough the top rated on this website are all American breweries..

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Photo of cagocubs
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure of going to Fruh Am Dom and trying their Kolsch.

A: Yellow with thin head that dissapates quickly.

S: Scents of fruit and sweetness.

T: Malty with hoppiness

M: Watery some, but the good carbonation keeps it in check. It is light and crisp.

D: Good drinkability because of its crisp and light nature as well as hints of sweetness.

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Photo of GoBrewOrGoHome
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- straw yellow, white head, medium head retention.
S- sweet, grainy, green apple, low dms
T- grainy sweet, almost graham cracker, buttery (not diacetyl), low bitterness, green apple
M- light-medium body, med-high carbonatoin
D- great kolsch, its the complex accent flavours that when me over, way better at the brewery then from a bottle

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured into a stange to a clear and bright yellow topped by a two finger fluffy white head
S: smells of clean pale malts, some grape like aromas and a slight spicy noble hop on the nose
T: taste is clean pale malts, a lot of grape flavors and a slight spicy hop note. swallow is spicy hops more grape and some lingering clean maltyness
M: fairly light and crisp on the palate with slightly prickly carbonation and a slightly drying finish
O: really good for what it is. nice and bright flavors with a solid mouthfeel. definitely a tasty beer on the lighter side of the scale. No apparent faults in my mind. I got this one from somebody that just came back from Germany so it's probably pretty fresh compared to a lot of shelf stock.

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Photo of DukeCola
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I first had Fruh in Koln, my German hosts who lived there recommended it highly on the hot summer day. They drank it half/half with Fanta orange soda and while I took a sip that way, I preferred mine regular. Poured in a Koln style glass, I found it very refreshing, more like a lager than a pale ale. Look was super clear in the glass with a small head, light hop flavor. Very tasty. I have a 6-pac waiting in my fridge for summer. It's almost impossible to find in the US, luckily I have it hand delivered by my friends every year. If you are ever where this is available, you must give it a try.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Gaffel stange glass. Really excited to be trying another German true Kolsch and suddenly finding this in my area.

Lots of head on the pour, but it settles to a nice frothy white, the pinhead bubbles are just so even throughout, rocking and just coating with lace at times. Head is a classic super crystal golden lemon yellow, with a mix of different sized carbonation, some is very tiny, others are cola sized. Also some rise very slowly others rise incredibly fast, a mish mash of a lifting science experiment. An absolutely lovely beer.

Nose is classic. Dry malts and sweet bakery bread sense. Slight honey. Hints at mud and grass with some density. Solid. Thick. Inviting.

Taste is dense as well. Thick big malt backbone that just rips. Coating. Lush. Hints at honey sweetness coming with some lip coating feel. Big doughy bread aftertaste with a sense of crisp lager like finish (yes I know... it's an ale...). Mouthfeel is solid, fairly straightforward with minimal carbonation play on the palate.

Overall a real great simple drinking Kolsch, the ultimate Kolsch quest continues in earnest. I would love to try this side by side with Reissdorf, but I could have this VERY often!

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Photo of JCBears
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

appearance: Vigorous bubbles soon dissipate into a weak head golden color has a hint of orange that gives it a nice character

smell: Rich and dynamic loving it. Some Rhein fruits mixed with the light hops with some nice malted barely on the sides

taste: BAM!!! Wow what a rich flavor. Such a difference from other bland hoppy beers that think hops make up for good flavor. Just a dynamic marrying of sweet and bitter with the fruits on the edges.

mouthfeel: Full for its light color. A joy because it tastes like more than it looks or usually smells. Really a joy to taste

overall: Great Cologne brew, a true bench mark of the marker and the style happy to have

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Photo of TKempe
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden and pale with a thin white head that hardly gives any lace and the most lively and mobile carbonation I have ever seen.

A fruity or juicy sweetness hits the nose, backed by a strong bottom of grainy malts, and finished off by a spicy, musty hop note and a small whiff of yeast. Very inviting.

A bit more hop-character to the flavor and a fairly clean and dry finish. Very juicy and fruity (and slightly salty) again too. A very firm yet delicate taste that covers it all.

Mouthfeel is kind of hard and very crisp. Quite easy and a joy to drink.

More or less like a good Helles, but with much more carbonation and hoppiness and saltier as well.

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Früh Kölsch from Brauerei Früh am Dom
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