Früh Kölsch - Brauerei Früh am Dom

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BA SCORE
86
very good

331 Ratings
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Ratings: 331
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 25
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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Germany

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 drmeto
2.55/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

L:
-pours a clear straw-golden with a big,foamy,quickly dissipating,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-floral,cooked potatoes,vegetables,slight lemon
T:
-lemon,floral,metallic
F:
-light body,light-medium carbonation
O:
Only 2 Kölsch are available in my area.
I def. preferred the Gaffel over this

Photo of BMMillsy
2.71/5  rDev -28.9%

Out of a bottle while hanging out in Cologne. Pours clear golden with nearly no head. Aroma of hay, light pale malt sweetness, unpleasant Kolsch aroma. Flavor follows the aroma with a slightly dirty finish, though I found it a bit cleaner than the Paffgen I had earlier today. Light bodied of course, goes down easy enough, medium carbonation. Meh.

Photo of lelepat
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A well-known brew from Cologne, this beer is more famous than it should be.

Photo of titvs
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 6C). Bottle 50 cl - Batch 11816:27. AROMA: slightly sweet cereal aromas. no hop aromas. slight esters reminiscent of pears. APPEARANCE: slightly light gold color and very translucent. thin white head with average retention. TASTE: low malty sweet flavour. very low bitterness. no hop flavours. PALATE: low and watery body. low carbonation. OVERALL: a watered down Kolsch without the characteristic subtle fruit flavours.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle.Footed pilsner glass.Enjoyed on mar´12.Pours blond in color,cristal clear appearance.Pure white lasting crown. Herbal, slightly sulphury,aroma.Balanced malts & German hops in mouth, subtle lemon touch.Very light body,medium carbonation.Lingers with no conflicting notes. Painfully overall results quite flat. Suggested in sunny days as a session beer.

Photo of patre_tim
3/5  rDev -21.3%

A: Straw and crisply filtered with no carbonation. The 3 fingers of fizzy white head, fade relatively fast.


S: Malt forward, a little crisp white wine, vinous quality, fermenting green hay, an umami quality like shitake mushrooms.


T: Malty, clean linen, a touch of banana, then a very dry chemical of paper mill quality, an acrid slight bitter taste with a hint of sour lemon juice.


M: Not the best Kolsch I’ve had, but happy to find the style in Thailand just the same. Lacking in the white wine quality, perhaps this one is slightly old and losing its touch. I’ve had some of the best Kolsches around, and some good American copies, but this isn’t the most awesome, but it’s the style, so I’m happy. Drank in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Sept 27th, 2014.

Photo of seanyfo
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

0.2l gravity serving at Fruh am Dom

A- Pale blonde, average head retention and minimal lacing

S- Little musty, faint malts and grains

T- nice maltiness but also thin and a bit watery in the finish making for an average balance

M- Spritzy and watery

D- Its a mediocre kolsch, nice malts character but its letdown by a thin body.

Photo of Douberd
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ABV 4,8%.
Can of 500 ml, bought on a recent excursion to Germany. At first I thought Kolsch was also part of the beers name, now I see it's a style of beer. Poured in a sort of Kolsch type of glass.
Three fingers of white, thick head, with very good retention but not much lacing left behind. At first great activity in the glass, stops almost as soon as the head disappears. Golden yellow in colour.
Pleasant aroma of hops, mixed with a malty smell, albeit faint.
Sweet and malty flavour at first, turns into a slighty bitter and hoppy aftertaste.
Thin on the body, low carbonation and dry on the palate.

It's the first time I drink this style, and I didn't find it much different than a lager, also, since it's the first time, I don't have anything to compare it to. Drinkability was high, and it was going down very easily.

Photo of doktorhops
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Kölsch, a style I have touched on before with Australian renditions but have never had a traditional one from Köln (where it originated), is an interesting style. It is top-fermented (i.e. an Ale) with Lager characteristics. If done well it makes an excellent summer Ale for long hot days, however if it is done badly it can become quite drain-pour worthy. As Früh Kölsch is my first real German Kölsch it will henceforth be my benchmark of this style. I hope they set that bar high.

Poured from a 500ml can into a Stange (or “test tube glass” the traditional glass for a Kölsch).

A: Presents a clear pale straw body with a cappuccino foam white head that soon reduces to a light lace on top. Spot on colour for a true Kölsch. 8/10.

S: Fresh cider apples in the aroma provide dry and vinous characters, there is hints of a grain base and slight metallic note from the can, overall a pretty decent and Lagery aroma. 7/10.

T: Crisp, dry and cidery... in fact it tastes light a glass of dry apple cider more than a beer. Then the grain flavours kick in... then you have a burp because of the dramatic carbonation, with a finish and aftertaste that is mildly bitter, very crisp and oh so dry. Another sip reveals white wine characters with some light honey sweetness. 6/10.

M: Waaay over-carbonated, it’s been a while since I’ve let off this many belches, with a mid to light body. 3/10.

D: It can be said that a good Kölsch is a perfect pairing for a hot summers day and Früh is a good enough Kölsch, though my scores do tend to show a bias against Lagers in general (I’m an Ale-man, and a Hophead, this is true) - I still believe my scoring of this beer is relative to how good it actually is. That said, with flavours like a typical cheap German Lager, there is little reason to seek this beer out and fork over the $5.50/500mls I paid for it - this is a sub $3/500mls can at best. 6/10.

Food match: A Köln specialty Himmel un Ääd (or Heaven and Earth) roasted apple and semi-mashed potatoes, with fried onion topping, served with the classic blood sausage is a definite great pairing for this brew.

Photo of wl0307
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Coming in a 500ml slim brown bottle, BB 12/12/08, served lightly chilled in Gaffel's 200ml stange.

A: pours a light straw colour, fizzy, topped with a 2cm-thick cotton-white foam with good retention.
S: a pleasant aroma mixed of clean and soft floral German hops and a focused edge of grainy light malts; very well-integrated, with 50-50 fruitiness to malts coated with a thin sheet of citrus-like fruitiness. Not bad.
T: maybe due to pasteurisation, a boiled-veggie-like sugary taste stays constantly aside, on top of a plastic and grainy touch of malts... lightly corn-ish as well at the back, while the finishing touch at last demonstrates some pleasant and clean floral hop flavour and bitterness, with a restrained fruity touch.
M&D: not comparable with the natural draught version at all, which is much more pronounced in both fruity and malty compartments; this bottle has shown some bad impacts from (maybe) pasteurisation, albeit not to the point of total displeasure. The mouthfeel is overly sharp and fizzy, the body is light alright, but the finishing touch comes somewhat acidic and metallic... the overall performance really is a world apart from its-good-self on draught, hence a below-average drinkability.

Photo of kjc51478
3.09/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow with a fizzy but quick dissipating head. Aroma is slight but made up mostly of wheat and malt. Taste is crisp and slightly sweeter than most Kölsch I'm familiar with. The wheaty flavors follow through into the back end leaving a sweet and bready aftertaste. This is a middle of the road Kölsch.

Photo of Cervisaphile
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Mediocre Kölsch: unimpressive all around, but still better than most U.S. examples.

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

50 cl bottle. Pours a a golden yellow color, quickly disappearing frothy white head, decent lacing. Aroma is pale malts, grain, straw, earthy and a touch of fruity hops. Flavor is crisp, sweet malts, straw, a little bit of bread, and a fair amount of hops. Light in body, lively and carbonated, very crisp and refreshing. Very good beer, true to the style.

Photo of dasenebler
3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal-clear light gold, with a decent bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Nose of light grassiness, hop funk, and cracker-like malts, along with a hint of sulfur.

Refreshing, but not that clean for a Kölsch. Nice biscuity maltiness for a beer this light, with a hefty dose of hay and grain, too. Tastes similar to other German lagers (grassy, lightly skunky hops) but this beer's a Kölsch and therefore an ale. Refreshing carbonation. Good mouthfeel for such a light beer.

Not a whole lot going on, but overall a decent brew, and a welcome change from the standard German pils and lager. Better on-tap.

Photo of flyingpig
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£2.80):
Very light & clear, golden straw with a thumb-sized, bubbly head that's white with a fine texture, lots of visible carbonation and good retention.

Like a lager on the nose with some light, sweet malts a& hints of floral, some grassy hops feature too but the aroma isn't the most pronounced. Plenty of grain, some further sweetness & some bread with touches of yeast in there as well.

Light malts with touches of sweetness coming through & some bread as well. Quite a lot of grain is present, there is some faint floral flavours & fruit with some citrus but again nothing is particularly strong.

The beer is a light bodied, almost thin one with some grain & medium carbonation. It proved quite easy to drink with light bitter finish that is slightly tangy as well.

Very similar to a pale lager in a lot of ways & I wasn't particularly impressed with this one really. It was a drinkable beer & it's always nice to get a new style under my belt but I didn't think it was a great beer really.

Photo of Absumaster
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is very clear and pours a light golden color with lots of carbonation and a thin head.

Smell is malty and what I think is diacetyl. The yeast produces a clean profile with some slight sulfur notes.

Taste is light malty with a clean German yeast profile, some sulfuric notes. Also some bitterness and a slight hoppiness. To me this is nothing too special, it is like an average German pils.

Photo of Andreji
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was amazed to see the great score this Kölsch has from other advocates, considering I dont share such a strong opinion on it. Had it at the Früh Bräuhaus am dom as well.

The pour is light straw, translucid a long head that is rather creamier than other kolsches, but as short lasting.

The nose is rather citrusy and hoppy, with some wheats and malts as well.

The taste, its better trait above other kolsches is that it is very bitter at the end to match with a citrusy sweetness that is felt at the beginning of the taste. Balanced carbonation as well which matches it in a nice way as well.

Still, not my cup of tea...or pint of beer, should I say.

Photo of smcolw
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Straw colored with a bit. Small, quickly dying head. No lace.


Strong iron metal aroma. Distracting.

The flavor is an improvement but I can still taste this off putting iron. Very thin bodied with a heightened carbonation level. In the taste, I do get some of the sweetness expected. Short aftertaste.

Photo of ricke
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of jspruit
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in a 500ml bottle at the Bull and Castle in Dublin. Poured a golden smooth color with light 2-finger white head. Not too much smell. Smooth with some carbonation and light hoppiness-nothing remarkable though. Tasted better and cleaner as it approached room temperature a bit. I would like to try another Kölsch style beer before coming back to this one.

Photo of tone77
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some floral hops. Taste is mild, malty, a bit bready, some floral hops, a hint of sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent and refreshing beer, probably better suited to the summer.

Photo of rvdoorn
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

had this in a restaurant in koln. Pours like all kolsch beers, golden yellow with white head. Smell is light hoppy with malts and grass.taste malts and a bit more sweet than the average kolsch. Very drinkable,light mouthfeel,there is just not too much more to say about this beer,but need to fill 250 characters...

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first kölsch in Köln! Stoked!

The beer is clear and golden crowned with pure white head.

Light aroma of grain.

It is light bodied and easy to drink. Tastes grainy, has some grass, mineral, and light fruity notes.

So kölsch is ok. It's cool drinking it outside on a sunny day shootin the scheisse.

Photo of rarbring
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is clear straw colored, with a white head leaving some lacing. Small curtains.

Fruity aromas, ripe apples, some vegetables and dough. Rather pleasant.

Starting sweet white bread, then some lemon and apple juice, a tart peel finish.

Little carbonation, small soft bubbles, a soft and smooth texture, a slightly dry finish.

A not-to-bad Kölsch.

Photo of crossovert
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An ale in theory but a lager at heart. 0,33 cl bottle MHB: 14.09.11.

It pours a clear and bright gold with a foamy but frothy bright white head. It leaves little bit of small speckles behind.

The smell is grainy with a light bit of light fruit and a kiss of hops.

The flavor is interesting. It has a unique fruitiness that i haven't yet tasted in this style. It is like white wine/grapes almost. It has a slight bit of hops, but the main flavor is an overriding fruity sweetness.

The mouthfeel is not as light as expected, it is under-carbonated.

It is an interesting beer, at least it isn't monotonous. Don't be araid of this style, it isn't that bad.

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Früh Kölsch from Brauerei Früh am Dom
86 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.