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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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Reviews: 118 | Hads: 355
Photo of ultrasupergenius
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a traditional Kolsch glass... small in size but they are quick to bring a refill.

A good German Kolsch, if you are a fan of the style. This was the first Kolsch I had in Koln, and I had to come back the next day after I had developed a taste for the style to try this one again. I enjoyed this more after having drank a number of the local variants wandering around Koln.

Head was present, and lasted into a lace down the glass. Slight bitter and aroma of hops - but not pungent. Sweetish. Light and refreshing. The kolsch size, while frustrating, is appropriate. I would not see myself drinking two pints in a row of this, but three of the small glasses spread over time is just about right.

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Photo of foles
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice offering from probably the most well-known of the Cologne breweries.

The distinct differce I noticed between this and the rest of the city's Kolsch beers, is that there was a low amount of hoppiness. This opened the door for more fruitiness and the freshness was more recognisable. Sampling this is a right of passage when in town.

Solid, enjoyable, but maybe not a true representation of the style?

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Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: nice golden hue with a clear body and a lazy effervescence. Head is a thin layer of white foam with moderate retention. Not too bad.

Smell: very light aroma with a pretty sweet maltiness and just a touch of grain aroma. Again, pretty decent.

Taste: not bad, with a traditional Kölsch flavor, but a little bit too sweet for my taste for this style.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: a drinkable enough beer, but just a bit sweet for the style.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Produces a vast amount of bright white head, which retains fairly decently. The body is clear and gold in color.

Aroma is honey, with a weird sour smell. Something in the way of a weak Berliner Weiss smell.

The taste is lemony hops and lightly sweet cereal grain, and finishes with a blunt herbalness.

Mouth feel is coarse at first, but leaves the palate wet and cleansed.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 200ml stange glass at Suppenküche in SF. Paired with kaiser rolls and butter to start things off!

The color is a pale, golden straw color, as clear as they come, and definitely as thin as I'd expect. A slight head coats the top of the glass, but as with kölsch beers, it doesn't last too long (then again, neither does the beer), and bubbles are kept to a minimal display. Light in body, and leaves a little bit of cloudy film behind as I continued to drink it. Say... Is this keg-conditioned by any chance? It's a far more mainstream take on the style, but as far as it goes considering it's an *actual* kölsch, it's how I'd expect it to look at the very minimum.

The aroma is also rather light, with a minimal grain and hop presence right away at the nose, although they are indeed there. Slight grassy hops, almost like dried green leaves at the finish, alongside a dried cider flavor and crisp golden graininess. Not as much of the "grape-y" phenols I love in these beers, but not necessarily below average. This changed rather quickly over time as well, becoming a little bit more skunky as time went on, and little bit more grassy.

The flavor is indeed of a classic kölsch recipe, if only a bit more on the mainstream and lighter side of the style. There's an immediate rush of crisp, cereal grains, only to follow dried fruits, such as apples, light grapes, apricots, and then a finish of brief hoppy bitterness (albeit very light) that fades pretty quickly, only leaving a touch of sweetness on the tongue. Definitely refreshing, only a lightened experience overall. Carbonation is pretty good on this, although it lost gas rather quickly, even more that I anticipated. On a series of Früh advertisements I checked out, they mention that this should be consumed "before it gets old," which is more hilarious to think about as one drinks this, as it does lose a lot of its character rather quickly as it warms up. By the end, it wasn't as bubbly, and left behind a bit of grainy syrupiness. Never cloying, but I did have to down this as soon as I realized what was happening!

A good kölsch, but definitely more fragile than the average one in the style. I do enjoy the lightened, crisp feel of the body, as well as the green-ish hop profile, but it does lack a little bit of the concentrated fruitiness I enjoy when they are good. Worked very well as an aperitif before my meal. I could definitely have a bunch of these in one setting and not complain, although it would be far more for the refreshing experience it provides above anything else.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at Harveys in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

This Kölsch poured a clear, golden color with creamy, white foam that settled. The smell was a very, very light malt aroma. The taste was lightly malty backed by light hop bitterness. Some bready malt notes as well as some floral hop flavors in the finish. The mouthfeel was clean and crisp with light body and good carbonation. The lightly hoppy flavor lingered a bit in the finish. This was a good, easy-drinking, and thirst quenching beer.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a crystal clear light golden yellow colour... White head poured quite thick but faded pretty quickly to thin layer... sparse carbonation bubbles rise very slowly to the surface...no lacing...

Aroma - Light biscuity malts, creamy vanilla, lemony notes, juicy fruits, light peppery hop notes, some sea saltiness, grassy...

Taste – Juicy fruits (lemons, light grapefruit hints), light malts, some faint sugary sweetness, saltiness, light hop bitterness, some vanilla traces...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry. Light body.... Very very drinkable - would make a good session beer...

Overall - A pretty good Kolsch.... very drinkable. Definitely worth a try...

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Photo of patra7
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: In a filled glass it looks gold/amber, but when you draw it down you see that it actually has a yellow/gold color. Very thin, white head, quickly dissipating. You have to pour from fairly high to get a half-decent head. Just a few bubbles rising to the top.
Smell: The malt semi-sweetness is the first thing that hits me. Some honey / siropy notes as well, partially balanced by some floral notes, with a bitterness and some slightly metallic notes which pop up at certain moments (without becoming annoying).
Taste: Light malty / siropy taste at first, which is then followd by an acidity / fiziness that is quite aggressive and unexpected (esp. given the... head situation) and balances the overall feeling.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Strong carbonation, besides the lack of a head. A rather coarse / "unrefined" feeling.
Drinkability: Quite drinkable, refreshing; not boring but not exciting either.

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Photo of Zimbo
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light crisp and superficially like a pale lager this beer seems to be the poster child for subtlety and delicacy. Problem is that with these I usually also expect a degree of complexity which I'm afraid I just don't find here.
This beer gives quite a thin head which leaves some wispy lacing on the side of the glass but its just too gassy for me to really like it. There is also some very fine lingering hoppiness to be found but this takes far too much effort from what should be an easy drinking sociable beer.
It's not bad really. No turkey. But it could certainly do with some stuffing.

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Photo of etherashe
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Small, white 1/4 inch, short-lived head. Typical pale yellow color.

S - Slightly tart smell of hops, reminiscent of semi-dry white wine.

T - Tarty hops, followed by winey kölshiness, ending in sweet grain flavor.

M - Front tongue carbonation acts as a springboard for back-throat sweetness. Pleasant.

D - A bit on the sweet side, but not overwhelming. A nice, enjoyable triumvirate of flavors worth visiting again.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5L bottle with a best before date of 30.05.11 into a C&B Belgian glass. This beer is pale yellow, clear, and has a white head that quickly fades down into a thin cap over the beer. Carbonation is visible and appears moderate. Lacing is mostly absent, but there are some light traces here and there.

Smell is somewhat lemony with some pepper and white grape and the ever present grassy malt smell.

The taste features bread-like malt flavors that transition into white or concord grapes. Finishes with some lingering sweetness and a very light touch of hops.

Mouthfeel is relatively smooth with a nice crispness to the finish. Overall a very refreshing and drinkable beer, especially when the weather is warm.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. Served in a stange, the beer pours a clear straw gold color with about an inch white head that stays around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is mostly grainy/bready malt, along with some light herbalness and fruit, mainly grapes. The brew tastes like grainy/bready malt, light grassy/herbal hops, and some grapes. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's crisp, refreshing and easy to drink. It's well carbonated, too. Not a bad beer at all, I'd buy this again at $3.49 a bottle.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

A- Bright gold, perfectly transparent. One finger white head that disappears very quickly, withouth leaving any kind of lacing, even with a second, more aggressive pour

S- Malts are on the low side, with just some grainy hints. Aroma is very fresh, with hops (lemon, wet grass), and with a hint of tart grape that also brings a fairly distinct spicy feel

T- Malts are now more clearly detectable, though still not strong, with a grain/biscuit like feel. Some sweet fruity notes on the palate (grape for sure, maybe apple) and some fresh hoppy notes of lemon on the tongue, with very little bitterness. A nice and delicate hint of tartness in the aftertaste

M- Quite light in body with a syrup-like feel that kinda reminds of white wine. Still feels pleasantly lively thanks to it's dense carbonation

O- Some interesting fruity and vinous notes in a pleasantly refreshing and easily drinkable beer, that feels very much like a lager

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, pale goldenrod with a light head. Generally unimpressive. No visible carbonation.

S: Very nice. Light floral nose, submerged grain and malt. Some background skunkiness.

T: Light and grainy with a pleasant wash of sweet floral flavours. Taste is unsustained, quickly fading into a neutral aftertaste.

M: Barely a mouthfeel at all. Very light. Refreshing.

D: Gracious me, but it goes goes down like a dream. Drinkable, swiggable, enjoyable. Good with a meal.

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Photo of Theheroguy
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow with a minuscule head.

An array of white grape flavors. In some ways its like a mellow easy drinking white wine. It very flavorful and full bodied despite looking otherwise.
Very tart and complex, crisp and clean. The taste of this beer is very far removed from other beers that I've had.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My latest two tasting were in the Wine Tourist Town of Cochem, during a heatwave!

This is an ideal drink for hot weather, light in colour,taste and body. In other words a refreshing beer without to much character, typical of all Kolsch Beers. Fruh is better than most though, for flavour.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little "pick me up" beer before our day to EAP. Thanks for sharing the bottle Sergio! On to the beer:

It has a light golden color, topped off by a fair foam head. Its retention and lace are also fair. The nose is light as expected for a kölsch, but does provide a little joy. Notes of wet hay and apple escape from the aroma.

A light toasting beer, although it does provide some complexity. The notes of apple, hay, vague fruitiness, and bread are also present at some point. As the beer dries out, the note of hay lingers. The body can be described as "tight and light", light but not watery. Its gentle crispness is well received too.

Just the way to kick off a tasting that was only moments away. A light, refreshing beer from Cologne that won't fill you up.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Fruh brewpub in Cologne. It was served in 0.2 liter glasses which flowed endlessly to the table. Prior to this night I'd only tried one American interpretation of Kolsch (from Goose Island). But in the course of one night I'd tried at least three authentic versions in Cologne.

Fruh was and is the most appealing Kolsch to me. It had a maltier flavor than the others, which were a little too bitter in my opinion. I could and did drink this all night. The brewpub served some awesome roasted pork which went perfectly with the beer.

If you get to Cologne, I recommend trying this beer. If you're not in the true Koln atmosphere, though, the Kolsch is actually a pretty weak beer style and possibly not worth the effort to seek out.

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Photo of mobyfann
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid .65EUR + .08EUR glass deposit for a 330mL bottle.

*Reviewed on 25.07.2005

The beer pours a clear golden base, small-medium white head, solid retention that lasts for about 30 minutes and no lacing at all. A touch of hops but that is it.

A nice hops taste with a mild dose of malts. No true aftertaste. The Kolsch is real smooth in the mouth. Very drinkable, this is a session Kolsch for sure.

Final Thought: Better on tap in Köln, wish I had reviewed it then... but still it is a first-rate Kölsch.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a yellow amber colored brew with a one finger white head. The head faded relatively quickly to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass

Smell- The nose was a mix of some sweet fruit aromas of tangerine with a grainy and bready smell.

Taste – The taste started out with a more crisp and bready taste up front with hints of fruit and caramel sweetness which get more potent more toward the middle of the taste. Along the same time the sweetness maximizes some light bitterness of a grassy and herbal nature comes to the tongue. The sweet fades more toward the end of the taste leaving a crisp and grainy flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was on the thinner to average side with a carbonation level that was fairly average. Both were quite appropriate for the style and keeping with the crisp nature of the taste.

Overall – A quite easy drinking Kolsh with a nice crisp finish.

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Photo of bark
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Offwhite large compact head. The liquid is clear and pale gold-yellow (6 EBC). No lacing.

The smell is dry and quite German with minerals, some clean yeast and hints of alcohol (!). Hints of cellars and hoppy hay.

The taste is fresh and thirst drenching. Hins of cellars and grassy hops. Minerals. Medium body. Quite a lot of clean malty flavours and some butterscotch. The flavours are quite strong for the strength. The complex flavours reminds a bit of British pale ale. The aftertaste brings notes of alcohol and porridge plus a pleasant note of leather. Cream in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong; the many small bubbles are fresh. The liquid is light and a bit dry.

A highly gulpable brew with some character, just like a Kölsch is supposed to be. The cellar notes makes a bit too heavy at times, though.

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Photo of Jsteez
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%

Good, clean, crisp. Perfect on a warm autumn evening. Poured yellow-gold, fluffy white head; sticky lacing. Clean malty smell; slight spice in the nose, with a hint of grainy malt; Tastes consisted of a little lemon, malt, and smooth at first, with a sweetish/dry aftertaste. Decent beer, easy drinking. Quaffed a couple 16 oz. bottles . Good beer for warm weather.

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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 StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

one of the better kolsch beers out there, and for me, maybe the only actual german one that has this much going on in terms of mouthfeel. i also think it makes a huge different having it on tap compared to the bottle. its so fresh without any of that oxidation or tired beer thing we always get in imported lighter colored stuff. the color is rich golden, and you can tell by looking at it that is has some body. classic german grain bill on it, and for some reason its just fuller bodied and more texturally interesting than the watery yellow beers that use the title kolsch. this is a true kolsch. fresh crackery grain base with just a touch of sweetness like a drop of honey or something. a bit floral with the hops, and quite bitter compared to its peers. carbonation is high and the body, i love all the body, thats what makes this one stand out for me. the lagers from these regions get all the hype, but this is a real classic, probably my favorite imported kolsch. they have it on tap most of the time at prost sausages on 32nd, and they serve it in its proper glassware. this would be the best place in town to have one.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear light golden amber with a thin white head that dissipates to a thin film leaving light lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt, light European hops. Flavor follows aroma, mildly sweet biscuit malt, light grassy hops, mixed grain, hints of apple juice. Finishes with dry biscuit and grassy hops. Light bodied with nice carbonation. A nicely made kolsch, with a classic malt complement. Well balanced. Light flavored, as appropriate for the style, but nice biscuit and light hopping. Finishing flavor perhaps a bit thinner than other kolsches, but still satisfying.

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Früh Kölsch from Brauerei Früh am Dom
85 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.