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Früh Kölsch - Brauerei Früh am Dom

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BA SCORE
86
very good

296 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 21
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Früh am Dom visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Longstaff on 10-01-2002)
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.04/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.93/5  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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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Crisp, clean and German.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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1.85/5  rDev -51.3%

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3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

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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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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.

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Früh Kölsch from Brauerei Früh am Dom
86 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.