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Früh Kölsch - Brauerei Früh am Dom

Früh KölschFrüh Kölsch

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BA SCORE
86
very good

209 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 209
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%


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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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle was poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a nice billowy white head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up though the glass. Looks awesome.

Smell: Bready and sweet pilsner malts followed by grassy Bavarian hops. Pretty standard and traditional smelling.

Taste: Nice chewy and sweet notes from the pilsner malts with some grassy notes and slight bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, light, chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Never seen this before here and Boston. For a kolsch style from the town it originated in, this beer is traditional and classic. I will be getting more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 19:01:48 | More by Flounder57
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emerge077

Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Back label says 19613, not sure how to interpret... 196th day of 2013 maybe.

Served in an 0,4l OMB stange (thanks Wil). Pours a bright straw gold with plenty of rising carb trails. The head fluffs up and rises above the rim of the glass like a soufflé. Dense halo of lacing collects around the top of the glass. Skim breaks after 15 minutes or so.

Aroma is clean and bready, mellow malt and delicate yeast notes.

Taste is clean and similarly malty, buttered biscuits, dough, dried grass, and some white grape character from the Kölsch yeast. Feel is crisp and the body is supple, very easy to drink with a dry aftertaste. Overall this was a good Kölsch, would try again, and look for a fresher date on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 00:00:46 | More by emerge077
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the flavors are a bit too mild in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 03:08:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The quintessential taste of Koln, Germany is alive and well. Not so Lager, not so Ale- this hybrid beer brings a delicate tone of each to the table with the city's unique taste.

Its brilliant straw-gold color simply gleams with the most subtle back-lit tone. As steady streams of carbonation rise from the bottom, a fluffy and stark white head ensues. As it recedes, a frothier tone celebrates its long retention and speckled lace.

Floral aromatics of honeysuckle, citrus, orchard fruit and grain projects something of fresh baking bread, earthy sulfur and straw-like husk. Its slight apple and lemon tones seem to give rise to the floral tones in a very "apple blossom" kind of way. Its herbal and tea-like scent is the perfect bridge-way into its taste to come.

Yet even more delicate in its initial taste, the Kolsch's taste is delicate, fruity and even more floral. Resembling "Pez" candies, its fruity and floral taste is of apple, lemon, grape and orange, even if they are somewhat candied in its finesse flavor. As a backing of powdered sugar gives the fruitiness a honey-dripped character, its taste then drift toward fresh baking bread, "match stick"-type sufur and a straw-like biting bitterness that balances the fruit and sweetness evenly- the beer leaves the palate with an even-keel memory that's pleasant and memorable.

Its grainy-sweet texture is lightly husky after the sweetness declines- leaving behind the slightest astringency and spicy bitterness that closes the session. Its early creaminess goes all malty-dry to close leaves the palate with a smooth minty a vanilla-like aftertaste.

But its that friendly fruity/floral character that sets this Kolsch apart. Its a fresh and crisp taste, texture and aromatic sense that allows a lively mood to spring forth. Its delicate, flavorful and soft from start to finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 06:12:16 | More by BEERchitect
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 03:36:15 | More by biboergosum
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I will cop to the fact that it was the low price point that drew me to this one. I have had Kolsches before and I have had German beers before and frankly, I have enough bottles to keep me busy for some time to come.

From the bottle: "herrlich obergärig cölner hofbräu früh (gorgeous top-fermented Cölner Hofbräuhaus early)". "seit 1904 (since 1904)".

My pour created a finger of fizzy, bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was a button-bright straw-yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Stunning! Nose had a grape-y, vinous quality mentioned in the description on this site, slightly tart, kind of sour. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was of freshly mown hay. It was very malty and the grape aspect was hardly noticeable in the mouth. The finish was unexpectedly dry and here the vinousness returned. This well worth what I paid for it and although not worth actively pursuing, it would be a welcome find on a shelf.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 00:50:03 | More by woodychandler
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 14:09:32 | More by tone77
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WunderLlama

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a glass beer boot

Clear, yellow with strands of carbonation leading to a one finger foam cap that quickly subides. Few lacings

Grassy, malt, bread and grains with a whisper if lemon aroma.

Clean, crisp, refreshing malts and no bitter aftertaste. A light mouthfeel.perfect beer for a hot summer day. Love this style of beer. Worthy of repeating and stocking in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 01:43:51 | More by WunderLlama
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 00:56:49 | More by bluejacket74
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a stange:

A: light and clear golden yellow colored body with a one and a half finger white foamy head that dies within about twenty seconds, no lacing is left, carbonation is seen rising at a moderate pace

S: lightly hopped, somewhat malty, but fruity and grainy, and just a little bit of spice underneath but that spice tends to fade away once it warms a bit

T: basically the same but coming across very balanced and really impressive, sweet sticky aftertaste and finish

M: light, sessionable, carbonation seems to be a bit under for the Kolsch style but still good to me

O: wow, this is a really nice Kolsch, for $3.99 a bomber, yeah, I'll be drinkin' this quite often in the summer as it has quite a nice refreshing quality to it, best Kolsch on the market by my numbers - yes, so ... I say don't pass this up if you see it

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 06:18:22 | More by BeerKangaroo
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JCBears

Germany

4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 15:04:33 | More by JCBears
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pale straw color with excellent clarity. About one finger of a creamy white head is formed with okay retention. Soft waves of lacing are left down the glass.

S: Lots of earthy, mildly sulfur-y German hops make themselves known initially. Some cereal grains and faint touches of fruit esters round out the decent aroma nicely.

T: Now this is more like it. A combination of cereal grains and noble hops open the brew nicely, with both notes bleeding into the crisp, dry finish. What makes this one rock-solid is its prevalent stone fruit esters that help (superbly) balance the adjunct sweetness and mild hops.

M: Like I said, it's crisp and dry with very little lingering sweetness - but plenty of lingering fruit flavors. Carbonation is good without being overbearing, also. While it's quite drinkable, I find the flavor profile too enjoyable to chug it down quick.

O: Truth be told, I really enjoy a good kolsch - and this is definitely a very good, even great, example of an (underappreciated) style. And it's cheap, to boot!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 20:12:23 | More by ThisWangsChung
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pale golden; small head that doesn't last very long

Aroma: light malt, citrus notes

Taste: Lightly malty with citrus and light hops throughout the tasting

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 13:19:19 | More by IchLiebeBier
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing like a Kolsch to start off the night on a warm spring evening. 1 L bottle, lightly chilled. Clear straw gold, nice stand of white suds that sticks around. Very subtle malt warmth - like whole grain crackers. Hop flavor is also subtle - lemon, white pepper, cut grass. Mild bitterness. Perfect balance. Very fresh.

Drinking Kolsch always reminds me of the one glaring gap in my glass collection - I need a stange.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 22:52:47 | More by bump8628
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metter98

New York

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that quickly died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of biscuit and grainy malts are present in the nose along with some hints of musty grapes.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some initial flavors of bready malts and green grapes. There is a light amount of bitterness and this persists through the finish.
M: It feels light-to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some notes of dryness towards the finish.
O: Having been to Köln and tasted several kölschs while I was there, I think this is a very good representation of the style. It is quite drinkable and would pair well with food.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 00:21:21 | More by metter98
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JonnoWillsteed

Germany

3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 16:47:35 | More by JonnoWillsteed
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is #12 on the "Top Beers - Kolsch" list on beeradvocate.com. Long time want, shows up in the states, NICE! Served in a stange cause I'm no amateur. Beer is yellow and clear, heavily carbonated, bright white head, low retention, no lacing, aggressive carbonationation.

Aroma is mild, sweet, a little yeast.

Beer is easy drinking and wet, nice and sweet but not cloying or overpowering, light in body, nice grain, nice finish, very nice beer. Yeah, I'd have this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 03:05:31 | More by drabmuh
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Theheroguy

Maryland

3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 22:02:40 | More by Theheroguy
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jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Half litre bottle, poured into a pint glass. Pale colour, one finger head which was quick to disappear, kept some lacing, clear. Aroma was Chardonay and vanilla. Tasted cranberry, Chardonay, vanilla and yeast. Finish was delayed and wheaty. Crisp texture, well carbonated which gave it a slightly coarse edge. Enjoyable beer, made me want to explore the style further, bit of a palate changer.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 09:34:42 | More by jonb5
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 01:08:28 | More by jtierney89
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +11%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 02:17:05 | More by smakawhat
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GMB

Japan

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 10:45:55 | More by GMB
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rarbring

Sweden

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 16:48:35 | More by rarbring
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 19:51:29 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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Sunnanek

Sweden

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour is clear pale golden with a large whipped-cream-like crystal white head. Slow dissipation leaves nice rich lacings.

S: Dry and mild sour. Yeast and faint spices. Light but complex. Acidic citric fruits; like grapefruits.

T: Very refreshing and light, but still complex in all it’s modesty – very nice example of a Kölsch. Grass and mild malt. Acidic sour. Yeasty. Everything is in mild tones.

M: Medium body and carbonation the same. Aftertaste is a bit longer than usually for this style, bitter and mild sour.

O: This is so easy to drink in high numbers. I really like this modest beer-style and this was a nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 07:54:08 | More by Sunnanek
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