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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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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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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

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

According to Warner in his book on brewing kolsch, this is one of the palest of the bunch and indeed, looks like a cheap adjunct lager: A very pale straw color with a small quantity of white foam, effervescent and bright. Fortunately it does not taste like said adjunct lager and the robust carbonation does not sear the tongue. Currently on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary and a very cool find. Aroma is very fruity, robust white grape and lemon rind along with fresh doughy malt and a pleasant acid tang. Nothing dark at all. Tastes exactly like it smells. I have yet to try many examples of this style but this is the fruitiest to date, with that musty white grape character on the nose carrying over onto the palate. The malt is subtle yet flavorful, white buttermilk biscuits come to mind along with a sweet cereal character. Crisp, fairly dry, and creamy smooth. The hops are mellow and tastefully done, yielding a fragrant hay sort of vibe but without too many floral or spice notes. Thin to moderate body with maybe a bit of chalk. Classic kolsch really. Eminently drinkable but not lacking in flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2014 16:34:24 | More by CalgaryFMC
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barczar

Kentucky

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

Pours a light golden straw with minimal white head.

Grain, lightly floral hops, and fruity notes form the initial aroma. There's a bit of earthy, spicy character.

Flavor reveals light yeast fruitiness, hints of muted lemon and lime,with a backbone of grain, becoming fairly bready and malty, yet slightly dry at the finish. Reminiscent of cereal grain in the peppery, lightly bitter aftertaste. There's a minerally quality that surfaces as it warms.

Body is a touch on the light side, with carbonation a bit high and spritzy.

Minerally overall, with slightly citrusy notes at the base and significant malt presence. Refreshing, yet substantial flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2013 22:52:38 | More by barczar
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magictacosinus

California

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2013 01:41:18 | More by magictacosinus
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2013 14:56:29 | More by Darkmagus82
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2012 06:14:00 | More by MattSweatshirt
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sim0n17

Germany

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the top 2 Kolsch's if not #1 (along with Gaffel). Crisp, clean taste with a bit of a thin mouthfeel. VERY refreshing in summer knocking them back in the little .2 glasses. Not much smell, but makes a nice "blumen" for a Kolsch. It seems you can drink this one endlessly.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 17:50:38 | More by sim0n17
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2011 16:08:17 | More by rvdoorn
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cpanossian

New York

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

First time in Cologne so pretty excited about checking out the mythical Kolsh. Kolsch from keg barrel on bar in 0.2L stange glass.
Crystal clear light yellow no carbonation.
A little sweet. Light bitter barley bite. Slightly funky nose. Very mild, quenching, and great for sipping.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2010 19:50:47 | More by cpanossian
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

M-light

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

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2010 16:36:37 | More by jneiswender
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AgentMunky

California

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2010 22:58:16 | More by AgentMunky
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ultrasupergenius

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2009 15:43:45 | More by ultrasupergenius
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tfarmstrong

Arkansas

4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2009 16:15:45 | More by tfarmstrong
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cagocubs

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2009 17:58:47 | More by cagocubs
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philipquarles

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2008 19:48:24 | More by philipquarles
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foles

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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?

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2008 14:07:53 | More by foles
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2006 13:14:04 | More by BlackHaddock
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2006 20:42:47 | More by TurdFurgison
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2006 06:46:28 | More by UncleJimbo
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therica

Maryland

4.85/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2005 10:51:56 | More by therica
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shbobdb

Indiana

4.68/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2005 18:58:05 | More by shbobdb
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tjd25

France

4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2005 08:42:15 | More by tjd25
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bigbeerdrinka

Germany

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
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..

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2004 18:12:34 | More by bigbeerdrinka
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allboutbierge

Austria

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Köln's breakfast beer. Not really, but with such a clean taste and name like 'fruh', it opens the possibility. Though I did enjoy this beer immensely I doubt it would go well with cereal.

Served in a traditional tall thin kölsch glass. Color is typical of kölsch--light, completely transparent, and topped by a fluffly white cloud of a head. Taste is scent is atypical however. Its slightly sweet, almost in a sugar like way. Theres a touch of tartness but its extremely subtle. Like all kölsch beers its a clean finish and light in the stomach. One of my favored kölsch beers and from what I have noticed one of the more popular kölsch beers.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2003 14:11:17 | More by allboutbierge
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Longstaff

Massachusetts

4.7/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2002 11:28:42 | More by Longstaff
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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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