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Früh Kölsch | Brauerei Früh am Dom

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Früh KölschFrüh Kölsch
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Brewed by:
Brauerei Früh am Dom
Germany | website

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Longstaff on 10-01-2002

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Reviews: 127 | Ratings: 387
Photo of OlaB
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: clear golden color, small head that lay on the surface, bubbly

S: some fruity notes ,like apples, some sweet malts ,herbs and floral hops

T&F: Start with a good malt sweetness , and then it goes more over to hop bitterness,and ends with a dry finishing , a good aftertaste that last as it should. Quite refreshing taste, lack a little crispness in the mouthfeel. Else it is extremly easy drinking and thirst quencing.

O: For a hot summer day like today this was really refreshing and good. I sure would trie this again if i get the chance. All in all a good beer

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear yellow with a nice white head. Aromas and flavors are perfect exemplary kolsch flavors: pear, delicate florals, slightly sweet with a hint of hop bitterness. Super drinkable. One of the finest kolsch I have ever had and paired well with German bratwursts.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked 16115, 11707:
Clear pale golden, little head but not sustaining.
Not much aroma, but fresh bready with a hint of herbal hops is the impression I get.

Taste has an undertone of a promise of bitterness atop a nicely malty sweet taste. The promise is left unfulfilled, though a little citrus (lemony) flavor comes out. The hips seem subdued though their presence is noticed.

Wish got a little more crispness and perhaps a less muted interplay of malt and bitterness - or at least one of those.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brand new to my area. The only other true Kolsch that I've seen ever in the US has been Reissdorf prior to this.
$13.99 a 6'er at Bevco, which is pretty dang pricy for a kolsch, IMO.
Pours out to a sparkingly clear straw golden, forming a nice white head with very good retention and solid lacing. Carbonation is ~3.0 carbs or so. No skunk, nose of pils malt, delicate hops, with a touch of metallic, kinda like hop extract character, clean but classic Kolsch yeast character. Mouthfeel is very crisp, clean, soft, with a watery finish and light body. The taste is a recap of the nose. Beautiful pils malt character, crisp effervescent carbonation, very well balanced bitterness, nice balance of hop flavor that doesn't overpower the malt or the delicate body. Pleasing bitterness in the finish. Super easy to drink.

Pretty much a classic Kolsch. Very drinkable. Would definitely buy it again. Recommended.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 10/7/2016. Pours crystal clear golden straw color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, light pear/apple, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, light pear/apple, and yeast earthiness. Moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and light pepper on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Very slight sulfur character is present in the aromas and flavors as well. Overall this is a very nice Kolsch style. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and clean to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Offa
4.91/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

THis is an outstanding kolsch, probably the best I have had to date, with relatively strong, complex character.

Gold, medium white head steadily shrinks.

Aroma is strong, nice grain, dry bread crust, herbs, fruity.

Taste is zesty, firm grain and bread dough, zesty-juicy lemony-herb bitterness balancing firm, light grain sweetness. Both sweet and bitter linger, body is feel with great feel.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste is crisp, clean balanced, with notes of crackers. Grainy yet clean nose. Bright gold and crystal clear with a white head of delicate lace on glass. Medium lite body. Kolsch as it should be.

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Photo of Kallenovsky
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Früh is probably the best Kölsch style beer I've had so far. The super pale yellow color isn't very appealing at first, appearing as though it will be rather bland. However, despite being on the lighter side (ABV), it is fairly flavorful. Even more importantly, it finishes so well and is one of the most drinkable beers out there.

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Photo of beergoot
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bright, light gold colored body; thick, foamy, white head. Dry grass aroma; leather; twinge of pear. Lightly toasted grain flavor with a mild estery edge; soda crackers. Light body; somewhat coarse on the palate; dusty and dry mouthfeel.

An excellent, light bodied German ale. It has nice eye appeal and delivers subtle yet complex flavors and aromas.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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 FLima
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A long time ago this was my first Kölsch. Let’s see how this play out after more references and knowledge.
Light golden color with a thin head with short retention.
Light and clean aroma with notes of bread malt sweetness, grassy hops and a distant hint of pears and apples and some honey.
Clean flavor with notes of floral and grassy hops, drops of pear juice, grainy malt, a hint of white grapes and just a bit of sulfur. Well attenuated with no residual sweetness. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Refreshing and well balanced Kölsch, a sure reference for the style. Hard to say it is not a Lager. It impairs a clean taste with a pleasant and apparent hop dryness. This one is not that fresh, but it doesn’t show any oxidation. Taste like an early morning, to joke with the words. To be drunk without thinking much.

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Photo of scbeerman
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really solid kolsch and one of the better I've had the pleasure of trying. Very light gold with a nice white fluffy head; retention could be a little better. Smell of crackery malts, grassy hops, and a little bright acidity. Taste is much the same with a little sweetness and very light bitterness. Crisp mouthfeel which is a little watery. Overall, recommended as a very good summer beer.

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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Look is clear golden colour, no head at all and low carbonation, not to attractive.
Smell is clean Mineral water but nothing else much.
Taste is crisp fresh but flat with light malt after taste, easy to drink.
Feel is fresh and clean, dry aftertaste.
Overall Ok, früh means early and that's how it tastes. Prost!

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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.

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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

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Malt_Man
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cold from 500ml bottle into straight pilsner mug.

L) Clear, pale gold, very fizzy. Thin bubbly white head. Looks like a very appetising pilsner.

S) Pilsner hops, with a hint of malt sweetness. Quite strong to say it was chilled.

T) Very clean taste, slight pilsner hop bitterness, but with the distinct Kolsch flavour at the back of the mouth. Hard to describe, it is subtle a bit papery (in a good way). Very very slight hint of sweetness.

F) Fizzy and refreshing, with no aftertastes.

O) Quality Kolsch, so easy drinking and clean. To be brutally honest, if you gave me this and told me it was a pilsner I would believe you,

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Photo of Curtis
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up in Reno. Pours amazing crystal clear. Smell is very "clean", slightly fruity, very light hops. Taste is smooth, no bite, well balanced, but a little light. I expected more body from this, having homebrewed a couple of Kolsch recepies over the years. Very drinkable, perfect as a with dinner beer (pair with chicken or something light,) Would be good for a hot summer day, but looking for something heavier for the spring snow we had today. Carbonation is light and balanced. Light grain flavors come through, hops are very mild. It needs a little more body imho, but still a very nice beer. Could drink a couple of these easily (maybe a little too easy in the heat).. not that that would be a bad thing.

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Photo of DukeCola
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I first had Fruh in Koln, my German hosts who lived there recommended it highly on the hot summer day. They drank it half/half with Fanta orange soda and while I took a sip that way, I preferred mine regular. Poured in a Koln style glass, I found it very refreshing, more like a lager than a pale ale. Look was super clear in the glass with a small head, light hop flavor. Very tasty. I have a 6-pac waiting in my fridge for summer. It's almost impossible to find in the US, luckily I have it hand delivered by my friends every year. If you are ever where this is available, you must give it a try.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured into a stange to a clear and bright yellow topped by a two finger fluffy white head
S: smells of clean pale malts, some grape like aromas and a slight spicy noble hop on the nose
T: taste is clean pale malts, a lot of grape flavors and a slight spicy hop note. swallow is spicy hops more grape and some lingering clean maltyness
M: fairly light and crisp on the palate with slightly prickly carbonation and a slightly drying finish
O: really good for what it is. nice and bright flavors with a solid mouthfeel. definitely a tasty beer on the lighter side of the scale. No apparent faults in my mind. I got this one from somebody that just came back from Germany so it's probably pretty fresh compared to a lot of shelf stock.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

The aroma is fruity/tart and rubbery/crayon-like with just a touch of brown sugar and clean, grainy sweetness. The appearance is bright gold and clear with a smooth white head. The flavor includes a malty graininess and a considerable waxy, crayon-like bitterness; there is some very light pear and light spicy/fruity bitterness. The feel is fairly smooth and crisp with moderate carbonation.

Overall, it is rather solid and satisfying and otherwise certainly fits the bill, but it presents a little too much plastic-like bitterness.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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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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.

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Photo of Jsteez
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

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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