Früh Kölsch - Brauerei Früh am Dom

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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 25
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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Germany

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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  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.

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this from the brown bottle in a mug chilled.

The color is golden straw with very good clarity and thick white cream of two fingers high w/ very fine bead visibly carbonated with smooth creamy froth for head and good retention as lace sticks well. The smell is fruity but light with subtle pear-likes sweet fragrant yeast with mild aroma of malt with mineral quality accenting. The feel has slight yeast up front with malt sweetness and moderately high carbonation with smooth creamy body, mild bitterness and semi-dry finish.

The taste is malt oriented with mild entry and gentle hops which are herbal with not overly bitter taste. The yeast adds fruitiness with subtle hint of alcohol in the background and pilsner malt taste throughout which is refined and subtle but hops have a toned down effect. This is a great kolsch -might be one of the best I have had it is a treat to sip and savor I would have got more if I could I love the subtlety and drinkability.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appeance: pale yellow, bordering on green, with a firm 1/2" collar of foam.
Aroma: fresh, light, delicately hoppy, rather minor in size, but with appreciable fruity notes, which continue on the palate, once the tasting begins.
Light, but lively, happy, with a tangible tangy, citric fruit flavor, and perhaps a touch of apple or pear.
After so many American interpretations, it's great to taste a true kolsch and know once and for all how they should taste. This is a classic, extremely downable, light in body, but with just enough flavor, sweet and lemony, to be worthwhile, and to have me wish this 500 ml bottle would never empty.
Thanks to my pal Dave for bringing it over to the States for me!

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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite the find for under $4

Perfect pour. Light golden, very clear. Nice fluffy white head of about 2 fingers; lingered for half the glass. Timid swirl brought it back

Aroma has a gentle undertone of malt and sweetness, white grape. Consistent front of grassy hops and slight spice

Clean flavor. The white grape is noticeable at the end, but not dominant. Good combo of hop zip and carbonation. This is a porch pounding beer and would go quite well with grilled white meats and salads

Photo of DoubleJ
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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

Enjoyed a bottle brought back from Koln. The label is marked 27.10.10. As expected, this was a tasty and crisp little ale. The aroma has an interested toasted popcorn and grain character with a tiny hint of citrus. The flavor expands on the dry grainy toast with biting orange peel that rolls through a dry finish. Along the way there are also hints of sweet apple (maybe Pink Lady) and fresh raspberries and blueberries. The fruit isn't quite as big as Reissdorf, but it's still all very well balanced. Check out this kolsch classic when you get a chance.

Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  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!

Photo of wl0307
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Coming in a 500ml slim brown bottle, BB 12/12/08, served lightly chilled in Gaffel's 200ml stange.

A: pours a light straw colour, fizzy, topped with a 2cm-thick cotton-white foam with good retention.
S: a pleasant aroma mixed of clean and soft floral German hops and a focused edge of grainy light malts; very well-integrated, with 50-50 fruitiness to malts coated with a thin sheet of citrus-like fruitiness. Not bad.
T: maybe due to pasteurisation, a boiled-veggie-like sugary taste stays constantly aside, on top of a plastic and grainy touch of malts... lightly corn-ish as well at the back, while the finishing touch at last demonstrates some pleasant and clean floral hop flavour and bitterness, with a restrained fruity touch.
M&D: not comparable with the natural draught version at all, which is much more pronounced in both fruity and malty compartments; this bottle has shown some bad impacts from (maybe) pasteurisation, albeit not to the point of total displeasure. The mouthfeel is overly sharp and fizzy, the body is light alright, but the finishing touch comes somewhat acidic and metallic... the overall performance really is a world apart from its-good-self on draught, hence a below-average drinkability.

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.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of bark
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of stcules
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the barrel @Früh Am Dom, Köln.
Golden, very clean appearance, with the classic two finger of a white and creamy head. Right kölsch appearance.
In the smell a good herbal hop, very fresh and pleasant.
At the taste, too, a resolute hopping, but at the same time delicate, fresh, grassy.
A quite long bitterness in the aftertaste.
And, as usual, a great drinkability.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Früh Kölsch from Brauerei Früh am Dom
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