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Früh Kölsch - Brauerei Früh am Dom

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86
very good

116 Reviews
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Reviews: 116
Hads: 345
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 29
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Früh am Dom visit their website
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 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. (762 characters)

Photo of Globetrotter
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hand-carried from Köln to Moscow (thanks, Stan!), this tall brown half liter bottle features a red and white label with three gold crowns above the label. Purity law applies. Best before 7/13/06, I opened it on 3/1/06.

Pours a clear straw color under a huge three finger snow white head with great body, retention and stickiness, leaving good healthy lace strings. Very nice pour. The nose features crisp bready malt with a tinge of spicey hop. The mouth is very light and very prickly. The taste is mild and sweet in the opening, perhaps a bit watery with a touch of lemon and a splash of corn syrup. The hops that kick in later are extremely dry, almost parched, with a high intensity but low quantity bitterness that lasts and lasts. This is a nice thirst quencher that invites another round. (799 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of therica
4.83/5  rDev +26.8%
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. (1,509 characters)

Photo of shbobdb
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of mobyfann
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid .65EUR + .08EUR glass deposit for a 330mL bottle.

*Reviewed on 25.07.2005

The beer pours a clear golden base, small-medium white head, solid retention that lasts for about 30 minutes and no lacing at all. A touch of hops but that is it.

A nice hops taste with a mild dose of malts. No true aftertaste. The Kolsch is real smooth in the mouth. Very drinkable, this is a session Kolsch for sure.

Final Thought: Better on tap in Köln, wish I had reviewed it then... but still it is a first-rate Kölsch. (517 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB 20-10-05. Nice head and beautifull light golden and cristal clear beercolor. Nose is very malty, litle hoppy and quiet estery and overal very fresh and flowery.Taste is good and nice balance between palemalts, yeastester and hopbitterness. Litle salty and thatfor quiet dry too. Good brew that runs exceptionally easy down. (326 characters)

Photo of tjd25
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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.. (568 characters)

Photo of ark57
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pale yellow in color, but it does not lack in taste. The Fruh brewery produces this beer with a creamy malt body that finishes with a crisp hoppiness. There is also a faint taste of fresh berries. I don't have access to many authentic german Kolsch's in my area, so i jumped at the chance to sample this one. I was quite happy with my find. (342 characters)

Photo of Andreji
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was amazed to see the great score this Kölsch has from other advocates, considering I dont share such a strong opinion on it. Had it at the Früh Bräuhaus am dom as well.

The pour is light straw, translucid a long head that is rather creamier than other kolsches, but as short lasting.

The nose is rather citrusy and hoppy, with some wheats and malts as well.

The taste, its better trait above other kolsches is that it is very bitter at the end to match with a citrusy sweetness that is felt at the beginning of the taste. Balanced carbonation as well which matches it in a nice way as well.

Still, not my cup of tea...or pint of beer, should I say. (668 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent kölsch beer for sure. Thanks to Eva for bringing this back from Germany for me. This is a super pale golden colour with a fizzy white head. Just like a true kölsch should be. The smell was simple, and consisted of berries, fruity hops, and light bready malts. The taste was immensely satisfying with hops and malts having some great interplay. The mouthfeel is light and thirst quenching and the drinkability is exceptional! (439 characters)

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! (703 characters)

Photo of allboutbierge
3.83/5  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. (652 characters)

Photo of putnam
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled blind, in a Stange next to Reissdorf.
Not a hint of boiled grain on the palate. Just flowery, starchy fizz and sunny, bright, natural, pure sweetness. How can this be "obergaerig," I wonder. It is so light, so drinkable. Not necessarily a beer to dissect, but rather, a beer to succumb to and float away on.
If "Frueh" means "early," does that mean we can drink this for breakfast???
Thanks to Jan's dad for this treat. (430 characters)

Photo of Longstaff
4.65/5  rDev +22%
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. (600 characters)

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Früh Kölsch from Brauerei Früh am Dom
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