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Früh Kölsch - Brauerei Früh am Dom

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Früh KölschFrüh Kölsch

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very good

241 Ratings
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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 21
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Früh am Dom visit their website

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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4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-14-2013 23:05:38 | More by NYR_Rob
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-13-2013 15:29:18 | More by ronin926
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-12-2013 20:29:52 | More by wdarcy77
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

07-08-2013 20:23:57 | More by MLFrank
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

07-07-2013 19:13:31 | More by Ingjald
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-07-2013 17:22:24 | More by Sunrays
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-07-2013 10:46:39 | More by allstar255
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

06-24-2013 20:46:55 | More by BostonPhilly
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

06-19-2013 22:55:48 | More by Riik3
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

06-17-2013 15:05:39 | More by CB_Crowe
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3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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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3/5  rDev -21.9%

06-14-2013 01:30:35 | More by KohlbeckM
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

06-10-2013 23:23:29 | More by BKBassist
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

06-01-2013 20:00:59 | More by shanny1981
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-27-2013 23:47:20 | More by herrburgess
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3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-26-2013 00:16:56 | More by oriolesfan4
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

05-25-2013 14:27:28 | More by magpieken
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

05-23-2013 22:57:33 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

05-21-2013 16:57:20 | More by ZachRusk
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
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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New York

3.8/5  rDev -1%
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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3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
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
Früh Kölsch from Brauerei Früh am Dom
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