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Früh Kölsch - Brauerei Früh am Dom

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BA SCORE
86
very good

306 Ratings
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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 21
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Früh am Dom visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Longstaff on 10-01-2002

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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

Photo of KohlbeckM
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of BKBassist
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of shanny1981
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of magictacosinus
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of magpieken
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ZachRusk
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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 JonnoWillsteed
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of RD1163
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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 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.

Photo of dar482
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Theheroguy
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow with a minuscule head.

An array of white grape flavors. In some ways its like a mellow easy drinking white wine. It very flavorful and full bodied despite looking otherwise.
Very tart and complex, crisp and clean. The taste of this beer is very far removed from other beers that I've had.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of THECPJ
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of jonb5
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Half litre bottle, poured into a pint glass. Pale colour, one finger head which was quick to disappear, kept some lacing, clear. Aroma was Chardonay and vanilla. Tasted cranberry, Chardonay, vanilla and yeast. Finish was delayed and wheaty. Crisp texture, well carbonated which gave it a slightly coarse edge. Enjoyable beer, made me want to explore the style further, bit of a palate changer.

Früh Kölsch from Brauerei Früh am Dom
86 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.