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Früh Kölsch - Brauerei Früh am Dom

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BA SCORE
86
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
Germany

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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stcules

Italy

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: cask

01-30-2010 12:02:45 | More by stcules
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czfreeman

California

4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Headed up to Koln this week, last Kolsch I had was Coast's 32/50, but that was quite a while ago, and can't really remember the profile.
Pours A light lemony golden malt color, light, thin head actively bubbling and dissipates quickly, leaving a lovely little ring of head. Good carbonation, light bubble streams, looks really nice., but not really much to look at.
Aromas is strangely and deliciously complex. Light bread notes, followed by a bouquet of floral notes. Fruit-apple, plum, under ripe pear, lemony acidity, sour fermented notes, clean, crisp lightly subdued hops on the finish. Even a bit of grape-like note in their as well. Smells utterly drinkable.
Flavor is really intriguingly light, yet complex. Upfront I find the grape, plum, apple notes, mid-sip the lemon comes into play. Bitterness, carbonation balance and perfect the light mouth feel. The fruit gives way to light bready malt and delicate hops. Whereas most beers here in Munich finish with a mineral finish due to the high mineral content of the water, this one finishes soft, clean and lively. Not to make too much of a simple thing, but it's nutty, with a light toasted nut character, it's fruity, sweet yet citrus punch, and ends with a great cleansing carbonation and an intruging spicy character akin to fresh cracked black pepper.
This is one of the highest rated of the Kolsch, but not the highest so I am going to hold back on the perfection rating until more samples are consumed.
What a great discovery, I would pair this head to head with young chardonnay in a wine vs beer, and pair it with lighter food fair, jumbo prawns with a light citrus sac and a peppery kick of arugula would match with beautifully. I really enjoyed my Kolsch, and look foward to more next week and ironically enough the top rated on this website are all American breweries..

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 20:21:59 | More by czfreeman
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ultrasupergenius

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a traditional Kolsch glass... small in size but they are quick to bring a refill.

A good German Kolsch, if you are a fan of the style. This was the first Kolsch I had in Koln, and I had to come back the next day after I had developed a taste for the style to try this one again. I enjoyed this more after having drank a number of the local variants wandering around Koln.

Head was present, and lasted into a lace down the glass. Slight bitter and aroma of hops - but not pungent. Sweetish. Light and refreshing. The kolsch size, while frustrating, is appropriate. I would not see myself drinking two pints in a row of this, but three of the small glasses spread over time is just about right.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2009 15:43:45 | More by ultrasupergenius
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured by the cute flight attendant on my Germanwings flight to the UK, from a .5L bottle to a small cheep plastic cup. The liquid was light gold, with ok carbonation. The head was ok almost 2 fingers white and left some lace.

The smell was a nice hops, slightly citrus with a crusty malt.

The taste was nice, lighter bread malt, slightly crusty and a mild nutty note. The hops added a crisp lemon citrus finish.

The mouthfeel was good, a solid medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability was good, not a bad sample of a brew we don't get much of in the Kurpfaltz.

Prosit and Viva Colonia. MK

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 00:27:43 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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tfarmstrong

Arkansas

4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This Kolsch in my opinion can only be experienced on tap. The bottled versions tend to be over hopped and slightly off in flavor versus the tap version. Obviously enjoying a Fruh Kolsch in the shadow of Kolner Dome is very unique. The beer is light and crisp with a very light and almost airy appearance when presented in the kolsch glass. If you are looking for a heafty dense beer go somewhere else. It is one of my personal favorites, especially on a hot summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2009 16:15:45 | More by tfarmstrong
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TheSarge

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Produces a vast amount of bright white head, which retains fairly decently. The body is clear and gold in color.

Aroma is honey, with a weird sour smell. Something in the way of a weak Berliner Weiss smell.

The taste is lemony hops and lightly sweet cereal grain, and finishes with a blunt herbalness.

Mouth feel is coarse at first, but leaves the palate wet and cleansed.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 16:22:19 | More by TheSarge
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mtstatebeer

West Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

50 cl bottle. Pours a a golden yellow color, quickly disappearing frothy white head, decent lacing. Aroma is pale malts, grain, straw, earthy and a touch of fruity hops. Flavor is crisp, sweet malts, straw, a little bit of bread, and a fair amount of hops. Light in body, lively and carbonated, very crisp and refreshing. Very good beer, true to the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 03:55:52 | More by mtstatebeer
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ricke

Sweden

3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very, very pale yellow. Clear liquid. Pretty big white uneven head that leaves some lacings.

S: A very weak smell. Some malts and white bread. Faint grassy hops, a hint of lemon and some spices.

T: Not much going on here either, rather restrained. Nice spices, though. Some malty sweetness and white bread as well. Some grassy hops and resins. The finish is short and has a mineral-like touch to it. A refreshing yet restrained bitterness develops in the finish, though.

M: Light body and plenty of lively carbonation.

D: This is a good beer, easy to drink and refreshing. But it's not outstanding and it's not very exciting. Probably one for those warm summer nights.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 00:25:10 | More by ricke
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TommyW

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear pale yellow with a thin, bubbly head that's short-lived.

S- Some graininess with some faint hop aromas.

T- Initial hint of grain is followed by a short grapiness and ending in a pleasant malt and fruit-sweetness.

M- Very aggressive carbonation which enhances the taste very well. Pretty light body overall.

D- Very refreshing brew that goes down easy with a crisp finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 19:48:35 | More by TommyW
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cagocubs

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure of going to Fruh Am Dom and trying their Kolsch.

A: Yellow with thin head that dissapates quickly.

S: Scents of fruit and sweetness.

T: Malty with hoppiness

M: Watery some, but the good carbonation keeps it in check. It is light and crisp.

D: Good drinkability because of its crisp and light nature as well as hints of sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2009 17:58:47 | More by cagocubs
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 23:05:45 | More by wl0307
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dasenebler

Maine

3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal-clear light gold, with a decent bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Nose of light grassiness, hop funk, and cracker-like malts, along with a hint of sulfur.

Refreshing, but not that clean for a Kölsch. Nice biscuity maltiness for a beer this light, with a hefty dose of hay and grain, too. Tastes similar to other German lagers (grassy, lightly skunky hops) but this beer's a Kölsch and therefore an ale. Refreshing carbonation. Good mouthfeel for such a light beer.

Not a whole lot going on, but overall a decent brew, and a welcome change from the standard German pils and lager. Better on-tap.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 23:02:13 | More by dasenebler
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etherashe

Germany

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Small, white 1/4 inch, short-lived head. Typical pale yellow color.

S - Slightly tart smell of hops, reminiscent of semi-dry white wine.

T - Tarty hops, followed by winey kölshiness, ending in sweet grain flavor.

M - Front tongue carbonation acts as a springboard for back-throat sweetness. Pleasant.

D - A bit on the sweet side, but not overwhelming. A nice, enjoyable triumvirate of flavors worth visiting again.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 17:36:18 | More by etherashe
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TKempe

Netherlands

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden and pale with a thin white head that hardly gives any lace and the most lively and mobile carbonation I have ever seen.

A fruity or juicy sweetness hits the nose, backed by a strong bottom of grainy malts, and finished off by a spicy, musty hop note and a small whiff of yeast. Very inviting.

A bit more hop-character to the flavor and a fairly clean and dry finish. Very juicy and fruity (and slightly salty) again too. A very firm yet delicate taste that covers it all.

Mouthfeel is kind of hard and very crisp. Quite easy and a joy to drink.

More or less like a good Helles, but with much more carbonation and hoppiness and saltier as well.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 18:58:54 | More by TKempe
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philipquarles

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On gravity at Frueh am Dom.

It pours a perfect clear yellow with a nice white head. Retention isn't great, but it does leave decent lacing.

Smells of light hops, pilsner malt, and not much else. The taste is pretty similar, with some spices also evident.

It's a bit on the light and watery side, but that's just the style; the carbonation does keep it interesting.

Very, very drinkable session beer. Not my favorite koelsch, but close to it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2008 19:48:24 | More by philipquarles
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

0.2l gravity serving at Fruh am Dom

A- Pale blonde, average head retention and minimal lacing

S- Little musty, faint malts and grains

T- nice maltiness but also thin and a bit watery in the finish making for an average balance

M- Spritzy and watery

D- Its a mediocre kolsch, nice malts character but its letdown by a thin body.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 17:10:27 | More by seanyfo
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foles

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice offering from probably the most well-known of the Cologne breweries.

The distinct differce I noticed between this and the rest of the city's Kolsch beers, is that there was a low amount of hoppiness. This opened the door for more fruitiness and the freshness was more recognisable. Sampling this is a right of passage when in town.

Solid, enjoyable, but maybe not a true representation of the style?

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2008 14:07:53 | More by foles
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thierrynantes

France

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2006.

Appearance: beer like a pilsener, but top-fermented, clear color, white foam head
Smell: fruity aromas
Taste and mouthfeel: a malty taste, balanced by drought hops, a less pronounced bitter than a pilsener
Drinkability: good beer in the style Kolschbier

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 20:23:45 | More by thierrynantes
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is very clear and pours a light golden color with lots of carbonation and a thin head.

Smell is malty and what I think is diacetyl. The yeast produces a clean profile with some slight sulfur notes.

Taste is light malty with a clean German yeast profile, some sulfuric notes. Also some bitterness and a slight hoppiness. To me this is nothing too special, it is like an average German pils.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 08:30:35 | More by Absumaster
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jspruit

Denmark

3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in a 500ml bottle at the Bull and Castle in Dublin. Poured a golden smooth color with light 2-finger white head. Not too much smell. Smooth with some carbonation and light hoppiness-nothing remarkable though. Tasted better and cleaner as it approached room temperature a bit. I would like to try another Kölsch style beer before coming back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 23:06:10 | More by jspruit
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ttu94

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The definition of what a Kolsch should be. While in Munich I wanted to try the Fruh but was prevented my a looong night at a Turkish bar. Now I have one via express mail. Great light color and smell of a kolsch. Crisp and Clean taste. Great mouthfeel and drinkability. A kolsch of the hightest order the sort only found in Bavaria.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 05:47:34 | More by ttu94
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dherling

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a bright clear golden color with a bone white head. The nose had some sweetness to it, and fresh grain that you get from the style. The taste echoes the nose, lots of fresh grain, an underlying sweetness, and just a slightly bitter finish. Very well balanced. Has a crisp dry mouthfeel and is made for sessioning.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 08:42:33 | More by dherling
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2006 13:14:04 | More by BlackHaddock
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a crystal clear light golden yellow colour... White head poured quite thick but faded pretty quickly to thin layer... sparse carbonation bubbles rise very slowly to the surface...no lacing...

Aroma - Light biscuity malts, creamy vanilla, lemony notes, juicy fruits, light peppery hop notes, some sea saltiness, grassy...

Taste – Juicy fruits (lemons, light grapefruit hints), light malts, some faint sugary sweetness, saltiness, light hop bitterness, some vanilla traces...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry. Light body.... Very very drinkable - would make a good session beer...

Overall - A pretty good Kolsch.... very drinkable. Definitely worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2006 13:40:36 | More by mdagnew
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haz77

Australia

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a pale gold with a thin white head. Plenty of carbonation.

S - Fruit, hops, some citrus, floral. Delicate.

T - Delicate light flavour also. Clean and refreshing. Some citrus and apple with restrained bitterness at the end.

M - Refreshing, crisp, light, high carbonation

D - Very drinkable indeed.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 15:27:02 | More by haz77
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