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Früh Kölsch - Brauerei Früh am Dom

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86
very good

259 Ratings
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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 21
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of stevoj
4/5  rDev +4.7%

stevoj, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev +4.7%

codynevels, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of sim0n17
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

One of the top 2 Kolsch's if not #1 (along with Gaffel). Crisp, clean taste with a bit of a thin mouthfeel. VERY refreshing in summer knocking them back in the little .2 glasses. Not much smell, but makes a nice "blumen" for a Kolsch. It seems you can drink this one endlessly.

sim0n17, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of Cozzatoad
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

500ml bottle

A- Bright gold, perfectly transparent. One finger white head that disappears very quickly, withouth leaving any kind of lacing, even with a second, more aggressive pour

S- Malts are on the low side, with just some grainy hints. Aroma is very fresh, with hops (lemon, wet grass), and with a hint of tart grape that also brings a fairly distinct spicy feel

T- Malts are now more clearly detectable, though still not strong, with a grain/biscuit like feel. Some sweet fruity notes on the palate (grape for sure, maybe apple) and some fresh hoppy notes of lemon on the tongue, with very little bitterness. A nice and delicate hint of tartness in the aftertaste

M- Quite light in body with a syrup-like feel that kinda reminds of white wine. Still feels pleasantly lively thanks to it's dense carbonation

O- Some interesting fruity and vinous notes in a pleasantly refreshing and easily drinkable beer, that feels very much like a lager

Cozzatoad, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of JohnnyP3
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured from a .5L bottle with a best before date of 30.05.11 into a C&B Belgian glass. This beer is pale yellow, clear, and has a white head that quickly fades down into a thin cap over the beer. Carbonation is visible and appears moderate. Lacing is mostly absent, but there are some light traces here and there.

Smell is somewhat lemony with some pepper and white grape and the ever present grassy malt smell.

The taste features bread-like malt flavors that transition into white or concord grapes. Finishes with some lingering sweetness and a very light touch of hops.

Mouthfeel is relatively smooth with a nice crispness to the finish. Overall a very refreshing and drinkable beer, especially when the weather is warm.

JohnnyP3, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours clear white gold with a few trails of bubbles and a champagne-like bone white head of loose froth that fades to a film. Nose is flour and flowers (heh) with a hint of white grape skin and noble hop spice. Melon and sour grain malt with grapey fruit hit and lemongrass hops. Gingerbread finish and numbing linger. Light but round, lively, crisp and dry.

I know that this is supposed to be light even among Cologne Kolsch, but it still has both the fruit and the spice. Definitely more going on than your average lager. This would kill on a summer day.

StJamesGate, May 20, 2011
Photo of crossovert
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%

An ale in theory but a lager at heart. 0,33 cl bottle MHB: 14.09.11.

It pours a clear and bright gold with a foamy but frothy bright white head. It leaves little bit of small speckles behind.

The smell is grainy with a light bit of light fruit and a kiss of hops.

The flavor is interesting. It has a unique fruitiness that i haven't yet tasted in this style. It is like white wine/grapes almost. It has a slight bit of hops, but the main flavor is an overriding fruity sweetness.

The mouthfeel is not as light as expected, it is under-carbonated.

It is an interesting beer, at least it isn't monotonous. Don't be araid of this style, it isn't that bad.

crossovert, May 05, 2011
Photo of rvdoorn
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%

had this in a restaurant in koln. Pours like all kolsch beers, golden yellow with white head. Smell is light hoppy with malts and grass.taste malts and a bit more sweet than the average kolsch. Very drinkable,light mouthfeel,there is just not too much more to say about this beer,but need to fill 250 characters...

rvdoorn, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of kjc51478
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%

Pours a light yellow with a fizzy but quick dissipating head. Aroma is slight but made up mostly of wheat and malt. Taste is crisp and slightly sweeter than most Kölsch I'm familiar with. The wheaty flavors follow through into the back end leaving a sweet and bready aftertaste. This is a middle of the road Kölsch.

kjc51478, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of patra7
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%

Appearance: In a filled glass it looks gold/amber, but when you draw it down you see that it actually has a yellow/gold color. Very thin, white head, quickly dissipating. You have to pour from fairly high to get a half-decent head. Just a few bubbles rising to the top.
Smell: The malt semi-sweetness is the first thing that hits me. Some honey / siropy notes as well, partially balanced by some floral notes, with a bitterness and some slightly metallic notes which pop up at certain moments (without becoming annoying).
Taste: Light malty / siropy taste at first, which is then followd by an acidity / fiziness that is quite aggressive and unexpected (esp. given the... head situation) and balances the overall feeling.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Strong carbonation, besides the lack of a head. A rather coarse / "unrefined" feeling.
Drinkability: Quite drinkable, refreshing; not boring but not exciting either.

patra7, Nov 28, 2010
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3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

Light crisp and superficially like a pale lager this beer seems to be the poster child for subtlety and delicacy. Problem is that with these I usually also expect a degree of complexity which I'm afraid I just don't find here.
This beer gives quite a thin head which leaves some wispy lacing on the side of the glass but its just too gassy for me to really like it. There is also some very fine lingering hoppiness to be found but this takes far too much effort from what should be an easy drinking sociable beer.
It's not bad really. No turkey. But it could certainly do with some stuffing.

Zimbo, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of cpanossian
4/5  rDev +4.7%

First time in Cologne so pretty excited about checking out the mythical Kolsh. Kolsch from keg barrel on bar in 0.2L stange glass.
Crystal clear light yellow no carbonation.
A little sweet. Light bitter barley bite. Slightly funky nose. Very mild, quenching, and great for sipping.

cpanossian, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of jneiswender
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%

Had this beer on tap at the brewhouse in Koln. Served cool in traditional strage glass.

A-bright white cap head and a light gold body.

S-light floral aroma, some sweet grain smell as well.

T-sweet, some floral hop, hard candy and a cereal grain finish.

M-light

D-great representation of the style. Very enjoyable and highly drinkable. I would drink this beer again.

jneiswender, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

tempest, Jul 16, 2010
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3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

A: Clear, pale goldenrod with a light head. Generally unimpressive. No visible carbonation.

S: Very nice. Light floral nose, submerged grain and malt. Some background skunkiness.

T: Light and grainy with a pleasant wash of sweet floral flavours. Taste is unsustained, quickly fading into a neutral aftertaste.

M: Barely a mouthfeel at all. Very light. Refreshing.

D: Gracious me, but it goes goes down like a dream. Drinkable, swiggable, enjoyable. Good with a meal.

AgentMunky, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of Brabander
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Had this beer in a hotel in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse yesterday. Poured in a lokal glass the beer is with a nice carbonation and a white tinteling head.

There is a very low hop taste in the beer which makes it very nice to drink.

Fresh, with some citruslike smells gives the beer a soft and smooth drinkability.

Brabander, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of GoBrewOrGoHome
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%

A- straw yellow, white head, medium head retention.
S- sweet, grainy, green apple, low dms
T- grainy sweet, almost graham cracker, buttery (not diacetyl), low bitterness, green apple
M- light-medium body, med-high carbonatoin
D- great kolsch, its the complex accent flavours that when me over, way better at the brewery then from a bottle

GoBrewOrGoHome, Mar 30, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

A - Light/clear golden color. A bit below average sized white head.

S - Some grain (corn smell) and malt sweetness. Some grassy/floral hops. Also smells of golden fruit.

T - Base is mostly grainy malt, that has a corn sweetness. Then along with that is a lot of golden fruit (apple pear mostly with some lemon). Slight grassy and floral hops, but those are mostly covered by the malt and fruit.

M - Light and refreshing. Good carbonation and fizzy.

D - Refreshing and easy to drink. Fruity flavors make it easy to drink.

Notes: Taste like an above average German pilsner with a good amount of golden fruit. Refreshing and easy to drink.

FreshHawk, Feb 17, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev +6%

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.

stcules, Jan 30, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev +12.6%

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..

czfreeman, Jan 17, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

ultrasupergenius, Nov 10, 2009
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3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

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

MuenchenerKindl, Nov 08, 2009
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4.63/5  rDev +21.2%

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.

tfarmstrong, Nov 07, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

TheSarge, Oct 09, 2009
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3.2/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

mtstatebeer, Aug 23, 2009
Früh Kölsch from Brauerei Früh am Dom
86 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.