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Früh Kölsch - Brauerei Früh am Dom

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Früh KölschFrüh Kölsch

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very good

251 Ratings
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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 21
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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 Flounder57


4.01/5  rDev +5%

500 ml bottle was poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a nice billowy white head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up though the glass. Looks awesome.

Smell: Bready and sweet pilsner malts followed by grassy Bavarian hops. Pretty standard and traditional smelling.

Taste: Nice chewy and sweet notes from the pilsner malts with some grassy notes and slight bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, light, chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Never seen this before here and Boston. For a kolsch style from the town it originated in, this beer is traditional and classic. I will be getting more in the future.

02-19-2014 19:01:48 | More by Flounder57
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-16-2014 23:18:39 | More by 2GOOFY
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

02-13-2014 22:41:37 | More by sajaffe1
Photo of emerge077


3.94/5  rDev +3.1%

Back label says 19613, not sure how to interpret... 196th day of 2013 maybe.

Served in an 0,4l OMB stange (thanks Wil). Pours a bright straw gold with plenty of rising carb trails. The head fluffs up and rises above the rim of the glass like a soufflé. Dense halo of lacing collects around the top of the glass. Skim breaks after 15 minutes or so.

Aroma is clean and bready, mellow malt and delicate yeast notes.

Taste is clean and similarly malty, buttered biscuits, dough, dried grass, and some white grape character from the Kölsch yeast. Feel is crisp and the body is supple, very easy to drink with a dry aftertaste. Overall this was a good Kölsch, would try again, and look for a fresher date on the bottle.

02-13-2014 00:00:46 | More by emerge077
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the flavors are a bit too mild in my opinion.

02-12-2014 03:08:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

02-10-2014 13:58:16 | More by NorbertB1974
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

02-03-2014 23:32:53 | More by vermilcj
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

02-01-2014 03:16:23 | More by Didier
Photo of BEERchitect


3.99/5  rDev +4.5%

The quintessential taste of Koln, Germany is alive and well. Not so Lager, not so Ale- this hybrid beer brings a delicate tone of each to the table with the city's unique taste.

Its brilliant straw-gold color simply gleams with the most subtle back-lit tone. As steady streams of carbonation rise from the bottom, a fluffy and stark white head ensues. As it recedes, a frothier tone celebrates its long retention and speckled lace.

Floral aromatics of honeysuckle, citrus, orchard fruit and grain projects something of fresh baking bread, earthy sulfur and straw-like husk. Its slight apple and lemon tones seem to give rise to the floral tones in a very "apple blossom" kind of way. Its herbal and tea-like scent is the perfect bridge-way into its taste to come.

Yet even more delicate in its initial taste, the Kolsch's taste is delicate, fruity and even more floral. Resembling "Pez" candies, its fruity and floral taste is of apple, lemon, grape and orange, even if they are somewhat candied in its finesse flavor. As a backing of powdered sugar gives the fruitiness a honey-dripped character, its taste then drift toward fresh baking bread, "match stick"-type sufur and a straw-like biting bitterness that balances the fruit and sweetness evenly- the beer leaves the palate with an even-keel memory that's pleasant and memorable.

Its grainy-sweet texture is lightly husky after the sweetness declines- leaving behind the slightest astringency and spicy bitterness that closes the session. Its early creaminess goes all malty-dry to close leaves the palate with a smooth minty a vanilla-like aftertaste.

But its that friendly fruity/floral character that sets this Kolsch apart. Its a fresh and crisp taste, texture and aromatic sense that allows a lively mood to spring forth. Its delicate, flavorful and soft from start to finish.

01-27-2014 06:12:16 | More by BEERchitect
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-26-2014 18:50:28 | More by josh32219
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

01-22-2014 08:56:23 | More by Chris_Beer
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

01-20-2014 12:38:38 | More by Schmoog
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

01-20-2014 05:14:56 | More by zenithberwyn
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-18-2014 03:00:22 | More by bigred89
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

01-12-2014 02:36:09 | More by Burleigh
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-11-2014 00:40:20 | More by TaylorK
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Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

According to Warner in his book on brewing kolsch, this is one of the palest of the bunch and indeed, looks like a cheap adjunct lager: A very pale straw color with a small quantity of white foam, effervescent and bright. Fortunately it does not taste like said adjunct lager and the robust carbonation does not sear the tongue. Currently on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary and a very cool find. Aroma is very fruity, robust white grape and lemon rind along with fresh doughy malt and a pleasant acid tang. Nothing dark at all. Tastes exactly like it smells. I have yet to try many examples of this style but this is the fruitiest to date, with that musty white grape character on the nose carrying over onto the palate. The malt is subtle yet flavorful, white buttermilk biscuits come to mind along with a sweet cereal character. Crisp, fairly dry, and creamy smooth. The hops are mellow and tastefully done, yielding a fragrant hay sort of vibe but without too many floral or spice notes. Thin to moderate body with maybe a bit of chalk. Classic kolsch really. Eminently drinkable but not lacking in flavor.

01-05-2014 16:34:24 | More by CalgaryFMC
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-01-2014 02:35:53 | More by Neorebel
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

12-31-2013 04:06:46 | More by CoryR
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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-30-2013 22:46:27 | More by steverx8
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

12-26-2013 04:11:47 | More by ygtbsm94
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Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

330ml bottle. Always nice to see an example of an esoteric style from its point of origin arrive on my local shelves.

This beer pours a crystal clear, very pale golden straw colour, with two pudgy fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and mostly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some nicely evil-looking webbed lace around the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells of bready, doughy pale malt, a hint of white wine must, some old lemon fruitiness, and grassy, leafy hops. The taste is more grainy cereal-heavy pale malt, a bit of apple and white grape fruity tartness, and earthy, leafy, and mild wild grass hops. Simple, but decently so.

The bubbles are pleasantly interactive, but gentle in the process, the body on the far, far side of medium weight, and plainly smooth, the slightest hint of airy creaminess seeping in. It finishes off-dry, a tad, the remaining cereal malt still heady enough to easily keep the lingering fruitiness and still innocuous hops at bay.

A fresh (despite the real time and distance between me and the source of this offering) pale Euro lager, meant more for sunny, humid outdoor patio drinking orgies, rather than a mid-December northern climate's, um, huddlings, but things being as they are, I verily appreciate the out of season images this one paints in my head - ja, Fraulein, I would very much like another.

12-16-2013 03:36:15 | More by biboergosum
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4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

I will cop to the fact that it was the low price point that drew me to this one. I have had Kolsches before and I have had German beers before and frankly, I have enough bottles to keep me busy for some time to come.

From the bottle: "herrlich obergärig cölner hofbräu früh (gorgeous top-fermented Cölner Hofbräuhaus early)". "seit 1904 (since 1904)".

My pour created a finger of fizzy, bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was a button-bright straw-yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Stunning! Nose had a grape-y, vinous quality mentioned in the description on this site, slightly tart, kind of sour. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was of freshly mown hay. It was very malty and the grape aspect was hardly noticeable in the mouth. The finish was unexpectedly dry and here the vinousness returned. This well worth what I paid for it and although not worth actively pursuing, it would be a welcome find on a shelf.

12-03-2013 00:50:03 | More by woodychandler
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-24-2013 12:53:51 | More by largadeer
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

11-18-2013 02:19:19 | More by Cirus
Früh Kölsch from Brauerei Früh am Dom
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