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Früh Kölsch - Brauerei Früh am Dom

Früh KölschFrüh Kölsch

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BA SCORE
86
very good

210 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 210
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%


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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DoubleJ

California

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little "pick me up" beer before our day to EAP. Thanks for sharing the bottle Sergio! On to the beer:

It has a light golden color, topped off by a fair foam head. Its retention and lace are also fair. The nose is light as expected for a kölsch, but does provide a little joy. Notes of wet hay and apple escape from the aroma.

A light toasting beer, although it does provide some complexity. The notes of apple, hay, vague fruitiness, and bread are also present at some point. As the beer dries out, the note of hay lingers. The body can be described as "tight and light", light but not watery. Its gentle crispness is well received too.

Just the way to kick off a tasting that was only moments away. A light, refreshing beer from Cologne that won't fill you up.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 17:29:59 | More by DoubleJ
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bark

Sweden

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Offwhite large compact head. The liquid is clear and pale gold-yellow (6 EBC). No lacing.

The smell is dry and quite German with minerals, some clean yeast and hints of alcohol (!). Hints of cellars and hoppy hay.

The taste is fresh and thirst drenching. Hins of cellars and grassy hops. Minerals. Medium body. Quite a lot of clean malty flavours and some butterscotch. The flavours are quite strong for the strength. The complex flavours reminds a bit of British pale ale. The aftertaste brings notes of alcohol and porridge plus a pleasant note of leather. Cream in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong; the many small bubbles are fresh. The liquid is light and a bit dry.

A highly gulpable brew with some character, just like a Kölsch is supposed to be. The cellar notes makes a bit too heavy at times, though.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 21:38:42 | More by bark
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Cozzatoad

Italy

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 09:01:03 | More by Cozzatoad
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JohnnyP3

Alaska

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 13:48:51 | More by JohnnyP3
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StJamesGate

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 17:42:58 | More by StJamesGate
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crossovert

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 17:25:49 | More by crossovert
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kjc51478

Germany

3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 22:30:07 | More by kjc51478
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patra7

Greece

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 21:58:16 | More by patra7
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 08:24:35 | More by Zimbo
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 03:33:15 | More by tempest
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Brabander

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 20:37:18 | More by Brabander
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GoBrewOrGoHome

California

4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: cask

03-30-2010 22:01:11 | More by GoBrewOrGoHome
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 13:46:54 | More by FreshHawk
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stcules

Italy

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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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TheSarge

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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 -16.4%
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 -13.1%
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 +1.8%
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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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
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 -17.8%
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 -6.5%
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 +10.2%
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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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3/5  rDev -21.7%
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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