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Gaffel Kölsch - Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

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Ratings: 701
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 21
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co. visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2002

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Ratings: 701 | Reviews: 335
Reviews by cypressbob:
Photo of cypressbob
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, poured into an Erdinger glass

Pours with a medium straw yellow body, fizzy bubbly body with tonnes of little german kolsch bubbles. Third of an inch head forms with good retention, some slight bubbly lacing

Smell, fresh grassy german lager hops, some crisp biscuity malt. Sweet slightly estery fragrant hops along with a slight hint of skuniness

Taste, fresh crisp bittering hops, crunchy malt profile in the background, little bit of mustiness lingering in the background. Dry yeasty presence on the finish. Some slightly bready alcohol on the finish

A pretty tasty kolsch, little bit dull but not bad overall

More User Reviews:
Photo of Trombone69
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If we are rating beers within their style, then, since this is one of the most highly rated Kolsch beers, wouldn't it be good for at least a 4? Nobody appreciates a beer that's only 4.8% ABV anymore. It's not "extreme" enough. Phooey. This is a beautiful beer. I'll have another please. And then maybe another after that.

Photo of bultrey
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh how good it is to rediscover simple, elegant styles of beer after bombarding your palate for months with over-hopped, over-malty, over-roasted bombastic beers.
Gaffel Kolsch is a delighful hot-weather beer, that, like many German beers needs to be fresh, fresh, fresh. This beer is no exception, and when it is not fresh, it goes south quickly.
The beer I had was nice and fresh, with a light golden color and a lively, spritzy carbonation that produce the slightest of heads. The nose is not huge, a kind of metallic herbalness. The taste is crisp and clean, steely with other mineral notes, like a good German riesling, that softens into Granny smith apples with a touch of lemon juice, and perhaps some herb like thyme. The finish ends as it begins, with that steely character coming back into a bone-dry palate cleansing deliciousness. Mouthfeel reveals lively carbonation, a little thin, but what would you expect for this style. Drinakability is high -- I could suck three or four of these imperial pint bottles down on one hot summer night. A classic that I would LOVE to have in its home country.

Photo of TheHammer
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured with a half finger of head, with high body carbonation that quickly disappeared. Speaking of the body, there's quite a bit of sandy looking particulate floating in it. It's a pale yellow, as is the norm.

Smell: Not very much going on, even with warming. Smells like a weak generic Kolsch, meaning primary straw smell with a peppery undertone. Nothing bad, it's just too absentee for my liking.

Taste: Most Kolsch I've had, the peppery spice note doesn't start the beer, but it does here and then the straw malt with a hint of lemon and ending with another touch of earth and pepper. Very clean.

Mouthfeel: As I said, very clean and crisp. The aftertaste sticks mostly to the malt with only a hint of pepper. The carbonation helps out the start of the beer but doesn't quite pan out near the end.

Drinkability: It's crispness helps to make it refreshing and it's lighter body helps it on that front as well. The carbonation seems to settle down the right amount to give it more interest then a generic lager.

Final Thoughts: At first I didn't think this beer was going to fare too well, but it grew on me. Really this seems to be the measuring stick for Kolsch. Nothing bad, but nothing exceptional. If you haven't had Kolsch before, I'd recommend this one, but it's a bit lackluster for a more dedicated craft enthusiast.

Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice shimmering light golden topped with a blooming,fluffy head that sticks to the glass as it settles,very fruit scented of some green apple mainly with a touch of iron very pleasant.Very delicate flavors some of that green apple along with lightly toasted grain and iron.Very food-friendly went well with some fresh bratwurst and weiss wurst with some my mother- in- laws potato pancakes,infinently drinkable.

Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Light yellow in color with a little bit of carbonation with a big, frothing head.

Smell – Very light hoppy aroma that’s a bit musty but pleasing to the nose.

Taste – The deep hop flavor comes out well at the taste. It’s more of the traditional floral type with just a very hint of sweetness.

Mouthfeel – The light carbonation dances effortlessly on the tongue. This one is light-bodied and very dry.

Drinkability – This was a wonderful interpretation of the style.

Photo of generallee
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tall stange glass. The neck label has a brief description and there is an abv (4.8%) but no freshness date.

Appearance: The body has a bright light yellow color with great clarity. The pour produced a tall soapy white head. This fluffy light head fades quickly leaving just a thin ring of bubbles to hug the edge of the glass. Lacing is minimal and spotty.

Smell: The aroma is light overall and there is delicate bready malt with a decent amount of floral and botanical hop notes. It also has a hint of sulfur to it as well.

Taste/Palate: Its light body has a delicate bready maltiness with a slight fruity quality to it. The hops are in prefect light balance. They add a similar floral/botanical spice and bitterness as detected in the aroma. It finishes clean and crisp.

Notes: Its delicate flavor and light texture and body make it an easy hot weather drinker. It was ok in the bottle but I would bet that it is much better fresh on tap in Germany!!!

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale yellow body topped by a two centimeter snowwhite head. Good retention and quite a bit of spotty lace.

Aroma is spicy and noble hops, with a note of dried hay. Toasty and biscuity malt in the background.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and well carbonated.

Taste has a toasty and grainy malt presence that manages to be both biscuity and bready. Spicy and grassy hops provide a nice hops bitterness to balance. Crisp and refreshing.

An understated style that is very appropriate for warm weather. Refreshing and easy to drink, a classic example of the style.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After sampling a few North American kolsch-like brews, this was my first experience with the real thing!

Poured into a tall lager glass, the closest kolsch equivalent I had in the house. Light golden, visible carbonation, decent head and retention. Halfway through and still some head kicking abouts.

Light malts, hops, apple and a bit of butter for the nose.

Smooth, crisp, similar to a pilsner, but I'm really detecting the difference here. Slightly buttery and malty. Long, slightly bitter and citrussy finish. Quite refreshing!

Higher carbonation, medium body for the style.

Really hit the spot on a hot, humid day. Definitely a style that I will revisit throughout the summer. Great stuff.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unique taste, dry malt flavored beer with a bitter hop finish. I really enjoyed this beer because it is really refreshing, and light, perfect for summer. This is a beer I'm sure Pilsner lovers would like.

Gaffel Kolsch is straw yellow in color, a nice golden body, backed by a nice fluffy head, with good carbonation.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. This is a really good style of beer which originated and only produced from Cologne Germany, however this is a style that I've seen growing in popularity. Such as Harpoon's Summer Seasonal, which is based off of the Kolsch style. Good Stuff...

Cheers.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a pale yellow hue with a slight haze overcasting the brilliant golden color large white head with fine even lacing formed after each sip. Aroma contains strong herbal German noble hops with a mild fruity malt flow going on, slightly metallic with some harder water used in brewing. Flavor is a crisp combo of lightly toasted malts and herbal lemongrass tinted hops. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a dry finish, moderate carbonation level really gets across the palate well. Overall drinkability this would get boring if it were your only beer option but it's a nice mix up from the typical American micro brew.

Photo of chinchill
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

On tap at the 2014 German Bierfest (Atlanta).
Clear light amber with a decent head.
Light body with a near medium carbonation.
Grassy hops with faint light malts. Lacks complexity and interest.
Lingering grassy hop aftertaste.
Hoppy for style yet uninteresting.

Photo of RickyS
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Probably this is just not my style. I honestly don't think it's better than any other mild lagers out there. Even a little bit skunky, which I really did not expect.

Photo of MikefromNYC
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I purchased this beer with higher expectations, possibly because it's "imported German beer brewed under the purity law of 1516", which is similar to the location/standard that Weihenstephaner originates from (although the latter is a completely different style).

A - Pale. Little/no head.

S - Can't really pick anything up. Very very bland....

T - Very bland... regular... NOT special, or flavorful. Aftertaste is bready if you wait about 30sec after a nice sip.

M - Smooth. Easy to drink. Nice for summer/spring weather if you just wanna cool down, or drink something other than water.

O - I can't take a complete dump on this beer simple because it's better than macro's, and it doesn't taste BAD like some failed micros. On the other hand, it has lots of room for improvement. It's not very flavorful, nor does it stand out in any way. A positive way to think about it would be in comparing it with plain ol' unsalted butter. It's got no taste, but when combined with something flavorful (like BBQ, steak, etc) it can go well without stealing from the flavorful components of the combination.

I won't be buying this again, simply because I've got too many other excellent options to spend my hard earned money on.

Lovers of bland tastelessness, look no further.

Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another fantastic kolsch. Very nice malty/hop character, light gold colour, little lasring head, floral hop pressence, quite dryish and huuuuugely great to have as session beer.

Photo of Brenden
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gaffel looks the part: a clear, pale but bright gold in color with continuous effervescent activity. The head that develops is nearly a finger tall and kept alive in a fairly thick foam after it fades. Lacing is left in a creamy ring near the middle with some spottier lace following behind.
I get a sulfuric smell from the bottle right upon opening it, very much like what I'd expect from a pils. Otherwise it's lightly floral, fruity and vinous as expected, lots of green grape skin and tart green apple. Grains are underneath but work well, and an almost chalky yeast presence lies underneath. While light, it remains reasonably complex, a benchmark of good brewing for a difficult style. I get a bit of grassiness all the way with a mix of dry cracker and biscuit dough from the malts.
This one has the feel: it's light, extremely crisp without being bracingly so, and riding on a constant moderate but not overwhelming carbonation. It's how a Kolsch should feel.

Photo of dacrza1
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

DATE REVIEWED: August 30, 2014... GLASSWARE: Paulaner pokal... OCCASION: college football begins in earnest....with PSU’s last second win in Ireland!... APPEARANCE: pale, straw-colored body that actively bubbles; sudsy white head simmers but holds at a half-finger; spotty clouds of lacing... AROMA: soft, fruity esters ease the nostrils; some apple, pear and floral scents all suggest a lightly hopped brew.. PALATE: wondrously soft (!), reasonably effervescent mouthfeel; leaves a slightly palatable aftertaste of malt; mega-drinkable... TASTE: slight biscuit is earliest impression; next up, bubblegum and aromatic lilac or currants; biscuit becomes more prominent as the glass drains ...OVERALL: refreshment is the key word here,, as this kolsch slams like a fruity pilsner, with enough bitterness to suggest hopping and enough weight to suggest malt...a nice pairing with a late summer night and its sweltering humidity--a wonderful combination of drinkability and complexity...

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gaffel Kolsch

A- Bright clear yellow with a good size fizzy white head.
S- Sweet lemony/ honeysuckle grassy hops with a light malty touch.
T- Sweet lemony tealike malt with honey and earthy grassy hops.
M- Very sweet, almost fruity up front with a good grassy crisp hop body and finish. Finishes off sweet, buttery, and dry.

Overall- Tasty and refreshing. A good warm weather beer.

Photo of tastybeer
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear gold color and tight white head. Bits of lace spot the glass and head holds decently. Smells heavily grainy, flowery, light, herbal and spicy. A rather pleasant aroma. Flavor is zesty and entertaining, and it matches the aroma well. Light and floral, spicy, with grainy bread malts and a nice amount of carbonation to stir things up. Mouthfeel is smooth with a good grainy texture that adds character to the light body. Very easy to drink and would be good especially in large quantities.

Good and worth my time.

Photo of appenzeller
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold with a thick pillowy head. Aroma is flowery and sweet, aromatic hops. Taste is balanced, notes of honey and bread with smooth hops, giving a clean and dry finish.

This is a good kolsch; kolsch seems to be "de rigeur" with American brewers right now but unfortunately, few seem to have gotten it right. Here's an authentic one from Koln that provides a good example for the style.

Photo of KenC
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a pint glass.

A: Clear, yellow/gold/red color with three fingers of foamy white head. Dissipates to almost nothing quickly, with no lacing. This is very much typical for the style, and just as I anticipated.

S: Upfront - malt, some wheat and some noble hops. A note of fruit, too.

T: Intense malt starts it off and then it gets fruity in the middle. True to the style, the aftertaste is that noble hop bitterness that I was waiting for. It didn’t disappoint!

M: Light to medium. It’s very smooth and just the right amount of carbonation.

D: I guess several centuries of brewing this style have given them ample opportunity to perfect their craft. Job well done. This was great with pulled pork on a hot Sunday afternoon out on the deck

Photo of emsroth
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at George keeleys in Manhattan.40cl of pure beer goodness.

App: straw gold with a white head.

Smell: apples, grapes, and a touch of honey. A bit of grain as well.

Taste. Super Fruity. Much like the smell with flavors of apple, grape, and honey up front. Ends incredibly dry with, unfortunately no hop flavor (so 4.5).

Light refreshing body, even in the dead of winter.

When fresh (it was better last month) I could drink it all night long.

Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mr. Goodbar. Pale yellow with a thin head, and a bit of lace. Medium plus mouthfeel. Refreshing although not overwhelming, above average carbonation. Initial astringency that becomes malted away, but detracts. A tad of fruit and not outstanding in being flavourful or drinkable,

Photo of CanuckRover
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light straw. Thin head settles immediately.

Light aroma. Lots of light fruits, apple, with a good hit of fresh grain.

This is such a beautifully simple style. Focus is on that nice grainy malt. Fresh cereals with just a touch of vanilla-like sweetness and a hint of apple. A good dose of German hops gives a nice crisp finish with a lasting bitterness.

Very drinkable beer, perfect for a humid day like today. This is pretty much what comes to mind when I think Kolsch. Quality product.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - This one is a vibrant marigold color, and is perfectly crystal clear. The head starts at a nice foamy two fingers and eventually settles to a 1/2 finger cap. That smallish cap makes up for it's stature with awesome staying power... it's a little fighter. Some nice foamy lace is left around the glass.

S - Salty cold sea air (think ocean spray from a sailboat in Maine in the late fall), crispy crackers, and a hint of white pepper. This malt note smells like those long "fingers" of crackers that you often get with a salad, you know, the ones that come in a little 2-pack of cellophane.

T - Crispy wheat crackers with lots of salt. I think that the Kolsch malt notes are very similar to a German pils, but this is less hoppy that a GP. Bready, salty, fresh, and slightly bitter on the back end. There is a flourish of lactic acid and a nearly citrus-like hop note towards the finish. Nice!

M - "Don't you think I'm so sexy, I'm just so fresh and so clean. SO FRESH AND SO CLEAN, CLEAN."

D - An excellent Springtime brew for a fresh, sunny, but still slightly brisk spring day! This is a session specialist of the highest order... they don't let you drink only one stange at a Kolsch brewery. "This brew was made for drinkin' and that's what it's gonna do, just don't get too excited or this beer'll walk al over you."

Note: This brewery's website is pretty cool. Click on the Union Jack / American Flag icon at the upper right hand corner for english.

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Gaffel Kölsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
83 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.