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Gaffel Kölsch - Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

661 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 661
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 14
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co. visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2002)
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4.88/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear, golden color with a short lived white head, carbonation bubbles rose from the bottom of the glass for the entire session.

S - earthy yeast and light noble hop aroma.

T - excellent balance of flavor.

F - light, crisp and refreshing.

D - exceptional sample of the style, easy drinking and excellent tasting brew.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of baos
4.83/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quickly becoming my favorite style of beer.

Twelve ounce bottle into bicentennial Mason Jar.

A: Pretty hazy white straw-yellow with 3 finger head that dissipates down to near nothing.

S: Beautiful green tea and flower nectar notes. The Deutsch have it down. Making a something so flavorful from only hops, yeast, and malt is incredible. I love Kolsch.

T: Beautiful sour creme-lemony honeyed yumminess. I beginning to believe all beer revolves around Kölsch. Grassy lemony hops that meld into a nice grainy wholesomeness. This is a fucking good brew!!!!

M. Smooth and silky sweet yumminess.

D: Goodness!

I love this brew one should surely try one one immediately!!

baos, Mar 14, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

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4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a cylinder glass.

A: Clear, golden-yellow color with a substantial, vigorously bubbly white head.

S: A very bright nose of pale malt, some wheat and noble hop herbalism. A faint fruitiness as well. Not too strong, but nice and light.

T: Crisp, pleasant malted barley flavors meld seamlessly into subdued fruity esters and two-steps-away-from-sharp noble hop bitterness. A classic case where the taste is more than the sum of its parts.

M: Fairly light feel, but never thin. A very smooth customer with plenty of carbonation. Finishes nice and clean with a slightly grainy aftertaste.

D: A fantastic pick for a session beer. So easy to throw a few of these back.

I've always felt that Kölsch is one of those styles that has to be done "right," meaning that any slight inaccuracy in the brewing process will be painfully evident. Thankfully, Gaffel has had plenty of practice on this masterpiece of flavor and feel. Sometimes, nothing beats a classic, and this is rightfully one such beer. If you're looking for a lighter beer with plenty of flavor, especially on a hot day, you really can't go wrong with this one. Fabulous!

PirateUlf73, Jun 25, 2009
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4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Gaffel Kolsch comes right out of the town of Koln (which guarantees its authenticity); and also happens to be one of the best examples available in the U.S. right now. It pours a crystal clear yellow-gold body beneath a massive head of fluffy bright-white foam that slowly receeds to a thin collar and whispy surface covering. Some initial splashes of lace are left at the start of the glass, but there's not much beyond that. Still, it's quite attractive. The nose delivers a beautiful combination of grainy malt and herbal, floral, and spicy hops as well as a splash of yeasty fruitiness. The body is decidedly medium and it's very fine, moderate carbonation lends a gentle zest to the tongue. The flavor delivers pretty much exactly what the nose promises with a beautifully balanced symphony of very lightly sweet but distinctly grainy malt woven throughout with threads of floral, spicy and herbal hops. A solid bitterness balances it superbly; and it finishes with a swirl of hop flavor and a drying bitterness that leaves you ready for another sip. It's an incredibly drinkable beer that balances a "lighter" quality with a good amount of complexity; and when teamed with the fact that it has a relatively subdued alcohol content of 4.8%, it's a most impressive session ale. One of the best! And if you want to understand what the Kolsch style is all about, this is the one to try!

NeroFiddled, Oct 16, 2004
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4.51/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great Kolsch. The only thing keeping this beer from having a higher rating is the fact that you people don't have any appreciation for subtlety. This is the greatest Kolsch available in America, hands down. I will argue anyone on this fact until you give up and realize your foolishness.

StaEva, Aug 06, 2011
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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.

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Gaffel Kölsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
83 out of 100 based on 661 ratings.