Gaffel Kölsch - Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

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Reviews: 339
Hads: 720
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 21
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of fx20736
1.91/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into Pilsener glass. Pale Straw clear & yellow with pure white foaming head which recedes quickly with no lacing. Aroma is skunky, taste is worse. very bitter and astringent with that skunk smell coming through. I am glad I only bought a single 12 oz bottle. I will not buy another. It doesn't begin to resemble Reissdorf Kolsch in any way which is a superior brew. (385 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.22/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clean, pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, small skunkiness and standard European lager kind of smells. In the taste, a bitter hop, a small dry maltiness, and somewhat watery. A small bite and light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, small earthiness in the aftertaste. Standard European lager, but a bit more watery than expected. (349 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
2.24/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a typical clear straw yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is malty and slightly fruity. Flavor is rather wan, crisp and malty. Texture is watery and thin, just a little tingly. It leaves a thin finish that is slightly bitter but not in a good way. For a German beer, it was a disappointment - I hope that I got some from a bum batch. (340 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.26/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale yellow body with a small, short-lived, fizzy white head.

Smell: Unpleasant, somewhat distressed aroma of soggy cardboard and grains accentuated by a slight grassiness.

Taste: Incredibly light, crackery malt flavor with notes of grass. Medium bitterness. Ugh, that cardboard taste really kicks up near the finish. Metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Simply atrocious! (445 characters)

Photo of EkimGram
2.36/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: 12oz bottle puored into an Innis & Gunn flute-like glass. Colour is a pale golden yellow. Moderate amounts of visible carbonation. Two-finger head slowly fades to a bubbly lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of malt. A little musty.

Taste: Very metallic. The malts are barely noticeable. Metallic and bitter - that's all.

Mouthfeel: Light, carbonated, crisp. Finishes dry and with a bite.

Drinkability: I fear this bottle may have been conditioned poorly. It doesn't taste of skunk but the metal flavours are extremely unpleasant. (538 characters)

Photo of Drew966
2.41/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Gaffel Kolsch pours a golden yellow with a thick, fluffy, white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Not much aroma, perhaps a little citrus. Not exactly what I expected, having only had American versions of kolsch. Much more subdued citrus flavor than some micros I've tried. Perhaps a touch of lemon peel in the finish, but that's it. After a few minutes I'm definitely tasting citrus. I'm not sure I like this one, I don't really dislike it either. It's just kind of mediocre. Not worth seeking out, worth a try. (517 characters)

Photo of beertunes
2.44/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into 10oz Pilsner glass. Poured a, very slightly, hazy clean yellow color with minimal head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

Sadly, a strong skunk scent hit my nose as soon as I poured. On closer inspection there was a nice grain undertone, but it took work to find it. The taste was not as skunky and had a bolder grain flavor, with a nice touch of hops. But that skunk still has a bit too much of a presence.

The body was a bit light for the style. If I try some of this without the skunk, it might rate better on drinkabilty. As it sits though, this beer is not that pleasant to sip.

Overall, this beer reminded me more of a Pilsener than a Kolsch. I may give this brew another shot, or I may not. I can't give you any guidance as to whether you should try it or not. (793 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
2.45/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, and bottled elsewhere

Pours a crystal clear, pale yellow with a thin fizzy head that dissipates to essentially nothing pretty quickly. Grassy aroma, grains and, well that's about it. Light taste, bready, lightly earthy, sweet with pale malts, and a gentle floral hoppiness. Pretty one-dimensional and uninteresting, as typical with the style. Light mouthfeel, and a bit of unpleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. Good for lightweights, but not very drinkable otherwise. I am not a fan. (526 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.51/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color Kolsch with a rather large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light diacetyl with some butter and light sweet malt. Taste is also dominated by lightly sweet cereal with some very subtle hosp and some diacetyl is clearly detectable. Body si about average with some good carbonation. Not very interesting or something that I would wish to have more often. (415 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a sunshine golden yellow color that basically looks indistinguishable from Corona. Super clear and actively spritzy. A little greater than one finger of sterling white head forms, but doesn't stick around for very long. Good lines of lacing, though.

Lots of cereal grains in the nose. The first sniff was all grain and a slightly-skunked aroma. Thankfully, this beer develops into something more interesting once the cold starts to wear off after a minute or two post-pour. There's a small hint of Fruit Pebbles cereal here, along with the expected Kolsch yeast aromas of apple. There's a small touch of synthetic lemon flavoring here too; think lemon Pledge or something similar. This isn't as pleasant as Gaffel's main competitor, Reissdorf Kolsch, but it does a decent enough job.

This is not a good beer. The graininess dominates the palate. I've had macro lagers that I'd prefer over this beer. I'd prefer a Coors Light to this beer. The subtle apple and crisp hops that I expect from a Kolsch are out of balance here. The appley yeast only shows up on the finish, and the hops are nowhere near as crisp as desired, instead washing over your tongue as a vague bitterness without flavor. Mixed with the grain taste, this beer has a flavor approximating that of burnt popcorn (unbuttered and unsalted).

I can't hate on the mouthfeel. It's as light and spritzy as you want a session lager such as Kolsch to be. There isn't much to say about it other than it fits the parameters of the style. Overall, this is a disappointment. The city of Cologne can do much better than submit Gaffel Kolsch as a beer representative of the city. This is out-of-balance and no true competition to the far-superior Reissdorf Kolsch. (1,766 characters)

Photo of afksports
2.6/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well, maybe this is an old keg or something. But I don't get the "B" rating that Gaffel Kolsch has on BeerAdvocate. It's like German Budweiser to me.

Poured without much head (I fault the bartender), whatever lacing was there dissipated within 15 minutes. Little to no carbonation is left in this straw to gold light beer. The smell is indistinct, maybe some light fruits, a touch of grain, pinch of hops. (I sound like Julia Child here).

The taste is ... mediocre? There's a bite of some grassy hops, and a sense of white grapes here, but ultimately the watery finish is what dominates. Light beer that's light, I suppose as it should be, but that's ultimately... unremarkable.

Had on tap at Brad's by NYU, where I had to go to study because NYU can't figure out how to open study spaces on the weekend. I'm relegated to drinking. See what you've done to me, NYU?

Also: The girlfriend got a beerface from this. Minus points. Budweiser with grapes. (953 characters)

Photo of allboutbierge
2.67/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of the worst Kölsch beers in Germany but also the most widely available. Its one of the cheapest but you'll wish you had spent that extra quarter for a Früh, Reissdorf, Sünner, Mühlen, etc.

It has an appearance that greatly resembles Miller High Life. The head quickly fizzles away, not a good Kölsch characteristic. Though no adjucts are used one cant help from expecting an on-rush of corn and sugar like flavors at first sip. Surprisngly that doesnt happen. In fact, not much happens to your tongue. Its flavorless except for a light hop note. As it's not very flavorful it gets boring fast. A few words of advice--If you are in Köln and see a sign for Gaffel, move on, theres alot better out there. (715 characters)

Photo of Takahiro
2.71/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought @ Frankfurt airport duty free, out of 500ml can to my tulip.

Visual: Straw color with lots of thick white foam, which lasts a while.

Smell: Bready, yeasty, reminded me of a typical pilsner-like smell. Some citrusy smell in the background, and become more pronounced as bubbles fade away

Mouth: Feels light and well rounded. But there's some bite/astringency on tongue towards end.

Taste: husky malt up front, followed by earthy hop bitterness. Leans towards little hoppy side.

Drink: nice and drinkable, but little boring. tastes bit like a pilsner to me and I get bored with pilsner too soon. (605 characters)

Photo of TH28
2.72/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330 ML bottle. No production date. Appearance: pale yellow, crystal clear, with a white foam head. Aroma: A bit papery and stale, some grassiness and light fruitiness. Overall, not pleasant. Sulphur also present v Taste: Stale, papery, grassy. Hint of crackery malt. Moderate bitterness Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation. Finish: Moderately dry with some lingering bitterness. Overall: Clearly not a fresh kolsch. This will be a drain pour but I would like to try a fresh version for comparison. (509 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
2.73/5  rDev -25%

Undated bottle at 35 degrees into not quite standard Kolsch glass
Aroma – smells like a lager to me
Head average (4 cm), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to irregular 2 mm layer
Lacing poor – few small islands of small bubbles
Body light yellow, chill haze
Flavor starts slightly sweet but immediately becomes tart; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 2.75, Aroma 2.5, Flavor 2.75, Palate 3, Overall 2.75. Final weighted score: 2.725
This doesn’t really meet the criteria for a Kolsch – there is no dense lasting head, chill haze is present, hops are not noted in either the aroma or taste. If it was made here, it’d be called an “American Kolsch” and the criteria wouldn’t matter, but since it’s make in Koln, it should. Mediocre at best, possibly slightly skunked. (840 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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. (266 characters)

Photo of kmeves
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw colored body with a large white head. Aroma is mildly sweet with grainy, grassy and a weird faint metallic smell. Flavor is grassy, grains, citrus and very light spice. Light bodied, thin texture. This would have been rated much higher if not for the faint metallic aroma. (292 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap @ Kraftworks in Philadelphia in a big ol pint glass, damn str8!

Gaffel Kölsch came to me looking pretty dead, I mean PBR dead. Just a trace of white lines on top of a fairly adjunct looking beer with a gold color to it. Smells included pale malt out the ying yang, grain and I guess a fruiting of some kind that smelled off out the gate. Tastes included everything I just stated above except there was no fruit. No earthy hops can even bring this one around. It really tasted like a souped up american macro to me, I don't see the appeal in this beer. Isn't it supposed to be the pinnacle of the style. Anywho, feel was bland watery and lifeless, thin and dead. Drinkability suffered but I got through my glass because im a trooper. I'll try this again if Im ever in Germany but for now Im going to avoid this in droves. (829 characters)

Photo of breakchair
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at Der Schwarze Kolner in Brooklyn. Unassuming appearance without a lot of aroma. Maybe a bit of an eggy or yeasty smell. Mouthfeel is very, very light--it goes down like nothing at all. The flavor is all in the aftertaste, which I didn't love. It's yeasty and a bit redolent of the keg beers you had in college. (332 characters)

Photo of silenius
2.84/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I wasn't really impressed with this beer given some recent examples I've tried.

Pours a sparkling clean light gold with a frothy white head that laces lightly.

Smell is nearly undetectable. Only the faintest of light fruitiness could be detected after several deep nosefuls.

Taste is bordering on macro territory to my palate. Slightly too malty with not enough minerality and brightness to make me appreciate it.

Mouthfeel is slick and slightly creamy with no dryness I would expect.

A dumb but pleasant beer in my opinion. (539 characters)

Photo of MikefromNYC
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
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. (1,272 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light straw-colored hue with a crystal-clear body. Head is a thick finger of fizzy white foam. Stylistically appropriate, if not particularly inspiring.

Smell: light malt aroma with a bit of sour graininess. Not bad, per se, but I like my Kölsches a bit sweeter/maltier.

Taste: kind of disappointing. Grain up front with a light, sweetish malt at the back end. This tastes much more like a pale lager when compared to other Kölsches I've had (although, being brewed in Cologne, you'd think this would be the real deal). I just feel like there should be more to this beer.

Mouthfeel: this beer has a decent carbonation which adds to its refreshing qualities. Not bad.

Overall: meh. I don't feel the desire to have this beer again; despite its provenance I've had much better Kölsches than Gaffel. (859 characters)

Photo of stcules
2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

limpid, clean golden appearance. White foam, compact, as usual.
Not too fresh smell, and maybe some light off flavours. Stale hop.
Not too fresh in the taste, too.
Average long aftertaste, with some bitterness, but quite stale again.
There is a lot better in Köln. (265 characters)

Photo of paulginva
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from a bottle into a stange, produced lively carbonation and a fizzy white 1" head with thin head lacing and very little retention. The body was a clear yellow.

AROMA: A moderate amount of roasted grain and a very light lemon scent along with a significant whiff of apple, probably from the Kölsch yeast.

TASTE: Pretty much the same -- a high taste of burnt grain together with a light hops taste and a modest tang of apple from the Kölsch yeast.

MOUTHFEEL: Body was on the light side with thin texture and lively carbonation. Thin body lacing was present that dissipated quickly. The initial flavor was lightly bitter with a lightly sweet finish that held for a short time.

DRINKABILITY: This would make an okay session lager, I suppose, but it's not as good as Reissdorf Kölsch. The apple flavor of the yeast only shows up on the finish and the hops just arent very crisp. Overall, kind of disappointing -- there's nothing particularly memorable about it, though it is easy to drink. Would I buy it again? Probably not. There are other, better alternatives out there for about the same price. (1,132 characters)

Photo of RickyS
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
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. (165 characters)

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Gaffel Kölsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
82 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.