1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Gaffel Kölsch - Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

Not Rated.
Gaffel KölschGaffel Kölsch

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

661 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 661 | Reviews: 326 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of newbeeraday
1.25/5  rDev -65.8%

newbeeraday, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of fx20736
1.88/5  rDev -48.6%
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.

fx20736, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of anilc
2/5  rDev -45.4%

anilc, May 03, 2014
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.2/5  rDev -39.9%
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.

OWSLEY069, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
2.2/5  rDev -39.9%
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.

Cyberkedi, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of KevMo84
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

KevMo84, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of beerme626
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

beerme626, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%
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!

ChainGangGuy, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of EkimGram
2.28/5  rDev -37.7%
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.

EkimGram, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of Drew966
2.38/5  rDev -35%
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.

Drew966, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of Rifugium
2.45/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

Rifugium, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of beertunes
2.45/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

beertunes, May 08, 2010
Photo of traumaqueen
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

traumaqueen, May 10, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of tesla92
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

tesla92, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of davidwhatshisnam
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

davidwhatshisnam, May 13, 2014
Photo of BigJiMo
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

BigJiMo, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of Eriktheipaman
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Eriktheipaman, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Reaper16
2.53/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

Reaper16, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of Takahiro
2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

Takahiro, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of afksports
2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

afksports, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of allboutbierge
2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

allboutbierge, Oct 13, 2003
Photo of Ozzylizard
2.73/5  rDev -25.4%

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.

Ozzylizard, Aug 20, 2014
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.

chinchill, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of ItsTheLimit
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

ItsTheLimit, May 07, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Gaffel Kölsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
83 out of 100 based on 661 ratings.