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Gaffel Kölsch | Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

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Gaffel KölschGaffel Kölsch
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Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
Germany | website

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2002

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Photo of delta490
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium gold, with a thin, persistent disk of lightly creamy white head. It leaves a decent amount of small slightly soapy/slightly sticky head. The aroma is good-very good, with a nice grain sweetness and a hint of earth. The taste is similar but a little less robust. It is medium-light bodied with just a small but persistent stream of carbonation.

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Photo of speedvagen
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap, at Gaffe am Dom near the Koln cathedral: once in a lifetime experience, and the perfect bier to ring in 1000 hads/reviews. Look is pale yellow, big head in the skinny .2l glasses they serve it in. Smell is faint, heavy malt, and the taste follows, sweet, malty, light, refreshing. Feel is light and smooth. Not my favorite style, but on this day, this beer, with the Dom in view, it was perfection. Wish more days were like this...

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Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Regrettably brief notes from a half-litre can purchased at a Rewe market in Koln, Germany in March, 2016:

4.80% ABV. Brewed with hop extract.

A: ~2cm white cap. Frothy and soft-looking, with fair creaminess and average complexion.

Body is a clear pale copper - not the vibrant yellow of most Koln-brewed beers in the style. Clean, with no visible yeast particulate.

It's a decent looking Kolsch.

Sm: Muted and reticent. Faint Munich or pilsner malts (something light, anyway), and generic floral hop character. That's all I get given the faintness of the aroma.

T: Bright malts (probably Munich) and generic floral hop character. The yeast profile helps set this apart, with hints of common ale yeast-induced fruity esters, but otherwise it's on par with many mid-grade German beers. Balance is decent, but it's so simple that isn't much of a complement. Lacks the nuanced hop character of superior beers in the style, as well as the freshness of the malt backbone. I don't dislike it, but it leaves a lot to be desired.

Mf: Not unrefreshing, but the sharp overcarbonation does impede drinkability substantially. Smooth, wet, light to medium-bodied, clean drinking. Not as crisp, delicate/fragile, light-bodied, or fresh as the best Kolschbiere I've had in Koln. This does a decent job complementing the flavour profile, but there isn't a perfect harmony of texture and taste per se.

O: Drinkable but underwhelming - especially for a Kolsch brewed in Koln. Not as poorly executed as Gaffel's own Richmodis, but still on the lower end in terms of the Kolschbiere I've tried in the region. Sure, it's better than many American stabs at the style, but discerning drinkers won't be dazzled.

C / AVERAGE

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is one style of beer that I haven’t tried too often, but the ones I have tried I remember being refreshing and since it’s a hot as hell day I figured this might be good. This pours a pale yellow color, though still very slightly darker than your average pilsener. It has a thin, white head. The smell is somewhat yeasty and a little acrid also, so fairly indistinguishable from a pilsener. The flavor is quite yeasty with wheat qualities and a slightly astringent, extremely dry finish with some bitter hop character. The body is light, but still a little bit heavier than your average pils. This beer would be refreshing if it didn’t have such a dry finish. That same finish, however, strangely makes you want to drink since before you swallow the beer is cool and has a nice flavor. This beer is a little disappointing I have to say. I would still take it over many pilseners, since I am not a big fan of that style for the most part, but this is nothing amazing.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap:
Gold to deep gold; very clear; head slow to dissipate, but continues until thin layer of small white bubbles grace surface.

Nose is quite strong with bready grains. Light floral notes accent this, along with a decent grassy-hay note.

Decently light opening versus my expectations given smell. Not overly clean opening, and the grassy bitterness grabs my palate early - I don't get to enjoy much of the bread notes early. Biting carbonation hits my whole mouth. When that fades, grass bitterness and a light copper note linger on my tongue.

Warmth seems to mellow the feel a tad. It also quells the opening bitterness slightly in the opening to the point it grows versus pounces. This gives me a chance to taste a light "barley tea" maltiness a little better (it eventually on a slow glass shows a multi-grain bread flavor). Overall still a fairly bitter offering, more than I am used to for the style, but maybe not out of style.

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Photo of OldBrewer
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml can.

L - pours with 1 finger of foam which disspipates quickly, but leaves a slight film on the surface for most of the drink. Very clear, golden colour. Lots of champagne-like bubbles. Mimimal lacing.

S - faint, pilsner malt, hay, touch of lemon.

T - pilsner malt, grassy noble hops, some melanoidin, sweet at first, but overblanced by bitterness afterwards. Bitterness builds up on back of tongue as drink progresses. Sour lemon, hay.

M - smooth, medium body, good carbonation. Dry, bitter after-taste which lingers. Slightly astringent.

O - much better than North American Kolsches that I've tried. Much more hop presence (Saaz?), and much more bitter. Refreshing, crisp. Flavours really come through. A touch too bitter for my palate.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright completely clear gold with a two finger head.

Smells like nothing. Faint hint of metal and corn.

There's not much complexity to it, but the taste is what saves this beer. It's what I look for in a good everyday lager.

Crisp, light, well carbonated and slightly sweet with an authentic light malt taste that finishes with a floral nip. Refreshing at 4.80% ABV.

While it's not as good as some American interpretations of the Kölsh style, I'd take it over an adjunct.

I'm sure this beer is amazing if you're actually at the brewery in Germany, but by the time it gets bottled and shipped to America it loses some of it's integrity, at least I think so.

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Photo of hman43
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Straw colored with a white head.

Smell: Aromas of caramel, and grassy hops.

Taste: Flavors of grassy hops with a bit of corn and hints of caramel malts.

Feel: It has a light feel to it with a smooth finish.

Overall: An easy drinking beer with sweetness and no bitterness to it.

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Photo of EricVonStein
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tallboy. Nice pale golden yellow clear with a few grainy bits in suspension. Small white head fizzles up and then out in a few seconds.

Clean grain malt on the nose, mild green straw, lemon at the end. Pretty clean and simple.

An earthy spiciness like pepper up front, tart like green wood, sour lemon and bitter herbs help it finish. Lingering light malt from the background stays on the palate.

Carbonation is there but not that bright and bubbly but slightly stingy. Feels light body.

Overall some nice characteristics and clean flavours though nothing too inspiring. A bit too green and tart for me would like to see more malt depth and earthy pepper. Nice but not really exciting.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Clear gold body, one finger white head.

Smell: Puffed wheat cereal, an herbal grassiness from the noble hops, but also some sort of nondistinct fruitiness or floral element.

Taste: See above.

Feel: Medium body, medium-low carbonation, a little dry.

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Photo of mhodder
4.7/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Crisp, light, flavorful Kölsch. Nice dry finish. Refreshing and perfect on a summer afternoon, which is of course, the point of a session bier from Kölle (Cologne).

We did a tasting with 12 Kölsch biers, and this and the Reisdorff came out on top. Many others from the US and Germany were flabby, and had issues with their endings. But the finish on the Gafffel was by far the best. You can tell a lot more from a tasting and I would definitely recommend doing a Kölsch tasting if you have the time.

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Photo of 57md
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw color with practically no head. The nose has something sweet - could it be... Corn? I'm sure that it's not, but that's what I'm getting.

The body is hearty for the style and the flavor profile is on-point for the most part. The dry finish is the highlight.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap.

Look : 60% opaque, blonde color, 1 finger head.

Smell : Lots of cantaloupe and fruit rinds, fresh garden fruit.

Taste : Pasty pale pilsner malt, moderate hop presence, with a dusty finish. Rind-y.

Feel : Refreshing. Clean. Light and crisp. Ends dryly.

Overall : Fair to okay Kolsch. Not bad.

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Photo of drmeto
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

-grassy upfront
-floral,earthy notes
-slightly bready
-parfum-y off flavour
-slightly sweet with a faint hop note on the back-end
Fairly decent Macro Kölsch

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. This beer pours a pale clear yellow color. The aroma is full of malt and hops and is very pleasing. The flavor is crisp and and has a very nice malt flavor; very refreshing. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer a really good example of a Kolsch.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a thin white head that lasts. Minimal lacing. Golden color. Aroma is pale malts, some spicy hops and not much of that vinous character. Flavor is a pinch above standard continental lager. Mf is decent. Meh.

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Photo of Beermanic
4.71/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Very light straw colour with a very nice white as snow head.

S:Classic sweet pilsner aroma, reminds me of Germany. (getting excited)

T: The flavor so wonderful. Sweet pilsner malt, that nice bready/grain flavor, with a clean dry, crisp finish.

M: Nice higher carbonation, with a dryish lager finish.

O: A cheaper trip to Germany, probably the best commercial example you can find in America.

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Photo of Zet
2.99/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I was pretty curious about this beer, but i have to admit i'm a little disappointed. It looks fine: sparkly golden with a steady head of foam. The smell however is almost absent. The taste has a nice bitterness going on, but has still too much resemblance to an average euro macro lager for me. It is pretty refreshing though, i'll admit that. Guess Kölsch just isn't my glass of beer.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden, thin later of head with some retention and lacing. Nose is leafy hops and light burnt toast malts. Flavors are more reminiscent of a euro pale lager, lacking the grainy toasted malts, and the hop profile is a bit too green and leafy. Decent but not a great representation of the style.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle into pils glass. best before 28.07.15. consumed on july 8, 2015

a: clear golden-pale yellow with 3 fingers of fast-dissipating white head

s: a touch of floral hops but mostly sweet grainy-grassy malt. maybe even a touch of lemon, somewhat smells like sprite?

t: mineral-y with sweet lager malt and a very mild hop presence and bitterness. hints of fruit-like sweetness but i can't quite put my finger on what those fruits are. lacking in flavour power

m: light, close to watery, not a lot of carbonation

o: light and refreshing but that's it

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Photo of TH28
2.72/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pint glass, straw colored with an enormous foamy white head that lingers leaving good lacing, very slight haze

S: sweet grains, grassy

T: noble hop bitterness, peppery, grain sweetness, very clean lager like flavor profile, slight mineral water flavor

M: crisp and light

O: nice refreshing brew for summer

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Photo of EMV
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap in Berlin, poured into a small stein.

L: Pours a clear golden color. Thick creamy white head that falls rapidly.

S: Grains and mild floral hops.

T/F: Light pilsener-esque flavor. Crisp and clean. Mild hop bitterness at the finish. Moderately carbonated.

O: Clear easy drinking kolsch. A bit light on flavor but clean and refreshing.

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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Drank this all day long whilst visiting Cologne.
Its Golden in colour and served in a tiny 0.2 glass, the head doesn't stick around for long and he carbonation is weak, but it's there...
The smell is fresh and floral and slightly buttery. Taste and feel wise, it's smooth, clean and crisp, with a refreshing after taste, goes down extremely easy - not too full in flavour though, slightly simple and bland.
Overall a very different and nice beer to try, enjoyed my fair share during the day !

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Photo of Trombone69
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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