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Gaffel Kölsch - Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

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Reviews: 343
Hads: 738
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 19.18%
Wants: 25
Gots: 71 | FT: 0
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Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co. visit their website

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 Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
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,

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light orange with a 1/2 inch foamy off-white head that quickly fades to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. The first smell that is honestly overpowering is skunk and this isn't even a green bottle so that is weird. Eventually this fades away and I get some malt/grain, grass/hay, and some light fruity aromas. Taste is much the same (thankfully no skunk flavors) and is fairly sweet. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty easy to drink after the skunk smell fades away.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger white head on a cloudy deep golden body and scattered lacing. Aroma is sweet with pale malts, corn, light herbal hops and hint of honey. Lots of honey in the flavor which is both sweet and musty. Nice pale malts, some biscuit and non descript citrus. Thicker body for the style and moderate carbonation. Body could use more clarity for the style and the aroma is weak but the flavor is actually more full and complex than many in this genre provide.

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Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It poured crystal clear, pale yellow in color with a small white head. A moderate level of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of grainy malts in the nose, along with some hints of grassy hops.
T: Like the smell, there are lots of tastes of grainy malts, along with a light amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and very crisp and clean; there is dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is extremely drinkable and somewhat refreshing. I wouldn't have more than one of these in a single sitting, but I would definitely have this again the next time I want to drink a beer from this style.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey yesterday. Served in a mini-snifter.
Pours a clear bright yellow-straw color with a good white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward some light floral hops behind a solid base of straw and grain. Flavor is light malt and grain with a touch of light sweetness. Light and crisp with good carbonation. Nice beer on a hot day.

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Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a nice head that retains well and leaves swathes of lace

Smell: Sweet and almost perfumey aroma

Taste: Opens with a biscuity flavor that becomes rather fruity by mid-palate; after the swallow, the floral hops kick in to balance the fruity/perfumey flavor

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a prickly level of carbonation

Drinkability: Fine example of the style and a great crossover beer

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Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Kölsch wasn't too bad. Still an average brew to me but it was flavorful enough to keep me into it. The beer is a very clear light yellow, traditional color for this style of beer. The head wasn't overly large and it dwindled down a after a little while. The brew tasted like a mix of a Kölsch and Pilsner. It was decent. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing good for a summer brew if you're not into fruit beers.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amazingly true-to-style beer. Quite complex and intellegent in its subtleties. Very lightly flavored, but the flavors range from green apples to kiwi, from pilsner malts to wheat, from tea-like to noble hops. The body is even smooth and with a light minty feel. Whisps away quickly and powdery. A sparkling clear straw with a fluffy withstanding head retention. Must be sampled with a very clean palate and an anylitical mindset to appreciate the brew. A very difficult brew to get right.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.51/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Haus Staudt, served in a traditional 0.2L cylindrical glass. Bright, clear and golden, moderately effervescent with a lasting white cap.

The nose is light and grainy, biscuit-like with a bit of citrus and the faintest hint of corn.

Crisp, dry, quaffable and refreshing, this has a great balance between grainy pale malt, zesty hops and moderate hop bitterness. There are undertones of honey and lemon peel, and it finishes on a pleasantly bitter note. It's a simple beer, but clean and immensely drinkable.

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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a 0,2l stange glass.

Brilliant bright pale gold, fluffy white foam that lasts for awhile, depositing spotty lace all around the glass. It has a pristine look about it.

Minerally aroma, some apple from the yeast, along with wet wheat husks.

Crisp and imminently drinkable. Sliced apples and bread, very lightly dry herbal hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Extra clean, simple and flavorful. Simplicity is vastly underrated these days. Light carbonation, exceptionally easy to drink a few in the hot July weather.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunflower yellow with a smattering of fine, suspended yeast. Atop the beer is an eggshell colored head of creamy foam that is at three fingers after a vigorous pour. Although soapy splotches of lace are beginning to appear, their meltability factor looks to be on the high side.

The nose is more akin to a simple pale lager than a kolsch. The neck label states that this beer is brewed with "an ale yeast that is lagered", for whatever that's worth. It's a simple, clean scent of pale malt and lightly fruity, spicy noble hops. Nothing about it is earth-shattering, but it gets the job done.

Gaffel Kolsch is more dry and more hoppy than anticipated. I approve on both counts. While it isn't what I'd call abundant, the malt load is sufficient. I like the fact that the beer is hopcentric. In that sense, at least, it reminds me of a pilsener. In fact, I would have called it a pils rather than a Kolsch in a blind taste test.

The other defining characteristic is its dryness, which is near Saharan in scope. A mere absence of sweetness early turns into a puckery, mucus membrane sucking dessication by the finish. I enjoy the entire gamut from sweet to dry, depending on the beer, so I don't mind a bit. The light mouthfeel makes overtures toward medium and is just about perfect for the task at hand.

Gaffel Kolsch is an enjoyable beer. I like the fact that it isn't afraid to lay on the hops and lay off the sweetness. I've never tasted anything quite like it, so points must be assigned for originality. It would make a great summertime session beer as long as there was a lot of cold water handy to counter the impressive dryness.

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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a clear golden color with a thin white head to go with it.

S: Nose opens with grassy and floral hops. Just a touch of corn, but overall, a pretty crisp and clean malt aroma that's a slightly bready, but more toward the biscuit side.

T: A solid cracker malt flavor to begin and there's a bit of bread there as well. Some nice floral hop flavor with a touch of earthiness. There's a mild fruity sweetness too, such as apples and white grapes. A very mild bitterness to this one.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation.

D: Like a kolsch should be, really crisp and refreshing. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.26/5  rDev -38.1%
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!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a stange at ChurchKey.

With my late afternoon excursion to the CK winding down, I go for a lighter, more sessionable brew to begin the cool-off. It pours a clear, pale golden straw with a head of thick white froth. The nose is composed of hoppy pine, florals, grapefruit, and what seems like a very subtle caramel way the hell in the back. The taste is somewhat similar, led by the familiar florals, though the fruitiness is replaced by a watered-down bit o' white grape. What is most disappointing is a clear influx of chalk, bringing down what would have been a nice citrus-y flavor. The body is quite light, with a lightly moderate carbonation and refreshing watery feel. Were it not for the chalkiness, this wouldn't be very bad at all, but its presence bumps the whole brew down a notch.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.52/5  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!

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light fizzy head covering that barely covers and fades pretty quickly, over brilliantly clear pale tan slight honey colored beer.

Nose brings light layered malts, decoction like layers, soft pilsner malts with a hint of toasty, light fluffy almost wheat like hay, wet hay, but then also a bit of very light skunk which is weird for a brown bottle, or maybe a light cheap unhappy lager yeast aroma, one of the two hard to tell but off either way, faintest hint of grassy hop.

Taste starts again with soft malts, little toasty light pilsner malts, just a touch fluffy soft layered flavors, with the faintest touch of again slight skunk like but barely. More wet hay, grainy, but smooth. Hops come through a bit more with a grassy floral hop flavor and touch spicy earthy. Bitterness is fairly strong but not too much, light and drinkable. Finish is dry, a bit more of the grassy hops, decent but lighter bitterness, little sweet sticky grainy hay like malts.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, soft, decent carb.

Overall not bad, but not great. It has those tendencies of the good German beers, but seems to be off a bit as well. It tries to go the extra mile but seems to end up at half a mile.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/17/2011 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a stange glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grain, light caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and a hearty but not too heavy malt character followed by a mild sweetness. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice simplistic and poundable beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this at Bully's in Columbia. Poured chilled from the brown bottle into a pils glass.

A -Crystal clear straw golden w/ miniscule 1/4 inch smooth snowy head that drops to nothin'

S - Sweet floral hops and mild pear w/ subtle white grape and honeyed malt odors

M - Crisp yet relatively malty for all its levity. Grainy textures are of toasted and honey tinged w/ mineral notes and biscuit texture hat is light. There are fruity sweet tinges w/ moderately high carbonation but right on for style w/ a refreshing clean finish

T - The subtleties of this beer are what make it great. A mild bready taste w/ kiss of hops(hahah), but really the malt is very balanced and smooth and satiny w/ nice toasted elements. Tastes of fruit w/ mild german yeast that has mineral like calcium affected taste w/ a dry yet balanced malt complexity. The flavor is so mildly fruity like a golden delicious w/ a nice honey-like smooth sweet element.

D - A more refreshing/highly flavorful beer is hard to imagine. I could drink this repeatedly and not get bored. One of the best session ales ever!

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Photo of Rifugium
2.45/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw gold with minimal head that doesn't stick around long. Nose is grainy. Flavor is smooth on the body with an even, but milder bodied character to it. Feel is good. Lower carbonation but not too thin overall. Definitely drinkable. Not a knockout brew, but still pretty decent.

Why is the cap an American flag? Is it because this was bottled for U.S consumption?

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Watching the pour, there was a decent head, but when it was delivered it had settled completely. Still, it left some streaky lace. Gold color and clear.

Mild aroma of raw, pale grain. No notable hop.

It has a light berry sweetness. There's a good hop bite in the swallow. Short aftertaste. Refreshing and light.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/11/12 notes. Had from the bottle at Idle Hands in NYC on the LES. 8 oz. pour at one of their Wednesday tastings.

a - Pours a hazy, pale yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus, lemon, floral hops, spices, Belgian style yeast, and light pepper. Nose is very nice with a lot of citrus.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, lemons, spices, Belgian yeast, floral hops, fruity malts, and, pepper. Again, lots of citrus which I like a lot.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit; it reminded me a lot of Allagash White and seemed more like a witbier. Lots of citrus and very easy to drink; a great summer beer.

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Gaffel Kölsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
83 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.