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Gaffel Kölsch - Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

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599 Ratings
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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 12
Gots: 16 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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,

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2007 04:22:01 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

10-01-2012 02:13:35 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.53/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 04:13:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

03-02-2013 00:32:30 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2011 10:46:53 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.88/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2005 13:19:37 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 23:30:00 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 17:56:28 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-21-2013 01:04:53 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 02:51:30 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 18:30:11 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 07:06:30 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

12-18-2013 04:30:36 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

3/5  rDev -18%

12-19-2011 14:28:38 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 01:20:35 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-21-2011 18:40:50 | More by Texasfan549
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 03:05:18 | More by kylehay2004
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oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2005 22:19:32 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-28-2012 00:17:17 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 02:29:03 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2010 02:39:51 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 02:33:11 | More by emerge077
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largadeer

California

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2010 21:52:28 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +23%

01-10-2013 00:40:01 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2004 16:53:30 | More by NeroFiddled
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Gaffel Kölsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
83 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.