Gaffel Kölsch | Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

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Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
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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 falloutsnow
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opening the bottle, one is greeted with a gasp of carbonation exhalation and a weakly bitter scent. Pouring produces a tall, fluffy, pure white head that quickly fades to a thing ring around the glass with a few large islands of foam. Fair amounts of lacing that slowly disintegrate into the pool of transparent, pale, golden lager-colored body.
The scent is citrusy with distinct lemon notes, a bit of musty socks, and malt sweetness. The flavors are rather faint all around: sketches of malt and hops; lager-like and slightly vinous. The finish consists mostly of sweet malt residues and a tinge of caramel flavor with some floral hops.
Medium-light body with a mild carbonation level endures this one in the mouth and is followed by a moderately dry finish. Gaffel's kölsch is a well-made brew that considers its ingredients with respect and does not overindulge in any of them. The low alcohol level and mild flavors make this a good session brew or a non-heavy, refreshing spring/summer beer.

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Photo of greenjeff4141
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fragrant hops on the nose. Taste, at first a little sweetness followed by the hops and alcohol follows behind. Has a clean yeasty taste and moderate carbonation with a slight bitterness at the end. I haven't had the pleasure of drinking many of this style, but I will again after trying this one. It is a very easy drinking beer, if it had just slightly less carbonation it would probably be perfect.

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Photo of drewmprs
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This kolsch is a hallmark of the style. Pours a pale gold yellow with a thick head that lasts till the end. Brought over from germany, this beer is oneof the finer kolschs i've had to date. Much better than BJ's. Slightly bitter with low hop levels. I could drink alot of these.

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Photo of MarineHokie
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden, slightly cloudy, one finger stark white head, good lacing.

S - Light floral hoppiness with some grain and faint lemon citrus aroma.

T - Crisp, light, grainy bitterness, finishes smooth.

M - Light body, crisp mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable, best Cologne Kölsch I've had in the US.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast

Poured a very light golden yellow colour... White head disappeared instantly...

Aroma - Earthy, woody, slight lemony notes, grassy, slight saltiness, some spiciness...

Taste – Light lemony flavours, quite sweet, vanilla afternotes, grassy...

Feel - Very slight sharpness and smooth after...

Overall - A pretty good Kolsch.... very drinkable. Worth a try...

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

12 oz. with no freshness date - served chilled in a nonic. Pours a clear bright gold that is lively and has some carbonation streams coming to the top to the 2 finger white head that has minimal lace but leaves a thin blanket. It has a soft spicy/metallic/buttery aroma and a mild flavor that is crisp and refreshing like a lager. There are grainy and some toasted malts, a bit of a vinous character, and some grassy/spicy hops that seem metallic at times and leave a low level of bitterness. The body is medium, tingly on the tounge, yet quite smooth. This is good but would be better/more drinkable if it were less expensive.

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Photo of shbobdb
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Meh. This isn't as bad as Roemer, but that's not saying much. An absolutely run-of-the-mill Koelsch. Not really worth experimenting with, and this is when it's fresh! I can only imagine that the flavour goes further downhill when it has to cross the Atlantic.
Drink it if you want another notch on your belt, but that's about the only solid reason I can think of.

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Photo of Daredevil
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Kölsch" is a somewhat funny beer type, looks like a Lager, but indeed is an filtered Ale ... the taste is somewhat between the Lager and Ale, from the latter it has it's fruitiness (top fermenting yeasts), but it is usually 'drier' than most Lagers ... this one is a particularly dry Kölsch, with a spicy and nutty taste and also a pleasant bitterness ...

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

Pours a clear bright golden with a fluffy white head that leaves some lacing in my glass, bready and fruity aromas. Apple, lemon and bready flavors. Medium bodied with a crisp and carbonated mouthfeel, finishes clean and dry, this one really hits the spot on a hot day.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearence: Poured a clear gold with a nice, bubbly head with decent retention. Loads of carbonation.

Smell: Strong lager yeast smell. Hops seem noble, almost pils like in quality.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is much like a pilsener, only lighter and more bubbly and spritzy. The hops are nice, but the malts have kind of a cereal/bready quality to them that seems fake. The mouthfeel is light and carbonated.

Drinkability and Overall: My first stab at a true Kolsch, and it's not bad. I enjoy it, but there's not enough subtle complexity for me. The only thing I didn't particularly enjoy was that fake malt taste, and it's killing the drinkability for me. Other than that, not bad stuff at all.

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Photo of cubedbee
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a finger of white head and a small amount of lacing. Smell is a grainy malt with a a slight and not unpleasant metallic note. Taste is nice and simple--a clean maltiness followed by a medium hop finish and a slightly mineral/metallic aftertaste, which I would usually hate but seems to work with this style. The beer has an extremely dry moutfheel and a moderately high level of carbonation, and once again this works great with the style. This a great example of a Kolsh--extremely drinkable and refreshing, if not particularly exciting.

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Photo of WMBierguy
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had only ever tried one Kölsch previous to drinking this one, and I did not really enjoy that Kölsch. TYhat beer had the bitter, metallic taste of a Heinieclone, and I had written off the Kölsch style as a pilsner wannabe. This beer convinced me that I was wrong about Kölsch. This beer was pale yellow with a mild head. Looked like a pretty standard beer. However, it had a distinctive taste. It's hard to explain, other than to say that it was light on hops and had an overall pleasant taste. This would be the perfect hot day beer if only it weren't so expensive ($8.50 for a 6 pack). This beer has completely changed my mind about Kölsch, and I'm going to give that other Kölsch (Reisdorf Kölsch) another try. Maybe it was skunked, or maybe it was simply inferior. Regardless, Gaffel Kölsch is a quality beer, and is certainly not a Heinieclone.

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

Pretty interesting.
More interesting than the first few sips lead you to believe.
This has grape and champagne characteristics to it.
No freshness date on the bottle but I'd bet this is older and less well kept than it should be.
Still, this was a very satisfying beer; solid all around.
The first of the style that I've tried; I will need to try others for reference.
Sweet and dry in a champagne kind of way. Not quite as sweet or dry but they are related.
Rather like a less wheaty, or wheatless Hefe Weizen, if that makes sense.
Time for a road trip to Germany!

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

Ahhh how good it is to rediscover simple, elegant styles of beer after bombarding your palate for months with over-hopped, over-malty, over-roasted bombastic beers.
Gaffel Kolsch is a delighful hot-weather beer, that, like many German beers needs to be fresh, fresh, fresh. This beer is no exception, and when it is not fresh, it goes south quickly.
The beer I had was nice and fresh, with a light golden color and a lively, spritzy carbonation that produce the slightest of heads. The nose is not huge, a kind of metallic herbalness. The taste is crisp and clean, steely with other mineral notes, like a good German riesling, that softens into Granny smith apples with a touch of lemon juice, and perhaps some herb like thyme. The finish ends as it begins, with that steely character coming back into a bone-dry palate cleansing deliciousness. Mouthfeel reveals lively carbonation, a little thin, but what would you expect for this style. Drinakability is high -- I could suck three or four of these imperial pint bottles down on one hot summer night. A classic that I would LOVE to have in its home country.

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Photo of silenius
2.84/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

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

Tasted from the 1 pint, 0.9 fl oz. bottle. Nicely appointed label on a graceful brown bottle.

Straw gold, clear and bright. A stark white coarse head forms, settles and leaves. A fine fizz remains, not much stickiness.

Herbal hop aroma, salty mineral and mild malt. A little earthy note at times.

Crisp and clean hop beginning, smooth toasty malt underneath and a dry finish. Nicely balanced, no false notes, pretty classic. The plentiful carbonation gives a pleasant mouthfilling fizz with each sip. A mild herbal hop bitterness returns in the aftertaste. Very drinkable and refreshing.

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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 fizzyfred
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal clear with a golden, straw color. Would have liked a little more of a head. Smell is clean with a hint of noble hops. The taste is dry with an assertive noble hop flavor. This beer is very good, it might benefit from a little more vienna/munich flavor. Carbonation is hig, as the style calls for. I prefer Kolsch (rare as it is) on draft where it less fizzy. A little more sour taste is good, shouldn't be as clean as a lager. This is another tasty beer.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.04/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale transparent gold body. Tiny white head.
S - Floral hoppyness, slightly malty aroma.
T - Fine maltiness, slightly bitter, but no other hop related characteristics. Plain bready characteristics
M - Soft MF and fine carbonation, medium body, but light in flavor.
D - This is a readily quaffable beer, but not exciting.

Thank you Mr. Ueda for this gift.

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Photo of OatherS
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blue labeled bottle. 500 mL bottle.

Appearance: Golden transparent. Short lived one finger head. Very effervescent.

Smell: Nothing too distinct. Normal ale smell.

Taste: Also not too distinctive. The Kolsch flavor is somewhat apparent. Somewhat of a metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Dry finish.

Drinkability: Not bad. Although not totally excited about finding another one.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cold on tap in a Gaffel stange with a thin white head on a light clear gold pour. Thin subtle malt aroma with a few hints of spice with a wonderful
kolsch flavor that really locks in the toasty malt flavor and a nice grain flavor. Finishes very crisp and clean like a kolsch should. Light and delightful, quite a nice example of the style.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 07-04. Poors in good with quiet a good head thats white in lasting ok. Light golden color a cristal clear make it a good appearance. Nose is clean, quiet empty and fruity with a hint of hops. Taste is malty, watery and having somehow an iron taste that makes bitterness hanging. Cause the beer is quiet empty this iron taste is not that enjoyable and influences mouthfeel negativly. Fruityness makes some up and not a bad beer but had better Koelsch.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My quest for the essence of Kolsch continues. Poured into a Collins glass. Beauty golden yellow, similar to an american adjunct lager, but brighter. Plenty of large and small bubbles that create a large foamy head. This had a fine pilsener nose, both grassy and malty. Taste was crisp and malty. Light mouthfeel, but that is expected. Very easy to drink. Nice replacement for light lagers. Give this one to the reluctant macro drinker to take a baby step toward having a little hops in their beer.

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Photo of Suds
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good-looking brew…completely clear, pale yellow colored liquid with a billowing, soft white head…Constantly streaming CO2 bubbles and nice tufts of lace. The smell is hoppy and grainy with a slightly fruity (citric), almost acidic trait. It’s a moderately dry beer, with a little astringency and a crisp, abrupt finish. This one’s very light, easy to drink, and pretty tasty. On the downside, although it’s very drinkable, it’s also not very exciting.

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Gaffel Kölsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
83 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.