1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Gaffel Kölsch - Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

Not Rated.
Gaffel KölschGaffel Kölsch

Educational use only; do not reuse.

689 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 689
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 18
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2002

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (4) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 689 | Reviews: 332
Photo of angusdegraosta
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first of this style - very easy to like. Go Gaffel! Beeradvocate lists the Kölsch style as obscure, but the taste is anything but. This is not hugely different from Bavarian lagers, with the exception of a slight fruitiness, maybe apple or grape, I can't even say. It's brewed like an ale, then lagered, from what I'm reading. So there are slight differences between Kölsch and lager, which makes it a nice drinking experience. This is the kind of light, dry, grainy malt and hop combination that has me saying, "Hey, I like this. Let me have another." Session material here. Reissdorf is next. If your pour straight down the center, you'll get a good head and nice aroma.

Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium gold with a decent fizzy white head with no retention or lace. Good clarity and color.

Viney-grapey thing going on in the nose. Some light malt, some mineral notes, and maybe a bit of hop leaf.

Malt with a light amount of sweetness. The sweetness disappears to some light bitterness and then this one dries out to a satisfying dry and bitter finish. Bitterness is the green leafy type, and gives the brew a good balance. A good version of the style.

Lighter bodied, decent carbonation.

An easy drinker -- not mind-blowing but very solid. A real change of pace and true to form.

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, pale yellow, with a nice cap of white foam. Decent retention and lacing. Mildly bitter ; floral and grassy aroma with a modest bready malt note underneath.

Crisp and easy drinking; taste matches the nose, with pleasantly light bitterness, classic German hop profile, grass and floral notes; again a lightly malty undertone props up the hops. Gently fruity.

Solid carbonation, medium-light bodied, very clean finish, refreshing and tasty. Definite session territory here. Not particularly interesting, just a clean, cold refresher that goes down easy. Enjoyed this draft version more than the bottled Kolsch beers I’ve sampled; perhaps it’s a freshness issue; this one was really vibrant and tasty.

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of thisladyluck
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of paulginva
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from a bottle into a stange, produced lively carbonation and a fizzy white 1" head with thin head lacing and very little retention. The body was a clear yellow.

AROMA: A moderate amount of roasted grain and a very light lemon scent along with a significant whiff of apple, probably from the Kölsch yeast.

TASTE: Pretty much the same -- a high taste of burnt grain together with a light hops taste and a modest tang of apple from the Kölsch yeast.

MOUTHFEEL: Body was on the light side with thin texture and lively carbonation. Thin body lacing was present that dissipated quickly. The initial flavor was lightly bitter with a lightly sweet finish that held for a short time.

DRINKABILITY: This would make an okay session lager, I suppose, but it's not as good as Reissdorf Kölsch. The apple flavor of the yeast only shows up on the finish and the hops just arent very crisp. Overall, kind of disappointing -- there's nothing particularly memorable about it, though it is easy to drink. Would I buy it again? Probably not. There are other, better alternatives out there for about the same price.

Photo of Bwbkicks
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of tyjaman
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of illidurit
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours rather yellow with a sudsy white head. Clean bready profile with mild bruised apple fruitiness. Vague citrus, cereal grains. Pretty straightforward without any frills, and it holds up pretty well for having sailed from the paterland. Not too watery or anything. Decent beer.

Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of pgofman
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of jonb5
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 bottle poured into Leffe chalice. Golden colour, small head which didn't hang around long, kept some lacing, clear. Aroma combined Chardonay grape with a really fresh bitter hoppy North German Pils aroma. Tasted Chardonay grape, fruits, had a light sourness. Finsh was bitter. Well carbonated which gave it a coarse edge, body was thick for the fairly light ABV. Had the fell of Pils mixed with Sekt which is what happens in parts of Germany.

Photo of Digitallama
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of dcurrin
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev +9.3%

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Gaffel Kölsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
83 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.