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Gaffel Kölsch - Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 12
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear gold with a 3cm head that reduce to a thin cap.

S - Inviting aroma of sweet and fresh herbs and spices.

T - Sweet upfront followed by a mild spiciness with a bitter hop finish. The finish had just noticeable metallic notes. As it warmed up the metallic taste became more apparent.

M - Average to thin feel with a dry finish.

D - More complex flavour when compared to your average Lager but this one didn't stand out all that much to me.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 13:42:35 | More by decimator
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New York

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tall stange glass. The neck label has a brief description and there is an abv (4.8%) but no freshness date.

Appearance: The body has a bright light yellow color with great clarity. The pour produced a tall soapy white head. This fluffy light head fades quickly leaving just a thin ring of bubbles to hug the edge of the glass. Lacing is minimal and spotty.

Smell: The aroma is light overall and there is delicate bready malt with a decent amount of floral and botanical hop notes. It also has a hint of sulfur to it as well.

Taste/Palate: Its light body has a delicate bready maltiness with a slight fruity quality to it. The hops are in prefect light balance. They add a similar floral/botanical spice and bitterness as detected in the aroma. It finishes clean and crisp.

Notes: Its delicate flavor and light texture and body make it an easy hot weather drinker. It was ok in the bottle but I would bet that it is much better fresh on tap in Germany!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 21:58:28 | More by generallee
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear straw with a nice billowy head. Nose is light lemon and grass. Nicely citric and grassy hop with a bit of balancing sweetness. Very clean and a smooth body - light, but without a watery mouthfeel. Good refreshing summer session brew, but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 02:20:19 | More by allergictomacros
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2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Fizzy yellow beer with no head.

S: Biscuit with a muted hop.

T: Very clean, extremely unoffensive. Really like weak tonic water. At least it doesn't taste bad I guess.

M: Thin and watery.

O: Average, you can drink as many as you want because there's really nothing going on here. It's like drinking water.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 00:47:09 | More by bundy462
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3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear light golden yellow, with 2 inch white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Light grain, some bread, and hints of citrusy hops.

T: Light, clean flavor. Grain and bready malt. Some light citrusy hops, with notes of lemongrass and spice. A nice bitterness as the beer finishes.

M: Light bodied and crisply carbonated.

D: This a great example of a Kolsch, a style thats intended to be light and highly drinkable. Mild flavors and aroma, but refreshing nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 21:57:35 | More by JMD
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While the style is nothing outstanding, it certainly makes for a good refreshing ale that goes down like a euro-lager on a hot summer day.

It pours a clear straw yellow with a head that recedes quickly and little lacing. It started with a bit of skunk that faded and has a bit of a sweet earthy aroma amongst the hop.

Again, this style goes down a lot like a typical euro lager but the style is under an ale. Not much outstanding to the flavour but the feel is refreshing and has a good level of carbonation.

Having gone through half the pint, I appreciate that it is certainly better than an average euro lager: good spicy hops, dry but nicely balanced, and some fruity complexity in the background.

Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 00:48:32 | More by ecoastman
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Found this on the seasonal shelf of the LCBO. This could easily be passed off as some crappy euro lager, but I decided to give it a chance (I cheated and checked BA on my iPhone before buying)

A: Straw color with large bubbles raising from my Samuel Smiths glass. bright white lacing adorns the sides. (3.5)

S: Grassy and earthy hops? - check nice biscuit malts? -Check Nothing complex about this one, however it does tick the boxes. (3.5)

T: Definitely hop centric. Almost tastes like a Czech pilsner. nice buscuit malts on the business end round out the profile... (4.0)

M: VERY dry. sweetness is done away with for good with this one. A little heavy handed with the carbonation. Dryness makes you want to drink this very fast! (4.0)

D: this is excellent. If I can get this all summer long it might replace my defacto lawn-chair standard beers like Pilsner urquell and Creemore Springs. (4.0)

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 23:33:01 | More by uno99
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear and crisp yellow, has a good white head, but not very firm.

S: Very faint hop profile, but a good balance of malt.

T: Very similar to the smell, pretty straight forward. A simple ease into a mild hop and malt taste. Finishes clean and crisp.

M: Super light with great carbonation.

D: I did like this beer, while I have not had many Kolsch style beers, I prefer the Reissdorf Kolsch over this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 02:34:04 | More by kylehayworth
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear yellow with a white head, thin ring of retention initially leaves a little lace.

S: Steelie mineral & grass, hints of tropical fruit, toffee & biscuity malt.

T: Plenty of Saaz hops. It's like a German Pils with a hint of fruit and tartness (apple-like) from the Kolsch yeast. Biscuity bread from the continental malt. I'm not a fan of Saaz, but this is true to style.

M: Well-attenuated, fairly light body with a slight hint of acidity and a crisp, dry finish. Bang on for the style.

D: A good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 15:47:41 | More by Derek
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3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold with a thick pillowy head. Aroma is flowery and sweet, aromatic hops. Taste is balanced, notes of honey and bread with smooth hops, giving a clean and dry finish.

This is a good kolsch; kolsch seems to be "de rigeur" with American brewers right now but unfortunately, few seem to have gotten it right. Here's an authentic one from Koln that provides a good example for the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 05:55:08 | More by appenzeller
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Ontario (Canada)

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

500 ml bottle from the LCBO. Part of the Summer 2010 Beer Release.

A: clear yellow/gold with a super thin white cap and carbonated bubbles in the body. Spots of lacing on the shaker.
S & T: bread dough, biscuit, toffee sweetness, toast, grassy and metallic notes, soapy hops, standard bitterness, watery aftertaste. Good but uninteresting, as most of the flavours are quite subdued. In fact, this is no different than your average pilsner.
M: medium, quenching, sharp spiciness, peppery and dry finish.
D: drinkable enough, and that's not surprising for a kolsch, yet it doesn't endear like Beau's (my only comparison). An okay beer, though I probably won't buy again.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 05:13:55 | More by cratez
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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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4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a rather pallid gold with a very light head, looks like a macro lager.

S: Sweet Kolsch ale fruit, grapes.

T: Real nice malt flavour, a classic bready German taste with again grapes/ale fruitiness. Good flavours, classic Kolsch is all I can say.

M: Crisp and clean, smooth, easy drinking as a good Kolsch should be.

D: This is the only my 3rd Koln made Kolsch I've had, and it's arguably the best one. Very good tasty malt flavours, this would make a great introductory beer, I can only imagine how good this tastes fresh in wood casks in Cologne.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 02:27:22 | More by Halcyondays
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Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Before I begin, you should know that I have only had two other Kölsches -- Beau's Lugtread (on tap a bunch of times and in various shaped bottles) and a Reissdorf on tap which was excellent -- so I don't pretend to be an expert on the style. But I'm definitely a fan.

Pours a pale straw with a fizzy head and sticky lacing. Exceptionally clear.

Smells like a kölsch I guess--corn, grains and dry steely hops. Really it smells like an aluminum baseball bat. No joke.

This is an interesting one with a white grape juice tang mixed with creamed corn and very herbal, floral, somewhat lemony hop bite in the finish. Finishes dry with a slight minerality. Slightly grainy. It reminds me of a slightly appley Helles Bock.

The mouthfeel seems a bit wanting, not watery or dry or overly carbonated. Just kind of...there.

Out of the three that I have had, this one ranks third by a titch, but all three have been impressive enough to make me seek out more and I can't help but drink this and think that it would taste so much better fresh than in a months-old bottle. The nearest thing I can tell about how fresh it is or isn't is the numbers 26.11.10, which I assume is the best-by date?

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 02:27:40 | More by MeisterBurger
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This lucid, radiant golden yellow rivals even that of the afternoon's hot sun. With clear-cut clarity its complexion is immaculately clean and its bubbles, although tiny, are jammed in like sardines. The head, a fine white paste, clings to the glass like ivy.

Although there isn't much to the aroma that makes it worth smelling, there is enough grainy maltiness to consider it approachable, if not pleasant. The appreciably sweet scent of dry, cereal grains isn't likely to enchant anyone, but its purity and plainness are reassuring and back what the appearance already suggested: this is well-crafted beer.

I've tried Kölsch-style beers from a few different countries now but none of them are as good as those from the style's birth place, Cologne. For anyone unfamiliar, this is the blueprint for the style. It is a markedly light maltiness, but perceptively high attenuated. Apart from a soft, bated malty-sweetness, the flavour is nearly imperceptible.

Kölsch is pretty much the only style that doesn't have any distinctive characteristics one way or another - in fact, that is precisely what distinguishes it. A kölsch is to be nothing but clean and pleasant and refreshing and delicate. Those features, and those features alone, are what define this incontestably sociable and affable style.

All that being said, take Gaffel as a good example. It is pleasingly tasteful without having much discernible flavour; the mouthfeel is soft with a crisp carbonation. And while 'clean' is a word generally used without much thought, here, in respect to both this beer and the style in general, it is meant to be taken as literally and seriously as possible.

You really do have to redefine words like "quaffable" and "clean" when referring to kölsch beers. Whether it's something to do with the beer's unique brewing process, the traditions and integrity of the region's brewers or some indefinable factor inherent to the style I can't say, but there is definitely something that makes kölsch beers that much cleaner and more mindlessly drinkable than arguably any other style.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 23:53:38 | More by biegaman
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After sampling a few North American kolsch-like brews, this was my first experience with the real thing!

Poured into a tall lager glass, the closest kolsch equivalent I had in the house. Light golden, visible carbonation, decent head and retention. Halfway through and still some head kicking abouts.

Light malts, hops, apple and a bit of butter for the nose.

Smooth, crisp, similar to a pilsner, but I'm really detecting the difference here. Slightly buttery and malty. Long, slightly bitter and citrussy finish. Quite refreshing!

Higher carbonation, medium body for the style.

Really hit the spot on a hot, humid day. Definitely a style that I will revisit throughout the summer. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 22:56:59 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light straw. Thin head settles immediately.

Light aroma. Lots of light fruits, apple, with a good hit of fresh grain.

This is such a beautifully simple style. Focus is on that nice grainy malt. Fresh cereals with just a touch of vanilla-like sweetness and a hint of apple. A good dose of German hops gives a nice crisp finish with a lasting bitterness.

Very drinkable beer, perfect for a humid day like today. This is pretty much what comes to mind when I think Kolsch. Quality product.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 00:15:25 | More by CanuckRover
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Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up with some interest after hearing that this was a solid representation of the style.

It poured a very clear, lightly golden lager color with a white head that quickly dropped to a small ring of foam. My first thought when smelling it was "This smells an awful lot like Lugtread" - Lugtread being Beau's Lugtread Lagered Ale. Grassy, husky grain and floral notes are all there.

The taste is light, clean and contains some grain, light honey sweetness and a grassy hoppyness towards the end. It's fairly conservative and neither likely to be terribly impressive or distasteful for anyone.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are good. Light, refreshing and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 00:39:32 | More by Ralphus
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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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Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up as part of the summer seasonal release at the Control Board in Ontario. Pours a clear pale yellow colour, with thick white head. Head dissipated, but tons of lacing all down the glass. Smells faintly of grassy hops. Taste is fairly light. Has some hop bitterness and light bready malt. Very smooth mouthfeel. This is a nice lager for a warm day, but not too much excites me about this beer. Probably won't buy again at over $3/bottle, but would if it was cheaper.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 01:05:23 | More by kwjd
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3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Served in appropriate glassware.

Pours crystal clear golden with a nice white head.

Aroma is malty and grainy with slight hop notes.

Flavor is very grainy with pale malt and some earthy and grassy hops. Good for the style.

Very clean and crisp on the palate with medium-light body.

Overall this is a solid and drinkable Kolsch. Not my favorite style, but I enjoyed it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2010 23:37:02 | More by nickd717
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Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, fairly fresh sample.

Pours a clear light gold ale in the glass with 2 finger white tight pored cap...lasts and laces the glass well. Sharp carbonation.

Apple, some pear, toasty grains, leafy herb and woody aromas some musty-honey sweetness.

Front is grainy, balanced well with woody noble hopping, some demure sweetness. Finish goes dry light herbal-citrus snap in the finish.

Very crisp light dry character, dry tart mouth feel,

A great Kolsch, pretty much defines the style....crisp, delicate character subtle complexity, deeply quenching.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 23:04:21 | More by pootz
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2.45/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into 10oz Pilsner glass. Poured a, very slightly, hazy clean yellow color with minimal head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

Sadly, a strong skunk scent hit my nose as soon as I poured. On closer inspection there was a nice grain undertone, but it took work to find it. The taste was not as skunky and had a bolder grain flavor, with a nice touch of hops. But that skunk still has a bit too much of a presence.

The body was a bit light for the style. If I try some of this without the skunk, it might rate better on drinkabilty. As it sits though, this beer is not that pleasant to sip.

Overall, this beer reminded me more of a Pilsener than a Kolsch. I may give this brew another shot, or I may not. I can't give you any guidance as to whether you should try it or not.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 21:24:20 | More by beertunes
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3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this served from cask at the Gaffel-Haus in Koln.

Beer is a golden yellow with a light head that fades. It has a fresh aroma with a trace of citrus. The taste is crisp and refreshing. The feel is light with a bitter finish. This beer was enjoyable. Kolsch beers are a nice change from all the pilsners I normally drink while in Germany.

Serving type: cask

04-23-2010 11:16:00 | More by soju6
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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
Gaffel Kölsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
83 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.