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Gaffel Kölsch - Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

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Ratings: 673
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 16
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co. visit their website
Germany

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 rvdoorn
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

had this one in a traditional german restaurant along the rhine river in koln. Served in a 0.2 ml glass. Straw golden colour with white head. Smells a bit more hoppy than the other variants of kolsch i tried. Taste is like most kolsch beers, with a bit more dry finish. Very drinkable and pairs great with bratwurst!

Photo of fastsrt
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Draft pour In a gaffel Stange glass

A: golden, white head looks good in the glass

S: grape, malt, great aroma

T: grapes, malts, awsome beer smooth and easy drinking

M: good carbonation. Light, dry

D: could drink a few goes down smooth real good beer. Have not have many of this style however i am trying to experience more styles

Photo of jpro
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Coast in downtown Chas... Served in a Gaffel stange -

A: Gold, with a minimal, cotton-white head; a few specks of lace are left on the glass and the head manages some very slight retention.

S: Grains; lightly fruity; maybe some earthy hops.

T: Grain / wheat malts; some sweetness on the finish; a light dose of bittering hops.

M: Lighter-bodied; crisp; moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable and smooth; paired well with buffalo shrimp tacos! I don't know if I'll seek any of this stuff out, but I'd probably get it again if they continue to carry it at Coast.

Photo of emsroth
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at George keeleys in Manhattan.40cl of pure beer goodness.

App: straw gold with a white head.

Smell: apples, grapes, and a touch of honey. A bit of grain as well.

Taste. Super Fruity. Much like the smell with flavors of apple, grape, and honey up front. Ends incredibly dry with, unfortunately no hop flavor (so 4.5).

Light refreshing body, even in the dead of winter.

When fresh (it was better last month) I could drink it all night long.

Photo of Guitarctica
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was poured into a curved pint glass as I didn't have a stange unfortunately.

A - It pours a crystal clear golden yellow like straw. Has visible effervescence inside the beer which always looks nice. White head that dissipates almost instantly into a centered circle on top. No lacing to speak of.

S - Malted barley. Some citrus. Not much on smell, but I expected as much.

T - More earthy malts. Light sweetness probably from the wheat. I'm not sure if they used Noble hops in this, but it sure tastes like it. Not much bitterness at all. Very earthy, almost floral quality to the hops in finishing. Moderate corbonation.

M - Pretty smooth. Light body, however at times it almost seems watery.

D - Although it is very smooth, it just doesn't suit me. It's not very tasty but it is refreshing like a kolsch should be. I just wish there was more to it I suppose.

I didn't dislike this by any means, I just wasn't particularly impressed. It was refreshing, but somewhat watery without much flavor. It's a great session beer that I would buy again for that purpose.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsener glass (I don't have Stanges unfortunately).

Look - straw or hay-colored, relatively clear, with about 2 fingers of off-white foam that dissipates relatively quickly. Very good carbonation.

Smell - fairly hoppy-smelling, but otherwise pretty plain.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Also fairly hoppy in taste, but without too much bitterness, mostly just bitter in the finish, but the middle has a bit of a sweetness, like orange or something citrus. Texture is pretty mild and well-balanced.

Drinkability - Bitterness is definitely present in this brew, but not as overpowering as some that I've sampled. Nice to have a Koelsch again, but it's not quite as I remembered.

Photo of womencantsail
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

And I thought I'd have to go back to Köln to try an authentic version of this style again!

A tight bone white head sits above the clear straw gold body of this brew. The retention is excellent.

Fruity aromas of sour apple and grape up front, undoubtedly from the ale yeast mix with sourdough bready scents. A nice light aroma of fresh hops comes through ever so slightly.

Sold pale malt flavours mix with hop bitterness. This is of a herbal citrus nature and provides a drying fairly clean finish. A hint of iron can be detected
The body is light and easy drinking with a medium high level of carbonation.

Interesting beer like a pils with a bit more character.

Photo of kjc51478
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow with little to no head. Aroma is bready and hay malts with a slight earthy scent. Taste is light bodied, refreshing, and a tad watery with predominantly bread and grass flavors. Sweetness comes through as well especially in the finishing.

Photo of matjack85
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Quencchers Saloon in Chicago on a rare 70º November evening. Normally you think of kolsch as a summer beer, but it felt right on a night like this. It was served in its own 12oz Gaffel monogrammed glass.

The beer poured a clear gold color with a 1-finger white head on top that lasted awhile, but it only left minimal lacing.

The smell was mostly fruity with a bit of earthiness and faint bready malt sweetness underneath the fruit.

The main flavor is apple, but there are other citrus flavors in here as well as a decent bready malt sweetness. Earthy hops show up midway through and last well into the finish and linger on well into the aftertaste.

A light, crisp, and refreshing beer with moderate carbonation that could have been a bit higher for my liking.

This goes down easy and I could have enjoyed several if it wasn't for the high price. At just 4.8% alcohol there is very little alcoholic taste to get in the way of the other flavors.

Photo of bnes09
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

See-through golden honey-colored lager. Fairly thin head gets lazy quickly and drowns in the liquid. Some lacing but short lived. Lots of bubbles.

Smell of bready grains, rice and corn. Faint grassy and semi-skunked hop character.

Flavors are standard also. Bready grains and buttery grits. Moderate amount of skunk. Grassy hops add a small amount of bitterness. Balanced but lacking in flavor and complexity.

Light and watery mouthfeel. Well carbonated, wet and thin.

Its an average brew. Not much else to say. If you like Euro style lagers, you might want to try it but there are better examples out there.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.22/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clean, pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, small skunkiness and standard European lager kind of smells. In the taste, a bitter hop, a small dry maltiness, and somewhat watery. A small bite and light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, small earthiness in the aftertaste. Standard European lager, but a bit more watery than expected.

Photo of ThaCreep
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale golden color with a nose that is reminiscent of the Pilsener. Mouth fairly light with hints slightly salty, which must be certainly a powerful spring water, high in minerals, especially calcium. A little bitterness is noted on the finish, slightly coarse and especially high in minerals. High fermentation, this Kolsch closely resembles a basic lager except this powerful bitterness probably mediated by the quality of water used.

Photo of BARFLYB
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap @ Kraftworks in Philadelphia in a big ol pint glass, damn str8!

Gaffel Kölsch came to me looking pretty dead, I mean PBR dead. Just a trace of white lines on top of a fairly adjunct looking beer with a gold color to it. Smells included pale malt out the ying yang, grain and I guess a fruiting of some kind that smelled off out the gate. Tastes included everything I just stated above except there was no fruit. No earthy hops can even bring this one around. It really tasted like a souped up american macro to me, I don't see the appeal in this beer. Isn't it supposed to be the pinnacle of the style. Anywho, feel was bland watery and lifeless, thin and dead. Drinkability suffered but I got through my glass because im a trooper. I'll try this again if Im ever in Germany but for now Im going to avoid this in droves.

Photo of Takahiro
2.71/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought @ Frankfurt airport duty free, out of 500ml can to my tulip.

Visual: Straw color with lots of thick white foam, which lasts a while.

Smell: Bready, yeasty, reminded me of a typical pilsner-like smell. Some citrusy smell in the background, and become more pronounced as bubbles fade away

Mouth: Feels light and well rounded. But there's some bite/astringency on tongue towards end.

Taste: husky malt up front, followed by earthy hop bitterness. Leans towards little hoppy side.

Drink: nice and drinkable, but little boring. tastes bit like a pilsner to me and I get bored with pilsner too soon.

Photo of megahurts4
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gaffel Kölsch (kolsch, koelsch)

Appearance: Yellow with a lot of lacing.

Smell: Skunky, subtle apple.

Taste: Skunk, apples, grains, and malts.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing.

Overall:
It is more like a pilsner but with a subtle tinge of apple. I expected more of an apple flavor, but this is a good quality beer.

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

A great and easily drinkable style, and a paragon of that style. This one invites you to take a big pull and then slow down a bit to pay attention to it. Trouble is, its pretty easy to take that next sip. So you have to reflect a bit, or you will just drink it and let it go down unobserved. That would be a shame.

My advice is to pay attention and learn to seek Kolsch out. It raised the bar for easy, session-drinking beers.

Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

appearance; straw yellow, white head that quickly dissipates to a white film. Sparse carbonation bubbles.

smell; spicy hops, some bland barley sweetness tries to poke through.

taste; like a less bitter pilsner. Hops are much weak and spicy with low bitterness. Some dry malts in the finish but not sweet at all.

mouthfeel; loose and watery with a sharp carbonation burn on the tongue.

drinkability; very drinkable like a good Pils but lacking the bitterness that would sit heavy in the stomach.

Photo of thekanna
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Das Best Oktoberfest in National Harbor, MD.

A: Clear gold, almost no head, fairly flat.

S: Some citrus fruits with a fair bit of earthiness. Sweet malts could be detected in the background.

T: Relatively light citrus tastes, with notes of apple and pear. Some banana nut bread-flavored malts shine through in the middle, as well as a detectable bit of sweetness. Slight herbal hops round out the end.

M: Slightly watery and under-carbonated.

D: Good, refreshing brew for a hot day. Would have preferred it a little colder and a little more effervescent, but I guess you can't have everything.

Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a crystal clear pale yellow colour with fairly large white frothy head. There is a low to average amount of carbonation, and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for a short while before it was gone.

Smell - corn, wheat, malts, oatmeal

Taste & Mouth - There is a really nice mouth feel here, velvety on the tongue yet nice and light with a good amount of carbonation. At first I can taste corn syrup mixed with malts and wheat. It also has an oatmeal and bread like flavour.

Drink - A very nice light and refreshing beer that stacks up to Beau's Kolsch in my opinion. It has lots of the same characteristics as Beau's without the weird aftertaste. This would go great with some spicy food.

Photo of DanThomas
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey. Light, refreshing, but subtle complexity makes this a good beer.

A- nothing special, Golden yellow with a small head.

S- mildly malty, lots of earthy aromas. Some nice tart fruitiness adds some layers to this one.

T- super refreshing. The fruits (apple maybe) hit you first, but nothing too strong. Moves into a nice bready malt middle that gives a great backbone to this otherwise light beer. Fruitiness returns in the aftertaste. Really nice.

M- carbonation is sharp in a refreshing way, and the beer has a good light to medium body.

D- so refreshing, great for nights in september when DC is still an unfathomable 95 degrees. Exactly what I wanted, and would like to explore this style more.

Photo of dasenebler
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

.5L bottle, Germany.

Crystal clear yellow-gold with a small foamy head that laces well for the style.

Aroma is of grains, crackers and lightly skunky hops.

The flavor has a nice bite to it, but then begins to start slipping away. Subtle metallic, near sulfuric, notes come through, and the finish is not as clean as it should be for the style. It's also a tad too bitter in the aftertaste. Some good biscuit notes and a light, nicely-carbonated mouthfeel, but not terribly easy on the palate in terms of flavor.

I'll drink this stuff, as it's not bad beer by any means. It's just not a good Kölsch, in my opinion.

Photo of ludachris
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, effervescent apple juice gold with just over a finger of whispy egg white head. The steady flow of carbonation helps the head retain nicely, which leaves thin patches of lace as it receedes.

The nose is delicate and fresh. Doughy malts, crisp semi-tart apple, a bit of lemon and hay are all readily detectable and become more pronounced and inviting as the beer warms.

Crisp lemony and granny apple notes assert themselves early and make it almost to the end adding to the refreshing quality of this beer. The doughy malt and hay-like characters are pushed towards the back giving off a fragile musty character midway through. A delicate dose of herbal hops with a hint of astringency make up the crisp and dry finish with the doughy malts having the final say.

The mouthfeel is light with an excellent amount of carbonation. Good balance and mostly dry. Very quaffable and perfectly suited for the summer months.

This beer marks the first I've had for the style. I do think that every beer ahs its time and its place and in the hot months of summer, I'd say no other style fits it better. From the nose to the taste to the feel, everything spells refreshment. In my case, I drank this in the fall, but I was looking for something simple tonight and I got exactly what I wanted!

Photo of Offa
4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent kolsch, light but nicely complex and characterful, at least if not drunk too cold.

Gold, it has a big white head steadily shrinking.

Aroma is strong, nice full grain and bread dough with hints of apple, grass, mineral, lemon, herb.

Taste is crisp apple, lots of grain, some mineral, lightly bitter grass and herb, green apple peel. If not too cold, the flavours really come through, integreat and balance nicely, with a full-bodied character, lively and somewhat complex despite being light in body and exceedingly drinkable.

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

Poured from the growler into my .3L Sunner Kolsch glass. Growler from the Piney Grove Green's.

A - Pale yellow, clear as a bear can be with a nice white head resting on top. Tons of bubbles are showcased running through this beer.

S - Nice light florally smelling hops with hints of lager malt.

T - Very light floral hop presence with a light malt flavor. Extremely balanced and light on the palate.

M - Light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D - Could easily down this whole growler in a few minutes this beer is so drinkable. That being said this really isn't my favorite style but I feel it represents the style well. This is the lady's favorite style so I try a lot of these and this one really has nothing offensive about it. Not too much that blows me away either however. I only know of 3 true Kölsch's that we can get in the US so this is certainly worth trying if you enjoy the style.

Gaffel Kölsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
83 out of 100 based on 673 ratings.