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Gaffel Kölsch - Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

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631 Ratings
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Ratings: 631
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 14
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co. visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2002)
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Photo of drtth
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tall relatively slender "stange" glass with the Gaffel logo. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is clear and has a bright gold color with a ½" finely textured white head that persists for a reasonably long time but then recedes to a patch of form and small ring of foam around the glass. For quite a while there are bubbles rising here and there pretty regularly. Initially sipping produces some patches of lacing but that gradually disappears as the beer is consumed. Some lightly speckled lacing remains pretty much to the end.

Smell: The aroma is lightly bready and spicy from the pale malt and the soft spicy and herbal hops.

Taste: There is a soft dry sweetness to the bready malt flavor and the spicy, herbal hops that are clearly present but not overpowering. Overall the flavor is almost, but not quite, dry, very clean, crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light bodied and soft with light prickly carbonation present for most of the beer. The finish is medium long and just fades out on a faint note of hoppy herbal flavor.

Drinkability: This is a very nice and very drinkable beer, especially if you like a good Kolsch. Very refreshing and as good as I remembered a Kolsch to be from having a night in Cologne. I could easily have had another and expect to drink this one again given the opportunity. A good example of a Cologne brewed Kolsch.

drtth, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of DerBayer
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hmmm Koelsch never used to be my favourite stytle but I m taking to it:

Pours a straw blond with medium head that lingers

Smells of hops and hops some faint fruit and floral notes

The taste is bitter hops and some faint honey

Medium carbonation and smooth finish

I am starting to find Koelsch SOOO drinkable

DerBayer, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of redmagik99
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive head, very light, translucent yellow. Smells crisp, some sweet, toffee-like malt, a bit of herbal hops. In the flavor the hops take on a grassy flavor, with a short wave of bitterness followed by the slightly sweet, bready malt that is characteristic of many german lagers, and then finishing a bit bitter again. I perceive the lager yeast much more than the ale yeast in this one: in a blind tasting I would not have been able to pick it out as a kolsch, but then again I have little experience with the style. An average, easy drinking beer with no stand out flavors, but no off flavors as well.

redmagik99, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of spointon
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz long necked brown bottle into a tall pilsner flute.

A= This ale poured an extremely clear, extremely pale yellow color with a 1.5" foamy white head. The head dropped very fast to a broken skim and left zero lacing behind. Just a modest carbonation release present.

S= Smelled very much like a German pilsner beer. Some sweet malt was detectable before a big grassy hop character swept in to pretty much dominate the other, more delicate aromas. There may have been some faint lemon in there too.

T= Very similar to the aroma, with some sweet malt notes making an appearance only to be swept aside by the grassy noble hop flavor. Hop bitterness seamed a bit leafy and moderate but definitely in there. Some very light esters produced a lemon and herb characteristic. Finish was very dry and slightly bitter.

MF= Light bodied with a moderately crisp carbonation despite the lack of obvious bubbles. Felt dry and clean on my tongue.

D= Though this was easy to drink and tasted good enough to want another, it walked a fine line between Euro-lager, Pilsner, and Kolsch. At times I swore this tasted much like Grolsch, then other times I was impressed by its light grassy complexity. Overall a good beer that I would happily drink again but would not go far to seek out.

spointon, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of PartyBear
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Perfectly clear, and a light golden colour. Medium carbonation. Poured with a giant head, however, the retention is bad.

S - Light fruity hops, with a hint of weak lemon. There is also a definite floral characteristic to the scent.

T - The taste is crisp and dry, with an obvious bitter hoppiness.

M - Light and crisp in the mouth. A pleasant mild dry aftertaste.

D - I don't have a great knowledge of Kolsch beer, in fact this is my first. Overall it's a good beer, which most importantly I enjoyed drinking, and certainly would again.

PartyBear, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours clear and straw in color. Initial white, fluffy head.

S - Straw and malts. Slight pepper and faint floral hoppyness.

T - Straw and pale matls. Light, floral hoppyness.

M - Light bodied with a good carbonation level. Very crisp and clean finnish with slight drying.

D - Drinkability is pretty good. No frills, easy drinking. Just enough flavor and not overly carbonated.

rfgetz, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of CHickman
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured clear yellow color with a small white head; smelled of wheat, barley and malt. Nice and crisp feel that tastes of a hops, light yeast, wheat and a barley combo; very light carbonation that is crisp and refreshing. Average taste, but a very nice light beer that was easy to drink and the type I could drink all day or night. A very good summer beer!

CHickman, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow color with a medium sized head and a thin lace.

The aroma of grains and corn.

The taste is light hops,and cereal with a touch of bitterness in the finish.

A light body with a crisp well carbonated feel.

Notes: A decent balance with a good supporting cast. Yet, I will not look for this one again. Just seemed o.k.

Lexluthor33, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of david18
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The only ale I had so far in Berlin and very good. It was at a restaurant that specilized in this brand of Kolsch, which is typical, in berlin. The kegs were out in the restaurant which added to the ambiance and identification between place and beer. As always, this beer was very good.

david18, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of papat444
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this yesterday in an afternoon that alternated between cloudy, sunny and rainy. Weird day.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle, best before Nov. 26, 2009.

Appearance: A fairly clear, golden body and a thick, foamy white head. Lots of tiny bubbles spritzing up there.

Smell: A whiff of corn and cereal dominates, not much else.

Taste: Not much at first but the trailing bitterness becomes more evident and a mineral-like taste appears. Some aromatic notes, herbs maybe.

Mouthfeel: Best feature for me. Feels lively and fresh with very active carbonation that pricks the tongue. Has a light feel to it.

Drinkability: Refreshing for sure but lacks a little in the taste dept. Would have a small serving or maybe on-tap instead.

Overall: A good but somewhat average beer. I liked it but i think this is a style that would probably benefit more from trying fresh from the source.

papat444, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear, light gold (nearly straw) with white head. It smelled like lemon hops and fresh barley malt, with a kind of funky sour yeast. It tasted like light lemon hops and fresh barley, with some caramel and creamy yeast. It was thin with lots of carbonation, and had a mild bitter aftertaste. Overall this didn't have a great smell, but it did have a nice clean flavor. The body was thin, but that's fitting for this style, and lent to the beer's overall super easiness to drink. This isn't my favorite style of beer, but this seems like a pretty solid example. Pretty refreshing for the summer.

Pencible, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of PirateUlf73
4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a cylinder glass.

A: Clear, golden-yellow color with a substantial, vigorously bubbly white head.

S: A very bright nose of pale malt, some wheat and noble hop herbalism. A faint fruitiness as well. Not too strong, but nice and light.

T: Crisp, pleasant malted barley flavors meld seamlessly into subdued fruity esters and two-steps-away-from-sharp noble hop bitterness. A classic case where the taste is more than the sum of its parts.

M: Fairly light feel, but never thin. A very smooth customer with plenty of carbonation. Finishes nice and clean with a slightly grainy aftertaste.

D: A fantastic pick for a session beer. So easy to throw a few of these back.

I've always felt that Kölsch is one of those styles that has to be done "right," meaning that any slight inaccuracy in the brewing process will be painfully evident. Thankfully, Gaffel has had plenty of practice on this masterpiece of flavor and feel. Sometimes, nothing beats a classic, and this is rightfully one such beer. If you're looking for a lighter beer with plenty of flavor, especially on a hot day, you really can't go wrong with this one. Fabulous!

PirateUlf73, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this at Bully's in Columbia. Poured chilled from the brown bottle into a pils glass.

A -Crystal clear straw golden w/ miniscule 1/4 inch smooth snowy head that drops to nothin'

S - Sweet floral hops and mild pear w/ subtle white grape and honeyed malt odors

M - Crisp yet relatively malty for all its levity. Grainy textures are of toasted and honey tinged w/ mineral notes and biscuit texture hat is light. There are fruity sweet tinges w/ moderately high carbonation but right on for style w/ a refreshing clean finish

T - The subtleties of this beer are what make it great. A mild bready taste w/ kiss of hops(hahah), but really the malt is very balanced and smooth and satiny w/ nice toasted elements. Tastes of fruit w/ mild german yeast that has mineral like calcium affected taste w/ a dry yet balanced malt complexity. The flavor is so mildly fruity like a golden delicious w/ a nice honey-like smooth sweet element.

D - A more refreshing/highly flavorful beer is hard to imagine. I could drink this repeatedly and not get bored. One of the best session ales ever!

Slatetank, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of ZorPrime
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on June 6th, 2009.

A: Nice golden, or if you prefer pale yellow, color. Sticky foam that forms pretty well but disappear quite rapidly. oh well...
S: Grains, cereal, malts. An inviting smell, however it is light.
T: Dry and some bitterness... a little like a pilsner ?!
M: Thin to medium bodied.
D: Very refreshing and easy to drink.

This is very good for summer after an activity outside and you need to drink something to quench your thirst.

ZorPrime, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of drpimento
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice beer. I've only ever tasted one other Kolsch from Cologne, so I don't have much actual experience to go on. Poured with a nice white head that mostly fades and no lace. Color is a bright yellow gold. Aroma is a slightly spicy, fruity, hoppy, and beery. Flavor's about the same; slightly bittersweet. I do pick up a faint hint of metallic others have noted. Almost a soft body. Good clean finish. Excellent session beer.

drpimento, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tall 12oz bottles available everywhere in Columbus, brewed in Koln (and with a picture of the famous Koln dom on the carton). The beer is pale yellow color, clear, with about 2 fingers of eggshell foam. The beer smells perfect for a Kolsch, just so long as you know to not expect a strong rich profile with this subtle style of beer. There are hops, floral and spicy, but they whisper rather than scream. Some fruit (ale yeast) and a grainy malt aroma and flavor even things out. Very balanced and good. Per specs, this is light bodied and extremely easy to drink, with a slightly dry aftertaste.

I have a business associate in Leverkusen (just outside of Koln) who maintains that Gaffel is a poor example of Kolsch beer (he prefers Fruh and Reissdorf). But I have to respectfully disagree, Gaffel is extremely good to me.

TurdFurgison, May 24, 2009
Photo of Boozefox
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Distressingly good for a $3 bomber import. This beer is what American macro-lagers wish they were. It'd make an excellent intro beer for a Coors/Bud/Natty/Keystone-type drinker.

A: Golden yellow. Very typical. Nice head, though, two fingers in a beer glass, faded down slowly (I helped it along a little *sip*) to like a half-finger's worth of linger.

S: Not much goin' on smell-wise, but that could be partly due to my poorly scoured glassware... In fact, this glass of kölsch doesn't smell very good at all...

T: Good! Light, but definitely has a malt backbone! Spicy notes and what definitely could be a touch of hops! This is a tasty beer. Not a ~lot~ of flavor, but what is there is good. It makes you want to take another, bigger mouthful to get more of the flavor at once!

M: Pretty silky, especially for a beer this light. Clean, slightly sticky finish.

D: What. All those "The Key is Drinkability" commercials should be advertising ~this~.

Like I said: Good beer. Grab one; they're cheap! Now, if I can find it on tap some place, or by the 6 or 12...

Boozefox, May 05, 2009
Photo of beerorRIP
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle to a 0.4L Gaffel stange: yields a small, white one finger head that looks somewhat soapy. the head fades very quickly leaving a small ring of suds on the top. the body is a nice golden color, and extremely clear.

there is a somewhat malt smell in there, and a touch of noble hop spice. an underlying ester / fruit smell is also present.

the taste is not thick or full, and a good balance between malt and bitterness. there is a touch of malt sweetness, followed by hop bitterness and taste.

light bodied and plenty of prickling carbonation to move things along.

so easy to drink, just like reissdorf and other beers in this style. easy to drink more than one in a session.

i'd had this and reissdorf head to head both from 5L mini-kegs. if it weren't for the glasses, i'm not sure i could exactly tell the difference between them. they're not exactly the same, but i think i like them about the same.

beerorRIP, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of coalcracker
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden in color with a substantial amount of fizzy head. Does not last too long. Only a small degree of lacing noted.
Smell: Light malts and an almost fruity aroma upon first pour.
Taste: Quite a different array of tastes here. Upon first taste, light malts and a mild hop presence is noted, other notes soon kick in (lemon and honey, eg). A small degree of 'skunk' begins to assert as the beer warmed. Finish is clean and dry with a little bit of lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel: On the lighter side, though this is characteristic of the style.
Drinkability: Drinkable indeed.

Overall, a pretty refreshing kolsch- this can be a nice summer change-up from the usual hefe weizens and pale wheats.

coalcracker, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into pint glass

Pours a pale yellow color with a one inch white head that falls to a skim. Cap retains well, but only leaves some light lacing.

Aroma is grainy, slightly sweet, a bit of lemon zest fruitiness.

Taste is grainy up front with a bit of malty sweetness. The lemony zing comes in midway through and is met with some hop flavor with an herbal/spicy character. It doesn't get bitter, but it's more of a very fine balance between malt and hops.

Mouthfeel is light but very creamy and smooth with a nice lagery crispness to it.

Overall a pretty damn good Kolsch. This is the only real one I've seen in the states besides Reissdorf. I'd recommend a try.

roadhouse, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of pmcadamis
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - This one is a vibrant marigold color, and is perfectly crystal clear. The head starts at a nice foamy two fingers and eventually settles to a 1/2 finger cap. That smallish cap makes up for it's stature with awesome staying power... it's a little fighter. Some nice foamy lace is left around the glass.

S - Salty cold sea air (think ocean spray from a sailboat in Maine in the late fall), crispy crackers, and a hint of white pepper. This malt note smells like those long "fingers" of crackers that you often get with a salad, you know, the ones that come in a little 2-pack of cellophane.

T - Crispy wheat crackers with lots of salt. I think that the Kolsch malt notes are very similar to a German pils, but this is less hoppy that a GP. Bready, salty, fresh, and slightly bitter on the back end. There is a flourish of lactic acid and a nearly citrus-like hop note towards the finish. Nice!

M - "Don't you think I'm so sexy, I'm just so fresh and so clean. SO FRESH AND SO CLEAN, CLEAN."

D - An excellent Springtime brew for a fresh, sunny, but still slightly brisk spring day! This is a session specialist of the highest order... they don't let you drink only one stange at a Kolsch brewery. "This brew was made for drinkin' and that's what it's gonna do, just don't get too excited or this beer'll walk al over you."

Note: This brewery's website is pretty cool. Click on the Union Jack / American Flag icon at the upper right hand corner for english.

pmcadamis, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gaffel Kolsch

A- Bright clear yellow with a good size fizzy white head.
S- Sweet lemony/ honeysuckle grassy hops with a light malty touch.
T- Sweet lemony tealike malt with honey and earthy grassy hops.
M- Very sweet, almost fruity up front with a good grassy crisp hop body and finish. Finishes off sweet, buttery, and dry.

Overall- Tasty and refreshing. A good warm weather beer.

NJpadreFan, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of MerkinMan
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Bright gold in color with a thin head. Nice and active with bubbles floating to the top.

S: Sweet and malty with just a little hop aroma. Smelling this beer makes me want it more.

T: Sweet maltyness prevails, but then finishes crisp and dry. Just a touch of hops here. A nice Kolsch. Could use a little more character from either the hops or the malt though.

MF: Light bodied and smooth. Not overcarbonated.

D: A very sessionable Kolsch that is well-rounded and crisp. As noted before, it could use a little more character, but all in all a fine beer that I could see myself drinking plenty of if they were within arm's reach.

MerkinMan, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Gaffel Kölsch is a very clear and sparkling light straw-colored beer with a big, puffy, fluffy white head that leaves great lacing. The aroma is pretty faint: sweet fruity esters and wood. It is medium bodied and dry. It has a grainy flavor with noble hops at the end. Very German.
(rated Aug 1, 2007)

yesyouam, Dec 12, 2008
Gaffel Kölsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
83 out of 100 based on 631 ratings.