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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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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 breakchair
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at Der Schwarze Kolner in Brooklyn. Unassuming appearance without a lot of aroma. Maybe a bit of an eggy or yeasty smell. Mouthfeel is very, very light--it goes down like nothing at all. The flavor is all in the aftertaste, which I didn't love. It's yeasty and a bit redolent of the keg beers you had in college.

Photo of baos
4.8/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quickly becoming my favorite style of beer.

Twelve ounce bottle into bicentennial Mason Jar.

A: Pretty hazy white straw-yellow with 3 finger head that dissipates down to near nothing.

S: Beautiful green tea and flower nectar notes. The Deutsch have it down. Making a something so flavorful from only hops, yeast, and malt is incredible. I love Kolsch.

T: Beautiful sour creme-lemony honeyed yumminess. I beginning to believe all beer revolves around Kölsch. Grassy lemony hops that meld into a nice grainy wholesomeness. This is a fucking good brew!!!!

M. Smooth and silky sweet yumminess.

D: Goodness!

I love this brew one should surely try one one immediately!!

Photo of mempath
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours like bubbly...champagne...about as pale...no lacing...head settles/dissipates fast. pretty while it lasts.

faint cereal-metallic smell.

cereal note continues in taste...sweetness threatens but thankfully backs off as slight hop sourness steps in...looks flat but plenty of crisp carbonation...dry finish which actually works well with this, making this one you naturally keep gulping (esp. when hot weather arrives). not bad. pretty light. and refreshing.

good thing i didn't just gulp the rest....after warming up, the flavor deepens a bit. maybe i should savor this a bit and enjoy with cheese and almonds or something...

Photo of stcules
2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

limpid, clean golden appearance. White foam, compact, as usual.
Not too fresh smell, and maybe some light off flavours. Stale hop.
Not too fresh in the taste, too.
Average long aftertaste, with some bitterness, but quite stale again.
There is a lot better in Köln.

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

Unique taste, dry malt flavored beer with a bitter hop finish. I really enjoyed this beer because it is really refreshing, and light, perfect for summer. This is a beer I'm sure Pilsner lovers would like.

Gaffel Kolsch is straw yellow in color, a nice golden body, backed by a nice fluffy head, with good carbonation.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. This is a really good style of beer which originated and only produced from Cologne Germany, however this is a style that I've seen growing in popularity. Such as Harpoon's Summer Seasonal, which is based off of the Kolsch style. Good Stuff...


Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden body with well-carb'd head on top of a husky, dry oily aroma complete with bitter hops and dry malts. A dry beer that goes down easily with mild citric hop bitterness and a tad bit of sweetness on the backbite. An easy to drink beer that changes the pace from heavy, complex beers.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Kolsch is an awesome style of beer, in my opinion it is perhaps the best lager-type, although it is not a true lager, actually an ale. If you haven't had it, try it. And read the Wikipedia on it, it has some interesting info on the style.

A – Pale golden hue, crystal-clear. Nice head, but only moderate retention.

S – Mostly clean hop with a slight hint of earthiness and straw.

T – The main character is that of a pale lager that is sparkling and very clean. The flavor is punctuated by a bitter and mildly astringent hop with a long dry bready finish. It has many similarities to Czech Pilsener and German Pale Lager, but it is more refreshing and does not have the ‘sweaty’ taste found in many examples of the aforementioned styles.

M – The well-carbonated, sparkling character enhances the flavor. And it is extremely quenching, especially given the dry aspects of the flavor profile.

D – My 83 year old Grandma was drinking some of these bad boys the other day. If you can session this beer at the age of 83, I’d say it has to be pretty drinkable.

As Kolsch goes, this is in my top 3, along with Goose Island's Summertime and Reissdorf Kolsch.

I am very fortunate to have a store nearby that keeps extremely fresh imports. This beer is not dated, but the Bitburger that I got with it is less than 3 months old, so I infer that this is probably ultra-fresh.

Photo of yelterdow
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Kolsch... often overlooked, yet so special in its own right. I'll serve this in the brewery's own stange after being out of the fridge for about a half hour.

Appearance- A massive, five-finger head rushes to the surface of the glass... the beer's color is pale yellow, with fantastic clarity. Even after several minutes, structure is solid and the lacing drapes the interior with conviction.

Smell- Husky grains sit nicely upon the clean, malty nose. Simple and approachable.

Taste- Clean and simple, with a spicy, husky character that just zips right over the palate. The gentle, yet distinctive flavor makes this an excellent choice with everyday cuisine, and would pair well with sushi or Thai food.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Instantly effervescent, then in a few seconds we smooth out and lose most of the interesting activity. It's got what it takes to lift food off the palate, and the low ABV keeps it sessionable.

Photo of cdizinno
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz. brown bottle with no freshness date.

A: Clear golden yellow with nice white head. Minimal to no lacing.

S: Nice sweet citrus, malty scent.

T&M: Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Taste is mild with a good balance of malt and mild hop tastes.

Kolsch is definitely not my preference on brews. I got this in a beer of the month and it is decent.

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

Served on draft at Churchkey in D.C. Clear yellow beer, not surprising at all though, it is a kolsch. Thin white head, diffuses quickly, no lacing, carbonation low. It doesn't look exciting but it does look like a Kolsch.

Aroma is nearly absent, but if you haven't been paying attention it is a kolsch. Mild ether smell. There is some graininess that is not completely pleasant in the aroma. Bummer, I hope it doesn't taste this way.

Beer is thin and grainy, some acid at the back but its not hops. It makes a semi-unpleasant aftertaste. Feeling a little cornish. The aftertaste does not last long fortunately. Drinkability pretty low for a Kolsch. Sorry Gaffel.

Photo of corby112
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a two finger frothy white head which has decent retention, only slowly fading into a thin cap and lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing.

Bland aroma with some earthy grass and straw pilsner malt ad subtle hops.

Light bodied with some crisp light golden fruit notes, a sweet pilsner malt like backbone with some grass and straw notes and a crisp slightly hoppy dry finish. Hints of apple and pear and a bit of the sweetness from the malt are decently balanced by the subtle hops. Easy drinking but not very complex.

Photo of organicbrewer
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Beautiful gold. Brilliantly clear. perfect 2 and 1/2 finger eggshell head. Steam of bubbles comeing up from the bottom of the glass. Perfect

S-Sweet malts. very low hop aroma. very clean yeast. A little wet cardboard (oxidation). Probably has been sitting around a bit. Not too off but just a bit.

T-Very light bready malts. Next to no bitterness. More of that wet cardboard. Very low hop flavor, a bit earthy. Not bad.

M-Prickly carbonation lifts each sip off the tongue. Very dry. Not much body.

D-perfect after leaf raking beer if you ask me. This example was a bit old (guessing because of the oxidation) but not bad. Would love to try this in Koln.

Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a stange. Had a golden yellow color and a slightly cloudy texture. There was a fair amount of creamy head, with OK lacing.

S: A somewhat grainy, hoppy aroma. Not overpowering, but decent.

T: Tasted of dry, bitter hops and a typical graininess. A nicely balanced flavor, though not exactly overly complex.

M: A fairly well-carbonated beer with a slick, oily finish. Light-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a light drinkable beer. It won't knock your socks off, but it is worth a shot.

Photo of brewtal
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden tinted blonde beer with a very decent head at first, but quickly falls to almost none. Some good lace tough. Maybe my glass isn't clean enough.

Smells of dry grain and grassy hops with a faint citrus aroma, mainly lemon.

Great deal of those grassy hops. Very earthy too, with a strong grainy taste. Balanced.

Not bad but i find it a bit astringent.

This is very refreshing, but i'd be happy with just one of those and then move onto something else.

Photo of Cyberkedi
2.24/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a typical clear straw yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is malty and slightly fruity. Flavor is rather wan, crisp and malty. Texture is watery and thin, just a little tingly. It leaves a thin finish that is slightly bitter but not in a good way. For a German beer, it was a disappointment - I hope that I got some from a bum batch.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, served in a .4 L glass with the breweries logo on it, Raleigh Times, Raleigh, NC:

The beer appeared a bright, clear golden color with a nice white, thick, dense head that had decent retention and little nice lacing effect. A nice little white cap remained after the head dissolved.

Aroma was light and grainy with a hint of flowers. No real hop presence no note.

The taste was better than the aroma led on, nice full grain flavor, not overpowering, but for this type of beer, it is really not supposed to be, but solid. The beer is very well balanced, not too hoppy or sweet with a hint of breadiness as well.

Light body, smooth, dry, clean and crisp. This beer is very refreshing and I could drink these all day, especially during the hot summer.

Photo of mynie
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the Black Sparrow in Lafayette, Indiana.

Poured into a straight-tall glass with a gold plated rim. .4 litres was marked right below the gold. Cheapskates. The beer itself was very dark for a kolsch, and like most good lagers it was dense but not hazy. Nice little white cap sat atop it, but the bartender was nice considering the size of the glass and didn't waste much room with head.

Smells grainy, corny, and flowery. Nice. More like a european pils than a Kolsch, but still with enough dry earthiness to make it Kolshy.

Tastes as it smells--nothing overwhelming but firm, well balanced and refreshing as hell. The dry and spicy euro hops are much more present in the taste than in the mouth, and they kind of override the regular earthiness with their surprisingly intense dryness.

Damn fine for the style.

Photo of drtth
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Photo of DerBayer
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
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

Photo of redmagik99
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of spointon
3.77/5  rDev +3%
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.

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.

Photo of rfgetz
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of CHickman
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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!

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.

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