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Gaffel Kölsch - Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

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Ratings: 689
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 19
Gots: 43 | 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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Ratings: 689 | Reviews: 332
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.

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.

Photo of papat444
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of Pencible
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of PirateUlf73
4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
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!

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.51/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.32/5  rDev +18%
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!

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.

Photo of drpimento
3.55/5  rDev -3%
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.

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.

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