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Gaffel Kölsch - Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

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Ratings: 661
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 14
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2002)
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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
Photo of germanbeer1
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a big fan of Koelsch and would pass on most, but Gaffel is quite different. This beer has more body as opposed to the other Koelsch beers that taste like watery pilseners. It pours a clean golden body with almost no smell whatsoever, but is easy to consumer and again, is more full-bodied than most Koelsch.

germanbeer1, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of wl0307
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a slim 500ml brown bottle, BB 16/10/08, served chilled in Gaffel's branded 200ml stange purchased at the brewery shop four years ago.

A: coming in a yellow-ish straw hue, semi-thick cotton-white foam sustains well and leaves untidy lacing all around, on top of a mildly carbonated body - just like what I had at Gaffel's brewhouse in Cologne.
S: an assertive citrus-zesty edge of fruitiness comes with hops resins, dusts, even doughiness, and a faintly prune-ish edge that is more common to an English amber bitter... as the foam dissipates, a more pronounced edge of grainy malts and floral hops manifest itself gently. But generally the nose is well integrated and clean.
T: a clean palate of rather neutrally-flavoured fruits (with some citrusness) comes with boiled-veggie-like malty hints, gradually giving way to a slowly expanding palate of bitterness that creeps up in good time, along with an acute edge of doughy bread, scattered floral hoppiness, and a dry-ish finishing touch.
M&D: clean, refreshing, light-bodied, well-made but not extremely exciting; all in all, a very well-made bier ticking all the boxes for a quality Kölsch, and a rather understated one at the same time.

wl0307, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of TheTrevor
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear yellow with a fluffy single-finger head. The smell has some grass and grains in it, maybe a little straw. The taste is very light and starts off with some grains and citrusy grapefruit that finishes pretty cleanly. The mouthfeel is a little watery, but the carbonation brings it all together for a very crisp feeling. This is a nice drinkable beer, I wouldn't mind having a couple more.

TheTrevor, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of beckje01
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this from a can on the train platform in Köln.

Smells of a light straw. Clean refreshing taste and light. A Kölsch solid but not wonderful. Very drinkable fits well with the warm weather. Can't ask for much more when just stepping off the train.

beckje01, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gaffel Kolsch stange.

3.5 A: Pale orange/yellow. One finger of head that does not retain well though does leave lots of lacing.

3.5 S: Straw predominates, then sweetness and spices. That's about it.

3.5 T: Straw and grass, some spice, lemon. Bold tastes of grapefruit and very crisp. Big bitterness from hops. Still, recipe could use some work.

3.0 M: A little rough and a tad bit too much carbonation.

3.5 D: Decent taste that isn't at all boring (though not the best). Problem for drinkability comes from mouthfeel. Smoothen this bitch up.

DavoleBomb, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of Clydesdale
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a perfectly clear gold with a bright, creamy head that has nice staying power. Carbonation appears rather robust, and lacing is solid.

S: Lightly grainy, some grassy/floral hops, plum and possibly grapefruit aromas as well.

T: Very crisp grains and grapefruit flavor, some dry grassy hop flavor and perhaps a hint of apple skin as the beer finishes. Exceptionally crisp.

M: Again, crisp and definitely rather light. Carbonation is tight and tingly.

D: It's crisp, refreshing, and perky, with a light body. Definitely sessionable, with a surprisingly refreshing taste.

Clydesdale, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear butter-gold with an initial 2 finger bright white creamy head that had good retention lasting for several minutes leaving a slight lacing. Visible carbonation was light-medium.

S: The nose was dry grains, a light floral hopping with a touch of lemon peels and light grassiness.

T: started out with some lemons and grains, was very crisp in nature with a slight lemon peel finish. There is some fresh grains with a pleasant semi-dry crisp hopping followed by a faint dry fruitiness (apple skins). Some faint hay and a light grassiness round things out adding subtle hints.

M: light, very smooth with a nice tingling sensation experienced on the tongue. Finishes dry and crisp.

D: Drinkability was good, clean, crisp making for a good example for style and one to check out.

beerthulhu, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Crystal clear straw color with a thin fizzy white cap.

Light grainy aromas with a little bit of light fruit.

Slightly tart malts with a pretty clean finish. The malts have a bready flavor, with little hop bitterness. Light bodied.

Decent but nothing special. Refreshing, great for a hot summer day.

BeerSox, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of kmeves
2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw colored body with a large white head. Aroma is mildly sweet with grainy, grassy and a weird faint metallic smell. Flavor is grassy, grains, citrus and very light spice. Light bodied, thin texture. This would have been rated much higher if not for the faint metallic aroma.

kmeves, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce bottle poured into a stange glass yields a clear golden body with plenty of streamers of active carbonation supporting a huge soft white head. The cap recedes to a sheet and scatters lacing on the glass on its way to the bottom.

The smell of the drink is dryly malty with a fruity graininess.

Taste is rich with plenty of light maltiness balanced with a crisp, dry, herbal bitterness that finishes just a bit grassy.

Textbook refreshing crispness and outstanding drinkability.

cvstrickland, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of csmiley
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear and straw in color. The white fluffy head topped out at just over half inch. Head goes away pretty quick leaving a very small amount of lacing.

S - Grainy in the aroma with pale malt in the background. Some peppery spice in the middle. The tail end has a touch of hops. Not a very complex aroma but still strong enough to keep it interesting.

T - Pale malt and grain really stand out. Some hay pops in as well. Dry and crisp with some earthy hop flavors showing up at the end. Could be notes of light bread in there as well. Taste is like aroma in that it is not very complex but still strait forward and strong enough to keep my attention.

M - Light bodied with a good carbonation level. Finish is cristp and clean with a but of dryness.

D - Drinkability is pretty good. This is a no frills easy drinking beer that could easily be consumed en masse. Comes across as bland in some respects but still refreshing. Would be good on a hot day in the sun.

csmiley, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of Bierguy5
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, 4.8% ABV. Pours a very clear, light golden color. White fizzy head disappears rather quickly. A few small floaters in suspension.

Pale, grainy aroma. A bit of floral in the background. A very simple, clean aroma.

Pale malt flavor, just slightly grainy. Fairly crisp, but perhaps due to age, not as crisp as I would like. Just a slightly floral finish. Very well balanced.

Light body, with just enough carbonation to liven things up. Very easy to drink. Not bad at all.

Bierguy5, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of philipquarles
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On gravity at the brauhaus. Pours a perfect clear yellow, though it seemed a bit darker than other kölsches I've had. Medium white head that disappears quickly and leaves little behind.

Smells of pils malt, and slight hops--that's it. The taste is about the same. Simple malt, a bit of hops, and a strange funky flavor that I don't really know how to describe (though I don't recall other kölsch having that taste--maybe there was something in the glass?)

Mouthfeel is watery with a bit of carbonation; not interesting, but not bad.

Fairly drinkable, but probably my least favorite of this style.

philipquarles, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good Kolsch, though perhaps not the best of all time.

Pours a bright, clear yellow with a fluffy head and streamers of carbonation. This is a nice looking beer. It has a strong, clean honey aroma, exactly as a Kolsch should deliver. The flavor is crisp, grainy with a pleasant hint of bitterness. There is, however, a slightly grape-like character to the beer that is slightly off-putting. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. This is an easy-drinking beer.

Seanibus, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of TheSarge
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice head presentation, lots of sticky white foam. The body is a light golden straw color, and is very cleanly filtered.

Grainy and straw aroma and lemony too, overall the aroma is very perceptible.

This brew has a hint of a corn husk taste to it, and is not fruity like I kind of expected.

Mouth feel speaking, this brew is like a lager all the way through. I can see what the style is all about in this brew.

TheSarge, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of RobH
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Hmm. Well, this is the first Kolsch I have ever had, and I selected this "genuine" one from Cologne, Germany to be my defacto benchmark from which to judge others.

A: Clear pale yellow with a fluffy white head.

S: Not much aroma at all. A faint yeasty smell. Maybe my sinuses are a bit stuffed up?

T & M: This beer is definitely about balance. Malts and hops so balanced I didn't really detect either one. Mostly a faint, bready yeast comes through. The body is very light and the mouthfeel is too.

Impressions: I'd say you have to have this one first before any others if you are planning to do a flight of multiple brews. Virtually any others will kill your palate for tasting this one.

This beer is a great hot weather beer. It is not offensive in any way, but neither does it try to shout out and say 'Im here". This is the shy kid in the classroom that has few friends and no enemies but also doesn't stand out in any way, yet you really can't say anything bad about him/her.

Nice. Not bad at all. But forgettable in a world of great, flavorful beers.

Having said all of that, I am now curious to try some other Kolsch beers.

RobH, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.88/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear, golden color with a short lived white head, carbonation bubbles rose from the bottom of the glass for the entire session.

S - earthy yeast and light noble hop aroma.

T - excellent balance of flavor.

F - light, crisp and refreshing.

D - exceptional sample of the style, easy drinking and excellent tasting brew.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of daledeee
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw yellow with a minor head. I drank this fairly chilled.

Smells grainy with some yeast.

Taste is a little like our macros with grain but a better hop character. A small amount of citrus as well. Good slick mouthfeel.

Drinkable but not remarkable.

daledeee, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of Cresant
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. green bottle into a stange. The body was bright pale golden-yellow . Clear. A tall, soapy white head left patchy lacing.

Smell was lemons and hay. Earthy. Clean grains. Nice.

Taste was grassy. Tangy bitterness. Subtle. Crisp and drying.

Mouthfeel was prickly in the beginning but finished smooth.

Cresant, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of pinotboy007
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a single at Total Wine, Chantilly, VA.

A - Pale gold color with some fizz and a trace of lacing. Head is modest but hangs in there.

S - Barley, raw honey, farm straw.

T/M - Wheat, barley and a hint of floral hops. Very light but decent density and carbonation that would make this an ideal post lawn-mowing brew.

D - Quite drinkable but I wouldn't seek it out. Superb hot weather beer.

pinotboy007, Jul 12, 2008
Gaffel Kölsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
83 out of 100 based on 661 ratings.