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Gaffel Kölsch - Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

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Ratings: 618
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 12
Gots: 20 | 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 seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%

0.2L gravity serving at the Gaffel-Haus in Koln

A- Dark blondy, creamy 2 finger head with very good retention and lacing

S- a little musty, faint grains and malts

T- faint malts, um nothing much else, but finishes nicely with a lovely creaminess

M- light with medium carbonation

D- This has a nice malty grainy quality with an excellent creamy finish, making this an easy drinking moreish Kolsh

02-26-2008 16:53:47 | More by seanyfo
Photo of Vancer


4/5  rDev +9.3%

Crystal clear lite straw yellow pour, with a delicate pop of white head and lace. Not to bad a way to start.

Aroma was a light malty with a touch of the ol' euro skunk. Transferred over into the quaff, also fairly malty with a slice of doughy bread tossed into the mix.

This brew is as smooth as a baby's butt, slides down nice and easy - one fine tasty kolsch. Will not have a problem going back for a sixer during the hot summer.

02-10-2008 01:02:56 | More by Vancer
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.98/5  rDev -18.6%

33cl brown bottle, best before mid June 2008, drank on a wet and cold, windy Jan evening in Shropshire.

Poured into a Frankenheim Alt glass, just to annoy it (I don't own any Kolsch glasses). I think I have trouble finding the subtle differences and good points of Kolsch beers. I do however try and be objective in my reviews.

Very light golden yellow with a bubbley head, which soon fades away to leave nowt. The sort of colour a weak pilsner can give, but without the white head that often stays a while.

A straw, newly cut grass mix of smells, some yeast too, but you have to hunt for any aroma.

Dry and boring with a hint of cooking apples just to throw your tastebuds.

The dryness hangs around, but it isn't a plesaent mouthfeel. Watery and yet a metalic feel lingers to make you think it has some body, which it clearly hasn't, not even a nasty one.

This is a throwing beer, get it down as quickly as possible and get something else. I have drank it on tap in Berlin and it was better than the bottle I've just had. This is not a great Kolsch, I have in fact failed to find one that is yet.

01-22-2008 19:52:55 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of jdmorgan


4/5  rDev +9.3%

This Kolsch poured a straw gold that appeared very crisp and clear. The head was about 1 finger and was white.

The smell had a crisp malt aroma and the slightest hint of hops. The taste was clear, crisp, and refreshing. A surprising amount of hop flavor was retained despite it's deceptively thinner body. It's amazing the taste that can be squeezed into a Kolsch. Hop flavor was delicate, yet tasty. Consistency was thin to medium and carbonation was medium.

The crisp and refreshing taste as well as sturdy body and balance amounts to a very good beer. The purity of German beers continues to amaze me.

01-19-2008 05:46:56 | More by jdmorgan
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours a clear straw gold with minimal head that doesn't stick around long. Nose is grainy. Flavor is smooth on the body with an even, but milder bodied character to it. Feel is good. Lower carbonation but not too thin overall. Definitely drinkable. Not a knockout brew, but still pretty decent.

Why is the cap an American flag? Is it because this was bottled for U.S consumption?

12-30-2007 22:21:34 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of mltobin


3.4/5  rDev -7.1%

I have only had Gaffel at the bar on tap. The first time that I had it was at a local pub in the small town that I live in. It was definately a good change of pace from some of the other beers that I had recently been drinking.

Once the bartender poured it, the appearance was above average, perhaps due to the Gaffel glassware with the 0.5L line on the glass. The smell was about average while the taste was above average. This may have been the only Kolsh style beer that I have drank up to this point, but so far it is my favorite.

12-29-2007 01:45:14 | More by mltobin
Photo of Dogbrick


3.2/5  rDev -12.6%

Bottle at our Septoberfest party. Pours a light yellow-gold color with a medium white head that burns off rather quickly. Spotty lacing. Lightly woody hops and malt in this nose. Light, clean body with equal parts hops and malt, with touches of fruit and spice. The finish is mildly bitter with a lightly spiced hops aftertaste. Slightly above average.

12-13-2007 21:01:03 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale yellow body with a small, short-lived, fizzy white head.

Smell: Unpleasant, somewhat distressed aroma of soggy cardboard and grains accentuated by a slight grassiness.

Taste: Incredibly light, crackery malt flavor with notes of grass. Medium bitterness. Ugh, that cardboard taste really kicks up near the finish. Metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Simply atrocious!

11-26-2007 01:20:35 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of jwc215


3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured into a Gaffel glass (stange):

Pours straw yellow with a thick foamy white head that stays around.

The smell is of light grain with some light fruitiness.

The taste is of sweet grain and some light fruity, spicy hops. Finishes clean, crisp and refreshingly dry.

Clean, crisp and appropriately light-bodied, as per style.

An easy-drinking refreshing brew. I do give it credit for the dose of hops and the dryness. Overall - not exciting by any means, and very mild, this is fitting for the style.

10-27-2007 22:08:26 | More by jwc215
Photo of number1bum


3.95/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours a pale straw yellow color with a decent looking body and about two fingers of nearly pure white head. Ample carbonation and the head is very fizzy, and as such it recedes quickly and leaves not a lick of stick or a trace of lace.

Smells include sweet pale malt, grain, and slightly fruity (green apple), floral and spicy noble hops.

The taste has a subtle sweetness but the malt is more grainy than sweet. There are plenty of hops in this one, lending a spicy note and also a good amount of bitterness. In the hop department this tastes like a pilsener. I'm left with a lingering bitter grainy flavor on the palate, and it's drying through the finish.

This is light yet medium-bodied, with a crisp carbonation that seems appropriate. This is not my favorite style, but this is a refreshing beer and worth a try for sure.

10-23-2007 16:43:52 | More by number1bum
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -13.1%

On-tap at Mr. Goodbar. Pale yellow with a thin head, and a bit of lace. Medium plus mouthfeel. Refreshing although not overwhelming, above average carbonation. Initial astringency that becomes malted away, but detracts. A tad of fruit and not outstanding in being flavourful or drinkable,

10-15-2007 04:22:01 | More by Sammy
Photo of sweethome


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a light straw color. Fluffy head is rather large. Malty nose, straw, noble hops.

Flavor of sweet maltiness, light and just enough hops to bite on the palate. A light, refreshing beer. Packed with enough flavor to satisfy. The finsih is crisp, a bit of a snap.

I guess this is the standard.

10-07-2007 03:52:34 | More by sweethome
Photo of Wildman


4.1/5  rDev +12%

This beer poured a clear straw color and formed a nice foamy egg white head that left latticed lace as it slowly subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops, grain/yeast and some floral aspects. The flavor was of malt, hops and grain/yeast. The body is fairly light with a nice crisp finish to it with a hint of bittnerness. Only second German kolsch I have tried, but so far the better of the two.

08-14-2007 03:31:56 | More by Wildman
Photo of tempest


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

On-tap at the Farmhouse in Emmaus.

It's cool to get an actual Kolsch from Koln, but it's a shame it had to travel from Koln - you can taste it. The off flavors and aromas are metallic with corn in the nose. The big flavor is a light and mellow malt body with a crisp and spicy hop. Quite nice, but I'd like to try it at the source.

08-04-2007 05:03:21 | More by tempest
Photo of ski271


3.65/5  rDev -0.3%

On tap at Zeno’s in State College, PA
A: Clear medium-light gold with a small, white, foamy, quickly-diminishing head.
S: Light grainy malt & very light fruit and floral hopiness
T: Crisp and fruity with a smooth, mild malt backbone. Lightly bready. Finish is crisp and moderately bitter.
M: Medium-light body, dry texture, moderate carbonation
D: Easy drinking and nothing I found offensive, which is good considering I don’t care much for this style. If you like kölsch, then this one is worth a try.

07-31-2007 19:30:40 | More by ski271
Photo of CharlieMopps


4.1/5  rDev +12%

A: Pours a transparent golden straw hue the produces a fluffy white head. This dissipates to a thin layer of bubbles on top. Moderate retention.

S: An ultra-clean profile, and one whiff gives off an almost detergent-like aroma.. sharp hops. A touch of sweet caramel lies underneath, as does a considerable malt presence. Interesting.

T: There is a great malt base to this, pale but noticeable up front, and a great introduction. The bittering hops come through in the middle, washing into a smooth and drying finish, but throughout it tastes great.

M: A light body and, although water-like, the flavor doesn't taste watered down, which is great. The level of carbonation is well-suited to the flavor characteristics.

D: Lagers normally have a lighter body that makes drinking another easy, but not all have perfected the subtlety of lager flavor, and the ability to balance the delicate nature of these beers. This Kolsch is a great example of that, and I would recommend Gaffel to those who are looking for a flavorful and light lager.

07-01-2007 19:16:45 | More by CharlieMopps
Photo of sleazo

New York

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%

Bought a six pack for $10.49 at the Garden.

A-Pours a clear dark golden hue with a decent two finger head. the head is reduced quickly to a light covering, but one that is beautifully replenished by a stream of tight bubbles.

S-malty bread with a good dose of hoppy bitterness. Some skunking.

T-Light and easy drinking with a nice crisp clean bready malt profile, and a bitter fisnish thanks to the hops. This beer is all about the bitterness, very refreshing after a nice bike ride.

M-Light and effervecent.

D-A wonderful warm weather beer, truly sessionable.

06-18-2007 00:58:16 | More by sleazo
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a nice head that retains well and leaves swathes of lace

Smell: Sweet and almost perfumey aroma

Taste: Opens with a biscuity flavor that becomes rather fruity by mid-palate; after the swallow, the floral hops kick in to balance the fruity/perfumey flavor

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a prickly level of carbonation

Drinkability: Fine example of the style and a great crossover beer

05-27-2007 17:56:28 | More by brentk56
Photo of BeerBelcher


3.48/5  rDev -4.9%

This beer was light crisp, and very refreshing. It had a bright clear golden color with little aroma. Flavor was light, somewhat crisp, with a bit of metallic-ness at the finish. Mouthfeel was very light, and I felt this beer could have benefited from additional carbonation. Not bad, but just a light refreshment; not a real serious beer.

05-04-2007 17:22:54 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of jmc44


4.1/5  rDev +12%

Pours a crystal clear gold, with large frothy white head that dissipates rather quickly to a fine film. Fairly active carbonation is apparent.

Light aroma of floral hops, citrus, and a note of malt. Clean and simple.

Flavor is also clean and simple. Mildy malty, with a quick, crisp slightly bitter finish.

Light in feeling, smooth, and very easy to drink. Lightly carbonated.

While the style isn't packed with flavor, its a very nice relaxing brew. An excellent example of the style, and actually tasted almost just as fresh here in the states as when I was in Koeln.

04-26-2007 02:02:38 | More by jmc44
Photo of Matteox3


4.1/5  rDev +12%

Purchased by the case in Shangy's in Emmaus.

This was my first Kolsh. It was very light and clear with a pleasant amount of carbonation to my taste. The taste was very similar to a well crafted pilsner, very subtle. The nose was light, good pearling.

I would buy this beer again as myself and my girfriend both enjoyed it.

Also, the owner from Shangy's awarded me with a proper gaffel kolsch glass with my purchase.

03-14-2007 11:33:47 | More by Matteox3
Photo of Minkybut


3.1/5  rDev -15.3%

Poured beer into a tumbler at 45 degrees. This beer was a nice pale color with fine bubbly head. Lacing was decent but thin. This beer had a fruity smell. I thought the beer was just okay. It was kinda yeasty tasting and like had a strange fruity aftertaste that was okay but strange. I guess it was complicated as I am having a hard time describing it. I think it is a beer you should try especially if you want to experiment with different beer taste in lighter beers.
I will not uy again though.

02-24-2007 18:00:42 | More by Minkybut
Photo of dherling

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured into a Kolsch glass golden, clear, with a stark white head, good lacing. The nose was light floral hoppiness with some fresh grain and faint lemon citrus aroma.The taste is crisp, light, grainy, and slightly bitter, but finishes smooth. Has a light body and crisp mouthfeel. Not a great beer, but a great example of the style, and immensely dirnkable.

02-20-2007 08:33:57 | More by dherling
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +6%

Crystal clear pale gold with sparse, gentle carbonation. Initially, there is a two finger pure white head which quickly settles to a soapy cap. Light, breezy aroma...grainy and perfume-like. Lightly fruity flavor with a gentle slick sweetness over grain. Slight zestiness. Light, crisp, and thirst quenching yet still manages to be entertaining.

02-19-2007 01:25:06 | More by wedge
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%

Very clear gold color and tight white head. Bits of lace spot the glass and head holds decently. Smells heavily grainy, flowery, light, herbal and spicy. A rather pleasant aroma. Flavor is zesty and entertaining, and it matches the aroma well. Light and floral, spicy, with grainy bread malts and a nice amount of carbonation to stir things up. Mouthfeel is smooth with a good grainy texture that adds character to the light body. Very easy to drink and would be good especially in large quantities.

Good and worth my time.

02-19-2007 01:07:34 | More by tastybeer
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