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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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Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co. visit their website

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 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.

Photo of Boozefox
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
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...

Photo of beerorRIP
3.66/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of coalcracker
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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.

Photo of MerkinMan
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of yesyouam
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
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)

Photo of germanbeer1
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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.

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