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Gaffel Kölsch - Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

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644 Ratings
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Ratings: 644
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 14
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co. visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2002)
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Photo of philipquarles
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
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%
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 -3.3%
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%
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%
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 -4.6%
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 -7.9%
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 -13.4%
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
Photo of tmitch75
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A birthday gift from my brother, so Cheers Adam! 1 pint 0.9 oz bottle with cool American flag cap.

Crystal clear pale straw color, huge and incredibly fluffy white head with good retention. Pretty much how I think a kolsch should look.

Nice clean grainy smell. Hops are floral with a slight fruitiness.

Clean all-malt flavor with above average bitterness and floral hop flavor. Medium body, dry and crisp.

Very drinkable, one of the first kolsch beers I ever tried and still one of the better ones.

Tasted on 6/16/08.

tmitch75, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of Redrover
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is gold smallish bone white head.

Nice brisk nose of sweet malts, pears and honey.

Tasty combo of apple/pears, grains with a honey finish. I like the latent bitterness that creeps in.

The mouth is crisp with great carbonation and mid level heft.

Wow, incredibly easy drinker!!

Redrover, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of EPICAC
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Radegast in NYC.

Pours a clear golden with a white head that fades to a film. The aroma is light, there's a bit of pepper and a grassy, leafy aroma, presumably from hops.

Clean and crisp overall, generous carbonation pulls the flavors along on the palate. There's a slightly sweet, but mostly neutral malt undercurrent running through the beer. There's a bit of pepper and a husky graininess in the finish that melds with a light bitterness and a hint of citrus. Crisp, and slightly dry.

Very drinkable, flavorful without being overpowering. Refreshing.

EPICAC, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of gmcfarre
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass

A - Pours a crystal clear light straw yellow with a smallish 1/3 inch white head. Faint streams of carbonation bubbles rise upwards.

S - Crisp grain scent with some faint citrus fruit accompanying. Tart green apple appears as it warms. Some grassy flavor.

T - Starts lightly sweet with some nice tart fruit flavor. I'm getting green apple and some citrus flavor. Grassy. Crisp grain and noble-esque hop flavor that carries into the bitter and clean finish.

M - Light body with a relatively mild carbonation and very crisp, slightly bitter finish.

D - Smooth and refreshing, kolsches are quickly becoming one of my favorite summer styles. Very easy drinking, but still features quite a bit of flavor.

gmcfarre, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of wiseguy142
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice crisp gold appearance. Some spaced out bubbles floating up to the top. Pretty standard lookign white head with a decent retention, but disappears to a patchy film after a few minutes. Seems like a good representation of the style.

Smells ever so slightly metallic. Also smells of good water quality if that makes any sense.. a nice fresh smell.. sort of like being at a lake.

The thing about the taste I like the best is the overall water quality. It's a nice round character that does justice to the malt and hop characteristics of a mild beer. Sort of an airy/apple juice like aftertaste that is pleasant. But overall very neutral.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Nice at the beginning, light to medium body, gets slightly cut off by a hop bite at the end. Carbonation doesn't do much for it either- very light, doesn't support any of the other flavors int he beer.

Honestly, I don't like beers that trick me into thinking they will be nice and malty and then cut off my enjoyment with an unexpected hop bite. It's pretty easy to drink but the conflicting characters of the beer don't sit well with me.

wiseguy142, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint plus bottle of Gaffel Kolsch. Pours light straw golden color topped with a big white cap of foam. Definite pale malt in the nose, hay and straw, also a hint of hops. Light on the palate, slightly dry. The taste is similar to the nose. Crisp clean malt flavors and a slight hop bitterness at the end. Very good refreshing beer.

BeardedBoffin, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 Pint, 0.9 fl oz bottle copped singly from Gary's in madison for $2.29...
Pours a sunny, golden-colored hue with a minimal head that quickly dissipated and left a small amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Definitely an excellent warm-weather beer... This was a crisp, light, refreshing brew that went down effortlessly...
Strong aroma rendolent of straw, hay, biscuits, and other earthly essences...
Taste complemented the smell, with a hint of bread and butter, slight caramel, straw, and earthiness...
Crisp, clean mouthfeel with a good level of drinkability to match...
A good summer time beer that was refreshing and easy to drink... Not heavy on flavor, but a good depiction of the style nonetheless...

dsa7783, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a pale yellow hue with a slight haze overcasting the brilliant golden color large white head with fine even lacing formed after each sip. Aroma contains strong herbal German noble hops with a mild fruity malt flow going on, slightly metallic with some harder water used in brewing. Flavor is a crisp combo of lightly toasted malts and herbal lemongrass tinted hops. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a dry finish, moderate carbonation level really gets across the palate well. Overall drinkability this would get boring if it were your only beer option but it's a nice mix up from the typical American micro brew.

WVbeergeek, May 28, 2008
Photo of philbe311
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale translucent gold color... Rich foamy white head... Medium to fast carbonation bubbles rising to the top...

S - Malt and grain dominate... Hint of vinegar and fruit...

T - Grain and malt as expected... Is that apricot? Light enjoyable hops on the back end...

M - Light to medium bodied... Dry... Extremely smooth... Possible a bit too much carbonation on the back of the tongue...

D - Nice Kolsch... I'm a fan of the style and found this quite enjoyable...

philbe311, May 23, 2008
Photo of DrJay
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very clear and a pale straw yellow with a meager white cap. Mild aroma, mostly malt with a bit of hops and a light fruity quality. Low bitterness, mostly sweet malt flavour with light fruit and hops. Finished clean. Slightly higher than average carbonation with a light body. Refreshing and tasty, though the flavour and aroma were merely average compared to other kolsch beers that I've had.

DrJay, May 12, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours crystal clear and pale straw in color. The type of beer you'll never see your reflection in and makes your fingers look really big on the other side of the glass. I'm watching TV through it as I consider this. Steady, quick rising carbonation. A head that falls a little short. Smell is just uneventful. Not much going on here. Grains, not so clean though. Kind of an ashy skunky smell that reminds me of Stella or something. Sweet malt and light hop presence. Taste is much of the same. Near overwhelming sweetness up front, almost puckering. Very crisp feel, kind of snappy on the tongue. Gets more dry from what I feel to be a very bready finish, almost absorbing on the tongue. It's decent. Funny how a couple of the American versions I've tried seem much more interesting and comlex while this is pretty bland. This sixer wasn't cheap, either.

ncvbc, May 11, 2008
Photo of bloberglawp
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Gets a few 3´s because I don´t think it should be called a kolsch, it seems more like a german pilsner than a kolsh.

Neverless, a clear yellow with a incredibly longlasting white head that laces wonderfuly.

Aroma of fresh hops, also a hint of freshly mowed grass. Flavor of bitter hops, grain and a hint of fruit.

A good pils, not shure about kolsch.

bloberglawp, May 09, 2008
Photo of Bierfreund
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pilsner glass, colour was very light straw, very transparent, with 3 fingers of foam which vanished pretty fast into a minimal lacing.

The initial sweet taste gave way to a very slightly bitter aftertaste. It feels lighter than its 4.8% alcohol content. Typical for a Kölsch, actually.
The local population around Köln is even mixing this beverage with Coke as a cocktail in their clubs and Discos.

I enjoyed this fresh Blonde cold after a meal, and it felt quite refreshing despite the low carbonation.

Overall, the taste lacked depth, but on the other hand, it is a Kölsch, and it was never meant to be heavier from the beginning.

Very drinkable, and I imagine this would be a great beer for a hot August night. I will try this again in some time.

Bierfreund, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted 2005.

Appearance : golden color, with foam white head.
Smell : flowery and hop aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : Delicacy malt flavors with some light herbal hop bitterness.
Drinkability : a good beer in the German Kolsch style.

thierrynantes, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't done a beer review in a few months, so I decided to get some in whether I do a monster review or not. I have a lot of beers that need to be drank, so there you have it.

Appearance: Very clear pale golden color with a small 1/8" head of smal white bubbles. The head was there for the better part of a minute before fading back into the beer.

Aroma: My initial was of a grainy almost wheat-like impression. There are some subtle hops in there that give a slightly "catty" impression. As the beer warms up some, the aroma softens and turns a bit more toward the sweet side of the malt.

Taste: The flavor departs from the aroma quite a bit. The grain does have a slight dryness that it leaves on the palate, but the hops are much more noticeable in the flavor as bittering than anything you get in the aroma. The balance is still slightly toward the malt, but only slightly. There is a bit of a papery flavor in here that suggests that this beer may have some age on it...though I don't see a sign of a "born on date"...just kidding.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. The balance is a little surprising how the beer seems almost like it may be cloyingly sweet only to find out that the bittering hops are playing such a big role in the flavor. I would certainly like to try a fresher example of this beer...especially in a BierGarten in Koln.

SkeeterHawk, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz botle poured into a Tom Collins glass.

A = Bright, clear yellow, medium sized white head, fair retention, light lacing.

S = Light smell of wet grains, white pepper, light spices from the yeast.

T = Slight hints of wet grains, bitterness of hops with light spiciness in the finish. Good clean tasting.

M = Light bodied, somewhat stinging carbonation on tongue.

D = This would be a decent beer on a hot afternoon. Not sure I would use it for much more than that, but that should be enough shouldn't it?

Traquairlover, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of Biscuit033
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, golden yellow with a two finger white head and some moderate lacing.

S: Bready and some German hop notes.

T: Bread and grain with hops coming through adding a light earthy crispness and dry finish.

M: Smooth and creamy with a clean dry finish.

D: This is one of the easiest drinking beers that I have had. It is like a clean and dry pilsner.

Biscuit033, Mar 12, 2008
Gaffel Kölsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
83 out of 100 based on 644 ratings.