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Gaffel Kölsch - Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

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599 Ratings
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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 12
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co. visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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jmc44

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, poured into an Erdinger glass

Pours with a medium straw yellow body, fizzy bubbly body with tonnes of little german kolsch bubbles. Third of an inch head forms with good retention, some slight bubbly lacing

Smell, fresh grassy german lager hops, some crisp biscuity malt. Sweet slightly estery fragrant hops along with a slight hint of skuniness

Taste, fresh crisp bittering hops, crunchy malt profile in the background, little bit of mustiness lingering in the background. Dry yeasty presence on the finish. Some slightly bready alcohol on the finish

A pretty tasty kolsch, little bit dull but not bad overall

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 19:38:18 | More by cypressbob
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AChamberlain

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a beer. I've loved this beer for a while. It is so easy to drink and the mouthfeel is incredible. It is a great dinner beer, goes well with almost anything: fish, meat, pasta.

Poured from 12oz. bottle bought at the Park Slope Food Coop with no freshness date.

A: Golden, sparkling yellow. Thick foamy head.

S: Clean.

T: Sharp bitter flavor, but not much more than that.

MF: Bubbly, crisp and refreshing.

D: Very drinkable. Have through your meal and keep going.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 19:37:36 | More by AChamberlain
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HomerSimpson742

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never really had much interest in this style until I saw a travel channel special on Köln, featuring, of course—Kolsch. I saw Gaffel in my local beer store so I pick up two 20 oz bottles. After trying to decide whether I liked it, I had already finished half of the glass. The beer pours a beautiful golden yellow with a thick initial head. The flavor struck me as unusual at first as the beer was sweet, but with a distinctive, biting hops. The beer is crisp with a nice fruity, floral finish. This will never be my favorite style but this beer was a great compliment to the wood grilled haddock I prepared.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 04:14:15 | More by HomerSimpson742
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therica

Maryland

3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap a year ago while spending a month in Koln. This review is based on a US-market bottle, with a USA flag on the cap. Much less impressive. The Koln-bottled version was great, maybe better than the on-tap that we had at the GaffelHaus. But this export version isn't nearly as impressive.

A= lighter yellow and only a distant cousin to the Gaffel Kölsch I had in Koln. Hardly any head, but what's there for a short time has huge bubbles.

S= reminds me more of some cheap cologne than Kölsch from Koln.

T= somewhat weak, predominantly a tinny metallic taste with some corn evidence. This USA version falls short of even the made-in-USA Kölsch imitations recently surfacing on the market.

M= watery, metallic.

D= too boring to keep my interest; very disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 03:46:28 | More by therica
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geexploitation

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an incredibly clear yellow gold (I can watch TV through it) with a thick bright white head that fades to a tenacious dusting. Aromas of cooking grains and slight fruits; it's a slight aroma, but very enticing for the style. On the tongue, smooth at first, before yielding to sharp carbonation. Flavors are mostly not fermentation derived, but clean and crisp, with light malts leading the way, followed by a finish marked by snappy hops. Overall, this is a very good kolsch, with smooth flavors but a bit of depth in a style that usually doens't have a helluva lot of depth.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 04:46:50 | More by geexploitation
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JanM

Sweden

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The varaiations between different varieties of kölsch is comparatively wide for such a limited range of brands. The good ones are refreshingly hoppy and citric while the bad ones are just watery and tasteless. Kölsch works best for me when it is served chilled. Gaffel definately belongs to the good ones and is my personal favorite. It pours with a nice golden color, fizzy and with good head. It smells flowery hops and citrus. The taste is bitter with a flash of apples and a citric bite at the end. In all I think it's a good beer but the style is a bit limited and does not quite measure up to Czech and German pils.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2006 17:40:38 | More by JanM
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Litterbean

New York

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Kölsch but it's a good one. Clear straw yellow with a fizzy head, with a smell like German hops (excellent). The taste is similar, with a light vinous malt flavor and an herbal, grassy hop character that I really enjoy. Good beer, not amazing, but as far as what I'm led to believe a Kölsch should be, this stacks up very well.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 02:03:50 | More by Litterbean
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merlin48

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale yellow body topped by a two centimeter snowwhite head. Good retention and quite a bit of spotty lace.

Aroma is spicy and noble hops, with a note of dried hay. Toasty and biscuity malt in the background.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and well carbonated.

Taste has a toasty and grainy malt presence that manages to be both biscuity and bready. Spicy and grassy hops provide a nice hops bitterness to balance. Crisp and refreshing.

An understated style that is very appropriate for warm weather. Refreshing and easy to drink, a classic example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 00:46:17 | More by merlin48
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Brewfan

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Jever glass. Nice white head with minimal retention. Slight lace. Extremely clear golden yellow with a steady flow of bubbles rising from the bottom.
Malty and sweet on the nose. Rather grassy. Almost clover-like. Light hoppiness. Nice.
Crisp taste, slightly hoppy, crisp and dry. Floral and lightly spicy with a smattering of wild honey in the background to give some sweet maltyness. Tastes like it smells. That is definately a good thing. Light body with medium carbonation. Drinking this on July 3 after doing yardwork for a few hours, a 12 oz. "sample" definately wasn't enough. Very drinkable and enjoyable. A very nice example of the kolsch style.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2006 22:15:49 | More by Brewfan
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first experience with the Kölsch style; and I was surprisingly impressed. I am only a moderate fan of German Pilsners but that is what this was closest to in my experience; maybe a bit more vinous and dry though. Very easy drinking.

Appearance: Pours a clear pale yellow color, with a white head.

Smell: It has a musty light hop (distinctly German) aroma.

Taste: Light floral hop character that is crisp with a bit of fruit malts and a very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and bubbly. Nice carbonation keeps it feeling refreshing.

Drinkability: This is certainly a sessionable beer and a good choice for a cookout or a party.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 06:18:08 | More by Phatz
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amazingly true-to-style beer. Quite complex and intellegent in its subtleties. Very lightly flavored, but the flavors range from green apples to kiwi, from pilsner malts to wheat, from tea-like to noble hops. The body is even smooth and with a light minty feel. Whisps away quickly and powdery. A sparkling clear straw with a fluffy withstanding head retention. Must be sampled with a very clean palate and an anylitical mindset to appreciate the brew. A very difficult brew to get right.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 18:30:11 | More by BEERchitect
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at McMenamin’s

This beer came a bright golden straw color with little or no head.

Smelled of pasty lager yeasts with a slight metallic hop with a melon and celery veggie hiding in the background with a hint of lemon zest.

Tasted of dry oaky hops with a hint of sour red grapes and a slick white flour malt.

The mouth feel was light and smooth with a crisp carbonation.

I hesitate to use the word watery, but this beer seemed to have ample room to move around my mouth without leaving behind too much flavor. For the flavors that were present, this seemed to work quite well making this crisp and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2006 16:58:15 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Gaffel Kölsch is best served at cooler temperatures (40-50F) and enjoyed from a traditional Stangen (pole) or Reagenzglas (test tube). Gaffel pours up very regal with a light, spritzy carbonation that creates a pillowy white head atop a bright, hay/straw-golden body. The head dissapates rather quickly leaving a ring of Cölner lace in its wake. The somewhat fruity & definitely grainy aroma shows just a hint of esters (e.g. pear, peach pit) and the slightest touch of sulpher from the traditional fermentation process. The taste starts off with a nice, light graininess then gives into some bitterness which carries into a crisp, dry, slightly chalky finish. This light bodied, indeginous beer of Cologne is one of my favorite styles to enjoy...as it lends itself nicely to quaffing in mass quantities. This one was enjoyed while watching a 2006 World Cup match (Angola vs. Portugal) at Stadion Köln, but I certainly recommend this particular Kölsch anytime you find yourself thirsty for a fine beer.

PROST! Beertracker

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 21:49:49 | More by Beertracker
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Fabulous sunny yellow (I guess I've been drinking too many dark brews lately to find a Beer like this gorgeous), the head was thick, clingy and pearly white.

Smell: Lots of grain aromas, with a little lavender, but maybe a touch sulfuric as well. Maybe I should have left it to "breathe" a little.

Taste: The light carbonation makes it almost creamy on my palate. For the style, the body has quite a bit of legs to it, but with a dry, refreshing finish. Never had a real gravity-poured Kolsch in Koln, I bet it's better than this, but this Beer wasn't bad at all, especially on the patio on a warm Sunday afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2006 23:33:22 | More by Goldorak
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plaid75

New York

3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell was subtle. A bit of a grainy nose with a slight hop aroma.

The flavor was very light and crisp. An obvious grain presence cut with a decent hop spiciness. Overall, the flavor was muted. More crisp than flavorful.

The mouthfeel was very light and crisp. Excellent carbonation.

A very drinkable beer. While not the best kolsch I have had, certainly representative of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2006 03:42:30 | More by plaid75
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Drew966

Florida

2.38/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Gaffel Kolsch pours a golden yellow with a thick, fluffy, white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Not much aroma, perhaps a little citrus. Not exactly what I expected, having only had American versions of kolsch. Much more subdued citrus flavor than some micros I've tried. Perhaps a touch of lemon peel in the finish, but that's it. After a few minutes I'm definitely tasting citrus. I'm not sure I like this one, I don't really dislike it either. It's just kind of mediocre. Not worth seeking out, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 00:51:44 | More by Drew966
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opening the bottle, one is greeted with a gasp of carbonation exhalation and a weakly bitter scent. Pouring produces a tall, fluffy, pure white head that quickly fades to a thing ring around the glass with a few large islands of foam. Fair amounts of lacing that slowly disintegrate into the pool of transparent, pale, golden lager-colored body.
The scent is citrusy with distinct lemon notes, a bit of musty socks, and malt sweetness. The flavors are rather faint all around: sketches of malt and hops; lager-like and slightly vinous. The finish consists mostly of sweet malt residues and a tinge of caramel flavor with some floral hops.
Medium-light body with a mild carbonation level endures this one in the mouth and is followed by a moderately dry finish. Gaffel's kölsch is a well-made brew that considers its ingredients with respect and does not overindulge in any of them. The low alcohol level and mild flavors make this a good session brew or a non-heavy, refreshing spring/summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 01:53:41 | More by falloutsnow
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greenjeff4141

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fragrant hops on the nose. Taste, at first a little sweetness followed by the hops and alcohol follows behind. Has a clean yeasty taste and moderate carbonation with a slight bitterness at the end. I haven't had the pleasure of drinking many of this style, but I will again after trying this one. It is a very easy drinking beer, if it had just slightly less carbonation it would probably be perfect.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 18:18:05 | More by greenjeff4141
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drewmprs

California

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This kolsch is a hallmark of the style. Pours a pale gold yellow with a thick head that lasts till the end. Brought over from germany, this beer is oneof the finer kolschs i've had to date. Much better than BJ's. Slightly bitter with low hop levels. I could drink alot of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 04:15:55 | More by drewmprs
Gaffel Kölsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
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