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Gaffel Kölsch - Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 14
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co. visit their website

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 wiseguy142
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
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 +12.8%
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 05, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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 -14.5%
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 +1.1%
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 -9.8%
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 11, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
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 -7.7%
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 +16.1%
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 +9.3%
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 +9.3%
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 -11.2%
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 +9.3%
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
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours one of the palest straw colors I've had in a long time with a half inch of big bubbly white head and brilliant clarity. A good amount of bright fruits in the aroma, slight spiciness, and a slight hop note, but that's it; very mild overall. On the palate, it is very smooth and soft with a bit of pils malt, no toastiness, and some slight ester notes. Hop flavor is quite low with a nondiscript bitterness towards the crisp, dry finish. Body is medium low with moderately high carbonation. A little bit more body than a pilsner, but less hop presence. Overall, an easy drinker and a thirst quencher, but I'd rather see some more Noble hop character.

dreadnatty08, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of seanyfo
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

seanyfo, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of Vancer
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Vancer, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

BlackHaddock, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of jdmorgan
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jdmorgan, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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?

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of mltobin
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mltobin, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of Dogbrick
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Dogbrick, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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!

ChainGangGuy, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jwc215, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of number1bum
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

number1bum, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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,

Sammy, Oct 15, 2007
Gaffel Kölsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
83 out of 100 based on 632 ratings.