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Gaffel Kölsch - Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

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684 Ratings
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Ratings: 684
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 17
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co. visit their website
Germany

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 number1bum
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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,

Photo of sweethome
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of tempest
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ski271
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of sleazo
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jmc44
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.

Photo of Matteox3
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of Minkybut
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.

Photo of dherling
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.

Photo of wedge
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of tastybeer
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of cypressbob
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Photo of AChamberlain
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of HomerSimpson742
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of therica
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Photo of geexploitation
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of JanM
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.

Photo of Litterbean
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.

Photo of merlin48
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.

Photo of Brewfan
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Gaffel Kölsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
83 out of 100 based on 684 ratings.