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Gaffel Kölsch - Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

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Gaffel KölschGaffel Kölsch

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590 Ratings
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Ratings: 590
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 12
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2002)
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Photo of lostinfla


2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

12-28-2012 03:09:55 | More by lostinfla
Photo of cornchz

Korea (South)

2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

01-13-2014 03:57:35 | More by cornchz
Photo of kmeves


2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw colored body with a large white head. Aroma is mildly sweet with grainy, grassy and a weird faint metallic smell. Flavor is grassy, grains, citrus and very light spice. Light bodied, thin texture. This would have been rated much higher if not for the faint metallic aroma.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 13:35:51 | More by kmeves
Photo of BARFLYB


2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap @ Kraftworks in Philadelphia in a big ol pint glass, damn str8!

Gaffel Kölsch came to me looking pretty dead, I mean PBR dead. Just a trace of white lines on top of a fairly adjunct looking beer with a gold color to it. Smells included pale malt out the ying yang, grain and I guess a fruiting of some kind that smelled off out the gate. Tastes included everything I just stated above except there was no fruit. No earthy hops can even bring this one around. It really tasted like a souped up american macro to me, I don't see the appeal in this beer. Isn't it supposed to be the pinnacle of the style. Anywho, feel was bland watery and lifeless, thin and dead. Drinkability suffered but I got through my glass because im a trooper. I'll try this again if Im ever in Germany but for now Im going to avoid this in droves.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2010 18:16:49 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of MikefromNYC

New York

2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I purchased this beer with higher expectations, possibly because it's "imported German beer brewed under the purity law of 1516", which is similar to the location/standard that Weihenstephaner originates from (although the latter is a completely different style).

A - Pale. Little/no head.

S - Can't really pick anything up. Very very bland....

T - Very bland... regular... NOT special, or flavorful. Aftertaste is bready if you wait about 30sec after a nice sip.

M - Smooth. Easy to drink. Nice for summer/spring weather if you just wanna cool down, or drink something other than water.

O - I can't take a complete dump on this beer simple because it's better than macro's, and it doesn't taste BAD like some failed micros. On the other hand, it has lots of room for improvement. It's not very flavorful, nor does it stand out in any way. A positive way to think about it would be in comparing it with plain ol' unsalted butter. It's got no taste, but when combined with something flavorful (like BBQ, steak, etc) it can go well without stealing from the flavorful components of the combination.

I won't be buying this again, simply because I've got too many other excellent options to spend my hard earned money on.

Lovers of bland tastelessness, look no further.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2014 22:52:45 | More by MikefromNYC
Photo of flagmantho


2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light straw-colored hue with a crystal-clear body. Head is a thick finger of fizzy white foam. Stylistically appropriate, if not particularly inspiring.

Smell: light malt aroma with a bit of sour graininess. Not bad, per se, but I like my Kölsches a bit sweeter/maltier.

Taste: kind of disappointing. Grain up front with a light, sweetish malt at the back end. This tastes much more like a pale lager when compared to other Kölsches I've had (although, being brewed in Cologne, you'd think this would be the real deal). I just feel like there should be more to this beer.

Mouthfeel: this beer has a decent carbonation which adds to its refreshing qualities. Not bad.

Overall: meh. I don't feel the desire to have this beer again; despite its provenance I've had much better Kölsches than Gaffel.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 00:39:57 | More by flagmantho
Photo of silenius


2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I wasn't really impressed with this beer given some recent examples I've tried.

Pours a sparkling clean light gold with a frothy white head that laces lightly.

Smell is nearly undetectable. Only the faintest of light fruitiness could be detected after several deep nosefuls.

Taste is bordering on macro territory to my palate. Slightly too malty with not enough minerality and brightness to make me appreciate it.

Mouthfeel is slick and slightly creamy with no dryness I would expect.

A dumb but pleasant beer in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2005 01:08:57 | More by silenius
Photo of paulginva


2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from a bottle into a stange, produced lively carbonation and a fizzy white 1" head with thin head lacing and very little retention. The body was a clear yellow.

AROMA: A moderate amount of roasted grain and a very light lemon scent along with a significant whiff of apple, probably from the Kölsch yeast.

TASTE: Pretty much the same -- a high taste of burnt grain together with a light hops taste and a modest tang of apple from the Kölsch yeast.

MOUTHFEEL: Body was on the light side with thin texture and lively carbonation. Thin body lacing was present that dissipated quickly. The initial flavor was lightly bitter with a lightly sweet finish that held for a short time.

DRINKABILITY: This would make an okay session lager, I suppose, but it's not as good as Reissdorf Kölsch. The apple flavor of the yeast only shows up on the finish and the hops just arent very crisp. Overall, kind of disappointing -- there's nothing particularly memorable about it, though it is easy to drink. Would I buy it again? Probably not. There are other, better alternatives out there for about the same price.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 15:33:44 | More by paulginva
Photo of breakchair

New York

2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at Der Schwarze Kolner in Brooklyn. Unassuming appearance without a lot of aroma. Maybe a bit of an eggy or yeasty smell. Mouthfeel is very, very light--it goes down like nothing at all. The flavor is all in the aftertaste, which I didn't love. It's yeasty and a bit redolent of the keg beers you had in college.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2010 03:52:25 | More by breakchair
Photo of stcules


2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

limpid, clean golden appearance. White foam, compact, as usual.
Not too fresh smell, and maybe some light off flavours. Stale hop.
Not too fresh in the taste, too.
Average long aftertaste, with some bitterness, but quite stale again.
There is a lot better in Köln.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2010 12:09:15 | More by stcules
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United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 19:52:55 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of bundy462


2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Fizzy yellow beer with no head.

S: Biscuit with a muted hop.

T: Very clean, extremely unoffensive. Really like weak tonic water. At least it doesn't taste bad I guess.

M: Thin and watery.

O: Average, you can drink as many as you want because there's really nothing going on here. It's like drinking water.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 00:47:09 | More by bundy462
Photo of atr2605

New York

2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours transparent yellow with a white head that dies quickly
S- zesty lemon with a grassy/yeasty smell
T-more of the grassy flavor. A touch of the lemon but not much. bitterness in the after taste. but not a hoppy/pleasant bitterness, just bland and bitter
M-light bodied, definitely a session beer
O- Not great. Reminds me of a macro brew. A kolsch shouldn't be loaded with flavor but I still feel like this one is falling short.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 02:19:44 | More by atr2605
Photo of dasenebler


2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

.5L bottle, Germany.

Crystal clear yellow-gold with a small foamy head that laces well for the style.

Aroma is of grains, crackers and lightly skunky hops.

The flavor has a nice bite to it, but then begins to start slipping away. Subtle metallic, near sulfuric, notes come through, and the finish is not as clean as it should be for the style. It's also a tad too bitter in the aftertaste. Some good biscuit notes and a light, nicely-carbonated mouthfeel, but not terribly easy on the palate in terms of flavor.

I'll drink this stuff, as it's not bad beer by any means. It's just not a good Kölsch, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 17:01:45 | More by dasenebler
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3/5  rDev -18%

06-11-2013 18:19:11 | More by xdefeatsy
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18%

02-25-2013 16:40:38 | More by JMS1512
Photo of brinch


3/5  rDev -18%

04-27-2012 13:22:23 | More by brinch
Photo of Goldndomer


3/5  rDev -18%

02-09-2014 22:48:05 | More by Goldndomer
Photo of santoslhalper


3/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearence: Poured a clear gold with a nice, bubbly head with decent retention. Loads of carbonation.

Smell: Strong lager yeast smell. Hops seem noble, almost pils like in quality.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is much like a pilsener, only lighter and more bubbly and spritzy. The hops are nice, but the malts have kind of a cereal/bready quality to them that seems fake. The mouthfeel is light and carbonated.

Drinkability and Overall: My first stab at a true Kolsch, and it's not bad. I enjoy it, but there's not enough subtle complexity for me. The only thing I didn't particularly enjoy was that fake malt taste, and it's killing the drinkability for me. Other than that, not bad stuff at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2005 02:40:42 | More by santoslhalper
Photo of Eighty


3/5  rDev -18%

06-13-2013 20:11:51 | More by Eighty
Photo of Smurf2055


3/5  rDev -18%

07-15-2013 05:11:20 | More by Smurf2055
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

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

Gaffel Kolsch….on tap at 10 Downing Restaurant in New York, NY

Appearance-came to me from the bar in an Kolsch style long thin glass. Color of yellow gold sand with a white head, about three fingers at first . Letting it sit the head fizzes out and dies down into the glass.

Smell-light aroma, hard sniffs give me a mix of grain, yeast and lemon mix. Alcohol is hidden as is any sign of malt, certainly light.

Taste/Mouthfeel-Light body, taste is layers of grain mixed with a lemon bite, sweeter than I expected. Nice smoothness and carbonation, hits you in the face with the flavor and then clears out quickly. Finishes very clean. No trace of hop bitterness or malt sweetness throughout

Overall-Refreshing on this hot day, an ok Kolsch, not world class but hits the style notes fine and is a passable version.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2011 16:22:39 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of Aixois

3/5  rDev -18%

11-25-2012 06:58:56 | More by Aixois
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18%

11-11-2012 01:17:06 | More by cfalovo97
Photo of ROGUE16


3/5  rDev -18%

12-07-2011 12:55:13 | More by ROGUE16
Gaffel Kölsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
83 out of 100 based on 590 ratings.