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Gaffel Kölsch - Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

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Reviews: 343
Hads: 739
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 19.18%
Wants: 25
Gots: 71 | FT: 0
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Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co. visit their website

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 SkunkWorks
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at TJ Finley's in Bay Shore, NY. Served in a Gaffel stange. I've had this before in a bottle but fresh on tap sounds good.

Look: yellow, golden body with a thin white head that dissipates quickly and doesn't leave much in the way of lacing. Good for the style.

Smell: clean, pale malt with a bit of fruit and spicy hops. Subtle and appropriate for a Kolsch.

Taste: follows the nose with a big pale malt flavor, some quiet hoppiness, and a little tartness with a dry finish.

Feel: light in body, moderately carbonated, crisp and refreshing. Easy drinking and makes for a great session beer.

Overall: quite good, slightly better than the tap version, and based on what I've had so far, a great Kolsch. Wholeheartedly recommend this for someone trying to learn about the style. Can't wait till I can get to Cologne to drink some local Kolsches! Cheers!

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Photo of PartyBear
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Perfectly clear, and a light golden colour. Medium carbonation. Poured with a giant head, however, the retention is bad.

S - Light fruity hops, with a hint of weak lemon. There is also a definite floral characteristic to the scent.

T - The taste is crisp and dry, with an obvious bitter hoppiness.

M - Light and crisp in the mouth. A pleasant mild dry aftertaste.

D - I don't have a great knowledge of Kolsch beer, in fact this is my first. Overall it's a good beer, which most importantly I enjoyed drinking, and certainly would again.

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Photo of ark57
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a very clear pale straw color with a good white head. The aroma is slightly fruity. The body id firm, but light with some nuttiness to it. It finishes crisp and dry with flowery hop tastes. A nice refreshing beer that I could drink all day long.

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Photo of TOMHONE
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't usually drink beer from a can but with this beer is was OK with me. Great tasting to say the least. Very smooth, less carbonated and very tasty. I bought a 6 pack of 17 OZ and brought them home to the USA. Will do so every month now as I'm commuting back and forth.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cold on tap in a Gaffel stange with a thin white head on a light clear gold pour. Thin subtle malt aroma with a few hints of spice with a wonderful
kolsch flavor that really locks in the toasty malt flavor and a nice grain flavor. Finishes very crisp and clean like a kolsch should. Light and delightful, quite a nice example of the style.

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Photo of AChamberlain
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Inviting Kölsch label and bottle. Feeling type lazy.

Pours into a (hey!) GAFFEL Kölsch gilded rim glass with a two” egg shell head of foamy cratered surface of the moon head cap topping off a light straw hued champagne bubble caronation filled offering, leaving well suited scattered lace. A second pour from the 1 Pint 0.9 Fl. Oz biggie bot flows like a science experiment.

Light grassy sweet leafy aroma with soft sugar.

First Swigs: Light yet palatable grassy sweet breezy hops. Focused grain characters. Some smooth earthy notes. Delicate non-descript spices flows towards a short lived honey finish. Quite tasty.

Tightly focused carbonation and middle medium feel.

Last Swigs: Medium to light feel and grassy honey hops Kölsch. Gimmie more! 29/3.70 #16. Quite a quaffer! Seems like some of these German desserts miss the mark bottled. This is nice!

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting how I had the opportunity to drink/review this beer. Three buddies and I went to Deep Ellum for an evening of beers and some food. One of my buddies is an emerging beer geek, but fairly early in the progression. For the past two years he would always taste a small glass of what we were drinking..make some face and then go back to his Coor's Light. I always gave him credit for expanding his pallet. Nugget Nectar & DFH 60 Minute get credit for lighting his beer geek flame. He's been off like a rocket ever since. Back to this beer. He asked me what he should try and I wanted to slowly ease him into the beers that Deep Ellum has to offer. I suggested this Kolsch and then was going to have him move up through some other styles.

The beer hit the table, he took a few sips and said he liked it.... BUT, he wanted something with more flavor and punch.... I was so proud.. Anyway, I offered to drink the beer and he ordered a Hop15. Welcome to the club Mike!!!

The beer came in a glass that looked like a combination of a pilsner & Hefe-weiss glass. Tall. A finger of light fluffy/creamy white head topped the beer but faded very quickly. The color was more gold than straw, but still very light. Just a touch of lacing remained.

Nose was nice, fresh and a bit more pronounced than expected. Floral, a touch of grass and very light malt.

Grain and grass rule the day here. Very light fruit, but barely there. Pretty refreshing and just shy of crisp. A touch of yeast that adds slightly to the flavor. Not doughy, not full cracker malt tones, but somewhere in between. Perhaps lightly toasted bread.

Smooth, milky in that it's almost creamy, but nowhere nearly as thick.

I'd say right on for the style. Personally, I think on BA this style gets the shaft as it's certainly more subtle and reminds people of BMC type beers. Of course, it's not as complex as an Imp Stout. But it's not supposed to be. Good representation of the style. Nice beer.

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Photo of DerBayer
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hmmm Koelsch never used to be my favourite stytle but I m taking to it:

Pours a straw blond with medium head that lingers

Smells of hops and hops some faint fruit and floral notes

The taste is bitter hops and some faint honey

Medium carbonation and smooth finish

I am starting to find Koelsch SOOO drinkable

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Photo of Brewfan
4.17/5  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.

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Photo of bultrey
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh how good it is to rediscover simple, elegant styles of beer after bombarding your palate for months with over-hopped, over-malty, over-roasted bombastic beers.
Gaffel Kolsch is a delighful hot-weather beer, that, like many German beers needs to be fresh, fresh, fresh. This beer is no exception, and when it is not fresh, it goes south quickly.
The beer I had was nice and fresh, with a light golden color and a lively, spritzy carbonation that produce the slightest of heads. The nose is not huge, a kind of metallic herbalness. The taste is crisp and clean, steely with other mineral notes, like a good German riesling, that softens into Granny smith apples with a touch of lemon juice, and perhaps some herb like thyme. The finish ends as it begins, with that steely character coming back into a bone-dry palate cleansing deliciousness. Mouthfeel reveals lively carbonation, a little thin, but what would you expect for this style. Drinakability is high -- I could suck three or four of these imperial pint bottles down on one hot summer night. A classic that I would LOVE to have in its home country.

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Photo of tmitch75
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
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

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Photo of Trombone69
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If we are rating beers within their style, then, since this is one of the most highly rated Kolsch beers, wouldn't it be good for at least a 4? Nobody appreciates a beer that's only 4.8% ABV anymore. It's not "extreme" enough. Phooey. This is a beautiful beer. I'll have another please. And then maybe another after that.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: bright light gold. very clear body allows great visibility of the rapid carbonation. big bubbly white head at the initial pour calms to a manageable size.

S: pilsner malt, apple/pear combo, followed by spicy hop component. a sulfur character is notable towards the finish.

T: rich maltiness plays oh so nice with a bubble-gum like fruitiness. earthy/spicy german hops keep everything in check. pretty dry finish.

M: very smooth but also crisp. light/medium body with medium/hard carbonation.

D: such a good style and a great example of the style. kinda surprised this beer doesnt have higher reviews....

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Photo of Bierfreund
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of matjack85
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Quencchers Saloon in Chicago on a rare 70º November evening. Normally you think of kolsch as a summer beer, but it felt right on a night like this. It was served in its own 12oz Gaffel monogrammed glass.

The beer poured a clear gold color with a 1-finger white head on top that lasted awhile, but it only left minimal lacing.

The smell was mostly fruity with a bit of earthiness and faint bready malt sweetness underneath the fruit.

The main flavor is apple, but there are other citrus flavors in here as well as a decent bready malt sweetness. Earthy hops show up midway through and last well into the finish and linger on well into the aftertaste.

A light, crisp, and refreshing beer with moderate carbonation that could have been a bit higher for my liking.

This goes down easy and I could have enjoyed several if it wasn't for the high price. At just 4.8% alcohol there is very little alcoholic taste to get in the way of the other flavors.

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Photo of KenC
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a pint glass.

A: Clear, yellow/gold/red color with three fingers of foamy white head. Dissipates to almost nothing quickly, with no lacing. This is very much typical for the style, and just as I anticipated.

S: Upfront - malt, some wheat and some noble hops. A note of fruit, too.

T: Intense malt starts it off and then it gets fruity in the middle. True to the style, the aftertaste is that noble hop bitterness that I was waiting for. It didn’t disappoint!

M: Light to medium. It’s very smooth and just the right amount of carbonation.

D: I guess several centuries of brewing this style have given them ample opportunity to perfect their craft. Job well done. This was great with pulled pork on a hot Sunday afternoon out on the deck

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. This beer pours a pale clear yellow color. The aroma is full of malt and hops and is very pleasing. The flavor is crisp and and has a very nice malt flavor; very refreshing. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer a really good example of a Kolsch.

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Photo of fizzyfred
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal clear with a golden, straw color. Would have liked a little more of a head. Smell is clean with a hint of noble hops. The taste is dry with an assertive noble hop flavor. This beer is very good, it might benefit from a little more vienna/munich flavor. Carbonation is hig, as the style calls for. I prefer Kolsch (rare as it is) on draft where it less fizzy. A little more sour taste is good, shouldn't be as clean as a lager. This is another tasty beer.

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Photo of WMBierguy
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had only ever tried one Kölsch previous to drinking this one, and I did not really enjoy that Kölsch. TYhat beer had the bitter, metallic taste of a Heinieclone, and I had written off the Kölsch style as a pilsner wannabe. This beer convinced me that I was wrong about Kölsch. This beer was pale yellow with a mild head. Looked like a pretty standard beer. However, it had a distinctive taste. It's hard to explain, other than to say that it was light on hops and had an overall pleasant taste. This would be the perfect hot day beer if only it weren't so expensive ($8.50 for a 6 pack). This beer has completely changed my mind about Kölsch, and I'm going to give that other Kölsch (Reisdorf Kölsch) another try. Maybe it was skunked, or maybe it was simply inferior. Regardless, Gaffel Kölsch is a quality beer, and is certainly not a Heinieclone.

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Photo of drtth
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tall relatively slender "stange" glass with the Gaffel logo. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is clear and has a bright gold color with a ½" finely textured white head that persists for a reasonably long time but then recedes to a patch of form and small ring of foam around the glass. For quite a while there are bubbles rising here and there pretty regularly. Initially sipping produces some patches of lacing but that gradually disappears as the beer is consumed. Some lightly speckled lacing remains pretty much to the end.

Smell: The aroma is lightly bready and spicy from the pale malt and the soft spicy and herbal hops.

Taste: There is a soft dry sweetness to the bready malt flavor and the spicy, herbal hops that are clearly present but not overpowering. Overall the flavor is almost, but not quite, dry, very clean, crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light bodied and soft with light prickly carbonation present for most of the beer. The finish is medium long and just fades out on a faint note of hoppy herbal flavor.

Drinkability: This is a very nice and very drinkable beer, especially if you like a good Kolsch. Very refreshing and as good as I remembered a Kolsch to be from having a night in Cologne. I could easily have had another and expect to drink this one again given the opportunity. A good example of a Cologne brewed Kolsch.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this at Bully's in Columbia. Poured chilled from the brown bottle into a pils glass.

A -Crystal clear straw golden w/ miniscule 1/4 inch smooth snowy head that drops to nothin'

S - Sweet floral hops and mild pear w/ subtle white grape and honeyed malt odors

M - Crisp yet relatively malty for all its levity. Grainy textures are of toasted and honey tinged w/ mineral notes and biscuit texture hat is light. There are fruity sweet tinges w/ moderately high carbonation but right on for style w/ a refreshing clean finish

T - The subtleties of this beer are what make it great. A mild bready taste w/ kiss of hops(hahah), but really the malt is very balanced and smooth and satiny w/ nice toasted elements. Tastes of fruit w/ mild german yeast that has mineral like calcium affected taste w/ a dry yet balanced malt complexity. The flavor is so mildly fruity like a golden delicious w/ a nice honey-like smooth sweet element.

D - A more refreshing/highly flavorful beer is hard to imagine. I could drink this repeatedly and not get bored. One of the best session ales ever!

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Gaffel Kölsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
83 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.