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Gaffel Kölsch - Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

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Ratings: 661
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 14
Gots: 28 | 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 TheTrevor
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear yellow with a fluffy single-finger head. The smell has some grass and grains in it, maybe a little straw. The taste is very light and starts off with some grains and citrusy grapefruit that finishes pretty cleanly. The mouthfeel is a little watery, but the carbonation brings it all together for a very crisp feeling. This is a nice drinkable beer, I wouldn't mind having a couple more.

TheTrevor, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden body with well-carb'd head on top of a husky, dry oily aroma complete with bitter hops and dry malts. A dry beer that goes down easily with mild citric hop bitterness and a tad bit of sweetness on the backbite. An easy to drink beer that changes the pace from heavy, complex beers.

clayrock81, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of Citadel82
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bright gold color with a thick fluffy white head that leaves lots of sticky lace.

Aroma is very mild, almost sweet, slight floral notes.

Mildly sweetish flavor starts with pale malt, then finishes with a mild and perfect balancing hops. Lots of fine carbonation tickles the throat and tongue.

A nice tasty brew, all the makings of a great summer refresher.

Citadel82, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of Sttjw01
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%

Sttjw01, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of scinnh
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%

scinnh, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of liamt07
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a pint glass. Best before June 30, 2012.

Golden yellow in typical kolsch form, white head forms and leaves behind a thin layer of retention and a bit of lace. Nose has some grains, cereals, and some moderate hopping - a bit of grass. Gentle sweetness. More sweetness on the palate, with a greater amount of hopping and graininess to contend with it. Lightly vegetal, a bit of corn, some sulphur and a touch of metal in the finish. Light body, medium-high carbonation and an offtaste that's a touch offputting. Easily drinkable however, not a bad kolsch and easily the best at the LCBO right now.

liamt07, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of Daredevil
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Kölsch" is a somewhat funny beer type, looks like a Lager, but indeed is an filtered Ale ... the taste is somewhat between the Lager and Ale, from the latter it has it's fruitiness (top fermenting yeasts), but it is usually 'drier' than most Lagers ... this one is a particularly dry Kölsch, with a spicy and nutty taste and also a pleasant bitterness ...

Daredevil, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of csmiley
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear and straw in color. The white fluffy head topped out at just over half inch. Head goes away pretty quick leaving a very small amount of lacing.

S - Grainy in the aroma with pale malt in the background. Some peppery spice in the middle. The tail end has a touch of hops. Not a very complex aroma but still strong enough to keep it interesting.

T - Pale malt and grain really stand out. Some hay pops in as well. Dry and crisp with some earthy hop flavors showing up at the end. Could be notes of light bread in there as well. Taste is like aroma in that it is not very complex but still strait forward and strong enough to keep my attention.

M - Light bodied with a good carbonation level. Finish is cristp and clean with a but of dryness.

D - Drinkability is pretty good. This is a no frills easy drinking beer that could easily be consumed en masse. Comes across as bland in some respects but still refreshing. Would be good on a hot day in the sun.

csmiley, Aug 21, 2008
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.

ski271, Jul 31, 2007
Photo of falloutsnow
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.

falloutsnow, Apr 16, 2006
Photo of mempath
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours like bubbly...champagne...about as pale...no lacing...head settles/dissipates fast. pretty while it lasts.

faint cereal-metallic smell.

cereal note continues in taste...sweetness threatens but thankfully backs off as slight hop sourness steps in...looks flat but plenty of crisp carbonation...dry finish which actually works well with this, making this one you naturally keep gulping (esp. when hot weather arrives). not bad. pretty light. and refreshing.

good thing i didn't just gulp the rest....after warming up, the flavor deepens a bit. maybe i should savor this a bit and enjoy with cheese and almonds or something...

mempath, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a crystal clear pale yellow colour with fairly large white frothy head. There is a low to average amount of carbonation, and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for a short while before it was gone.

Smell - corn, wheat, malts, oatmeal

Taste & Mouth - There is a really nice mouth feel here, velvety on the tongue yet nice and light with a good amount of carbonation. At first I can taste corn syrup mixed with malts and wheat. It also has an oatmeal and bread like flavour.

Drink - A very nice light and refreshing beer that stacks up to Beau's Kolsch in my opinion. It has lots of the same characteristics as Beau's without the weird aftertaste. This would go great with some spicy food.

spinrsx, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of thehyperduck
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before June 30th 2012 so this is slightly past its prime. This is one of those styles that I don't get around to trying very often (I've only had one other kolsch), largely because there just aren't a lot of readily-available examples in these parts. Regardless of my lack of experience with this specific style though, I've had plenty of pale German beers before and if I've learned anything, it's that Germans are really damn good at brewing them.

Pours a translucent, bright golden-yellow colour, topped with about one finger of foamy white head. It fizzles away after a few minutes, leaving behind a creamy, even cap and a ring of lacing smudged along the sides of the glass. Decent aroma, but nothing particularly special - it's mostly grainy malt sweetness with some grass and light, white grape fruitiness. There's also some skunkiness, but given the age of the bottle I'll cut it some slack.

Very clean-tasting. The flavour is mostly grainy pale malts, with some light cracker sweetness and notes of appleskin, white grapes. A bit of sulfur. The grassy, floral noble hoppage comes forth toward the finish, providing some pleasant dryness that lingers very briefly in the mostly-clean finish. Light-bodied, with relatively high carbonation that gives it a very crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Like any well-made pale lager-esque brew, throwing this back quickly is not a challenge at all.

The flavour is far from complex - not that I expected anything differently, as this is a pretty straightforward style - but it's undoubtedly a refreshing, clean, well-made beer. Highly sessionable too - I think I could drink this all night, and at this price point ($3 per pint), it's pretty good value for your buck.

Final Grade: 3.68, a solid B grade. There are a lot of fizzy yellow German beers on the shelves of the LCBO. A lot of them are not worth trying, but a few of them are - and I would be comfortable arguing that Gaffel Kolsch falls firmly into the latter category. If only the domestic brewing giants could use their ample expertise and bottomless capital to put out a brew of this quality! Definitely worth a try for any fan of German lagers.

thehyperduck, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

appearance; straw yellow, white head that quickly dissipates to a white film. Sparse carbonation bubbles.

smell; spicy hops, some bland barley sweetness tries to poke through.

taste; like a less bitter pilsner. Hops are much weak and spicy with low bitterness. Some dry malts in the finish but not sweet at all.

mouthfeel; loose and watery with a sharp carbonation burn on the tongue.

drinkability; very drinkable like a good Pils but lacking the bitterness that would sit heavy in the stomach.

Sachsenfreude, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of ConchobarNessa
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- Above average color, great lightly clouded hay yellow with light little bubbles splashing about in this wonderful beer. The head was a bit disappointing, it has absolutely no staying power.

Smell- Wheat and bread. Loved the smell of bread and wheat but this is not a strong smelling beer. Fans of German beers will recognize the smell right off the bat. Seems to be much better the fresher it is or if it is well taken care of while it travels. (Edit: Boosting this a bit upon having had a second bottle that obviously traveled better)

Taste- I loved this beer. Didn't expect much from the descriptions I had read of the kolsh style but I have to say the taste was a great surprise. I loved the straight-forward wheat-hop-bread play this beer had going for it. Great malt in this beer, adds a lot to the taste. Though it didn't score tops because it IS light tasting. SOME apple to it as well.

Mouth feel- Nothing to report here, very standard of German style mouth feel. Spot on viscosity and light carbonation. Neither heavy nor light.

Overall- Kolsh is an under appreciated style. Gaffel's Kolsh is an easy drinker, very tasty and needs a better place in the beer pantheon. I wouldn't say its an go-absolutely-out-of-your-way-to-find-it but... If you happen upon a bottle... You must try it, it is very much worth it.

ConchobarNessa, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of roadhouse
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into pint glass

Pours a pale yellow color with a one inch white head that falls to a skim. Cap retains well, but only leaves some light lacing.

Aroma is grainy, slightly sweet, a bit of lemon zest fruitiness.

Taste is grainy up front with a bit of malty sweetness. The lemony zing comes in midway through and is met with some hop flavor with an herbal/spicy character. It doesn't get bitter, but it's more of a very fine balance between malt and hops.

Mouthfeel is light but very creamy and smooth with a nice lagery crispness to it.

Overall a pretty damn good Kolsch. This is the only real one I've seen in the states besides Reissdorf. I'd recommend a try.

roadhouse, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium gold with a decent fizzy white head with no retention or lace. Good clarity and color.

Viney-grapey thing going on in the nose. Some light malt, some mineral notes, and maybe a bit of hop leaf.

Malt with a light amount of sweetness. The sweetness disappears to some light bitterness and then this one dries out to a satisfying dry and bitter finish. Bitterness is the green leafy type, and gives the brew a good balance. A good version of the style.

Lighter bodied, decent carbonation.

An easy drinker -- not mind-blowing but very solid. A real change of pace and true to form.

OtherShoe2, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear, light gold (nearly straw) with white head. It smelled like lemon hops and fresh barley malt, with a kind of funky sour yeast. It tasted like light lemon hops and fresh barley, with some caramel and creamy yeast. It was thin with lots of carbonation, and had a mild bitter aftertaste. Overall this didn't have a great smell, but it did have a nice clean flavor. The body was thin, but that's fitting for this style, and lent to the beer's overall super easiness to drink. This isn't my favorite style of beer, but this seems like a pretty solid example. Pretty refreshing for the summer.

Pencible, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of beerorRIP
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle to a 0.4L Gaffel stange: yields a small, white one finger head that looks somewhat soapy. the head fades very quickly leaving a small ring of suds on the top. the body is a nice golden color, and extremely clear.

there is a somewhat malt smell in there, and a touch of noble hop spice. an underlying ester / fruit smell is also present.

the taste is not thick or full, and a good balance between malt and bitterness. there is a touch of malt sweetness, followed by hop bitterness and taste.

light bodied and plenty of prickling carbonation to move things along.

so easy to drink, just like reissdorf and other beers in this style. easy to drink more than one in a session.

i'd had this and reissdorf head to head both from 5L mini-kegs. if it weren't for the glasses, i'm not sure i could exactly tell the difference between them. they're not exactly the same, but i think i like them about the same.

beerorRIP, Apr 26, 2009
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 puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 25, 2013.

It pours olive-yellow into the Kolsch glass with a tremendous, soft, fluffy white head and bubbly carbonation.

The aroma has German malts all over it with that kind of dialectal thing going on and grains.

The body is light and creamy.

It is quite easy to quaff I will say and brings out a much sweeter flavor than I can pick up on the nose. Grains as well. Clean finish. It is what one would expect from a German Koslch from Germany.

puboflyons, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Infamous7100
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear gold. Minimal head, no lacing.
S: bready, slightly floral. Nothing over the top, solid.
T: biscuity notes at the front with sweet malt, toward the middle to back, the hops blend nicely for a citrusy, floral, sweet balance.
M: Medium to high carbonation. Finishes with a crisp bite that has a pleasant aftertaste.
O: very straightforward brew. No frills, sessionable. It's quite tasty.

Infamous7100, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of avylover
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance is pretty much your standard macro lager appearance - I couldn't tell this apart from a budweiser ... perhaps a tad darker. The head dies quick and there is minimal carbonation. Aroma is of skunky type hops with a little grain in the background, and that's about it here. Very clean tasting. The carbonation, soft mouthfeel and german hops all meld together to make a very refreshing brew. GReat mouthfeel and drinkability.

avylover, Jan 27, 2005
Photo of ZorPrime
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on June 6th, 2009.

A: Nice golden, or if you prefer pale yellow, color. Sticky foam that forms pretty well but disappear quite rapidly. oh well...
S: Grains, cereal, malts. An inviting smell, however it is light.
T: Dry and some bitterness... a little like a pilsner ?!
M: Thin to medium bodied.
D: Very refreshing and easy to drink.

This is very good for summer after an activity outside and you need to drink something to quench your thirst.

ZorPrime, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of CHickman
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured clear yellow color with a small white head; smelled of wheat, barley and malt. Nice and crisp feel that tastes of a hops, light yeast, wheat and a barley combo; very light carbonation that is crisp and refreshing. Average taste, but a very nice light beer that was easy to drink and the type I could drink all day or night. A very good summer beer!

CHickman, Jul 19, 2009
Gaffel Kölsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
83 out of 100 based on 661 ratings.