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Gaffel Kölsch - Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

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Gaffel KölschGaffel Kölsch

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2002)
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3/5  rDev -18%

bundy462, Oct 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

Smurf2055, Jul 15, 2013
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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.

TheDeuce, Jul 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18%

Aixois, Nov 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

cfalovo97, Nov 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hrmph, Kölsches certainly dont do it for me, however gaffel has been marginally above the rest of the genre so far.

Pour is a lager like translucid yellow, a bit darker than normal with a small and quick going white head. The smell, wheaty and hoppy mostly, nothing special either;

The taste is considerably wheaty which adds to the body as a whole, enhancing the beer itself as it combines with a nice balanced bitterness at the end. no other significant things to it.

Andreji, Jan 23, 2004
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3/5  rDev -18%

DeadeyeOTDO, Oct 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

tyjaman, Dec 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18%

oldp0rt, Jan 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

phishdaly, Oct 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought at a local whole foods

A- The appearanc eof this beer is slightly darker than a coors or bud but still lighter than an IPA

S- The smell is very thin, almost has a wine note to it.

T- again i am reminded of a white wine crisp and not terrbbly complex kind of a more savory heineken

M- The mouthfeel on this is a bit thin to my taste almost no lacing on the glass as opposed to a stout or IPA

D- Now where this beer shines is its drinkability, i could pound these down, if im ever in germany and dont know what to order (one of everything) then i believe tis would be a safe bet and id definatley be interested to tr it on tap.

I often wonder about the reviews foreign beers get, i love some belgian beers but i just dont see much going on in this beer, it kind of seems like a german coors but it has a B average here. I am attracted to beer because it can have big rich palates, it can be big and bold with hops or malts or chocolate ETC so this beer dint really do anything for me.

razorsdescent, Mar 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18%

RyanAU, Aug 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

kjkinsey, Dec 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18%

malfunxion, Aug 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

walkinginplace, Apr 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%
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.

therica, Jan 01, 2007
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3/5  rDev -18%

Latarnik, May 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

tedho21, Jan 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Kölsch wasn't too bad. Still an average brew to me but it was flavorful enough to keep me into it. The beer is a very clear light yellow, traditional color for this style of beer. The head wasn't overly large and it dwindled down a after a little while. The brew tasted like a mix of a Kölsch and Pilsner. It was decent. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing good for a summer brew if you're not into fruit beers.

Knapp85, Apr 07, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18%

Puppetz, Apr 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

meerkat2, Jan 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this from a can on the train platform in Köln.

Smells of a light straw. Clean refreshing taste and light. A Kölsch solid but not wonderful. Very drinkable fits well with the warm weather. Can't ask for much more when just stepping off the train.

beckje01, Nov 17, 2008
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3/5  rDev -18%

Brendog9, Jan 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

ryanpj, Jan 01, 2012
Gaffel Kölsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
83 out of 100 based on 661 ratings.