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Gaffel Kölsch | Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

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Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
Germany | website

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2002

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Photo of TheHammer
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured with a half finger of head, with high body carbonation that quickly disappeared. Speaking of the body, there's quite a bit of sandy looking particulate floating in it. It's a pale yellow, as is the norm.

Smell: Not very much going on, even with warming. Smells like a weak generic Kolsch, meaning primary straw smell with a peppery undertone. Nothing bad, it's just too absentee for my liking.

Taste: Most Kolsch I've had, the peppery spice note doesn't start the beer, but it does here and then the straw malt with a hint of lemon and ending with another touch of earth and pepper. Very clean.

Mouthfeel: As I said, very clean and crisp. The aftertaste sticks mostly to the malt with only a hint of pepper. The carbonation helps out the start of the beer but doesn't quite pan out near the end.

Drinkability: It's crispness helps to make it refreshing and it's lighter body helps it on that front as well. The carbonation seems to settle down the right amount to give it more interest then a generic lager.

Final Thoughts: At first I didn't think this beer was going to fare too well, but it grew on me. Really this seems to be the measuring stick for Kolsch. Nothing bad, but nothing exceptional. If you haven't had Kolsch before, I'd recommend this one, but it's a bit lackluster for a more dedicated craft enthusiast.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

DATE REVIEWED: August 30, 2014... GLASSWARE: Paulaner pokal... OCCASION: college football begins in earnest....with PSU’s last second win in Ireland!... APPEARANCE: pale, straw-colored body that actively bubbles; sudsy white head simmers but holds at a half-finger; spotty clouds of lacing... AROMA: soft, fruity esters ease the nostrils; some apple, pear and floral scents all suggest a lightly hopped brew.. PALATE: wondrously soft (!), reasonably effervescent mouthfeel; leaves a slightly palatable aftertaste of malt; mega-drinkable... TASTE: slight biscuit is earliest impression; next up, bubblegum and aromatic lilac or currants; biscuit becomes more prominent as the glass drains ...OVERALL: refreshment is the key word here,, as this kolsch slams like a fruity pilsner, with enough bitterness to suggest hopping and enough weight to suggest malt...a nice pairing with a late summer night and its sweltering humidity--a wonderful combination of drinkability and complexity...

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Photo of chinchill
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

On tap at the 2014 German Bierfest (Atlanta).
Clear light amber with a decent head.
Light body with a near medium carbonation.
Grassy hops with faint light malts. Lacks complexity and interest.
Lingering grassy hop aftertaste.
Hoppy for style yet uninteresting.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.73/5  rDev -25.4%

Undated bottle at 35 degrees into not quite standard Kolsch glass
Aroma – smells like a lager to me
Head average (4 cm), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to irregular 2 mm layer
Lacing poor – few small islands of small bubbles
Body light yellow, chill haze
Flavor starts slightly sweet but immediately becomes tart; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 2.75, Aroma 2.5, Flavor 2.75, Palate 3, Overall 2.75. Final weighted score: 2.725
This doesn’t really meet the criteria for a Kolsch – there is no dense lasting head, chill haze is present, hops are not noted in either the aroma or taste. If it was made here, it’d be called an “American Kolsch” and the criteria wouldn’t matter, but since it’s make in Koln, it should. Mediocre at best, possibly slightly skunked.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle drank at Good Luck in Rochester, NY.

Pours a light orange/yellow, with a thin oily head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like grass/hay, green apple, and some unfortunately skunky aromas. I don't know how old this bottle is, but it probably isn't the freshest, unfortunately.

The hop flavor is unfortunately a bit muted, some tea and leaf-like hop flavors, some slight grassiness, and a honey-like malt flavor that seems indicative of age. It still does taste good, but I wish this was fresher, or on tap. Still quite crips with a nice bit, but it could be so much more.

Light bodied, very crisp and smooth mouthfeel, keeps it drinkable. Medium amount of carbonation.

Not a bad Kolsch, but probably not the best representation of how the brewer intended it to be.

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Photo of seedyone
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

03/25/15 Pretty much the same opinion including the chill factor. Colder is better.

05/13/13 On tap. Nice and crisp. A touch on the bitter side, but it works well. I'm a stickler for having Kölschs served icy cold and in smaller glasses to maintain their crispness. Otherwise I find myself in a race against the Elements and we all know how that will turn out. Looking for this to be a summer favorite.

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Photo of MikefromNYC
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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Photo of PvtSnowball
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at one of the local cigar lounges.

A: Clear golden with light head and retention.

S: Not a lot going on. Mild hop and malt notes. Clean.

T: Smooth,clean and balanced.

M: Same as the taste.

O: Not my favorite style by any means. Not bad though.

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Photo of AmyfaceNYC
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Part of me is more interested in Kolsch as a type of beer than I'm actually interested in drinking it. I think the flavors are generally too subtle for my unrefined taste. Gaffel is the best I've had, but I still struggle to remember how it tastes exactly, even from just a few hours ago. Crisp, light, with a distinct (but soft) sour aftertaste. A decent beer for spring but not something I'll keep coming back for.

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Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours perfectly. Golden with a white head that falls fast. Exceptional clarity. Nose is malty with a bit of yeast. There's a touch of grass or what I would call wet hay and a subtle white grape fruitiness. Just brilliant! Drinks like a lazy summer evening. Has a moderate carbonation that gives it lightness. It's a touch bitter and the fruitiness is subdued but firm. The malty bearing of this beer is crisp and a true delight in it's simplicity. Bites a little before it finishes dry and with a bit of sweetness to linger a moment.

I love it!

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Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear straw body, white thin head.

Aroma/Flavor: Light graininess, some light fruitiness and grassy hop.

Mouthfeel: Medium light bodied, some light bitterness.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Fizzy golden lager colour. Bubbly white head.

S: Lagery graininess.

T: Like the only other Kolsch I've tasted it's a very plain, innofensive grainy lager with a touch of lemonade in the aftertaste. It's bitter enough but somewhat mellowed by a slight creaminess in the mouthfeel.

O: I actually prefer this to the Sünner Kölsch but then that was truly the most boring beer I've ever had. This is the sort of drink I'd fancy on a train journey or a long haul flight when I'm a bit parched.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $2.85 CDN into a pint glass

Appearance - Great clear golden color. poured about 1 finger of head that disappeared quickly. Some effervescence.

Smell - Light, mild grassy scents that are pleasant, but otherwise there is not much here.

Taste - Given the light nose, the flavor here is actually fairly bold with grassy notes, a tiny bit of bitterness on the back end. Certain refined feel in the flavor that is clean and plate scrubbing. Leaves me salivating for a bit more.

Mouthfeel - As mentioned above, mildly palate scrubbing and also a slightly dry finish finish. Low-Medium carbonation. Great thirst quenching feel.

Overall - Great thirst quenching feel and is just a little bit different than many of the beers available.

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Photo of maximum12
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

.2L with a dinner of mushroom schnitzel. Mmmm.

Pour is typical pale, filtered yellow. Nose is spare, slightly sweet.

Gäffel Kölsch is a tame version of the style. Slight malt sweets, distant fruity breeze, grassy. Easy to sip, but a touch bland compared to those I've had in the last fee days.

Give me a Dom Kölsch any day. This beer tasted a touch bland. Decent enough.

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Photo of bark
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The colour is straw yellow, the high head cool white. It sinks slowly leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is is hoppy and dry with a very mild fruity-flowery flavour. Hints of chalk and metal. It is very fresh, but not overly complex. As a Kölsch is supposed to be!

The taste got a light malty sweetness, notable clean bitter flavours, some metal and a touch of baker's yeast. Hints of warming alcohol and a very light caramel note. Light to medium body. The aftertaste got notes of hay and grass, some yeast and a touch of malt/wort. The finish is clean and bitter.

The carbonation is fresh with lots of mid-sized long lived bubbles. The liquid is semi-smooth.

An OK, although not the best one.

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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.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light golden, clear, with big, frothy head

Aroma: Herbal, honey, citrus

Taste: Nice, juicy start; refreshing, well balanced middle and finish; very drinkable

Remarks: Good session beer

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of dar482
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It comes in a light yellow color.

There is a grassy, honey sweet, and grainy aroma.

The taste actually has a lot of similarities to a pilsner, but not quite. There is a good bitterness, and then a light sweet finish. There's lemon grass, slight citrus ester in there. The bitterness is of grassiness, and then there's a wonderful honey breadiness. That really gives this beer a great "body" for a light beer.

A good representation of the kolsch style, but good and refreshing.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours pale yellow with an enormous white thick head that slowly sets into somewhat nice lacings.

S: Very dry and a bit metallic, just what you can expect from a Kölsch. Light maltyness, but still rather complex. Floral hops, citric and grassy.

T: Rich maltyness, bready sweetness. A bit creamy, almost. Citric, with clove and grass, perhaps even some nettles. Some mild bitterness completes the malt and the floral hops. Dry, crisp and slightly metallic.

M: Aftertaste is medium long for this style, holding dry bitterness. Body is light and carbonation balanced and smooth.

O: This is a nice Kölsch, a rather difficult style to fully appreciate since the complexity is almost suttle, But this one has all a Kölsch should, and in a very nice way.

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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Kolsch, this one is a great example!

Light golden color, lots of carbonation, very white head, very sweet beer.

No grassy or musty notes coming from my glass, very slight lemon and spice notes, more of a tangy sweet flavor through out. No bitters, very low hop feel. Refreshing easy to drink, would like to drink more!

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Photo of silverking
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- pours a pale gold with a fluffy white head. Head retention is fair, but the lacing is poor.

S- musty, citrus, grassy, grainy.

T- Citrus, funk, grains, some slightly bitter hops make an appearance in the finish. The whole experience came across a bit on the tart side.

M- Light and refreshing, with a healthy dose of prickly carbonation.

O- Not bad, not great.

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Photo of billybob
4.34/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a medium gold in color no head or lace at all. smells of fresh grass with faint floral notes and slight fruity sweetness. taste of fresh grain, grass and some hops. mouthfeel light carbonation ok but a little more would have helped. fresh and light easy to drink would buy again.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A thin head on a clear, golden colored body.
The aroma is wonderful: grain, barnyard and lemon.
The taste is okay with moderate bitterness followed by a metallic note and mild fruit sweetness.
The texture is crisp with a little fizz but still moderate carbonation.
Slightly above average but enjoyable.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Nice light straw like appearance, with a decent sized foamy cloud like head.

Smells a little sweet with some appearance of hops in the background, but not a lot

Slightly sweet and not a load of hops to be honest. Slightly sweet finish, a little sugary.

Light and the correct amount of effervescence. Maybe not quite dry enough.

Decent offering.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many grateful thanks to Peggy and Denis for this very thoughtful surprise from St. Nick. Bottled dated 03.02.13 and poured into a traditional Kolsch glass! (very flute-like)

(4.25) A: Wonderfully carbonated with a crystal clear golden colour. A very fine and cloud-like foam head rests atop. Retention that lasts and lasts with big patches of foam clinging to the glass.

(3.75) S: Fresh grains, very grassy, floral qualities, sea salt, lemon zest, and faintly belgian-like with a bit of clove and pepper. Overall quite subdued and digging required but what can be detected is agreeable. Tart aroma with a touch of sour.

(3.75) T: Grains and grasses, floral, some clove, faint lemon, and dried apricots. This has shades of a hefeweizen with slight herbal/clove notes. Fairly bitter with a very pleasant long and lingering dryness. Very easy to drink and quite palatable.

(4.0) M: Light bodied with a higher carbonation. Spritzer-like feel with a clean and crisp texture that is very refreshing.

(4.0) D: This is my first introduction to the Kolsch style, and hopefully not my last considering how much I enjoyed this. Grainy and mineral-like with a long and favourable dryness. This would be ideal as an easy-to-drink option year round, but especially in the warmer (patio weather) months.

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