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Gaffel Kölsch - Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

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345 Reviews
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Reviews: 345
Hads: 747
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 19.18%
Wants: 28
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger white head on a cloudy deep golden body and scattered lacing. Aroma is sweet with pale malts, corn, light herbal hops and hint of honey. Lots of honey in the flavor which is both sweet and musty. Nice pale malts, some biscuit and non descript citrus. Thicker body for the style and moderate carbonation. Body could use more clarity for the style and the aroma is weak but the flavor is actually more full and complex than many in this genre provide.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a kolsch glass. Pours a medium yellow amber, minimal head with a bit of lacing. Wheat and light malt aroma. Starts with a clean wheat, but an odd, almost adjunct flavor develops. Light fruit, wheat and corn(?). Slightly astringent finish. Ok, but there are better kolsches out there.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So, a Kölsch from Cologne, (or Köln), birthplace of the style? Heck yes, I'll buy it!

-Appearance 3.5: Typical lager golden in color, but with many, many more bubbles. I'm talking champagne level of visible bubbles. Small white head that quickly disappeared. The bubbles make it a unique looking beer.

-Smell 4.0: Very nice bouquet. Strong notes of barley and grass and a slight hop aroma. Miles away from your typical lager snifting notes.

-Taste 4.0: Front is very mild grains, middle is very interesting: a subdued yeastiness tempered by very slight barley flavor. Finish is nice: lots of barley and a subtle sweetness. Very refreshing. Aftertaste is where all the hops come out and actually presents a slightly sweet, grappa flavor. It is a pleasant ending.

-Mouthfeel 3.0: Standard lager carbonation.

-Overall 4.0: This is a very nuanced beer. If I did not know that this beer was not brewed with lager yeast, I could not tell you from the taste that it was different than a lager. To me, this beer just tastes like an excellent lager. Taste levels are all balanced and well established at every level. Definitely recommended if you have never had a kölsch, as this is an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/11/12 notes. Had from the bottle at Idle Hands in NYC on the LES. 8 oz. pour at one of their Wednesday tastings.

a - Pours a hazy, pale yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus, lemon, floral hops, spices, Belgian style yeast, and light pepper. Nose is very nice with a lot of citrus.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, lemons, spices, Belgian yeast, floral hops, fruity malts, and, pepper. Again, lots of citrus which I like a lot.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit; it reminded me a lot of Allagash White and seemed more like a witbier. Lots of citrus and very easy to drink; a great summer beer.

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Photo of curasowa
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, golden yellow with one finger of head that fades to a thin cap.

Aroma: Grainy, but not unpleasant, malt aroma with a fair amount of lemon notes. Overall, a pleasing, clean aroma.

Taste: Medium bodied and almost creamy, with a dry, slightly grainy malt base up front followed by a fairly assertive, crisp hop presence that becomes slightly harsh towards the end. The finish is pretty fast with a touch of lingering bitterness.

The Rest: A solid Kolsch. Well balanced with a nice body and fairly assertive bitterness.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light orange with a 1/2 inch foamy off-white head that quickly fades to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. The first smell that is honestly overpowering is skunk and this isn't even a green bottle so that is weird. Eventually this fades away and I get some malt/grain, grass/hay, and some light fruity aromas. Taste is much the same (thankfully no skunk flavors) and is fairly sweet. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty easy to drink after the skunk smell fades away.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gaffel looks the part: a clear, pale but bright gold in color with continuous effervescent activity. The head that develops is nearly a finger tall and kept alive in a fairly thick foam after it fades. Lacing is left in a creamy ring near the middle with some spottier lace following behind.
I get a sulfuric smell from the bottle right upon opening it, very much like what I'd expect from a pils. Otherwise it's lightly floral, fruity and vinous as expected, lots of green grape skin and tart green apple. Grains are underneath but work well, and an almost chalky yeast presence lies underneath. While light, it remains reasonably complex, a benchmark of good brewing for a difficult style. I get a bit of grassiness all the way with a mix of dry cracker and biscuit dough from the malts.
This one has the feel: it's light, extremely crisp without being bracingly so, and riding on a constant moderate but not overwhelming carbonation. It's how a Kolsch should feel.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Watching the pour, there was a decent head, but when it was delivered it had settled completely. Still, it left some streaky lace. Gold color and clear.

Mild aroma of raw, pale grain. No notable hop.

It has a light berry sweetness. There's a good hop bite in the swallow. Short aftertaste. Refreshing and light.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Random grab out of the cooler, haven't reviewed a ton of Kolsches.

A- Poured into a slender pint glass with a clear golden body. Foamy white head forms to about two fingers and retains well. Eventually no head or ring left and just a few small spots of lace.

S- Light malt grains, white grape skin fruit, straw and yeast bread. Light herbal floral hops.

T- Pretty much follows up on the nose. Quite a bit of fruit flavors with notes of light apples and grapes. Bread, cracker and cereal grain flavors build upon this. Floral, herbal and earthy hops.

MF- Light and creamy/silky body with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a nice clean bitterness.

Not a ton to say about this one. Light drinking beer with a variety of differing flavors.

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Photo of Spider889
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at From the Vine.

No bottle date.

Poured into a stein. Crystal clear sunny straw color. Produces a very short but tight bone-white head. A white cap tops the glass throughout the session. Tons of visible rising carbonation. Lacing is intermittent but leaves swaths of clingy foam when it decides to make itself known.

The aroma is slightly bitter and flowery. Has a nutty wheat aroma as well. Grainy.

The flavor is the best part of the beer (though the clarity is a close second). Much softer and more deliciously floral than the aroma. slightly sweet. Again it has a nice fresh continental grain flavor going on.

Crisp is vigorous carbonation. Ryan might even call this one a "frisky critter." Has a residual bitterness that seems to border on too high for the style imo.

Overall a great beer. I still prefer my homebrew Kolsch to this though. ;-)

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gaffel Kölsch
Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
Style: Kölsch
ABV: 4.80 %

LOOK: Perfectly clear straw yellow with a white frothy foam cap, good retention, and lace down the pint. Active carbonation rising up to the top.

SMELL: Aroma of herbal, grassy noble hop, clean lager yeast and crackery, biscuity malt character.

TASTE: Flavors of biscuit, crusty bread, and a mild but present leafy hop bitterness. Tea like, flowery hop character and a firm malt backing. Still manages to be light and very refreshing.

FEEL: Light bodied, crisp, well carbonated lager beer. Easy to quaff and very agreeable with a clean finish.

OVERALL: Gaffel Kolsch is an excellent light option especially in the summer months. Would pair nicely with a pastrami sandwich and frites or potato salad.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Pours a clear gold, effervescent with a white head.

Smells of fresh dry barley malt.

Tastes of lagery barley malts and very mild hop bitterness, plus maybe some corn-like adjunct sweetness, but in a good way.

Light body with tingly carbonation.

A very good German lager, easy going, refreshing and light. Pairs good with meals. Nothing unique or outstanding about it, but just a solid lager.

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Photo of secondtooth
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean and golden in appearance, with a beautiful white head of large bubbles. Big loopy lace. Nice.

Nose is strong and grainy, with a wonderful toasty lagery aroma.

Taste is crisp and toasty, with a pronounced citrus hops snap at the finish. A light, easy-to-drink, and well-done kolsch that's worth seeking out.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle. Pours pale straw with a long lasting, white head and soda like carbonation. Aroma is mostly of grassy, herbal hops and some pale malt. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal, earthy, spicy, hops, pale malt and light fruit combine on the palate. Finish is bitter with hints of lemon fruit. Light, easy drinking, flavorful brew.

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Photo of tdm168
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - clear, clean, pale gold; quarter of an inch of very soft, pure-white, cloud-like head; great retention

S - a bit musty, grainy, a little grassy

T - grainy, grassy, straw, faint lemon, mild bitterness in the finish

M - smooth, crisp, heavily carbonated, light bodied

This isn't a bad beer. It smells like a typical European import, but the flavor is on point and to style. It's highly drinkable and smooth. If you're looking for something lighter give this a try.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass on 4/2/12

Very clear, pale, golden color. A flurry of bubbles facilitates a one thumb, bone-white head. The rising bubbles calm, but keep consistent escape. Head retention is thin, however. Lace is patchy.

Clean aromas of grain and biscuit with an mild layer of yeast dustiness underneath. There is plenty of grassiness and a soft light fruit twinge, namely apple. Very nice and full aromatics.

The beer has a flavor profile similar to that of the nose, but it lacks vibrancy; it tastes such that I wonder if this is an old bottle. Everything tastes fine, but the hops seem hollow and lackluster. Otherwise, the biscuit, toasted grains and mild grassiness make for a pleasant drinker.

Light bodied but far from thin. Carbonation is ample and rolling but not harsh. I'm inclined to call it moderately crisp. Mild residuals linger on the finish.

Aside from my thinking this is an old bottle, I like it rather well. I'd certainly be inclined to give a fresh bottle a shot or two.

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Photo of Tone
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, grain, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Kolsch. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, grain, hint of hop, and a hint of sweet malt. Overall, very session-able, but still lacking in body as far as blend and complexity.

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Photo of woemad
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle purchased at Jim’s Homebrew in Spopkane for $2.48. My first German example of the style.

Poured a mostly-clear, golden color with a one inch white foam head that quickly recedded to a foam skiff. Lots of bubbles can be seen hurtling skywards within my glass.

Softly floral hops and mildly bready malts are the main contributors to this beer’s aroma. Doesn’t smell like a flavor bomb, but beers of this style aren't supposed to.

Surprisingly crude, grainy malt flavor. There’s a slight, grassy hop flavor that mitigates things a a little. There’s also a mild, vegetable oil-like flavor. All in all, it tastes like one of the less-offensive macro lagers out there.

Somewhat crisp mouthfeel that is marred by a body that seems a little too thick for the style.

I’m afraid my first German kölsch is not going to become a favorite of mine. Certainly it’s a drinkable beer, but that’s about all you can say about it. It's a short journey from here to a macro lager.

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Photo of liamt07
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of clemtig76
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at the Mill House in Greenwood, SC. 12 OZ brown bottle with no freshess date. Pours a beautiful crystal clear golden straw color with a nice fluffy head that hangs around. Nice sticky lacing too. Crisp, clean aroma of green apples and pale malt. Taste is clean, dry and refreshing with just the right amount of carbonation. Goes down almost too easy. Perfect with the Mill House Titus pizza. Had to have another.

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Photo of AMiz602
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Always a good time drinking a Kolsch out of a Stange. It is a clear, pale gold beer that has a little head to add to the relative smoothness of the beer. Not overly carbonated, and a little more dense than a typical pilsner.

It has a creamy, velvety taste that is well-balanced by a very fruity, earthy hops. It finishes dry, and makes you want to take another swig. Smooth, creamy, a bit hoppy, and easily drinkable, about everything you'd want in great Koln beer.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with no visible date. Pale gold, with steady streams of carbonation. The appearance is very clear, although there are some tiny specks of floating sediment throughout. The nose has a delectable touch of grain sweetness with a light fruit zest. It's very clean and lager-like, making me forget this is an ale. Decent hop note as well.

Clean and crisp, with a bready dryness. There is suprisingly a nice depth of flavor, with a floral touch. The hop bitterness is just right, hanging on to keep me coming back for another sip.

Such an overlooked style here in the U.S. , and this example is a fine one. Drinkable, well-balanced, and just well-made.

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Photo of shand
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a golden color with a finger of head. Aroma is grainy and bready, with sharp hops. The taste is a little sharper at first than I'd like, with sharper grains and hops (akin to a pilsner), but settles into the lingering bready finish I associate with a good Kolsch. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but otherwise nice, and the drinkability is quite good. A solid Kolsch that'll do when I'm craving the style, but not my favourite.

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Gaffel Kölsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
83 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.