Früh Kölsch
Brauerei Früh am Dom

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Style:
Kölsch
Ranked #41
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
86
Ranked #21,052
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 12.5%
Reviews:
155
Ratings:
506
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Year-round
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SCORE
86
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ATL6245 from Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brillian, crystal clear gold. Fast rising bubbles. Relatively thin head with moderate head retention.

Aroma: Grainy malt with hint of floral and spicy hops.

Flavor & Aftertaste: Spicy and grainy flavors. Restrained bitterness. Medium sweetness.

Mouth-feel: Medium to full bodied. Semi-dry. Low palate carbonation. Short finish.

Overall: Another precision German beer. Enjoyable to drink. Surprisingly moderate to full bodied despite the crystal clear appearance. Beautiful visually in a tall Stange glass. Head retention was a little lacking, especially for a German made beer; but that may have been mostly due to the age of the imported sample. I would love to try this fresh out of the tap. Would drink this one again in a heartbeat. Prefer Reissdorf Kolsch; but only by a hair.

Jun 19, 2020
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C-Stockwell from Rhode Island

3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: great straw gold with a fine white head that dissipates
S: a bit funky, something of an alcohol smell, and malt
T: cream, faint hops, malt, bread, but a bit watery
F: nice carbonation

Overall this is a good beer, especially with food like ham or charcuterie. Probably would make a great session or summer or barbecue beer.

Jun 12, 2020
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brauerei Früh am Dom "Früh Kölsch"
330 ml browng lass bottle, coded "7819 2170715"
$1.99 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: I'm a little surprised that I haven't already reviewed the Früh Kölsch because it used to be the easiest Kölsch for me to get. It wasn't my favorite, but it was always in stock at the beer distributor which made it easy. It's poured a straw gold body with fingerprints-through-the-glass clarity beneath a full-sized head of white foam. The aroma is delicately spicy and herbal alongside a bit of apple over a grainy malt base. The flavor delivers a more grassy maltiness, and some distinctly floral hop notes. Although the malt is fairly forward in the mix it remains really nicely balanced by a stiff bitterness that eventually leads to a dry finish with some floral, spicy, and gently herbal hops lingering. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled, standard carbonation. Früh is one of the most famous, and popular brauhausen in Köln and their beer is a classic of the style. Unfortunately the beer is no longer brewed in house, but that allows for greater QA and consistency.
Review #6,866

Dec 24, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The pour is a fizzy golden yellow. The taste is grassy, herbal, malt, some dryness towards the finish, & I agree with the slight apple & slight honey notes as well which were previously mentioned on this page. This is one of the easiest drinking Kolsch beers that I've had, yeah this is probably the best one that I've had. There is a julian code on the back of the label. I highly recommend this Kolsch if you can get a hold of this beer in your area. Cheers! B

Dec 01, 2019
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JamFuel from Sweden

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with fine, wispy head.

Smell is bready and floral with notes of biscuit and citrus.

Taste is clean and floral. Light biscuit and herbal notes and a soft bitterness. Very crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a nice, easy to drink beer. Not very exciting, but well made.

Jun 16, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden coloration with a medium, foamy head and visible carbonation. Smells of doughy, slightly grainy malt and grassy, slightly floral hops, with just a hint of fruity esters. Taste follows the nose, with doughy, slightly grainy malt in the foreground, being balanced by grassy, slightly floral hops with hints of fruity esters and hay. Finishes with a light sweetness and bitterness and some grainy, grassy notes lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a light body and strong carbonation.

While this does have a decent balance of sweet, grainy malt and grassy, floral hops going on, it's a tad to sweet and floral for my personal taste and I'm also not a huge fan of those light light estery notes.

May 02, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed as part of BJCP training. 5B kolsch.
Pours a light fizzy bubbly head, not much retention, crystal clear golden pilsner color

Nose very light malt, fair fruity esters maybe a little high, malts get complex and grainy sweet but still light, mostly clean fermentation very faint winy/sulfury note acceptable, as well as slightest DMS from pils

Taste more malty sweet light grainy pilsner malt, fairly light in general, mild fruity esters less than the nose, again very faint sulfury winy now, medium low bitterness coming with the mild sulfur spicy note, very light floral spicy noble hop, mostly dry finish, mild lingering bitterness

Mouth is medium to lighter bod, nice moderate carb, fairly crisp

Overall right in style as expected, fruity nose a bit high, sulfury taste gets a little high as well, otherwise nice

Feb 26, 2019
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Zorro from California

3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear yellow colored beer with a tall white colored head.

Smells of banana and toasted grain with a grassy hop scent. Faint flowery hop scent.

Starts out strong on the tasted grain and yeast. Caramel taste but mostly it is toasted grain.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall it tastes like beer.

Nov 26, 2018
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elNopalero from Texas

3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear. Some slightly musty, estery floral notes on the aroma. Beer drinks smoothly, with a rounded, clean finish. I kept thinking of flowery notes here, probably from the yeast?

Oct 04, 2018
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Bruno74200 from France

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is one of the main character on the kolsch scene. It's quite enjoyable.
Golden colour, moderate lacing.
Noble hops are present but this one is a lot about the malts. Very round and drinkable. I could easily go back to this one

Sep 16, 2018
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timon from California

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I loooove the look of this. Just pure gold in a glass. The smell is lemon, tart apple and honey and the taste follows suit. Mouthfeel is refreshing and light. This is an easy drinker at 4.8% and has a nice flavor of something you could fade all day.

Aug 01, 2018
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Tone from Missouri

3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of wheat, pale malt, and slight corn. Fits the style of a Kolsch. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is a slight dryness and a hint of metallic notes. Tastes of wheat, pale malt, slight corn, hint of dough, hint of floral hops, and slight Euro yeast. Overall, weak appearance and aroma, but good body and blend.

Jul 16, 2018
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Beersnake1 from California

4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at the brewery in Cologne. Pours light yellow with nice white head. Nose is wheat and slight citrus. Taste is a bit sweet, with deep wheat and earthy flavors. Very slight bitterness on the back end. Overall, very good!

May 25, 2018
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jasadewi from Tennessee

3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright gold, white head.
S: Apples and carmalized malts.
T: Starts with poor caramal malt flavor, but delivers a crisp, pleasant green apple after taste.
M: Light bodied and crisp.
O: A decent kolsch.

Feb 17, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a brilliantly clear straw yellow, with a small tight white head, and not much lacing.

This smells like bready and doughy malt, lemon, and grassy hops.

This one tastes basically the same- there's a nice crisp and smooth grassy hop flavor, with slight lemon sweetness, and a killer bready malt backbone. It's simple but executed very well.

This is crisp and light bodied, with a good level of carbonation. It's really really drinkable.

This is a classic Kolsch for a reason. It's pretty great.

Oct 31, 2017
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours golden with a rich two finger head. The aroma is grassy and with some mild fruitiness. The tasty is fairly dry upfront with some mild bitterness late on. Very drinkable. Medium body and light carbonation.

Oct 29, 2017
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monkist from Hungary

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is my first kölsch and I'm surprised how good it is! It is very different from your usual German beer or pils - you get none of the yeast in the nose nor the bitterness in the aftertaste. It is very light and drinkable with some interesting fruitiness in the end, almost like apples.
Quite nice, easy to drink, enjoyable.

Sep 27, 2017
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vinicole from England

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Straw with a thin but dense head.
Grainy aroma. Somewhat metallic. Lemon.
Sweeter than expected from the aroma. Otherwise reflects the smell with added bread. Some astringency to finish.
Highly carbonated. Light to moderate body.

Aug 13, 2017
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JayQue from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at the Fruh restaurant in Cologne Germany. Pours a fairly clear bright gold color with a medium sized white head. Head retention is average and there is some wispy lacing on the glass. I had it with a local favorite "heaven and hell" blood sausage and caramelized potatoes. The aroma and taste include bready and gtainy malt, a little apple juice and some mild grassy hops. Fairly mild but good flavor. Mouthfeel is the best part!! Crisp and clean, very refreshing and a good choice to accompany a heavy meal on a hot day. I'm sure I will not have liked a 4 month old bottle in the US as much, but fresh on tap is very nice indeed.

Jun 28, 2017
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, grain and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong malt sweetness that is quickly followed some breadiness from flavors of grain and a thin malt character. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

May 22, 2017
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ngusset from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at cellar temperature into a stein and a tumbler to look at the color. Watery gold like a pilsner, head vanished almost immediately, no apparent lacing. Mild on the nose like grain and malt, hints of lemon custard, vanilla bean, hops, and coconut cream pie. Intriguing. Flavor starts with light juicy malt, sharp crisp refreshing hop, caramel, and spearmint. Maybe a flash of light apple, Bartlett pear, and tangerine. Mouth feel is light, yet rich and round. This is a really nice beer, not the most stereotypical kölsch but lovely and exciting.

May 20, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours clear yellow gold with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like concentrated apples, pears, grapes, honey biscuity malts, mild tobacco spice, with floral earthy grass. Tastes likes apples, pears, grapes, honey biscuity malts, tobacco spice, with floral earthy grass. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low tingling carbonation. Overall a real nice kölsch.

Feb 16, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear goldenstraw with a very thin head that fades rather quickly; a few dots linger

Smell: Sulfur dominates after the pour but settles in to a grassy tone with hints of apple and honey

Taste: The front end brings apple, green grape and a hint of honey, with a crackery malt element underpinning through the middle; grassy and somewhat sulfury tones build, after the swallow and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: I have no idea how old this bottle might be but the beer has held up reasonably well; the mouthfeel could be better but the flavors seem intact

Feb 02, 2017
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: crystal clear, straw yellow with a thin white head, moderate lacing
S: bread, crackers
T: earthy, slight fruitiness
F: really good mouthfeel for such a light beer
O: might be my favorite Kolsch

Jan 28, 2017
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A clear golden yellow with a two finger white head.

S- Good bread, touch of grapes, floral and slightly earthy hops, some Pilsner malts.

T- Sweet bread, hints of light fruits and grapes, touch of honey, hops are floral.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A tasty Kölsch that I would highly recommend to anyone interested in the style. Nose is more balanced than the taste which is very malt forward. Very easy to drink

Sep 12, 2016
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