Früh Kölsch
Brauerei Früh am Dom

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Style:
Kölsch
Ranked #59
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
86
Ranked #25,561
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 12.53%
Reviews:
171
Ratings:
541
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Brauerei Früh am Dom
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  109
SCORE
86
Very Good
Früh KölschFrüh Kölsch
Notes: From the recipe by Peter Josef Früh of the family brewery, this top-fermented specialty beer features the best ingredients and is brewed according to the German Purity Law. A favourite beer of Cologne, which became one of the city’s original.
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

11.2 ounce bottle - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, yellow-hued. The white head evaporates away instantaneously.

Smell: Lightly grainy, a bit floral.

Taste: Lightly grainy barley with a pinch of sugared cereal sweetness. Faintly floral, herbal-hinted hops. Lightly bitter. Progressively thins out, leaving a bit of a watery finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied, a bit watery. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Very Frühgettable.

Sunday at 06:46 PM
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LanceBiggums

4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very pale, crystal clear, light straw colour with a huge head despite a gentle pour. Carbonation going absolutely bonkers. Resembles champagne or pear cider. Based on appearance one would assume it's a light lager. This is a very pretty beer. Enormous biscuit malts dominate both the nose and the taste, but on the tongue they give way to gentle floral hops in the finish. There is also a slight tinge of sourness throughout, just an undercurrent really, adding another dimension of flavour. That's about all that's going on flavour wise, but sometimes less is more. My only gripe with the flavour is it hangs around the middle of the tongue, feeling a bit thin, and short lasting. It goes down very easily, supremely quaffable. A great refresher for a hot day. Overall a pretty, elegant, refreshing, and flavourful beer. Lovely.

Sep 11, 2021
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Jmsandberg17 from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.5L can pours a clear golden straw color with a decent amount of opaque white head that recedes to a ring around the glass. Smell is of biscuity malt and spicy hops. Flavor is heavy on the biscuity malt and a balanced sweetness, with a nice helping of hops flavors that are not too bitter. Full-bodied with a full and smooth mouthfeel with slight carbonation. Ends dry. Very good beer.

Sep 03, 2021
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Poured out a crystal clear, straw-yellow color with a good-sized, white head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing. It smelled of corn, grains, straw and some fruity notes. Sweet caramel and toffee taste with notes of corn and a mild bitterness.

Jul 21, 2021
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OSOLO

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Tallboy fourpack from Bottle King. Its hard to get supper excited about a Kolsch, yet this one disappointed. Feels great and you can tell is well made but its a bit bland. Lacks the malty/sweetness and slight bit of Reissdorf and Gaffe , which are my standards fro the style. Too bad, I love the red-stripped design of the can....

Jun 22, 2021
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mactrail from Washington

3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden brew with a handsome head in the tulip. Slight aroma of malt and grain. Clean and crisp. Malty flavor with a touch of leafy, Euro hops. Plentiful carbonation with a sudsy mouthfeel. Kind of a simple Lager taste with a slight sweetness.

This doesn't have any of the "perfumey" hop flavors I like in a Kölsch, but it's quite drinkable, for what it is. From the 500 ml can. Dated 09.06.2021 on the bottom, for what that's worth. "Unexpired"! The brewery listed here is actually the restaurant. The beer is brewed by Cölner Hofbräu Früh.

May 17, 2021
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rex_4539 from Greece

3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

L: Crystal clear golden color, minimal head and lacing, light carbonation. Lager-ish.

S: Malts, yeast.

T: Malty, yeasty, hoppy, slightly bitter.

F: Light bodied, nicely flavored.

O: Nah.

Mar 12, 2021
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backblast from Alaska

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light and crisp sweet malt and a mild hop bitter with a tad of fruitiness mixed in, some biscuit/yeast in the aftertaste. Would be very nice on a hot day.

Feb 24, 2021
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear bubbly gold with a perfect finger of eggshell white head. Honey with musty grains, lemony biscuit and floral hops make up the aroma bouquet. Tastes of biscuit foremost, with floral and grainy accents, kissed by honeycomb, and lemongrass finishes. Feel is crisp, very bright, yet smooth and crushable, somewhat pale. Goes great with pizza

Dec 30, 2020
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice little Kolsch right here..

Great balance...

Super refreshing...

Makes me want brats and spaetzle...really digging this beer..

This is new to our area and I'm pleased at what I'm seeing so far..

Hits all the marks... really enjoyable...

Dec 06, 2020
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laquebrada from California

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500 ml can. Extremely clear, straw golden color.
Smallish white head, but maintains carbonation, which is not intense.
Aroma of hay, with a little malt background.
Taste is clean, but it does show some age/stress vs. a sample in Koln.
Mouthfeel is full, with no carbonation bite.
Overall, I like it very much, but it is a pale shade of itself as served fresh from a barrel in Cologne.

Dec 02, 2020
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EmperorBevis from England

3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned in a big old tallboy can and served ice cold at the Steamhouse in Sale Greater Manchester
Pours a fairly clear golden body with thick white head
Aroma is malty with a citrus edge
Slightly sweet malt slightly fruity hops

Oct 22, 2020
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Spike from England

2.96/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle.
L: Clear, golden, fluffy head.
S: Grainy.
T: Lemony, pale malt.
F: Chewy mouthfeel but also, somehow, a little thin.
O: An ok lager. Not sufficiently crisp nor refreshing enough. And goodness knows where the hops went?

Oct 18, 2020
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elnachooo from Spain

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cerveza con un dedo de espuma aireada de rápida desaparición. Cuerpo ligero y baja carbonatación. Aroma a malta y algo de frutas. En boca es ligera, afrutada, algo plana.

Oct 13, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500mL can stamped C 09/06/2021 16120 (presumably early June canning with 15 month BB) poured into a stange glass at fridge temp 4.8% ABV. The beer pours bright light straw yellow with nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is faint with vague fruit (apple, pear) and pale malt. The taste is semisweet fresh juicy apple & pear over a pale malt background with minimal grassy / floral hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, excellent. This is the best German Kolsch I've tried, perhaps because it's (relatively) fresh.

Oct 02, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color with excellent clarity. There’s a fingernail of off white around three quarters of the rim and about half of the top. The aroma is a gentle dose of grassy German hops and lightly bready malt. I’m tasting that lightly bready malt with a suggestion of grassy hops. The mouth is very light and delicate.

Aug 01, 2020
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ATL6245 from Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
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 -3.1%
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 +10.7%
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 +3.9%
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 -7.8%
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 -8.6%
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 +2.9%
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 -17.2%
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 California

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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
Früh Kölsch from Brauerei Früh am Dom
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 541 ratings