Früh Kölsch | Brauerei Früh am Dom

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Früh KölschFrüh Kölsch

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Brauerei Früh am Dom

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 426 |  Reviews: 136
Photo of larryi86
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
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

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Photo of MGibbons
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of josanguapo
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From estucerveza. In Bavaria glass. Watching soccer match Spain vs Lichenstein (8-0) Ultradrinkable, with a pleasantly soft malty backbone with a good grassy hop bite. The best kolsch Ive drank with difference

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerinabottle
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at the Underground.

Pours a pale golden yellow with one finger of white head that leaves amoebic blobs of lace as it recedes.

Smells of grainy pale malt, apple and pear, grape skin, minerals, flowers and cut grass.

Tastes of more crackery malt and orchard fruit, grape skin, faint honey and more floral, grassy hops.

Feels mild and refreshing. Light bodied with gently frothy carbonation. Finishes off-sweet.

Verdict: Highly recommended. Will cool you down.

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Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8/4/15 bottle

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gregorcalhoun
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of fallenshadow
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rating from notes taken in March, 2016:

.5L can purchased at a Rewe market in Koln, Germany:


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Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kitschiguy
2.66/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into a Kolsch glass. All given by supplier.

Poured with little head. What little head was produced dies instantly and left no bubbles or lacing whatsoever. Standard yellow lager colour.

Nose has some some bready malts - not much else.

Palate is ok. Nothing really stands out.

Quite drinkable and could be sessioned. Refreshing on a hot day. I wouldn't buy it and probably won't drink it again.

Mouth is typical of a lager. Thin and watery but not particularly bad.

Would recommend for fans of the style.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OlaB
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: clear golden color, small head that lay on the surface, bubbly

S: some fruity notes ,like apples, some sweet malts ,herbs and floral hops

T&F: Start with a good malt sweetness , and then it goes more over to hop bitterness,and ends with a dry finishing , a good aftertaste that last as it should. Quite refreshing taste, lack a little crispness in the mouthfeel. Else it is extremly easy drinking and thirst quencing.

O: For a hot summer day like today this was really refreshing and good. I sure would trie this again if i get the chance. All in all a good beer

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Photo of Beginner2
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Listed on the "1001" and probably deserves this
Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!,"
MJ's "Guide" gave Fruh's 2.5 stars of 5

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Photo of eerdenk
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear yellow with a nice white head. Aromas and flavors are perfect exemplary kolsch flavors: pear, delicate florals, slightly sweet with a hint of hop bitterness. Super drinkable. One of the finest kolsch I have ever had and paired well with German bratwursts.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjgiant
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked 16115, 11707:
Clear pale golden, little head but not sustaining.
Not much aroma, but fresh bready with a hint of herbal hops is the impression I get.

Taste has an undertone of a promise of bitterness atop a nicely malty sweet taste. The promise is left unfulfilled, though a little citrus (lemony) flavor comes out. The hips seem subdued though their presence is noticed.

Wish got a little more crispness and perhaps a less muted interplay of malt and bitterness - or at least one of those.

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Photo of Mikeharris27
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mitchster
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brand new to my area. The only other true Kolsch that I've seen ever in the US has been Reissdorf prior to this.
$13.99 a 6'er at Bevco, which is pretty dang pricy for a kolsch, IMO.
Pours out to a sparkingly clear straw golden, forming a nice white head with very good retention and solid lacing. Carbonation is ~3.0 carbs or so. No skunk, nose of pils malt, delicate hops, with a touch of metallic, kinda like hop extract character, clean but classic Kolsch yeast character. Mouthfeel is very crisp, clean, soft, with a watery finish and light body. The taste is a recap of the nose. Beautiful pils malt character, crisp effervescent carbonation, very well balanced bitterness, nice balance of hop flavor that doesn't overpower the malt or the delicate body. Pleasing bitterness in the finish. Super easy to drink.

Pretty much a classic Kolsch. Very drinkable. Would definitely buy it again. Recommended.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 10/7/2016. Pours crystal clear golden straw color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, light pear/apple, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, light pear/apple, and yeast earthiness. Moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and light pepper on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Very slight sulfur character is present in the aromas and flavors as well. Overall this is a very nice Kolsch style. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and clean to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Offa
4.91/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

THis is an outstanding kolsch, probably the best I have had to date, with relatively strong, complex character.

Gold, medium white head steadily shrinks.

Aroma is strong, nice grain, dry bread crust, herbs, fruity.

Taste is zesty, firm grain and bread dough, zesty-juicy lemony-herb bitterness balancing firm, light grain sweetness. Both sweet and bitter linger, body is feel with great feel.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste is crisp, clean balanced, with notes of crackers. Grainy yet clean nose. Bright gold and crystal clear with a white head of delicate lace on glass. Medium lite body. Kolsch as it should be.

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Früh Kölsch from Brauerei Früh am Dom
3.82 out of 5 based on 426 ratings.
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