Früh Kölsch | Brauerei Früh am Dom

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Früh am Dom
Germany
frueh.de

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Longstaff on 10-01-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
431
Reviews:
137
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
12.83%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
82
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 431 |  Reviews: 137
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 UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the flavors are a bit too mild in my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

one of the better kolsch beers out there, and for me, maybe the only actual german one that has this much going on in terms of mouthfeel. i also think it makes a huge different having it on tap compared to the bottle. its so fresh without any of that oxidation or tired beer thing we always get in imported lighter colored stuff. the color is rich golden, and you can tell by looking at it that is has some body. classic german grain bill on it, and for some reason its just fuller bodied and more texturally interesting than the watery yellow beers that use the title kolsch. this is a true kolsch. fresh crackery grain base with just a touch of sweetness like a drop of honey or something. a bit floral with the hops, and quite bitter compared to its peers. carbonation is high and the body, i love all the body, thats what makes this one stand out for me. the lagers from these regions get all the hype, but this is a real classic, probably my favorite imported kolsch. they have it on tap most of the time at prost sausages on 32nd, and they serve it in its proper glassware. this would be the best place in town to have one.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that quickly died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of biscuit and grainy malts are present in the nose along with some hints of musty grapes.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some initial flavors of bready malts and green grapes. There is a light amount of bitterness and this persists through the finish.
M: It feels light-to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some notes of dryness towards the finish.
O: Having been to Köln and tasted several kölschs while I was there, I think this is a very good representation of the style. It is quite drinkable and would pair well with food.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The quintessential taste of Koln, Germany is alive and well. Not so Lager, not so Ale- this hybrid beer brings a delicate tone of each to the table with the city's unique taste.

Its brilliant straw-gold color simply gleams with the most subtle back-lit tone. As steady streams of carbonation rise from the bottom, a fluffy and stark white head ensues. As it recedes, a frothier tone celebrates its long retention and speckled lace.

Floral aromatics of honeysuckle, citrus, orchard fruit and grain projects something of fresh baking bread, earthy sulfur and straw-like husk. Its slight apple and lemon tones seem to give rise to the floral tones in a very "apple blossom" kind of way. Its herbal and tea-like scent is the perfect bridge-way into its taste to come.

Yet even more delicate in its initial taste, the Kolsch's taste is delicate, fruity and even more floral. Resembling "Pez" candies, its fruity and floral taste is of apple, lemon, grape and orange, even if they are somewhat candied in its finesse flavor. As a backing of powdered sugar gives the fruitiness a honey-dripped character, its taste then drift toward fresh baking bread, "match stick"-type sufur and a straw-like biting bitterness that balances the fruit and sweetness evenly- the beer leaves the palate with an even-keel memory that's pleasant and memorable.

Its grainy-sweet texture is lightly husky after the sweetness declines- leaving behind the slightest astringency and spicy bitterness that closes the session. Its early creaminess goes all malty-dry to close leaves the palate with a smooth minty a vanilla-like aftertaste.

But its that friendly fruity/floral character that sets this Kolsch apart. Its a fresh and crisp taste, texture and aromatic sense that allows a lively mood to spring forth. Its delicate, flavorful and soft from start to finish.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Always nice to see an example of an esoteric style from its point of origin arrive on my local shelves.

This beer pours a crystal clear, very pale golden straw colour, with two pudgy fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and mostly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some nicely evil-looking webbed lace around the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells of bready, doughy pale malt, a hint of white wine must, some old lemon fruitiness, and grassy, leafy hops. The taste is more grainy cereal-heavy pale malt, a bit of apple and white grape fruity tartness, and earthy, leafy, and mild wild grass hops. Simple, but decently so.

The bubbles are pleasantly interactive, but gentle in the process, the body on the far, far side of medium weight, and plainly smooth, the slightest hint of airy creaminess seeping in. It finishes off-dry, a tad, the remaining cereal malt still heady enough to easily keep the lingering fruitiness and still innocuous hops at bay.

A fresh (despite the real time and distance between me and the source of this offering) pale Euro lager, meant more for sunny, humid outdoor patio drinking orgies, rather than a mid-December northern climate's, um, huddlings, but things being as they are, I verily appreciate the out of season images this one paints in my head - ja, Fraulein, I would very much like another.

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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:

C / AVERAGE

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of emerge077
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Back label says 19613, not sure how to interpret... 196th day of 2013 maybe.

Served in an 0,4l OMB stange (thanks Wil). Pours a bright straw gold with plenty of rising carb trails. The head fluffs up and rises above the rim of the glass like a soufflé. Dense halo of lacing collects around the top of the glass. Skim breaks after 15 minutes or so.

Aroma is clean and bready, mellow malt and delicate yeast notes.

Taste is clean and similarly malty, buttered biscuits, dough, dried grass, and some white grape character from the Kölsch yeast. Feel is crisp and the body is supple, very easy to drink with a dry aftertaste. Overall this was a good Kölsch, would try again, and look for a fresher date on the bottle.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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 olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of nickfl
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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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 ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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Früh Kölsch from Brauerei Früh am Dom
3.82 out of 5 based on 431 ratings.
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