Früh Kölsch | Brauerei Früh am Dom

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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

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Reviews:
131
Ratings:
403
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
22.83%
 
 
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Photo of bark
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Offwhite large compact head. The liquid is clear and pale gold-yellow (6 EBC). No lacing.

The smell is dry and quite German with minerals, some clean yeast and hints of alcohol (!). Hints of cellars and hoppy hay.

The taste is fresh and thirst drenching. Hins of cellars and grassy hops. Minerals. Medium body. Quite a lot of clean malty flavours and some butterscotch. The flavours are quite strong for the strength. The complex flavours reminds a bit of British pale ale. The aftertaste brings notes of alcohol and porridge plus a pleasant note of leather. Cream in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong; the many small bubbles are fresh. The liquid is light and a bit dry.

A highly gulpable brew with some character, just like a Kölsch is supposed to be. The cellar notes makes a bit too heavy at times, though.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Fruh brewpub in Cologne. It was served in 0.2 liter glasses which flowed endlessly to the table. Prior to this night I'd only tried one American interpretation of Kolsch (from Goose Island). But in the course of one night I'd tried at least three authentic versions in Cologne.

Fruh was and is the most appealing Kolsch to me. It had a maltier flavor than the others, which were a little too bitter in my opinion. I could and did drink this all night. The brewpub served some awesome roasted pork which went perfectly with the beer.

If you get to Cologne, I recommend trying this beer. If you're not in the true Koln atmosphere, though, the Kolsch is actually a pretty weak beer style and possibly not worth the effort to seek out.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a yellow amber colored brew with a one finger white head. The head faded relatively quickly to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass

Smell- The nose was a mix of some sweet fruit aromas of tangerine with a grainy and bready smell.

Taste – The taste started out with a more crisp and bready taste up front with hints of fruit and caramel sweetness which get more potent more toward the middle of the taste. Along the same time the sweetness maximizes some light bitterness of a grassy and herbal nature comes to the tongue. The sweet fades more toward the end of the taste leaving a crisp and grainy flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was on the thinner to average side with a carbonation level that was fairly average. Both were quite appropriate for the style and keeping with the crisp nature of the taste.

Overall – A quite easy drinking Kolsh with a nice crisp finish.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, pale goldenrod with a light head. Generally unimpressive. No visible carbonation.

S: Very nice. Light floral nose, submerged grain and malt. Some background skunkiness.

T: Light and grainy with a pleasant wash of sweet floral flavours. Taste is unsustained, quickly fading into a neutral aftertaste.

M: Barely a mouthfeel at all. Very light. Refreshing.

D: Gracious me, but it goes goes down like a dream. Drinkable, swiggable, enjoyable. Good with a meal.

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Photo of stcules
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the barrel @Früh Am Dom, Köln.
Golden, very clean appearance, with the classic two finger of a white and creamy head. Right kölsch appearance.
In the smell a good herbal hop, very fresh and pleasant.
At the taste, too, a resolute hopping, but at the same time delicate, fresh, grassy.
A quite long bitterness in the aftertaste.
And, as usual, a great drinkability.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear white gold with a few trails of bubbles and a champagne-like bone white head of loose froth that fades to a film. Nose is flour and flowers (heh) with a hint of white grape skin and noble hop spice. Melon and sour grain malt with grapey fruit hit and lemongrass hops. Gingerbread finish and numbing linger. Light but round, lively, crisp and dry.

I know that this is supposed to be light even among Cologne Kolsch, but it still has both the fruit and the spice. Definitely more going on than your average lager. This would kill on a summer day.

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Photo of FLima
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A long time ago this was my first Kölsch. Let’s see how this play out after more references and knowledge.
Light golden color with a thin head with short retention.
Light and clean aroma with notes of bread malt sweetness, grassy hops and a distant hint of pears and apples and some honey.
Clean flavor with notes of floral and grassy hops, drops of pear juice, grainy malt, a hint of white grapes and just a bit of sulfur. Well attenuated with no residual sweetness. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Refreshing and well balanced Kölsch, a sure reference for the style. Hard to say it is not a Lager. It impairs a clean taste with a pleasant and apparent hop dryness. This one is not that fresh, but it doesn’t show any oxidation. Taste like an early morning, to joke with the words. To be drunk without thinking much.

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.71/5  rDev -28.9%

Out of a bottle while hanging out in Cologne. Pours clear golden with nearly no head. Aroma of hay, light pale malt sweetness, unpleasant Kolsch aroma. Flavor follows the aroma with a slightly dirty finish, though I found it a bit cleaner than the Paffgen I had earlier today. Light bodied of course, goes down easy enough, medium carbonation. Meh.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pale straw color with excellent clarity. About one finger of a creamy white head is formed with okay retention. Soft waves of lacing are left down the glass.

S: Lots of earthy, mildly sulfur-y German hops make themselves known initially. Some cereal grains and faint touches of fruit esters round out the decent aroma nicely.

T: Now this is more like it. A combination of cereal grains and noble hops open the brew nicely, with both notes bleeding into the crisp, dry finish. What makes this one rock-solid is its prevalent stone fruit esters that help (superbly) balance the adjunct sweetness and mild hops.

M: Like I said, it's crisp and dry with very little lingering sweetness - but plenty of lingering fruit flavors. Carbonation is good without being overbearing, also. While it's quite drinkable, I find the flavor profile too enjoyable to chug it down quick.

O: Truth be told, I really enjoy a good kolsch - and this is definitely a very good, even great, example of an (underappreciated) style. And it's cheap, to boot!

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Photo of francisweizen
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent kölsch beer for sure. Thanks to Eva for bringing this back from Germany for me. This is a super pale golden colour with a fizzy white head. Just like a true kölsch should be. The smell was simple, and consisted of berries, fruity hops, and light bready malts. The taste was immensely satisfying with hops and malts having some great interplay. The mouthfeel is light and thirst quenching and the drinkability is exceptional!

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Photo of beergoot
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bright, light gold colored body; thick, foamy, white head. Dry grass aroma; leather; twinge of pear. Lightly toasted grain flavor with a mild estery edge; soda crackers. Light body; somewhat coarse on the palate; dusty and dry mouthfeel.

An excellent, light bodied German ale. It has nice eye appeal and delivers subtle yet complex flavors and aromas.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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 UncleJimbo
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at Harveys in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

This Kölsch poured a clear, golden color with creamy, white foam that settled. The smell was a very, very light malt aroma. The taste was lightly malty backed by light hop bitterness. Some bready malt notes as well as some floral hop flavors in the finish. The mouthfeel was clean and crisp with light body and good carbonation. The lightly hoppy flavor lingered a bit in the finish. This was a good, easy-drinking, and thirst quenching beer.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle was poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a nice billowy white head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up though the glass. Looks awesome.

Smell: Bready and sweet pilsner malts followed by grassy Bavarian hops. Pretty standard and traditional smelling.

Taste: Nice chewy and sweet notes from the pilsner malts with some grassy notes and slight bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, light, chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Never seen this before here and Boston. For a kolsch style from the town it originated in, this beer is traditional and classic. I will be getting more in the future.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a crystal clear light golden yellow colour... White head poured quite thick but faded pretty quickly to thin layer... sparse carbonation bubbles rise very slowly to the surface...no lacing...

Aroma - Light biscuity malts, creamy vanilla, lemony notes, juicy fruits, light peppery hop notes, some sea saltiness, grassy...

Taste – Juicy fruits (lemons, light grapefruit hints), light malts, some faint sugary sweetness, saltiness, light hop bitterness, some vanilla traces...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry. Light body.... Very very drinkable - would make a good session beer...

Overall - A pretty good Kolsch.... very drinkable. Definitely worth a try...

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Photo of Mitchster
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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 patre_tim
3/5  rDev -21.3%

A: Straw and crisply filtered with no carbonation. The 3 fingers of fizzy white head, fade relatively fast.


S: Malt forward, a little crisp white wine, vinous quality, fermenting green hay, an umami quality like shitake mushrooms.


T: Malty, clean linen, a touch of banana, then a very dry chemical of paper mill quality, an acrid slight bitter taste with a hint of sour lemon juice.


M: Not the best Kolsch I’ve had, but happy to find the style in Thailand just the same. Lacking in the white wine quality, perhaps this one is slightly old and losing its touch. I’ve had some of the best Kolsches around, and some good American copies, but this isn’t the most awesome, but it’s the style, so I’m happy. Drank in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Sept 27th, 2014.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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 flyingpig
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£2.80):
Very light & clear, golden straw with a thumb-sized, bubbly head that's white with a fine texture, lots of visible carbonation and good retention.

Like a lager on the nose with some light, sweet malts a& hints of floral, some grassy hops feature too but the aroma isn't the most pronounced. Plenty of grain, some further sweetness & some bread with touches of yeast in there as well.

Light malts with touches of sweetness coming through & some bread as well. Quite a lot of grain is present, there is some faint floral flavours & fruit with some citrus but again nothing is particularly strong.

The beer is a light bodied, almost thin one with some grain & medium carbonation. It proved quite easy to drink with light bitter finish that is slightly tangy as well.

Very similar to a pale lager in a lot of ways & I wasn't particularly impressed with this one really. It was a drinkable beer & it's always nice to get a new style under my belt but I didn't think it was a great beer really.

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Photo of rarbring
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is clear straw colored, with a white head leaving some lacing. Small curtains.

Fruity aromas, ripe apples, some vegetables and dough. Rather pleasant.

Starting sweet white bread, then some lemon and apple juice, a tart peel finish.

Little carbonation, small soft bubbles, a soft and smooth texture, a slightly dry finish.

A not-to-bad Kölsch.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light/clear golden color. A bit below average sized white head.

S - Some grain (corn smell) and malt sweetness. Some grassy/floral hops. Also smells of golden fruit.

T - Base is mostly grainy malt, that has a corn sweetness. Then along with that is a lot of golden fruit (apple pear mostly with some lemon). Slight grassy and floral hops, but those are mostly covered by the malt and fruit.

M - Light and refreshing. Good carbonation and fizzy.

D - Refreshing and easy to drink. Fruity flavors make it easy to drink.

Notes: Taste like an above average German pilsner with a good amount of golden fruit. Refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2006.

Appearance: beer like a pilsener, but top-fermented, clear color, white foam head
Smell: fruity aromas
Taste and mouthfeel: a malty taste, balanced by drought hops, a less pronounced bitter than a pilsener
Drinkability: good beer in the style Kolschbier

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Photo of Offa
4.91/5  rDev +28.9%
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 Absumaster
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is very clear and pours a light golden color with lots of carbonation and a thin head.

Smell is malty and what I think is diacetyl. The yeast produces a clean profile with some slight sulfur notes.

Taste is light malty with a clean German yeast profile, some sulfuric notes. Also some bitterness and a slight hoppiness. To me this is nothing too special, it is like an average German pils.

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Photo of crossovert
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An ale in theory but a lager at heart. 0,33 cl bottle MHB: 14.09.11.

It pours a clear and bright gold with a foamy but frothy bright white head. It leaves little bit of small speckles behind.

The smell is grainy with a light bit of light fruit and a kiss of hops.

The flavor is interesting. It has a unique fruitiness that i haven't yet tasted in this style. It is like white wine/grapes almost. It has a slight bit of hops, but the main flavor is an overriding fruity sweetness.

The mouthfeel is not as light as expected, it is under-carbonated.

It is an interesting beer, at least it isn't monotonous. Don't be araid of this style, it isn't that bad.

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