Früh Kölsch | Brauerei Früh am Dom

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Brewed by:
Brauerei Früh am Dom
Germany | website

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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131
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402
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
22.83%
 
 
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Photo of bluejacket74
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. Served in a stange, the beer pours a clear straw gold color with about an inch white head that stays around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is mostly grainy/bready malt, along with some light herbalness and fruit, mainly grapes. The brew tastes like grainy/bready malt, light grassy/herbal hops, and some grapes. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's crisp, refreshing and easy to drink. It's well carbonated, too. Not a bad beer at all, I'd buy this again at $3.49 a bottle.

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Photo of barczar
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light golden straw with minimal white head.

Grain, lightly floral hops, and fruity notes form the initial aroma. There's a bit of earthy, spicy character.

Flavor reveals light yeast fruitiness, hints of muted lemon and lime,with a backbone of grain, becoming fairly bready and malty, yet slightly dry at the finish. Reminiscent of cereal grain in the peppery, lightly bitter aftertaste. There's a minerally quality that surfaces as it warms.

Body is a touch on the light side, with carbonation a bit high and spritzy.

Minerally overall, with slightly citrusy notes at the base and significant malt presence. Refreshing, yet substantial flavor.

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Photo of JCBears
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

appearance: Vigorous bubbles soon dissipate into a weak head golden color has a hint of orange that gives it a nice character

smell: Rich and dynamic loving it. Some Rhein fruits mixed with the light hops with some nice malted barely on the sides

taste: BAM!!! Wow what a rich flavor. Such a difference from other bland hoppy beers that think hops make up for good flavor. Just a dynamic marrying of sweet and bitter with the fruits on the edges.

mouthfeel: Full for its light color. A joy because it tastes like more than it looks or usually smells. Really a joy to taste

overall: Great Cologne brew, a true bench mark of the marker and the style happy to have

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

Appearance: Pale golden; small head that doesn't last very long

Aroma: light malt, citrus notes

Taste: Lightly malty with citrus and light hops throughout the tasting

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 200ml stange glass at Suppenküche in SF. Paired with kaiser rolls and butter to start things off!

The color is a pale, golden straw color, as clear as they come, and definitely as thin as I'd expect. A slight head coats the top of the glass, but as with kölsch beers, it doesn't last too long (then again, neither does the beer), and bubbles are kept to a minimal display. Light in body, and leaves a little bit of cloudy film behind as I continued to drink it. Say... Is this keg-conditioned by any chance? It's a far more mainstream take on the style, but as far as it goes considering it's an *actual* kölsch, it's how I'd expect it to look at the very minimum.

The aroma is also rather light, with a minimal grain and hop presence right away at the nose, although they are indeed there. Slight grassy hops, almost like dried green leaves at the finish, alongside a dried cider flavor and crisp golden graininess. Not as much of the "grape-y" phenols I love in these beers, but not necessarily below average. This changed rather quickly over time as well, becoming a little bit more skunky as time went on, and little bit more grassy.

The flavor is indeed of a classic kölsch recipe, if only a bit more on the mainstream and lighter side of the style. There's an immediate rush of crisp, cereal grains, only to follow dried fruits, such as apples, light grapes, apricots, and then a finish of brief hoppy bitterness (albeit very light) that fades pretty quickly, only leaving a touch of sweetness on the tongue. Definitely refreshing, only a lightened experience overall. Carbonation is pretty good on this, although it lost gas rather quickly, even more that I anticipated. On a series of Früh advertisements I checked out, they mention that this should be consumed "before it gets old," which is more hilarious to think about as one drinks this, as it does lose a lot of its character rather quickly as it warms up. By the end, it wasn't as bubbly, and left behind a bit of grainy syrupiness. Never cloying, but I did have to down this as soon as I realized what was happening!

A good kölsch, but definitely more fragile than the average one in the style. I do enjoy the lightened, crisp feel of the body, as well as the green-ish hop profile, but it does lack a little bit of the concentrated fruitiness I enjoy when they are good. Worked very well as an aperitif before my meal. I could definitely have a bunch of these in one setting and not complain, although it would be far more for the refreshing experience it provides above anything else.

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Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing like a Kolsch to start off the night on a warm spring evening. 1 L bottle, lightly chilled. Clear straw gold, nice stand of white suds that sticks around. Very subtle malt warmth - like whole grain crackers. Hop flavor is also subtle - lemon, white pepper, cut grass. Mild bitterness. Perfect balance. Very fresh.

Drinking Kolsch always reminds me of the one glaring gap in my glass collection - I need a stange.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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 JonnoWillsteed
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Head retained for a good while. Meanwhile the body of the beer continued to bubble in quite a lively way.

Pale bright straw. Crystal clear.

Little nose/smell, just a slight hoppiness.

Very nice 'rounded' flavour on the palette.

Very refreshing, if a little unremarkable. I'd enjoy again, but perhaps not specifically go and seek it out.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is #12 on the "Top Beers - Kolsch" list on beeradvocate.com. Long time want, shows up in the states, NICE! Served in a stange cause I'm no amateur. Beer is yellow and clear, heavily carbonated, bright white head, low retention, no lacing, aggressive carbonationation.

Aroma is mild, sweet, a little yeast.

Beer is easy drinking and wet, nice and sweet but not cloying or overpowering, light in body, nice grain, nice finish, very nice beer. Yeah, I'd have this again.

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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 Theheroguy
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow with a minuscule head.

An array of white grape flavors. In some ways its like a mellow easy drinking white wine. It very flavorful and full bodied despite looking otherwise.
Very tart and complex, crisp and clean. The taste of this beer is very far removed from other beers that I've had.

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Photo of jonb5
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Half litre bottle, poured into a pint glass. Pale colour, one finger head which was quick to disappear, kept some lacing, clear. Aroma was Chardonay and vanilla. Tasted cranberry, Chardonay, vanilla and yeast. Finish was delayed and wheaty. Crisp texture, well carbonated which gave it a slightly coarse edge. Enjoyable beer, made me want to explore the style further, bit of a palate changer.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Crystal clear golden color with a nice 1 finger bright white head which dies rather quickly. Soft fruitiness with a sweet graininess.

Sweet graininess, light body and light effervescence. Toasted grain, faint butteriness, tart fruit flavors, bit of apple, sweet grain husk, Faint fruity hoppy bitterness to balance. Pretty good, very clean with good flavors and goes down like water.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Gaffel stange glass. Really excited to be trying another German true Kolsch and suddenly finding this in my area.

Lots of head on the pour, but it settles to a nice frothy white, the pinhead bubbles are just so even throughout, rocking and just coating with lace at times. Head is a classic super crystal golden lemon yellow, with a mix of different sized carbonation, some is very tiny, others are cola sized. Also some rise very slowly others rise incredibly fast, a mish mash of a lifting science experiment. An absolutely lovely beer.

Nose is classic. Dry malts and sweet bakery bread sense. Slight honey. Hints at mud and grass with some density. Solid. Thick. Inviting.

Taste is dense as well. Thick big malt backbone that just rips. Coating. Lush. Hints at honey sweetness coming with some lip coating feel. Big doughy bread aftertaste with a sense of crisp lager like finish (yes I know... it's an ale...). Mouthfeel is solid, fairly straightforward with minimal carbonation play on the palate.

Overall a real great simple drinking Kolsch, the ultimate Kolsch quest continues in earnest. I would love to try this side by side with Reissdorf, but I could have this VERY often!

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

A gentle pour of Früh Kölsch yields fills the glass with a crystal-clear, golden amber liquid. From with the liquid emerges a craggy, bone-white foam. The foam quickly disappears, revealing a flurry of small explosions on the surface. The bubbles in this brew seem to be on steroids. When I inspect the carbonation from the side, it seems as if my glass is acting as a magnifying glass. I expect a sharp mouthfeel.

The nose is much more complex than I expect from a Kölsch. Sweet, lightly toasted barley malt is present, but does not obscure the beer's gentle grassy and floral aromas. When I close my eyes and focus my olfactory receptors, I pick up some mild notes of sour apple.

I've never tasted such a sophisticated Kölsch. Up front is a nice balance between the sweet malt and the floral and herbal hoppy flavors. The latter yield the palate quickly to subtle flavors of sour apple with a very faint hint of cured lemon rind. The back end is fantastic: The well-balanced bitterness brings out the cured lemon notes just a bit more. Moreover, the understated malt, sour yeast, and light, floral hops are in just the right balance to suggest dry chardonnay, whose taste slowly develops on the palate as the hang lingers.

The mouthfeel isn't anything like I had imagined. A gentle swirl around the tongue tosses up a slightly thin but gentle foam; nothing harsh here. A perfect complement to the beer's dry, crisp, tart flavor profile.

I do believe I've found my favorite Kölsch. A delight.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first kölsch in Köln! Stoked!

The beer is clear and golden crowned with pure white head.

Light aroma of grain.

It is light bodied and easy to drink. Tastes grainy, has some grass, mineral, and light fruity notes.

So kölsch is ok. It's cool drinking it outside on a sunny day shootin the scheisse.

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Photo of Douberd
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ABV 4,8%.
Can of 500 ml, bought on a recent excursion to Germany. At first I thought Kolsch was also part of the beers name, now I see it's a style of beer. Poured in a sort of Kolsch type of glass.
Three fingers of white, thick head, with very good retention but not much lacing left behind. At first great activity in the glass, stops almost as soon as the head disappears. Golden yellow in colour.
Pleasant aroma of hops, mixed with a malty smell, albeit faint.
Sweet and malty flavour at first, turns into a slighty bitter and hoppy aftertaste.
Thin on the body, low carbonation and dry on the palate.

It's the first time I drink this style, and I didn't find it much different than a lager, also, since it's the first time, I don't have anything to compare it to. Drinkability was high, and it was going down very easily.

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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 GONZALOYANNA
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle.Footed pilsner glass.Enjoyed on mar´12.Pours blond in color,cristal clear appearance.Pure white lasting crown. Herbal, slightly sulphury,aroma.Balanced malts & German hops in mouth, subtle lemon touch.Very light body,medium carbonation.Lingers with no conflicting notes. Painfully overall results quite flat. Suggested in sunny days as a session beer.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour is clear pale golden with a large whipped-cream-like crystal white head. Slow dissipation leaves nice rich lacings.

S: Dry and mild sour. Yeast and faint spices. Light but complex. Acidic citric fruits; like grapefruits.

T: Very refreshing and light, but still complex in all it’s modesty – very nice example of a Kölsch. Grass and mild malt. Acidic sour. Yeasty. Everything is in mild tones.

M: Medium body and carbonation the same. Aftertaste is a bit longer than usually for this style, bitter and mild sour.

O: This is so easy to drink in high numbers. I really like this modest beer-style and this was a nice example of the style.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little "pick me up" beer before our day to EAP. Thanks for sharing the bottle Sergio! On to the beer:

It has a light golden color, topped off by a fair foam head. Its retention and lace are also fair. The nose is light as expected for a kölsch, but does provide a little joy. Notes of wet hay and apple escape from the aroma.

A light toasting beer, although it does provide some complexity. The notes of apple, hay, vague fruitiness, and bread are also present at some point. As the beer dries out, the note of hay lingers. The body can be described as "tight and light", light but not watery. Its gentle crispness is well received too.

Just the way to kick off a tasting that was only moments away. A light, refreshing beer from Cologne that won't fill you up.

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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 stevoj
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The most popular kolsch in Germany, and a fine example of the style. Golden straw color with some nice airy foam on top. Bready aroma and nice smooth sweet flavor. Easy to find across Germany, have to go to Koln to get more variety.

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Photo of sim0n17
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the top 2 Kolsch's if not #1 (along with Gaffel). Crisp, clean taste with a bit of a thin mouthfeel. VERY refreshing in summer knocking them back in the little .2 glasses. Not much smell, but makes a nice "blumen" for a Kolsch. It seems you can drink this one endlessly.

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