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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397
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3.81
pDev:
13.12%
 
 
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Photo of doktorhops
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Kölsch, a style I have touched on before with Australian renditions but have never had a traditional one from Köln (where it originated), is an interesting style. It is top-fermented (i.e. an Ale) with Lager characteristics. If done well it makes an excellent summer Ale for long hot days, however if it is done badly it can become quite drain-pour worthy. As Früh Kölsch is my first real German Kölsch it will henceforth be my benchmark of this style. I hope they set that bar high.

Poured from a 500ml can into a Stange (or “test tube glass” the traditional glass for a Kölsch).

A: Presents a clear pale straw body with a cappuccino foam white head that soon reduces to a light lace on top. Spot on colour for a true Kölsch. 8/10.

S: Fresh cider apples in the aroma provide dry and vinous characters, there is hints of a grain base and slight metallic note from the can, overall a pretty decent and Lagery aroma. 7/10.

T: Crisp, dry and cidery... in fact it tastes light a glass of dry apple cider more than a beer. Then the grain flavours kick in... then you have a burp because of the dramatic carbonation, with a finish and aftertaste that is mildly bitter, very crisp and oh so dry. Another sip reveals white wine characters with some light honey sweetness. 6/10.

M: Waaay over-carbonated, it’s been a while since I’ve let off this many belches, with a mid to light body. 3/10.

D: It can be said that a good Kölsch is a perfect pairing for a hot summers day and Früh is a good enough Kölsch, though my scores do tend to show a bias against Lagers in general (I’m an Ale-man, and a Hophead, this is true) - I still believe my scoring of this beer is relative to how good it actually is. That said, with flavours like a typical cheap German Lager, there is little reason to seek this beer out and fork over the $5.50/500mls I paid for it - this is a sub $3/500mls can at best. 6/10.

Food match: A Köln specialty Himmel un Ääd (or Heaven and Earth) roasted apple and semi-mashed potatoes, with fried onion topping, served with the classic blood sausage is a definite great pairing for this brew.

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Photo of Jsteez
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

Good, clean, crisp. Perfect on a warm autumn evening. Poured yellow-gold, fluffy white head; sticky lacing. Clean malty smell; slight spice in the nose, with a hint of grainy malt; Tastes consisted of a little lemon, malt, and smooth at first, with a sweetish/dry aftertaste. Decent beer, easy drinking. Quaffed a couple 16 oz. bottles . Good beer for warm weather.

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Photo of titvs
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 6C). Bottle 50 cl - Batch 11816:27. AROMA: slightly sweet cereal aromas. no hop aromas. slight esters reminiscent of pears. APPEARANCE: slightly light gold color and very translucent. thin white head with average retention. TASTE: low malty sweet flavour. very low bitterness. no hop flavours. PALATE: low and watery body. low carbonation. OVERALL: a watered down Kolsch without the characteristic subtle fruit flavours.

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Photo of KornWallace
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Date: 9/28/14
Location: Halftime Mamaroneck
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Straw to a light yellow/gold in color. The beer allows a lot of light in and it is not difficult to see through. No haze. Modestly carbonated white head. No cling.
Aroma: Pils malts start us of with earthy to grassy aromas. Little yeast smell that is very clean. Just a touch of a buttery to apple aroma.
Taste: The Pils malts are again giving off that earthy to grassy aroma. With a touch of apples/butter. The yeast is smooth. A hint of hops on the apples to pears side. Moderate hop bitterness in the finish. What strikes me is how soft all the flavors are. Nothing in the beer is very strong.
Mouthfeel: Light to light Medium body. Medium carbonation. A little hop tartness from the finish is really the only sensation that stays with me throughout the finish otherwise all the soft feelings dissipate quickly.

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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 keithmurray
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

Appearance - clear golden straw color with white head

Smell - grass, grains, biscuit

Taste - all the usual characteristics of a pilsener, grass, grains, buttered biscuit

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight sweetness upfront, crisp and clean

Overall - decent beer that is crisp, clean and refreshing, not sure how fresh this is but I am enjoying this

Price Point - $3.89/16.9 oz bottle

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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 JTuomi
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

0,5 l bottle into a plastic pint after sauna. Beautiful straw color with a two finger white head and effervescent bubbling. Somewhat sweet floral smell with a hint of fresh grass. Crisp taste of grainy malts with notes of apple and grassy hops. Very balanced and drinkable. Medium-light body, medium carbonation. Overall a really pleasant beer after a hot day and sauna. Didn't last long in the pint and left me wanting another.

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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 Mebuzzard
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite the find for under $4

Perfect pour. Light golden, very clear. Nice fluffy white head of about 2 fingers; lingered for half the glass. Timid swirl brought it back

Aroma has a gentle undertone of malt and sweetness, white grape. Consistent front of grassy hops and slight spice

Clean flavor. The white grape is noticeable at the end, but not dominant. Good combo of hop zip and carbonation. This is a porch pounding beer and would go quite well with grilled white meats and salads

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Photo of Slatetank
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this from the brown bottle in a mug chilled.

The color is golden straw with very good clarity and thick white cream of two fingers high w/ very fine bead visibly carbonated with smooth creamy froth for head and good retention as lace sticks well. The smell is fruity but light with subtle pear-likes sweet fragrant yeast with mild aroma of malt with mineral quality accenting. The feel has slight yeast up front with malt sweetness and moderately high carbonation with smooth creamy body, mild bitterness and semi-dry finish.

The taste is malt oriented with mild entry and gentle hops which are herbal with not overly bitter taste. The yeast adds fruitiness with subtle hint of alcohol in the background and pilsner malt taste throughout which is refined and subtle but hops have a toned down effect. This is a great kolsch -might be one of the best I have had it is a treat to sip and savor I would have got more if I could I love the subtlety and drinkability.

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Photo of JeanDuteau
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hard to find Kolsch in Edmonton, but I found two bottles of Fruh and tried them out. A pale yellow colour with a lot of bubbles. There was a nice bit of foam but it dissipated quickly, leaving some lacing behind. A floral smell with a perfect crisp taste. The taste was mostly in the center of the mouth so it didn't overwhelm but I thought it could have been more well-rounded.

I really liked this beer and hope to get more of this specific brand as well as some other Kolschs. It would be perfect on a hot day sitting on my deck.

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Photo of Earl11
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: slightly cloudy golden color with a white head that dissipates quickly

S: very delicate floral nose, presumably from the noble hops used by the Cologne brewing convention; the tulip glass brings up the delicate nose nicely

T: prominent characteristic beer flavor from the pale barley malt, with a mild sweetness said to be from the special ale yeast used by the Cologne brewing convention; noble hop bitterness was noticeable but very mild

M: Light body, medium carbonation, smooth round mouth feel; just what you look for in a kölsch

O: Reminds me of the sips of beer my German grandfather gave me when I was little. For me a kölsch from Cologne is a definitive light German ale and there is none better than Früh.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in a Pilsen glass.

A: Pours a pale and very clear yellow color forming a medium, bubbled and very aired white head that dissipates quickly leaving only few spotty lacings in the glass

S: Very grainy as expected. Strong notes of sweet malts and bready yeasts. Liquid bread. Very crispy. Earthy yeasts and some flowery hops in the end

T: Follows the nose. Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of sweet malts. Very bready and crispy. In overall, a dry taste followed by a light hops bitterness

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Crispy malty aftertaste

O: Quite drinkable. Real German stuff...

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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 emerge077
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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 BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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 CalgaryFMC
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

According to Warner in his book on brewing kolsch, this is one of the palest of the bunch and indeed, looks like a cheap adjunct lager: A very pale straw color with a small quantity of white foam, effervescent and bright. Fortunately it does not taste like said adjunct lager and the robust carbonation does not sear the tongue. Currently on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary and a very cool find. Aroma is very fruity, robust white grape and lemon rind along with fresh doughy malt and a pleasant acid tang. Nothing dark at all. Tastes exactly like it smells. I have yet to try many examples of this style but this is the fruitiest to date, with that musty white grape character on the nose carrying over onto the palate. The malt is subtle yet flavorful, white buttermilk biscuits come to mind along with a sweet cereal character. Crisp, fairly dry, and creamy smooth. The hops are mellow and tastefully done, yielding a fragrant hay sort of vibe but without too many floral or spice notes. Thin to moderate body with maybe a bit of chalk. Classic kolsch really. Eminently drinkable but not lacking in flavor.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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 woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I will cop to the fact that it was the low price point that drew me to this one. I have had Kolsches before and I have had German beers before and frankly, I have enough bottles to keep me busy for some time to come.

From the bottle: "herrlich obergärig cölner hofbräu früh (gorgeous top-fermented Cölner Hofbräuhaus early)". "seit 1904 (since 1904)".

My pour created a finger of fizzy, bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was a button-bright straw-yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Stunning! Nose had a grape-y, vinous quality mentioned in the description on this site, slightly tart, kind of sour. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was of freshly mown hay. It was very malty and the grape aspect was hardly noticeable in the mouth. The finish was unexpectedly dry and here the vinousness returned. This well worth what I paid for it and although not worth actively pursuing, it would be a welcome find on a shelf.

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Photo of tone77
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some floral hops. Taste is mild, malty, a bit bready, some floral hops, a hint of sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent and refreshing beer, probably better suited to the summer.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a glass beer boot

Clear, yellow with strands of carbonation leading to a one finger foam cap that quickly subides. Few lacings

Grassy, malt, bread and grains with a whisper if lemon aroma.

Clean, crisp, refreshing malts and no bitter aftertaste. A light mouthfeel.perfect beer for a hot summer day. Love this style of beer. Worthy of repeating and stocking in the fridge.

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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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Früh Kölsch from Brauerei Früh am Dom
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