Gaffel Kölsch
Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

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From:
Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
 
Germany
Style:
Kölsch
Ranked #148
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
83
Ranked #25,011
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 12.47%
Reviews:
453
Ratings:
588
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 18, 2022
Added:
Jun 13, 2002
Wants:
  37
Gots:
  159
SCORE
83
Good
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Rated: 3.6 by Eman17 from Illinois

Sep 18, 2022
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Reviewed by HerrOneous from Ohio

3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Smells flowery and a little bit like candy. Pale yellow and clear with a medium long lasting head. Tastes a little like bubble gum, strawberry, with just a touch of malt. Medium body and carbonation, with a medium dry finish. Canned early this year, this is not the freshest example. Still, overall a crisp, refreshing, thirst quenching beer.
Sep 09, 2022
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Reviewed by Spike from England

4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On draught at Houseman restaurant in Hudson Square, NYC. A super smooth, lightly floral, clean and fresh kölsch from my favourite neighbourhood restaurant.
Sep 01, 2022
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Reviewed by TheBricenator from Oregon

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: Nearly clear yellow-orange with a quick-forming, sudsy head that slowly settles to a lid, leaving awesome lacing behind
Aroma: Straw, floral hops, light grassy notes, pilsner malt, wafts of lightly spicy hops, and fruity esters
Taste: Starts out with straw and pilsner malt that holds for a second before floral hops enter stage left along with grassiness – daylily and honeysuckle being prominent. Cracker-like malt and lightly sweet floral hops carry through the end and fruity esters close it out
Mouthfeel: Light but full, very clean throughout, medium-high carbonation, and a clean and crisp finish
Overall: This is some tasty stuff. Hands down, Kolsch is my favorite style for warm weather drinking and I always like to try imports since I don’t see them too often, especially fresh – which this one is and it shows. Nice layers of grassy, crackery, and pilsner malty along with noce floral hop notes and the prototypical light fruity ester presence check the style boxes and makes for a delicious treat. Prost!
Aug 30, 2022
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Rated by gefinley from California

3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Marked best by 6/23/22.
Jul 29, 2022
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a beautiful clear golden straw color with a sudsy white head that provides moderate lacing. The nose is lemongrass and some bready malt notes.

There’s a substantial grassy note forward on the taste with a nice lemon note and bready malt at the back of the palate. The mouthfeel is very clean and crisp, making this an excellent summer crusher.
Jul 23, 2022
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Rated by flgimp from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
My first kolsch in Cologne while on tour in Europe. Very nice refreshing beer.
Jul 19, 2022
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
500 ml can
Best by: 05 16 2022 => 16 May, 2022
Consumed: 17 July, 2022
Glass: 0.5L Stange
Temp at Pour: low 50s F


Look:
Bright and clear golden yellow with an initial 4+ finger (!) white fluffy head. The head slowly dissolves to about 1 finger of foam. All kinds of lacing is left on the glass.

Smell:
Biscuit dough with pear. There are notes of hay and grass. A very vague hint of a dry white wine flirts in the background.

Taste:
Bread dough with some notes of pear and grapes. The sip dries out about midway through and finishes on the dry side with some very light spiciness. The age of this one has likely softened the spiciness of the hops a tad, unfortunately.

Feel:
Crisp but soft. Also clean. The body is light-medium.

Overall:
A very nice Kölsch and an excellent example of the style. Eminently drinkable and refreshing. This sample was past its best-by date, but it was still very good. This one is all about the bready malts and the mildly spicy dryness.
Jul 17, 2022
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Sampling a cold 11.2 oz bottle poured into a .3L stange.
The beer pours a bright clear golden color with a fluffy bleached white head of 3 cm foaming up. This foam fades slowly to a sturdy surface covering throughout the tasting.
Does leave some tight lattice after each sip.
Aroma is some bread dough some pear, and a decent floral note, maybe a little bit of a mineral note.
First sip reveals a light body with very soft texture and fine rolling carbonation. This feels very nice on my palate.
Flavor is some bready malt up front moves to some light fruit and finishes with a dry spicy bite. This note lingers a bit after each swallow and the drying makes me thirsty for another sip.
Very nice to have tried this one, very solid example for the style.
Jul 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Reef from South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
16 oz. can stamped 02 14 2023.
Clear gold, one finger fine white head. Spotty lacing and surface continents.
Bread, honey, mild caramel, grass aromas.
Pear, grape, light mineral, grain flavors.
Carbonation seemed light in the glass, but mouthfeel was peppery lively. Crisp and refreshing.
Jul 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3.85 by meanmutt from Ohio

Jul 17, 2022
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Picked up a single bottle from TW-Greenville, SC 6-8-22. Best before 11-4-22; consumed 7-16-22.

Beer poured golden with a beautiful white head.

Nose is wonderfully fragrant, very apple and pear forward.

Taste does not come across as sharp but the light malt base and yeast interplay is skillfully done leaving me with pear and apple impressions after each sip. Finish is rounded and smooth but fruit is left on the palate.

Mouthfeel is refreshing and soft, very nicely done.

Overall an excellent example of the style!
Jul 16, 2022
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Reviewed by Amendm from Florida

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A moderate pour from a 11.2-oz. bottle (Best Before 1/27/2023) released a finger of soapy white foam with short retention which shrank to a ring with a persistent island. Very clear golden straw color brightens beautifully in front of light.

The smell is simple and bold; bready malt, cracker and toasted grain with the impression that it could be sweet.

Semi-dry with low bitterness, the taste is equal to the smell with the addition of faint floral/herbal hops, a hint of honey sweetness and fruity dry white wine. The taste dries a little with a slight rise in bitterness towards the end. The finish is Lager-like crisp and clean. A peppery hop bite and malt lingers briefly. Alcohol is cleverly hidden.

Medium light bodied, a bit below average carbonation. After a few sips, this beer appears to go flat, a swish brings some head back. Simple (four ingredients), well balanced and very well attenuated. Smooth, refreshing and a pleasure to drink.
Jul 16, 2022
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
330 ml bottle

pours a clear light golden color, thick white head. good head retention. Aroma is mostly grainy pale malt, but also has a touch of earthy grassy component. Taste is drier, a little more herbal, and some mineralness, a bit of white grape in the finish. Drinks pretty easy.
Jul 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.3 by Beecham from California

Jul 03, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by saymike32 from New Jersey

Jul 02, 2022
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Reviewed by Tilley4 from Tennessee

3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Incredibly solid kolsch!

Super refreshing on a hot summer day while eating cheeseburgers out in the beer garden at The Pharmacy...

Nice and crisp...slightly fruity....dry and slightly hoppy finish..

Checks all the boxes and hits all the marks...

Really enjoyed this beer ..
Jul 01, 2022
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured at fridge temp. Pours a golden yellow with slim white head. Nose is wheat, slight bitter hops, grass, and a bit of leather. The taste is really nice. Orange, grapefruit peel, wheat, grass, a peppery spice, and honey. Really crisp and smooth. Overall, a really nice beer.
Jun 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Alexc11 from Canada (QC)

3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours FIZZY pale gold colour with foamy head. Medium body and carbonated. with faint bitterness on the back end. Sweet, malt, cereal aromas. Malt and corn/grassy tastes with hint of hops. Not much by way of floral or fruit taste. Didn't detect much of a kick or spice.. Maybe some pepper. Crisp but not on the smooth end on the finish. Enjoyable overall.
Mar 09, 2022
 
 
Rated: 3.39 by Griphon from Florida

Feb 22, 2022
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Reviewed by AlexandraDen from Canada (ON)

3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a pils glass, a spritzy three inch head collapses within a few minutes. Crystal, straw-good colour. Long lines of bubbles run up the length of the glass.

Sweet, grainy aroma with some gentle hops and spicy notes in the nose. Classic, straightforward, and enticing.

Malty, sweet, and crisp taste. There is a very faint bitterness in the background. Some people may want this to be stronger, but it’s very clean and delicious. Grassy and biscuit notes for sure, maybe a little bit of vinous tastes but very mild (fruits that tend to the grape side — again, very mild). Leans toward a bready, malty side that is mildly sweet rather than bitter. As the beer warms, a gentle unique twangy hop bitterness comes out. Mixes with the bready malt nicely

Great crisp mouthfeel, creamy on the finish, light in body, goes down very smooth. A fair amount of canned (and bottled even) Pils and Kolsch style beers can have that metallic twang which isn’t present here.

A great, inoffensive, classic offering. Very enjoyable
Feb 20, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
"Best before 9/20/22"; drank 1/31/22 @ the Yarchives.

See-through dull yellow appearance.

This was a gusher when opened, be careful!

An even pour yielded a nice white head; a thick curtain of tree-rung lace.

Sweet corn, mild caramel & faint acorn notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium mouthfeel.

Sweet corn & mild cream flavors up front; mild caramel & faint acorn notes on the finish.

Substantial & flavorful, but easy to drink. A nice kolsch.
Feb 01, 2022
 
Rated: 3.69 by kuhndog from New York

Jan 22, 2022
 
Rated: 3.74 by WlSH_YOU_WERE_BEER from Georgia

Jan 16, 2022
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at Sabatinis in Exeter pa earlier this evening.

Looks good in the glass. Crystal clear pale yellow body. Decent white head persists in lesser form throughout leaving spotted lacing.

Malty sweet aroma with a very faint spice note.

On tasting, sweet, clean, goes down easy. Every now and then I swear I get a white pepper note.

Mouth just about medium, finish sweet and clean.

Overall, just the ticket after a long day moving beer around.
Jan 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by FZR23 from Romania

Jan 04, 2022
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Very good head production; good retention. Head is fluffy, uneven, and snow white. Decent scattered clumps of snowy lacing. Body is crystal clear and golden. Moderately lively.

Very sweet and bready nose, along with a hint of grape and a touch of pepper. The nose is a touch unbalanced toward the sweet side. No off notes.

Very crisp and lively on the palate. Easily quaffable; medium finish with a mild and pleasant aftertaste, readying you for the next sip but not demanding it.

The sweetness of the nose translates to the palate, with notes of white grape, prune, rye bread, white dough, and pear. There's a bit of hop expression to the flavor, but insufficient balancing bitterness for my taste.

This is a take on the Kölsch style that is a bit different from my favorites, but there's little to complain about. It's fruitier and sweeter than I'd prefer, but there are no off flavors, and the crisp drinkability is spot on. I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't likely grab it over one of my preferred Kölsch or Helles Bier.
Jan 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Zylod from West Virginia

Dec 31, 2021
 
Rated: 3.38 by StretchZep from Ohio

Dec 31, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by seakayak from Massachusetts

Dec 31, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by MGibbons from Maryland

Dec 25, 2021
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Reviewed by deleted_user_995920

4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a translucent yellow straw color with a very healthy creamy white head. Smell is almost non existent,some faint grains, grapes? Taste is German Noble hops, (similar to a Pilsner hop wise) but the addition of the malts they use bring a fruity, wine like taste. Feel is crisp, clean and semi dry. Really nice flavor profile. Overall this is from one of ,if not the originator of the style, well done.
Dec 10, 2021
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Rated by eatsluggs from Oregon

3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I love kolsch, but this one is too light for me.
Nov 20, 2021
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Rated by MADmichael1969 from West Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Kind of sweet... Tastes German
Nov 05, 2021
 
Rated: 3.72 by beerjerk666 from Florida

Oct 13, 2021
 
Rated: 3.77 by Taenim from New Jersey

Oct 04, 2021
 
Rated: 3.79 by QuintusHorace from California

Sep 20, 2021
 
Rated: 3.82 by Rhetion from Florida

Sep 19, 2021
 
Rated: 3 by Bigmoist from West Virginia

Sep 04, 2021
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