Gaffel Kölsch
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German Kölsch
Ranked #170
Ranked #38,156
3.69 | pDev: 12.74%
Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
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4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml/16.9 can best by 3/15/2021 purchased at Woodmans (altoona) $8.99 for a 4 pack. Solid beer, tastes fresh. very balanced. grassy, micro mount of lemon, traditional................4.12/5

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3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

L: Light amber @6/7 SRM, lively with fast rising bubbles, one inch of white thin foam.
S: Floral and light grassy hops, grainy malt and a bit of banana, rather refined.
T: In line with nose with added lemon, the bitter finish leaves a grassy aftertaste. Slight papery taste, oxidation maybe?
F: Light and dry body with medium high carbonation, moderately crisp.
O: Fast drinking and in style, maybe a bit past its prime but still not bad.

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BJB13 from Maryland, May 22, 2020
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4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL can stamped 03.15.2021 15:40 poured into a super stange glass at fridge temp 4.8% ABV. The beer pours bright golden straw yellow with nearly white head. The head recedes to a medium ring with a full cap and leaves some spotty legs of lacing. The aroma is faintly fruity and grainy. The taste is semisweet pils malt with more vague fruity aspects. Minimal bitterness, just enough to balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, very good. This beer is a treat although rather expensive at $11.50 a four pack. Love the style. Wish good, fresh & affordable options were more prevalent.

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jkblr from Indiana, May 15, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ultra clear pouring beer with a nice bubbly appearance. Into a clean glass it looks gorgeous.. Aroma is sweet but very light. Much effort was needed to pick up anything. Flavor was clean until you swallow where the traditional estery flavors of a kolsch developed.

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3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: bready and a little skunky;

T: follows the nose with mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: probably would be better on tap or from a can - even though the bottle is brown, it's still gonna let some light in;

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CTHomer from Connecticut, Apr 30, 2020
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3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When i review it i want to say i got it for a value price too so that has some bearing in the review
A Kolsch beer, my first, still dont know what it is, mix between an ale and a lager?

But far superior to any macro lager. I would have it again for sure!

Crisp flavor, not too bitter, not too complex, not heavy. Very good for the summer! Easy finish

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HopMaester from Ontario (Canada), Apr 09, 2020
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3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

L: Pale, almost yellowish. Thin, frothy head that laces the side of a glass. Completely clear. Looks like softer carbonation.
S: Smells like sweet grains and wet dog...
T: Crisp, sharp lager taste with no inherent bitterness. Malt sweetness is pleasant. Hop finish that's advertised on the bottle isn't super profound, but it is slightly fruity.
F: Super light, but not watery. Carbonation is stronger than the look implies.

This is beer isn't super complex, but it's a tried and tested kolsch that satisfies every time. Great beer. Lucky if you find it on tap.

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graysonslamsbrews from Pennsylvania, Apr 02, 2020
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3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

cool to see this one on tap, downtown at prost here in boise, they sure do get some cool stuff in there, and i love how often it changes and that it always comes in the right glass. this is great summery german beer, but to me, this tasted more like a german pilsener than a kolsch. it has the classic dusty crackery pils malt base, more flavorful than it usually is in a kolsch, and the hops seem higher too, bitter at the end, lightly vegetal and grassy, and its crisp like its a lager. its refreshing and light and mighty drinkable, but the kolsch yeast tastes more like a german lager strain for some reason, and the light sweetness that can exist in a kolsch is absent here, this is bone dry. i kind of like it being bolder, grassy and herbal on the hops, and as dry as it is. the carbonation is high, and visually this thing is immaculate, with a head thats pure white and creamy, holding its shape well above the rim of the glass. its cool beer, never even heard of it before now, and i drink my share of german beer. a fun new one for my palate, different as the style goes, but still quintessentially german. really easy drinking stuff.

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3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it pours a clear golden color with a large white head. In the mouth, nicely bitter with a carbolic bite. In the nose, it is a little citrus and a little malty. Nice!

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5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As a part of Even More New Odds & Sods Beer Sunday (Week 747), I have a VERY special iteration of this beer! It is a CAN for The CANQuest (tm) & even better, while visiting Harlan Beverage in Malvern, PA, I spied a Gaffel Kölsch stange glass! I am friends with the owner, so I borrowed the glass ala a library book for use in reviewing this beer. I will be returning it to him (hopefully) next month.

From the CAN: "Kölsch Beer Imported from Germany".

I was SO excited to Crack! open the vent & begin the Glug that I slightly overamped. 8=( I beCAN letting it run into the glass almost unCANtrollably during the initial moments of the C-Line Glug, but its narrow shape led to more foaming than I was ready to deal with. I backed down & off & allowed it to settle before CANtinuing. It billowed up to form three-plus (!) fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with better retention than I had any right to expect and/or hope for. The button-brightness of the clarity in this one was beyond mere NE-quality! It was the shade of Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) that always brings The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus running & today was no exception. Nose was really biscuity with a grassy Noble hoppiness that set my mouth to watering. Mmm. The taste was slightly more malty than grassy, but it was a nice follow-up to the previous Czech/Bohemian Pilsner. It was very clean, semi-dry & highly refreshing. The style originated in Cologne (Köln), Germany, hence its name & this one was made in Cologne! Was it the original? I do not know, but as far as a hallmark of the style, I CANnot think of a better example. Finish remained semi-dry & I was saddened as I drained of the last of it from my glass into my mouth. 8=( "All 5s should be rare." Well, how are you going to improve on this one when reviewing to style? Hey, you wanna hate on me? Bring it on because I feel that strongly about this beer!

Tonight is H, 27 June 2019, just under two weeks since my initial review. I am recovering from a prostatectomy last W that will hopefully cure me of Stage 1 prostate CANcer & so I am drinking beer to … celebrate. I had to go in for a pre-op visit the day before & since it all took place at the Hershey Medical Center, I opted to stay in the area overnight. In scouring for inexpensive lodging (& HER CAN be QUITE spendy), I hit upon America's Best Value Inn in Campbelltown, just to the east, across the Dauphin/Lebanon County line. Why was this exciting? Campbelltown is home to the Brass Rail Beverage & Deli, owned by a former fellow U.S. Navy Storekeeper (SK) & his wife! Plus, it was only about a klick down the road & I knew that I wanted to get it in & on before beginning the fast prior to surgery. I had a few at the bar & then went next door to the distributor area with its extensive array of singles. A bottle of Gaffel Kölsch?!? Sold! Joe may never get his glass back at this rate …

From the Bottle: "The laws protecting the brewing of Kölsch are as strict as Germany's Purity Law of 1516. Kölsch beer can only be brewed within the city of Cologne. As the best-known Kölsch brewery, Gaffel's flavor is derived from an ale yeast that is 'Lagered' or aged in cold cellars. Gaffel is pale, faintly fruity with a crisp hop finish. Enjoy as an aperitif or a digestif."; "Ingredients: Water, Barley Malt, Hop, Yeast".

Upon Pop!ping the cap, I realized that it was as excited to see me as I was to see it. I got some moderate foaming coming up through the neck, so I went with a quick C-Line pour to bring things back under control. This not only worked as desired, but it also led to the formation of three-plus (!) fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, French Vanilla-colored head with fantastic retention. Color was the now-familiar Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity. Once more, The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon were Johnny-on-the-spot, clamoring for a taste! Nose had the clean breadiness of a Lager along with the grassiness of Saaz hops & now, my mouth was watering! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but big for the style. The taste was clean, crisp & highly refreshing. It was a great Summer beer, even if it was out of a Bottle. I could drink this all day on a hot, humid Summer's day & today is simply proof thereof. Finish was semi-dry, more towards dry than sweet. I guess that Joe is going to want his glass back, now. Sigh.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Jun 17, 2019
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3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured at PROST in Boise, ID 400mlglass. Nice golden colour with a great foam. (Perfect pour as ever)

Subtle smell but great kolsch taste.

Very pleasant, light with a slightly bitter hop flavor.

Looks like we are getting into Kolsch season. . . Very excited for more to come.

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4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

A crystal clear light yellow with a dense white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks gorgeous. The nose is spot on. Soft, doughy, mildly honey like with a little dough, bread and soft, supple yet firm lemon hops. The palate opens crisp and clean with a hop brightness, a delicate fruity note. Dough, a little bread, a little honey are present. Crisp, clean , bright and lightly doughy on the finish, this is excellent.

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4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500 ml into pint glass. A sudsy 2" head drops with mild lacing. Color is hazy yellow with tons of streaming carbonation. Aroma of biscuit and lemon. Mouthfeel is light with an easy finish. Flavor include toasted grain, biscuit, lemon, floral. Overall: very enjoyable.

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Foyle from North Carolina, Mar 20, 2019
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2.94/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

No date on the bottle. The taste is quite similar to a German pale lager. A little lemon, some breadiness, slight bitterness, slight floral. I'm not a big fan of this style it's meh. Cheers! C

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Nass from Florida, Feb 10, 2019
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3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into craft beer glass from 12oz brown bottle bought at Beers of the World (Roch NY). Smell was slightly berry-fruity. Pleasantly clean look and mouthfeel. VERY easy drinking and well ballanced malt to hop taste. This beer will be added to my favorites list.

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MarkCoon from New York, Dec 27, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle, Dog and Duck, Bognor Regis - Pours crystal clear gold with a medium/large white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Aroma - Malty aroma, light floral hoppy notes but mostly malt. Taste - Creamy, light sweetness, some malty hoppy notes, not much else, finishes crisp if abruptly. Nice enough for one as a style changer in a session but no more.

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DJ-Hophead from United Kingdom (England), Nov 03, 2018
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3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a frothy head into a pint glass. Not much on the nose to me....maybe a little lemon. Taste is malts and citrus with just the right amount of fizz. A great example of the style.

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bankboy66 from New Jersey, Aug 18, 2018
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3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A good beer with a surprisingly smooth, delicate taste. The beer is fresh and clean in the front of your mouth and leaves a small tingle at the back of your tongue. It does not try to overpower like some IPA with too much alcohol..

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Lettice123 from Delaware, Aug 05, 2018
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3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe it was the 31 miles I did cycling in summer heat. I had this as my first beer after a great workout. The beer was simply delicious and satisfying. Good thing the bar charged 6.50 or I would have stayed and finished the keg and taken Uber home.

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ILeftNJ from Pennsylvania, Jul 31, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle purchased locally. No date as far as I can tell.

So this is what a kölsch is supposed to taste like. I can't believe this is rated so poorly. This hits all the spots for me. Absolutely delicious, and I hope to try it in Cologne someday.

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hoppytobehere from District of Columbia, Jul 20, 2018
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3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very prototypical for the style, but brings out the honey and light sweet fruits on the finish. Smell is very adjunct and and a bit skunky. Feel is exactly what you are looking for in a kolsch, with malt forward tendencies. Ok beer, but nothing to seek out

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REVZEB from Illinois, Jul 07, 2018
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3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Doing a new review because I think my first Gaffel was slightly off.

Look: Clear gold with a thin, foamy white head.

Smell: Hay, malt, a bit of sour fruit, some vague skunkiness.

Taste: Bready, slight bitterness on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A little thick, average carbonation.

Overall: Decent and refreshing, but not too special.

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chitoryu12 from Florida, May 29, 2018
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4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap @ Max Bratwurst und Bier in Astoria, NY.

Served in a 0.4 L Gaffel stange. Beautiful, clear, pale gold color that shines in the glass. Small white head with good retention. Subtle aroma here with fresh grainy malt combining with a hint of fruit (think pear or apple). The flavor is an exercise in nuance and subtlety. Everything seems to work in harmony. The lightly sweet grainy malt, the fruitiness of the yeast, a touch of floral hops at the end. Soft, with just enough bitterness in the finish. One of the easiest beers on the planet to drink. But that's what I've come to learn that Kölsch is. Clean, crisp, soft, and eminently drinkable. A delicate style where freshness is key. Find it on tap somewhere and enjoy. I think I'll have another, please!

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Jacobier10 from New Jersey, May 19, 2018
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3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright clear golden in body with white frothy head. Aroma of honey, cereal grains, light hop, grass. Tastes of cereal grains, light hops, honey, grass. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

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JRed from New Jersey, Apr 08, 2018
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4.75/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Why do I rate this beer so highly? Because it's the REAL deal. Call me a purist, but if you want to know what a _real_ Kolsch taste like, you need to start by checking out the source, which is Köln (a.k.a. Cologne) Germany. Kölsch is the official beer style associated with Köln, and they take their beer brewing very seriously. So what, you ask, makes a great Kölsch? By an unusual process (it starts it's life as an ale, then goes through a lagering at the end) you end up with the following characteristics: absolutely crisp and clean taste, but with an exceedingly slight, yet _essential_ and appealing fruitiness to the malt. You really don't taste the hops at first sip. Not even as it rolling in your mouth. Only as you swallow do the hops gently, but firmly provoke your taste buds, making your brain say, "I must have another sip!" That is the Kölsch experience in a nutshell. Here in the States there are three regularly available imported Kölsch beers: Reisdorf, Fruh, and Gaffel. They are all good, but Gaffel is slightly hoppier than the others and it is my favorite, though it is not at all hoppy by IPA standards. We're probably talking 15 IBU's. Fruh is the least hoppy, and Reisdorf is in the middle. There are some good "true to style" Kolsch beers made in the U.S., but once you've tried the original than you can decide what you think of them. (P.s. This is such a clean, simple beer...freshness is of course essential, so get it as fresh as you can)

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hopalongcassidy2 from Massachusetts, Mar 08, 2018
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