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Gaffel Kölsch | Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
Germany
gaffel.de

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,217
Reviews:
382
Ratings:
864
pDev:
12.81%
Bros Score:
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Photo of simplyside
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of edward_boumil
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I must have gotten lucky and actually caught this beer fresh, but it's finally helped me understand this style. I've had many kolsch in my day, either imported from Cologne or fresh domestic ones, but nothing really stuck out with me as remarkable. Purchased a 6-pack of Gaffel the other day, first drank was ok, but as I broke into more and more of them the fruityness inherent in the kolsch style became more and more apparent. This was over the course of a couple days so you can't blame the alcohol here.
But I quite like this. Drinks like a somewhat standard helles, or better yet, a pretty standard pils, sweet honey-granola like malts with a dry hop finish. The hops are nice, earthy and spicy, not all that different from any German pils really. But what sets this apart is the fruitiness, which is present within the sweet malt flavors. Its subtle, and imparts a melon or pear like flavor to the beer.
To be honest I am quite fond of this, and I get it now as to why this style is so loved in Cologne. If I can get this fresh regularly I will certainly be making this a staple.

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Photo of chicagoish
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigGold
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had a long way from Köln, at Der Biergarten, Atlanta, on draft into 1/2-liter dimpled mug. Not a proper Kölsch glass, but maybe appropriate on this occasion, as I found Gaffel's version a little heavier than some Kölsches.

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Photo of Juiposa
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deg
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TwiggyCZ
2.92/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of QuintonS
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Came highly recommended by a friend of mine from Cologne. The beer was a little flat for my tastes, something may have happened to the bottles on the boat over to America though. It was a little on the expensive side here in America, but was an overall pleasant experience.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigMike
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft in Germany. I'm guessing this makes a difference.

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Photo of faatcase
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Oleg85
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of guzzleacoldone
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlackVeg
2.46/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of JackRWatkins
2.54/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: pours a clear gold with a three finger head
S: immediate indoor basketball court/powedered gloves, unpleasant, maybe old? dunno, should have been relatively fresh for an import
T: clean grainy character and malty/nutty flavor, but it's all killed by that chemical/rubber flavor
M: what's the point
O: I think I must have gotten a bad bottle, someone convince me otherwise

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Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lately I've been on this kick to pick and try out a few imported craft brews, this is one that hits the spot just right...

Orange and amber colored brew with a beautiful white head that it pours, light lacing for effect. The smell is mostly the distinctive lager scent with just a hint of citrus. The mouthfeel was light on the carbonation (like I like it) but it had a watery roll across the tongue. A decent malty beverage with light hop finish that goes down well during this summer months. Definitely will know what to pull from the next time I go to the store.

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Photo of citizencane
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours carbonated pale yellow, not quite completely clear. Smells of bread, assorted malt, and faint earthy hops. Taste follows with some slight apple or pear on the end. Slightly wine-like on mouthfeel. Well carbonated. Solid refreshing beer.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Overall, a nice kolsch that seems true to style.

Look is crystal clear, bubbly, pale yellow, with a foamy head. Smells funky, grassy, and malty. Taste follows the smell: a little funky, grassy, and winey. Some fruit peel qualities. A cracker-like malty finish. Feels dry and bubbly. Light body.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.52/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours clear yellow gold with a creamy white foam head. Smells like fresh apple juice, pears, white grape, slight berry, crackery bready malty golden grains, mild spice, with funky floral earthy herbal grass. Tastes like fresh apples, pear, grape skin, slight berry, crackery bready malty grain, some spice, with floral earthy herbal grass. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and crisp with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice kölsch.

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Photo of NordicHermit
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml can purchased from Ontario LCBO. The can is dark blue, gold topped, and classy looking. Adorned with a character on it that for some reason reminds me of the NES game Faxanadu. Pours a deep gold with a 1" frothy head into a tall pilsener glass. Head subsided to about 1/8" after a moment but lingered for a while, as a mild but consistent carbonation added to it. Smell is very faint hops (maybe my sense of smell sucks, but didn't notice anything distinct with this). I enjoyed this after a couple of cheap North American macros, so the taste was a nice hit to the mouth in contrast. Sharp bitterness that hits the tongue immediately, rich flavour, and a firm and lasting hoppy / slightly metallic aftertaste. Consistent lacing down the glass as I consumed the beer. Feels like it should be a higher abv than 4.8%. Overall, a reasonably priced, tasty and satisfying German Kolsch.

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Photo of afroskully
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 864 ratings
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