Gaffel Kölsch | Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

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Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2002

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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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Photo of FrancisM12
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of REVZEB
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of alcoomes75
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chitoryu12
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Taste: Bitter malt, clean and refreshing hops. Minimal aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A little thick, average carbonation.

Overall: Decent and refreshing, but not too special.

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Photo of jsn1376
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jacobier10
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
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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Photo of Kelly10359
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JRed
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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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Photo of hopalongcassidy2
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%
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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Photo of SolarPower36
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gaffel Kolsch gets a solid 3.5 and I liked member's reviews with ratings higher than mine > It looks like a light beer ... I couldn't smell anything .... It tastes and feels good ...Overall, trying this beer has my attention to dive into more German beers. I would definitely purchase Gaffel Kolsch again! Dieses verdammte Bier ist sehr gut!

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Photo of 54V4G3
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paresis
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of laketang
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear straw with a sunday white head
Spice and some slight bitterness, and mild sweetness
Finish is crisp and clean.
Not as fresh as I would like but good.

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Photo of millses90
4.51/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An unbelievable Kolsch. Don't let that biased "light beer rating" fool you. It looks beautiful straw yellow. The nose has a refined mellow ale yeast aroma with a mild malt nose and hints of german noble hops. The taste is crisp, and refreshing with mild hop bitterness and flavor. The flavor profile also holds a strong light munich pils malt character. Mouthfeel is fairly light, as a kolsch should be. I have had thousands of light beers and this truly is the one for me. As a home brewer and beer enthusiast, I can say I have found the one.


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

Photo of Jcbroome
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of icemanls4
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tbrax34
2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Freshness matters a lot. I’ve had some that were really good and some that were pretty bad.

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

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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