Gaffel Kölsch
Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

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3.7 | pDev: 12.43%
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Greywulfken from New York

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer for easy drinking - merges elements both "craft" and "BMC" (if we're even using those terms anymore) - has some malt backbone, a mild bitterness, mildly sweet, soft and smooth, but with a hint of the old-school "beer" taste, too - enjoyable for sure...

Aug 31, 2021
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Jmsandberg17 from Missouri

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

500 mL can poured into a willi becher glass, pour a slightly hazy yellow with a decent amount of fluffy white head that recedes to a thin layer on top of the liquid. Smell is of grassy malt and some hops. Flavor is full-bodied and tastes of hearty malts, with a spicy-grassy hopiness that doesn't contibute too much bitterness. Mouthfeel is full but clean at first, with a malt flavor that lingers and brings you back for another sip.

Very good beer, will buy again.

Aug 09, 2021
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backblast from Alaska

3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy white head that hangs around and mild lacing.

Very light, sweet malt, mild grassy, mild biscuit and just the right amount of hop to cut it all and the aftertaste dissipates quickly.

Jul 31, 2021
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright completely clear gold with a two finger head. Great lacing.

Virtually no aroma unfortunately. Just the faintest notion of yeast.

There's not much complexity to it, but the taste is excellent. Dry, cracker like barley malt with a backdrop of sweet fruity banana like yeast; balanced out against floral, spicy noble hops.

Feel is crisp and light. Well carbonated. Refreshing at 4.80% ABV.

I definitely enjoyed this; the nose is the only thing it loses points on. I'm sure this beer is mind blowing if you're drinking it straight from the tap at the actually brewery in Germany, but by the time it gets bottled and shipped to America it loses some of it's character, at least I think so.

Jul 15, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle, bought in Citti Markt, Flensburg. ABV is 4.8%. Pale golden colour, moderate white head. Fairly strong aroma with some sweetish notes of new-mown grass, Refreshing and "clean" flavour, crisp and easy drinking, with tolerable "herbal" German hops.

Jun 27, 2021
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keithmurray from Connecticut

3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pale straw color with white head

Smell - bready, white grape, cracker, lemon zest

Taste - white grape, white bread, lemon zest, butter?

Mouthfeel - medium.bodied, medium carbonation, slight sweetness upfront, hop bittnerness on the back end. Crisp and refreshing

Overall - this is a good beer to quaff on a hot summer's day. Certainly worth a try.

Price Point - $10.99/ 4 pack 16.9 oz cans

Jun 27, 2021
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4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my fourth beer of the evening. Typically my go-to for a lager. Having with dinner.

Look - Pours a clear golden colour. Reminds me of my granddad's beer (Labatt's 50).

Smell - Smells like a standard lagered ale. Pickinging up scents of corn and corn syrup with bread on the end. Not going to lie, I got little beer up my nose trying too hard to discern scents.

Taste - Very much follows the nose, but is also nicely crisp, which shuts down the sweetness from being over powering.

Feel - thinner, soft and refreshing, as expected. A great way to cap the night and a delicious beer.

Jun 12, 2021
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EmperorBevis from England

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in a half litre brown bottle and purchased from Bier Cell in Altrincham
pours a crystal clear golden body with good white head
aroma is broken down mulched wheat
very bitter but very clean tasting

May 30, 2021
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drink by date 12/22/2021
Drinking this at home.
Poured from a tap into a pint glass very slowly.
Looks golden yellow with a nice white foamy head that dropped to a thick cap.
Smells lightly bready floral, lemony, vanilla.
Taste follows the nose nicely with a nice clean finish.
Mouth feel is medium plus for the style, soft and refreshing.
Overall a very nice example of a Kolsch that I would definitely drink again.

Apr 14, 2021
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jonphisher from New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really pretty crystal clear light gold. Nice puffy white head, settles to a nice thin layer of white, as it settled left some nice lacing from initial pour.

Smell to me is initially was lemony sweet but as it warmed a white grape, or apple?, really was noticeable. Incredibly pleasant smelling beer. Also some hay like notes in it as well.

The taste mostly follows the nose on this one. Touch of honey in this one it also reminds me of this water crackers.

Mouthfeel is light and very enjoyable. It is a very soft with a nice light soft carbonation. A nice subtle bitterness. Very clean and noticeably dry finish.

This is a very very refreshing beer. I personally never have thought of any beer as thirst quenching but this definitely is a beer that has that quality. It’s smooth a soft like water but there is plenty there to remind you it’s beer.

Mar 27, 2021
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jkrich from Florida

3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshness dated 16.9 oz. can: picture-perfect, bright and shiny gold with a sustained, foamy white head.

Perhaps the linkest link with this ale - somewhat muted noble hop aromas, but this style is not known for prominent aromas.

This one is quite refreshing and, according to the can, very fresh with a 12/22/2021 date stamped on the bottom. I can already see that this quite like a well-made Helles or pilsner with a well-rounded mouthfeel and flavor from the top-fermenting yeast. Very nice hints of lemon and vanilla dominate the flavor profile, while the hops keep the body crisp and dry. This ale is visually attractive and flavorful, but not hugely distinctive.

After having several US brewed Kolsch-style ales, it is good to try the original.

Mar 06, 2021
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold. Smells of moss, vines, wet stone, raw dough. Tastes follows the smell completely with a touch of non descript fruity yeast vibes. Dry yet wet finish. Outstanding.

Jan 12, 2021
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ATL6245 from Georgia

4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Crystal clear, brilliant gold. Fluffy white head with great retention. Slow rising bubbles.

Aroma: Floral & grainy. Faint fruity esters apparent on initial pour.

Flavor & Aftertaste: Grainy, sweet, & mildly bitter.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied, soft & well rounded. Effervescent. Crisp finish with bitterness trailing

Overall: This sample was several months old, but still tasty. Brilliant clarity and excellent head retention. Light to medium on the palate. Very crisp and refreshing. Good balance between sweet and malt. Grainy & floral aroma apparent. Grainy flavor prominent. Short crisp finish with a short lived mild bitterness.

Nov 25, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best before 6/7/2021; consumed on 11/20/20

Pours a crystal-clear, pure honey gold body topped with a massive, fluffy, eggshell-white head of foam; excellent retention leaves a finger of rocky cap and a brooding, soapy collar climbing up the glass, along with a dense coating of lacing.

Aroma opens with dry, grainy notes of popcorn kernels before a honeyed malt sinks in alongside husky corn; herbal tones build over time, highlighting both grass and straw as they dominate the close.

Taste shows notes of straw and, light minerality, and even lighter cereal grain to supplement upfront, progressing to a quick touch of honey over the mid-palate against crackery malts and building hop characteristics into the back end, including a pronounced grassiness, distant citrus rinds, and sparse hints of moss delivering an edge to the finish.

Mouthfeel offers a densely crisp light body alongside a fluffy, moderate-high carbonation dispersing evenly over the mid-palate with a pillowy grit amplifying steadily; a moderate bitterness brings heft to a heavily drying finish.

Grainy malt presents thoroughly from start to finish, though never quite outpaces the surprisingly hop-forward grassiness integrated across the profile, leaving a level yet plain Kölsch formed with good construction but otherwise doing little to distinguish itself in the style.

Nov 21, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, straw-yellow color with a small, fizzy, white head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace. It smelled of grains, hay and floral notes. Sweet caramel with bread crust a mild bitterness and a touch of citrus. Crisp and sharp.

Nov 15, 2020
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babaracas from Florida

3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold with thin soapy white cap. Smell: floral whiff, grainy, lemon, pepper note; main impression though is clean and grain-forward. Taste: lightly biscuity, cereal grains, mild herbal bitterness, with nectarine skin in the finish. Crisp finish.

Oct 17, 2020
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nick_perry from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow color. Foamy 3-finger white head. Biscuit aroma. Notes of grass and honey. Noticeably smoother and less hoppy than American kolsches. Highly enjoyable, good to have a kolsch straight from the source.

Oct 14, 2020
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elnachooo from Spain

2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Al servir tiene un dedo de espuma fino de buena retención. Cuerpo medio y baja carbonatación. Aroma maltoso y frutal. En boca es ligeramente amarga, propio del estilo.

Oct 11, 2020
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BA all over the map on this most popular beer in Koln. I find this as any Kolsch I have tried. Difficult to tease out all that's going on out of the bottle.
a) First it pours a darker golden clear body that spouts a fervent stiffer, stickier, rocky head (better than most pilsners) that lasts and laces.
s) Plenty of skunky, funky subtle aromas from the German Ale yeast, without being overwhelming, grain, lime.
t) Plenty of flavor facets here: that yeast tempers down into green apple tea, lime, pilsner, lemon, and finishes with a signature, back-flavor that's woody and dank.
f) Mid, smooth, appetizing. Great first beer of evening - now available at WFM. Must like a bit off, cellar flavors.
Great with cheese or brauts.

Oct 03, 2020
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Tony787 from Canada (ON)

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i bought a can at the lcbo in Ontario 500ml at 4.8 %.
poured a 1 finger head into glass taste was good and refreshing and also enjoyed the flavor .
good price on this beer at lcbo
easy drinking light Kolsch beer

Sep 20, 2020
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can. Golden in color with a good sized head. Smells bright, with grain and malt standing out. Taste is bready with a malt backbone, good flavor and smooth and easy to drink. Good Kölsch

Aug 30, 2020
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Gold. Clear. As foamy as you pour. Glossy on the surface.

S: Buttery.

T: Biscuity barley a notch above mellow. It has a nice earthy tone about it. There is a good amount of hops but they are of mild intensity.

F: Gaffel knows what you want and how you want it. There is head in the bottle and more appears as it loses its cool and you take wide exaggerated swigs off it.

O: Balanced and approachable. A well-crafted down-to-Earth kind of beer. An excellent example of Kölsch style ale.

Aug 15, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

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

Pours a very clear golden color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has malt and floral hints
The taste follows the nose with malt and floral flavors
A light bodied very well carbonated crisp beer
A good Kolsch

Jul 26, 2020
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Steve555 from Wales

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is light amber with a thin two finger head, quite strong carbonation. Smell is floral, sweet malts. Taste is some biscuits, lemon rind and a grassy hop taste. Mouthfeel is lively and creamy with lingering sweet and bitter aftertastes. A great Kolsch and a little pilsner like. Probably my favourite in the style.

Jul 16, 2020
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a deep golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, biscuits. Taste is malts, biscuits, some floral notes, light hops and a touch of sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a highly refreshing beer on this warm night.

Jun 04, 2020
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