Gaffel Kölsch | Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

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Gaffel KölschGaffel Kölsch

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Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.85/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear, golden color with a short lived white head, carbonation bubbles rose from the bottom of the glass for the entire session.

S - earthy yeast and light noble hop aroma.

T - excellent balance of flavor.

F - light, crisp and refreshing.

D - exceptional sample of the style, easy drinking and excellent tasting brew.

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Photo of baos
4.8/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quickly becoming my favorite style of beer.

Twelve ounce bottle into bicentennial Mason Jar.

A: Pretty hazy white straw-yellow with 3 finger head that dissipates down to near nothing.

S: Beautiful green tea and flower nectar notes. The Deutsch have it down. Making a something so flavorful from only hops, yeast, and malt is incredible. I love Kolsch.

T: Beautiful sour creme-lemony honeyed yumminess. I beginning to believe all beer revolves around Kölsch. Grassy lemony hops that meld into a nice grainy wholesomeness. This is a fucking good brew!!!!

M. Smooth and silky sweet yumminess.

D: Goodness!

I love this brew one should surely try one one immediately!!

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Clear gold body, one finger white head.

Smell: Puffed wheat cereal, an herbal grassiness from the noble hops, but also some sort of nondistinct fruitiness or floral element.

Taste: See above.

Feel: Medium body, medium-low carbonation, a little dry.

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Photo of Beermanic
4.71/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Very light straw colour with a very nice white as snow head.

S:Classic sweet pilsner aroma, reminds me of Germany. (getting excited)

T: The flavor so wonderful. Sweet pilsner malt, that nice bready/grain flavor, with a clean dry, crisp finish.

M: Nice higher carbonation, with a dryish lager finish.

O: A cheaper trip to Germany, probably the best commercial example you can find in America.

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Photo of mhodder
4.7/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Crisp, light, flavorful Kölsch. Nice dry finish. Refreshing and perfect on a summer afternoon, which is of course, the point of a session bier from Kölle (Cologne).

We did a tasting with 12 Kölsch biers, and this and the Reisdorff came out on top. Many others from the US and Germany were flabby, and had issues with their endings. But the finish on the Gafffel was by far the best. You can tell a lot more from a tasting and I would definitely recommend doing a Kölsch tasting if you have the time.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a cylinder glass.

A: Clear, golden-yellow color with a substantial, vigorously bubbly white head.

S: A very bright nose of pale malt, some wheat and noble hop herbalism. A faint fruitiness as well. Not too strong, but nice and light.

T: Crisp, pleasant malted barley flavors meld seamlessly into subdued fruity esters and two-steps-away-from-sharp noble hop bitterness. A classic case where the taste is more than the sum of its parts.

M: Fairly light feel, but never thin. A very smooth customer with plenty of carbonation. Finishes nice and clean with a slightly grainy aftertaste.

D: A fantastic pick for a session beer. So easy to throw a few of these back.

I've always felt that Kölsch is one of those styles that has to be done "right," meaning that any slight inaccuracy in the brewing process will be painfully evident. Thankfully, Gaffel has had plenty of practice on this masterpiece of flavor and feel. Sometimes, nothing beats a classic, and this is rightfully one such beer. If you're looking for a lighter beer with plenty of flavor, especially on a hot day, you really can't go wrong with this one. Fabulous!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.52/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Gaffel Kolsch comes right out of the town of Koln (which guarantees its authenticity); and also happens to be one of the best examples available in the U.S. right now. It pours a crystal clear yellow-gold body beneath a massive head of fluffy bright-white foam that slowly receeds to a thin collar and whispy surface covering. Some initial splashes of lace are left at the start of the glass, but there's not much beyond that. Still, it's quite attractive. The nose delivers a beautiful combination of grainy malt and herbal, floral, and spicy hops as well as a splash of yeasty fruitiness. The body is decidedly medium and it's very fine, moderate carbonation lends a gentle zest to the tongue. The flavor delivers pretty much exactly what the nose promises with a beautifully balanced symphony of very lightly sweet but distinctly grainy malt woven throughout with threads of floral, spicy and herbal hops. A solid bitterness balances it superbly; and it finishes with a swirl of hop flavor and a drying bitterness that leaves you ready for another sip. It's an incredibly drinkable beer that balances a "lighter" quality with a good amount of complexity; and when teamed with the fact that it has a relatively subdued alcohol content of 4.8%, it's a most impressive session ale. One of the best! And if you want to understand what the Kolsch style is all about, this is the one to try!

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Photo of StaEva
4.48/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great Kolsch. The only thing keeping this beer from having a higher rating is the fact that you people don't have any appreciation for subtlety. This is the greatest Kolsch available in America, hands down. I will argue anyone on this fact until you give up and realize your foolishness.

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Photo of Offa
4.48/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent kolsch, light but nicely complex and characterful, at least if not drunk too cold.

Gold, it has a big white head steadily shrinking.

Aroma is strong, nice full grain and bread dough with hints of apple, grass, mineral, lemon, herb.

Taste is crisp apple, lots of grain, some mineral, lightly bitter grass and herb, green apple peel. If not too cold, the flavours really come through, integreat and balance nicely, with a full-bodied character, lively and somewhat complex despite being light in body and exceedingly drinkable.

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Photo of emsroth
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at George keeleys in Manhattan.40cl of pure beer goodness.

App: straw gold with a white head.

Smell: apples, grapes, and a touch of honey. A bit of grain as well.

Taste. Super Fruity. Much like the smell with flavors of apple, grape, and honey up front. Ends incredibly dry with, unfortunately no hop flavor (so 4.5).

Light refreshing body, even in the dead of winter.

When fresh (it was better last month) I could drink it all night long.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tall 12oz bottles available everywhere in Columbus, brewed in Koln (and with a picture of the famous Koln dom on the carton). The beer is pale yellow color, clear, with about 2 fingers of eggshell foam. The beer smells perfect for a Kolsch, just so long as you know to not expect a strong rich profile with this subtle style of beer. There are hops, floral and spicy, but they whisper rather than scream. Some fruit (ale yeast) and a grainy malt aroma and flavor even things out. Very balanced and good. Per specs, this is light bodied and extremely easy to drink, with a slightly dry aftertaste.

I have a business associate in Leverkusen (just outside of Koln) who maintains that Gaffel is a poor example of Kolsch beer (he prefers Fruh and Reissdorf). But I have to respectfully disagree, Gaffel is extremely good to me.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with no visible date. Pale gold, with steady streams of carbonation. The appearance is very clear, although there are some tiny specks of floating sediment throughout. The nose has a delectable touch of grain sweetness with a light fruit zest. It's very clean and lager-like, making me forget this is an ale. Decent hop note as well.

Clean and crisp, with a bready dryness. There is suprisingly a nice depth of flavor, with a floral touch. The hop bitterness is just right, hanging on to keep me coming back for another sip.

Such an overlooked style here in the U.S. , and this example is a fine one. Drinkable, well-balanced, and just well-made.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Gaffel Kölsch is best served at cooler temperatures (40-50F) and enjoyed from a traditional Stangen (pole) or Reagenzglas (test tube). Gaffel pours up very regal with a light, spritzy carbonation that creates a pillowy white head atop a bright, hay/straw-golden body. The head dissapates rather quickly leaving a ring of Cölner lace in its wake. The somewhat fruity & definitely grainy aroma shows just a hint of esters (e.g. pear, peach pit) and the slightest touch of sulpher from the traditional fermentation process. The taste starts off with a nice, light graininess then gives into some bitterness which carries into a crisp, dry, slightly chalky finish. This light bodied, indeginous beer of Cologne is one of my favorite styles to it lends itself nicely to quaffing in mass quantities. This one was enjoyed while watching a 2006 World Cup match (Angola vs. Portugal) at Stadion Köln, but I certainly recommend this particular Kölsch anytime you find yourself thirsty for a fine beer.

PROST! Beertracker

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Photo of Neorebel
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gaffel is a great pick/example of the true Kolsch style. I've had this both on tap in the brewery in Koln and bottled at home. I am thrilled it's available in the US, but make sure the bottles aren't dusty! Some people might not prefer this beer because of the perception of a session beer... Don't compare to an American ale or Belgian beer loaded with all sorts of bold flavors. For fans of German Pils. What it is, is a clean tasting beer with a certain sweetness and earthiness that must be fresh and is also best when drank with the proper 'ritual.' Drink it in the 'Stanger' type glasses meant for pounding the beer down with friends! Good times.

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Photo of fastsrt
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Draft pour In a gaffel Stange glass

A: golden, white head looks good in the glass

S: grape, malt, great aroma

T: grapes, malts, awsome beer smooth and easy drinking

M: good carbonation. Light, dry

D: could drink a few goes down smooth real good beer. Have not have many of this style however i am trying to experience more styles

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Photo of yeagerbm
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up to try to develop some appreciation for the more subtle styles of beer.
Appearance- very light golden color and very clear with a white head with very fine bubbles. Very nice looking for a pale yellow beer.

Smell - Very clean with a faint grainy malt aroma.

Taste - The taste of this beer is very clean with a full malt flavor and very little taste from fermentation by-products. Obviously all malt with no body thinning adjuncts. Only enough hops for a refreshing bitterness to balance the malt. A slightly fruity finish.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth with the perfect creamy carbonation.

Overall Impression - As a homebrewer I am very impressed with the craftmanship behind this well made beer. It is well balanced and thirst quenching and highly drinkable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amazingly true-to-style beer. Quite complex and intellegent in its subtleties. Very lightly flavored, but the flavors range from green apples to kiwi, from pilsner malts to wheat, from tea-like to noble hops. The body is even smooth and with a light minty feel. Whisps away quickly and powdery. A sparkling clear straw with a fluffy withstanding head retention. Must be sampled with a very clean palate and an anylitical mindset to appreciate the brew. A very difficult brew to get right.

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Photo of GoBrewOrGoHome
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- big foamy white head, great head retention, straw yellow
S- bready, grainy, tad bit of cinimon, little dms
T- bready, little worty, low bitterness, little banana, sweet tobacco, black pepper aftertase, lemon zest
M- med-light body, medium carbonation
D- great kolsch, very light yet very complex

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Photo of billybob
4.34/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a medium gold in color no head or lace at all. smells of fresh grass with faint floral notes and slight fruity sweetness. taste of fresh grain, grass and some hops. mouthfeel light carbonation ok but a little more would have helped. fresh and light easy to drink would buy again.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this at Bully's in Columbia. Poured chilled from the brown bottle into a pils glass.

A -Crystal clear straw golden w/ miniscule 1/4 inch smooth snowy head that drops to nothin'

S - Sweet floral hops and mild pear w/ subtle white grape and honeyed malt odors

M - Crisp yet relatively malty for all its levity. Grainy textures are of toasted and honey tinged w/ mineral notes and biscuit texture hat is light. There are fruity sweet tinges w/ moderately high carbonation but right on for style w/ a refreshing clean finish

T - The subtleties of this beer are what make it great. A mild bready taste w/ kiss of hops(hahah), but really the malt is very balanced and smooth and satiny w/ nice toasted elements. Tastes of fruit w/ mild german yeast that has mineral like calcium affected taste w/ a dry yet balanced malt complexity. The flavor is so mildly fruity like a golden delicious w/ a nice honey-like smooth sweet element.

D - A more refreshing/highly flavorful beer is hard to imagine. I could drink this repeatedly and not get bored. One of the best session ales ever!

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Photo of mynie
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the Black Sparrow in Lafayette, Indiana.

Poured into a straight-tall glass with a gold plated rim. .4 litres was marked right below the gold. Cheapskates. The beer itself was very dark for a kolsch, and like most good lagers it was dense but not hazy. Nice little white cap sat atop it, but the bartender was nice considering the size of the glass and didn't waste much room with head.

Smells grainy, corny, and flowery. Nice. More like a european pils than a Kolsch, but still with enough dry earthiness to make it Kolshy.

Tastes as it smells--nothing overwhelming but firm, well balanced and refreshing as hell. The dry and spicy euro hops are much more present in the taste than in the mouth, and they kind of override the regular earthiness with their surprisingly intense dryness.

Damn fine for the style.

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Photo of drtth
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tall relatively slender "stange" style glass (but larger) with the Gaffel logo on the side. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is clear and has a bright gold color with a ½" finely textured white head that persists for a reasonably long time but then recedes to a patch of form and small ring of foam around the glass. For quite a while there are bubbles rising here and there pretty regularly. Initially sipping produces some patches of lacing but that gradually disappears as the beer is consumed. Some lightly speckled lacing remains pretty much to the end.

Smell: The aroma is lightly bready and spicy from the pale malt and the soft spicy and herbal hops.

Taste: There is a soft dry sweetness to the bready malt flavor and the spicy, herbal hops that are clearly present but not overpowering. Overall the flavor is almost, but not quite, dry, very clean, crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light bodied and soft with light prickly carbonation present for most of the beer. The finish is medium long and just fades out on a faint note of hoppy herbal flavor.

Drinkability: This is a very nice and very drinkable beer, especially if you like a good Kolsch. Very refreshing and as good as I remembered a Kolsch to be from having a night in Cologne. I could easily have had another and expect to drink this one again given the opportunity. A good example of a Cologne brewed Kolsch.

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Photo of fizzyfred
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal clear with a golden, straw color. Would have liked a little more of a head. Smell is clean with a hint of noble hops. The taste is dry with an assertive noble hop flavor. This beer is very good, it might benefit from a little more vienna/munich flavor. Carbonation is hig, as the style calls for. I prefer Kolsch (rare as it is) on draft where it less fizzy. A little more sour taste is good, shouldn't be as clean as a lager. This is another tasty beer.

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Photo of WMBierguy
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had only ever tried one Kölsch previous to drinking this one, and I did not really enjoy that Kölsch. TYhat beer had the bitter, metallic taste of a Heinieclone, and I had written off the Kölsch style as a pilsner wannabe. This beer convinced me that I was wrong about Kölsch. This beer was pale yellow with a mild head. Looked like a pretty standard beer. However, it had a distinctive taste. It's hard to explain, other than to say that it was light on hops and had an overall pleasant taste. This would be the perfect hot day beer if only it weren't so expensive ($8.50 for a 6 pack). This beer has completely changed my mind about Kölsch, and I'm going to give that other Kölsch (Reisdorf Kölsch) another try. Maybe it was skunked, or maybe it was simply inferior. Regardless, Gaffel Kölsch is a quality beer, and is certainly not a Heinieclone.

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Photo of KenC
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a pint glass.

A: Clear, yellow/gold/red color with three fingers of foamy white head. Dissipates to almost nothing quickly, with no lacing. This is very much typical for the style, and just as I anticipated.

S: Upfront - malt, some wheat and some noble hops. A note of fruit, too.

T: Intense malt starts it off and then it gets fruity in the middle. True to the style, the aftertaste is that noble hop bitterness that I was waiting for. It didn’t disappoint!

M: Light to medium. It’s very smooth and just the right amount of carbonation.

D: I guess several centuries of brewing this style have given them ample opportunity to perfect their craft. Job well done. This was great with pulled pork on a hot Sunday afternoon out on the deck

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