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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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A very light and tasty beer best drunk in the summer I'm bier garden in Cologne, Germany. Served in small glasses. Prepare to drink many. Prost.

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

Awesome beer, especially in the heat of the Arizona summer.

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.85/5  rDev +32.2%
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 +30.8%
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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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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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

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4.71/5  rDev +28.3%
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 +28.1%
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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4.59/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.59/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | 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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4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
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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4.52/5  rDev +23.2%
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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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 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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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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