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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
852
Reviews:
379
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
12.88%
 
 
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Photo of newbeeraday
1.25/5  rDev -65.8%

Photo of fx20736
1.91/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into Pilsener glass. Pale Straw clear & yellow with pure white foaming head which recedes quickly with no lacing. Aroma is skunky, taste is worse. very bitter and astringent with that skunk smell coming through. I am glad I only bought a single 12 oz bottle. I will not buy another. It doesn't begin to resemble Reissdorf Kolsch in any way which is a superior brew.

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Photo of anilc
2/5  rDev -45.2%

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.22/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clean, pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, small skunkiness and standard European lager kind of smells. In the taste, a bitter hop, a small dry maltiness, and somewhat watery. A small bite and light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, small earthiness in the aftertaste. Standard European lager, but a bit more watery than expected.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.24/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a typical clear straw yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is malty and slightly fruity. Flavor is rather wan, crisp and malty. Texture is watery and thin, just a little tingly. It leaves a thin finish that is slightly bitter but not in a good way. For a German beer, it was a disappointment - I hope that I got some from a bum batch.

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Photo of KevMo84
2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of beerme626
2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.26/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale yellow body with a small, short-lived, fizzy white head.

Smell: Unpleasant, somewhat distressed aroma of soggy cardboard and grains accentuated by a slight grassiness.

Taste: Incredibly light, crackery malt flavor with notes of grass. Medium bitterness. Ugh, that cardboard taste really kicks up near the finish. Metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Simply atrocious!

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Photo of EkimGram
2.36/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: 12oz bottle puored into an Innis & Gunn flute-like glass. Colour is a pale golden yellow. Moderate amounts of visible carbonation. Two-finger head slowly fades to a bubbly lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of malt. A little musty.

Taste: Very metallic. The malts are barely noticeable. Metallic and bitter - that's all.

Mouthfeel: Light, carbonated, crisp. Finishes dry and with a bite.

Drinkability: I fear this bottle may have been conditioned poorly. It doesn't taste of skunk but the metal flavours are extremely unpleasant.

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Photo of Drew966
2.41/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Gaffel Kolsch pours a golden yellow with a thick, fluffy, white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Not much aroma, perhaps a little citrus. Not exactly what I expected, having only had American versions of kolsch. Much more subdued citrus flavor than some micros I've tried. Perhaps a touch of lemon peel in the finish, but that's it. After a few minutes I'm definitely tasting citrus. I'm not sure I like this one, I don't really dislike it either. It's just kind of mediocre. Not worth seeking out, worth a try.

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2.44/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into 10oz Pilsner glass. Poured a, very slightly, hazy clean yellow color with minimal head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

Sadly, a strong skunk scent hit my nose as soon as I poured. On closer inspection there was a nice grain undertone, but it took work to find it. The taste was not as skunky and had a bolder grain flavor, with a nice touch of hops. But that skunk still has a bit too much of a presence.

The body was a bit light for the style. If I try some of this without the skunk, it might rate better on drinkabilty. As it sits though, this beer is not that pleasant to sip.

Overall, this beer reminded me more of a Pilsener than a Kolsch. I may give this brew another shot, or I may not. I can't give you any guidance as to whether you should try it or not.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.45/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, and bottled elsewhere

Pours a crystal clear, pale yellow with a thin fizzy head that dissipates to essentially nothing pretty quickly. Grassy aroma, grains and, well that's about it. Light taste, bready, lightly earthy, sweet with pale malts, and a gentle floral hoppiness. Pretty one-dimensional and uninteresting, as typical with the style. Light mouthfeel, and a bit of unpleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. Good for lightweights, but not very drinkable otherwise. I am not a fan.

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Photo of BlackVeg
2.46/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of traumaqueen
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of tesla92
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of davidwhatshisnam
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of muratgurer
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BigJiMo
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.51/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color Kolsch with a rather large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light diacetyl with some butter and light sweet malt. Taste is also dominated by lightly sweet cereal with some very subtle hosp and some diacetyl is clearly detectable. Body si about average with some good carbonation. Not very interesting or something that I would wish to have more often.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
2.54/5  rDev -30.4%
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 Reaper16
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a sunshine golden yellow color that basically looks indistinguishable from Corona. Super clear and actively spritzy. A little greater than one finger of sterling white head forms, but doesn't stick around for very long. Good lines of lacing, though.

Lots of cereal grains in the nose. The first sniff was all grain and a slightly-skunked aroma. Thankfully, this beer develops into something more interesting once the cold starts to wear off after a minute or two post-pour. There's a small hint of Fruit Pebbles cereal here, along with the expected Kolsch yeast aromas of apple. There's a small touch of synthetic lemon flavoring here too; think lemon Pledge or something similar. This isn't as pleasant as Gaffel's main competitor, Reissdorf Kolsch, but it does a decent enough job.

This is not a good beer. The graininess dominates the palate. I've had macro lagers that I'd prefer over this beer. I'd prefer a Coors Light to this beer. The subtle apple and crisp hops that I expect from a Kolsch are out of balance here. The appley yeast only shows up on the finish, and the hops are nowhere near as crisp as desired, instead washing over your tongue as a vague bitterness without flavor. Mixed with the grain taste, this beer has a flavor approximating that of burnt popcorn (unbuttered and unsalted).

I can't hate on the mouthfeel. It's as light and spritzy as you want a session lager such as Kolsch to be. There isn't much to say about it other than it fits the parameters of the style. Overall, this is a disappointment. The city of Cologne can do much better than submit Gaffel Kolsch as a beer representative of the city. This is out-of-balance and no true competition to the far-superior Reissdorf Kolsch.

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Photo of afksports
2.6/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well, maybe this is an old keg or something. But I don't get the "B" rating that Gaffel Kolsch has on BeerAdvocate. It's like German Budweiser to me.

Poured without much head (I fault the bartender), whatever lacing was there dissipated within 15 minutes. Little to no carbonation is left in this straw to gold light beer. The smell is indistinct, maybe some light fruits, a touch of grain, pinch of hops. (I sound like Julia Child here).

The taste is ... mediocre? There's a bite of some grassy hops, and a sense of white grapes here, but ultimately the watery finish is what dominates. Light beer that's light, I suppose as it should be, but that's ultimately... unremarkable.

Had on tap at Brad's by NYU, where I had to go to study because NYU can't figure out how to open study spaces on the weekend. I'm relegated to drinking. See what you've done to me, NYU?

Also: The girlfriend got a beerface from this. Minus points. Budweiser with grapes.

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Photo of woomThomas
2.61/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

The beer is a clear pale yellow when you pour it. The foam is white and comes up pretty fast. The foam have large bubbles and disappear leisurely. The foam leaves little trace in the glass. The aroma is a little malt itself. You will find some herbs, citrus and some honey sweetness. But the public feels a little light in the scents. The flavor is a little bit fruity, and little watering. Some flavor of malt, honey, herbs and some citrus. Light body. Medium-high carbonation who indulge in a while. Slightly dry, watering and earthy.

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Gaffel Kölsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
3.65 out of 5 based on 852 ratings.
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