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 fscottkey
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.75] The bottle lists the ABV (4.8%) I could not find a usable date code. Very transparent light straw colored beer. It has about 1/2 finger of white head with medium bubbles.

S: [4.00] Corn, malt sweetness, noble hop spiciness also hints of blueberry (best descriptor I can think of)

T: [4.00] Has that same blueberry vibe. Corn, spicy hops.

M: [3.75] The body is mild and crisp.

O: [3.75] Perfect beer for a dock. It is what Bud wishes it was. Really nice lager with a good balance of malts and hops. The thing I am describing as blueberry is a nice addition. Germans know how to make a lager.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold with leggy snow film. 4
Ton of flowers with some cracker and sugar. 4
Clean husk, gentle pear and slight florals leading to tight clean end. 3.75
Snappy, light, round. 3.75

Dull but flawless. Other than IBUs, not much to find here - missing the usual nuance. There are better Kolschs. 3.75

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint medium golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy foamy white head that reduces to a large patch of mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy malts with a light to moderate aroma of grassy hops.

T: Light to moderate flavors of grainy malts with only the slightest hint of sweetness. Touches of light fruit (apple, pear, white grape) and a light to moderate flavor of grassy hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and clean with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing, would be excellent on a hot summer afternoon. Alcohol is well hidden and this is a pretty good example of the style.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear pale gold with a wispy shortlived head. The aroma is of bready malts, grainyness, fresh mown grass and a light rye spiciness. Light, compact malts mingle with a grassy. herbal hop profile in the taste. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation. Light bitterness and subtle maltiness in the dry finish.

This is a great Kolsch - simple, yet very well balanced and flavorful. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Taste: crispy cracker-like, slight hop, clean finish. Fermented grain nose. Gold, clear, with large foamy head and some lace to taster glass. Medium/lite body.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My bro-in-law gave me this beer. It poured a clear golden with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent is faint biscuit. The taste is evenly balanced and easy to drink. Not much to the flavor...a watered down version of Becks. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer certainly worth a try but that's about it.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

While the style lends itself to being sessionable, Gaffel is more so than its counterparts.
Had in a strange, it is just plain pleasant. Not bitter, it is dry in the finish. Great on a Sunday afternoon with a snack.
MJ's 1991 "Guide" gave it 3 of 4 stars.

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Photo of safaricook
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not much going on in this one. While the passionate Kölsch drinker might enjoy it, I who is not a fan of the style find it a bit bland. There is not much in the aroma except the grainy pale malts and an ever so subtle hint of grassy hops. The taste is dry and there is a certain bitterness that I don't like too much. Body is medium and the carbonation is prickling. A little watery. Not my beer.

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Photo of twage04
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours medium carbonation with little head that disappears quickly. Aroma is muted, but taste is subtle grainyness and fruitiness as typical with the style, although hindered with a little skunkiness maybe. Hops aren't really present but I wouldn't expect much there anyways. Overall not my favorite Kolsch but it's saved a bit by mouth feel

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Photo of Dentist666
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden with decent off-white head, good retention.
Smell - grainy, fruity tones, metallic tones, hay, herbal hops.
Taste - lager-like, grainy with moderate bitterness.
Light body, medium to high carbonation.

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Photo of larryi86
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- A clear golden color with a two finger white head.

S- Mild floral hops, hints of pilsner malts, kind of grassy, hints of bread.

T- Pilsner malts, some bready malts, floral, some spicey/earth bitter hops in the finish.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A decent Kölsch, taste better than the nose.

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Photo of QueenCityYeastBeast
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

from 11.2oz bottle

L: better lacing than head, expected golden Kolsch hue
S: slight fruit hint with otherwise expected mild hop aroma
T: bitter, moderate bready taste which is soon overpowered by carbonation
F: light, significant carbonation
O: solid representation of the style, perhaps a slight bit over carbonated and too much bitter to be excellent for my palate

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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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Photo of delta490
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium gold, with a thin, persistent disk of lightly creamy white head. It leaves a decent amount of small slightly soapy/slightly sticky head. The aroma is good-very good, with a nice grain sweetness and a hint of earth. The taste is similar but a little less robust. It is medium-light bodied with just a small but persistent stream of carbonation.

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Photo of speedvagen
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap, at Gaffe am Dom near the Koln cathedral: once in a lifetime experience, and the perfect bier to ring in 1000 hads/reviews. Look is pale yellow, big head in the skinny .2l glasses they serve it in. Smell is faint, heavy malt, and the taste follows, sweet, malty, light, refreshing. Feel is light and smooth. Not my favorite style, but on this day, this beer, with the Dom in view, it was perfection. Wish more days were like this...

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Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Regrettably brief notes from a half-litre can purchased at a Rewe market in Koln, Germany in March, 2016:

4.80% ABV. Brewed with hop extract.

A: ~2cm white cap. Frothy and soft-looking, with fair creaminess and average complexion.

Body is a clear pale copper - not the vibrant yellow of most Koln-brewed beers in the style. Clean, with no visible yeast particulate.

It's a decent looking Kolsch.

Sm: Muted and reticent. Faint Munich or pilsner malts (something light, anyway), and generic floral hop character. That's all I get given the faintness of the aroma.

T: Bright malts (probably Munich) and generic floral hop character. The yeast profile helps set this apart, with hints of common ale yeast-induced fruity esters, but otherwise it's on par with many mid-grade German beers. Balance is decent, but it's so simple that isn't much of a complement. Lacks the nuanced hop character of superior beers in the style, as well as the freshness of the malt backbone. I don't dislike it, but it leaves a lot to be desired.

Mf: Not unrefreshing, but the sharp overcarbonation does impede drinkability substantially. Smooth, wet, light to medium-bodied, clean drinking. Not as crisp, delicate/fragile, light-bodied, or fresh as the best Kolschbiere I've had in Koln. This does a decent job complementing the flavour profile, but there isn't a perfect harmony of texture and taste per se.

O: Drinkable but underwhelming - especially for a Kolsch brewed in Koln. Not as poorly executed as Gaffel's own Richmodis, but still on the lower end in terms of the Kolschbiere I've tried in the region. Sure, it's better than many American stabs at the style, but discerning drinkers won't be dazzled.


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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is one style of beer that I haven’t tried too often, but the ones I have tried I remember being refreshing and since it’s a hot as hell day I figured this might be good. This pours a pale yellow color, though still very slightly darker than your average pilsener. It has a thin, white head. The smell is somewhat yeasty and a little acrid also, so fairly indistinguishable from a pilsener. The flavor is quite yeasty with wheat qualities and a slightly astringent, extremely dry finish with some bitter hop character. The body is light, but still a little bit heavier than your average pils. This beer would be refreshing if it didn’t have such a dry finish. That same finish, however, strangely makes you want to drink since before you swallow the beer is cool and has a nice flavor. This beer is a little disappointing I have to say. I would still take it over many pilseners, since I am not a big fan of that style for the most part, but this is nothing amazing.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap:
Gold to deep gold; very clear; head slow to dissipate, but continues until thin layer of small white bubbles grace surface.

Nose is quite strong with bready grains. Light floral notes accent this, along with a decent grassy-hay note.

Decently light opening versus my expectations given smell. Not overly clean opening, and the grassy bitterness grabs my palate early - I don't get to enjoy much of the bread notes early. Biting carbonation hits my whole mouth. When that fades, grass bitterness and a light copper note linger on my tongue.

Warmth seems to mellow the feel a tad. It also quells the opening bitterness slightly in the opening to the point it grows versus pounces. This gives me a chance to taste a light "barley tea" maltiness a little better (it eventually on a slow glass shows a multi-grain bread flavor). Overall still a fairly bitter offering, more than I am used to for the style, but maybe not out of style.

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Photo of OldBrewer
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml can.

L - pours with 1 finger of foam which disspipates quickly, but leaves a slight film on the surface for most of the drink. Very clear, golden colour. Lots of champagne-like bubbles. Mimimal lacing.

S - faint, pilsner malt, hay, touch of lemon.

T - pilsner malt, grassy noble hops, some melanoidin, sweet at first, but overblanced by bitterness afterwards. Bitterness builds up on back of tongue as drink progresses. Sour lemon, hay.

M - smooth, medium body, good carbonation. Dry, bitter after-taste which lingers. Slightly astringent.

O - much better than North American Kolsches that I've tried. Much more hop presence (Saaz?), and much more bitter. Refreshing, crisp. Flavours really come through. A touch too bitter for my palate.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Smells like nothing. Faint hint of metal and corn.

There's not much complexity to it, but the taste is what saves this beer. It's what I look for in a good everyday lager.

Crisp, light, well carbonated and slightly sweet with an authentic light malt taste that finishes with a floral nip. Refreshing at 4.80% ABV.

While it's not as good as some American interpretations of the Kölsh style, I'd take it over an adjunct.

I'm sure this beer is amazing if you're actually at the brewery in Germany, but by the time it gets bottled and shipped to America it loses some of it's integrity, at least I think so.

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Photo of hman43
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Straw colored with a white head.

Smell: Aromas of caramel, and grassy hops.

Taste: Flavors of grassy hops with a bit of corn and hints of caramel malts.

Feel: It has a light feel to it with a smooth finish.

Overall: An easy drinking beer with sweetness and no bitterness to it.

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Photo of EricVonStein
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tallboy. Nice pale golden yellow clear with a few grainy bits in suspension. Small white head fizzles up and then out in a few seconds.

Clean grain malt on the nose, mild green straw, lemon at the end. Pretty clean and simple.

An earthy spiciness like pepper up front, tart like green wood, sour lemon and bitter herbs help it finish. Lingering light malt from the background stays on the palate.

Carbonation is there but not that bright and bubbly but slightly stingy. Feels light body.

Overall some nice characteristics and clean flavours though nothing too inspiring. A bit too green and tart for me would like to see more malt depth and earthy pepper. Nice but not really exciting.

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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 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 57md
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw color with practically no head. The nose has something sweet - could it be... Corn? I'm sure that it's not, but that's what I'm getting.

The body is hearty for the style and the flavor profile is on-point for the most part. The dry finish is the highlight.

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