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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
848
Reviews:
379
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
12.88%
 
 
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28
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121
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Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mr. Goodbar. Pale yellow with a thin head, and a bit of lace. Medium plus mouthfeel. Refreshing although not overwhelming, above average carbonation. Initial astringency that becomes malted away, but detracts. A tad of fruit and not outstanding in being flavourful or drinkable,

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Photo of acurtis
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger white head on a cloudy deep golden body and scattered lacing. Aroma is sweet with pale malts, corn, light herbal hops and hint of honey. Lots of honey in the flavor which is both sweet and musty. Nice pale malts, some biscuit and non descript citrus. Thicker body for the style and moderate carbonation. Body could use more clarity for the style and the aroma is weak but the flavor is actually more full and complex than many in this genre provide.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light orange with a 1/2 inch foamy off-white head that quickly fades to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. The first smell that is honestly overpowering is skunk and this isn't even a green bottle so that is weird. Eventually this fades away and I get some malt/grain, grass/hay, and some light fruity aromas. Taste is much the same (thankfully no skunk flavors) and is fairly sweet. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty easy to drink after the skunk smell fades away.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Kölsch wasn't too bad. Still an average brew to me but it was flavorful enough to keep me into it. The beer is a very clear light yellow, traditional color for this style of beer. The head wasn't overly large and it dwindled down a after a little while. The brew tasted like a mix of a Kölsch and Pilsner. It was decent. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing good for a summer brew if you're not into fruit beers.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It poured crystal clear, pale yellow in color with a small white head. A moderate level of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of grainy malts in the nose, along with some hints of grassy hops.
T: Like the smell, there are lots of tastes of grainy malts, along with a light amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and very crisp and clean; there is dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is extremely drinkable and somewhat refreshing. I wouldn't have more than one of these in a single sitting, but I would definitely have this again the next time I want to drink a beer from this style.

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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 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 brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a nice head that retains well and leaves swathes of lace

Smell: Sweet and almost perfumey aroma

Taste: Opens with a biscuity flavor that becomes rather fruity by mid-palate; after the swallow, the floral hops kick in to balance the fruity/perfumey flavor

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a prickly level of carbonation

Drinkability: Fine example of the style and a great crossover beer

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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a 0,2l stange glass.

Brilliant bright pale gold, fluffy white foam that lasts for awhile, depositing spotty lace all around the glass. It has a pristine look about it.

Minerally aroma, some apple from the yeast, along with wet wheat husks.

Crisp and imminently drinkable. Sliced apples and bread, very lightly dry herbal hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Extra clean, simple and flavorful. Simplicity is vastly underrated these days. Light carbonation, exceptionally easy to drink a few in the hot July weather.

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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 WillieThreebiers
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of largadeer
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Haus Staudt, served in a traditional 0.2L cylindrical glass. Bright, clear and golden, moderately effervescent with a lasting white cap.

The nose is light and grainy, biscuit-like with a bit of citrus and the faintest hint of corn.

Crisp, dry, quaffable and refreshing, this has a great balance between grainy pale malt, zesty hops and moderate hop bitterness. There are undertones of honey and lemon peel, and it finishes on a pleasantly bitter note. It's a simple beer, but clean and immensely drinkable.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey yesterday. Served in a mini-snifter.
Pours a clear bright yellow-straw color with a good white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward some light floral hops behind a solid base of straw and grain. Flavor is light malt and grain with a touch of light sweetness. Light and crisp with good carbonation. Nice beer on a hot day.

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Photo of chinchill
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

On tap at the 2014 German Bierfest (Atlanta).
Clear light amber with a decent head.
Light body with a near medium carbonation.
Grassy hops with faint light malts. Lacks complexity and interest.
Lingering grassy hop aftertaste.
Hoppy for style yet uninteresting.

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Gaffel Kölsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
3.65 out of 5 based on 848 ratings.
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