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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2002

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Ratings: 870 |  Reviews: 383
Photo of jjamadorphd
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lately I've been on this kick to pick and try out a few imported craft brews, this is one that hits the spot just right...

Orange and amber colored brew with a beautiful white head that it pours, light lacing for effect. The smell is mostly the distinctive lager scent with just a hint of citrus. The mouthfeel was light on the carbonation (like I like it) but it had a watery roll across the tongue. A decent malty beverage with light hop finish that goes down well during this summer months. Definitely will know what to pull from the next time I go to the store.

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Photo of citizencane
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours carbonated pale yellow, not quite completely clear. Smells of bread, assorted malt, and faint earthy hops. Taste follows with some slight apple or pear on the end. Slightly wine-like on mouthfeel. Well carbonated. Solid refreshing beer.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Overall, a nice kolsch that seems true to style.

Look is crystal clear, bubbly, pale yellow, with a foamy head. Smells funky, grassy, and malty. Taste follows the smell: a little funky, grassy, and winey. Some fruit peel qualities. A cracker-like malty finish. Feels dry and bubbly. Light body.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
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 NordicHermit
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml can purchased from Ontario LCBO. The can is dark blue, gold topped, and classy looking. Adorned with a character on it that for some reason reminds me of the NES game Faxanadu. Pours a deep gold with a 1" frothy head into a tall pilsener glass. Head subsided to about 1/8" after a moment but lingered for a while, as a mild but consistent carbonation added to it. Smell is very faint hops (maybe my sense of smell sucks, but didn't notice anything distinct with this). I enjoyed this after a couple of cheap North American macros, so the taste was a nice hit to the mouth in contrast. Sharp bitterness that hits the tongue immediately, rich flavour, and a firm and lasting hoppy / slightly metallic aftertaste. Consistent lacing down the glass as I consumed the beer. Feels like it should be a higher abv than 4.8%. Overall, a reasonably priced, tasty and satisfying German Kolsch.

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Photo of afroskully
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Anacross
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent example of the kolsch beer style and one of my favorites. I was so glad to find it in a six pack at the Class Six store, instead of one overpriced 700 ml. bottle.
Refreshing, light and still tasty. How can they make this magic? Ask those brewers in Cologne, Germany. As for me, I just want to enjoy it! :)

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft. Pale golden amber in color. See through in appearance. Lightly toasted malt, bread and grass. Very feint undertones of noble hop earthy bitterness. So good. Light, crisp and delicious.

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Photo of FBarber
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sjrider
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fscottkey
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Momon
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mribbens
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StJamesGate
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zekenyce
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JPNesker
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Reasonable for the style but a bit corny overall

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
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 +5.7%
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 -13.4%
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 hophugger
3.14/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JTuomi
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of F_riedrich
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Gaffel Kölsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 870 ratings
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