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:
No notes at this time.

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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120
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of PorterLambic
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Arrives a clear, straw colored, yellow with a white head. Tight bubbles and great retention.
Smell is malty, wheat, light hops with a mustiness.
Taste is the same as the smell with the addition of a metallic note. Balance is fine but...
A fairly full body with a sharp, tangy carbonation. Lose the metal and this is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of MaxOhle
3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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

330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark gold with a one finger white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising off the bottom of the glass help keep the head in place for awhile. Just a little bit of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma of bready malt and light caramel dominates along with some cooked vegetables. There is a faint wisp of grassy hops.

The flavor is much like the smell with a quick shot of toast and caramel along with a slight bit of DMS. Bitterness is quick and assertive with just a light amount of grassy hop flavor. Crisp clean mouthfeel that is appropriate for the style.

Overall, a pretty run of the mill kolsch and nothing really spectacular. A beer that is refreshing and easy to drink but not really worth seeking out.

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Photo of Beerman1977
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gaffel Kölsch is quite an enjoyable beer. I would imagine there are tastier examples of the style. But this one does exhibit a few unique qualities of the style.

Nearly crystal clear and sunshine-golden. Minimal head (white) on the pour, and it dies out quick.

The initial aromas are vinous or apple-y in nature, while a vine-y/leafy thing stands out next, with a touch of mustiness, later followed by a light, golden-bread crust (a la baguette) malt.

When I finally take a sip, the first flavor impression is that of chewing on maybe a 70/30 mix of Pilsner and light crystal (40L) malt. Very quickly, though, its fruitiness comes to the fore - almost a grape flavor. No hop flavor. A bit of juicy sweetness carries through the pretty dry finish.

Damn, it's difficult to judge a beer like this according to its actual, accepted characteristics (lack of head retention and lacing - namely my hang-ups here). Gaffel (and Kölsch, for that matter) has a subtly in taste (most subtle of any German style, next to maybe German pilsner?) that will appeal to lager drinkers. I just have a feeling that better German examples exist, and that we in the US haven't access to 'em. Oh well.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.25/5  rDev -11%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Theshooster
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of damndirtyape
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Stange glass. No date.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow. Plenty of bubbles coming up through the beer. Initial white foam died down fairly quickly to leave just a ring at the edge. No persistent lacing - it would slide back down fairly quickly.

Smell: Fruity, dusty, yeasty.

Taste: Nice malt, crisp. Hint of apple and honey. Crisp bitter noble hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Brisk carbonation, nice thickness underneath. Just a little bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Very drinkable. I wish I had a much bigger glass full of this. A nice blend of aroma and taste. I would definitely try this again.

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Photo of Aixois
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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5/5  rDev +37%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think my palate my be skewed right now from other beverages, but this tastes very refreshing. Nothing I have drank for the last few days has been as light or refreshing.

The beer pours light yellow, clear and with very little head (too cold). The aroma is appropriate for the style but a little weaker that the best. The taste is unmistakable and correctly balanced hops and finishing hops. This is kolsch as it should be. The aftertaste is hugely hops.

I will buy this again (even though there is SO much beer to be drank!).

Upon re-review, I stick with my assessment. A great easy drinking beer.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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