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: 844 |  Reviews: 376
Photo of jpd026
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of QueenCityYeastBeast
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
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 -28.7%
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 psoriasaurus
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of delta490
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +3.8%
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 njbusa
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mobrado
4.44/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
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 -3.6%
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 Octoberist
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjgiant
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
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 EMH73
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ajdemma
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OneTuffPony
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fettpopps
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AD17
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChipChaight
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of d_kizzle
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Burkbom23
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OldBrewer
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
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 -6%
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 JAB1978
4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gaffel Kölsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
3.66 out of 5 based on 844 ratings.
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