Gaffel Kölsch | Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

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Gaffel KölschGaffel Kölsch

Brewed by:
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: 878 |  Reviews: 388
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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Photo of illidurit
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours rather yellow with a sudsy white head. Clean bready profile with mild bruised apple fruitiness. Vague citrus, cereal grains. Pretty straightforward without any frills, and it holds up pretty well for having sailed from the paterland. Not too watery or anything. Decent beer.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of jonb5
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 bottle poured into Leffe chalice. Golden colour, small head which didn't hang around long, kept some lacing, clear. Aroma combined Chardonay grape with a really fresh bitter hoppy North German Pils aroma. Tasted Chardonay grape, fruits, had a light sourness. Finsh was bitter. Well carbonated which gave it a coarse edge, body was thick for the fairly light ABV. Had the fell of Pils mixed with Sekt which is what happens in parts of Germany.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Rifugium
2.45/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, and bottled elsewhere

Pours a crystal clear, pale yellow with a thin fizzy head that dissipates to essentially nothing pretty quickly. Grassy aroma, grains and, well that's about it. Light taste, bready, lightly earthy, sweet with pale malts, and a gentle floral hoppiness. Pretty one-dimensional and uninteresting, as typical with the style. Light mouthfeel, and a bit of unpleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. Good for lightweights, but not very drinkable otherwise. I am not a fan.

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Photo of sim0n17
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A little darker in color than Fruh with a tiny bit more bite to the taste. I guess it just depends on one's mood whether Gaffel or Fruh is the #1 Kolsch on the day. A little stronger smell for Gaffel over Fruh, but not quite the better overall. Close your eyes and pick one - can't go wrong with either of them!!

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How 'bout a Kolsch to quench the thirst? On to the beer:

Bubbly pale gold colored with a thick soapy head on top which drops to a small dotted lace within a minute. Its grainy nose with corn chip notes is fairly clean.

The taste is clean and light as expected. Grape-like, hay, and plain cereals make up most of the flavor. There's also a little bit of sulfur character. Its carbonation is very springy, almost like some Belgian ales. In the case of this Kolsch, it's a two way street, fun but also a little much.

I had no problems drinking it, even though I'm not a huge Kolsch guy. Worth a try if you want to get a taste of Cologne.

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3.07/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16 oz. pour into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a crystal clear gold, almost entirely translucent. Visible carbonation, but almost no head to speak of.

Slight citrus and wheat in the aroma, with a touch of hops. There's a very crisp, grassy character and also some light malt at work.

The taste is more of the same, with a muted hop bitterness and a defined grassy taste. Biscuit, bread flavor from the malt adds a touch of sweetness.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side, but nothing egregious for the style. A refreshing beer, certainly.

An average kolsch in every respect. Fine in a pinch, but nothing I'd seek out again.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gaffel is a great pick/example of the true Kolsch style. I've had this both on tap in the brewery in Koln and bottled at home. I am thrilled it's available in the US, but make sure the bottles aren't dusty! Some people might not prefer this beer because of the perception of a session beer... Don't compare to an American ale or Belgian beer loaded with all sorts of bold flavors. For fans of German Pils. What it is, is a clean tasting beer with a certain sweetness and earthiness that must be fresh and is also best when drank with the proper 'ritual.' Drink it in the 'Stanger' type glasses meant for pounding the beer down with friends! Good times.

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3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- Above average color, great lightly clouded hay yellow with light little bubbles splashing about in this wonderful beer. The head was a bit disappointing, it has absolutely no staying power.

Smell- Wheat and bread. Loved the smell of bread and wheat but this is not a strong smelling beer. Fans of German beers will recognize the smell right off the bat. Seems to be much better the fresher it is or if it is well taken care of while it travels. (Edit: Boosting this a bit upon having had a second bottle that obviously traveled better)

Taste- I loved this beer. Didn't expect much from the descriptions I had read of the kolsh style but I have to say the taste was a great surprise. I loved the straight-forward wheat-hop-bread play this beer had going for it. Great malt in this beer, adds a lot to the taste. Though it didn't score tops because it IS light tasting. SOME apple to it as well.

Mouth feel- Nothing to report here, very standard of German style mouth feel. Spot on viscosity and light carbonation. Neither heavy nor light.

Overall- Kolsh is an under appreciated style. Gaffel's Kolsh is an easy drinker, very tasty and needs a better place in the beer pantheon. I wouldn't say its an go-absolutely-out-of-your-way-to-find-it but... If you happen upon a bottle... You must try it, it is very much worth it.

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3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - nice really clear pale yellow with lots of carbonation in body. 1 finger head that disappeared quickly

Smell - slightly skunky but with some cracker flavors

Taste - A easy drinker with some crisp hop finish. Slightly skunked with some off flavorings however.

Overall - Not worth going out of your way, but if someone pours you a glass, its an easy drinker and a decent session beer.

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3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at a local restaurant. They poured it into a DAB glass mug. Due to a typical bar pour, there was minimal head.

This is a light, straw color. The carbonation was present, but it wasn't as present as I would have liked.

The smell and taste were both very minimal. There was very light malting and grain presence. I didn't get anything else.

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4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't usually drink beer from a can but with this beer is was OK with me. Great tasting to say the least. Very smooth, less carbonated and very tasty. I bought a 6 pack of 17 OZ and brought them home to the USA. Will do so every month now as I'm commuting back and forth.

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3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle slightly chilled

Ultra clear yellow color. Lower carbonation than what I expected, probably around 2.5 volumes of co2. White head at first but disappointingly instantly dissipates. The aroma has lager like characteristics. Grainy-yeasty aroma. Very clean and pleasant. Slight sweetness and fruitiness to the yeast. Very simple, but nice. The flavor is much more ale like as compared to the smell. Crisp and light like a lager, but fruity yeast and fuller body like an ale. It seems similar to an extra pale ale in the US. Nothing is blowing my mind right now, but it delicious refreshing beer with no major technical flaws. Would gladly have again.

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Gaffel Kölsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 878 ratings