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: 871 |  Reviews: 384
Photo of PatandDavid
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer. Clear and golden, the white head left quickly. Aroma is low, and almost apple cidery-like. Taste comes with several components: intially you get a crisp, German pils like taste. What follows next is more medium mouthfeel, again, apples being the predominant taste. The beer finishes with a traditional malty/breadyness. Easy to drink, would make a good session beer.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4,8%. Clear pale straw colored with white fluffy head that dies down to a thin layer of foam in a couple minutes. Bready and spicy with a yeasty nose. Bottlecap opened with a pop, indicating good carbonation which gives it a clean and crisp taste, yet maintaining a light feel. Once you have a couple of sips, it gets a bit astringent in the finish, like hops but not. Earthy. Very light and easily drinkable. I hate to cliche it as a lawnmower beer, but it is one and it's good one.

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Photo of TongoRad
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear pale gold color with a long lasting white head.

Aroma is spicy with hops and a slight malt underpinning. Some citrus notes in the bouquet as well but you have to search them out.

Toasted malt flavor dominates with decent body and a crisp finish. It’s a very well balanced beer and I can speculate that this is outstanding on its home turf.

Quite good for a bottled version of the style.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear pale straw color. It is topped by a fluffy off-white head that is kept afloat by a medium level of carbonation. Spicy aroma with grainy malt notes, and perhaps a hint of lemon. Nice clean profile, and finishes with a bit more biting bitterness than I was expecting. Light and refreshing, and is spot on for a Kolsch. Not really my cup of tea though, just a bit too simple and clean to hold my interest for long.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yet another authentic Kölsch makes its way to America. This is almost straw-colored and pours with a head that falls flat. The aroma is neutral to slightly malty; none of the minerally aroma of Reissdorf is present. A very light and delicate ale which makes it very appropriate for summer. As the beer warms up I catch a slight toasted, yet juicy malt flavor. The finish is dry and bitter enough for the style. Overall, a nice light ale for summer quaffing, but not as complex as other examples.

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Photo of necoadam
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear yellow/gold color with some nice carbonation visible, also stayed with you for a while. Smell consisted of light hops, a little musty at times as well, and some grassy notes. Taste was alright. Bready, malty at times, and some hops show their muscle as well in this beer. Hops have a little bite to them at the end which almost makes you think this is a German Pils, but not quite so. It's crisp and somewhat clean as well. This could make for an ideal session beer.

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Photo of rdrummer
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first Kolsch at least that I recognized as such. I did spend time in Koln so I probably had some there, but I wasn't much of a beer advocate then.

This beer poured a light golden color with a lot of carbonation, forming a large head. There was little aroma except for a slightly grainy malt smell. The taste is a slightly hoppy, malty taste that tastes very different but okay.The mouthfeel is bubbly and clean. For my first try of this style, it wasn't bad. Not great, but okay.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Cogan’s Instant Art Bar in Norfolk Virginia. Presented in a tulip glass this beer was a light golden color with a good-sized white head. The head stuck around for a while and left a decent lacing as this was consumed. The aroma was focused around grains with a slight citrus lemon scent and a mild spice as well. The Flavor was bready with mild earthy hop notes. A clean crisp taste that is refreshing is what you got here. Mouthfeel was light with good carbonation and this is very drinkable. Overall a decent beer that would be ideal for warm weather.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a fluffy, billowing white head over clear light golden yellow liquid. Grassy lightly malty nose with some delicate hop presence. Light bodied maltiness and crisp and somewhat sharp hoppiness...that's about all there is as far as taste components. Finishes light, spritzy and dry. A very good hot weather beater due to it's low alcohol/lightness of body. Well done.

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Photo of putnam
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Virtually no aromas whatever emerge from this pale, tan/yellow liquid. Overall, the admirable richness of this beer is detracted from by a gritty, structural quality. Ripe and simply fruited with flavors of peach, there are faint notes of sensimilla resins, grain dust and road grit. The simpleness of the sugars together with the mineral flavors conspire to produce a not unattrctive impression of metal. Gladly, and to the credit of the malting and yeast program, the finish exhibits a delicious, doughy, nutty richness that teases the back palate into demanding another drink.


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Photo of stirgy
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ultra pale and yellowy gold in color. Looks very clean and clear and has a soft carbonation. The aroma yields some lemony sourness and crisp and grassy grains. Also has a touch of stale breadiness. The taste is dry and pretty clean. Light in body but has some character to it. Finishes light and crisp with a pleasant sour tang. This is an easy drinking, light and golden German Ale. Not much bad to say about this beer. Just nice overall.

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Photo of yen157
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden in color with brilliant, foamy, white head that leaves a creamy layer after the head drops. The nose is a nice mix of pale, dry malt and grassy hops that are ever-so-slightly floral. Hop bitterness is mainly right up front followed by a clean dry breadiness. A very light fruitiness comes out on the otherwise dry finish. Nearly perfect carbonation and body for the style. Great mouth feel!

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Photo of ark57
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a very clear pale straw color with a good white head. The aroma is slightly fruity. The body id firm, but light with some nuttiness to it. It finishes crisp and dry with flowery hop tastes. A nice refreshing beer that I could drink all day long.

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Photo of goindownsouth
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad sampling of the German Kolsch style, this Bier poured out almost a completely transparent golden colour. The effervescence was apparent, and the head quickly became a thing of the past. Some hints of floral hops and a slightly metallic aroma, and the flavor did not stray too far behind. Not a bad Kolsch, by any means. If this is your style of Bier, then you really should at least try this one.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured crystal clear pale straw. The head was white and tall. It lasted a long time to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity and had a soft wheat presence.

The flavor was bitter and fruity yet malty. It had the crisp flavor and well done bitterness that a Kolsch should have.

The finish was dry and fruity with a lasting bitterness. The body was medium light.

16.9 ounce bottle. I was excited to find another Kolsch available in the US.

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Photo of Andreji
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hrmph, Kölsches certainly dont do it for me, however gaffel has been marginally above the rest of the genre so far.

Pour is a lager like translucid yellow, a bit darker than normal with a small and quick going white head. The smell, wheaty and hoppy mostly, nothing special either;

The taste is considerably wheaty which adds to the body as a whole, enhancing the beer itself as it combines with a nice balanced bitterness at the end. no other significant things to it.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Light yellow in color with a little bit of carbonation with a big, frothing head.

Smell – Very light hoppy aroma that’s a bit musty but pleasing to the nose.

Taste – The deep hop flavor comes out well at the taste. It’s more of the traditional floral type with just a very hint of sweetness.

Mouthfeel – The light carbonation dances effortlessly on the tongue. This one is light-bodied and very dry.

Drinkability – This was a wonderful interpretation of the style.

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Photo of allboutbierge
2.67/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of the worst Kölsch beers in Germany but also the most widely available. Its one of the cheapest but you'll wish you had spent that extra quarter for a Früh, Reissdorf, Sünner, Mühlen, etc.

It has an appearance that greatly resembles Miller High Life. The head quickly fizzles away, not a good Kölsch characteristic. Though no adjucts are used one cant help from expecting an on-rush of corn and sugar like flavors at first sip. Surprisngly that doesnt happen. In fact, not much happens to your tongue. Its flavorless except for a light hop note. As it's not very flavorful it gets boring fast. A few words of advice--If you are in Köln and see a sign for Gaffel, move on, theres alot better out there.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gaffel is as fine an example of the Kölch style around. By all appearances it looks to be a thin and weak beer, but it has a surprisingly ample body and is fantastically gulpable. The hoppy aroma dissipates rapidly so catch it early. There's an abundance of hops which balance nicely with the malt about halfway through the glass. Nice white head doesn't last too long (could have been that I drank it from a pint glass instead of something like a Pilsner glass).

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Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another fantastic kolsch. Very nice malty/hop character, light gold colour, little lasring head, floral hop pressence, quite dryish and huuuuugely great to have as session beer.

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Photo of John
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A brief stop in Köln and just enough time for a few photos of the Cathedral (heavily damaged by Allied bombing during WWII), lunch and, you guessed right, a beer. And what better choice than the local Kölsch bier? A lovely, crisp, light, refreshing treat it was. I love the dedicated glassware for serving beer in many places in Europe. It really adds to the experience. Crystal clear straw color, light biscuity malt, mildly spicey hop aroma and flavor. The perfect brew to accompany a meal, plenty good enough to stand on its own.

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