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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Photo of paterlodie
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 07-04. Poors in good with quiet a good head thats white in lasting ok. Light golden color a cristal clear make it a good appearance. Nose is clean, quiet empty and fruity with a hint of hops. Taste is malty, watery and having somehow an iron taste that makes bitterness hanging. Cause the beer is quiet empty this iron taste is not that enjoyable and influences mouthfeel negativly. Fruityness makes some up and not a bad beer but had better Koelsch.

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

My quest for the essence of Kolsch continues. Poured into a Collins glass. Beauty golden yellow, similar to an american adjunct lager, but brighter. Plenty of large and small bubbles that create a large foamy head. This had a fine pilsener nose, both grassy and malty. Taste was crisp and malty. Light mouthfeel, but that is expected. Very easy to drink. Nice replacement for light lagers. Give this one to the reluctant macro drinker to take a baby step toward having a little hops in their beer.

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

This is a pretty good-looking brew…completely clear, pale yellow colored liquid with a billowing, soft white head…Constantly streaming CO2 bubbles and nice tufts of lace. The smell is hoppy and grainy with a slightly fruity (citric), almost acidic trait. It’s a moderately dry beer, with a little astringency and a crisp, abrupt finish. This one’s very light, easy to drink, and pretty tasty. On the downside, although it’s very drinkable, it’s also not very exciting.

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Photo of avylover
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance is pretty much your standard macro lager appearance - I couldn't tell this apart from a budweiser ... perhaps a tad darker. The head dies quick and there is minimal carbonation. Aroma is of skunky type hops with a little grain in the background, and that's about it here. Very clean tasting. The carbonation, soft mouthfeel and german hops all meld together to make a very refreshing brew. GReat mouthfeel and drinkability.

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Photo of yeagerbm
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up to try to develop some appreciation for the more subtle styles of beer.
Appearance- very light golden color and very clear with a white head with very fine bubbles. Very nice looking for a pale yellow beer.

Smell - Very clean with a faint grainy malt aroma.

Taste - The taste of this beer is very clean with a full malt flavor and very little taste from fermentation by-products. Obviously all malt with no body thinning adjuncts. Only enough hops for a refreshing bitterness to balance the malt. A slightly fruity finish.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth with the perfect creamy carbonation.

Overall Impression - As a homebrewer I am very impressed with the craftmanship behind this well made beer. It is well balanced and thirst quenching and highly drinkable.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Inviting Kölsch label and bottle. Feeling type lazy.

Pours into a (hey!) GAFFEL Kölsch gilded rim glass with a two” egg shell head of foamy cratered surface of the moon head cap topping off a light straw hued champagne bubble caronation filled offering, leaving well suited scattered lace. A second pour from the 1 Pint 0.9 Fl. Oz biggie bot flows like a science experiment.

Light grassy sweet leafy aroma with soft sugar.

First Swigs: Light yet palatable grassy sweet breezy hops. Focused grain characters. Some smooth earthy notes. Delicate non-descript spices flows towards a short lived honey finish. Quite tasty.

Tightly focused carbonation and middle medium feel.

Last Swigs: Medium to light feel and grassy honey hops Kölsch. Gimmie more! 29/3.70 #16. Quite a quaffer! Seems like some of these German desserts miss the mark bottled. This is nice!

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bright gold color with a thick fluffy white head that leaves lots of sticky lace.

Aroma is very mild, almost sweet, slight floral notes.

Mildly sweetish flavor starts with pale malt, then finishes with a mild and perfect balancing hops. Lots of fine carbonation tickles the throat and tongue.

A nice tasty brew, all the makings of a great summer refresher.

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Photo of WesWes
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale yellow color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is clean and crisp with a pale malts and a fruity yeast scent. The taste is good. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that goes down easy with a slight bitterness and a clean finish. There is a bit of fruitiness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a damn fine Kolsch. It holds true to style and drinks brilliantly.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.52/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Gaffel Kolsch comes right out of the town of Koln (which guarantees its authenticity); and also happens to be one of the best examples available in the U.S. right now. It pours a crystal clear yellow-gold body beneath a massive head of fluffy bright-white foam that slowly receeds to a thin collar and whispy surface covering. Some initial splashes of lace are left at the start of the glass, but there's not much beyond that. Still, it's quite attractive. The nose delivers a beautiful combination of grainy malt and herbal, floral, and spicy hops as well as a splash of yeasty fruitiness. The body is decidedly medium and it's very fine, moderate carbonation lends a gentle zest to the tongue. The flavor delivers pretty much exactly what the nose promises with a beautifully balanced symphony of very lightly sweet but distinctly grainy malt woven throughout with threads of floral, spicy and herbal hops. A solid bitterness balances it superbly; and it finishes with a swirl of hop flavor and a drying bitterness that leaves you ready for another sip. It's an incredibly drinkable beer that balances a "lighter" quality with a good amount of complexity; and when teamed with the fact that it has a relatively subdued alcohol content of 4.8%, it's a most impressive session ale. One of the best! And if you want to understand what the Kolsch style is all about, this is the one to try!

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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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Gaffel Kölsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
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