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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Photo of RickyS
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Probably this is just not my style. I honestly don't think it's better than any other mild lagers out there. Even a little bit skunky, which I really did not expect.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
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 razorsdescent
2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought at a local whole foods

A- The appearanc eof this beer is slightly darker than a coors or bud but still lighter than an IPA

S- The smell is very thin, almost has a wine note to it.

T- again i am reminded of a white wine crisp and not terrbbly complex kind of a more savory heineken

M- The mouthfeel on this is a bit thin to my taste almost no lacing on the glass as opposed to a stout or IPA

D- Now where this beer shines is its drinkability, i could pound these down, if im ever in germany and dont know what to order (one of everything) then i believe tis would be a safe bet and id definatley be interested to tr it on tap.

I often wonder about the reviews foreign beers get, i love some belgian beers but i just dont see much going on in this beer, it kind of seems like a german coors but it has a B average here. I am attracted to beer because it can have big rich palates, it can be big and bold with hops or malts or chocolate ETC so this beer dint really do anything for me.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.97/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl brown bottle, best before mid June 2008, drank on a wet and cold, windy Jan evening in Shropshire.

Poured into a Frankenheim Alt glass, just to annoy it (I don't own any Kolsch glasses). I think I have trouble finding the subtle differences and good points of Kolsch beers. I do however try and be objective in my reviews.

Very light golden yellow with a bubbley head, which soon fades away to leave nowt. The sort of colour a weak pilsner can give, but without the white head that often stays a while.

A straw, newly cut grass mix of smells, some yeast too, but you have to hunt for any aroma.

Dry and boring with a hint of cooking apples just to throw your tastebuds.

The dryness hangs around, but it isn't a plesaent mouthfeel. Watery and yet a metalic feel lingers to make you think it has some body, which it clearly hasn't, not even a nasty one.

This is a throwing beer, get it down as quickly as possible and get something else. I have drank it on tap in Berlin and it was better than the bottle I've just had. This is not a great Kolsch, I have in fact failed to find one that is yet.

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Photo of atr2605
2.97/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours transparent yellow with a white head that dies quickly
S- zesty lemon with a grassy/yeasty smell
T-more of the grassy flavor. A touch of the lemon but not much. bitterness in the after taste. but not a hoppy/pleasant bitterness, just bland and bitter
M-light bodied, definitely a session beer
O- Not great. Reminds me of a macro brew. A kolsch shouldn't be loaded with flavor but I still feel like this one is falling short.

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Photo of therica
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap a year ago while spending a month in Koln. This review is based on a US-market bottle, with a USA flag on the cap. Much less impressive. The Koln-bottled version was great, maybe better than the on-tap that we had at the GaffelHaus. But this export version isn't nearly as impressive.

A= lighter yellow and only a distant cousin to the Gaffel Kölsch I had in Koln. Hardly any head, but what's there for a short time has huge bubbles.

S= reminds me more of some cheap cologne than Kölsch from Koln.

T= somewhat weak, predominantly a tinny metallic taste with some corn evidence. This USA version falls short of even the made-in-USA Kölsch imitations recently surfacing on the market.

M= watery, metallic.

D= too boring to keep my interest; very disappointing.

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Photo of Zet
2.99/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I was pretty curious about this beer, but i have to admit i'm a little disappointed. It looks fine: sparkly golden with a steady head of foam. The smell however is almost absent. The taste has a nice bitterness going on, but has still too much resemblance to an average euro macro lager for me. It is pretty refreshing though, i'll admit that. Guess Kölsch just isn't my glass of beer.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gaffel Kolsch….on tap at 10 Downing Restaurant in New York, NY

Appearance-came to me from the bar in an Kolsch style long thin glass. Color of yellow gold sand with a white head, about three fingers at first . Letting it sit the head fizzes out and dies down into the glass.

Smell-light aroma, hard sniffs give me a mix of grain, yeast and lemon mix. Alcohol is hidden as is any sign of malt, certainly light.

Taste/Mouthfeel-Light body, taste is layers of grain mixed with a lemon bite, sweeter than I expected. Nice smoothness and carbonation, hits you in the face with the flavor and then clears out quickly. Finishes very clean. No trace of hop bitterness or malt sweetness throughout

Overall-Refreshing on this hot day, an ok Kolsch, not world class but hits the style notes fine and is a passable version.

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Photo of Andreji
3/5  rDev -17.8%
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 Knapp85
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Kölsch wasn't too bad. Still an average brew to me but it was flavorful enough to keep me into it. The beer is a very clear light yellow, traditional color for this style of beer. The head wasn't overly large and it dwindled down a after a little while. The brew tasted like a mix of a Kölsch and Pilsner. It was decent. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing good for a summer brew if you're not into fruit beers.

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Photo of beckje01
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this from a can on the train platform in Köln.

Smells of a light straw. Clean refreshing taste and light. A Kölsch solid but not wonderful. Very drinkable fits well with the warm weather. Can't ask for much more when just stepping off the train.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearence: Poured a clear gold with a nice, bubbly head with decent retention. Loads of carbonation.

Smell: Strong lager yeast smell. Hops seem noble, almost pils like in quality.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is much like a pilsener, only lighter and more bubbly and spritzy. The hops are nice, but the malts have kind of a cereal/bready quality to them that seems fake. The mouthfeel is light and carbonated.

Drinkability and Overall: My first stab at a true Kolsch, and it's not bad. I enjoy it, but there's not enough subtle complexity for me. The only thing I didn't particularly enjoy was that fake malt taste, and it's killing the drinkability for me. Other than that, not bad stuff at all.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

.5L bottle, Germany.

Crystal clear yellow-gold with a small foamy head that laces well for the style.

Aroma is of grains, crackers and lightly skunky hops.

The flavor has a nice bite to it, but then begins to start slipping away. Subtle metallic, near sulfuric, notes come through, and the finish is not as clean as it should be for the style. It's also a tad too bitter in the aftertaste. Some good biscuit notes and a light, nicely-carbonated mouthfeel, but not terribly easy on the palate in terms of flavor.

I'll drink this stuff, as it's not bad beer by any means. It's just not a good Kölsch, in my opinion.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.04/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale transparent gold body. Tiny white head.
S - Floral hoppyness, slightly malty aroma.
T - Fine maltiness, slightly bitter, but no other hop related characteristics. Plain bready characteristics
M - Soft MF and fine carbonation, medium body, but light in flavor.
D - This is a readily quaffable beer, but not exciting.

Thank you Mr. Ueda for this gift.

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Photo of kjc51478
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow with little to no head. Aroma is bready and hay malts with a slight earthy scent. Taste is light bodied, refreshing, and a tad watery with predominantly bread and grass flavors. Sweetness comes through as well especially in the finishing.

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Photo of Guitarctica
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was poured into a curved pint glass as I didn't have a stange unfortunately.

A - It pours a crystal clear golden yellow like straw. Has visible effervescence inside the beer which always looks nice. White head that dissipates almost instantly into a centered circle on top. No lacing to speak of.

S - Malted barley. Some citrus. Not much on smell, but I expected as much.

T - More earthy malts. Light sweetness probably from the wheat. I'm not sure if they used Noble hops in this, but it sure tastes like it. Not much bitterness at all. Very earthy, almost floral quality to the hops in finishing. Moderate corbonation.

M - Pretty smooth. Light body, however at times it almost seems watery.

D - Although it is very smooth, it just doesn't suit me. It's not very tasty but it is refreshing like a kolsch should be. I just wish there was more to it I suppose.

I didn't dislike this by any means, I just wasn't particularly impressed. It was refreshing, but somewhat watery without much flavor. It's a great session beer that I would buy again for that purpose.

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Photo of amphion1065
3.07/5  rDev -15.9%
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 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 bnes09
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

See-through golden honey-colored lager. Fairly thin head gets lazy quickly and drowns in the liquid. Some lacing but short lived. Lots of bubbles.

Smell of bready grains, rice and corn. Faint grassy and semi-skunked hop character.

Flavors are standard also. Bready grains and buttery grits. Moderate amount of skunk. Grassy hops add a small amount of bitterness. Balanced but lacking in flavor and complexity.

Light and watery mouthfeel. Well carbonated, wet and thin.

Its an average brew. Not much else to say. If you like Euro style lagers, you might want to try it but there are better examples out there.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured beer into a tumbler at 45 degrees. This beer was a nice pale color with fine bubbly head. Lacing was decent but thin. This beer had a fruity smell. I thought the beer was just okay. It was kinda yeasty tasting and like had a strange fruity aftertaste that was okay but strange. I guess it was complicated as I am having a hard time describing it. I think it is a beer you should try especially if you want to experiment with different beer taste in lighter beers.
I will not uy again though.

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Photo of maximum12
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

.2L with a dinner of mushroom schnitzel. Mmmm.

Pour is typical pale, filtered yellow. Nose is spare, slightly sweet.

Gäffel Kölsch is a tame version of the style. Slight malt sweets, distant fruity breeze, grassy. Easy to sip, but a touch bland compared to those I've had in the last fee days.

Give me a Dom Kölsch any day. This beer tasted a touch bland. Decent enough.

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Photo of shbobdb
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Meh. This isn't as bad as Roemer, but that's not saying much. An absolutely run-of-the-mill Koelsch. Not really worth experimenting with, and this is when it's fresh! I can only imagine that the flavour goes further downhill when it has to cross the Atlantic.
Drink it if you want another notch on your belt, but that's about the only solid reason I can think of.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours crystal clear and pale straw in color. The type of beer you'll never see your reflection in and makes your fingers look really big on the other side of the glass. I'm watching TV through it as I consider this. Steady, quick rising carbonation. A head that falls a little short. Smell is just uneventful. Not much going on here. Grains, not so clean though. Kind of an ashy skunky smell that reminds me of Stella or something. Sweet malt and light hop presence. Taste is much of the same. Near overwhelming sweetness up front, almost puckering. Very crisp feel, kind of snappy on the tongue. Gets more dry from what I feel to be a very bready finish, almost absorbing on the tongue. It's decent. Funny how a couple of the American versions I've tried seem much more interesting and comlex while this is pretty bland. This sixer wasn't cheap, either.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a pale yellow hue with a slight haze overcasting the brilliant golden color large white head with fine even lacing formed after each sip. Aroma contains strong herbal German noble hops with a mild fruity malt flow going on, slightly metallic with some harder water used in brewing. Flavor is a crisp combo of lightly toasted malts and herbal lemongrass tinted hops. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a dry finish, moderate carbonation level really gets across the palate well. Overall drinkability this would get boring if it were your only beer option but it's a nice mix up from the typical American micro brew.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale golden color with a nose that is reminiscent of the Pilsener. Mouth fairly light with hints slightly salty, which must be certainly a powerful spring water, high in minerals, especially calcium. A little bitterness is noted on the finish, slightly coarse and especially high in minerals. High fermentation, this Kolsch closely resembles a basic lager except this powerful bitterness probably mediated by the quality of water used.

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Gaffel Kölsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
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