Gaffel Kölsch | Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

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Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
Germany | website

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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364
Ratings:
814
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
19.45%
 
 
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Photo of CanuckRover
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light straw. Thin head settles immediately.

Light aroma. Lots of light fruits, apple, with a good hit of fresh grain.

This is such a beautifully simple style. Focus is on that nice grainy malt. Fresh cereals with just a touch of vanilla-like sweetness and a hint of apple. A good dose of German hops gives a nice crisp finish with a lasting bitterness.

Very drinkable beer, perfect for a humid day like today. This is pretty much what comes to mind when I think Kolsch. Quality product.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a rather pallid gold with a very light head, looks like a macro lager.

S: Sweet Kolsch ale fruit, grapes.

T: Real nice malt flavour, a classic bready German taste with again grapes/ale fruitiness. Good flavours, classic Kolsch is all I can say.

M: Crisp and clean, smooth, easy drinking as a good Kolsch should be.

D: This is the only my 3rd Koln made Kolsch I've had, and it's arguably the best one. Very good tasty malt flavours, this would make a great introductory beer, I can only imagine how good this tastes fresh in wood casks in Cologne.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/17/2011 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a stange glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grain, light caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and a hearty but not too heavy malt character followed by a mild sweetness. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice simplistic and poundable beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gaffel Kölsch is quite an enjoyable beer. I would imagine there are tastier examples of the style. But this one does exhibit a few unique qualities of the style.

Nearly crystal clear and sunshine-golden. Minimal head (white) on the pour, and it dies out quick.

The initial aromas are vinous or apple-y in nature, while a vine-y/leafy thing stands out next, with a touch of mustiness, later followed by a light, golden-bread crust (a la baguette) malt.

When I finally take a sip, the first flavor impression is that of chewing on maybe a 70/30 mix of Pilsner and light crystal (40L) malt. Very quickly, though, its fruitiness comes to the fore - almost a grape flavor. No hop flavor. A bit of juicy sweetness carries through the pretty dry finish.

Damn, it's difficult to judge a beer like this according to its actual, accepted characteristics (lack of head retention and lacing - namely my hang-ups here). Gaffel (and Kölsch, for that matter) has a subtly in taste (most subtle of any German style, next to maybe German pilsner?) that will appeal to lager drinkers. I just have a feeling that better German examples exist, and that we in the US haven't access to 'em. Oh well.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a transparent golden straw hue the produces a fluffy white head. This dissipates to a thin layer of bubbles on top. Moderate retention.

S: An ultra-clean profile, and one whiff gives off an almost detergent-like aroma.. sharp hops. A touch of sweet caramel lies underneath, as does a considerable malt presence. Interesting.

T: There is a great malt base to this, pale but noticeable up front, and a great introduction. The bittering hops come through in the middle, washing into a smooth and drying finish, but throughout it tastes great.

M: A light body and, although water-like, the flavor doesn't taste watered down, which is great. The level of carbonation is well-suited to the flavor characteristics.

D: Lagers normally have a lighter body that makes drinking another easy, but not all have perfected the subtlety of lager flavor, and the ability to balance the delicate nature of these beers. This Kolsch is a great example of that, and I would recommend Gaffel to those who are looking for a flavorful and light lager.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. with no freshness date - served chilled in a nonic. Pours a clear bright gold that is lively and has some carbonation streams coming to the top to the 2 finger white head that has minimal lace but leaves a thin blanket. It has a soft spicy/metallic/buttery aroma and a mild flavor that is crisp and refreshing like a lager. There are grainy and some toasted malts, a bit of a vinous character, and some grassy/spicy hops that seem metallic at times and leave a low level of bitterness. The body is medium, tingly on the tounge, yet quite smooth. This is good but would be better/more drinkable if it were less expensive.

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Photo of largadeer
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Haus Staudt, served in a traditional 0.2L cylindrical glass. Bright, clear and golden, moderately effervescent with a lasting white cap.

The nose is light and grainy, biscuit-like with a bit of citrus and the faintest hint of corn.

Crisp, dry, quaffable and refreshing, this has a great balance between grainy pale malt, zesty hops and moderate hop bitterness. There are undertones of honey and lemon peel, and it finishes on a pleasantly bitter note. It's a simple beer, but clean and immensely drinkable.

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Photo of Spider889
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at From the Vine.

No bottle date.

Poured into a stein. Crystal clear sunny straw color. Produces a very short but tight bone-white head. A white cap tops the glass throughout the session. Tons of visible rising carbonation. Lacing is intermittent but leaves swaths of clingy foam when it decides to make itself known.

The aroma is slightly bitter and flowery. Has a nutty wheat aroma as well. Grainy.

The flavor is the best part of the beer (though the clarity is a close second). Much softer and more deliciously floral than the aroma. slightly sweet. Again it has a nice fresh continental grain flavor going on.

Crisp is vigorous carbonation. Ryan might even call this one a "frisky critter." Has a residual bitterness that seems to border on too high for the style imo.

Overall a great beer. I still prefer my homebrew Kolsch to this though. ;-)

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Photo of yen157
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
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 tastybeer
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear gold color and tight white head. Bits of lace spot the glass and head holds decently. Smells heavily grainy, flowery, light, herbal and spicy. A rather pleasant aroma. Flavor is zesty and entertaining, and it matches the aroma well. Light and floral, spicy, with grainy bread malts and a nice amount of carbonation to stir things up. Mouthfeel is smooth with a good grainy texture that adds character to the light body. Very easy to drink and would be good especially in large quantities.

Good and worth my time.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce bottle poured into a stange glass yields a clear golden body with plenty of streamers of active carbonation supporting a huge soft white head. The cap recedes to a sheet and scatters lacing on the glass on its way to the bottom.

The smell of the drink is dryly malty with a fruity graininess.

Taste is rich with plenty of light maltiness balanced with a crisp, dry, herbal bitterness that finishes just a bit grassy.

Textbook refreshing crispness and outstanding drinkability.

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Photo of sim0n17
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
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 Matteox3
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased by the case in Shangy's in Emmaus.

This was my first Kolsh. It was very light and clear with a pleasant amount of carbonation to my taste. The taste was very similar to a well crafted pilsner, very subtle. The nose was light, good pearling.

I would buy this beer again as myself and my girfriend both enjoyed it.

Also, the owner from Shangy's awarded me with a proper gaffel kolsch glass with my purchase.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Kolsch is an awesome style of beer, in my opinion it is perhaps the best lager-type, although it is not a true lager, actually an ale. If you haven't had it, try it. And read the Wikipedia on it, it has some interesting info on the style.

A – Pale golden hue, crystal-clear. Nice head, but only moderate retention.

S – Mostly clean hop with a slight hint of earthiness and straw.

T – The main character is that of a pale lager that is sparkling and very clean. The flavor is punctuated by a bitter and mildly astringent hop with a long dry bready finish. It has many similarities to Czech Pilsener and German Pale Lager, but it is more refreshing and does not have the ‘sweaty’ taste found in many examples of the aforementioned styles.

M – The well-carbonated, sparkling character enhances the flavor. And it is extremely quenching, especially given the dry aspects of the flavor profile.

D – My 83 year old Grandma was drinking some of these bad boys the other day. If you can session this beer at the age of 83, I’d say it has to be pretty drinkable.

As Kolsch goes, this is in my top 3, along with Goose Island's Summertime and Reissdorf Kolsch.

I am very fortunate to have a store nearby that keeps extremely fresh imports. This beer is not dated, but the Bitburger that I got with it is less than 3 months old, so I infer that this is probably ultra-fresh.

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Photo of Redrover
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is gold smallish bone white head.

Nice brisk nose of sweet malts, pears and honey.

Tasty combo of apple/pears, grains with a honey finish. I like the latent bitterness that creeps in.

The mouth is crisp with great carbonation and mid level heft.

Wow, incredibly easy drinker!!

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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 Wildman
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a clear straw color and formed a nice foamy egg white head that left latticed lace as it slowly subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops, grain/yeast and some floral aspects. The flavor was of malt, hops and grain/yeast. The body is fairly light with a nice crisp finish to it with a hint of bittnerness. Only second German kolsch I have tried, but so far the better of the two.

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Photo of jmc44
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear gold, with large frothy white head that dissipates rather quickly to a fine film. Fairly active carbonation is apparent.

Light aroma of floral hops, citrus, and a note of malt. Clean and simple.

Flavor is also clean and simple. Mildy malty, with a quick, crisp slightly bitter finish.

Light in feeling, smooth, and very easy to drink. Lightly carbonated.

While the style isn't packed with flavor, its a very nice relaxing brew. An excellent example of the style, and actually tasted almost just as fresh here in the states as when I was in Koeln.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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 SkunkWorks
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at TJ Finley's in Bay Shore, NY. Served in a Gaffel stange. I've had this before in a bottle but fresh on tap sounds good.

Look: yellow, golden body with a thin white head that dissipates quickly and doesn't leave much in the way of lacing. Good for the style.

Smell: clean, pale malt with a bit of fruit and spicy hops. Subtle and appropriate for a Kolsch.

Taste: follows the nose with a big pale malt flavor, some quiet hoppiness, and a little tartness with a dry finish.

Feel: light in body, moderately carbonated, crisp and refreshing. Easy drinking and makes for a great session beer.

Overall: quite good, slightly better than the tap version, and based on what I've had so far, a great Kolsch. Wholeheartedly recommend this for someone trying to learn about the style. Can't wait till I can get to Cologne to drink some local Kolsches! Cheers!

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Photo of PartyBear
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Perfectly clear, and a light golden colour. Medium carbonation. Poured with a giant head, however, the retention is bad.

S - Light fruity hops, with a hint of weak lemon. There is also a definite floral characteristic to the scent.

T - The taste is crisp and dry, with an obvious bitter hoppiness.

M - Light and crisp in the mouth. A pleasant mild dry aftertaste.

D - I don't have a great knowledge of Kolsch beer, in fact this is my first. Overall it's a good beer, which most importantly I enjoyed drinking, and certainly would again.

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Photo of ark57
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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 TOMHONE
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
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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Photo of whartontallboy
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cold on tap in a Gaffel stange with a thin white head on a light clear gold pour. Thin subtle malt aroma with a few hints of spice with a wonderful
kolsch flavor that really locks in the toasty malt flavor and a nice grain flavor. Finishes very crisp and clean like a kolsch should. Light and delightful, quite a nice example of the style.

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Photo of AChamberlain
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a beer. I've loved this beer for a while. It is so easy to drink and the mouthfeel is incredible. It is a great dinner beer, goes well with almost anything: fish, meat, pasta.

Poured from 12oz. bottle bought at the Park Slope Food Coop with no freshness date.

A: Golden, sparkling yellow. Thick foamy head.

S: Clean.

T: Sharp bitter flavor, but not much more than that.

MF: Bubbly, crisp and refreshing.

D: Very drinkable. Have through your meal and keep going.

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Gaffel Kölsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
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