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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Photo of clemtig76
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at the Mill House in Greenwood, SC. 12 OZ brown bottle with no freshess date. Pours a beautiful crystal clear golden straw color with a nice fluffy head that hangs around. Nice sticky lacing too. Crisp, clean aroma of green apples and pale malt. Taste is clean, dry and refreshing with just the right amount of carbonation. Goes down almost too easy. Perfect with the Mill House Titus pizza. Had to have another.

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Photo of jdmorgan
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Kolsch poured a straw gold that appeared very crisp and clear. The head was about 1 finger and was white.

The smell had a crisp malt aroma and the slightest hint of hops. The taste was clear, crisp, and refreshing. A surprising amount of hop flavor was retained despite it's deceptively thinner body. It's amazing the taste that can be squeezed into a Kolsch. Hop flavor was delicate, yet tasty. Consistency was thin to medium and carbonation was medium.

The crisp and refreshing taste as well as sturdy body and balance amounts to a very good beer. The purity of German beers continues to amaze me.

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Photo of Brenden
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gaffel looks the part: a clear, pale but bright gold in color with continuous effervescent activity. The head that develops is nearly a finger tall and kept alive in a fairly thick foam after it fades. Lacing is left in a creamy ring near the middle with some spottier lace following behind.
I get a sulfuric smell from the bottle right upon opening it, very much like what I'd expect from a pils. Otherwise it's lightly floral, fruity and vinous as expected, lots of green grape skin and tart green apple. Grains are underneath but work well, and an almost chalky yeast presence lies underneath. While light, it remains reasonably complex, a benchmark of good brewing for a difficult style. I get a bit of grassiness all the way with a mix of dry cracker and biscuit dough from the malts.
This one has the feel: it's light, extremely crisp without being bracingly so, and riding on a constant moderate but not overwhelming carbonation. It's how a Kolsch should feel.

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Photo of Derek
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear yellow with a white head, thin ring of retention initially leaves a little lace.

S: Steelie mineral & grass, hints of tropical fruit, toffee & biscuity malt.

T: Plenty of Saaz hops. It's like a German Pils with a hint of fruit and tartness (apple-like) from the Kolsch yeast. Biscuity bread from the continental malt. I'm not a fan of Saaz, but this is true to style.

M: Well-attenuated, fairly light body with a slight hint of acidity and a crisp, dry finish. Bang on for the style.

D: A good drinker.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the growler into my .3L Sunner Kolsch glass. Growler from the Piney Grove Green's.

A - Pale yellow, clear as a bear can be with a nice white head resting on top. Tons of bubbles are showcased running through this beer.

S - Nice light florally smelling hops with hints of lager malt.

T - Very light floral hop presence with a light malt flavor. Extremely balanced and light on the palate.

M - Light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D - Could easily down this whole growler in a few minutes this beer is so drinkable. That being said this really isn't my favorite style but I feel it represents the style well. This is the lady's favorite style so I try a lot of these and this one really has nothing offensive about it. Not too much that blows me away either however. I only know of 3 true Kölsch's that we can get in the US so this is certainly worth trying if you enjoy the style.

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Photo of irish
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great and easily drinkable style, and a paragon of that style. This one invites you to take a big pull and then slow down a bit to pay attention to it. Trouble is, its pretty easy to take that next sip. So you have to reflect a bit, or you will just drink it and let it go down unobserved. That would be a shame.

My advice is to pay attention and learn to seek Kolsch out. It raised the bar for easy, session-drinking beers.

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Photo of greenjeff4141
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fragrant hops on the nose. Taste, at first a little sweetness followed by the hops and alcohol follows behind. Has a clean yeasty taste and moderate carbonation with a slight bitterness at the end. I haven't had the pleasure of drinking many of this style, but I will again after trying this one. It is a very easy drinking beer, if it had just slightly less carbonation it would probably be perfect.

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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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Gaffel Kölsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
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