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 goindownsouth
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
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 woemad
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle purchased at Jim’s Homebrew in Spopkane for $2.48. My first German example of the style.

Poured a mostly-clear, golden color with a one inch white foam head that quickly recedded to a foam skiff. Lots of bubbles can be seen hurtling skywards within my glass.

Softly floral hops and mildly bready malts are the main contributors to this beer’s aroma. Doesn’t smell like a flavor bomb, but beers of this style aren't supposed to.

Surprisingly crude, grainy malt flavor. There’s a slight, grassy hop flavor that mitigates things a a little. There’s also a mild, vegetable oil-like flavor. All in all, it tastes like one of the less-offensive macro lagers out there.

Somewhat crisp mouthfeel that is marred by a body that seems a little too thick for the style.

I’m afraid my first German kölsch is not going to become a favorite of mine. Certainly it’s a drinkable beer, but that’s about all you can say about it. It's a short journey from here to a macro lager.

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Photo of corby112
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a two finger frothy white head which has decent retention, only slowly fading into a thin cap and lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing.

Bland aroma with some earthy grass and straw pilsner malt ad subtle hops.

Light bodied with some crisp light golden fruit notes, a sweet pilsner malt like backbone with some grass and straw notes and a crisp slightly hoppy dry finish. Hints of apple and pear and a bit of the sweetness from the malt are decently balanced by the subtle hops. Easy drinking but not very complex.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Gaffel Kölsch is a very clear and sparkling light straw-colored beer with a big, puffy, fluffy white head that leaves great lacing. The aroma is pretty faint: sweet fruity esters and wood. It is medium bodied and dry. It has a grainy flavor with noble hops at the end. Very German.
(rated Aug 1, 2007)

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Photo of brewtal
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden tinted blonde beer with a very decent head at first, but quickly falls to almost none. Some good lace tough. Maybe my glass isn't clean enough.

Smells of dry grain and grassy hops with a faint citrus aroma, mainly lemon.

Great deal of those grassy hops. Very earthy too, with a strong grainy taste. Balanced.

Not bad but i find it a bit astringent.

This is very refreshing, but i'd be happy with just one of those and then move onto something else.

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Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mr. Goodbar. Pale yellow with a thin head, and a bit of lace. Medium plus mouthfeel. Refreshing although not overwhelming, above average carbonation. Initial astringency that becomes malted away, but detracts. A tad of fruit and not outstanding in being flavourful or drinkable,

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Photo of megahurts4
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gaffel Kölsch (kolsch, koelsch)

Appearance: Yellow with a lot of lacing.

Smell: Skunky, subtle apple.

Taste: Skunk, apples, grains, and malts.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing.

It is more like a pilsner but with a subtle tinge of apple. I expected more of an apple flavor, but this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a single at Total Wine, Chantilly, VA.

A - Pale gold color with some fizz and a trace of lacing. Head is modest but hangs in there.

S - Barley, raw honey, farm straw.

T/M - Wheat, barley and a hint of floral hops. Very light but decent density and carbonation that would make this an ideal post lawn-mowing brew.

D - Quite drinkable but I wouldn't seek it out. Superb hot weather beer.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured with a half finger of head, with high body carbonation that quickly disappeared. Speaking of the body, there's quite a bit of sandy looking particulate floating in it. It's a pale yellow, as is the norm.

Smell: Not very much going on, even with warming. Smells like a weak generic Kolsch, meaning primary straw smell with a peppery undertone. Nothing bad, it's just too absentee for my liking.

Taste: Most Kolsch I've had, the peppery spice note doesn't start the beer, but it does here and then the straw malt with a hint of lemon and ending with another touch of earth and pepper. Very clean.

Mouthfeel: As I said, very clean and crisp. The aftertaste sticks mostly to the malt with only a hint of pepper. The carbonation helps out the start of the beer but doesn't quite pan out near the end.

Drinkability: It's crispness helps to make it refreshing and it's lighter body helps it on that front as well. The carbonation seems to settle down the right amount to give it more interest then a generic lager.

Final Thoughts: At first I didn't think this beer was going to fare too well, but it grew on me. Really this seems to be the measuring stick for Kolsch. Nothing bad, but nothing exceptional. If you haven't had Kolsch before, I'd recommend this one, but it's a bit lackluster for a more dedicated craft enthusiast.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Taste: crispy cracker-like, slight hop, clean finish. Fermented grain nose. Gold, clear, with large foamy head and some lace to taster glass. Medium/lite body.

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Photo of organicbrewer
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Beautiful gold. Brilliantly clear. perfect 2 and 1/2 finger eggshell head. Steam of bubbles comeing up from the bottom of the glass. Perfect

S-Sweet malts. very low hop aroma. very clean yeast. A little wet cardboard (oxidation). Probably has been sitting around a bit. Not too off but just a bit.

T-Very light bready malts. Next to no bitterness. More of that wet cardboard. Very low hop flavor, a bit earthy. Not bad.

M-Prickly carbonation lifts each sip off the tongue. Very dry. Not much body.

D-perfect after leaf raking beer if you ask me. This example was a bit old (guessing because of the oxidation) but not bad. Would love to try this in Koln.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at a local restaurant. They poured it into a DAB glass mug. Due to a typical bar pour, there was minimal head.

This is a light, straw color. The carbonation was present, but it wasn't as present as I would have liked.

The smell and taste were both very minimal. There was very light malting and grain presence. I didn't get anything else.

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Photo of kwjd
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up as part of the summer seasonal release at the Control Board in Ontario. Pours a clear pale yellow colour, with thick white head. Head dissipated, but tons of lacing all down the glass. Smells faintly of grassy hops. Taste is fairly light. Has some hop bitterness and light bready malt. Very smooth mouthfeel. This is a nice lager for a warm day, but not too much excites me about this beer. Probably won't buy again at over $3/bottle, but would if it was cheaper.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at our Septoberfest party. Pours a light yellow-gold color with a medium white head that burns off rather quickly. Spotty lacing. Lightly woody hops and malt in this nose. Light, clean body with equal parts hops and malt, with touches of fruit and spice. The finish is mildly bitter with a lightly spiced hops aftertaste. Slightly above average.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle into pils glass. best before 28.07.15. consumed on july 8, 2015

a: clear golden-pale yellow with 3 fingers of fast-dissipating white head

s: a touch of floral hops but mostly sweet grainy-grassy malt. maybe even a touch of lemon, somewhat smells like sprite?

t: mineral-y with sweet lager malt and a very mild hop presence and bitterness. hints of fruit-like sweetness but i can't quite put my finger on what those fruits are. lacking in flavour power

m: light, close to watery, not a lot of carbonation

o: light and refreshing but that's it

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Photo of QueenCityYeastBeast
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

from 11.2oz bottle

L: better lacing than head, expected golden Kolsch hue
S: slight fruit hint with otherwise expected mild hop aroma
T: bitter, moderate bready taste which is soon overpowered by carbonation
F: light, significant carbonation
O: solid representation of the style, perhaps a slight bit over carbonated and too much bitter to be excellent for my palate

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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Drank this all day long whilst visiting Cologne.
Its Golden in colour and served in a tiny 0.2 glass, the head doesn't stick around for long and he carbonation is weak, but it's there...
The smell is fresh and floral and slightly buttery. Taste and feel wise, it's smooth, clean and crisp, with a refreshing after taste, goes down extremely easy - not too full in flavour though, slightly simple and bland.
Overall a very different and nice beer to try, enjoyed my fair share during the day !

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a kolsch glass. Pours a medium yellow amber, minimal head with a bit of lacing. Wheat and light malt aroma. Starts with a clean wheat, but an odd, almost adjunct flavor develops. Light fruit, wheat and corn(?). Slightly astringent finish. Ok, but there are better kolsches out there.

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Photo of OatherS
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blue labeled bottle. 500 mL bottle.

Appearance: Golden transparent. Short lived one finger head. Very effervescent.

Smell: Nothing too distinct. Normal ale smell.

Taste: Also not too distinctive. The Kolsch flavor is somewhat apparent. Somewhat of a metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Dry finish.

Drinkability: Not bad. Although not totally excited about finding another one.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass on 4/2/12

Very clear, pale, golden color. A flurry of bubbles facilitates a one thumb, bone-white head. The rising bubbles calm, but keep consistent escape. Head retention is thin, however. Lace is patchy.

Clean aromas of grain and biscuit with an mild layer of yeast dustiness underneath. There is plenty of grassiness and a soft light fruit twinge, namely apple. Very nice and full aromatics.

The beer has a flavor profile similar to that of the nose, but it lacks vibrancy; it tastes such that I wonder if this is an old bottle. Everything tastes fine, but the hops seem hollow and lackluster. Otherwise, the biscuit, toasted grains and mild grassiness make for a pleasant drinker.

Light bodied but far from thin. Carbonation is ample and rolling but not harsh. I'm inclined to call it moderately crisp. Mild residuals linger on the finish.

Aside from my thinking this is an old bottle, I like it rather well. I'd certainly be inclined to give a fresh bottle a shot or two.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On gravity at the brauhaus. Pours a perfect clear yellow, though it seemed a bit darker than other kölsches I've had. Medium white head that disappears quickly and leaves little behind.

Smells of pils malt, and slight hops--that's it. The taste is about the same. Simple malt, a bit of hops, and a strange funky flavor that I don't really know how to describe (though I don't recall other kölsch having that taste--maybe there was something in the glass?)

Mouthfeel is watery with a bit of carbonation; not interesting, but not bad.

Fairly drinkable, but probably my least favorite of this style.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz botle poured into a Tom Collins glass.

A = Bright, clear yellow, medium sized white head, fair retention, light lacing.

S = Light smell of wet grains, white pepper, light spices from the yeast.

T = Slight hints of wet grains, bitterness of hops with light spiciness in the finish. Good clean tasting.

M = Light bodied, somewhat stinging carbonation on tongue.

D = This would be a decent beer on a hot afternoon. Not sure I would use it for much more than that, but that should be enough shouldn't it?

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Photo of wiseguy142
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice crisp gold appearance. Some spaced out bubbles floating up to the top. Pretty standard lookign white head with a decent retention, but disappears to a patchy film after a few minutes. Seems like a good representation of the style.

Smells ever so slightly metallic. Also smells of good water quality if that makes any sense.. a nice fresh smell.. sort of like being at a lake.

The thing about the taste I like the best is the overall water quality. It's a nice round character that does justice to the malt and hop characteristics of a mild beer. Sort of an airy/apple juice like aftertaste that is pleasant. But overall very neutral.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Nice at the beginning, light to medium body, gets slightly cut off by a hop bite at the end. Carbonation doesn't do much for it either- very light, doesn't support any of the other flavors int he beer.

Honestly, I don't like beers that trick me into thinking they will be nice and malty and then cut off my enjoyment with an unexpected hop bite. It's pretty easy to drink but the conflicting characters of the beer don't sit well with me.

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Photo of Brabander
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought this beer several months ago when i was in Germany. Had it for a while in my fridge now bacause the best before date was march 2011. Ooops, time to drink this one! It was the whole time in my beerfridge so no worries on this side.

Poured as always in my Struise glas this beer looks nice. Yellow fluid with some residu floating around in the beer. Very light carbonation. Nothing much to smell.

Taste is with a light bitterness and the beer feels a bit watery because of the low ABV. Not a spectacular beer which you must drink when you see it.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
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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Gaffel Kölsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
3.65 out of 5 based on 834 ratings.
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