Original Pfaffen | Pfaffen-Brauerei Max Päffgen

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Pfaffen-Brauerei Max Päffgen

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by allboutbierge on 11-03-2003

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by foles:
Photo of foles
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent Kolsch, one of the better ones in Koln in my opinion.

Served nicely as you would expect, very fresh. Slightly fruity, but this is hidden somewhat by the hop presence, which was medium/average as far as Kolsch goes. Crisp and solidly drinkable.

Enjoyed, but probably will not re-encounter it because I am not a huge fan of the style. And If I fancied a Kolsch I would probably be looking for Muhlen which is outstanding!

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Photo of MarkJBurch
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask at Pfaffen Brauerei, Köln, Germany

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a two finger high off white head that fades away rather quickly. A very light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of bready malts in the nose.
T: A mild amount of bitterness stands out in the overall taste, which overshadows the underlying malts. There are some hints of sweetness in the initial taste and the finish is mostly bitter.
M: It feels light-bodied and rather crisp on the palate. There is also a slight amount of dryness, particularly in the finish.
D: The beer goes down easily so it is rather sessionable.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 77black_ships
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

200 ml. draft @ Ausschank Pfaffen Brauerei Max Päffgen. Pours a clear golden, white head, head is a touch smaller than with some of the other examples. Nose is musty grains in a good way, citrus peel, mushroom, very different from the other examples I tried prior to this one, very interesting. Tastes of citrus & lemon peel, herbs, light mushroom, lots of grains, sweetish yeast, some sweetness & light grass. Slightly grainy feel, very easy to drink & very interesting. Actually preferred this one quite a bit over Päffgen as did everyone else in the group, this one seems to score significantly less. Lovely stuff.

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Photo of digita7693
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of karst
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served at St. Louis Brews Spring Picnic from a swingtop bottle with lable similar to those on stanges at pub in Cologne. Mark Naski was able to obtain some the the bottled version (that may soon be avaiable at pub)

My overall impression was how light and subtle with pils malt flavor interwoven with delicate berry fruit followed by subtle round MF (perhaps a bit creamy? no that's overstating its mouthfeel character)

Hops just enough (20-25 IBUs) to dry the initially sweet malt front to a clean finish with out any lingering hops in evidence.

The ultimate aperitif with wonderful drinkability.

Thanks Mark and Dan for bringing back a great example of true "kolsch-style" beer. I look forward to my first visit to Cologne knowing that stuff like this awaits.

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Photo of tjd25
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very creamy, nice-looking and lasting head on a consistent yellow almost orange color. The smell wasn't too expressive in the brauhaus. The taste was malty and sweet, with some hints of caramel. Fruity notes of orange were enjoyable. Vanilla or light anise notes and a hint of wood. Bready, quite good. Mouthfeel was very creamy. Heavy for the style. Hops I found a little bit harsh, grapefruit-like dry. Overall soft and slightly biscuity. A good one.

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Photo of soju6
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is golden with a creamy head. The aroma had a hint of malt. The beer had a clean taste and a bit refreshing. It has a creamy feeling with no aftertaste. This brew is very drinkable and an excellent choice when having more than 1-2.

It was well worth the trip to the brewhaus in Koln.

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Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of seanyfo
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

0.2l gravity serving at the Pfaffen Brauhaus in Koln

A- Dark blonde, with creamy 2 finger head, excellent head retention and lacing

S- Minimal malts

T- Clean malt flavours, with a creamy finish

M- Low carbonation with a creamy texture

D- Excellent, not overly flavoursome(what kolsch is!) but the finish and texture make this a superb Kolsch, and worth a trip to the brewhaus in Koln if you have a spare 30 mins

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Photo of windowside
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GoBrewOrGoHome
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- straw yellow, white head, 2 fingers, decent head retention.
S- straw, grainy, slightly fruity, DMS, earthy
T- grainy, semi-sweet, straw, low bitterness, earthy
M- light body, low bitterness, short carbonation sting
D- very drinkable, overall very light and passive flavors

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of therica
4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yes, as someone has already mentioned, 2 brothers own Paffgen and Pfaffen, and the brauhauses are within several doors of each other. I thought I needed new glasses...

The Paffgen (and some other Kolsch's) gave me a headache. The Pfaffen did not. My wife, who is not a major beer-consumer but enjoys trying them out on occasion, moved Pfaffen to the top of her list of beers we've had on our trips to Cologne -- actually, only one of the few in her subjective "acceptable" category.

Great firm head, nice subtle tastes, nothing overwhelming, no hoppish-ness (as does the Sion which I also enjoy). The overall consensus of myself and of my wife was, "just right," so to say. No bitterness, no sour taste, no annoying aftertastes, went well with dinner, salad and even dessert. Overall, a great consuming-beer. No real scent or odor, good or bad.

As far as the Hausbrauerei food, it was average-priced, great service (most of the staff is apparently Bulgarian, btw), average taste or better. The onion soup was great-- very flavorful, filled with fresh garlic and parsley, a melted of slice cheese on toast floating amidst. As with a number of the brauhauses in November and December, they had 4 dinner-items of fresh wild-game. We had the spit-roasted rabbit and the wild goose. They also had a venison dish (not a steak), and another which I do not recall. The hot red-cabbage was mediocre. The restaurant was nearly full, but we had no problems walking in and being immediately seated around 1900/7pm. Some other close-by brauhauses had outdoor waiting-lines.

They have gorgeous gold-gilted seasonal Christmas glasses! E$1.50 each at the bar or ask the waiter.

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Photo of jackofclubs
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i was told this beer was not a kolsch by thte man at the bar in koln but would not tell me what it was

it was the best of the beers i had in koln a little smother mouth feel fruityer smell and taste that others i had. if you get a chance grab a glass or 5 there small

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Photo of carrollmel7
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of BlackVeg
2.89/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of dasenebler
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap (gravity keg?) at the brewpub on Heumarkt. From notes, 1.29.11.

Rich golden hue with a creamy, sticky head. Lacing on my .2L glass is excellent.

The aroma is nearly a non-factor: light, grainy maltiness and slightly flowery hops.

The buttery, ale yeast note is more apparent with this Kölsch, but not overdone. It's actually a very nice component, complimenting the cracker-like malts. The yeast flavors are very clean and slightly fruity. Bitterness is very low, but there's some nice earthy hops. The mouthfeel is very soft and smooth, with fine carbonation.

A simple, clean and enjoyable Kölsch. Freshness of this on-tap sample only makes the beer better.

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Some homemade beer websites claim that Pfaffen Kölsch is the same as Päffgen Kölsch and that the owners are brothers. Well, they got it partially right. The owners are brothers, but arent on the most friendly basis, thus the different names. Like the names, the Kölsch is slightly different.

Only available at their brewpub in the Altstadt area of Köln.

Color is a crisp and luminous gold with a thin and large white head--A nearly perfect Kölsch appearance. Aroma and flavor are somewhat sweet for a Kölsch, but it adds a unique spin. Elements of light hops are evident in flavor and smell as well as a thin and complex malt profile. The beer finishes extremely clean and goes down like water but has a slightly thicker texture.

A Kölsch very much worth seeking out.

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Photo of thebeerprincess
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of davemathews68
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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