Brewed by Cölner Hofbräu P. Josef Früh
Style: Kölsch
Cologne, Germany


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From the recipe by Peter Josef Früh of the family brewery, this top-fermented specialty beer features the best ingredients and is brewed according to the German Purity Law. A favorite beer of Cologne, which became one of the city’s original.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2006
A very intresting beer. Aroma grasps you with corn to start with but as it goes on the grassy herbal hop character builds nicely. Taste is fruity with a good amount of bittering hops. One to try again foresure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StueyD (1107) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2006
A light, yellow, golden beer, with a thickish white head. A very discreet, slightly floral, hoppy aroma with a hint of sweet malt. The taste is dry and hoppy, and again, this is followed by a slightly sweet, maltiness, similar to that of “Caramalz” for example. The finish is slightly dry and has both the hop and malt elements.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - FEB 24, 2006
Kölsch isn´t one of my favorite styles as it always seems abit plain, and flavorless, like American lagers, bud, miller etc. but this one was pretty good for me, it had more flavor than other kölsch biers I´ve had, abit of bitterness too, I´d drink it again, nothing great, but an ok drinker.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
auderale (605) - Minot, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Bottle. Poured a golden color with a short lasting head. Malty aroma with a bitter hop taste. I guess I’m told I like the bitter beers, and this one was pretty good too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SHIG (3534) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Native beer to Köln, but I can pick it up in the are trinken marts (drink store) in racks of 24 (1ltrs). Reminds me of a smooth style pils. Has nice flavor and kick. My favorite German beer to pick up for parties.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
stouby (3686) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2006
Draught at Delirium Cafe. Dark yellow with a white head, almost diminishing, excellent lacings. Aroma moderate malty and hoppy. Flavor moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter. Light body, watery, lively carbonated.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Like altbier in Dusseldorf, kolsch is a special style of beer unique to Cologne, and different than most German beers in the fact that it is an ale, not a lager, though it is cold conditioned like a lager. Kolsch is a very delicate, golden ale, with light aromas and flavors of hops, crisp pale malt, and "jammy" fruit. It is a style that has been copied here in the United States by a number of brewpub/breweries, but one that is rarely done right. Precious few drops of real kolsch make it to the US market, as this beer is so delicate, and does not travel well. The most available exported version of kolsch to be found in the US is Reissdorf Kolsch, and I have also seen and enjoyed Gaffel Kolsch. Gaffel is a better example of the two available, but to really understand what kolsch is all about, a trip to Cologne is in order. Again, like in Dusseldorf, the beer drinking traditions and culture of Cologne is alive and well. Cologne also have Kobes or waiters who will continue to pour you 0.25L glass after glass of kolsch poured by gravity vom fass. As you might already know from my reviews of altbier, that means it is coming from a freshly tapped wooden or metal barrel. The Kobes here wear white or blue jackets and aprons, and they are as impressive as the blue clad waiters of Dusseldorf. There is in fact a great rivalry that exists between these two cities when it comes to their local specialty beers. I’m happy to enjoy both, and kolsch is a beer you will want to try. The glasses they pour kolsh in are interesting, they are long tube shaped glasses, that the Kobes serve from a tray that has cylinders like that of a revolver. It really is a site to see these guy serving up fresh, delicious kolsch, and it will amaze you how many glasses you will go through in a blink of an eye. Like in Dusseldorf, the Kobes will continue to tick off the number of beers you drink with a pencil on your coaster, and you might get a little shock when the bill comes. You will find literally dozens of places serving up kolsch, and Fruh is a bench mark example of the style. This beer has a wonderful balance of hop aroma, paired with nice pale malt and fruit character, and a nice dry finish. Fruh Kolsch pours to a beautiful, bright, pale golden color with a tall white head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is wonderful with pleasing aromas of light peppery and herbal hop aromas. This leads into a delicate malt palate with good pale malt flavor paired with light flavors of pear. Fruh Kolsch finishes with a slight herbal hop bitterness that rounds this beer out to perfection. Many beer geeks just don’t get kolsch as a style. They find it too light and too delicate. The simplicity and delicate nature of this beer really is its soul. It is so fresh tasting and so, so drinkable, you literally inhale this beer, and you will be happy to have the Kobes fill your never ending glass of beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2007 On draught at Delirium Café, Göteborg. [Rerating 10/2-07] Fresh malty nose, fruity touch. Fresh, malty, fruity flavour with hints of citrus. Good malt character here. [Old rating 6/2/6/2/12] Kölsch is a beer style that I find pretty useless. It’s fermented warm, then stored cold for a number of months. Now, the result? Pretty much a Style Lager with a fruity touch, like a standard German PIls...maybe with a touch of bittterness from noble hops. I find this style, and this beer, pretty useless. Soft mouthfeel, yet big on Co 2.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Purchased a bottle while away on business in Germany. Light yellow color with a healthy, foamy head. Nothing impressive; the hops have a surprisingly fresh aroma, but the flavor is of old straw and the finish is excessively grainy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrRomero (1974) - Nolanville, USA - JAN 2, 2006
500ml bottle: poured clear light yellow with a medium white head. Full aroma of fruti and hops. Grape and apple. Flavor is quite nice: fruity and full flavored. Mild bitter finish. A good example of the style.

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