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

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RATINGS: 604   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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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.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2014 Bottled. A pale yellow beer with high carbonation and a big white head. The aroma is spicy and the taste is clean and soapy. A decent beer. Score 2.8
Subsequent rating scored 2.9 Score unaltered

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Appeance: pale yellow, bordering on green, with a firm 1/2" collar of foam. Aroma: fresh, light, delicately hoppy, rather minor in size, but with appreciable fruity notes, which continue on the palate, once the tasting begins. Light, but lively, happy, with a tangible tangy, citric fruit flavor, and perhaps a touch of apple or pear. After so many American interpretations, it’s great to taste a true kolsch and know once and for all how they should taste. This is a classic, extremely downable, light in body, but with just enough flavor, sweet and lemony, to be worthwhile, and to have me wish this 500 ml bottle would never empty.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2004
Wasn’t that impressed by this. Dry slightly floral notes, too watery for my liking

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonMoore (1885) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2004 Bottle from Beers of Europe. Poured a pale golden colour, with a medium sized white head that quickly subsided. Aroma is fruity (hint of strawberry?). Taste is an excellent balance of malt and hops. Smooth with a creamy mouthfeel. Very thirst quenching. Best Kolsch I’ve had so far.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7864) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2010 Tap at Cologne brewpub. Lightly sweet barley malt aroma. Clear golden yellow color with minimal head. Slightly sweet barley malt flavor with light hops finish. Nice straight forward Koelsch.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - APR 20, 2004
Yellow and fizzy appearance, medium fast disappearing white head. Lightly hoppy aroma, citrus, some vague maltiness and hay. The texture is a bit oily, but is very pleasant. Some maltiness and a vague bitter end. Very drinkable...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nate (3759) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2004 Tap. Light hoppy aroma, floral and clean. Pale yellow clear with white foamy lacing head. Light body with active carbonation. Starts with crisp acidity, light hoppiness. Finish is clean and hoppy. Light bitter salty after.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
madsberg (10432) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2004
Bottled: Light yellow. Small quickly diminishing head. Has a grassy aroma. Slightly malty and hoppy flavour. Light in the aftertaste. Some vague bitternotes.

4.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DanielBrown (3894) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2003
UPDATED: APR 5, 2004 This was the best Kolsch I tried during my recent visit to Cologne, and is also good from the bottle. It has a smooth, almost greasy texture, that slips down the throat beautifully, coating the tongue. The flavour is light, yet tasty, and extremely moreish, especially when served in the small brauhaus glasses!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (5295) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2014 Rerate: tap @ Fruh am Dom, medium sample. Clear yellow color, short frothy white head. Aroma is quite hoppy, bit spicy, earthy, slight grassy. Crisp bitterness, slight dry, medium bitter. Very nice kolsch when drinking fresh from the brewery casks. I think the average score here is downgraded by the bottled version. Original rate from 2003: Kolsch is definitely better than classic german pilsner, and this fruh kolsch makes no exception. Easy to drink.


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