Brewed by Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
Style: Kölsch
Cologne, Germany


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RATINGS: 787   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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The laws protecting the brewing of kolsch are as strict as the German Purity Law of 1516. Kolsch beer can only be brewed within the city of Cologne. As the best-known kolsch brewery, Gaffel’s flavor is derived from an ale yeast that is "lagered" (or aged) in cold cellars. Gaffel is pale, faintly fruity with a crisp, hop finish. Enjoy as an aperitif or digestif.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2005
Grassy and funky smelling. Pale yellow/gold color. No head. This is imported by a Florida company and is a great example of why Florida sucks enormous amounts of rooster name. Watery, not even any carbonation bite much less hop just some mild sweetness. If this is the best loved of Kolsch brewers in Cologne why is it the worst I have ever had?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2005
BEERYEAR beer #5 of 365. Pours gold with almost no head. No effervescence, no lacing. Dry aroma, with light malt notes and a very light fruitiness. Flavor is nutty and slightly fruity. Dry finish. A so-so example of a so-so style. And that’s a no-no.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MoritzF (8250) - Bochum, GERMANY - JUL 6, 2005
(bottle) Pale yellow body with a medium foamy white head. Dusty malty nose with herbal hops. Initially malty with hints of nuts and a fruity note and a dry quite bitter and hoppy finish for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pivnizub (8580) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JUL 4, 2005
On draught: Pale yellow, medium sized, firm white head; initial floral, grassy hoppiness in the aroma, but also traces of malt; the malty taste dominates, a bit fuller bodied as other examples of this style; becomes fruitier and a bit sourish towards the end, slightly bitterness in the aftertaste. O.K.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2005
Hazy blond color. Quite simple beer, with some light maltiness and a decent bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 24, 2005
Bright gold body with a dense head. Aroma has old cheddar cheese and a hint of ammonia. There is also grass and some cow maure. The taste has over ripe pears and some grassy bitterness. Funny enough, it does finish cleanly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2005
Nice golden color, crystal clear, white head. Relatively mild in the aroma and flavor departrments, whats there is pretty nice, herbal hops, and fruity malt. Very crisp light body, dry finish. Nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Cletus (6329) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Pours straw yellow with an average white bubbly head. Smell is of grass and lemons. Taste is watery with hints of grass and no real aftertaste or mouthfeel. The bottle I poured from lists the ingredients of this one as water, barley malts, hops and yeast yet all I can taste is the water. Far below average compared to its other Koln brewed cousins.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2005
I don’t think my <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/goose-island-sum kölsch really counts, so here’s one from Cologne. Golden yellow with tiny particulate-haze and a large but lightning-fast, white head. Dry, fruity nose was lightly spiced and held aromas of pear and grain. Tasty, sweet-malt start with a touch of herbal bitterness and finishing like a sweet pastry. Creamy with long-lasting aftertastes.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Bottle: Golden straw yellow with a small white head that lasts for a bit. Aroma initially smelled quite skunked and sweaty, but after I poured it into a glass this changed dramatically. Smells malty - honey covered grains - light malts, faint hint of yeast, and a light smoke or wood (I’m surprised to be smelling this too). Light bodied, crisp, moderately dry, slightly watery towards the finish. Taste is honey coated malt, grains, bread, mildly tart yeast, light fruity yeast, earthy malt, and a hint of spicy old hops. The only strike against it comes from a plastic flavor that comes through late in the finish.

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