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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 884   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerlord (217) - tonawanda, New York, USA - APR 22, 2007
Nice light straw color, Rocky white head, fruity aroma. Nice hop flavor with some bready undertones. semi dry finish, light mouth feel, good session beer.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2556) - New York, USA - APR 7, 2007
Tap. Pours really golden w/ big head. Taste is sort of bitter, kind of a strange bitter aftertaste but pretty good if cold.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2007
Draught at Cafe Numero 7 in Heidelberg. Golden colour witha big white head. Malty, hay, light fruity aroma and a sweet straw, hay, fruity taste. Medium body with a dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
goozen (3371) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 25, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2014 Bottle 0.5ltr: Golden coloured Kölsch with the fruity taste and ends lightly bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2007
12 oz. bottle: Sparkling clear pour with lots of spritzy carbonation and a receding ivory head. Light aroma is peach esthers and some straw. Body follows suit, with a broaded spectrum of esthery notes - peach and baked apple. Herbal hops and subtle caramel malts add some depth. This is a great example of a very delicate style.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Dorqui (2142) - Brescia, ITALY - MAR 10, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2007 Bottled. Shining, clear and discreetly bubbly yellow color. Decidedly modest scent, nearly absent with light notes of malt and dried grassy. Little pungent taste and decidedly sweetish. Little perceivable alcohol; soft and mellow body. Thanks to mabjork for this beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hoser (370) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 19, 2007
Had this on the market square in Cologne served in a larger Klosch glass. Not as crisp as other examples I had that day. Page 179 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide and only 400 out 500 Classic Brews to go.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7633) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2007
Bright gold spritzy pour. Delicately barrelly and woodily vinous in the snout. Lovely rounded wheaty-bready afters going on and on through the nose. A tang of metal. A trace of hoppy Pilsener bitterness. Whisper it quietly (in Dusseldorf), but this is quality stuff.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Golden color with very little head. Grainy aroma with hints of apple juice. The flavor has the same light apple flavor with a slightly bitter finish. Nothing special.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 13, 2007
1/2 liter bottle. Pours to a beautiful, bright, staw golden color, with a tall, rocky, white head that fades, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose on this beer is excellent, with light, jammy, estery aroma, paired with subtle aromas of pale malt. The palate is round, and clean, with light pale malt flavor, with light touches of estery fruit. This beer finishes with more light pale malt flavors up front, then ends with some light herbal hop bitterness to balance. Fantastic example of kolsch, a beer you can just inhale. Many beer geeks just don’t get the subtle beauty of a good kolsch. This beer is so fresh, clean, and drinkable. The ultimate session brew.


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