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

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common

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common

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RATINGS: 802   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.


2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
heemer77 (5096) - 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.

3.4
   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.

1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Cletus (6354) - 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.

3.8
   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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3.3
   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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2005
A decent beer, but nothing remarkable. Had it after a very busy and horrible day. Tastes similar to other Kolschs. Very pale yellow. Awesome looking glass that I had to have.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
madsberg (10136) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 17, 2005
Bottled: Golden coloured. Clear. White dense head. Aroma is grainy and light malty. Flavour of light hops and some light malt. Is a bit watery and thin, which ends to a very light bitter end.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thegreenrooster (3159) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 8, 2005
Pour is a hazy yellow with a small white head. Aroms is kind of soapy and sticky. Flavor is a very weak hop and malt extract. A good session beer is all this is. Nothing here to write home from Cologne about.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 2, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2005 Original Rating (6-3-6-3-12=3.0): Mild malt in the sweet, grainy aroma. Clear golden body is topped by a ring of and partial cover of white head. Husky, grainy flavour is lightly fruity with fair bitterness. Medium-light body with soft texture and fair carbonation. A bit slick. Sampled on tap at Anam Cara in Boston with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.
Rerate (6-1-5-2-10=2.4): Mild, fresh, herbal, grainy aroma. Clear golden body with a partial cover of white head. Herbal and grainy flavours with some malty sweetness and moderate finishing bitterness. Light body with strong, prickly carbonation. Bottle sampled at Peculier Pub in NYC with Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2005
12 oz bottle: Medium gold, clear body w/a short lived white head. Sweet grainy malt aroma @ first. Light hints of DMS & a faint floral hop. Very clean otherwise. Well balanced but lightly bitter @ the finish. Highly grainy malt flavor as w/ the aroma; Smooth malt character. Only light hints of fruitiness. Aftertaste is lingering and lightly bitter. Smooth m/f, medium carb. lighter body. Very pils like in character, but not as crisp and clean. Very drinkable as it’s well balanced throughout.


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