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


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RATINGS: 830   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MattShizzle (541) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2005
It’s OK. Has a slight metallic off flavor. Pretty light in the flavor department.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (4883) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2006 Bottled, in Köln. Light, clear golden pour with little head. Mild and thin, but fresh and crisp. Sweet finish and a pleasant aftertaste. Update: Had this later in Leipzig, on tap, and had much the same reaction. Bit of a bad aftertaste, but the mushrooms in my pizza may have contributed to that phenomenon. Still, very drinkable, can’t wait to try in warmer weather.

Update No. 2: Slightly more controlled conditions. Crisp, hoppy, and bitter. A bit more malt shining through, not quite bready. Aroma is nothing to write home about. This is a nice Kölsch, rounded combination of hops, healthy bitterness, and effervescence, yet I’d rather have a Pilsner. The rating holds.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HogTownHarry (6101) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2005
Bottle (12oz). My first (and likely last) Kolsch. Poured clear bright gold with a bright white soapy head. Smells vaguely skunky, like a weak pale lager - or catnip. Taste is quite pungent, grassy, euro hops - not too bad! Moutfeel lightly fizzy, astringent, watery - patio drink?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Pale gold in color with a nice, white, sustained head. This bottle is unfortunately skunked but underneath has some honey-like German malt character, maybe a touch of wineyness from a wheat malt and well-attenuated (dry) combination, and some perfumy, spicy hops. Flavor is right. Overall palate is dry, there is some fruitiness, good, winy acidity, German malt flavor is upfront then presents itself in a post- finish resurrection.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Bottle. Somewhat sour and earthy vegetable flavor, light hops on the nose. The most distinguishing and pleasing element is its finish, which has some honey-hops to it. My girlfriend thought it tasted like coors, for the most part, given my taste, I’d agree there should be mor ehere to distinguish it from that, although it’s still a good deal better than a coors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Pours a very light straw golden with a pillowy head. Aromas are light and not fruity in any way but some sulphur, bready malts and hops are evident. The body is light. The flavor is light on the tongue with more maltiness than your average American pilsner but not as much as I expect out of a Kolsch and certainly not the fruity ale characteristic that I get, at least in mine =). The finish has little to no bitterness but it is fairly dry and quenching asking the drinker to open another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Bottle. Clear golden color with a small white and tons of bubbles. Looks like ginger ale. Fruity, malty aroma with hints of straw. Mildly sweet, malty and straw flavor that finishes dry and mildly bitter. Easy drinking, but kind of thin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
imdownthepub (10210) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2005
Draught at Papa Joe’s Biersalon, Cologne, 300 ml, Filtered. Pale Gold (surprise!), more highly carbonated than most. Quite a thinly flavoured Kolsch, but by no means the worst. Maltier in character and whilst there is some hoppiness it is very understated. Slight cardboard note and a little butterscotch (I refuse to call it diecityl because I can’t spell it). Average, which is not what you can say about the Pub which is a wow, fantastiche.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (13555) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 25, 2005
Bottled at Delirium, Gothenburg. Light golden with a small white head. Light fruity aroma. Taste is fruity with a mild, bitter aftertaste. A little flat. (051008)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Aurelius (4167) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Plain. Very plain. Dry, underhopped, not very crisp. Not much to say. Muted aroma. Girlie beer.

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