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


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RATINGS: 847   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bubbleflubber (1853) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 17, 2006
Aromas of nothing to speak. Pours a pale golden, very indicative of style. No head of importance. Flavor is, again, indicative of style. Very crisp and refreshing, which is the "job" of a kolsch. Good warm weather quencher. Plenty of well-utilized carbonation mixes nicely with the latent light hoppy aftereffects. Goes down well, without being too watery. And the aromas do open up a bit while the beer warms. Contributes nicely to the rest of the presentation. What it lacks for simplicity’s sake, for the style it’s definitely not complex, but I appreciate well what it’s trying to pull off.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kseecs16 (1207) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2006
Bottle. Poured an effervescent pale yellow with a moderate off-white head. The body was slightly malty and finished with a crisp hoppiness that was not very assertive.Not much too it at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2006
On draft at Issac Newton’s. Pous a clear golden with a decent sized white head. Aroma is pretty bland, sweet malts, citrus, and slight hops. Flavor is pretty bland also, slightly sweet, citrusy, and a slight hoppy bite. A boring and a forgetable beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 19, 2006
from a 5L party keg, courtsey of my friend from Koln. golden with a small even head. weak aroma of bready malt. the flavor was also bready, but not overpowering like the other kolsch I had. finished crisp with some hops. on a warm day this could be refreshing, but there is nothing too interesting about it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrat (1301) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2006
Bottle.Bright gold in coluor with a medium head,aroma is of grass and hops,taste is of hops,light malt with a touch of citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2008 Very light yellow color with a smallish head. Aroma is bready in an almost sour way but not at all unpleasant. Taste is really light to an almost watery fault. Some corn flavor is evident but again, not unpleasant. Really not bad and very light makes it really easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (14104) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2013 500ml bottle. Pale gold with disappearing white head. Nice hop, some lemon citrus. Light, enjoyable, good pale malt and lemony finish. I rather like it. 3.2/5 rerate a bit better, decent hop on finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MattShizzle (542) - 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 (5086) - 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 (6129) - 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?

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