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


on tap

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RATINGS: 891   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (8970) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2007
Bottle. Bright gold with a large yellowed foam. Aromas are sharp and bitter with pepper. Some slight nuttiness with lemon. Flavours are dry biscuit malts with soft citrus and butter. Quite prickly on the palate with a bitter dry finish. Clean and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - JAN 18, 2007
12oz bottle.
Pours a pale gold, a little darker than your standard MBC pisswater. A very thin fizzy head forms on pour and quickly disappears. Aroma is crisp medium bitter fresh green hay, and a touch of light citrus fruit. Flavor follows the aroma but also has a slight metallic edge to it. Medium body with a fizzy palate. Would have liked it better but for that metallic tinge in the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ALLOVATE (2680) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2007
Vom fass @ Gaffel Kölsch Brauereiausschank, Köln, Germany.
Stumbled across this place by accident as my wife and I did with most Kölsch bier-halls in Köln. Don’t know whether this is brewed here as Gaffel billboards seemed everywhere on the the outer brim of the city and not here in the Altstadt. Anyway, this one served up a palest, dull gold with very fine intermittent carbonation. Head, a pillowy puff of white, held on for dear life and frothed down the Stange. The Kobe’s weren’t wearing the traditional blue apron here, just an observation! Aroma of tight sour fruit, a little salt, some hop leaves shining in from underneath. Its spritzy in the mouth, wine-like (as Stew41 pointed out) in texture and flavour with more sourish, tight fruit, a good whack of gritty, pale malts, some leafy herbs and just a smidgen of bitterness on the peak of the swallow. It is peppery, spicy also, both in the dry swallow and on the palate. Body is extremely light, it’s balanced well and goes down with alarming ease. Very subtle in all aspects but atleast the flavours are well-defined. Quite nice, getting lost in the Altstadt isn’t at all a bad thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Bottle. Lemon-yellow body with lightly effervescent carbonation, unexpected pale particulates, and a modest, sudsy white head. Pure buttery pale malt aroma with light melon accents and a touch of black pepper. Good doughy pale malt character in the flavor with subtle Noble hop signatures. Light fruity tones and mild quenching acidity. Semi-dry with mellow bitterness. A solid Kölsch beer that is supremely quenching. Freshness is critical.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BakerStMuse (19) - USA - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle. Very mild and seemingly little depth. Crisp, and very clean but frankly a bit bland.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
thewolf (11588) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2006
Clear golden yellow with little head. Aroma is citric with malty tones. Taste has some tones of different minerals - some chalk and quite sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stew41 (1811) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2006
Looks for all the world like a macro – clear gold amber and zero depth to the head. Nose is hard to place, the best I can do is some hard mineral-like notes that one may see in a steely dry Riesling. Not unpleasant. More minerals on the palate and the flavour weight fills out nicely with a liqueured note and some controlled malt sweetness. Again the resemblance to Riesling is more than passing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (12208) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2006
Draft at Old Munich, Bradenton, FL. Poured clear amber color with an average fizzy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate grassy hopt aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Light to medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of short duration. I would recommend this to a freind who wants a soft beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GoBlue (104) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2006
At the brewpub. Exceptionally clear, light gold in color. Aroma somewhat sweet with spicy undertones and flowery hop aroma, maltiness reminescent of mash. Malty sweet flavor with spicy finish and lingering malt, but clean. Effervescent and lively with a dry finish. Very nice example of a Kolsch

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3263) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 15, 2006
Clear, light yellow body firm white head. Light malt and a bit of hops in the aroma. The subtle flavors are oh so light with just a touch of dryness in the finish.

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