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


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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 10   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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Gaffels Sonnenhopfen wird mit handverlesenem Citra-Hopfen eines Jahrgangs aus dem sonnigen Yakima Valley im Nordwesten der USA eingebraut. Unter Beachtung des Deutschen Reinheitsgebotes haben unsere Braumeister ein außergewöhnliches und vollmundiges Hopfenbier, begleitet von einer erfrischenden dezenten Citra-Note geschaffen.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
McSherman (223) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAR 8, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2015 Schönes Dunkelgelb, leicht trüb. In der Nase riecht man Zitrusfrüchte. Geschmacklich ist das Bier sehr erfrischend und leicht, sehr fruchtig, fast wie Radler. Neben der Süße, welche das Bier zum Radler machen würde fehlt weitestgehend auch die Bitterkeit. Gutes Sommerbier!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lebermilz (39) - GERMANY - JAN 20, 2015
I grew up with Kölsch, a beer no one outside the region really likes because it’s quite light and refreshing in taste. Outsiders would say: it’s thin and watery. I am not sure about Sonnenhopfen. There are these nice citrus aromas, but underneath a hint of drainpipe. On the palate it is a little too sweet for my taste. Reminds me strongly of shandy. Maybe I should try it again in summer sitting outside in a park. I like the idea that a traditional brewery which does only one beer tries something new inspired by the craft beer movement, but the result is still too much on the shandy side.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
szeli (8) - GERMANY - JAN 12, 2015 does not count
For me one of the best beers ive ever drink. Amazingly refreshing, perfect for a warm summer evening. The Citra-hops fit perfectly. Well done!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
lordsimmons (39) - Berlin, GERMANY - JAN 2, 2015
Very different than any beer I’ve had in Germany. Tastes a bit like a shandy or something of the sort. I enjoyed it but it wasnt wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (21545) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 24, 2014
Bottled (backlog). Orangeish golden colour with a mediumsized white head. Aroma is earth, some mild saltiness as well as some bready notes and a quite strong citric hoppiness to it. Flavour is citrus hoppiness, some bready and mild grainy malts to it as well. Fresh and nice, easy to drink and a bit on the watery side. But as for a warm Summer terrace, this would be pretty much perfect.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
peponi (582) - Krakow, POLAND - DEC 5, 2014
Aroma: pineapple, mango, pilsner malts. Appearance: hazy straw color, white head. Taste: medium bitterness (mango), pineapple, some herbs, kolsch notes, quite watery and slightly empty. Palate: low body and medium carbonation, bitter finish. Overall: Surprising beer, nice fresh bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (8244) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle from Whole Foods. Gold pour with white head. Nose was mild pale malt, hops, citrus. Medium palate heft with pale malt bready flavor, some hops, fruit, acid.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Mainuh_man (256) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 23, 2014
0.5L bottle. Pours hazy pale wihta frothy white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is not particularly pleasant: lots of sulfur, some hay, leaves and citrus. Flavor is mild to medium sweet, slightly citrusy. Middle flavors develop some nuttiness, with sweetness giving way to a mild, herby hop flavor that linger. Light body with a thin mouthfeel and sharp carbonation. Overall, not the most pleasant beer on a number of levels. Aromas are pretty off-putting, and flavor is unidimensional and just sort of sweetish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
darkseduction (643) - Zweibrücken, GERMANY - SEP 27, 2014
Fasche 50cl. Schöne Hopfenblume, fruchtig, citrusartig. Erfreulicherweise gut abgestimmt, schmeckt nicht wie Radler. Im Nachtrunk schnell abklingend. Gut gemacht!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
SinH4 (553) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 26, 2014
A strongly hopped Kölsch. Not much to add to that description. I am happy that something like that even exists in Cologne. The citra hops give a nice hoppy aroma (as you know it from other citra-hopped ales), but it keeps the very light body of a Kölsch. Kölsch in general is too light-bodied for my taste, but I can imagine that this is very refreshing during summer.

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