savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ numerous places in Cologne including at the source. Clear gold with a pure white, creamy head. Aroma is fresh grainy malt, noble hops, fruity yeast and light honey. Flavor is more grainy malt with a nice hop bitterness and some light yeast. Light body but not watery or thin. Fantastic beer, so light and crisp but with plenty of flavor. I loved everything about this beer and could easily drink it every day and not get sick of it.
Nische (1915) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 30, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear golden with white head. Malty nose with grass, some citrus and grain. Taste of grass and citrus. Very fresh. Crisp and clean. No flaws at all.
JK (5808) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I tried this beer from a cask at Paffgen. Gold color and lacing head. Some yeast. Clear color. malt flavor. All grain, no perceivable flaws at all. Good finish with a dry palate. Despite most kolsch beers being much like one another, this one was the highest quality for what I tried.
Travlr (21654) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the source. I arrived at 10 am, first customer of the day. When I ordered my beer, the waiter left and returned with a hand trolly and a small wooden cask, which he racked just inside the front door, then placed a brass spigot. He brought the beer and said, "Ganz frisch!"
Bright golden yellow color, fluffy white head. Aroma of black and white pepper. Taste is lemon, straw, not too bitter. Probably my favorite kolsch.
Theydon_Bois (17229) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Paffgen, Koln, 26/04/13.
Clear pale golden with a decent sized white head.
Nose is pale malts, grass, citrus, grain, light orange.
Taste comprises light caramel notes, pale malts, grass, touch of citrus.
Medium bodied with fine carbonation, crisp and dry in the finish with a little sweetness.
neverleaveopen (247) - GERMANY - MAY 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
clear golden with a fine head. nice aroma of hay and some grass. well-balanced, outstanding kölsch-taste with a very pleasant bitterness. one of the best of its kind.
Itzjerm (2320) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - APR 25, 2013
3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a bad brew but thin on the tongue. At the brewery. A bit more hop but so thin takes away from it. I think high ratings are just because it is authentic. Go try some other kolsch. I prefer mulen. This is okay. But not best in koln. No aroma fading head slight sweet
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DeclanT (59) - Tervuren, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught on site in Cologne from the dinky 20cl glass (ok several dinky glasses, they kept coming)
It’s a clean crisp light golden beer, not overly fizzy, very quaffable, I had the feeling I could drink this stuff all day.
jonnyfc (18) - GERMANY - FEB 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Gravity in the brewpub in Cologne. citrus, golden, clear, light sweetness, medium bitterness, light body, thin feel, soft carbonation,
bartlebier (3496) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - FEB 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2014 draugh@Päffgen, Friesenstrasse Köln. Jan 2012. - Mercifully, a week before carneval, although the costumed troops were already imminent... - This is the 2nd best, cleanest and hop-bitter Kölsch I’ve had in Cologne and comes right after the boldly bitter (for a Kölsch) other "Päffgen" served at Pfaffen Brauerei Max Päffgen at Heumarkt, brewed in Lohmar. - Could be a bit fuller in taste, but I’d consider this the Nordrhine-Westfalian man’s Pilsner Urquell. Still a mystery and a bit of a tragedy to this Belgian how a whole brewery & Brauhaus (let alone a whole city) needs to sustain itself on this single, fairly one-dimensional brew, though...