Brewed by Hausbrauerei Päffgen
Style: Kölsch
Cologne, Germany


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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 16, 2006
beer is delivered in traditional 2cl glass at the brewery (straight from the wooden cask). appearance is a brilliant pale gold with a dense and creamy white head that retains super well and leaves gorgeous lacing. nose is a wonderful balance of grainy/grassy pilsner malt and the traditional spiciness of german noble hops. flavor is a superb balance of light, cracker-dry german malt and the pungently spiced flavor of noble hops. for such an over-all mild beer, there is a lot of flavor in there.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bierexperte (10) - Cologne, GERMANY - AUG 16, 2011
Wer nicht im Päffgen-Brauhaus eines der besten Kölschsorten probiert hat, ist selber Schuld.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
CHS_Colonia (4) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JUN 19, 2014 does not count
Das beste Kölsch in der Stadt. Sieht aus wie flüssiges Gold. Am besten schmeckt es im Stammhaus in der Friesenstrasse.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
scowlzineamg99 (8) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 1, 2005 does not count
Only available in wooden kegs at a handful of bars in Cologne. Worth seeking out.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jokazi (8) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2005 does not count
Perfect Kolsch brew ! Light and tasty,nice hoppy style. Lightly malted and crispy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MartinT (7860) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2011 My Bottom Line :
Cushiony pils malts develop honeyed angles to envelop this masterful Kölsch’s herbal hops, as minute banana esters add depth to an already evocative quaff.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A healthy head of foam laces endlessly atop the clear golden.
-The fluffy natural carbonation and lean residual sugars make for great drinkability. A veritable pillow of a mouthfeel.
-The herbal hop finish is levelled with the rest of the brew’s moderate intensity.
-Malts also offer cracker-like flavors.
-This one looked and felt like it was more loosely filtered than other Kölsches in town. In any case, the yeast seemed to play a bigger role in the aroma and flavor profile.

From the wooden cask at Max Stark and Gästätte Lommerzheim.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MoritzF (8493) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAR 15, 2005
My favorite domestic Kölsch because of its hoppy style. Lightly malted, crispy and wholehearted (as a Kölsch can be). It is normally only available in wooden casks in a few pubs in Cologne (Hausbrauerei Päffgen, Brauhaus Salzgasse, Lommerzheim and Max Stark), but at Max Stark I have seen swing top bottles of Päffgen Kölsch a few weeks ago.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CROchamp (10) - USA - MAY 17, 2008
Unavailable from bottle - I think only two "Hausbrauereien" sell it in Cologne. Very clean and crisp, easy to drink, but still strong.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Usko (170) - Bavaria, GERMANY - NOV 27, 2013
Poured from a barrel in the brewpub in Köln. Golden color, white and long lasting head. Aroma of malt, grain, some bread and grassy/herbal hop notes. Taste is heading in the same direction, but malty notes dominate.Balance is just perfect, so much taste and so good to drink, love it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JulienHuxley (3158) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2014
A dozen glasses at the brewery and some others. Crystal clear gold pour with rich lacy white head. Aroma is hoppy, probably why this kölsch is so successful - I secretly wanted to hate is, but ended up having to admit that it was the best we had in Köln. The freshness was top, which helps, but it is also the hoppiest and has the most character of all the kölsches in my opinion. Great grassy hops, smooth silky sweet grain flavors, light vanilla, some dusty hop. Palate is still pretty dry, with the same low carbonation that makes these beers so easy drinking. A world class example of what a summer terrasse beer should be all over the world, but is only in Köln.

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