Sunday, January 27, 2013

Gaffel Kölsch

Gaffel Kölsch

Brewed by: Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.

Köln, Germany


4.80% ABV

Commercial Description:
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.

General Pricing:
11.2oz bottles: ~$12.00 6pack

This review was actually written back in September as preparation for the Holy Saviour Parish Oktoberfest that I was running. I’m just now getting around to posting it.

This has always been my gold standard for this style but I have never reviewed it. When I had the opportunity to have this on draft for the Oktoberfest I fingered it was long overdue.

The beer pours a clear golden yellow with a diminishing bright white head. This beer is highly carbonated with lots of tiny bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass.

The nose is very pleasant with earthy pale pilsner malt aromas and a touch of hops.

What a nice clean and refreshing first sip.

The taste starts out with touch of pale malt sweetness up front followed by a cleansing effervesce over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back end is very easy drinking with an effortless swallow. The finish is very nice with pale malt flavors, mostly pilsner with a nice earthiness and a touch of hops to dry without bittering.

I’m not sure where that earthiness comes from but it sure is good and gives this a special uniqueness.

Well, this beer was so light and refreshing it’s gone.

A | Gaffel Kölsch is the best example of this unique Cologne beer. It is clean and crisp with light mouthfeel and pleasant pale malt flavors with a unique earthiness and dry finish.

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