Hailing from Cologne in Germany, the next beer I’ve set my sights on is Gaffel Koelsch from Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co or Private Brewery Gaffel Becker & Co if you like your German in English.
Its described as being a fresh specialty beer from cologne which is brewed to a time-honoured family recipe following the German Purity Law of 1516, where the only ingredients that could be used in the production of beer were water, barley and hops. yeast was later added to the list after the discovery of its role in fermentation.
It should have a delicate bitterness, pleasant hoppyness and stand up to all other Koelsch brands with an ABV of 4.8%
Lets give it a go.
With Its well carbonated look, Gaffel Koelsch produced a pretty small head which dissipated rather quickly. There still lingered some fine bubbles on the surface which still offered an inviting look along with crystal clear and golden colour.
The aroma was really subtle but offered a touch of maltyness along with even lighter citrus notes.
Flavour wise, Gaffel Koelsch is crisp and clean. Offering a little sweetness from the malts then moving into deeper and stronger spicy yet pretty bitter flavour from the hops & hop extracts.
The dryness at the end sticks around for some time after the beer has been devoured.
It was lightly carbonated which carried the hops well with a smooth and medium body
All in all, Gaffel Koelsch (Or Kolsch) was a really pleasant beer.
Not overly complex but offered something different from the usual lagers or pilsners that this could be lightly compared to.
Its my understanding that a Koelsh is brewed much like an ale but at a cooler temperature to give the slightly fruitier flavour that a lager and a pilsner try to avoid. Sometimes opting for more an ale yeast and being classed more as an ale than a lager or pilsner.
I had a chuckle at the home page of Gaffel Koelsch ensuring that I’m atleast 16 before I can view the content.
If you have been lucky to enough to try a bottle, then tweet #biertaster and let me know what you thought of Gaffel Koelsch.