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Früh Kölsch (253 of 1001)

Rating: 3.35

Früh Kölsch is a beer that I’ve spotted a number of times and never really been inspired to pick a bottle up but given the fact I was about to visit Germany again prior to drinking it and I thought it would be best to accustom myself with some of their more readily available beer with the hope that I’ll be able to try the ones that are harder to find ones when I got over there. Früh is the third biggest producer of the style in Germany and was one of the few breweries in Cologne to survive the bombing of World War II, going from strength to strength after the war allowing them to introduce this beer in bottles for the first time in 1969 and in 1991 they introduced the first alcohol free version of the style. I’m pleased to say that this one marks a new style of beer for me, an increasingly rare occurrence but this one will be my first ever kölsch. The style is not one easily found in the UK given the fact that since 1997 the style has been given a protected designation of origin meaning only beers produced in the Cologne area of Germany can use the name (when sold within the EU at least). There does appear to be a number of US breweries and at least one based in the UK that do make kölsch style beers but it’s not a style often found outside Germany so maybe I’ll stumble across another few this month.

Früh Kölsch

Appearance (4/5): This one pours a very light and clear golden straw colour with a thumb-sized, very bubbly head that is quite fine in texture and white in colour. There is a lot of visible carbonation with plenty of fine bubbles in the body and head retention is relatively good with little movement over the opening couple of minutes.
Aroma (5/10): Quite like a lager on the nose with some light, sweet malts and a hint of floral, there is some subtle and grassy hops in there as well but the aroma isn’t the most pronounced in truth. There is plenty of grain, some further sweetness and some bread with touches of yeast in there as well.
Taste (6/10): The taste matches the nose fairly closely with this one, there is some light malts with touches of sweetness coming through and I could detect some bread as well. Quite a lot of grain is present as well, there is some faint floral flavours and fruit with some citrus too but again nothing is particularly strong or in your face. It’s a slight improvement on the nose but again it’s not exactly a classic.
Palate (4/5):
The beer is a light bodied, almost thin one with some grain and medium carbonation. It proved quite easy to drink with light bitter finish that is slightly tangy as well.

Overall (13/20): Very similar to a pale lager in a lot of ways, if this one is anything to go by then the two styles of beer are very similar in taste with light malts and a slightly bitter finish. I wasn’t particularly impressed with the smell of this one and but thankfully the taste was a little better and began to grow on me as I worked my way down the beer. It still wasn’t a great offering but it was certainly drinkable and well worth trying, if only to get another style under my belt.

Brewed In: Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Cölner Hofbräu Früh
First Brewed: 1904
Type: Kölsch
Abv: 4.8%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £2.80

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