Gaffel is getting a high rating not because it's better than over 70% of the beers out there, but because it's such a wonderful beer to its style. Kölsch beers are so rare in this country, because a true Kölsch is brewed only in the city of Köln, Germany. It has a nice hoppy background, not too much, but noticeable, yet the malt also shines through. If I were to categorize this anywhere, I'd say it's a fantastic summer beer. Too expensive to be a lawnmower beer, but this might be the one you want to drink at the end of a hot summer weekend day, out on the back deck, watching the bats eating the mosquitos by the thousands.
Reviewed: October 18, 2008