Based on a pub crawl round Cologne last summer, I thought Früh was OK if a little bland.My favourite beer was Pfaffen. I know it isn't technically a Kölsch because it's brewed just outside Cologne but I enjoyed its flowery aroma and very delicate malt-hop balance. At the hoppier end, Päffgen Kölsch is also very drinkable.
Matt, I like Früh. It's not bland, just very delicate. There's a reason why they've stuck with gravity dispense for Kölsch. A beer like Früh gets totally buggered if you start messing around with it. Päffgen is my favourite. Because it's the hoppiest. I suspect Kölsch has dropped in bitterness over the years.I've only had a couple of glasses of Pfaffen. First time (not long after it started) I wasn't too impressed. Last time it was much better.
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