Captain's Kölsch - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 382
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 22.56%
Wants: 17
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
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Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jeffthecheff on 03-14-2010

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Photo of dd43
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very surprised by this beer. I wasnt sure what to expect. Looked great in the glass, bright gold in color with a fair bit of haze. Head was substantial with large bubbles, collapsed into an attractive cap.

Aromas are bready malts and a fruity quality, but not sweet. Also some grassiness, like smelling a lawn bag after emptying the lawn mower into it. Maybe also a very slight touch of lemon in the legs on the inside of the glass?

Great mouthfeel, really nice malt level. Not tacky or sticky at all, but present on the tongue. Im going to have to seek out other Kolsch beers to see how they hold up to this.

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Photo of fx20736
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a single from Beers of The World on 7/24/15. Served chilled in a pint glass. Hazy lemon yellow with a natural white head and nice lacing. Aroma is slightly sour and fruity like pears. Taste is bready upfront then flashes to a medium herbal bitterness and finishes clean. Mouthfeel is structured and full. This is a nice little beer.

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Photo of ARoman
3.11/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

On tap poured into a shaker. the aroma as a bit of a stone / mineral quality to it with hints of grass and an even lighter apricot juicy sweetness hidden in there. It pours a clear, effervescent pale yellow with a foamy white head that has decent retention and lace. The taste is a medium bitter with slightly less sweetness. The texture is thin and zippy with a bit of a slick wax quality to it. The light body is flavored with mineral water, bitter spice and fruit, and a hint of grass that strengthens during the crisp dry finish that's acidic and a hint of spice. The aftertaste is that of mineral water and muffin dough with a hint of wax that is mellow, but has a moderate length to it.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +2.6%

On tap at the Engine Room in Mystic CT
Comes to the table in a tall cylinder a slightly hazy light golden color with a decent sized bubbly white head. Sweet bready pilsner malt with spicy floral hops to balance. Sweet bready flavor, nice crisp hop bite. Great little beer.

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Photo of jman42
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Crystal clear, pale yellow with great lacing

Smell: Very interesting. Can't put my finger on whether it is a spicy, citrusy, or hoppy aroma, but I like it

Taste: Nice. Not as good as the Oberon I just reviewed, but another good summer beer (that I wouldn't want come November)

Mouthfeel: Great. After swallowing, my tongue feels happy. No lingering aftertaste

Overall: Good summer beer. No need to rush out and buy more right away, nor does it being me back to several fun nights I spent in Cologne Germany drinking kolsch, but a nice beer

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Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up on a recent visit to Brooklyn and as yet another snowfall looms on Presidents Day, I am continuing to reduce my backlog, especially of bottles.

From the bottle: "East Coast Ales"; "Est. 2006"; "Craft brewed in New York"; "Light, crisp and refreshing are a few of the words that come to mind when when thinking about the Kolsch style beer. This version is no different! Being that we are not in Germany, we could not resist putting our own twist on it by using good old American Crystal hops to give it a refreshing hoppy finish. [undersigned] Scott Varner".

My pour netted me a brief, fizzy finger of bone-white head that faded like anything colored red when exposed to bright, unrelenting sunlight. Color was a light, lemon-yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a malty quality, not very hoppy, despite what they said on the label. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was very light, almost like lemon-lime soda pop. Lemony, slightly grassy, very dry and refreshing. They were right on the money in terms of the style and I think that I would enjoy it much more on a hot, humid summer's day than a cold, dry winter's one. The finish was equally light and crisp and I would be reaching for another except that I only had one.

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Photo of Zach136
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, dated 8/14/13', poured into a Gaffel Kölsch Stange.

A - Light straw, two finger, mountainous head. Meh lacing.

S - Honey and pilsner malts. Little to no hop aroma.

T - Light hay and author slightest touch of floral hop.

M - Light, crisp and refreshing as a Kölsch should.

O - Great example of the style. Really glad I got this in a trade because it would have been easy to overlook otherwise. But a tasty treat indeed.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Wegmans Dewitt NY for $2

Appearance - Slightly hazy gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, grass, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and noble hops. There is also some lemon, grass, and a touch of ginger.

Overall - Really well done and very refreshing. I haven't had many beers from this brewer, but I will search some out based on this brew. Reminds me a bit of prima pils by victory.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light golden yellow with a mild white head. Some visible chunks floating in the body. A few spots of lacing.

S: Light malting, bit of a sweetness going on. Grassy or farmhouse type feel. Yeast seems to add the most to the aroma.

T: The taste is quite pleasant, a mix of belgian and german qualities. Malts are strong but at the same time light enough to keep this a kolsch. Low hop bitterness. Malts linger real nicely in the aftertaste.

M: Creamy mouthfeel but remains on the light side. High sessionability with this one. Finish is clean and crisp.

Overall perfect for one of the last warm days of summer. Light beer yet still full flavored with great yeast action. Worth a go.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-clear light golden color with a decent white head and some lacing

S-toasted bread, lemon, herbal, little yeast

T- toasted malt, lemon, fruity, herbal, little bitter in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-nice for this style, refreshing on a hot day

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Photo of argock
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Oliver's Beverage (Albany, NY).

A: Straw gold, clear, with a short, 1/2-finger white head with average retention and no lacing.

S: Soft slightly grainy malty aroma with a mild fruity undercurrent and noble hops. Subtle and without yeast esters.

T: Crisp, clean, like a solid all-malt lager, very refreshing. Crackery lightly bready maltiness with a mild cereal grain character. Hops are noble-style with herbal character. THe mild fruitiness in the nose is mainly present in the finish and is light pear and apple but very subtle.

M: Light body with soft carbonation and clean finish.

O: An excellent kolsch -- makes me want to brew one!

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Photo of dar482
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I unfortunately had this in a bottle, but surely savored the (disappointing).

Thankfully, they started bottle dating, so this was 5/30/13. Pretty fresh.

The front hits you with some nice fruity sweetness. Orange, lemon, and honey. It's quite sweet. But then there's an offensive funky sour flavor. It almost tastes like biting into an over ripe/rotten apple, orange, or juicy fruit. It's subtle, but definitely hits you with an off flavor. (Glad to see another reviewer called it over cooked vegetables, or DMS off flavoring).

The sweetness hides it slightly, but not enough. The finish has some gentle grassy bitterness.

Disappointing. The sweetness was a bit much, but the DMS is too much.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into stange. Pale yellow and fizzy, clear with a thin fizzy head that fades into nothing pretty quickly. Smell is crisp and clean, malty and dry with slight wine-like scents. Taste is light and crisp, slightly dry with some few grassy and piney hops at the end giving a refreshing finish. Mouthfeel is clean and a bit dry.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer has almost no nose. The malt is but a sweetness in the breath of it. It catches the light aflame because of it's haze. The crown is white. Only a shy depth from the grain will come to the nose. Taste is breaddy, a slight bitterness and only a whisper of herbal from hops. Very dry crisp.. You can barely perceive a fruity lightness from the grain because the malt is crisp and dramatic. In the finish it gives a slight pucker .

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Photo of MaltyMates
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured clear with a small white head that dissipated quickly, all of which are common to this style. Light malty smell that mixed with a very light fruit undertone. Taste was good- a little malty for this style but still good. Overall a good beer for a summer day.

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Photo of yankeepride
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light, clear gold with a thick, foamy head. You can smell some wheat notes, but nothing thick. Everything about this screams "clean" and it pays off when you raise the glass to taste it. It's fairly light-bodied; maybe heavy for style, but to the world of craft beer it's fairly nimble. There is a bit of sweetness to it that really would pair amazingly well with classic German foods like a brat with sauerkraut. In fact, why the hell am I not eating that right now? Damnit.

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Photo of farrago
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light and airy head of a bit over one finger, bone white, mainly small to medium sized bubbles, dissolves away swiftly to a patchy surface coating, no real lacing to speak of. Perfectly clear liquid, bright yellow, consistently hued throughout, loosely strewn bubbles of good fatness slowly bubble upwards. The nose is full of hard country bread crust, salted pretzels, quinine, minerals and cut grass but on the other hand, banana, bubblegum and sour orange to lemon citrus, honey, nothing floral nor broadly fruity about it, ends on a pepper and salt note. It’s medium-bodied with a creamy entry which slowly stiffens into a firmer presentation of bread, grains, corn muffins and biscuits and more of that mineral water, saline stuff. More floral and added peach, apricot fruit, the syrupy texture helps the sweetness persist. Maybe a pinch of cocoa. It’s satisfying more in a warm your belly way than refresh you after mowing the lawn way. As with many, seems like it wants to please too many disparate expectations and thus suffers from lack of clear purpose. But no problem throwing back a couple.

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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a stange glass. Much thanks to DaSolomon.

A super clear body, with very little carbonation, what is visible is quite small. Dark brass color. Head is quite soapy with very good retention and large soapy top. Real nice looking.

Nose has light grassy hop action, and some light sweet malts. A real nice toasty aroma and spicy quality also. A little bit of stinky yeast esters.

Palate is huge on the finish. A real solid toasty aroma on the finish of just crackling grain, mixing with a light body feel. Unfortunately it's missing a bit of mid palate oomph density. Hop action is quite crisp and light bitterness travels well through the palate. Subsequent sips don't seem to bring much else, and also numb the flavor also.

It's got some very impressive qualities for a Kolsch but the taste is fleeting and only on the finish. It doesn't really fill the mouth either unlike most great Kolsch's I've had. It's still a very solid easy drinking go to Kolsch for sure. But I wont be knocking down barriers to get at it.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this for a while now. This does strike me as a kölsch (which is an under-represented style in the US). It's a bit thicker than its German counterparts though. That's fine though. It still touches on the flavors that it should. Easy to drink. Though if I was going to "improve" it, I'd say thin out the flavors a bit.

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Photo of EternalCask
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Date of tasting-3.29.2013
Beer:Captain's Kolsch
Brewery- Captain Lawrence; Elmsford, ny

Style-German style American kolsch

Appearance-wet straw colored, no chill haze. Like average American bottle fare. Very little lacing, minuscule head.

Smell- zest of orange... Maybe orange marmalade...

Taste- more orange zest.. The hops whisper elegantly from beginning to end. White grapefruit In finish. Bright.

Mouthfeel- too rich IMO... Symptomatic of the problem that afflicts many American renditions of wine, beer, Shakespeare.. Over production. This should jump.. it trudges.

Overall- second kolsch (sans rockdots) I've ever experienced. The first was reissdorf, and that had such an elegant mouthfeel. This felt clunky. Another instance of the devil lying in the context. Womp Womp.

Disclaimer- I love the liquid gold! No disrespect to captain Lawrence

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, no date.

appears a crystal clear yellow color. not much head at all. fizzy bubbles stream to the surface. aroma is a mix of pale malt and mild fruitiness. taste has a bit of sweet corn grainy flavor, and some earthy hop flavor that lingers. thinner body, higher carbonation. refreshing to drink.

overall - light body and flavor, but in a good way. would be a good summer beer.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: A very pale golden with excellent clarity. A rocky white head with about a finger of foam with good head retention.

S: A low Pilsner malt aroma with a light, pear-like fruitiness along with a touch of citrus.

T: The flavor is light and subtle with a moderately-low Pils flavor but not sweetness and a very light fruitiness. A medium-low hops bitterness and little hops flavor. The balance is some what towards the bitter. The finish is dry and the aftertaste is of a quick hops bitterness.

M: A crisp light bodied beer with moderately-strong carbonation.

O: A crisp refreshing beer that'll quench your thirst on hot day while bring more flavor that light lager. I'd enjoy this liberally at a summer cookout or with a hotdog at a ball game myself. Definitely a hybrid with one foot in the Lager category and the other in the Ale.

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Photo of riversider76
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light golden with a thin white head. Some retention, and a good lace. Aroma is of grainy malts, and grassy hops. Body is light and crisp with some carbonation. Taste is sweet and honey like with a hint of hops in the finish. Very nice version of this style.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you scott vacarro for choosing syracuse as a distribution spot for the Captain! We are all thankful that we can enjoy a NY brewery that puts out arguably some of the best brews out there

A- captain's kolsch pours a dark gold body with massive frothy head of white foam the coates the top of the brew like a muffin top. Glowing bright as carbonation races to the top

S- A sweet grain and biscuity scent that has grassy and floral characteristics sums this up. Very pilsner like but very mouth watering as the sweet grainy scent reaches through the nostrils. Hands done, this is on refreshing scent

T- A sweet honey flavored bready flavor with traces of grass and fresh flavors. Ridiculously refreshing and full of flavor, yet so light. This is how a kolsch should taste. I need to mention I don't remember the last time a kolsch tasted this sweet and crisp at the same time

M- crisp, flavorful, carbonated right, spot on with a refreshing feel

O- what a home run of an everyday beer. This is the best kolsch I have ever had. This might be my new lawn mower beer for the summertime. But wow this could become a simple go to beer when I'm at the store. Keep it coming vacarro!

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Photo of mjtiernan
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a nonic pint

A: Blonde (ok, yellow) crystal clear body with a bone-white head. Good amount of head settling to a thin covering cap of foam.

S: Delicate grassy hops, biscuit and grain. A touch of white pepper spiciness in there too.

T: Flavor is even lighter than the aroma. Watery up front with light bready malt in the middle and finishing with the grassy hops and grain.

M: Super drinkability. Light body, watery texture, soft carbonation. Finishes on the dry slightly chalky side.

O: I’d be hard pressed to find a beer easier to drink than this. Pleasant and refreshing. I will be re-visiting this during the summer.

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Captain's Kölsch from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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