Captain's Kölsch - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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366 Ratings
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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 16
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews by BurgeoningBrewhead:
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from growler purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Poured into tulip. Pours a slightly hazy golden. No real head but some ok lacing, so slightly above average look.
Smells very great. Slightly fruity, but its hard to pinpoint...apple/pear hops. Smells fantastic.
Taste is crisp and clean. Taste is fruity...a bit of hops. Bread like malty finish. I havent had many Kolsch brews, except in Germany, and those were a bit more malty and bitter, so its hard to compare the style, but this is fantastic. I love a nice brew from CL, and this did not disappoint at all. In fact, its fantastic.

Photo of MadScientist
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mini growler fill from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. New beer from the good captain is always an treat and this journey to a new style is an interesting move, guess it makes sense for spring/summer...anyway this one pours moderatly hazed, yellowish amber, under an off white head that lasts, and leaves nice amounts of light sheeting/lace. Light/delicate nose of straw and lemon. Citrusy, light and refreshing brew. More lemon, light grassy and refreshing brew. I cant say I am real familiar with the style, but this is seemingly well balanced and highly sessionable. Bring on spring/summer and lighter beers like this one.

Photo of tigg924
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: high carbonation, 1 inch head, bright gold in color, clear

Smell: grass and grain

Taste: grass, grain, and citrus hops at the end

Mouthfeel: sweet with a dash of bitterness at the end, high carbonation, light body

Overall: Super clean..excellent hoppy finish...perhaps my second favorite Kolsch only behind New Holland's. This is one I could drink all day.

Photo of mjtiernan
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, cosmicevan!

Clear dark straw and yellow in color with a moderately-sized bone-white head that is somewhat persistent, especially for the style, eventually leaving messy bubbles of lace down the glass.

Simple, bready aroma, along with a mild earthy hop character, along with more biscuit and mild vegetable notes. There's really not a lot here, but what's here is nice enough.

Clean, crisp, refreshing flavor: bread and toasted biscuit, mild floral hop presence, and moderate bitterness. Very drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation; disappearing. Very drinkable.

A very tasty kolsch that went very well with dinner.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of rdilauro
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light color like many other German Pilsners or Lagers.
Not a lot of aroma, small amount of hops. But the taste was near to perfect as a light German brew, but much smoother.
The mouthful was full and smooth with a small but enjoyable aftertaste.

Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a Hennepin flute.

A--Darker than any kolsch I've seen--more gold or even orange than yellow. Decent one finger white fizzy head that retreats to skim but laces a little. Lively bubbles throughout the tasting.

S--Also lively: full of lemons and bright grassiness. Maybe a little sweet honey back there suggesting toastier malt.

M--mmm. Still bright, still snappy from the hops, which again add lemons and grass, especially at the very front and very back ends. But the malt profile is what really impresses me: very very good balance of a more hefty bread crust and cracker to give some volume and the bright hop notes (which are earthy at points toward the back) that quickly wash away the cereal flavors and keep them light. There's also a restrained fruitiness (pear? mango? I can't quite nail it down but it comes through in other CL offerings, too) from the yeast that lends buoyancy.

D&M--Both are superb. Mouthfeel is crisp, with lager-like carbonation. Drinkability is insane, especially for warmer weather.

This to me embodies the German spirit of brewing: keep it clean, but pack it with plenty of flavor. This tastes conditioned and fresh at the same time. Great work, yet again, from the Captain aka Scott Vaccaro. This guy is a real blessing to the NYC area beer crowd.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes (11-28)
Had at Prime 16 in New Haven in a pint glass

A: Came clear, and was golden in color. A one half finger of foam on top with decent lacing down the sides.

S: Had a citrusy aroma, a nice little hop kick and a little bit of lemon rind. Some doughy malt on the back.

T: Similar to the nose, very grassy with the hops. The malts dominate the back end, almost has a roasted flavor as well.

M/D: Light to medium bodied with nice carbonation that keeps it crisp. Overall I quite enjoyed this beer. Very refreshing, a great beer to kick back with on a hot day..or a rainy evening with a burger as I did.

Photo of Stigs
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz pour at Prime 16 in New Haven, served in a standard pint glass

A - came with a thin layer of loose bubbly white foam, clear in color, burnt gold/amber. spotty lacing throughout the drink.

S - very bready and biscuity, some lemon rind, caramel, faint earthy/grassy hop spice.

T - floral and grassy hops are present throughout, very strong biscuity malts, bread, honey drizzles biscuits. caramel and hops fight to get through all the bread.

M - medium to lighter body, carbonation is light yet crispy. finishes with some lingering sweetness and faint grassy hops.

D - great for the style, nice to finally have a Kolsch worth drinking more than once. pairs nice with some lighter cuisine, salad and chicken.

Photo of Ralphs66
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first try of the style...so can't make a comparison, but I truly enjoyed this beer. I had it on a cold, rainy, what should have been spring day, and it made me think of sand, sun and summer. Poured beautifully, with a nice thick foamy white head. Clean smelling coming across like "beer"; kinda pure. Taste was sweet and crisp....and very, very drinkable. At 5.5%, the presence of alcohol was almost non existent and after two 10 oz glasses, I felt like I could drink a whole bunch more. I didn't however....I saved it for after dinner...I'll be revisiting this plenty over the coming months.

Photo of Gmann
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw color, slight haze, with a small dense white head that settles into a chunky ring.

The aroma is grainy sweet and has a general fruitiness. The hops are a touch grassy and limey. Perhaps some pepper as well. Definitely a noble hop aroma.

The taste is of a pale malt, dry, perhaps a pilsner malt. Not as grainy as the aroma. The hops are grassy with a lime flavor. General fruitiness from the yeast.

The beer is light with fizzy carbonation. It drinks dry and balanced. Some residual bitterness in the finish. Refreshing.

Very good light summer brew. Light dry malt with a good dose of grassy hops.

Photo of scootny
4.77/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the first German style beer to come out of the Captain's dry dock and it is superb. A honey gold with a white head and goodly amount of lace. A light amount of chill haze as my fridge is on the colder side but it was quite clear when I had it at the brewery. Gentle carbonation appears with each sip.

Smell is full of light sweet malt with a peppery spiciness and a touch of sweetgrass. There is a faint banana like fruitiness mixed with a grapeish overtone and a lemony flourish. Floral hops. A bready malt core underpins it all. Beautifully constructed.

Taste is much like the nose with a larger breadiness and a perfect balance of hop bitterness. The fruitiness is brighter with a bigger lemon edge and grape like sweetness picking up as the malt sugar fades. Finish is dry and clean with a citrusy hop presence and a lingering taste of crackers.

Feel is crisply carbonated with a light creaminess as it site on the tongue. Light in weight but not too light.

Drinkability is first rate. Refreshing and quite the quaffer. This is a top notch session beer and one I hope to see at the Captain often.

Photo of KTCamm
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours clear golden color with 1/4 inch fluffy white foam. Citrussy beer smell. Full bodied, yet clean, walls of citrus throughout. Leaves a light bitter finish. There is a ligh sweetness behind the opening tart/lemon rind. Nice light summr kolsch.

Photo of jimmy82063
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a Captain Lawrence Growler into a Captain Lawrence Pint Glass!

It's about 90 and humid today and I think I found the perfect beer for the weather.

Pours a nice medium golden color, not much in the way of a head.

The beer is nicely sweet with basically no notable hops present. Very easy to drink.

Photo of Sharkophile
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Deschutes pint glass. Appears a slightly hazy, shimmering golden color with a sizable white head. Retention is pretty poor, however.

S: Sweet pale malt, alot of raw grainy aroma and a grassy, herbal hop.

T: Clean malt, a light indistinct fruitiness and a nice orangey, grassy, floral hop character. No bitterness. Finishes pretty dry and crisp with lingering grainy flavors.

M: Lively carbonation and a light to medium body. Nice drinking.

O: A very nice and refreshing beer. Easily sessionable. More great work by Captain Lawrence. Cheers!

Photo of Brodirt
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Im just a few miles from the brewery and this became my summer and fall go to beer.
Very light straw color and light bodied head. A very delicate sweetness along with a toasted white bread flavor.
A friend who I introduced to this beer described it as bottled joy.

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of berkey
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler courtesy of ineedabeerhere just in time for Kölsch weather here in the East Bay Area. Poured into a stange glass my friend happened to have after a late breakfast on Memorial Day.

A great white head in forms and leaves some nice lacing behind as it slowly settles. Highly active carbonation can be seen against a very pale blonde body.

Smells faintly fruity with some mild bitter hops and a bready aroma. It's nice but I wish the hops had a stronger German character.

Flavor basically follows the aroma for the most part. At moments this tastes a little like the better American Pale Lagers out there but with the pleasant sweetness caused by the influence of the ale yeast.

As expected of the style this is extremely drinkable. In fact I think I got through most of the growler myself as the hop head friends I shared this with weren't really sure about it.

Another pleasant Captain Lawrence brew that makes me glad I have a regular growler connection in the area.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks for the huge growler of this. I have heard great things about this new offering from CL and I was not disappointed at all. Saved this one for dinner time so we could all have a big glass, served cold and poured into pint glasses, this one was consumed on 04/04/2010.

The pour was bright, huge golden color with tons of bright yellow highlights that really showed off the clarity and brightness of this one. Huge head of white that towered over the glass at first settled down like a soft pillow that gently coated the outside of the glass and gave a rich, and dense color to it. Aroma is light, airy, with hints of banana and light fruit that is layered on top of bready tones and hints of light grain. Very light, cannot stress that enough as it really was coming through quite well on a 90 degree afternoon. Warming brought out a touch of almost citrus like smells across the nose, but then you go in for a taste and its over. Light and refreshing taste just overwhelms the palate. Tons of carbonation just making the entire profile pop as it light notes of pears and almost lavender come across the tongue. Light, crisp, clean and refreshing it is everything you want a Kolsch to be, sublime I have to say. Each sip was effortless and with a smooth, dry finish I could have drank this one for days. The last sips bringing back that light lemon, citrus kick that I caught earlier in the evening.

Overall very, very good. One of the better examples of the style I have had in a very long time. With the summer heat coming up one can only hope that this one becomes a staple!

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has no signs of visible carbonation. It poured with a very thin white head that slowly faded into lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of floral hops and bready malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste has a light to moderate amount of bitterness with flavors of biscuit and bready malts. There are some hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and both crisp and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. It's a lot more flavorful compared to other beers in the style.

Photo of rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Translucent yellow, some carbonation, two finger light head.

S-Straw, wheat, lemon, some grass and bread

T-Starts with a refreshing wheat/bread notes, grassy hops (not bitter) are present along with some spice

M-Light, well carbonated, crisp

O-A great Kolsch, a beer style I've never bond fond of until this one.

Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barcade, Brooklyn, New York.

Poured a dark straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light biscuity malt with a grassy hop.

The taste was well balanced with a clean malt and light grassy and slightly lemony hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a very tasty kolsch.

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Captain's Kölsch from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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