Captain's Kölsch - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TheycallmeTim:
4.35/5 rDev +13.9%
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.
Serving type: growler
05-22-2010 21:20:54 | More by TheycallmeTim
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3.74/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2014 18:34:05 | More by woodychandler
3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-16-2014 03:35:01 | More by Zach136
Captain's Kölsch from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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