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Captain's Kölsch - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

314 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 15
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jeffthecheff on 03-14-2010)
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Reviews by drseamus:
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drseamus

New York

4.18/5  rDev +10%

Growler from the brewery.

A: Beautiful clarity! Good carbonation and a nice white head. Looks great for beer from a growler. Perhaps a bit dark for a kolsch with a touch of amberish, but not too bad. Mostly straw colored.

S: Nice light crisp malt. It has a tight nose but that's fine.

T: Good light crisp malt with some light bitterness. Just a light amount of hop flavor in addition to the bitterness. Almost a bit of sweetness in there, but not really. Great balance.

M: Nice and light and crisp.

D: Why the hell would they release a goddamned kolsch in the middle of the winter? This is a summer beer Scott!! The rosso release was brutal and nothing goes better with brutal cold than a kolsch...no wait, I meant any other beer besides a kolsch. I'll be generous and grade it as if it was a nice hot day outside.

03-31-2010 01:50:08 | More by drseamus
More User Reviews:
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MadScientist

New York

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

02-11-2013 23:46:41 | More by MadScientist
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csmartin6

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

10-13-2012 22:06:45 | More by csmartin6
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kbt5273

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

08-26-2012 21:27:02 | More by kbt5273
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Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

03-31-2010 02:38:28 | More by Billolick
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +17.9%

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.

12-20-2012 15:09:02 | More by tigg924
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

07-28-2013 13:54:59 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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JC333

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

10-17-2013 00:10:55 | More by JC333
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mjtiernan

New York

3.81/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

01-09-2013 03:46:22 | More by mjtiernan
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ehammond1


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

09-24-2012 03:06:30 | More by ehammond1
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

06-19-2013 22:55:42 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-07-2013 01:24:29 | More by williamjbauer
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

01-09-2012 01:30:22 | More by acurtis
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JasonFromLA

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

09-05-2013 23:15:22 | More by JasonFromLA
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dcbeers

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

07-07-2014 12:19:57 | More by dcbeers
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JMS1512

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

12-31-2013 17:53:02 | More by JMS1512
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CloudStrife

New York

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

09-12-2013 01:10:11 | More by CloudStrife
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rdilauro

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

05-20-2012 00:45:47 | More by rdilauro
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TheycallmeTim

New York

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

05-22-2010 21:20:54 | More by TheycallmeTim
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

12-02-2010 01:39:58 | More by mdaschaf
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alamode

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.3%

03-07-2012 03:49:56 | More by alamode
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5.3%

02-01-2012 01:49:57 | More by Griffith
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

05-31-2010 16:36:49 | More by Stigs
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KenC

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

10-30-2013 00:27:53 | More by KenC
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ipc2000

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

03-21-2014 04:13:20 | More by ipc2000
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Captain's Kölsch from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.