Captain's Kölsch - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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4.8/5 rDev +26.3%
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.
03-28-2010 21:14:02 | More by scootny
4.6/5 rDev +21.1%
Poured from a 64oz growler into a 20oz imperial pint. Extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for this from our most recent trade.
A: Sitting on the top shelf of my fridge, backlit in a clear growler...this beer looks gorgeous! Bright, glowing gold with a slight yeasty haze. A vigorous pour yields a full three fingers of bright white, rocky head that quickly melts down to a whisp of a skim. Successive pours featured much better retention. Pretty lace webbing was left stuck to the glass.
S: Aromas of fresh baked biscuits, crackers, honey, lavender, and grassy hops. A lemon-y citrus aroma pops up and sticks around for the duration, as well.
T: Tastes almost exactly as it smells. Minor differences between the two would include much more spicy/floral hops in the taste than the smell would lead me to believe. Also, the citrus is sort of overshadowed by the biscuity/toasty malt flavor.
M: Starts smooth with a hint of malty sweetness and then the bitter, grassy middle takes over and holds court on through the dry and spicy finish.
D: Joe, you were right. This is a fantastic beer! This growler arrived just in time for me to sit on my balcony and enjoy temps in the 70's...in March...in Chicago. Brilliant!
04-01-2010 00:56:49 | More by GbVDave
4.53/5 rDev +19.2%
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.
12-29-2010 22:59:09 | More by Brodirt
4.5/5 rDev +18.4%
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!
04-08-2010 02:58:54 | More by mikesgroove
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
4.47/5 rDev +17.6%
Pours a pale gold color, a touch of cloudiness. A fairly aggressive pour from the growler leaves a loose head, laces nicely though.
The smell, which matches the taste, has a healthy dose of breaded malt, but not much sweetness. A little of that floral American hop flavor, but not much bitterness. Finishes with almost a little lemon tartness, though this is not actually a sour beer. Mouthfeel is relatively light but crisp, and leaves a coating on the tongue.
Overall, my perfect idea of a subtle, flavorful, yet easy-drinking summer beer.
05-20-2010 02:22:47 | More by Errto
4.4/5 rDev +15.8%
12 oz. bottle.
Clear, clean, golden lemon yellow body. Small, bubbly, eggshell white head with some spidery lacing. Bready, apple malt sweetness underneath a spicy, peppery, herbal hops. Very nice.
Toasted bread malts up front. Peppery, spicy hop bitterness comes on soon enough though. Bready malt becomes sweeter, with notes of apple and honey. Hints of coriander and maybe citrus (lemongrass?). Herbal, peppery hops take it to the finish, which is oh so dry and refreshing. Lingering sea air hops and peppercorns. Moderate body, with a lively, refreshing feel. A great summer quencher and a nice hoppy twist on an under-appreciated style.
07-21-2012 21:02:41 | More by alexgash
4.38/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
04-11-2011 16:51:36 | More by Ralphs66
4.38/5 rDev +15.3%
12 oz bottle into a tall pilsner glass. Date unknown, but it has the newer style logo cap AND its the first time I've seen six packs in CT so I assume its on the fresher side of things.
A - Crystal clear dark straw yellow body with rising carbonation. Bone white three finger head forms and sizzles down to a nice one finger high head with large bubbles. Moderate amount of lacing and retention.
S - Very spicy. Coriander, lemons, grass, bubble gum, and some floral qualities. Earthy with a bit of a dough like finish.
T - Really transcends the line between sweet and spice. It goes back and forth between honey, cracker malts, peppercorn, coriander, bubble gum, and fruity hops. Crazy delicious and easy drinking. Medium to light mouth feel with just the right amount of crisp carbonation.
O - I wasn't expecting to be blown away by this one, but I kind of was. Extremely delicious hot weather beer full of flavor. I'm a noob to the kolsch style, but this is a winner in my book. So glad to have this in six pack format.
06-26-2012 03:30:01 | More by davey101
4.38/5 rDev +15.3%
Had on tap at a local pub, poured into a cheater pint.
A: nice straw yellow, slick 1/2" head with decent retention, reduces to a cap
S: neutral scent, slightly sweet, mild floral
T: nice biscuity and grain sweetness well balanced with flowery hops
M&d: as expected, ligh mouth. Excelllent drinkability. Kolschs are the shit and this is an excellent example.
04-26-2011 22:49:08 | More by UDbeernut
4.38/5 rDev +15.3%
Drseamus got a growler then took it away. Then I got my own at the brewery at the Rosso release. Really looking forward to this.
A: Very nice clear deep golden color with a finger of white head. A nice amount of lacing as well.
S: Very nice earthy and bready smell. The malt is crystal clear. Kind of a tight nose but to style to the T.
T: Very nice. Massive fresh malt taste. I get quite a bit of two row.Little bit of sweetness right behind that. Almost has a little adjuncty taste. Just very clean tasting overall. You get a little bit of the yeast in the back.
M: Very well attenuated. Nice and dry. Super light and well carbonated.
D: Unlike drseamus I waited till it was 80 out to crack this. This was supposed to be my Yankees Red Sox 2010 opener beer but it was too nice out not to drink this. I really loved this beer. This is a solid yet boring hit from Captain Lawrence. Something I would get a keg of during the summer if my better half did not hate the style. More on tap in the summer outdoors please.
04-03-2010 00:47:43 | More by aerozeppl
Captain's Kölsch from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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