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Captain's Kölsch - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

305 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 14
Gots: 16 | 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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John_Squires

New York

1.75/5  rDev -54.1%

08-14-2013 02:13:13 | More by John_Squires
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Captain Lawrence, Elmsford, NY

It's a Kolsch. Not really my bag. Light straw-yellow pour, clear, with a thin bubbly head; no real retention or lacing to speak of. Aroma is grainy, scents of pale malts and light hops. Kolschy. Mass-appealing. Light taste, corn, grains, slightly toasty, pils malts, baking yeast (?), grassy hops. Kolschy. Thin body with a bitter aftertaste. Light beers like this just aren't my thing. Once in a while I find one that is pretty good, but this really wasn't too memorable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2012 23:26:36 | More by Rifugium
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dar482

New York

2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 18:23:15 | More by dar482
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drabmuh

Maryland

2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Shared by Mike recently, not a huge fan of this beer, sorry.

Beer is yellow and clear, light in color, pretty carbonated, nice white head, medium bubbles, looks good.

Aroma is bready and mildly vegetal.

Beer is thin and watery, the finish of the beer is oddly bitter, out of place, there is no effort to connect the pilsen malt with the hop presence in the beer and it falls apart in my opinion. There are much much better kolsches out there, skip this one.

Serving type: growler

03-21-2011 23:33:27 | More by drabmuh
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PorterBoy14

New York

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

03-14-2012 16:50:58 | More by PorterBoy14
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mikerems

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.3%

09-28-2013 03:33:51 | More by mikerems
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JohnQVD

New York

3/5  rDev -21.3%

03-17-2013 19:53:30 | More by JohnQVD
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odomosan

New York

3/5  rDev -21.3%

04-30-2014 04:42:10 | More by odomosan
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C-Dog


3/5  rDev -21.3%

11-27-2012 06:01:50 | More by C-Dog
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KornWallace

New York

3/5  rDev -21.3%

05-27-2012 23:38:36 | More by KornWallace
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -21.3%

09-07-2013 21:29:00 | More by nmann08
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prisdefer

New York

3/5  rDev -21.3%

08-22-2013 23:44:25 | More by prisdefer
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vfgccp

New York

3/5  rDev -21.3%

04-25-2012 15:29:07 | More by vfgccp
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ChangeTheGame

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -21.3%

08-07-2012 19:50:24 | More by ChangeTheGame
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whartontallboy

New York

3/5  rDev -21.3%

02-18-2012 20:51:46 | More by whartontallboy
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meaghan2k

New York

3/5  rDev -21.3%

09-27-2012 17:53:28 | More by meaghan2k
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LoveStout

New York

3/5  rDev -21.3%

06-30-2013 19:13:09 | More by LoveStout
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Vonhinx

New York

3/5  rDev -21.3%

10-31-2013 13:06:01 | More by Vonhinx
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Belittle

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.3%

01-10-2014 18:08:14 | More by Belittle
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Conceptuallogic

New York

3/5  rDev -21.3%

01-10-2013 18:00:27 | More by Conceptuallogic
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kjrod20

New York

3/5  rDev -21.3%

06-18-2014 19:03:57 | More by kjrod20
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petermethot

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.3%

06-26-2013 13:00:22 | More by petermethot
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claspada

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a wispy white head that quickly settles into a light ring of foam.

The aromas are quite subtle but begin with light citrus (lime) and earthy noble hop scent. Spicy, doughy, Belgian yeast emerges more and more as it warms.

The tastes begin with crisp pilsner maltiness and a light fruity and noble hop flavor combination. As it warms you get a touch of honey sweetness and the same emerging Belgian yeast esters that were present in the aroma.

The mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is crisp and clean.

Overall I am not a big fan of this Kolsch. Like many other of CL Belgian/European style offerings, there yeast strain is extraordinarily phenolic and dominant and makes the beer unbalanced and just tastes generically Belgian and yeasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 17:25:39 | More by claspada
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to capra12 for picking up a growler of this at DeCicco's for me. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a light yellow color with a pretty good white head. Decent retention and a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose brings forward some light grain and very faint hops, but also brings forward an unfortunate DMS presence that is reminiscent of creamed corn and a bit of soaked cabbage. Luckily, it wasn't terribly overwhelming. The taste is along the same lines and it's tough to get past, though there are some nice element sin the background. Feel is light and fairly crisp. Other than the DMS issue, a really drinkable brew.

Serving type: growler

03-08-2011 11:45:54 | More by Thorpe429
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EternalCask

Connecticut

3.2/5  rDev -16%
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

Type-ale
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

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2013 02:09:37 | More by EternalCask
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Captain's Kölsch from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.