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Captain's Kölsch - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

323 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 15
Gots: 22 | 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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Photo of wdarcy77
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

wdarcy77, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of nyyfanatic213
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

nyyfanatic213, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

oline73, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of LMH88
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

LMH88, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of argock
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Oliver's Beverage (Albany, NY).

A: Straw gold, clear, with a short, 1/2-finger white head with average retention and no lacing.

S: Soft slightly grainy malty aroma with a mild fruity undercurrent and noble hops. Subtle and without yeast esters.

T: Crisp, clean, like a solid all-malt lager, very refreshing. Crackery lightly bready maltiness with a mild cereal grain character. Hops are noble-style with herbal character. THe mild fruitiness in the nose is mainly present in the finish and is light pear and apple but very subtle.

M: Light body with soft carbonation and clean finish.

O: An excellent kolsch -- makes me want to brew one!

argock, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Lethargy99
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Lethargy99, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of LoveStout
3/5  rDev -21.1%

LoveStout, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of morrowd3
4/5  rDev +5.3%

morrowd3, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of dar482
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

dar482, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of petermethot
3/5  rDev -21.1%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of JTomczak
4/5  rDev +5.3%

JTomczak, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of cgarcer
4/5  rDev +5.3%

cgarcer, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of zbloom
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

zbloom, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Jun 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

jaxon53, Jun 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Bockerdoppel91, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of utopiajane
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy lemon yellow with champagne effervescence. Frothy white head that fell fast but left a thin ring and cap. Soapy wet lace. Nose is biscuit and cracker. Fabulous malt. A little hop breath of orange and citrus overall. Malt opens up with a touch of caramel. Taste is clean, crisp malt. Grain and plenty of cracker with just a hint of caramel sweetness. Hops whisper from the wings- earthy, floral and lightly fruity with some lemon. Mouthfeel is rich not sweet and perfectly delectable. Washes over the palate dry with just a bit of hops to make you smack your lips and want some more. Excellent kolsch. Simple and refreshing.

utopiajane, Jun 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

lic217, Jun 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Jspriest, May 29, 2013
Photo of MaltyMates
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured clear with a small white head that dissipated quickly, all of which are common to this style. Light malty smell that mixed with a very light fruit undertone. Taste was good- a little malty for this style but still good. Overall a good beer for a summer day.

MaltyMates, May 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

RobertJBeer, May 20, 2013
Photo of yankeepride
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light, clear gold with a thick, foamy head. You can smell some wheat notes, but nothing thick. Everything about this screams "clean" and it pays off when you raise the glass to taste it. It's fairly light-bodied; maybe heavy for style, but to the world of craft beer it's fairly nimble. There is a bit of sweetness to it that really would pair amazingly well with classic German foods like a brat with sauerkraut. In fact, why the hell am I not eating that right now? Damnit.

yankeepride, May 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

jkane101, May 15, 2013
Photo of farrago
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light and airy head of a bit over one finger, bone white, mainly small to medium sized bubbles, dissolves away swiftly to a patchy surface coating, no real lacing to speak of. Perfectly clear liquid, bright yellow, consistently hued throughout, loosely strewn bubbles of good fatness slowly bubble upwards. The nose is full of hard country bread crust, salted pretzels, quinine, minerals and cut grass but on the other hand, banana, bubblegum and sour orange to lemon citrus, honey, nothing floral nor broadly fruity about it, ends on a pepper and salt note. It’s medium-bodied with a creamy entry which slowly stiffens into a firmer presentation of bread, grains, corn muffins and biscuits and more of that mineral water, saline stuff. More floral and added peach, apricot fruit, the syrupy texture helps the sweetness persist. Maybe a pinch of cocoa. It’s satisfying more in a warm your belly way than refresh you after mowing the lawn way. As with many, seems like it wants to please too many disparate expectations and thus suffers from lack of clear purpose. But no problem throwing back a couple.

farrago, May 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

mikeburd1128, May 10, 2013
Captain's Kölsch from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.