Captain's Kölsch - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 382
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 22.56%
Wants: 17
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
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Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jeffthecheff on 03-14-2010

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Reviews: 92 | Hads: 382
Photo of beagle826
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Super carbonated, big pillowy head

S: Sweet lemony aroma, faint hoppy citrus aroma mixed in. A bit of a stale smell mixed in

T: Overall solid and refreshing, finish is a bit bland.

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Photo of tigg924
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Captain Lawrence beer for me.

Light yellow color and a decent little top of white head.

Bright lemony aroma with an almost muffin-y pale malt backbone in the nose. Quaint whiffs of tropical fruit, probably from some noticeable hopping.

Lemony and grassy dry with some floral qualities and German malts. Crisp and dry. Super-clean and refreshing. A little bit minty and a little bit herbal in the finish. Excellent summer ale.

Burpy carbonation, but the body works it in a velvety medium. Good feel.

Easily a Top 3 Kolsch in my book. Great intro to Captain Lawrence.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Near clear, ginger ale colored gold beer with a finger of fizzy head that settles down quickly to a bubbly band on top. A bit of sudsy lacing that slips down the sides of the glass. Bready Pilsener malt aroma, almost crackery, with a nice dose of floral hoppiness.

Taste follows nose; well-balanced between all elements; quite dry, with a medium bitterness that lingers a bit in the aftertaste and has a vaguely aspirin-like quality. Otherwise the hops have floral and subtly fruity characteristics. A very light honey sweetness barely pokes itself through but dries up completely in the finish.

Medium-light bodied; nice carbonation; excellent crispness and refreshing qualities. A strong, traditional take on the Kolsch style.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.68/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

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Photo of bump8628
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Kolsch style doesn't demand much, yet it is rarely done well. CL manages to hit the mark. Clear gold with a pure white head. Light grainy, balanced cereal flavor with a clean lemon thyme hop note. Lightly yeasty flavor like the aroma of sourdough starter. Clean and dry. It won't hold your interest, but it's a nice beer to start the night with.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a clean straw yellow pour with 2 fingers foamy white head, nice retention.
smells of yeast up front, honey/sweet caramel, lemon, coriander.
taste is very sweet up front with some nice spices very reminiscent of a pie. slightly fruity/citrusy, has a peppery taste in the back. very tasty for the style!
light body, dry finish, nicely carbonated.

i used to refuse drinking kolsch style beers, but this is definitely an eye opener that the style has its ups apparently!

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Photo of claspada
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours clear golden color with 1/4 inch fluffy white foam. Citrussy beer smell. Full bodied, yet clean, walls of citrus throughout. Leaves a light bitter finish. There is a ligh sweetness behind the opening tart/lemon rind. Nice light summr kolsch.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass. Had this at Horsefeathers in Tarrytown, NY.

Appearance: golden hue with a light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head poured a finger of creamy white foam. Nice.

Smell: fruity, sweet aroma. A bit on the mild side, but decent.

Taste: floral and lightly fruity right off the bat. A bit sweet, but I really like it.

Mouthfeel: light body with a good carbonation yielding a surprising creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: a non-traditional but tasty and refreshing Kölsch. I'll definitely have this again, given the opportunity.

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Photo of alexgash
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Pahn
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. No freshness information, but the Captain's Kolsch hasn't been available in my area for very long.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one inch fluffy white head that, like the beer, leaves no lacing. Crystal clear pale yellow.

Smell: Mild citrus, with some musty grape and apple. Very lightly floral. Interesting overall aroma.

Taste: Very bready up front, with some sweetness and slight fruitiness coming in before the very dry finish. Crisp and refreshing. There's a sweet, creamy pastry flavor way in the background that underlies the mild but succulent fruit and fruity candy flavors (grape, citrus, mild berry, slightly floral).

Lots going on, but all of it very subtle, which contrasts with the bold feel (sharp bitterness and carbonation, very dry). I like it.

Mouthfeel: Between light and medium bodied. Sharp carbonation, harsh but not over the top bitterness. Very dry finish. Very lively feel, making every sip "pop." I could see being able to drink a lot of this based just on the mouthfeel alone.

Overall: Par for the course with Captain Lawrence: lots of flavor, really well balanced. Awesome hot weather beer as well.

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Photo of BrewDocCT
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle poured into my Bell's pint.

Appearance is yellow. Very yellow. Crystal clear. One finger white head sticks around.

Smell is of crackers. Some lemon.

Taste is lemon, more crackers, spice, and a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is crisp. Super crisp. Really nice.

Overall this is a great summer beer. It's crisp and clean and more complex than other beers I've had in the style (which is admittedly few). Will buy again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite good to actually get a single for under 2 bucks from Halftime

A - Clear straw yellow with a 1/2 inch of frothy rocky head that seems to stick around for quite a bit.

S - Smell is of floral hops, German style pretzel, zesty lemon, and some coriander.

T - A very clean tasting Kölsch that has all aspects of dough like taste, zesty spice, and a hop finish.

M - Light to medium a good beer.

Overall I had the "liquid gold" yet to try but this was way better than that DIPA they made. Great flavors and easy on the palate.

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Photo of davey101
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to ferillo for hooking me up with this bottle as an extra in a recent trade. This is one of my favorite styles, especially this time of year. 12oz bottle, no date that I could see, poured into a stemmed lager-glass. Pours a straw gold with a thin white cap. Fair spotty lace clings to the glass. The aroma is earthy and "green." Slight veggie scent, with a bit of green hops.

Cool crisp bite to this. Carbonation level uplifts this "light" beer making this one quite zippy and refreshing. Great flavor profile of mild bittering hops, grass, fresh bread - all melded together beautifully. This beer really hit the spot. Were this a local offering, I'd have a sixer of this on hand most anytime during these warm months. Cheers, Todd! Thanks for the hookup!

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Photo of rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Translucent yellow, some carbonation, two finger light head.

S-Straw, wheat, lemon, some grass and bread

T-Starts with a refreshing wheat/bread notes, grassy hops (not bitter) are present along with some spice

M-Light, well carbonated, crisp

O-A great Kolsch, a beer style I've never bond fond of until this one.

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Photo of Lordquackingstic
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first CL since they started doing six packs. Let's see how it holds up...

A: Honey gold with a huge puffy cloud-white head. Lots of carbonation is visible. Decent lacing.

S: Lightly sweet honey, bread, biscuits.

T: Very crisp with (not sweet) honey tones, slightly spicy, and at the end of the swallow you get the bread dough flavors. There's also a nice hop character to it which is a nice twist on the style. Very nice.

M: Medium to high carbonation with a nice long finish. Bread dough flavors linger on the palette.

O: A fantastic summer beer, probably going to drink many more of these this summer. I'm happy these guys are basically in my backyard.

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Photo of oscarthebrody
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A reasonably good kölsch -- on the hoppy side for this style, which I gather is the brewers' intention with this beer.

It was substantially better after a few minutes out of the fridge, at a little warmer than refrigerator-cold -- a bit of the sweet body behind the bitterness comes out.

Not a very thrilling drinking experience, as the color is disappointingly pale and the mouthfeel is fairly foamy.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a glowing yellow color. Brilliant head is large and bleach white. Head retains for quite some time and laces thickly and consistently. Body is completely transparent.

S-Light but enjoyable nose. Yeast and cereal. Light grassy hops. Mild spice and lingering malt sweetness. Animal crackers too. Mild nose but there are some nice aromas there. Also it's supposed to smell light.

T-An upgrade over the nose. Hop bite is more than substantial. Crackers and cereal mixed with spice and lots of yeast. Herbal hop flavors. Clean and enjoyable.

M-Light and sessionable. Carbonation is not as prickly as I expected it to be.

O/D-The Kolsch style is great for the warm weather. This beer is light but it is complex and a nice sip. I found this to be a solid beer. I love the company. This is a great summer brew. Won't blow you away but miles away from subpar.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Sharkophile
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Deschutes pint glass. Appears a slightly hazy, shimmering golden color with a sizable white head. Retention is pretty poor, however.

S: Sweet pale malt, alot of raw grainy aroma and a grassy, herbal hop.

T: Clean malt, a light indistinct fruitiness and a nice orangey, grassy, floral hop character. No bitterness. Finishes pretty dry and crisp with lingering grainy flavors.

M: Lively carbonation and a light to medium body. Nice drinking.

O: A very nice and refreshing beer. Easily sessionable. More great work by Captain Lawrence. Cheers!

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up locally. Enjoyed from a capt Lawrence taster tulip.

a - brew poured a transparent pale yellow with a huge foamy head. Subtle visible carbonation could be seen racing to the surface from the bottom of the glass.

s - distinct pilsnerish lagerish grainy smell. Some green grape as well. Pretty decent for a style that I typically don't love the smell of.

t - taste follows the nose. Very grainy. Reminiscent of pilsner crossed with lager. Some green grape, but mostly malts and grains. True to style.

m - even carbonation. Lit and soft, great warm weather brew.

o - overall, pretty good for a style that I don't always love. This one was very easy too drink. Well done by the captain!

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Photo of Gmann
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw color, slight haze, with a small dense white head that settles into a chunky ring.

The aroma is grainy sweet and has a general fruitiness. The hops are a touch grassy and limey. Perhaps some pepper as well. Definitely a noble hop aroma.

The taste is of a pale malt, dry, perhaps a pilsner malt. Not as grainy as the aroma. The hops are grassy with a lime flavor. General fruitiness from the yeast.

The beer is light with fizzy carbonation. It drinks dry and balanced. Some residual bitterness in the finish. Refreshing.

Very good light summer brew. Light dry malt with a good dose of grassy hops.

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Captain's Kölsch from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.