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Captain's Kölsch - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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88
very good

92 Reviews
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Reviews: 92
Hads: 378
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 17
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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: 378
Photo of jimmy82063
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a Captain Lawrence Growler into a Captain Lawrence Pint Glass!

It's about 90 and humid today and I think I found the perfect beer for the weather.

Pours a nice medium golden color, not much in the way of a head.

The beer is nicely sweet with basically no notable hops present. Very easy to drink. (313 characters)

Photo of berkey
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler courtesy of ineedabeerhere just in time for Kölsch weather here in the East Bay Area. Poured into a stange glass my friend happened to have after a late breakfast on Memorial Day.

A great white head in forms and leaves some nice lacing behind as it slowly settles. Highly active carbonation can be seen against a very pale blonde body.

Smells faintly fruity with some mild bitter hops and a bready aroma. It's nice but I wish the hops had a stronger German character.

Flavor basically follows the aroma for the most part. At moments this tastes a little like the better American Pale Lagers out there but with the pleasant sweetness caused by the influence of the ale yeast.

As expected of the style this is extremely drinkable. In fact I think I got through most of the growler myself as the hop head friends I shared this with weren't really sure about it.

Another pleasant Captain Lawrence brew that makes me glad I have a regular growler connection in the area. (981 characters)

Photo of Stigs
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (716 characters)

Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,313 characters)

Photo of Errto
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (543 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Prime 16 into a shaker pint.

A: Clear gold body with a finger of soft, creamy white foam. Decent retention and some light lacing. Not bad, but not remarkable.

S: Some floral hops and plenty of fruity esters. Some light bready malt at the core. Not really exciting, but quite nice.

T: Light and easy-drinking yet flavorful, this brings mild maltiness up front, followed by some dry yeastiness and a decidedly grassy, herbal finish. Refreshing.

M: Light and bubbly, which works perfectly for the style. Just a little residual stickiness.

D: Very easy to drink indeed, but that's what I expect from a kölsch.

Notes: This is certainly a tasty beer and a solid example of the style, but it didn't strike me as being anything special. I'll gladly recommend it to non-craft friends, but won't be seeking it out again myself.

Cheers! (843 characters)

Photo of Overlord
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quite a remarkable beer. Thanks, Ineedabeerhere. I may have to seek out more kolsches ... kolschi ... kolsch ... just what is the plural version?

Pours a golden yellow. Two or three inch white foam head. Looks pretty decent.

Smells faintly of bread and yeast, strongly of dried fruit and crackers, and there's a hint of pungent ... mineral-iness ... to the aroma. Very, very nice. I'm impressed.

Taste is clean, crisp, and quite good. Bone dry mineral, yeast, bread, and a hint of cut grass/hops that taste like cut grass, and a really nice balancing banana spiciness. This is really good!

Very drinkable, extremely light pleasant mouthfeel. Perfect for an afternoon by the pool. (685 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barcade, Brooklyn, New York.

Poured a dark straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light biscuity malt with a grassy hop.

The taste was well balanced with a clean malt and light grassy and slightly lemony hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a very tasty kolsch. (377 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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! (1,588 characters)

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this a few times now, reviewing from notes on 3.13 with my homie Jeff.

Poured into a pint glass with a tight white cap atop a surprisingly clear golden-straw color. Impressive web-like lacing, decent retention.

Aroma opens up with some graininess and a little pine-sol without being medicinal. Very clean overall... a little bit of lotion-like fragrance though. The taste is very clean and approachable. Grainy with a little herbal hop note, unsalted flatbread cracker mid palate. A lighter fruit presence integrated in.

The thing about this kolsch is that the mouthfeel is not totally thin, it still has some substance to it that makes it a better beer and keeps it a little more interesting with the flavor profile going on. It hurts the drinkability just a touch though.

Having said that, I still will get growlers of this regularly to enjoy as the weather warms up a bit more. Another hit for the Captain, and I think that this beer will help a lot of beer novices open up to some of their more obscure or aggressive styles. (1,040 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (1,020 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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! (1,220 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (619 characters)

Photo of drseamus
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (820 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Captain Lawrence a few times, A new seasonal beer from Scott & em.

Kaptains Kolsch is kolschy looking with a bright deep yellow with some gold trimmings squeezed in for some slightly darker colors. A nice billowy white head. Scattered lace. Smells of grain, hay, earthy hops, lemons, sweet malt. The taste is pretty much the same but maybe not in that order. The feel is light with lively carb and clean as a baby's... I would and will get this again, easy drinking low abv and taste. Not as good as my go to Kolsch, Yellowtail, but this hits the marks. (565 characters)

Photo of scootny
4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (1,113 characters)

Photo of jeffthecheff
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler split with Joe. Pours a light gold color into my pint glass with perfect clarity. The head is tight and white with good lacing and a solid cap till the end.

The aroma is very clean and grainy, with a small amount of fruitiness, suntan oil, and a very little bit of leafy hop. Subtle, but very impressive.

The flavor is clean and grainy up front like a lager, only with some fruitiness in the middle. A touch of carakery malt, a flroal, lavender flavor, and some ale fruitiness contribute a clean finish.

The mouthfeel is light bodied, but has more substance than the color suggests. A refreshing level of carbonation and the general, simple character makes this a very drinkable beer. It really started to grow on me by the second glass. I would get this again. (784 characters)

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