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Captain's Kölsch - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

301 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 14
Gots: 13 | 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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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

11-20-2011 18:39:44 | More by xnicknj
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-12-2012 03:25:02 | More by rolltide8425
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 23:15:02 | More by tobelerone
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 17:29:42 | More by DrDemento456
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flagmantho

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 20:31:20 | More by flagmantho
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

04-24-2012 02:56:36 | More by DefenCorps
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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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vfgccp

New York

3/5  rDev -21.3%

04-25-2012 15:29:07 | More by vfgccp
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-04-2013 18:04:20 | More by iL0VEbeer
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Wegmans Dewitt NY for $2

Appearance - Slightly hazy gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, grass, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and noble hops. There is also some lemon, grass, and a touch of ginger.

Overall - Really well done and very refreshing. I haven't had many beers from this brewer, but I will search some out based on this brew. Reminds me a bit of prima pils by victory.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 01:18:42 | More by spinrsx
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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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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. Poured a translucent orange-gold with a quarter inch loose, white head. Nose is herbal - something of a minty character and a bit of citrus. Taste follows nose - herbal quality is a bit more muted and some biscuity notes come out in the middle, with the herbal quality coming out again at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, with an easy carbonation. All and all, a very light, easy drinking, flavorful and refreshing. Slightly off-center for the style, but quite quaffable and tasty.

Serving type: growler

07-06-2010 01:31:57 | More by Jwale73
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2010 02:30:14 | More by woosterbill
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 21:02:41 | More by alexgash
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Gmann

New York

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 21:51:34 | More by Gmann
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wrightst

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

05-29-2014 03:03:49 | More by wrightst
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-11-2013 13:35:11 | More by ColForbinBC
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 15:09:02 | More by tigg924
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ehammond1


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 03:06:30 | More by ehammond1
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jaxon53

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-15-2013 10:52:08 | More by jaxon53
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5%

02-01-2012 01:49:57 | More by Griffith
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 15:17:02 | More by thecheapies
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 04:14:05 | More by VelvetExtract
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cosmicevan

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 00:52:06 | More by cosmicevan
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argock

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 02:40:35 | More by argock
Captain's Kölsch from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.