Captain's Kölsch - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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92 Reviews
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Reviews: 92
Hads: 377
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 16
Gots: 44 | 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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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 Ralphs66
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first try of the style...so can't make a comparison, but I truly enjoyed this beer. I had it on a cold, rainy, what should have been spring day, and it made me think of sand, sun and summer. Poured beautifully, with a nice thick foamy white head. Clean smelling coming across like "beer"; kinda pure. Taste was sweet and crisp....and very, very drinkable. At 5.5%, the presence of alcohol was almost non existent and after two 10 oz glasses, I felt like I could drink a whole bunch more. I didn't however....I saved it for after dinner...I'll be revisiting this plenty over the coming months. (595 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 Pahn
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (1,166 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a DeCicco's growler, this Kölsch pours a brilliant, clear gold with a sticky one-finger head.

The aroma is lightly bready and grainy, with some green, grassy hops in there as well.

The flavor is excellent, with pleasant notes of crackers, dough and clean minerality. Lightly sweet overall, with an immaculate finish. Hint of clarified butter and ale fruitiness. Low hop bitterness and subtle earthy hop flavor. This light-bodied beer's fine, spritzy carbonation settles smoothly on the palate. Deliciously sessionable.

This might be one of the best Summer beers on the East Coast and one of the best Kölsch stylings brewed outside of Germany. (653 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Jeff for offering up this growler at a recent tasting.

Appearance -- Pours a golden straw, good clarity, with two fingers of creamy white head that settles pretty quickly.

Smell -- Bready grain, grassy hops, lemon zest, and some out of place Berliner Weisse-type tartness.

Taste -- Overall, follows the nose rather well. Predominant flavor is of clean, crisp malt: bready with mild sweetness. Additionally, grassy hops keep things tight. My one quip is this tartness that slowly grows as one quaffs this brew. Very reminiscent of a Berliner Weisse, even more evident than in the nose.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, a bit syrupy for the style, with very mild carb. Needs more bubbles, but could well be a product of the growler.

Drinkability -- Overall, pretty refreshing, though I'm curious as to whether the tinge of funky tartness was intentional, a defect, or caused by poor growler maintenance. (916 characters)

Photo of riversider76
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light golden with a thin white head. Some retention, and a good lace. Aroma is of grainy malts, and grassy hops. Body is light and crisp with some carbonation. Taste is sweet and honey like with a hint of hops in the finish. Very nice version of this style. (271 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 CloudStrife
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light golden yellow with a mild white head. Some visible chunks floating in the body. A few spots of lacing.

S: Light malting, bit of a sweetness going on. Grassy or farmhouse type feel. Yeast seems to add the most to the aroma.

T: The taste is quite pleasant, a mix of belgian and german qualities. Malts are strong but at the same time light enough to keep this a kolsch. Low hop bitterness. Malts linger real nicely in the aftertaste.

M: Creamy mouthfeel but remains on the light side. High sessionability with this one. Finish is clean and crisp.

Overall perfect for one of the last warm days of summer. Light beer yet still full flavored with great yeast action. Worth a go. (747 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer arrives essentially clear with a golden hue and a few centimeters white foam. The aroma is of lightly toasted malt with lots of bread and some huskiness. This continues on to the palate, with a touch of sweetness. Smooth as it roils across. A vague fruitiness emerges as the beer warms. This beer is, perhaps, not as clean as a Kolsch should be, but still plenty enjoyable. (382 characters)

Photo of JizackFH
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a nice clear golden straw color. It has a soft 2-finger white head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves behind a nice sheet of lace.

S - It smells of light grainy malt and some sweetness. There is also some fruit smells, as well as some yeastiness. I am getting some mild hop presence as well. Pretty nice nose.

T - The taste starts off with a hefty dose of bready malts. There is a a big grassy flavor here as well. I am also getting a mild hop flavor, as well as a toasted flavor that comes in at the end. The finish has a lingering earthiness and hop flavor.

M - This has a medium body and average carbonation. It goes down easy and has a smooth easy feel to it. There is a little sweetness as well as an earthy bitterness. I found it to be pretty refreshing.

O - This has pretty good drinkability. It goes down easy, and is a nice refreshing beer for a hot summer day. Overall, I thought this was a nice beer. While not one of my favorite styles, I thought this one stood out a little more to me than others I have had in the past. I recommend giving it a shot. (1,104 characters)

Photo of davey101
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (1,027 characters)

Photo of DSlim71
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from Captain Lawrence's brand new bottling line.
I've been going to the CL tasting room since my college days, so it's great to see them up and running in a new location. Cheers!

A - Pours clear yellow with a 1 inch white head that's gone pretty quickly. Bubbles stream up throughout, leaving a ring around the sides.

S - Smell is mostly bready malt, with a light grassy, almost vegetal, hop aroma.

T - The malt leads with bread and cereal flavors. The hops come out at the end with a grassy, herbal bitterness that finishes pretty clean.

M - Light, crisp, refreshing, exactly what a Kolsch should be. This is definitely an easy drinker.

I could easily throw back a few of these on a hot, summer day. Having said that, I remember this being a little better in the tap room. Still a solid American take on the style. (838 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: A very pale golden with excellent clarity. A rocky white head with about a finger of foam with good head retention.

S: A low Pilsner malt aroma with a light, pear-like fruitiness along with a touch of citrus.

T: The flavor is light and subtle with a moderately-low Pils flavor but not sweetness and a very light fruitiness. A medium-low hops bitterness and little hops flavor. The balance is some what towards the bitter. The finish is dry and the aftertaste is of a quick hops bitterness.

M: A crisp light bodied beer with moderately-strong carbonation.

O: A crisp refreshing beer that'll quench your thirst on hot day while bring more flavor that light lager. I'd enjoy this liberally at a summer cookout or with a hotdog at a ball game myself. Definitely a hybrid with one foot in the Lager category and the other in the Ale. (837 characters)

Photo of cavedave
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark straw color, topped by a finger of white foam. Some lacicles cling to the pint glass.

Nice light grainy nose, barley and what I thinks is wheat, even a tart rye aroma that could be from the yeast, even some very light floral and citrus.

Nice light taste with hints of floral hoppiness and gentle bready flavor leading a subtle array of tangy sweet, lightly lemony notes, and even lighter floral and spicy hop. The light bread of this holds through the sip, and allows a refreshing finish of gentle dry.

Low carb., easy on palate, refreshing, interesting, and finish that leaves the mouth in a state of enjoyment and readiness. Not an expert on this style, but this seems everything a Kolsch is reported to exhibit when it excels.

A marvelous beer, highly recommended, I guess those who like this style in southeast/southwest/northwest parts of country will need to trade for a growler. (908 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 fx20736
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a single from Beers of The World on 7/24/15. Served chilled in a pint glass. Hazy lemon yellow with a natural white head and nice lacing. Aroma is slightly sour and fruity like pears. Taste is bready upfront then flashes to a medium herbal bitterness and finishes clean. Mouthfeel is structured and full. This is a nice little beer. (341 characters)

Photo of UDbeernut
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at a local pub, poured into a cheater pint.

A: nice straw yellow, slick 1/2" head with decent retention, reduces to a cap

S: neutral scent, slightly sweet, mild floral

T: nice biscuity and grain sweetness well balanced with flowery hops

M&d: as expected, ligh mouth. Excelllent drinkability. Kolschs are the shit and this is an excellent example. (361 characters)

Photo of dd43
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very surprised by this beer. I wasnt sure what to expect. Looked great in the glass, bright gold in color with a fair bit of haze. Head was substantial with large bubbles, collapsed into an attractive cap.

Aromas are bready malts and a fruity quality, but not sweet. Also some grassiness, like smelling a lawn bag after emptying the lawn mower into it. Maybe also a very slight touch of lemon in the legs on the inside of the glass?

Great mouthfeel, really nice malt level. Not tacky or sticky at all, but present on the tongue. Im going to have to seek out other Kolsch beers to see how they hold up to this. (612 characters)

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

Had on tap at Bar Great Harry in Brooklyn, New York and served in a pint glass. I wanted something light while we killed some time before heading over to Beer for Beasts, so this seemed like a good choice. I've only had one other Kolsch (Gaffel Kolsch), really enjoyed it, and am looking forward to comparing.

Look: bright yet slightly hazy pale golden color. Thin, white head that doesn't stick around for very long and doesn't leave much in the way of lacing.

Smell: balanced with some pale malt, a bit of grassy hops, bread, and fruitiness.

Taste: bread, pale malt, honey, a bit of lemon, floral and spicy hops. A little less flavorful than the other Kolsch I've had, but its still quite good.

Feel: medium-thin, crisp carbonation, pleasantly drinkable. This could make for an exceptional lawnmower beer.

Overall: I'm really digging Kolsch and I'm going to have to keep making an effort to find it. I'm definitely going to be brewing a Kolsch for this summer. I am starting to think that Kolsch doesn't get the respect it deserves from beer geeks. Captain Lawrence always does a good job brewing and this is no exception. Certainly worth a try. Cheers! (1,162 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (254 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)

Photo of m1ked
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's been awhile, but yet another growler fill from WF Bowery beer room. Always something good pouring there.

A- Pours a light, bright golden yellow, with a hint of haze. A couple of streamers noted and a brief 1/4" white cap that quickly fades to a mere white skimming.

S- Kind of reminds me of their liquid gold or tripel with some tropical sweet fruits, almost some strawberry in there. Smells good, but not what I had expected.

T- That sweetness is there, but not as much as the nose would lead you to believe. There's some modest grains, that almost seems toasted. I wonder what kind of yeast they used. It almost seems like a belgian style kolsch, if that makes any sense. I like it.

M- Light, crisp, low carbonation, somewhat dry, with a little linger of that sweetness, easy to drink.

D- What a surprise, another solid brew from CL. I have really embraced the sessionable beers lately. This is a solid, yet interesting off from CL, nothing extreme or high hops or ABV, just a tastey brew. Try it. (1,009 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)

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