Capitol City Kolsch
Capitol City Brewing

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German Kölsch
3.19 | pDev: 21.94%
Capitol City Brewing
Maryland, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 10 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Gavage
2.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a one finger head that falls apart immediately.

Smell: only a faint wisp of sweetness was detectable.

Taste: very mellow malt profile that comes across a bit thin. Some sweet green grapes, hint of honey, and a touch of grassiness is all that is detectable. Bitterness is basically non existant. Very dull and uninteresting.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Clean aftertaste. Light in body.

Drinkability: easy to throw this one down, but it is so dull I couldn't finish the pint. This needs more of a bolder malt profile to make it a decent beer. This is good for your friends that prefer the typical lite macro beers.

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Photo of BrandonUB
2.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Seems a little too light in my opinion. On the bright side, it's highly drinkable and has a pleasantly fruit taste. Some of the other tasters have been very harsh on this, calling it watery, but I wouldn't really go that far - it's just not as full-bodied as it could be. For what it's worth, the friend I was is typically a macro-brew lager drinker, and enjoyed her's greatly.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.17/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This review was misfiled due to a clerical error . . . Reviewed on 01/20/06.

A - Straw with an orange tint. Almost no head, no lacing. This could be the fault of the growler though. I like the color, and won't score it either way with the head.

S - Slight floral hops, a bit of bananas and tiny bit of bubblegum. It is a great odor, mild though. Fits the style.

T - Floral and faint banana flavors with a very, very strong hop bitter kick in the finish.

M - Smooth, slick and very refreshing.

D - Great for both food and session. At 4.0 abv it is really something to drink all night with no problems. This is the best Koelsch I have had to date. I was impressed. Until this one, I had never thought to much of the style. Also would make a great intro to the craft world for though still in the macro habits. One of the most drinkable beers I have ever had.

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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pint of Kolsch served at the Capitol City Brewing in Baltimore, MD.

Appearance: The ale has a nice goldenrod color, clear and crisp with no sign of sediment. There is little head.

Smell: The earthiness of what I think at Saaz hops provide a nice dirty hop flavor. The hops give the beer a kick without the sweet aromas of US hops. There is a nice malt base that gives a biscuity aroma under the hops.

Taste: The hops impart a mellow, low-key taste that some US hops could use. From there, the wheat and barley malts provide a touch of biscuit flavor.

Mouthfeel: The ale leaves a dry finish in the mouth, almost forcing one to go back for another sip. Very pleasant and perfect for a nice lunch overlooking the Harbor.

Drinkability: Very high on the drinkability scale, this ale is pleasant without knocking one out with a high abv.

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Photo of shivtim
3.17/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very light clear yellow. No head, but some lacing. Very carbonated. Smell has a bit of frutiness/citrus. The taste has sweet hoppiness and not much else going on, maybe a little bitterness in the ending. Mouthfeel is ok, if a little thin. It tastes "dry." Good drinkability but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Capital City- Kölsch

Appearance- yellow. morning p!ss yellow with no head.
Smell- sweet. like vinegar.
Taste- also sweet. sugar mixed with vinegar. No hops detected.
Mouthfeel- again sweet yet bland.

Overall- There's not too much going on here. It tastes like vinegar and sugar. That's not good! Stay away from this one!
Unfortunately this was the only beer I had at Capital City.

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Photo of sinistrsam
2.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This I had months ago but had taken detailed notes and then lost them. They've been found and I felt the need to write up a review. Here we go.
This beer was a very general pale color with no head and very watery appearance. There was little to no aroma and the taste was weak to begin with, slightly bitter and then fading into a semi-sweet aftertaste. There was little carbonation to speak of. This was all the beer had to offer. It wasn't complex or interesting, and wasn't all that drinkable.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This might have been Budweiser. Slightly crisper with a bit more hops, but I was unimpressed. I had a bad feeling when I ordered it and the waiter pronounced it "Kelsh". Hmm. So anyways, it reminded me of a fizzy macro with no head and no character. Slight hop dryness at the end made it drinkable. Ok if you're really thirsty on a hot day.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.52/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer arrived at the table crystal clear pale straw. The head had fallen, but stayed to lace the glass.

The aroma has a light hop aroma and a light fruitiness. It also had just a slight sulphur aroma.

The flavor was crisp and had a slight malty sweetness to it. The balance went toward the beer's decent bittering.

The finish went to dry with slight lasting bitterness. The body was light.

On tap. 10% wheat listed as part of the ingredients. Excellent example of the style.

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Capitol City Kolsch from Capitol City Brewing
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 10 ratings