Clearwater Kölsch
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States
Ranked #68
Ranked #21,036
3.79 | pDev: 10.55%
Apr 30, 2022
Mar 14, 2010
Very Good
Clearwater KölschClearwater Kölsch
Notes: Formerly known as Captain's Kölsch

This is the first beer that we have brewed that is not considered an ale. Brewed with imported German yeast, Kolsch is a style of beer that is stuck in between the two main styles of ale and lager… not as fruity as an Ale, and yet not quite as subtle as a Lager; our Kolsch blurs the lines between the two.
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3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Sigmund from Norway

355 ml bottle, as Captain Lawrence Clear Water Kölsch, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 4.8%, 25 IBU. Pale golden colour, moderate to small white head. Fresh aroma of grassy and herbal hops. Refreshing and crisp flavour, medium dry, with distinct citric and herbal hops, resinous in the medium bitter finish.

Apr 30, 2022
3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Mar 02, 2022
3.09 by jeschaefer from Texas on Nov 02, 2021
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by AccipiterofBeer from New York

Rookie score, 4's across the board. This is a very refreshing kolsch.

L: Glowing yellow with ample carbonation. Lingering head.
S: Bready. Hint of citrus - lemony. Very clean.
T: Also very clean taste. Hits all the marks of the style.
F: Quite enjoyable. Sessionable. Thin mouthfeel.

Jul 20, 2021
3.95 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Jun 03, 2021
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3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Manta200 from Kentucky

Single can from Half Time, canned 03-17-2021 (almost 11 weeks)
Pours a clear pale gold color with a thin head that recedes slowly.
I could not pick up much aroma, some bready malts.
Taste is bready and a good amount of sweetness.
Light body with moderate carbonation.
I enjoyed it!

Jun 01, 2021
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3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Slatetank from Pennsylvania

12 oz can poured into willybecker chilled
a golden shade with slight chill haze and thin white head with spotty lace
The smell has a faintly herbal woody quality with subtle yeast aroma
the feel and flavor of this kolsch is very good with low bitterness and relatively clean yeast with lager like malt and hops with gentle earthy hop quality and slight grainy taste.
The finish is smooth with a mostly clean qualty yet pretty decent representation of the style overall a satisfying ale with lager- like characteristics

Dec 31, 2020
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3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

Wow - one of the better kolsches i've had, not so much on typical kolsch flavor, but just clean and thirst quenching just like tha name says.

Oct 05, 2020
3.75 by BallsDeep from Florida on Dec 06, 2019
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4.56/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by johnreggie from New York

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle purchased at the brewery 9/7/19. Rich gold color with 2 fingers of foam that dissipated quickly to a faint lacing. Carbonation remains strong throughout. Biscuit, lemon, some grass up front with an amazing tingly mouthfeel and dry finish. This is world class beer- Cologne or not! Sorry I only got 1 six pack.

Sep 08, 2019
3.92 by Timfromthemainland from New York on Aug 03, 2019
3.77 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Jun 11, 2019
3.79 by M4CDO from Massachusetts on Jun 01, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by EMH73 from New York

Had on tap. Pours a clear golden color with a well retained half inch white that that left decent spotty lacing. Smells and tastes of light malts, lemon, grass and grains. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, mild hop bitterness, mildly dry finish. Easy drinking beer.

May 12, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by CTHomer from Connecticut

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1+ finger finely pored ivory head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: grass first, then lemon;

T: grass and lemon up front; mostly floral from the middle through the finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: refreshing; easy drinking; nicely done;

Feb 10, 2019
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by StJamesGate from New York

Hazy gold; flint + gooseberry; lagery grain, white grape, flowers, big hay hit, slight tin; dry.

4 x 5

Classic, with the vinous notes + water chemistry. Maybe not snappy enough. But easy.

Feb 04, 2019
3.38 by Zaktcc from Maryland on Jan 18, 2019
3.5 by sqpat from Washington on Oct 04, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by WoodBrew from Ohio

I tried this at the brewery. It poured a clear golden with white head that did not leave much lace. The scent had faint grain and bread. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with bread notes. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

Sep 27, 2018
3.82 by Knickfan3 from New York on Aug 20, 2018
3.74 by O-Meg from New York on Jun 17, 2018
4.03 by tomvon from New York on Apr 11, 2018
3.59 by Branlott42 from Missouri on Mar 04, 2018
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3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by VoxRationis from New York

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; bottled 08/16/17.
A: Pours a hazy golden color with a less than half inch, white head dissipating to a rim leaving limited lacing.
S: There is a little lemon zestiness, but largely grasses, grain, and some spice.
T: More lemoniness and less graininess than the nose. Above average bitterness and on target bite for the style.
M: Light bodied and solid, consistent carbonation.
O: Not really a Kölsch fan, but really a flavor forward version of the style that I would gladly have again.

Jan 30, 2018
4 by bigred89 from Maryland on Aug 19, 2017
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2.91/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by q33jeff from New Jersey


On tap at Khyber pass pub. Maybe underwhelmed due to recently trying CBS. Yellow color, small head. Slight hops, yeast,grass. Ok.


Jun 27, 2017
3.98 by TheElectricOne from Rhode Island on Jun 15, 2017
3.5 by whatsgoody from Vermont on Jun 05, 2017
3.92 by Redscot from New York on May 23, 2017
3.25 by fosters9 from New York on May 22, 2017
3.15 by rderedin from Maine on May 04, 2017
4.02 by flek from Massachusetts on Apr 19, 2017
4.12 by MKrauss from Pennsylvania on Apr 08, 2017
4.04 by Skipple from Rhode Island on Jan 12, 2017
4.39 by CervezaNY from New York on Jan 04, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. "Clear Water Kölsch"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED 09062016" and sampled 12302016
$2 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

American brewed Kölsch are generally tedious for me to review because so many of them are so poorly done. It's a beer that's all about balance and drinkability with finesse, and too many brewers over-do the malt, or the hops, or even the fruitiness from the fermentation. I was a bit relieved however when I read the label which stated that "Columbus & Crystal hops" were used - Crystal is one of my favorite hops, and I feel it works great in beers like these. Fortunately I needn't have worried anyway, as it's turned out that the beer is great.

I'll fault it for clarity as it's fairly hazy and I've never had a Kölsch in Germany that wasn't filtered bright, but beyond that it hit the nail on the head for every point. In the aroma the malt is as it should be, and the apple and berry-like fruitiness is at the right level. Additionally, what hops are there are kept in the background as they should be. The flavor then brings everything back, and although the fruitiness might be a touch high there, it's still within reason, and actually very pleasant and interesting with a subtle citrus character. The malt is round and delicately sweetish, and not grassy; and a moderate medium-low bitterness balances it nicely, leaving the palate dry and ready for another go-'round. It's medium-light in body and crisp-then-smooth with a standard carbonation level. Most importantly, and probably the one thing that really pinpoints the style is the finish, which is dry but with just a little bit of fading residual malt, fruit, and hop that gives it a kind of a twang - reviving the palate so that you want more!

Superbly done, I'm quite surprised that it hasn't scored better on BeerAdvocate. I'd have to do a side-by-side tasting of fresh samples to be sure, but I'm currently thinking that this is one of the best Kölsch-style beers brewed in the U.S.

Dec 30, 2016
3.49 by Jjmj51 from Rhode Island on Dec 16, 2016
3.71 by HermitDan from New Jersey on Dec 14, 2016
4.29 by TeachChefs from Pennsylvania on Nov 24, 2016
3.94 by paresis from Massachusetts on Nov 18, 2016
Clearwater Kölsch from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 456 ratings