Clearwater Kölsch
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

Clearwater KölschClearwater Kölsch
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Style:
Kölsch
Ranked #64
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
86
Ranked #26,590
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 10.76%
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
450
From:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
 
New York, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  23
Gots
  77
SCORE
86
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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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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johnreggie from New York

4.56/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
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EMH73 from New York

3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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StJamesGate from New York

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

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
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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VoxRationis from New York

3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. bottled 8/25/16, so 5-6 weeks old.

faintly hazy pale yellow body. small head dissipating to a covering and thick ring. ok lacing

nose is sweet malts with a faint mustiness.

pleasantly malty with a slight bite around the edge of the tongue

below medium on the mouth, strong malt wash with a faintly bitter finish.

overall, a pretty ok drink. 5 more in the fridge to enjoy

Oct 07, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with a bottling date of June 2016, served in a lager in Sept. 2016.

Orangish-amber body is hazy but clear enough to see plenty of rising carbonation bubbles. Large, foamy white head has very good retention. Decent lacing.

Aroma: Euro hops.with citrus notes.
Flavor: more nuanced and malty. Good balance. Ample flavor for style.

Feel: light body but not watery; medium-high carbonation.

Sep 25, 2016
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: clear straw color, thin white head
S: a little bready, a little grassy
T: slightly fruity, touch of citrusy hops
F: light body, dry finish
O: different interpretation of the style, refreshing, not bad

Sep 24, 2016
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YoungMtn52 from New York

3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy and under 5% ABV....this Capt. Lawrence offering has a crisp hoppy taste...subtle smell with a foamy head and ample carbonation...I like this beer, though it's a far different kolsh than the Ithaca Day Dreamer that I just reviewed....

Sep 18, 2016
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RozzieBoy from Rhode Island

3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L - Light golden look with a slight haze and a big white, foamy head. Lots of carbonation and lacing lasted a while.
F- slightly foamy feel. Not as crisp as other kolsch's I've had.
S - Slight hops and malt.
T - A tingle that lasts on the tongue.
O - A decent beer, overall. Certainly an easy beer to drink.

Jul 19, 2016
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draught in a bar. It was served in a pint glass. It poured a hazy, light yellow color with a thin, milk-white head and minimal lacing. It smells of bready malt, grass, lemon peel, and some sweet fruit. Its taste includes malt, cracker, lemon, apple, and caramel, and it finishes with a slight hop bitterness. It is light, crisp, and easy to drink with an ABV of only 5.5% Overall, this is a pleasant Kolsch; perfect for a hot summer day. There are better ones out there but this one hit the spot for me.

Jun 30, 2016
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

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

On-tap 6/25/2016 at Pizza J’s in Providence, RI, served in a stange glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a medium white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light caramelized malts, grain and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some malt sweetness comes in. The hops presence is good for the style and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Jun 25, 2016
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a cylinder glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was a massive, creamy, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, some malt, and citrus elements.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of hops, light malt notes, some citrusy overtones (lemon, in particular), and a lightly spiced quality as well. A solid flavor that's very light and somewhat sweet. Very light and enjoyable.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: For the most part this is a drinkable beer. Extremely easy to drink (as most kolschs are) and quite likable.

Jun 20, 2016
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Gajo74 from New York

3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw color with an ultra thin ring like lace that mostly retains until the very end. Initially there is a grassy aroma, followed by a malt sweetness and toasted bread. I also detect floral hops. In the flavor, there is a solid toasted malt base. Although there is some sweetness, I feel like the taste is soon predominated by a peppery hop presence that provides a medium bitterness. The feel is crisp and light to medium bodied. The spiciness of the hops provides a prickly feel that makes it fuller and more chewy than other kolsch styles that I've had. Overall, this is a solid take on the style, it is easy to drink and refreshing.

Mar 18, 2016
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CNoj012 from New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a crystal clear light straw color with a small, fizzy bright white head. Retention is pretty minimal and there are a few spots of lacing. Smell is subtle. Lemon zest, floral grassy hops, and light crackery malt. Taste is similar with some spiciness too. Feel is light and refreshing with moderate carbonation. Overall a solid beer. Not my favorite, but definitely a decent kolsch.

Mar 14, 2016
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale yellow in color with just slight haze. Poured with a thick, soapy, bright white foam with excellent retention. Medium light, clean, soft pilsner malt aroma. No hop aromas or fruity aromas. On the lighter side of medium bodied with medium, soft carbonation. Clean and very refreshing. Medium light pilsner malt flavors up front followed by medium light, lightly tangy, biting hop bitterness through the middle. No hop flavors. Finished cleanly and semi-dryly with a light crackery aftertaste. Great balance between subtle malt and hop bitterness. Light, refreshing, clean feel. Incredibly drinkable.

Mar 09, 2016
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generallee from Virginia

3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tall German style glass.

Appearance: The body has a Pale yellow color with a slight haze. There is a lot of lively carbonation flowing up though the beer. This is topped off the a nice tall head of bright white foam. It’s head holds on well but has minimal lacing.

Smell: It’s aroma is extremely light and clean. I only get a very slight cereal maltiness with some straw like hops.

Taste / Palate: The flavor is light overall but brings some light cracker like maltiness with light fruity notes of apple, white grapes and pear. The finish has a snappy dry hay like hop character. The palate feels light and fairly crisp.

Dec 07, 2015
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dd43 from Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Jul 26, 2015
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fx20736 from New York

4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Jul 25, 2015
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ARoman from Illinois

3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

On tap poured into a shaker. the aroma as a bit of a stone / mineral quality to it with hints of grass and an even lighter apricot juicy sweetness hidden in there. It pours a clear, effervescent pale yellow with a foamy white head that has decent retention and lace. The taste is a medium bitter with slightly less sweetness. The texture is thin and zippy with a bit of a slick wax quality to it. The light body is flavored with mineral water, bitter spice and fruit, and a hint of grass that strengthens during the crisp dry finish that's acidic and a hint of spice. The aftertaste is that of mineral water and muffin dough with a hint of wax that is mellow, but has a moderate length to it.

Jun 10, 2015
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5%

On tap at the Engine Room in Mystic CT
Comes to the table in a tall cylinder a slightly hazy light golden color with a decent sized bubbly white head. Sweet bready pilsner malt with spicy floral hops to balance. Sweet bready flavor, nice crisp hop bite. Great little beer.

Aug 15, 2014
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jman42 from New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Crystal clear, pale yellow with great lacing

Smell: Very interesting. Can't put my finger on whether it is a spicy, citrusy, or hoppy aroma, but I like it

Taste: Nice. Not as good as the Oberon I just reviewed, but another good summer beer (that I wouldn't want come November)

Mouthfeel: Great. After swallowing, my tongue feels happy. No lingering aftertaste

Overall: Good summer beer. No need to rush out and buy more right away, nor does it being me back to several fun nights I spent in Cologne Germany drinking kolsch, but a nice beer

Jun 20, 2014
Clearwater Kölsch from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 450 ratings