Clearwater Kölsch | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States
captainlawrencebrewing.com

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by jeffthecheff on 03-14-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
432
Reviews:
105
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
74
For Trade:
0
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has no signs of visible carbonation. It poured with a very thin white head that slowly faded into lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of floral hops and bready malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste has a light to moderate amount of bitterness with flavors of biscuit and bready malts. There are some hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and both crisp and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. It's a lot more flavorful compared to other beers in the style.

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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to capra12 for picking up a growler of this at DeCicco's for me. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a light yellow color with a pretty good white head. Decent retention and a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose brings forward some light grain and very faint hops, but also brings forward an unfortunate DMS presence that is reminiscent of creamed corn and a bit of soaked cabbage. Luckily, it wasn't terribly overwhelming. The taste is along the same lines and it's tough to get past, though there are some nice element sin the background. Feel is light and fairly crisp. Other than the DMS issue, a really drinkable brew.

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3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%
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.

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3.94/5  rDev +1%
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.

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2.68/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Captain Lawrence, Elmsford, NY

It's a Kolsch. Not really my bag. Light straw-yellow pour, clear, with a thin bubbly head; no real retention or lacing to speak of. Aroma is grainy, scents of pale malts and light hops. Kolschy. Mass-appealing. Light taste, corn, grains, slightly toasty, pils malts, baking yeast (?), grassy hops. Kolschy. Thin body with a bitter aftertaste. Light beers like this just aren't my thing. Once in a while I find one that is pretty good, but this really wasn't too memorable.

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2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes (11-28)
Had at Prime 16 in New Haven in a pint glass

A: Came clear, and was golden in color. A one half finger of foam on top with decent lacing down the sides.

S: Had a citrusy aroma, a nice little hop kick and a little bit of lemon rind. Some doughy malt on the back.

T: Similar to the nose, very grassy with the hops. The malts dominate the back end, almost has a roasted flavor as well.

M/D: Light to medium bodied with nice carbonation that keeps it crisp. Overall I quite enjoyed this beer. Very refreshing, a great beer to kick back with on a hot day..or a rainy evening with a burger as I did.

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3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks for the huge growler of this. I have heard great things about this new offering from CL and I was not disappointed at all. Saved this one for dinner time so we could all have a big glass, served cold and poured into pint glasses, this one was consumed on 04/04/2010.

The pour was bright, huge golden color with tons of bright yellow highlights that really showed off the clarity and brightness of this one. Huge head of white that towered over the glass at first settled down like a soft pillow that gently coated the outside of the glass and gave a rich, and dense color to it. Aroma is light, airy, with hints of banana and light fruit that is layered on top of bready tones and hints of light grain. Very light, cannot stress that enough as it really was coming through quite well on a 90 degree afternoon. Warming brought out a touch of almost citrus like smells across the nose, but then you go in for a taste and its over. Light and refreshing taste just overwhelms the palate. Tons of carbonation just making the entire profile pop as it light notes of pears and almost lavender come across the tongue. Light, crisp, clean and refreshing it is everything you want a Kolsch to be, sublime I have to say. Each sip was effortless and with a smooth, dry finish I could have drank this one for days. The last sips bringing back that light lemon, citrus kick that I caught earlier in the evening.

Overall very, very good. One of the better examples of the style I have had in a very long time. With the summer heat coming up one can only hope that this one becomes a staple!

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 7/24/10 notes. Had at the CL brewery.

a - Pours an amber-color transparent color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, earthy malts, fruit, and maybe a hint of spice.

t - Tastes of bananas, bready malts, grain, and fruity malts.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

d - A very drinkable beer from Captain Lawrence. Would give another shot.

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3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up on a recent visit to Brooklyn and as yet another snowfall looms on Presidents Day, I am continuing to reduce my backlog, especially of bottles.

From the bottle: "East Coast Ales"; "Est. 2006"; "Craft brewed in New York"; "Light, crisp and refreshing are a few of the words that come to mind when when thinking about the Kolsch style beer. This version is no different! Being that we are not in Germany, we could not resist putting our own twist on it by using good old American Crystal hops to give it a refreshing hoppy finish. [undersigned] Scott Varner".

My pour netted me a brief, fizzy finger of bone-white head that faded like anything colored red when exposed to bright, unrelenting sunlight. Color was a light, lemon-yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a malty quality, not very hoppy, despite what they said on the label. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was very light, almost like lemon-lime soda pop. Lemony, slightly grassy, very dry and refreshing. They were right on the money in terms of the style and I think that I would enjoy it much more on a hot, humid summer's day than a cold, dry winter's one. The finish was equally light and crisp and I would be reaching for another except that I only had one.

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3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer appears transparent and light yellow in color. The white head is a quarter inch thick and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is of mild citrus and lightly toasted bread. The beer is fairly well balanced and light on the palate. The flavor has a subtle oddness about it, reminiscent of over-cooked vegetables. This is masked to some degree by the more pleasant flavors the beer has to offer. This would be a decent warm weather beer.

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Clearwater Kölsch from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 432 ratings.
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