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Captain's KölschCaptain's Kölsch

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

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of JizackFH
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of cavedave
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of hmk22
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was in line at the CL brewery buying a growler of their Pale Ale and wondered out loud what my second growler should be... a guy there for free samples recommended the Kolsch. It's not usually my style but I had a sample myself and was pleasantly surprised. It's a bit sweet to start but somehow finishes dry and refrshing -- a neat trick that I have no idea how the brewmaster accomplishes, but it works. I do still prefer CL's hoppier recipes but this is a great summer beer and as one of those that makes you think "This must be what real beer used to taste like."

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Photo of UDbeernut
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of Ralphs66
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

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Photo of drabmuh
2.76/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Shared by Mike recently, not a huge fan of this beer, sorry.

Beer is yellow and clear, light in color, pretty carbonated, nice white head, medium bubbles, looks good.

Aroma is bready and mildly vegetal.

Beer is thin and watery, the finish of the beer is oddly bitter, out of place, there is no effort to connect the pilsen malt with the hop presence in the beer and it falls apart in my opinion. There are much much better kolsches out there, skip this one.

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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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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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Photo of Huhzubendah
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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Photo of Brodirt
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Im just a few miles from the brewery and this became my summer and fall go to beer.
Very light straw color and light bodied head. A very delicate sweetness along with a toasted white bread flavor.
A friend who I introduced to this beer described it as bottled joy.

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Photo of mdaschaf
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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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of erosier
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a darker amber color than I was expecting, medium sized white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, hints of citrus, a hint of hops at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, nice mix of some citrus flavors, a bit of sweetness to it that doesn't taste like malt, then a nice light citrus flavor at the end.
M: Smooth, somewhat sweet, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable beer, nice mix of flavors, a bit darker for a Kolsch, but it was still tastey.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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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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Photo of STEG
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange yellow in color carbonated and bubbly on tap at the applebees near captain lawrence CdC eve it very nice to see this here. Smell is full of light wheat and fruit orange and lemon predominantly, but not much going on overall. Taste has a phenolic alcohol quality to it up front with orange lemon and what at the back and a pepperiness as it finishes. Mouthfeel is smooth and light. I had a couple and would have many more given the chance.

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Photo of david18
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can't believe how long it took me to try this beer. Captain Lawrence is local and one of my favorite breweries and Kolsch is one of my favorite styles. I liked this a lot. Didn't love it but I defiinitely liked it. Typical of Kolsch, it was light in color and a bit cloudy. Great aroma, good flavor and a great mix of malt and hops. I'll have it again.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. Poured a translucent orange-gold with a quarter inch loose, white head. Nose is herbal - something of a minty character and a bit of citrus. Taste follows nose - herbal quality is a bit more muted and some biscuity notes come out in the middle, with the herbal quality coming out again at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, with an easy carbonation. All and all, a very light, easy drinking, flavorful and refreshing. Slightly off-center for the style, but quite quaffable and tasty.

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Photo of Adamdc
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler received from my sister as a birthday present. Yay, me! Poured into CL pint glass.

A: Clear yellow body topped by quarter inch of bright white foam with active carbonation coming up from bottom. Significant lacing.

S: Grassy, herbal aroma that's very estery---banana, hay, lemon and citrus. Hops (noble, maybe?) are there also.

T: There are alot of 'lager-like' qualities to this beer. It's a clean crisp hop-centered taste that's estery and fruity. The banana, spice and yeast come through along with lemon and very slight citrus.

M: Very dry but it's not as carbonated as I expected---not necessarily a bad thing. Mouthfeel is between light and medium. I like the slight thickness to it.

D: This is probably the strong point of this beer. Goes down so smoothly and at 5.5% I may attempt to take down the whole growler tonight.

I don't think I've ever had a Kolsch before. I had to consult BA to see if Kolsches were lagers or ales. As mentioned above, this beer had alot of lager properties but the fruitiness and the 'bigger' mouthfeel made this very enjoyable. Another great beer by CL! Thanks, sis!

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Photo of m1ked
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of jimmy82063
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a Captain Lawrence Growler into a Captain Lawrence Pint Glass!

It's about 90 and humid today and I think I found the perfect beer for the weather.

Pours a nice medium golden color, not much in the way of a head.

The beer is nicely sweet with basically no notable hops present. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of berkey
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Stigs
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a Hennepin flute.

A--Darker than any kolsch I've seen--more gold or even orange than yellow. Decent one finger white fizzy head that retreats to skim but laces a little. Lively bubbles throughout the tasting.

S--Also lively: full of lemons and bright grassiness. Maybe a little sweet honey back there suggesting toastier malt.

M--mmm. Still bright, still snappy from the hops, which again add lemons and grass, especially at the very front and very back ends. But the malt profile is what really impresses me: very very good balance of a more hefty bread crust and cracker to give some volume and the bright hop notes (which are earthy at points toward the back) that quickly wash away the cereal flavors and keep them light. There's also a restrained fruitiness (pear? mango? I can't quite nail it down but it comes through in other CL offerings, too) from the yeast that lends buoyancy.

D&M--Both are superb. Mouthfeel is crisp, with lager-like carbonation. Drinkability is insane, especially for warmer weather.

This to me embodies the German spirit of brewing: keep it clean, but pack it with plenty of flavor. This tastes conditioned and fresh at the same time. Great work, yet again, from the Captain aka Scott Vaccaro. This guy is a real blessing to the NYC area beer crowd.

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Captain's Kölsch from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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