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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Ratings: 432 |  Reviews: 105
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a glowing yellow color. Brilliant head is large and bleach white. Head retains for quite some time and laces thickly and consistently. Body is completely transparent.

S-Light but enjoyable nose. Yeast and cereal. Light grassy hops. Mild spice and lingering malt sweetness. Animal crackers too. Mild nose but there are some nice aromas there. Also it's supposed to smell light.

T-An upgrade over the nose. Hop bite is more than substantial. Crackers and cereal mixed with spice and lots of yeast. Herbal hop flavors. Clean and enjoyable.

M-Light and sessionable. Carbonation is not as prickly as I expected it to be.

O/D-The Kolsch style is great for the warm weather. This beer is light but it is complex and a nice sip. I found this to be a solid beer. I love the company. This is a great summer brew. Won't blow you away but miles away from subpar.

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Photo of tigg924
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: high carbonation, 1 inch head, bright gold in color, clear

Smell: grass and grain

Taste: grass, grain, and citrus hops at the end

Mouthfeel: sweet with a dash of bitterness at the end, high carbonation, light body

Overall: Super clean..excellent hoppy finish...perhaps my second favorite Kolsch only behind New Holland's. This is one I could drink all day.

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Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of mltobin
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite good to actually get a single for under 2 bucks from Halftime beverage.com

A - Clear straw yellow with a 1/2 inch of frothy rocky head that seems to stick around for quite a bit.

S - Smell is of floral hops, German style pretzel, zesty lemon, and some coriander.

T - A very clean tasting Kölsch that has all aspects of dough like taste, zesty spice, and a hop finish.

M - Light to medium a good beer.

Overall I had the "liquid gold" yet to try but this was way better than that DIPA they made. Great flavors and easy on the palate.

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Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of DefenCorps
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, no date.

appears a crystal clear yellow color. not much head at all. fizzy bubbles stream to the surface. aroma is a mix of pale malt and mild fruitiness. taste has a bit of sweet corn grainy flavor, and some earthy hop flavor that lingers. thinner body, higher carbonation. refreshing to drink.

overall - light body and flavor, but in a good way. would be a good summer beer.

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Photo of whatname
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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 markgugs
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of cosmicevan
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up locally. Enjoyed from a capt Lawrence taster tulip.

a - brew poured a transparent pale yellow with a huge foamy head. Subtle visible carbonation could be seen racing to the surface from the bottom of the glass.

s - distinct pilsnerish lagerish grainy smell. Some green grape as well. Pretty decent for a style that I typically don't love the smell of.

t - taste follows the nose. Very grainy. Reminiscent of pilsner crossed with lager. Some green grape, but mostly malts and grains. True to style.

m - even carbonation. Lit and soft, great warm weather brew.

o - overall, pretty good for a style that I don't always love. This one was very easy too drink. Well done by the captain!

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Photo of claspada
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a wispy white head that quickly settles into a light ring of foam.

The aromas are quite subtle but begin with light citrus (lime) and earthy noble hop scent. Spicy, doughy, Belgian yeast emerges more and more as it warms.

The tastes begin with crisp pilsner maltiness and a light fruity and noble hop flavor combination. As it warms you get a touch of honey sweetness and the same emerging Belgian yeast esters that were present in the aroma.

The mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is crisp and clean.

Overall I am not a big fan of this Kolsch. Like many other of CL Belgian/European style offerings, there yeast strain is extraordinarily phenolic and dominant and makes the beer unbalanced and just tastes generically Belgian and yeasty.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Translucent yellow, some carbonation, two finger light head.

S-Straw, wheat, lemon, some grass and bread

T-Starts with a refreshing wheat/bread notes, grassy hops (not bitter) are present along with some spice

M-Light, well carbonated, crisp

O-A great Kolsch, a beer style I've never bond fond of until this one.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zach136
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, dated 8/14/13', poured into a Gaffel Kölsch Stange.

A - Light straw, two finger, mountainous head. Meh lacing.

S - Honey and pilsner malts. Little to no hop aroma.

T - Light hay and author slightest touch of floral hop.

M - Light, crisp and refreshing as a Kölsch should.

O - Great example of the style. Really glad I got this in a trade because it would have been easy to overlook otherwise. But a tasty treat indeed.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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