Winter Rye | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by scootny on 02-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by drewd0g:
Photo of drewd0g
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled @ CL
Nice golden color with a 1 finger head. smell of kolsch yeast is noticeable. it smells like a lager, that's the best i could describe it. taste is clean and crisp with hints of rye and spice. the rye flavor is not very strong but it makes for a super drinkable session beer. mouth feel is thin and the drink ability is high. I love big beers but i also love tasty session beers, and this is definitely one of them.

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Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Always some excitement upon spying a new selection available at the Captain Lawrence tasting room.

The winter rye pours clear lighter almond amber under a long lasting off white head, that slowly goes to a low collar, moderate sheeting and plenty of oh so fine lace.

Delicate hops in the nose, with some faint rye

Malty up front, then mild hops, rye if any, backgound material

Moderatly carbonated....

Pleasant enough, but nothing special...more rye please

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Photo of scootny
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear honey gold with a fluffy off-white head. Retention is OK but lacing is good. Light covering on top. A few bubbles here and there. Nice malty aroma with sweet honey notes. Some banana like fruitiness and a slight note of funk and earth. Deep amount of Belgian complexity. Taste is soooo gooood. Kinda like Belgian Blond meets Rye Pale Ale. Toasted malt. Honey with the comb sweetness. Complex malt structure is the star here. The rye really brings out a sweet breadiness. Seems like there are a good variety of barley malts to add to the layers. Nice English pale ale like hop bitterness. Mild with a floral character. Touch of citrus. Clean finish with mild honey sweetness under light multigrain bread and herbal hops. Crisp light feel with smooth carbonation. Goes down like water in the desert. Super session ale. A different take on a rye beer. This one lets the malt come through instead of the more common vigorously hopped versions. The sweetness and super grain complexity make this one rewarding to savor as well as satisfying to quaff.

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Photo of bugaboo416
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Golden color

S: i could not smell anything due to a cold.

T: hint of lychee on the tongue then gives way to mild bitterness.

M: light body on the mouth. Nothing exceptional of note.

D: refreshingly light and crisp

Overall: A good beer for summer.

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Photo of claspada
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas are light with bready and biscuity malts taking centerstage with light earthy/citrusy hops; great brightness.
The tastes follow the nose but is more pronounced with great bready and biscuity maltiness while at the same time staying nice and lightly balanced with the rye malts and citrus/earthy hops.
Average to dry mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation. Nothing overly memorable or distinguishable, just a great balanced, refreshing session ale, would love this in the summer, wish it was a warm weather offering.

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Photo of david18
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was confused about this beer when I saw it at Rattle and Hum in Manhattan. It's a "Winter" beer but was listed as a strong ale at R&H, but was only 5% alcohol by volume so I wasn't sure what to expect and wasn't sure if the information was even correct. I think my confusion clouded my judgement a little bit and I'll want to try this again when I come across it.

The color was a yellow/peach with lots of carbonation that went away pretty quickly. Flavor definitely had that spicy rye character and was perhaps a little light on the palate. It was very drinkable and I'd like to try it again.

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Photo of Arenbeer
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the brewery today in a small tumbler

A- Pours a nice light brown with a small white head that doesn't leave any trails behind.

S- Pale malts with a slight rye sweetness in there but not much. Not much hops either, could have used a little more overall in the nose.

T- Paler more light malts pretty much take the show with a faint rye flavor that lingers in the background. Nothing crazy going on here.

M- Lighter bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice wet finish.

Overall they could have spiced it up a bit more with the rye, you taste it but your not like wow! It tastes more like a regular ale to me more than anything.


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Photo of Thorpe429
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler thanks to ubufan2112. Served in a tulip.

Pours a light apricot color with a bit of haze. A nice, fluffy white head persists for a bit and leaves behind some streaky lacing. The nose is really light. There's a touch of light fruit and spice, though not too much else. Light, but pretty good. The flavor is light as well. I got a bit of apricot and other stone fruits as well as a dusting of rye spice. Mouthfeel is light and a bit creamy. Nothing too special about this but it went down quite smoothly.

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Photo of stimulus
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of aerozeppl
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Needs to be merged. Was listed as Rye Ale at the brewery.

A: Really clear honey golden color. A quarter finger of white head with some good lacing. Really nice clarity.

S: The nose really is of malt. You get more of a bready profile than the typical spiciness that rye can lend. They made a beer based on a micro malster and they really did let the malt shine.

T: The taste is just like the nose with the malt really leading the way. They used a nice neutral Kolsh yeast which let the malt shine. I would have liked the rye to be more up front. As it stands you would not know this is a rye ale other than in the name.

M: Medium body. Carbonation was great both on tap and in the growler.

D: This needs some tweaking. I am told next batch will have more of a pronounced rye flavor. This is not a bad beer at all. In fact if you called this summer session ale it would be a great one.

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Photo of sleazo
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Straw colored with a thick and creamy looking head. Excellent retention as a relatively dense cap survives to the end

S_Toasted grain and a vegetal hoppiness

T_More of the same. The rye mildly comes through in the finish. There is a mild apricot thing going on in the background. Overall a crisp and refreshing beer.

M_Tight carbonation adds to the crispness, which plays well with the creamy aspect of the head.

D_Not too over the top, just a well made beer by Captain Lawrence. I would say that there could be more rye in the taste but I like this beer overall.

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Winter Rye from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 11 ratings