Capitol Kolsch | Capitol City Brewing

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Capitol City Brewing
District of Columbia, United States

Style: German Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 19
Photo of Smakawhat
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a shaker pint glass at the 1100 New York Avenue location.

Presented with no head, the beer sits on a dark yellow gold body with barely any visible carbonation present. The drink leaves a small collar throughout the drink but leaves not even a trace of lacing.

The first smell I get is a grassy hop and some florals. Hey this is pretty good I feel, but then after some more exploration it starts smelling buttery.

Taste is a little dense and not very crisp, with a white bread feeling and some sweetness. There is unfortunately a real buttery sensation on the finish (diacetyl?) and it drops the taste score down considerably.

Talking to the staff a little more this is the biggest seller at the place, mostly because it's made to be a step up to appeal to the Miller/Bud Light crowd. Well too bad the bar wasn't set higher.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the Union Station location.

Pours light yellow with some visible carbonation and a white head. The nose brings forward light grains and some very mild fruit. The taste is quite similar, as there isn't much other than a tiny bit of grain. Very faint light fruit. Feel is nice and crisp; very refreshing. Drinks quite well and was a nice beer even on a cold Fall evening.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft at the Union station location. Beer is yellow and clear. Carbonation is low lacing is moderate.

There is a slight lager aroma, clean.

Medium to low bodied, mild flavor, drinkability is good, mouthfeel is fine, overall taste is weak. There is some carbonation in the mouth. Not my favorite kolsch.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass.

Pours a bright, clear golden straw with a finger of thick white bubbly head that laces pretty decently. The smell holds notes of cirtus fruits, a vague light sweetness, and a dash of floral essence. The taste has a small twinge of tartness, followed by notes of orange peel, lemon zest, coriander, and a bit of hoppy bitterness. The body is lightly moderate (or heavily's tough to tell here), bolstered by a pronounced stream of carbonation. This, coupled with a bubbly smooth, somewhat watery feel, make for a decently drinkable brew. (This would be higher if the carbonation were toned down ever so slightly.)

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Photo of nickd717
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capitol City Downtown. Last beer of the night so I made notes as a deluge of alcohol brutally assaulted my brain, as has happened on many, many an occasion. It's really a miracle that my IQ has not dropped into the single digits after all this.

Anyway, this beer pours a clear bright golden color with a nice white head that sticks around and leaves some lacing.

Aroma is pale malt, grain, and mild grassy hops.

Flavor is more of the same - pale malt, graininess, grassy hops. Almost exactly what you'd expect for a fairly good representation of this style.

Palate is somewhat light and crisp with an appropriate carbonation level.

High drinkability, but a pretty unexciting beer overall.

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Photo of thekanna
2.71/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at Capitol City Brewing Company on H and 11th in Washington DC.

A: Nice slightly dark yellow with a noticeable yeast haze and almost no appreciable head.

S: Very clean; some light hops and maybe citrus.

T: Some lemon zest mixed with yeast and faint malts. Hops crop up near the end and produce a tolerably bitter bite.

M: Light with decent carbonation.

D: There is nothing that's really special about this beer which makes me want to go back to it again. It's an interesting domestic take on a style that's not common in the US, but there's not much that's unique about it either.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured a hazy golden yellow color with a thin white head. Head left pretty much no lacing at all.

S- Very light here, a touch of grassy hops, a dash of lemon and a bit of malts.

T- Overall pretty citrusy. Lemon and grapefruit come to mind with a touch of hops.

M- Light in body and nice carbonation.

D- I could probably drink a few of these. So easy to drink just not my favorite style.

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Photo of Cavalier92
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid american variation on the Kolsch. Lot of malt flavor on the intital taste swells to good sweetness on the finish.

This golden-yellow offering was served perhaps a bit too cold, with very little head. The scent was slightly musty with a touch of spiciness and a good it of malt blasting though.

You could easily drink these all afternoon in the muggy DC heat, but there are a few other Cap City offerings that might be higher on the list since this one is on tap year round.

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Photo of Bamabrew22
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really didn't enjoy this beer that much. Perhaps it's unfair, as I did drink their Russian Imperial Stout and the Pale Rider before this. So, my tastebuds were reeling in those delicious tastes and then were hit with this. This reminded me of a pale Euro lager, possibly a Heine or Carlsberg. Perhaps this one is done right, because I did find it better tasting than those two. It pours a crisp, clear straw color with lots of bubbles. Light, bright white head. Taste is crisp, with just a touch of hops and then a sweet malt backbone. Overall, a lawnmower beer of sorts. Probably great on a summer day, but this locale has plenty more to choose from than this.

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Photo of Boto
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught in Baltimore location: This one poured a clear, straw yellow color. It had a small white head that left some lacing. The aroma was lighter. It had floral notes and a touch of malt to the nose. The taste was a bit lighter. There was some malt taste, as well as some grassy hops. It was fairly refreshing, if not anything else.

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Photo of jdmorgan
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap in a pint glass at the Capitol City Brewery in D.C.

A - This beer poured a small head and had a golden color to it.

S - The smell was light with hint of hop aroma to it.

T - The taste was light and refreshing. Very true to style. There was a light hop profiel and a malty taste to it.

M - Medium carbonation and a medium consistency.

D - While I am not a large follower of the Kolsch style, this is a good example and was certainly brewed with care. I would definately have one in the future.

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Photo of Calico
4.42/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this as part of a sampler flight. Of all their beers, I found they did the most credit to the German styles, and this one most of all.

Very much to style. Crisp, bright, pleasant noble hop notes, slight floral esters. Poured a beautiful clear light golden color; well carbonated. A good refreshing beer.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented as a deep golden beer with modest white puffy head. Smell is a bit fruity with some hops also noted. Taste is light and refreshing with a dominating malt character wand a bit of hops to balance. Finishes a light fruity mouthfeel that is very enjoyable. Nice drinking beer

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Photo of villainchiwwin
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into pint glass
pale golden yellow color. no head and little lacing.
floral smell over just-noticable malt. lemon, minerals/herbal, and some faint bitterness.
tangy citrus taste to start with wonderful and long balanced herbal finish-definately and enticing final flavor.
light-bodied with crisp backbone and semi-dry finish.

refreshing brew with an excellent moutfeel, finishing flavor, and body.

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Photo of jaluria
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appeared a soft yellow (almost golden) color in my pint glass with an off-white colored head that was small in size and didn't stick around for long. Minimal lacing was left behind. Moderate-high level of carbonation with a rather thin, watered-down appearance. Aromas of wheat, hops, pine, and dried fruit. The taste can best be described as a cross between a moderately hoppy pale ale and a pilsener. Moderately bitter with fruity undertones and a suprisingly smooth finish. The carbonation and wheat adds texture and thickness to the brew making it swirl in my mouth nicely. With its low alcohol content and enjoyable flavors, this beer is quite drinkable. I'm looking forward to having it again, the next time I'm there.

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Capitol Kolsch from Capitol City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 19 ratings