Capitol Kolsch | Capitol City Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Capitol City Brewing Company
United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 02-07-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by Murph:
Photo of Murph
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden/dark straw with little head that does not retain and causes some docking of points. There is a crisp hoppy nose with some light toasted malt in there as well. The brew is nicely crisp with a bit of a husky grain quality to it some slightly off, slight fruity esters (yeast strain??), nothing specific, just a vague, light fruitiness. Nicely refreshing on the tongue, this brew is crisp with a lighter body that is on for style. Excellent warmer weather beer to quench your thirst on a hot day and the easy drinkability would make for a nice session brew.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of dukeandduke
2.87/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

3/10/15 Draft - (Capitol City Brewing Co DC)- Light blonde colour and carbonation. Minimal aroma. Taste of grassy hops, not very strong in terms of texture or feel. Mild carbonation. Grab it when you want something very light.

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Photo of FrizWhiz
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on tap at the brewpub in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear straw color topped by a modest white head that recedes to a film of bubbles after a few sips. Left some really impressive lacing as the beer was quaffed.

Smell: Light herby hop notes, but not very aromatic. A little too muted to my tastes.

Taste: Initial tang of grassy hops followed by a light grainy taste. Mildly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, very crisp and clean.

Drinkability: A step up from a macro in taste, but pretty much serves the same purpose. Great for a hot summer day, particularly when you'd rather drink, not taste, the beer. Goose Island's kölsch is much better, though.

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Photo of 99bottles
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

While at the brewpub in DC, I noticed almost every award banner was for their Kolsch, and naturally, I had to taste it for myself. The beer's appearance was a thin golden color with a tiny and fleeting white head. It looks like a Budweiser. It does look refreshing though. The smell, hmmm. It's obvious that this is a lighter beer, but the nose is alive with hops and I wanted to say, some tartness. The beer itself tastes great. It's a lighter beer, completely quaffable, and best served ice cold. The floral hops spin throughout, and there is a real sweet-sour mix of flavor, kind of hard to pinpoint. Maybe grassy, maybe lemony. I can't really put it in words. I wish I had this in the heat of August or something, or had it instantly available everytime someone wanted to hand me a light macro at a BBQ. This isn't for advanced palettes, but it seems that it could be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of their taste in beer. A great representation. Shame it's not available in bottles.

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Photo of yen157
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great thirst quencher, but not a good Kolsch IMHO.

Fine foamy head with good sticking power. Orange gold body and some haze. Bready nose with some slight yeast fruitiness and modest, grassy hops. Grainy tasting, but not cerealy, and a surprisingly good wheat presence. Hops bite the tongue but without much besides a muted flavor. Good balance, body, and carbonation. There was too much going on for it to be a good kolsch, primarily bitterness. Great refreshing summer quaffer I’d drink time and time again.

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Photo of beernut7
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew presents with a golden color with a strong lace on the glass. The aroma is distinctly malty. The initial flavor is of sweet malt and smooth buttered bread. A good amount of bitterness that comes through in the finish. Quite malty for the style and very drinkable.

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Photo of kaszeta
3.12/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice clear straw colored pour, but with only the thinnest wisp of a head. The smell is thoroughly hoppy, with some nice fruity tones. The taste is a little weak, however, with sllight hops and wheat notes, almost like a weiss bier. The mouthfeel is light and crispy, with the hops making it fairly dry. Perhaps a good beer for a hot summer day, I wasn't impressed with it on a cool March afternoon.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Capitol City Brewing Co. in Virginia.

The beer is transparent and pale yellow in color with a quarter inch of white head. The aroma indecent for the style, offering bread, grain. Smells like a German lager, which is a good thing. The flavor is simple and straightforward, with some biscuit and toast notes. Thin bodied, the beer finishes with a light hop bitterness. Overall, pretty good. I would have this again.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Capitol Kolsch from Capitol City Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 10 ratings