Sunday, January 13, 2013

Captain Lawrence Captain's Kolsch (NY)

Not sure what the hell Kolsch is? Kölsch is a local beer specialty that is brewed in Cologne, Germany. It is a clear beer with a bright, straw-yellow hue, and has a prominent, but not extreme, hoppiness. It is less bitter than the standard German pale lager. According to Wikipedia: Kölsch is warm-fermented at a temperature around 13 to 21°C (55 to 70°F) and then cold-conditioned, or lagered.  This manner of fermentation links Kölsch with some other beer styles of central northern Europe, such as the Altbiers of northern Germany and the Netherlands. In Europe, Kölsch is strictly defined by the Kölsch Konvention, an agreement between the members of the Cologne Brewery Association. It is a pale, highly attenuated, hoppy, clear, top-fermenting beer with an original gravity of between 11 and 16 degrees Plato (1.044—1.065). In practice almost all Kölsch brands have a very similar gravity near the middle of this range.
Of course, many breweries in America make Kolsch-styled beers.
Recently I had the opportunity to try a Captain Lawrence Captain’s Kolsch. Captain Lawrence is one of the most popular craft brewers in the Hudson Valley. The color was a light yellow clear beer. Nice head, but it doesn’t linger too long. Which is stylistically correct.
Kolsch of course has some hops in it, but this version is a lot hoppier than most. Since I like hops,I was down with it. But for those who are initiated with hops, it will strike you at first. Just relax and drink. It’s great!
Grassy and fragrant hops come out of the glass. Nice bready smell as well.  Good carbonation.

Went incredibly well with food…but you could drink a six pack of these puppies without thinking.