Harpoon Captain Kölsch

Kölsch Harpoon Brewery


Captain Kölsch, a German-style Kölsch by Harpoon Brewery

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Harpoon Captain Kölsch is a German-style Kölsch brewed by Harpoon Brewery, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the lager was served in a pilsener glass from a bottle.


The pour is unexpectedly dark; its ruddy amber hue shows a thin head of white foam that dissipates rapidly. The glass doesn’t show any lace or residue.


Aroma is soft and sweet with a scent of caramel and backed by a touch of noble hops.


The palate is nicely balanced. At first, it seems a bit hoppier than the norm but the malt asserts itself as the beer warms. Bready malt imparts a mild caramel flavor that transitions to a mild hoppy finish of lemon and pine. The finish has an underlying honey sweetness.


Mouthfeel falls within expectations for the style with a light body and moderate carbonation.


Curious appearance aside, the Harpoon Captain Kölsch is a nice representation of the style for which it’s named. Brewed on behalf of Trader Joe’s, it’s low ABV makes for a good candidate as a session beer or just a light brew in which to start your evening.

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About the Kölsch

The Kölsch is a top-fermenting lagered beer that originated in Cologne, Germany, in the 19th century to combat the proliferation of bottom-fermented pale lagers. Its color is a pale gold with excellent clarity. Medium-light to medium body that’s well-attenuated with a slightly crisp and dry finish. Malt flavor is bready and often slightly sweet. Traditional German hops lend a floral, spicy or herbal character with a bitterness ranging from low to moderate. The balance between malt and hops can vary widely. Alcohol level is sessionable. Should be consumed fresh.