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Kayak Kölsch - Lake Superior Brewing Company

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55 Reviews
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Reviews: 55
Hads: 114
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lake Superior Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-05-2002

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Reviews: 55 | Hads: 114
Reviews by bitterbeerguy:
Photo of bitterbeerguy
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kayak pours a yellow-orange color, more leaning towards yellow. Small white bubbles permeate draft throughout sipping. Small amount of white head on top of glass as well

Aroma is very typical German-style: grain and yeast. Regretfully there is a musty smell that seems to be most noticeable compared to the other aromas. I think that I let this brew sit too long in the fridge

Taste was refreshing, even for a chilly Minnesota evening. Main flavor is grain, with hint of lemon citrus on back end. No hop character, which is to be expected. Amount of carbonation is perfect for this style of beer- nice mouthful without being overwhelming

Overall, although I think this is a nice brew, it sat in the fridge too long. The musty aroma takes away from the flavor. I think I will table my final verdict until next spring when i can enjoy some fresh stuff.

Cheers! (862 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant amber gold under a thin cream colored foam cap.
S: Bread and biscuit aromas, light hops.
T: Bread and biscuit and faint fruit.
F: Crisp, medium light body, medium to medium low carbonation.
O: A very easy to drink beer but some of the German versions of the style have a little more fruit and a slight tanginess that I miss in this beer. (360 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw color, aroma is mild but fresh. Very fleeting and delicate flavor, even for this style. But, retains mouthfeel very well. This is pretty drinkable when I'm in the mood for subtle malt thirst quenching. (215 characters)

Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a disappointingly thin head that all but disappears, and fast. Color is a coppery dark golden color, just a few shades lighter than your average lager. A smattering of bubbles work their way up the glass slowly.

Light aroma delivers a nice maltiness, very bready, a small hint of honey in the background. An overall fresh and lively aroma.

This is as full-bodied and full-flavored a Kolsch as I've come across. Honey, wheat bread, orange marmalade, flowery hops...nice crisp body to go along with it. Interesting orange-y aftertaste that I kind of like...and a sticky finish that I'm not sure about, but it helps give this more character in any case.

Very easy to drink, very easy to like. A solid brew for summer sipping, just a little bit different than many typical summer beers, yet nothing that strange either. I'd easily have another if I had another. Thanks to mnwags for this bottle. (900 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a generic kolsch glass.

Maize bright clear liquid topped by a thin layer of off white foam. Superior retention, pasty lacing, thin legs.

Lovely (Pils?) malt and light winter fruit in the nose - floral and subtle.

Quite bready/toasty malt profile; apple skins, a hint of honey and butterscotch (not diacetyl), buckwheat, and sweet fermentation notes. Smooth yet crisp finish. Low hops throughout.

Creamy, very light-bodied, yet well carbonated.

Fruity, amazingly delicate malt bill...a fantastic example of the style. (554 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on-tap at the Gun Flint in Grand Marais, MN

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appearance: served in a shaker pint, pale golden body, light white crest

smell: grain, lemon, musty

taste: light caramel malt, grain, musty, lemon and honey, bready with notes of light yeast. I'm not a huge kolsch fan and this isn't one of the better ones out there

mouthfeel: light

drinkability: could be sessionable - but i find the grainy finish offputting (425 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Definately a simple but tasteful beer here. Great for summer. Pours a nice gold with white head. Smells sweet and light. Tastes of slightly caramel malts, not much bitterness, but a little bit of citrus. Quite pleasant. At first I wished it were a touch more crisp, but I'd say carbonation is on for the style. Comparable to just about anyone's kolsch or "summer ale." Cheers. (376 characters)

Photo of BigAl18
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bditty187
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy, peachy-honey hue, smallish white head, soapy, limited spotty lace. Very timid nose with slight citrus notes, hay, frail hops… delicate malt hints. Simile palate, which is appropriate… slight citrus, spice, hay, hint of fruit, malt… nicely done, ideally restrained. Rather clean, leans towards the dry side, refreshing. Medium-light body with minimal carbonation… very fitting mouthfeel. The aftertaste is slightly tart… sweet though… minor bitterness too. In its simplicity is its elegance. This is not an “authentic” Kölsch be it would “hit the spot” on a warm summer day or for a change pace.

Thanks feloniousmonk! (645 characters)

Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Originally reviewed April 29, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Slightly hazy rich golden pour, with a full finger of crystal white head, diminishing. Aroma of terse hops and esters. I’m having problems with this brewer’s beers tasting like stryofoam right off the bat. I’m getting some notes of wheat, hops, and sourness. The finish continues with rubbery esters and then morphs into a mellow lemon wheat. I think that it’s just me. I’m trying to rate this in fairness, beyond the stryofoam. I review beers that might be infected, because if that's what the brewer puts out there, then that's what I'm getting. And especially with this brewery, infection has been a rampant problem. I've had three bottles of this particular style and they've all been the same. (753 characters)

Photo of Brado913
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Omensetter
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of morimech
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy golden with just a slight head that quickly disappears. Some bubbles are evident at first but after a few minutes they disappear too.

The smell is fruity sweet.

It tastes fruity sweet as well with just a little diacetyl in the background. The fruit I would describe it tasting like would be grapefruit, lemons, and white grapes. A better tasting Kolsch. It has a light mouthfeel but the lack of carbonation really hurts its drinkability. Maybe I had an old bottle but I enjoyed enough of the beer to give it another try in the summer when a beer like this would be better appreciated. (608 characters)

Photo of jwerner23
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of troyvar
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Sester stange. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine one finger white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, clove, light wheat. Flavor is light sweet malt, wheat, clove, light lemon citrus; finishes with sweet wheat and light close, a hint of hop bitterness. Light bodied. A nice, refreshing kolsch style ale with the approprate light malt and spicing. Perhaps a bit sweeter and clove spicy than traditional, but still enjoyable and pleasant. (479 characters)

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On the pour a lightly hazy golden yellow color, the head modest in size, frothy, bright white in color and the lace a nice sheet to conceal the glass. Nose is malt, slightly sweet and buttery, crisp and clean with the start a pleasant sweet malt, top is a bit thin and the finish pleasantly hopped, the acidity mild and the aftertaste dry. A bit thin waisted for me, but I think it would make a nice session beer. (413 characters)

Photo of beerbrute
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of umustdrink
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale, very light yellow color. Head fades to a ring around the edge.
Very little lacing.

S - Smell consists of orange pulp, green wheat stalks, and some bitterness.

T - More orangey goodness, a light sweetness at the tip of the tongue and a short hop finish.

M - More on the crisp side, carbonation adds to this effect.

D - Pretty good, just don't judge by the look of it. It's a light refreshing beer for the summer. Just like a Kölsch ought to be. (469 characters)

Photo of supercolter
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good solid brew with no frills. As the previous reviewer noted, its nothing fancy. However, it is a solid brew.
A- kinda weak, not an impressive show here. No lacing or head at all.
S- Pretty good some dry fruits and weak smell of hops.
T&M- nice and smoothe, thicker and refreshing, not overpowering in any category.
D- Very nice. (334 characters)

Photo of dizztracted
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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Kayak Kölsch from Lake Superior Brewing Company
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