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Kayak Kölsch - Lake Superior Brewing Company

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99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lake Superior Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-05-2002)
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Photo of ADR


3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

03-05-2002 14:56:08 | More by ADR
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-05-2013 02:00:43 | More by sgttibbs
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New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-25-2013 16:31:04 | More by LXIXME
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

09-10-2007 21:53:19 | More by Metalmonk
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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

06-06-2012 04:50:46 | More by augustgarage
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3.4/5  rDev -7.6%

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

cellphone notes

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

08-25-2010 01:37:23 | More by dirtylou
Photo of tempest


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

07-06-2006 22:03:47 | More by tempest
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3.43/5  rDev -6.8%

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!

04-24-2003 10:49:55 | More by bditty187
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Rhode Island

2.8/5  rDev -23.9%

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.

08-08-2006 14:32:51 | More by CharlesDarwin
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

11-27-2007 00:04:15 | More by morimech
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

05-12-2014 11:11:55 | More by jwerner23
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

06-11-2012 20:56:56 | More by troyvar
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3.76/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

11-26-2013 03:49:38 | More by LiquidAmber
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

05-16-2013 17:29:05 | More by FreshmanPour77
Photo of Gusler


3/5  rDev -18.5%

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.

04-12-2003 15:11:46 | More by Gusler
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

02-14-2012 22:17:56 | More by beerbrute
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-15-2013 03:22:57 | More by MN_Beerticker
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3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

02-13-2007 06:23:30 | More by umustdrink
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3.83/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

09-09-2007 23:51:24 | More by supercolter
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North Dakota

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-15-2011 02:49:10 | More by dizztracted
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

06-03-2014 19:24:56 | More by MNAle
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Light clear gold with a no head and no sign of lacing. Average looking brew.

S- Some fruit notes upfront with white grape, pear and peach followed by sweet malt.

T- Similar to the smell with some fruit notes including white grape, pear, peach and melon. Some floral notes and sweet malt are present as well. Slightly sour finish.

M- Medium carbonation, light body. A nice crisp finish.

O- A nice sessionable beer for the summer. It's quite different from other Kolch's I've had before, but not bad for the style.

06-22-2011 03:33:30 | More by iadler
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

01-20-2012 19:51:30 | More by Ezmunny
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-21-2013 14:26:05 | More by gatornation
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3.65/5  rDev -0.8%

Brew pours a translucent golden yellow with a thin white head. Aromas mostly of grain, noble hop aroma, and notes of grape. Tastes as it smells, I get grain and cereal malt as the base of the flavor, grape hangs in the background, finishes with yeast and very very mild hop bitterness. Feels crisp and refreshing, a light bodied, lightly carbonated, very sessionable brew.

09-05-2011 23:42:13 | More by manitouman84
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Kayak Kölsch from Lake Superior Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.