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Kayak Kölsch - Lake Superior Brewing Company

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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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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Cheet577


4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

06-02-2012 16:44:36 | More by Cheet577
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kraticus41

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +22%

06-24-2013 19:12:09 | More by kraticus41
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JakeBarnett

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +22%

06-13-2014 05:47:56 | More by JakeBarnett
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KyleSweetsema

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +22%

07-03-2014 05:07:11 | More by KyleSweetsema
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Beerlover

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +22%

03-02-2014 23:07:58 | More by Beerlover
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

04-06-2013 13:58:27 | More by atone315
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rorjets

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

01-11-2014 19:14:43 | More by rorjets
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jewellrunner

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

04-01-2012 02:41:04 | More by jewellrunner
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dozier77

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

12-19-2012 23:24:08 | More by dozier77
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SaxmanRick

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

08-16-2013 16:37:24 | More by SaxmanRick
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Greggy

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Poured into my strange. Leaves a nice thick head with nice peaks and valleys. Lacing is present. The body is yellow with a touch of very fine sediment.

S- Classic kolsch on the nose. Nice hop edge with the distinct mineral note that I find in kolsch beer. There is also a nice sweet malt in there two. Smells very fresh.

T- Starts out with a whack of balance hops followed by nice citrus notes of lime, slight lemon, a nice graininess with a slight note of honey. The finish is mostly a graham cracker note with the slightest dry hop feel. Very true to the style.

M- Nice carbonation stays in the pocket for the style and from first sip to finish, very authentic feel.

D- This was a real shocker for me. I was really impressed by how true this kolsch is to the style. I will definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 03:07:24 | More by Greggy
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brew pours a semi-cloudy golden orange color with a large creamy white head. The aroma is malty with some tangy untertones. The taste is quite pleasant. Orange with some nice tanginess. The mouthfell is medium-light bodied with ample carbonation. Overall, this is a might fine brew. It is a lot tastier than I had anticipated, and quite relaxing.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2005 21:10:26 | More by KarlHungus
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow with an amber hue, and a thin white head that fades quickly.
Smell is spiced malts with some hops and barley. Clove, subtle banana, and cinnamon notes in there as well. Little bit of caramel and toffee.
Taste is spiced malts, with a touch of grassy hops. Notes of clove, banana, nutmeg, as well as some brown sugar and raisin. Finish is accompanied by some more spiced malts.
Mouthfeel is crisp and fairly smooth, with a moderate level of carbonation. Finish is fairly clean.
Drinkability is very good. One of the best takes on this style I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 17:39:59 | More by Parrotbeak
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augustgarage

California

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 04:50:46 | More by augustgarage
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pweis909

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, golden, with white head, about 1.5 cm. The head dissipated mostly, with the foam lacing the glass. Spicy noble (?) hops, some malt, and a wee bit a of fruitiness to the smell. My wife placed the fruitiness as apricot, seemed about right to me. A pleasant sweetness comes through in the taste; bittering is light. This is the sort of beer I would like in my mouth on a warm day. One pint went down so smoothly.

I've only had one other kolsch-style beer (also not a "true" Kolsch), so I can't say one way or the other whether it's true to style. I just liked it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2008 21:18:47 | More by pweis909
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty clear..Big white frothy head…mildy fruity (melons)…soft fruitiness on the aroma…nice flavor…fruity with a crisp maltiness….almost a hint of honey/vanilla to the taste…medium bodied and smooth….

Damn nice beer….refreshing, clean, a nice tasting Kolsch…seems very fresh…

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2005 02:11:21 | More by ZAP
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The brew arrives a golden brew with only a wispy white head. It looks like a typical Kolsch. A few grainy notes in the nose along with hint of spicy hops. Agile and smooth on the palate, it goes down nicely. A nice combination of fruit and grain in the flavor. Hints of green apple and pear are easily detected. The beer finishes with a little spice.

Refreshing and a little subtle this beer fits in to the Kolsch paradigm well.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2010 23:53:13 | More by BeardedBoffin
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2007 21:53:19 | More by Metalmonk
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troyvar

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +8.4%

06-11-2012 20:56:56 | More by troyvar
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +8.4%

05-16-2013 17:29:05 | More by FreshmanPour77
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beerbrute

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +8.4%

02-14-2012 22:17:56 | More by beerbrute
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dizztracted

North Dakota

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-15-2011 02:49:10 | More by dizztracted
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CraftPro

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +8.4%

03-25-2014 01:53:10 | More by CraftPro
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sacrelicio

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kolsch...uncommon. This is one style that intrigues me because it is so difficult to pin down. It is a light, refreshing ale that is different from other light, refreshing ales in a way that is so difficult to determine.

Anyways, this kolsch is pretty good. It pours honey-gold with off white foam and a bit of lacing. Kind of apple juce colored. Or honey.

The smell is so unusual. It smells malty, but almost in a flowery sort of way. And grapes? Cheese? Sourdough bread?

Taste is unprecedented as well. Its an ale that drinks like a lager, sort of. The taste is sort of apple fruity, crackery, grassy, wheaty, and sour. Almost like a beery champagne? Chlorophyll? Spritzy and bitter, too, like club soda. And herbs, lots of herbs and vegetables. Oh, and some acidity, too. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is light and dry, dry, dry.

This is a very drinkable beer, as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 07:12:26 | More by sacrelicio
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xmorgan

California

4/5  rDev +8.4%

08-02-2013 19:15:22 | More by xmorgan
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Kayak Kölsch from Lake Superior Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.