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Kayak Kölsch - Lake Superior Brewing Company

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55 Reviews
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Reviews: 55
Hads: 118
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
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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Photo of zeff80
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a small, short-lived head. No lacing.

S - Smelled citrusy and grainy.

T - It was sweet and citrusy. A subtle malt and hop blend, too.

M - It was crisp and light-bodied.

D - My initial reaction to this beer was lower, but I tried a couple more and realized it was much better than my first impression.

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Photo of mactrail
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A pleasant light beer with a hint of German character.

Nice light amber color, head dissipates more than some. Quite light bodied as you'd expect. Faint lemony taste but not much aroma. On the tart side. Malt is virtually undetectable and hops are quite modest, so I'd have to call it well balanced.

Very drinkable with a pleasing aftertaste of cereal and citrus. Clean and crisp. The better-than-lager alternative.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy orange/ golden color, though I expect a kolsch to be a bit clearer, and the head is decent,and white, but very short. Aroma: a bit sharp and unusual, with a good deal of citrus and a touch of sour. There's more going on in the nose, too, that I can't quite describe, but again, not what I expected.
Great hops upfront, very citrusy, with a nice, tasty finish.
Light bodied, crisp, and quite quaffable. At the end, there's a sweet/sour character that clashes a bit on the palate.
A fine enough ale, but I can't shake that they missed the mark a bit if they were brewing a kolsch.

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Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.11/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This hazy yellow beer throws a good 1 inch head that gives some decent lacing. This brew has got something wrong in the aroma. I get a menthonal like odor. Way off, especially for a Kolsch. IPA or PA might get away with it by saying it has an extreme pine odor, but not this style. Drinking this beer is like drinking diluted Pine Sol. Just not worth it. I don't think I'll waste the space in my stomach with this one.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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

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Photo of ZAP
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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…

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Photo of tavernjef
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap: Translucent goldish yellow color with a strong puffy foamed white head that stays present from the pour off the tap, lacing in lots of spots and some strings. Smell is a bit sweet and fresh of light pine and citrus and a touch of a mineral/vitamin-like note. Taste has the same qualities with a short but sustained little sweetness thats a bit citrusy, light pineyness and floral notes and a crisp light finish with a touch of the mineral/vitamin-like tinge coming through in some of the lingering. Feel is light bodied feel and has a little grab, but nothing to holding or strong. Good drinkablity and pleasurable enough from the tap but not really worth another.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of jera1350
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear gold color with a ring of dirty white foam around the outside of the glass. Leaves a few rings of lacing.

Sweet honey scent mostly. Softer scents of biscuit and bread hops.

Clean pale malt up front with some cracker flavors. The back end offers up a mild hop taste. Just a hair of honey sweetness. Very clean, crisp and refreshing.

A bit more than a light body, very crisp with a dry finish.

Very well made Kolsch right here. A great intro to craft for BMC folks too. Very sessionable brew that would be perfect for summer. Not many brewers tackle this style, but I wish they would. Glad to have a local option available.

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Photo of morimech
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of alexgash
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another "better on tap beer than in the bottle." Pours a light hazy golden straw with a puffy cloud white head. Smells of apple tart malt, complemented by mellow hop overtones. Taste is juicy, slightly tart apple fruitiness, but light--not verly sweet or fruity. Hops come in for balance and add a nice floral bitterness. Surprisingly not too light bodied, with refreshing carbonation and a nice spring/summer ale.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popured a slighly hazy golden color with moderate white puffy head. Smell is minimal with a slight fruitiness present. Taste follows through on the smell with a mild summer fruit note present. Very nice drinkability. A nice thirst quencher. Goos session beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've decided to update this, as I had forgotten that I'd reviewed this already. I agree with much of the first review, except on this serving I found I enjoyed the sourness more than previously and also concluded that that very quality made it a nice summer drink. Thus, I've raised the scores some too.

Aroma is initially a light sweet malt that quickly turns to a more sour quality, leveling off with a hop floweriness mixed with the sourness. Darker golden color and clear. Smallish head but decent stamina. Light in overall flavor. Mix has similar qualites of the aroma, that being a base of malt surrounded by the slight sourness and a shot of bitterness from the hops. Probably a little too sour. For an ale I find it lacks enough combination of smoothness and creaminess this style often entails, containing only some smoothness. Overall an average beer. I think a little too sour and bitter for style, and that prevents it from being a nice summer ale too.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of ADR
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of bditty187
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
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!

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color with a small creamy white head. Smell is a very light floral hops, and even light malt scents. Taste is extremely light on the palate, never challenging, and very smooth. Lemon lime sodaesque, with some grainy heartiness. Good for summer, I am sure, even though it is February.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Apricot-golden with a thin white head that lasts well, leaving minimal lacing. It is ever so slightly clouded.
S- Aroma is lightly grainy, a bit musty, not much to it.
T- Has abit of flavor, bright lemon character up front, with some pale grainy character in there. Mild finish.
M- Crisp body, light, but pretty normal for the style.
O- A fairly normal kolsch. It tastes fine and is fairly easy drinking. Not quite as clean as most in the style, but it's decent. Worth a try.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from beerbeagle in the favorite local beer and glass, BIF. Thanks, Randall.

Perhaps my second least favorite style as a rule, this was a darn good kolsch.

Clear golden with a thin white head and a bit of nice lacing.

Smell is lightly malty with a moderate fruity note (apricots, maybe pineapple).

Taste is a bit spicy, a bit sweet.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light. Very nicely drinkable. I enjoyed this one a lot.

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Photo of hardy008
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours an almost perfect gold color with a 1 finger foamy white head.

Smell - Yeast, malt, and sweet fruit.

Taste - Sweet,with the taste of oranges, lemon, and malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and smooth.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. I could see drinking several bottles of this. It would make a nice session beer.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first experience with the style

Pours a medium golden yellow, and hazy but still translucent. The half-finger off-white head dissipates quickly, but leaves some nice patchy lacing and a ring of foam around the surface.

Smell is pretty faint, but what's there is bready malts and a light sweetness suggestive of light fruit.

Taste is, likewise, pretty low-key. There's nothing about it that hits you in the face. But what eventually comes through is nicely balanced and decently tasty. The malts are there mostly as a base. Very little hop presence - just some grassy notes in the latter half of the taste. A faint sour pinch is the most notable thing about it, and makes it a lot more refreshing.

Medium-light body. Carbonation starts out low but picks up mid-way through, giving it more sizzle. Finish is kinda watery.

Nothing jumps out at me about this beer, but I'm really enjoying it. It has a touch of sour, kinda like Bell's Oarsman but less so, that I'm really enjoying on this hot summer day. A balanced, mostly malty, light beer, but flavorful and refreshing.

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Kayak Kölsch from Lake Superior Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.