Lawn Seat
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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3.75 | pDev: 9.87%
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was served in a stange. The appearance was a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Messy lacing stuck around the glass. The smell started with a sweet grassy yet lightly crisp malt and delicate spicy grassy hops. The taste was about the same sort of sweet yet lightly spiced crisp flavor. There’s no aftertaste and no finish. On the palate, this sat exceptionally light and came across exceptionally smooth on my tongue. Overall, good kolsch I’d have again.

Jun 29, 2017
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Brian_L-2056 from West Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright yellow clear color with a nice frothy bright white head. Abundant carbonation. Smells citrusy, very lightly malty as well. Initial taste is light, crisp and a mildly bitter aftertaste. Lacing is impressive. Overall a great summertime brew

May 27, 2016
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Mitchster from Michigan

4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought as part of a 12 mixer. Pours out to clear golden, forming a modest white head with good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The nose opens with sulfur, slight DMS and some subtle fruity esters. Minimal hop nose. Mouthfeel is crisp, clean with a light-medium body. Finishes crisp, but not dry. The taste is clean, with focus on the pale malt and kolsch yeast character, with a mild bitterness, enough to nicely balance. A little hop flavor towards the end.

A nice Kolsch. A little more sulfur than you would find in most Kolschs but still pretty damn tasty. I would buy it again

Apr 23, 2016
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

3/26...clear bright gold with over an inch of thick white foam. Bright citrus nose. Lemony crisp. Smooth mellow malt with a spicy hop bite. Thin mouthfeel, goes down smooth. Fast finish, slightly sweet. Has a cereal like quality to it.

Apr 23, 2016
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bsp77 from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice aroma with apple, cracker, straw and spicy hop notes. Taste is similar with sweet apple and cracker upfront, and the spicy hops and hay notes on the crisp, dry finish. One of the better Kolsch's I have had.

Apr 15, 2016
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
Best before 5/15/16

A- pours a clear golden color with a small foamy white head that retains nicely, leaving a bit of lacing behind

S- very clean overall, toasted cracker-like malt, grassy & herbal hops, a bit peppery on the close

T- toasted cracker malt up front gives way to a slightly sweetness before fading to a low hit of grassy hops that adds a bit of a spicy kick on a clean and toasted finish

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a crisp dry finish, high drinkability

O- one of the better Kolsch that I've had with a great balance of toasted malt and grassy hops, while remaining remarkable crushable, well done

Apr 15, 2016
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jwc215 from Arizona

4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Freshness date of 5/15/16:

Pours clear golden with a fluffy white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of herbal/grassy hop character with cracker-like malt.

The taste is grassy (slightly lemony) with sweet cracker. It has a refreshingly dry floral, crisp finish.

Very smooth and easy to drink. Enjoyable.

A very nice interpretation of a traditional Kolsch. Fits the style well.

Mar 30, 2016
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice and interesting Kolsch. Pours a crystal clear effervescent liquid with a bone white head. Nose is a crackery malt, a touch of spice, and interestingly in getting some funky and sweet and sour lemon notes. Saison-esque. I like it. The flavor is clean crackery malt, a light sweet and spicy hop profile with some dried lemon rind notes. Crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Very enjoyable with some unwise, nuisances smells and flavor a that I enjoyed.

Mar 26, 2016

3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer. I don't have a ton of experience with the kölsch style as a whole, but if they tend to follow the easy drinkability and low abv as this does, seems like a winner. Some graininess and earthy hops on the nose and the tongue. Good carbonation. Higher ibu than I would have expected. But by no means bitter. Another expertly crafted brew from GLBC.

Mar 23, 2016
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from a variety pack. Pours golden with long lasting white head, nice lacing and lively carbonation. Aroma is of funky yeast, grassy hops and sweet malt. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Herbal hops, bready malt and citrusy fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Good flavorfull brew.

Mar 21, 2016
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Raime from Greenland

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Lawn Seat Kölsch.

Alrighy well I haven't had a GLBC beer in quite some time and I found this one orange tagged and at .79 cents a single so why the hell not? Probably past its day but I mean, it is a Kölsch, not a double IPA so the differences shouldn't been too large. Plus, this is tonights finisher so whatever.

Look - Well it ain't pretty. Very clear yellow with a two finger head that doesn't stick around longer than a minute or so. Carbination is on medium. No lacing is left anywhere. 3.

Smell - A bit musky and grainy but the hops are present and take form of the sweet ones. Some very light honey and biscuity malts. Buttered bread if you will. Hell, butterscotch as well. 3.75.

Taste - This is what a German lager is supposed to taste like. So minus the skunky green bottle since it is brewed by GLBC. Touches of peppercorn tease the taste buds followed by that nice butterscotch sweetness. This is a perfect brew for somebody making a craft beer transition. Hands down. If this were the standard by which generic brews were measured, they would all go out of business. 4.5.

Feel - Light bodied with medium carbonation. No remaining head means no creaminess to speak of. 3.5.

Overall - Ladies and gentleman. Wanna get your friends started on crafts? There is seriously no better way than through the popped top of this beer. Is it complex? Nope. But I'll tell you what it is. A whole hell of a lot smoother than any AAL with no off flavors. Pleasant actually, you don't have to ignore your taste buds to block out the usual AAL garbage adjuncts and look for the smoothness. Me, and a few of my non craft friends have already sat back and drank a few of these tonight. They all loved it. Hell, I could have 20 of these in a night as still enjoy it. 4.25.

Jul 28, 2015
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, best by 06/13/2015 printed on the label. Another new one to me from Great Lakes, acquired as part of the mixed Spring variety pack.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a crisp pale golden body, pilsner-like with good clarity and a finger and half of frothy white head. Moderate strands of scattered lacing. Looks good for what it is.

S - Aroma is mostly pale, wheaty, bready, & malty. A subtle fruity, not citrusy, element.

T - Taste follows the nose: crisp, bready, grainy, & wheaty. Minor fruity / grapey elements from the malt bill.

M - The feel is crisp & clean. Bready & malty. Light-bodied with good carb. Very easy-drinking with a nice sessionable abv.

Overall, a nice representation of the style. Definitely an easy-drinking refreshing summer beer, well geared for scorching hot days. Would drink many of these. Recommended.

Great Lakes Lawn Seat Kolsch -----3.5/5

Jul 17, 2015
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paco1029384756 from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly pungent aroma of grass, dank hops and lightly toasted bread. Crackers, yeast, grass, dank hops, some citrus and a mild sweet malt flavor in the finish.

Jun 27, 2015
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this on tap at Sturges Speakeasy, poured chilled in a goblet.

The color is pale golden with thick white head with fine bead and light haze. The smell has a strong pilsner malt smell with slight herbal hop presence with malt providing a mildly bready aroma with yeast aroma simliar to lager. The smell leads to gentle body with moderately low bitterness and medium light sweetness with semi-dry finish pleasant toast texture from the malt.

The taste is very good with mild malt and slight fruit from the yeast up front with gentle hop flavor at first with crisp cracker-like malt flavor with a slight spice could be from the hops with a more pear-like taste from the yeast. There is a complimentary yeast taste which augments the malt well with a hint of citrus/spice in the hops which emerge toward the finish and after. This is a very good Kolsch which is a bit hop forward for the style but very easy to quaff..I would certainly drink this again

Jun 12, 2015
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

It is pale yellow in color. This beer is topped with over three inches of fluffy, white head that is fed by a continuous stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

It has light fruit and spice notes. I also smell some biscuit from the malt.

It has a solid malt backbone with flavor of bread or biscuit. It has some mineral taste as well. In the middle lie some fruity, spicy notes.

Medium mouthfeel

This is not a widely appreciated style of beer. Let's face it. The style is pretty bland. This is a good interpretation of the style. I don't think I'll be clamoring to get my hands on more, but I am glad I had the privilege of trying it.

Jun 03, 2015
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - A golden yellow color, clear as can be, with a thin white head that fades the a film, and lacing that is persistent down the glass.

S - Grain, slight sulfur notes, a bit of grass typical of the noble hops.

T - The malt is a bright, slightly sweet line, which is contrasted by the prickly noble hops, producing a moderately bitter close. Some honey notes from the malt.

M - Very light, bright and easy on the tongue. A drinker through and through.

O - A very good, solid rendition of the style. The nose is not terribly appetizing, with the sulfur notes detracting, but the taste does not suffer, and the beer has great feel.

May 27, 2015
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justinp444 from Michigan

3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear straw yellow with a inch white head, poured into a snifter. Smell of grassy earthy musty hops, biscuit malt, citrus, tiny bit of yeasty lager notes as well. Taste is smooth and lemony with nice bread-y malt presence that couples with a spicy peppery taste. A bit of bitter on the end, a tad sweet, and a light to moderate body with crisp carbonation.

May 23, 2015
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my stange glasses, this beer pours a very clear, light to medium golden color with nice, fluffy looking white head that is about an inch thick when initially poured. Settles eventually to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass with a nice cluster swirl of surface foam and decent lacing. Aromas of crisp, bready malts and a subtle hop presence. Has a slight peppery and lemony, citrus hop zest upfront that gives way to a nice crisp, bready malt flavor with some subtle sweet notes. Nice mix and balance of flavors, and certainly a bit more hoppy than a lot of other kolschs I have had. Has a good mainly crisp, smooth, slightly frothy, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with minimal to moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is spot on for this beer. This beer is quite refreshing on this hot and humid, very summer feeling night here in Cleveland. Has a clean finish. Another good effort here from the folks over at the GLBC!


May 18, 2015
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michiganmatt from California

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4.5/5
Bright golden yellow with faint hints of orange. Several fingers of almost pure white head. Very clear. Rising carbonation is sparse. Overall a great look.

Smell - 2.75/5
Lager aroma, earthy/musty. Really not getting much of a smell at all.

Taste - 3.5/5
Sweet and malty, honey, metallic flavors. Lager taste. Faint hints of spice. Metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Crisp, medium bodied. A light amount of medium-light carbonation. Definitely extremely drinkable

Overall - 3.5/5
Not bad, but nothing special. This was my first Kölsch so judgement is still out on what things about this particular beer are just stylistic, and what are specific.

May 12, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a straw yellow, with a half inch foamy head, and a little bit of lacing.

This one smells like peppery hops, biscuity and bready malts.

This is a really nice and fairly hoppy Kolsch. The Mt. Hood hops give this one a really nice and spicy hop flavor. Grassy, and peppery, and nice. The malt are in the background, but provides a nice biscuity aspect. The Kolsch yeast, usually too strongly estery for my taste, is mild and nice here.

This is light bodied, with a crisp mouthfeel and a moderate level of carbonation. Very very drinkable.

One of the best Kolsches I've ever had.

May 11, 2015
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fscottkey from New York

3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.50] Pale yellow in color the beer is completely transparent with no cloudiness at all. The beer has a 1 1/2 finger head when poured into the Stange glass. The head is bright white and dense. It leaves nice lacing on the glass. The bottle lists the best by date of 6/13/15 and the ABV at 4.8%.

S: [3.50] The nose is mild but I get the scent of belgian yeast. Maybe a slight creamed corn scent.

T: [4.00] The beer has a pepper and lemon zest at the front. There is some bitterness from the hops but it is not biting or astringent.

M: [4.00] The mouth feel is nice. It has mild carbonation and medium body. There is a mild bittering on the end but it is a positive.

O: [3.75] I had a hard time with descriptors on this one. It is really tasty. It would be an excellent beach beer. The lemon zest flavor is really refreshing. The nose was a bit weak but overall this is quite an enjoyable beer.

May 10, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crackery grain aroma, with a touch of fruity kolsch yeast character and a minerally finish.

Flavor is crisp and refreshing, more minerally than fruity, with a very crackery finish.

May 08, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It the beer that has the taste of pilsner, but isn't, the signature flavors of lightly kilned malt and supporting hops remiss of lager beer except its timid ale character sets it apart. Great Lake's new kolsch-style beer gives this summer a thirst quenching taste but without sacrificing character or complexity.

Bright and racy, the beer pours with the brilliant golden cast of champagne. Its turbulence builds a cottony froth that thwarts a bouquet of aromas. Honeysuckle and orange blossom greet the nose while the classic bread and grain sweetness cozies up on the tongue.

But as its confectioner's cookie-dough sweetness drift quickly, the taste of husk and arid starch remain, and give enough support to the developing hops. Turning grassy, spicy and with elements of dry hay, the balance has stern bitterness and bite. Meanwhile, the tepid esters of apple and lemon dance along the periphery of taste.

Light bodied and carrying a great refreshing quality, the high effervescence of the beer gives the fruit and spice a more vivid display and ensures that the session is quenching and clean. Its finish is bitter with bite and has an aftertaste of lemongrass and straw.

May 07, 2015
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, enjoy by 06/13/15
A - pale golden body capped with a foamy white head that holds decent retention
S - grassy & earthy hops, biscuity malt, tart pilsner malt
T - biscuit & tangy pilsner malt, grassy, earthy & spicy hops
M - lighter bodied, refreshing, fairly crisp finish
O - very easy drinking, flavorful Kölsch just as expected. I'd drink this anyday.

May 06, 2015
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Great Lakes Brewing's Lawn Seat Kolsch last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. It's been pretty warm today and a Kolsch sounds pretty good right now, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice. it goes well with the name and I think it's just a little eye catching. It poured a slightly pale yellow color that took on more of a golden hue when held to the light with a finger and a half of creamy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with lower amount of sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart some grainy, light sweet malts, bready and pale malt like aromas with a some doughy yeast showing up in the background. Up next comes the hops which impart a grassy, earthy and slightly spicy hop aromas. This beer has a pretty nice aroma and it's what I would expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the pale malts and grainy aromas seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes some doughy yeast that leads into the hops which impart the same hoppy aspects that it did in the aroma with hops showing up just a little more and this time there's a light lemon grass flavor. On the finish there's a pretty light amount of bitterness with a grainy malt and hoppy aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting Kolsch, I thought the lemon grass flavor was nice and it made it a little unique.

M- Smooth, slightly refreshing, crisp, slightly creamy, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but I thought the body could be just a little lighter.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought it was a nice example of a Kolsch, for the most part it has all the aspects that I look for in the style. but it has also has this light lemon grass aspect that I think came from the hops and I think it's a nice and unique take on the style. This beer has nice drinkability, I could drink a couple bottles, but I think the thicker body would start to wear on me after that. What I like the most about this beer is the light lemon grass aspect, it's nice and it sets it apart. What I like the least about this beer is the body, I wish it was just a little thinner. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for the style and I recommend trying it if your a fan of the style or you just what a nice easy drinking beer with nice balance. All in all I liked this beer, it's a nice warm weather beer and I like that it's mostly true to style with just a slight twist. It's not a favorite Great Lakes beer and it's pretty nice and above average example of the style. Nice job guys, this is a nice Kolsch, keep it up.

May 04, 2015
Lawn Seat from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 172 ratings