Kayak Kölsch | Lake Superior Brewing Company

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Kayak KölschKayak Kölsch

Brewed by:
Lake Superior Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 124
Photo of Greggy
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of pweis909
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of morimech
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
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 shadow1961
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lake Superior Kayak Kölsch, after a fairly hard pour yields a bif stiff
head over a slightly hazy honey colored brew. Carbonation is lively,
and the nose is light barly malt and herbal hop. The flavor is sweet
barley malt with a crisp tea-like herbal hop finish. The aftertaste is
faint barley with honey notes. Mouthfeel is dry and a little thin. It just
goes to show you that an ale can be just as crsp and light as a lager.
Very nice stuff.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
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 supercolter
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of benito
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From an undistinguished bottle with no freshness date. Kayak Kolsch is one of Lake Superior Brewing's flagship beers, and with it, they do a fine job of offering an accessible, highly drinkable beer to craftbrew initiates and American-lager fans.

It is bright golden with a small head and light, fruity aromas. The flavor begins fruity--especially marked are the grape and pear flavors--and finishes slightly dry, though it lacks the bitter edge that I've found in better balanced and more complex interpretations of kolsch. It is frighteningly easy to drink and the soft, juicy mouthfeel makes this a great summer beer.

A tasty, straightforward, and worthwhile light beer. Kudos to the brewers in West Duluth for this offering. Don't miss it if you're in the Duluth area.

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Photo of umustdrink
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
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 sacrelicio
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of hylton44
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I, fittingly, had this beer on tap about 60 ft from the shores of Lake Superior, in the Northern Lights restaurant in Beaver Bay, MN (surprising number of quality beers on tap there, by the way). It had a bit of a straw-like quality to the color. Rather pale, but with a slight orange glow. It was a sweet taste, a little more than expected. Faint taste of grapes, maybe? Good mouthfeel, maybe a bit high on the carbonation, but satisfying to keep in there and swish about. Very dry finish. Good beer, but not so much so that I won't look to sample a different tap beer the next time in that place.

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Photo of beckje01
2.91/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Light amber gold with a thin head and little activity.

S- Slight sweet smell very faint.

T- Crisp and refreshing, with a light fruit taste. Solid Kolsch taste.

M- Smoth nice thickness in line with the style.

D- Goes down easy I would be surprised if a Kolsch didn't.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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 tempest
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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 hanco005
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trying to keep it local, I saw this and thought I would give it a try. My first of this style and first by Lake Superior. 12 oz bottle, no dates or markings, into a pint glass.

A—pours a clear yellow orange with a ½ inch white head that quickly fades down to some scatter bubbles that float on top, laces in scattered sheets

S—a honey lemon scent is strong, sweet candy, some mild floral tones, but the sweetness dominates everything

T—fruity, banana, some hop bitterness, but mostly sweet, a little bready, sweet to start, then turns mildly bitter with the finish.

M—smooth and mellow, medium bodied, a little flat with the carbonation

D—overall, it is good. I can see this as a summer quencher by the pool. Very drinkable.

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Photo of CultureJamMN
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden hue but with some suggestion of orange. Head is about 1 finger and fades to a thin layer, but lasts throughout. Lacing is good. I think my assesment may be a bit off, as I dont have proper glassware.

The smell is slightly of hops with a surprising number of citrus notes.

The initial taste has some hops, but the finish malt. There are some subtlties here, but I must confess, I'm at a loss for what exactly they were.

Nice mouthfeel, not overcarbonated, not too thin, or too thick.

I could see having 1 or 2 of these, much like everything else LSBC makes, it's very approachable, not overly challenging (which is fine IMO). All in all, a decent effort, I'll need to try some others in this category before determining how it compares.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
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 slyke
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear golden color with a white head that fades to a thin cap.

Smell: Lemony grain aroma.

Taste: Hoppy at first with a malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel, that isn't too thick or thin.

Drinkability: This one is pretty good for drinkability, worth a try and surely not one to turn away.

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Photo of aquilontendants
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

It has been a very cool minute since I have done a beer review and all this new beer sunday stuff got me ready to do a review after what has been about 2-3 months.

I am drinking Kayak Kolsh thanks to my friend who goes to Minnesota on vacation and brought some back. Poured into a straight kolsh-style glass.

I love the appearance of these beers. Especially when it is 70F outside and barely a cloud in the sky. Wonderful, slightly bronzed, golden color shines with the suns help. Great white frothy head about two fingers thick disepates to a fine line after a short bit.

I am now smelling the beer 5 minutes after it has been poured and crisp faint smells enter my nostrils. When the beer was first poured, it did smell very good. Smells very close to Kolsh beers I sampled in Cologne before. This style always seems to have that crisp scent, slight hop fragrence, and Lake Superior does a decent job, although the good smells vanish as the beer goes down.

I am not good at putting taste into words, but this beer is crisp and very easy drinking. Good solid flavor that doesn't bother at all. Ever so slight hop bitterness with the malt flavors dominating slightly. Once again, I have had the lucky chance to drink some good fresh Kolsh in Cologne and this one compares nicely. Just not as fresh. This interpretation might have a little more maltiness to it, but it in no way makes this a bad beer, better than most american Kolsh's. Goes down the throat easily and leaves a good taste on the tounge.

The mouthfeel is pleasant. Could be a tad "fresher", more crisp, but the overall mouthfeel is pleasing.

I could drink many of these, especially in the environment I am in right now. Good daytime beer. As I try to take large gulps to taste the flavors, I realize this beer is close to gone, not a bad thing. Good american-style Kolsh.
I have a digital camera, so maybe I will get a picture of this beer for the web-site in the future.

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Photo of ZAP
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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 TastyTaste
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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 alexgash
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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 tavernjef
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
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 Tballz420
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours out a crisp, clear golden color. The white head on top is small and quick to exit. The basic taste/smell is floral hops, its not bad tasting, its just a thin tasting drink. I would imagine it is pretty light too. I havent had too many of this style yet, so i may not be the best person to ask.

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