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Karnival Kolsch - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

327 Ratings
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Ratings: 327
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 19
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bbeane on 02-27-2010)
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pwoody11

Delaware

5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-15-2011 02:32:23 | More by pwoody11
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touchmeimsac

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-18-2011 20:55:24 | More by touchmeimsac
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dwaz

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +31.9%

12-09-2011 02:45:45 | More by dwaz
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ValpoExpo

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

07-08-2013 05:39:52 | More by ValpoExpo
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orcrist_cleaver

New York

4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

An extremely transluscent pale straw color brew serves prelude to the light and crisp flavors of tart granny smith apple, sun-roasted grass, spicy hops, thyme and wild herb presence, honey, and pear sweetness. Spicy and bitter on the nose with citric acidity. Comes together nicely, well-attenuated and reminds me of the new wave of hoppier, drier ciders. Chewier than ciders with a notable maltiness lending a comforting caramel aspect compliments a relatively high bitterness.

07-08-2014 22:01:33 | More by orcrist_cleaver
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vrpj

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

06-01-2014 15:50:30 | More by vrpj
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cosgrovekatie

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

04-23-2014 23:39:58 | More by cosgrovekatie
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noel2977

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

12-23-2011 02:10:29 | More by noel2977
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jzmaui1

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

07-12-2014 16:19:43 | More by jzmaui1
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theMAPpiper


4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

06-20-2014 02:04:33 | More by theMAPpiper
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PhillyNole

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

03-19-2014 23:27:21 | More by PhillyNole
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

07-07-2012 03:10:48 | More by JeffTheJuice
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

$1.89 for a 12oz bottle at BevCo. 22 IBU, 4.8% ABV, Bittering and aroma hops=Hallertauer. Includes Red Wheat...interesting.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear pale straw golden, forming a tall bone white beautiful and creamy head. Excellent retention and lacing. Appears filtered. Medium crisp carbonation, ~2.5 carbs. The aroma is as a Kolsch should be...clean Kolsch yeast profile with a hint of sulfur, freshly mown hay, delicate hops and no flaws. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a light body. The taste is wonderful...delicate pilsner malt, freshly mown hay, with a hint of saltine cracker. Pleasantly firm well balanced bitterness. No off-flavors. Dry clean finish.

A perfectly brewed Kolsch. One of the very best I've had. An exceptional beer. I will be going back to the store and getting a few 6'ers of this for sure. Highly recommended.

06-14-2012 03:46:01 | More by Mitchster
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FatSean

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Poured a nice golden-yellow into a shaker pint. The brew was quite clear with about 1/2" white head.

Smells of biscuity malts and a note of sweet fruit.

Tastes of those lovely Stoudts malts with just a touch of hoppiness throughout.

Great mouthfeel, perhaps a bit too carbonated for the style? The text on the bottle seems to insinuate that they weren't going for a perfect copy.

Exceptionally drinkable. The only problem is that my local store wants $11.99 for a six pact when the lager and pils are $9.99. Still, you should definitely try this one.

04-07-2010 23:36:03 | More by FatSean
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StaEva

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Great Kolsch-style beer.

Crystal clear pale yellow color, two fingers of meringue-looking head. slight lacing leaving rings on the way down.

Smelled of creamy yeast, slightly peach-like grains, and clean grassy hops.

Taste is very close to the nose, but less peach, good crisp hop finish, and incredible drinkability. Slightly sweeter malt profile than most traditional Kolsches I've had.

Full carbonation made the mouth feel incredibly clean and well refreshed. Light, delicious, and beautiful.

08-16-2011 04:21:45 | More by StaEva
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +17.9%

Bought a sixer of this stuff, definitely buy a sixer. The first glass is gone before you know it, designed for drinking in number under 5%. Forget strict definitions of a session beer, taste this it's a session beer. Pours a pale bright golden color beautiful appearance, bright thick white head dwindles down with large bubbles leaves behind a nice collar of lacing. Aroma is semi fruity, pale cereal malts light biscuit tones. Mineral water with herbal/grassy hop additions highlighted very close to a German Kolsch, probably better than half of the versions we get just due to the fact that this is so fresh. Best by 7/19/11 on the neck label it has to have been brewed recently. Flavor semi fruity notes amongst the cereal/grains herbal hops. Nothing complex but simplicity can rock your world especially in this type of style, I can't wait for Victory to bottle their Kolsch. These PA breweries do German styles so well. I gave a bottle to my cousin for helping me out with the little ones, I guess next time my local beer store opens up I'm going to have to grab another sixer. They only got one case in. If worse comes to worse I'll got to Vecenie's and grab a case of it at wholesale pricing. Mouthfeel is light bodied ample sturdy carbonation dead on nails the style. My kind of drinking beer, it gives you hop burps and feels as like it was brewed in Koln at a small local brewery.

02-19-2011 03:44:10 | More by WVbeergeek
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BeefyMee

Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +17.9%

Decent color but not very good head. Could do better in the looks department. Intriguing aroma of muted orange and heather. Light bready taste with some of that faint citrus coming through in the background. A nice level of sweetness pervades, and a slightly acrid but not unpleasant characteristic begins to develop in the aftertaste. Goes down like a dream and begs you to pop another top. A great kolsch.

07-04-2010 01:59:49 | More by BeefyMee
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. Another mix a six pickup.

Pours a very clear golden color. See through. German pils-y smell. Firm. Taste is clean, flavorful, delicious. Mild hop runs throughout. Light lemony touch. Not much to describe, but perfect for the style.

Great summer beer.

06-10-2012 12:31:36 | More by KTCamm
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Morey

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%

This hard to find and somewhat rare style of an ale poured pale yellow in color with brilliant clarity with lots of bubbles floating up towards a fairly thin white head. Some lace is sticking to the glass, but it's minimal.

Smell is clean crisp and fresh. Nothing in your face, but nice.

Taste...this has to be one of the most refreshing beers that I've ever had. There's a nice bitey hop-carbonation combo that greets you at the door which mellows quickly for a clean smooth finish.

Mouthfeel is thin and slick with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is top notch. I can't think of many better session/summer brews than this one right here.

Morey's Bottom Line: A great beer from a great brewery. Perfect for summer BBQ'S.

08-02-2010 21:26:56 | More by Morey
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Brenden

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +16.1%

This one pours the pale white gold I expect, though with a leaning toward yellow. Dense, thick and frothy, the pure white head is a beauty and sticks around at about 2 fingers tall. It seems like it will never die, though it does fade to a pretty heavy foam that has great stick; lacing prevails.
The aroma is light, dry malts with a cracked wheat sense and tart green apple skin with a ghost of spiciness and some grass.
The flavor is tart and dry, lightly hopped, with the lightly grassy notes found in the aroma. The more vinous flavor I expect some out as it warms. This is excellent for the style and remains flavorful, foregoing a problem some brewers have when attempting lighter styles.
The fell is dry and crisp in a light to medium body. There's plenty of depth (and heft) to it considering the gentle body and low ABV, carbonation isn't overkill, and some creaminess pulls through without detracting from the crispness.
This is a great example of an under-appreciated style.

09-06-2011 19:23:39 | More by Brenden
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WVRadar

West Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +16.1%

Very clear, sparkling straw to pale gold body, capped by a thin fizzy white head. Lots of bubbles racing to the surface. Moderate lacing. Pleasant malty aroma with a hint of fresh bread. Very tasty, sweet, crisp and smooth. Did not detect much of a hops presence. Mouthfeel is light, oily and soft. Certainly an upgrade over the everyday American lager, I really like this beer.

04-17-2011 00:45:50 | More by WVRadar
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joepais

Maine

4.4/5  rDev +16.1%

Thanks to Dim for this one.
Bottle poured into a pint glass produced a nice white head that lasted and had a great lacing. The body was a clear straw colored yellow.

The aroma was nice and bready in my nose . The flavor was light and crisp with a light feel in my mouth.

This was a perfect Kolsch
Easy to drink light in the mouth. This is a perfect brew to drink mass quantities of great job guys

05-29-2010 00:06:54 | More by joepais
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +16.1%

This is a style that does not get enough respect. Amongst all the barrel aged imperial stouts, it's hard for the subtle refreshing flavor of a nice Kolsch to shine through. Despite the fact that each beer is supposed to be scored based on the style, there is certainly a bias towards bigger/more bold beers. As much as I enjoy each of those bold styles, I do love a crisp and refreshing Kolsch. I saw this on the shelf and had to grab one to see if I enjoyed this version. Not only did this not disappoint, I think I am going to make this my spring beer of choice. This is the type that I keep a six pack in the fridge for neighbors and the wife.

The beer poured with a fluffy/light white head that showed nice retention. Copious amounts of lacing cling to the inside of the glass. The beer is a nice bright straw color with some gold tones. Some light visible carbonation.

Aroma is nice and reveals a higher hop presence than I imagined. Plenty of bread dough aroma along with some light grain and a whiff of floral hops.

Excellent balance here and a great combination of fresh bready flavor along with a nice hop bitterness. Continue to taste some bread dough and a light biscuity malt. The subtle sweetness is balanced perfectly with a nice hop bitterness. Great session beer in the making.

Carbonation is light and mouth feel is very smooth. Crisp finish due to the nice hop bitterness and the wonderful bread like flavor.

This is a very nice beer and one the fits the style spot on, in my opinion. As mentioned above, I'll have a six pack in the fridge for the next several months.

03-23-2010 11:39:20 | More by Reagan1984
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +15.6%

Appearance: clear golden yellow in color with a thick and fluffy 3" head. Moderate lacing paints the glass.

Smell: light malt sweetness and a bit of lemon zest create a faint but nice aroma.

Taste: mild malt base is nicely muted with lemon zest, dry grass, green grapes, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Crisp and dry throughout. Refreshingly clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: this is a clear session beer for me. For the style this one hits the mark.

04-30-2010 19:12:13 | More by Gavage
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fx20736

New York

4.35/5  rDev +14.8%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsener glass. Pour yields a snow white 3/4 head which recedes slowly and leaves a shroud of white lace down the entire side of the glass. Beer is a pure gold with steady tiny bubbles. Aroma is muted, some maltiness and a touch of fruit. Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Taste is a restrained duet of hoppiness and pale mailtiness in perfect harmony. Finish is clean with a slight bitterness.

Great drinking experience. TBH, it doesn't seem too different from a lager, sort of like a dry Pilsener but more subdued and less grassy. It seems like balance and restraint are real hallmarks of this beer and I applaud Stoudts for making a fine version of a lesser known and hard to imitate style.

07-03-2011 03:10:25 | More by fx20736
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Karnival Kolsch from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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