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Karnival Kolsch - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Karnival KolschKarnival Kolsch

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BA SCORE
85
very good

322 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 18
Gots: 6 | 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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matty

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is bready malts.Taste is biscuity and grape.Very bland and boring although not horrible.I doubt I would recommend this to anyone and as for myself this was my first and last.Definetly a snoozer!!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 12:20:47 | More by matty
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csmartin6

New York

3/5  rDev -20.8%

06-28-2013 01:02:28 | More by csmartin6
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.8%

11-06-2012 20:28:28 | More by cfalovo97
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Casey's, Newtown Square, PA

Poured a clear, light golden color, with a frothy white head that dissipated rather quickly to a thin layer. Aroma of light malts and hay. Similar taste, with lightly toasted malts, hay, grass, earth, just a hint of hops, and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Very light profile, crisp, refreshing, and quite drinkable for a summer beer. I'm not a big fan of the style, but this was okay.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 18:51:35 | More by Rifugium
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frank12

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.8%

04-23-2012 08:47:19 | More by frank12
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

3/5  rDev -20.8%

06-07-2012 18:57:49 | More by OriolesFan1008
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Schmuckles

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -20.8%

09-07-2012 01:09:50 | More by Schmuckles
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.8%

07-27-2013 13:58:26 | More by ejimhof
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RollTide7

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.8%

03-28-2013 23:19:23 | More by RollTide7
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John_Squires

New York

3/5  rDev -20.8%

04-04-2014 01:50:05 | More by John_Squires
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waiting4lunch

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -20.8%

11-18-2011 22:04:08 | More by waiting4lunch
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Thedrizzle

Florida

3/5  rDev -20.8%

04-07-2013 20:07:40 | More by Thedrizzle
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.8%

11-19-2011 13:56:49 | More by bacher468
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tmars13

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.8%

08-21-2012 04:05:35 | More by tmars13
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KajII

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Kolsch glass]

Poured a slightly hazy pale yellow with a large white fizzy head that had good retention and produced excellent lacing. The aroma was of straw malts, a nice grassy hop and a soapy scented yeast with hints of citrus and maybe honey. It tasted rather bitter and mildly acidic with a nice citrus note at first with the flavor becoming just a bit sour with a nice hoppy finish. Mouthfeel was was light in body and watery in texture with a nice soft carbonation.Overall it was nice and flavorful, although nothing too special.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 01:11:12 | More by KajII
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microbrewlover

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The brew pours a cloudy golden color, like straw, with a half-finger head, light lacing and medium carbonation.

The smell is of straw, possibly lemongrass, yeast and wet hay.

The taste is yeasty, slightly malty and there is a bite on the aftertaste which appears to be due to the carbonation. There is also a light dose of bitter hops. Light spice of type.

The mouthfeel is light thin and creamy.

Overall there is not much going on here but I guess this is the Kolsch style; this is similar to other Kolsch style beers I have had. It is not all bad the the addition of some fruit, more spice and hops would soup this up nicely.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 19:37:21 | More by microbrewlover
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irishking1977

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear gold with a minimal head and less than moderate lacing. Looks like a pilsner. Pretty run-of-the-mill.

S: Grassy, herbal, and floral/hoppy aroma. Kind of all over the place and somewhat pungent in a negative way.

T: Fresh cut grass and an unusual hop finish with virtually no malt background. Again, this is a kolsch? Reminds me of a pilsner or an euro pale lager. (lookin' at you, Stella) That's not a positive thing.

M: Really carbonated, which makes this disappointment of a beer easier to drink; If this goes flat, I can bet it would be undrinkable to me.

D: Not a session beer purely because I am not liking the combination of grass and funky hops aftertaste. I've had a better kolsch beer by Saranac. In general, not my favorite style (pilsners also in that mix of styles I am not a big fan of) But both the kolsch style and pilsner style are normally considered highly sessionable brews. For me, this one doesn't fit in there.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 21:39:11 | More by irishking1977
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, best-by date of 7/19/11. Poured into a Peters Kolsch stange. Its light golden colored with a little over 2 fingers of foam, effervescent looking. Proper.

But the aroma is just a little off, kind of skunked. It wouldn't seem possible as the best-by date is so far off, but I guess a fragile style like Kolsch can't be pushed too far as it can't hide flaws. It tastes OK except for the mild case of light damage, neutral flavors beneath the skunk. Pleasant malty aftertaste, marred as it is.

Light bodied and poundable, I'd love to try it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 20:42:05 | More by TurdFurgison
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strong aroma is malty and yeasty with a hint of caramel. It pours a clear, wan yellow with a fluffy and not persistent white head. OK, what can I say - I prefer darker beers. Fortunately, appearance is this beer’s weakest point, as the malty flavor has firm yeasty and fruity notes, not complex but refreshing. Texture has good body and a fair amount of fizz. Overall, nothing to Tweet about but still OK.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 03:05:32 | More by Cyberkedi
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour was about what I would expect from the style. A nice even colored light amber, bordering on a golden color. A nice sized head of white foam then rose up over the top to take a hold on the glass, reaching a height of around two inches and then settled back down to leave a bare top with minimal lacing. No real side glass presence was noticed, though there was some nice carbonation.

The aroma was rather light, touches of caramel malts, light bready tones and a hint of banana were all that were readily noticeable, not bad really, would have liked a bit more of a pop in it though if I am being honest. The flavor was very nice though. Rich notes of biscuit and bready malts, layered on top of a light fruity spike of flavor. Some nice touches of grain coming through mid palate before dropping back into a smooth, and subtle feel. Crisp and clean finish left only the lightest bit of caramel flavor on the tongue before fading into the back and leaving me ready for the next sip. Nice, smooth, easy carbonation was an ease to drink, and I would have no issue with putting down multiples of this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 22:23:45 | More by mikesgroove
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stewart124

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Faint golden yellow in color with little head to offer.

Nose has plenty of cereal graininess and some lemon.

Taste is subtle and fairly plain. Nothing really impressive but nothing wrong. This has a nice malt character and it really builds as you go through the beer.

Overall this nothing special but again there is nothing wrong here. Dry and assertive all the while adding some bready notes and fairly subtle lemon characters.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 03:23:07 | More by stewart124
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my Rochefort glass...Pours a light cloudy straw with about one finger of decent head, not much retention, ok lacing....Medium aroma for a kolsch, light hops a little skunk to them, but tons of generic corn which is not good...Tatse is light but mostly skunk hops from start to finish, nothing too exciting here.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 22:27:03 | More by jrallen34
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a really nice clarity, yellow body and a fizzy white head. The aroma is light, most has a nose of some malt and grains. Not really much hop aroma at all here. The taste is light all around. The flavor that it does have is pretty refreshing though. The mouthfeel is very light and very easy to drink. Overall not a bad Kolsch.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 03:39:03 | More by Knapp85
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RichardMNixon

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

04-19-2014 21:48:48 | More by RichardMNixon
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Louski

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

04-18-2012 23:29:03 | More by Louski
Karnival Kolsch from Stoudts Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.