1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Karnival Kolsch - Stoudts Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Karnival KolschKarnival Kolsch

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

327 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 327 | Reviews: 161 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of VelvetExtract
VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%

A-Pours a completely clear straw color. Body is light and glowing. Head is bright white and fizzes down to only a tiny skin above the body.

S-Quite bread and zesty. Smells quite clean and tight. A little floral a little citrusy. A bit of spice too.

T-What a crisp, clean flavor with an interesting finish. This beer starts off like a buttered biscuit then it morphs into some surprising grassy bitterness. A bit spicy and lemony. Great finish that is both drier and more bitter than I anticipated it to be. Tastes like animal crackers.

M-Light and super crisp. Far from watery however. Excellent carbonation. Superb feel.

O/D-A great beer from a style I am not very familiar with. I really enjoyed this. An awesome warm-weather beer. Light but boasts plenty of flavor. Cool, cool, cool.

05-19-2012 23:10:05 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of wertschy
wertschy

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -34%

05-19-2012 01:24:51 | More by wertschy
Photo of jcmkr
jcmkr


2.5/5  rDev -34%

05-16-2012 19:40:07 | More by jcmkr
Photo of brentk56
brentk56

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +5%

Appearance: The bottle pours a clear straw color, capped by a modest snow-white head; just a few clumps of foam cling to the pint glass

Smell: Clean aromatics of pilsener malt, with a hint of lemon

Taste: Clean and bready, up front, with a bit of lemon and grassy hops in the mid-palate; dry finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with reasonably crisp carbonation

Overall: A refreshing example of the style - not unexpected from this brewery with a knack for the Germanic

05-16-2012 11:42:24 | More by brentk56
Photo of JJOVa
JJOVa

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

05-11-2012 16:07:07 | More by JJOVa
Photo of jrfehon33
jrfehon33

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

05-11-2012 14:57:41 | More by jrfehon33
Photo of Cyberkedi
Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.05/5  rDev -19.5%

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.

05-11-2012 03:05:32 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of RonaldTheriot
RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.23/5  rDev +11.6%

Stoudts Karnival Kolsch has a very thick, white head and a clear, bubbly, straw appearance, with a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sugary sweetness, grass, and lightly toasted barley malt. Taste is of sweet, light barley and pale cracker, with a nice hop bitterness in the middle-to-end of the sip. Mouthfeel is light, watery, and lager-like, and Stoudts Karnival Kolsch finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, dry, and highly drinkable. I rate this one excellent. Get some!

RJT

05-07-2012 20:53:54 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of HumphreyLee
HumphreyLee

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-06-2012 06:27:21 | More by HumphreyLee
Photo of Pahn
Pahn

New York

3.98/5  rDev +5%

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Best by 8/15/12 printed on the bottle (consumed 5/4/12).

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1 inch fluffy white head that dissipates a bit slowly and leaves some bubbly lacing near the surface. Pours a crystal clear pale yellow. Leaves a few small splotches of lacing.

Smell: At first, lemony, with a faint sulfury aroma. Mild. With warmth some nice noble hop aroma builds up. Never really takes off though.

Taste: Bready malt, with lemony and fruity highlights (more lemony). Dry, mineraly finish. Hop flavor is present, but barely.

As the beer warms, it develops a small lagery tang through the middle into the finish. I'd love the almost berry-like fruitiness suggested at first to return. It does not, but the lemon builds up, along with some very pleasant herbal hops.

Perfect mild bitterness to balance the malt sweetness. Yeast could stand to be cleaner. Ultimately, enough going on to hold my interest, and very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Like the appearance, really spot on. Light side of medium bodied. Slightly prickly carbonation. Subtle creaminess while still remaining refreshing. Solidly dry finish, but not bone dry. Very good.

Overall: Good beer. Could easily have a lot of these in the summer. There's things I'd like to be done a bit differently (more hops in the flavor and aroma, less yeast presence in flavor), but it's still a well done beer, and a good value.

05-05-2012 03:32:54 | More by Pahn
Photo of B967ierhunter177
B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -6.3%

This beer pours a bold, clear gold with no head or lace. It's aroma is of lemons, bread, and honey. The flavor has notes of lemon, honey, and cake with a hop bitterness in the finish that mellows as it warms. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Stoudts Karnival Kolsch is a good beer, recommended.

05-02-2012 03:31:11 | More by B967ierhunter177
Photo of Hopdaemon39
Hopdaemon39

New York

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsener- pours a clear golden straw color with one inch of creamy white head; great retention and nice rows of beautiful lacing. Pours with more foam/retention the warmer it is.

Smell is nice and light- smells a little herby and a little grassy. Nice light German hops. Light earthy yeast scent as well.

Taste is consistent but more fleshed out- nice pale malt sweetness coupled with grassy hops, slightly dry finish.

Great mouthfeel- light bodied and well carbonated (I do love the prickly ones). Not a must have in my book but certainly a delicious and refreshing session beer.

04-28-2012 03:30:38 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of muddah37
muddah37

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

04-27-2012 19:00:21 | More by muddah37
Photo of brez8791
brez8791

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

04-25-2012 02:53:07 | More by brez8791
Photo of Blaze5445
Blaze5445

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

04-24-2012 22:50:05 | More by Blaze5445
Photo of woodychandler
woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

My heavy-handed pour resulted in a massive two-plus fingers of eggshell-white head with very good retention. Nose smelled very pleasantly of Noble hops, probably Saaz, and my mouth began to water.

I am a self-avowed hophead but it was not until my FerMentor, Lew Bryson, explained to me about certain types of lagers as being hops-forward that I had any truck with Kolsch. I still say that the best Kolsch I ever had was made by Bryan (DJ Lil Guy) Selders when he was still with Neversink B.C. in Reading, PA before becoming Sam Calagione's right-hand man.

Color was a beautiful pale lemon-yellow and if that makes me a sissy in Greg Koch's eyes, so be it. Mouthfeel was full, almost creamy and the soft grassy hops were delicious in the mouth. The finish was semi-dry and very refreshing. This would be a most welcome summer beer, especially after doing lawn work. Plus, the sticky lacing was beautiful.

04-24-2012 21:43:32 | More by woodychandler
Photo of frank12
frank12

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.8%

04-23-2012 08:47:19 | More by frank12
Photo of Mudawg
Mudawg

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

04-21-2012 18:55:48 | More by Mudawg
Photo of drabmuh
drabmuh

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +5%

Beer is yellow and crystal clear. Bright and clean. Huge white head, some lacing. Nice carbonation. 

Aroma is plain. A little sweet a little weak but good. 

Beer is wet and nice. It is clean and sweet up front. Nice crispness to the palate and the finish is great. I'd have this again. 

04-20-2012 15:58:51 | More by drabmuh
Photo of jbierling
jbierling

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-20-2012 00:31:36 | More by jbierling
Photo of Louski
Louski

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

04-18-2012 23:29:03 | More by Louski
Photo of Hoagie1973
Hoagie1973

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

04-18-2012 17:27:34 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of yergermeister
yergermeister

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

04-18-2012 14:19:10 | More by yergermeister
Photo of microbrewlover
microbrewlover

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.8%

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.

04-10-2012 19:37:21 | More by microbrewlover
Photo of Rhettroactive
Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

04-09-2012 23:16:44 | More by Rhettroactive
Karnival Kolsch from Stoudts Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.