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Karnival Kolsch - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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162 Reviews
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Reviews: 162
Hads: 347
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 18.75%
Wants: 22
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: bbeane on 02-27-2010

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Reviews: 162 | Hads: 347
Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up from the House of 1,000 beers mix and match price $1.65

A - Even though it's a touch old it still poured a clear, clean bright hay colored yellow with a 1/2 inch of rocky white head.

S - Smells of mild wheat, a touch of floral hops, and some dough.

T - It's a bit floral with some wheat and grass making way to the palate giving it a yeasty kind of lemon taste but the finish is clean.

M - Light to medium a good bodied summer beer.

Overall it's a good Kolsch but I can find more crisp and balanced versions of the style.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$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.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice example of a Kölsch. Rich flavor, perfumey, tangy mouthfeel. Light golden with a slight haze in the glass. Excellent sudsy head.

Resiny flavor is quite pervasive. Crisp and clean with a lager character. A hint of biscuits and yeast. Pleasant carbonation that lasts really well. Overall, a refreshing quaff.

From the 12 oz bottle purchased at the Foodery in Philadelphia.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, golden body. The head settles rapidly and leaves very nice lace.

S - An aroma of light, sweet malt and spicy, herbal European hops.

T - Sweet malt up front with some herbal hops and a touch of bitterness. Flavors of hay and honey in the middle with a bitter finish that is grassy, but balanced by a moderately strong malt flavor.

M - Slightly thick malt, moderate carbonatiion, and a lightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, it is a good example of the style and while it won't win any points for complexity it is very refreshing.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger bright white head on a cloudypale golden body. Thick lacing.

S: musty malt, lemon custard, a touch spicey

T: very clean tasting with pale malts grains and a nice yeast character. The sweetness is again lemon custard late into the finish.

M: light body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: A very nice Kolsch. Flavorful, no off putting notes and nice body to this one.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!


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Photo of Pahn
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. 

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.01/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draft at paradise by the slice. It had a nice clear golden color body with a nice 2"foamy head that hung around a while. The smell was of lemony, grassy hops. The taste was nice and crisp, sweet grain and some bitter hops to finish it off. The mouth feel was great, nice and smooth and very tasty, good one to drink when it is warm out.

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Photo of JWU
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass.

A- crystal clear straw yellow with a white, fizzy head. Little lacing.

S- clean grains and cereals with a bit of ale yeast and a hint of spicy hops

T- starts with a hint of bitterness, which transitions into a defined smoothness with the sweet grains and cereal base. A bit rough on the back end (aggressively crisp on the palette), likely due to the ale yeast.

M- Crisp, smooth, and slightly creamy. Almost too crisp on the finish.

O- Almost like their gold lager, made with ale yeast. A very refreshing spring/summer beer, and would be a great gateway beer for macro drinkers.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of floral and spicy hops in the nose.
T: The overall taste is filled with flavors of biscuit malts and has a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The hops lend a moderate amount of dryness throughout the taste from start to finish.
O: Dryness, bitterness and maltiness seem to stand out in this beer, which is quite easy to drink given its low alcohol content.

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Photo of Finn
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Karnival kolsch pours pale yellow and holds a modest, creamy head of foam. It has a crisp, clean aroma of grainy lemony grassiness. A subtle malt sweetness comes through behind subdued lemony hoppy notes. The mouthfeel is great: creamy and smooth with a little crisp bite from the moderate carbonation. Overall I like this one a lot and is a nice "light" craft beer for the warmer weather.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: straw yellow body, trace white head,
fine lacing

S: sweet grain/malt, grassy

T: sweet grain, malt, grassy dry crisp finish

M: light/med body, dry/crisp mouth

O: Fine session brew, not my favorite style
but great for a summer day or BMC


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Photo of smakawhat
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Gaffel Kolsch stange glass.

A lemony light color off the pour, creates a very nice solid white and foamy head that has some very solid staying power. Body color is a light to dull lemon yellow, some fast rising cola carbonation, cloudy and hazy. Some faint tiger stripe lacing is apparent after drinking a little bit.

Nose has a slight spritzy lemon, some very slight diacetyl that's light, a sense of crisp hop, and some dry white bread. Other than this minor diacetyl it's fairly solid.

Palate brings a noticeable muted hop and lemon brightness. Richly fills with sweet malts and crisp effervescence. Slight chew on the finish, a very good quenching punch.

Overall pretty darn good for another American producing Kolsch nose and appearances aside. Keepum coming!

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Photo of Brenden
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of stewart124
3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of StaEva
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Karnival Kolsch from Stoudts Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.