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Karnival Kolsch - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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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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jbierling

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-20-2012 00:31:36 | More by jbierling
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FatBoyGotSwagger

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

07-23-2014 23:25:58 | More by FatBoyGotSwagger
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-30-2011 20:22:50 | More by djrn2
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DLS168

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

07-21-2012 09:59:37 | More by DLS168
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MerkurKing16

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-17-2011 16:22:35 | More by MerkurKing16
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wdarcy77

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.5%

09-05-2013 22:04:04 | More by wdarcy77
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Dana718

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-04-2012 05:35:08 | More by Dana718
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pep

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

05-12-2014 23:12:31 | More by pep
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

05-25-2012 01:15:33 | More by kylehay2004
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.5%

Pale yellow body, touch of haze, a few bits of carbonation streams, topped by a big snow white densely headxm of micro-micro-bubbles.

Light but enticing aroma of lemon and fresh hay.

Sweet but nowhere near cloying. Lemon follows. Then a crisp hop nip at the swallow. Light lemon/hop mix carries through a short aftertaste.

Good firm mouthfeel for a beer this light.

A nice tasty hot day beer, better than a lot of other summer kolschs out there.

05-31-2011 18:10:19 | More by RonfromJersey
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jrfehon33

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

05-11-2012 14:57:41 | More by jrfehon33
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev +5.5%

"Everything being a constant carnival, there is no carnival left."

--Victor Hugo

Haystack yellow with corn silk edges and a crown of sheep's wool white. Lots of farm references there. The head has a cottony texture that looks good as it fades, all the while leaving small chunklets of sticky lace on the sides of the glass.

The aroma has the musky, grassy, spicy quality of German nobles. Probably Saaz and at least one or two others. Malt makes very little olfactory impact, which is par for the style course. Hints of skunk (which is odd given the brown glass bottle) aren't too much of a negative.

If Karnival Kolsch is truly a spring seasonal then this bottle has held up remarkably well. It's still pretty hoppy and the finish is crisp and tight. Tastes like it was brewed no more than a few months ago.

The flavor profile is fairly simple, as expected, but that doesn't make it bad beer. On the contrary. There's a pleasant backdrop of cereal grains and bread crusts, then come top notes of bitter grasses and a wee twist of lemon peel. If this bottle is 8-10 months old then Stoudts has made a brewing deal with the devil.

The mouthfeel is quality through and through. Plenty of size for the ABV, good lift and creaminess, dialed-in carbonation. Check, check... and check.

Stoudts Karnival Kolsch is an outstanding lawnmower-type ale. It has an abundance of flavor and isn't as simple as it first appears. The brewery should seriously think about a year-round release. Hey, those of us in the Midwest need snowblower beers too.

01-06-2011 12:05:03 | More by BuckeyeNation
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chcfan

California

4/5  rDev +5.5%

Bottle into Rare Vos glass

Stoudt's makes a great Pils, and while technically a Kolsch is quite a different beer, this reminds me of it.

Karnival is mildly hoppy, with a somewhat fruity (apple?) in the nose. Taste still has the hops, but almost no bitterness. I'm always impressed to taste such subtle, delicate flavors in a beer that's technically an ale. This is such an easy drinker that you can just throw them back and be four deep before you even know it. It's a welcome addition since it's such a perfect warm weather beer.

05-06-2010 01:03:24 | More by chcfan
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

05-25-2012 01:24:04 | More by nickfl
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +5%

12 oz bottle into a stange.

Pours a clear gold, with 3 fingers of foamy bright-white head. This retains with rich cap of froth, which leaves behind a spotty cascade of lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma is fresh in the nose, with a bright smelling pop of lemon zest, citrus peel, light spice, grassy hops, and some toasted malt sweetness underneath. Fruit and hops really push to the front of the nose here.

The taste is equal parts sweet grains and fruit, with some bitter citrus and lightly spicy hops giving this some zip on the tongue. Finishes bitter and dry with some lingering spiciness. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, with a mellow and soft creaminess to the carbonation, which keeps this very easygoing on the palate and very quaffable.

This was very good for the style, and while it maybe lacked some of the vinous and yeasty fruit character that I normally like in the nose, it more than made up for it with a surprisingly complex flavor profile and super easy drinkibility. Just really quaffable and tasty stuff here, just in time for the summer season.

05-17-2010 16:58:43 | More by Kegatron
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plaid75

New York

3.98/5  rDev +5%

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light lemon zest and a subtle grassy hop.

The taste was well balanced with a soft malt and moderate noble hop.
The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a good kolsch.

05-06-2010 20:33:13 | More by plaid75
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Buggies

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +5%

Pours a straw yellow. Crystal clear too. Quite pretty to look at. Aroma is quite nice also. Sweet malt aroma with citrus. Little bit of corn and straw there too.

Tastes great. Citrus mostly. Slight sweetness in the background. Nice crispness from the carbonation. Bitterness is spot on I think. It rides through the finish cutting away some of the sweet citrus notes.

I'm a big fan of Stoudts. So, to me this is another example of a good beer from a great brewery.

03-09-2011 03:15:48 | More by Buggies
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JWU

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +5%

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.

03-11-2012 01:26:58 | More by JWU
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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
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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
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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
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +4.5%

A great bellowing head was produced as I poured. Inside the light straw colored beer was a massive storm of carbonation,working hard to keep the tall head afloat. The body had just a slight haze to ir's clarity.
Aroma was dry bready malts and sutle spicy hops.
Taste was good malty and hoppy with hops having a nice spicy assertiveness.
Finishes dry and lightly bitter. Drinks refreshingly smooth and prickly over the palate. It's clean in flavor and finishes semi bitter.
A good well made beer perfect for summer activities.

08-11-2013 14:14:59 | More by micromaniac129
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travduke

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

Look: Pale golden body with a great two finger white pillowy head with good retention. Really high carbonation.

Smell: Bready, faint citrus. Really nothing stands out. Grainy.

Taste: The malty, bready mix stands out the most. Hops are there but you really got to be looking for them. This isn't an offensive beer at all.

Mouth/Drink: Mouth is thin but this is a great session brew.

03-10-2010 02:29:32 | More by travduke
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flagmantho

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

I had this on-tap in a pint glass at the Bridge View Tavern in Sleepy Hollow.

Appearance: light golden hue with a good effervescence. Head is a thin layer of white foam. Looks good like a Kölsch should!

Smell: light, sweetish malt aroma with a hint of lagery yeastiness. Good but rather mild.

Taste: malty with a good yeast character. There is a light noble hop quality and moderate and balanced bitterness that works quite well. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a huge carbonation and absolutely bodacious creaminess. Ka-pow! Creamiest Kölsch I've ever had!

Overall: a very satisfying and refreshing example of the style. I really wish this were available in my area.

08-03-2012 16:41:08 | More by flagmantho
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oberon

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

Trying back to back kolsch beers today,poured into a standard pint glass a light clear golden with a large fluffy white head that never fully settles,another spritzy lookin klosch,this head a great head to hit as well.Aromas are muted,only some light toasty grain,this is a crisp dry kolsch,spicy/herbal hop and toasted grain flavors mainly,I like the crispness of this beer.Now this a perfect warm weather brew that again isnt a throw back beer,I like this alot.

04-11-2010 20:52:42 | More by oberon
Karnival Kolsch from Stoudts Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.