Karnival Kolsch - Stoudts Brewing Co.
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4.35/5 rDev +14.8%
A - Clear golden yellow with a slight shade of amber. Very clear with a good amount of carbonation visible. Has a white head, about 1 finger high that dissipates to a light ring around the edge.
S - Great smell, I cannot put my finger on the aromas but its not too bitter and not fruity like other summer styles. Glad it kept the Kolsch style!
T - Great taste, just like it smells. Not bitter at all and doesn't have any odd extras like lemon and stuff. Just a true to form, great tasting beer.
M - Good mounthfeel, the bubble dissipate quickly but it washes down with little aftertaste.
D - Totally drinkable, could have more than one in a sitting. Would go great with a lot of foods and isn't too heavy. Great summer time brew.
08-12-2010 02:49:40 | More by redzone3120
4.33/5 rDev +14.2%
12oz bottle served in a stange-type glass.
L - clear golden yellow color with a fluffy white head that left good lacing.
S - grassy hops smell is very much like a German pilsner.
T - very good balance of bitter hops and sweet malt with a slightly sweet yet dry finish.
F - lighter bodied, crisp and refreshing.
D - goes down very easy.
03-27-2010 22:22:07 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
4.3/5 rDev +13.5%
Poured into a pint glass.
Hard pour yields a finger and a half white pillowy head. Extremely clear with lots of bubbles rushing to the top. Straw yellow in color. Head has good retention and nice lacing left behind.
Smells of perfume-y floral hop scent. Grainy bread.
Taste is light with subtle sweet malts. Grain and bread. Floral hops, some resin bitterness.
Mouthfeel is soft and creamy, light bodied with a crisp hop bite at the end.
Such a perfect session beer. Light and subtle. Easy to drink.
05-02-2010 22:36:14 | More by billshmeinke
4.3/5 rDev +13.5%
A- Poured into a snifter... starts with a decent white head, maybe 1/4" thick that eventually disappears leaving a tiny bit of lacing. Beer is crisp golden straw color with medium activity
S- Smells nice. Citrus, maybe a hint of banana, blended with bread and grains
T- The medium bitterness mixes with some sweet cirtusy notes to create a very nicely balanced and delicious beer
M- Light/medium body with medium carbonation... leaves a hint of bitter aftertaste
D- Very. A great session beer IMO. This might be my new favorite from Stoudts excluding the BIG BEERS
02-27-2010 02:36:24 | More by bbeane
4.28/5 rDev +12.9%
Pours golden with a creamy white head that leaves small sheets of lacing down the glass.
The smell is floral/grassy with grainy, slightly almondy notes.
The taste is sweet grain, almond, a touch of lemon, with a dry, grassy finish.
It has a crisp, light body. Smooth.
This is a great Kolsch! Nicely balanced...a great "sessionable" brew!
04-18-2010 22:04:00 | More by jwc215
4.26/5 rDev +12.4%
Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.
Appearance: As poured the beer is a bright clear golden yellow color with a ½" fluffy white head that recedes to lave a ring, some sheets of foam on the glass and a thin layer of foam on the surface. Sipping leaves foam sticking to the glass and lots of fine speckles of lacing, some of which cling and some of which slide back into the liquid. Throughout most of the beer there is still a very thin layer of foam and sipping leaves scattered patterns of speckles with rings and patches of foam clinging to the glass.
Smell: The aroma is filled with bisquity malt combined with floral grassy hops.
Taste: The flavor is clean and fresh and a nicely balanced combination of the bisquity malt, the floral grassy hops, and a touch of citrus. The sweetness and bitterness balance each other nicely so that neither dominates the flavor but both are present.
Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with just enough prickly carbonation to give it a smooth silky feeling. The finish is medium to long in length and begins in the malt and floral grassy character of the beer but then fades into a clean dry slightly citric slightly bittered ending.
Drinkability: This is a definite plus for drinkability. Not only does each sip follow naturally after then other, but even before finishing the beer I'm thinking about opening a second and I'd have no trouble at all spending an entire evening with multiple bottles of this beer. No question I'll be having this one again.
05-02-2010 17:59:35 | More by drtth
4.25/5 rDev +12.1%
L: Pours a nice clear golden yellow color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, hints of lemony citrus and a nice citrus-y and grassy hop characteristic at the end of the nose.
T: Tastes of a nice blend of lightly toasted malts, nice lemony citrus flavors mixed with citrus-y hops and grassy earthy hops.
M: Very crisp, fresh, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, lighter bodied but certainly not lacking on anything.
D: Very drinkable, this has extremely sessionable qualities and a really nice feel to it.
05-08-2010 14:31:43 | More by erosier
4.25/5 rDev +12.1%
I'm pretty sure the date said to enjoy by july, but now I can't find it.
A - brilliant yellow golden body with a decent white head.
S - zesty and spicy lemon, pale malt.
T - Crisp and clean with a lightly bitter bite. Nice malt finish, very refreshing.
M - light, but not thin, lively carbonation.
O (D) - a fine summer beer for sure!
06-12-2011 23:40:31 | More by ColdPoncho
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!
05-07-2012 20:53:54 | More by RonaldTheriot
4.2/5 rDev +10.8%
On-tap at Closed for Business in Charleston, SC.
Pours a clear golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of equal parts robust light malts and grassy/leafy hops. As the beer warms the malt aromas gain hints of bread.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth light malt flavors that have just the right levels of sweetness kick things off. Midway through the sip leafy hop flavors make an appearance and carry through to a crisp and mildly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.
Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.
Overall this was a very well done example of the style, all the elements are there and in good working order. Well worth a shot.
04-19-2010 03:38:02 | More by glid02
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
4.2/5 rDev +10.8%
Great interpretation of a classic German style. But would you expect anything less from Stoudts? Crisp, well balanced, and enough going on flavor wise to keep it interesting. Perfect clarity and hue for the style, with a modest head. Some may find Kolsch beers boring, but I find them to be excellent daily drinkers for those warm summer days. And Stoudts did a fine job on their's!
03-29-2010 19:27:54 | More by jwjon1
4.18/5 rDev +10.3%
I picked up a single of this yesterday, the first time I'd seen it.
Pouring a light straw yellow with a dense, frothy, white head that lasts forever, leaving sheets of lace, this is near perfection for a Kolsch. The nose is excellent as well. Light and bready with a little cracker-like malt character, there's also a gentle, suffuse, hop character,lightly lemony. Not as grassy the way a pilsner is, this is a subtle classic. There's a touch of fruitiness as well. Ridiculously clean, this is a great lager.
The palate opens light with a little pils malt character and a very delicate hop character. Beautifully balanced, the light fruitiness marries perfectly with the hop and the malt character. Moderate lemon hop character is present, this beer dries out on the finish with an astounding finish, light, delicate and lingering. The last beer that impressed me this much was the Aktien Hell, this is a fabulously crafted beer
**Edit 23 April 2012**
I finally found this again. Best by July 2012. I only have to add that there's a faint sulfur note on the nose, and the lemon hop character on the nose comes into the palate as well. Excellent stuff, though I'm dropping my overall from 5 (I'd given it a 5 for drinkability) to 4.5
05-27-2010 00:40:09 | More by DefenCorps
Karnival Kolsch from Stoudts Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.