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Karnival Kolsch - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

333 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 333
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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Dana718, Nov 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

dunix, Oct 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

OldTime, Oct 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

THECPJ, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of rangerred
2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up in the bargain bin. Only later did I realize the best by date is 7/17/11. Oops.
Taking that into consideration:

Pours a clear straw yellow with a thin soapy half finger head. A little cap on top of the beer but nothing in the way of lacing.

Aroma is very faint with bready malt, hay, and grass. A little bit of lemon zest as well.

Bread on the taste with a little bit of biscuit. Some grassy hops but a quick, somewhat harsh, shot of bitterness. All of the flavor fade extremely quickly which I attribute to the age. Nonetheless there is nothing really offensive and it seemed to hold up pretty well.

Overall, I would really like to try this fresh. While I still don't believe it would really stand out, it could be an enjoyable, refreshing summer beer.

rangerred, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 8/15/2012. Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice 1-2 finger dense bright white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, herbal, earth, grass, wheat, biscuit, and nuttiness. Very nice aromas with nice balance and complexity. Taste of lemon zest, herbal, wheat, grass, biscuit, and peppery spiciness. Lingering notes of citrus rind, pepper, grass, wheat, and biscuit on the finish for a bit. Nice balance for flavors; with no cloying at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very crisp and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Almost zero alcohol presence after the finish as expected for 4.8%. Overall this is a very nice kolsch style. Nice amount of flavor with good balance and complexity; very smooth and crisp to drink. Really enjoyable stuff.

superspak, Sep 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

barneysdad, Sep 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

brutalist, Sep 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Horbar, Sep 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Schmuckles, Sep 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

PaulMc, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice production. Not too loud on the nose, but the flavor is pretty consistent and earthy. Gets inky on the end. I love how we're able to see these styles done so well nowadays out of the US. It's hard enough to get good ones out of Germany as it is. (And I mean that in that we don't get much variety distributed through the U.S.)

RblWthACoz, Aug 31, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

tmars13, Aug 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

jniagar1, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up down at Total Wine in West Orange since I had never had it before. I'm not a huge fan of this style but I like Stout's beers and this was the time of the year to have this. Although I've had better beers during the warmer months, this was a good example of the style and relatively easy to drink if the sour taste was a bit overlooked.

The pour to this was clear and gold with a nice amount of head and good carbonation. Not a lot of body to this and the grape notes took over first and foremost. A good amount of grass and straw were here too with just a hint of bread in the taste. The finish was pretty clean but I think this would have been better with a fuller mouthfeel with just a hint of dough to round it out.

Even though I only had one of these in a sitting, I could have had more since this was easygoing and pretty light on the alcoholic aspects. Because this style isn't that common, this would suffice for anyone looking to enjoy a beer of this style. Better examples are out there but since they're not easy to find, this should please most people.

JerzDevl2000, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

flagmantho, Aug 03, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a clear golden color with a nice white head. Sweet, but crisp. Good pale malt aroma, light hoppiness (mostly floral), and quite clean. The flavor is nicely refreshing. Good clean malt and hop flavors with minimal bitterness. A mild sweetness of bread and a crisp finish.

womencantsail, Jul 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

rolltide8425, Jul 26, 2012
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DLS168, Jul 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Satchboogie, Jul 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

RoryOMoore, Jul 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Monkey007, Jul 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

jeanphony, Jul 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

dgeebs07, Jul 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

JeffTheJuice, Jul 07, 2012
Karnival Kolsch from Stoudts Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.