Karnival Kolsch - Stoudts Brewing Co.
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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
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
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
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
03-12-2012 02:42:01 | More by chefhatt
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
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
03-09-2012 01:56:21 | More by metter98
4.15/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
02-27-2012 01:53:56 | More by Finn
3.58/5 rDev -5.5%
A: straw yellow body, trace white head,
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
GOOD, WORTH HAVING!
02-10-2012 18:30:55 | More by BeerLover99
3.88/5 rDev +2.4%
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!
01-29-2012 22:11:51 | More by smakawhat
Karnival Kolsch from Stoudts Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.