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Karnival Kolsch - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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85
very good

320 Ratings
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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 18
Gots: 5 | 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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touchmeimsac

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-18-2011 20:55:24 | More by touchmeimsac
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MerkurKing16

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-15-2011 22:06:15 | More by orangesol
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pwoody11

Delaware

5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-15-2011 02:32:23 | More by pwoody11
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Brenden

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 19:23:39 | More by Brenden
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stewart124

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 03:23:07 | More by stewart124
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StaEva

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2011 04:21:45 | More by StaEva
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a tulip style glass. I like the light, straw color. The foam is thin with light carbonation.

Off the top I get some lemon and pilsner smell. There is just a little smell of malt.

This tastes very light with a little fruitiness. The pilsner flavors continue in the taste as well.

It is a good summer brew. This is my first kolsch in a couple years and it is nice to get back to this.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 01:56:02 | More by ummswimmin
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bum732

Lesotho

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S: Spicy hops, slightly fruity with some apple cider notes. Just a touch of sulfur, very minor.

L: Crystal clear straw yellow, dusting of foam with some retention.

T: Pils malt sweetness with a firm spicy hoppiness. Medium spicy bitterness leads to a fairly clean finish. A nice noble hop bitterness persists throughout.

M: Medium light body, medium carbonation.

More pilsner than kolsch because of the excessive hoppiness, definitely an American interpretation. That said, i really enjoyed this beer, still had that recognizable Kolsch fruitiness.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 01:42:18 | More by bum732
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Jenkster4

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy pale yellow with about three fingers worth of head.
Nice carbonation, and overall not a bad looking brew.

Nose: Getting some herbal notes, hay, tad bit of spice, and a very slight hop presence.

Taste: Clean and refreshing. You get most of the the aspects that you pick off the nose. Nice lemon zing after it sets for a minute. Pretty good summer beer.

Mouth: Like I said before this is a clean and easy brew.

Overall: This one is not bad. Nice summer brew, nothing fancy but sometimes that is A-OK. I'd buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 18:49:27 | More by Jenkster4
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MacQ32

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice light hazy straw color, surprisingly thickish head for the SRM, leaves behind excellent lacing!

S - Lemony, slightly spicey, some floral hops and toasty malt

T - Like it smells, well balanced. very light and very earthy. Almost sour, dry finish.

M - Light bodied, super refreshing, appropriate carbonation.

O - Don't really care for Kolsch's but this is a good representation of the style. I could stand to drink a few of these in the right situation

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 04:03:16 | More by MacQ32
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has long been a favorite summer beer of mine.
12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: The body of the beer is a light straw colored yellow with perfect clarity. There was bubbly two finger head that displayed moderate retention and left behind a great deal of lacing.

S: The nose is incredibly balanced with a toasted malt presence, some cracked wheat, and a healthy dose of Hallertau hops. The hops are very earthy and floral reminiscent of a wild meadow in full bloom.

T: The earthy aspects come rushing forth with dank floral and herbal notes, followed by a distinct mineral-like finish. The toasted malt and wheat subtly enter mid-palate and provide a delicate sweetness to support the hops . It finishes dry and herbal.

M: Light to medium with a pleasant effervescence that borders on creamy.

O: This is my go to American Kolsch and always makes me feel like the season is changing. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 20:21:03 | More by Neffbeer
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fx20736

New York

4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsener glass. Pour yields a snow white 3/4 head which recedes slowly and leaves a shroud of white lace down the entire side of the glass. Beer is a pure gold with steady tiny bubbles. Aroma is muted, some maltiness and a touch of fruit. Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Taste is a restrained duet of hoppiness and pale mailtiness in perfect harmony. Finish is clean with a slight bitterness.

Great drinking experience. TBH, it doesn't seem too different from a lager, sort of like a dry Pilsener but more subdued and less grassy. It seems like balance and restraint are real hallmarks of this beer and I applaud Stoudts for making a fine version of a lesser known and hard to imitate style.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 03:10:25 | More by fx20736
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KajII

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Kolsch glass]

Poured a slightly hazy pale yellow with a large white fizzy head that had good retention and produced excellent lacing. The aroma was of straw malts, a nice grassy hop and a soapy scented yeast with hints of citrus and maybe honey. It tasted rather bitter and mildly acidic with a nice citrus note at first with the flavor becoming just a bit sour with a nice hoppy finish. Mouthfeel was was light in body and watery in texture with a nice soft carbonation.Overall it was nice and flavorful, although nothing too special.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 01:11:12 | More by KajII
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A crystal clarity with a pale golden yellow coloring is topped off by a bubbly head that was spongy with a bright white shine. Short lived was the head leaving only a faint smidge of a reminder of its presence in the way of lace. A very light effervesce shows though the window clarity of the drink that was rapid in speed, moderately spaced but starts to whimper out after a short time like a weezing old man.

S: Pale grains and lemon cake appear for aroma. Bread with a bit of sour musky citrus. Not particularly as clean or refined as its German counterparts grain wise. Also the hopping is a bit assertive, good if you like the American bastardization take on foreign styles, not much so if you’re a purist. Mixed feelings here, brings something extra to the table but feel reluctant to rate per style so going midway in my rating here.

T: The flavor was pale lemon hops and pale grains, lightly dry with a soft flowery scent of noble hops with a finish of musky citrus and a bit of dry fruitiness. Again the hopping is a bit more assertive of style. There is a light bread notes, a bit of acidity with a show of some fruity nature. Crisp and clean flavor with a delicate dryness reaches just the right balance before a extra helping of hops move in for the kill and finish.

M: Light bodied, fit per style, with a smooth slippery texture and a good bubbly presence of carbonation. Dry lemon citrus flowers fade off the tongue upon the swallow with a bit of sour musky fruit.

O: Overall a decent flavor with an added measure of hops making for a light drinking affair, maybe not as clean malt wise or as crisp as its german counterparts, but again this a tough act to measure up to. I consumed this at 99F and found it refreshing, drinking almost like a pale ale at times.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 22:38:31 | More by beerthulhu
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 23:40:31 | More by ColdPoncho
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a really nice clarity, yellow body and a fizzy white head. The aroma is light, most has a nose of some malt and grains. Not really much hop aroma at all here. The taste is light all around. The flavor that it does have is pretty refreshing though. The mouthfeel is very light and very easy to drink. Overall not a bad Kolsch.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 03:39:03 | More by Knapp85
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Trambo

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from bottle into a fluted pils glass mostly clear, with a pale golden color & nice carbonation streams, building a lovely white head 1 finger deep. Head disappeared quickly leaving nice lacing on glass.

S - Caramel maltiness and a lovely citrus note. Very pleasant aromas urging the first taste.

T - Very slightly sweet maltiness with a light bread taste, followed by a slightly lemony delicate hops bite. Great balance.

M - Light to medium mouthfeel, goes down smooth with a smart, crisp finish, begging for the next swig.

Very drinkable, good hot weather beer that wants you to follow with another. Overall, I enjoyed this greatlky, and was very pleasantly surprised by this American crafted tribute to the Kölsch style. Will definitely recommend!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 23:46:05 | More by Trambo
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ngeunit1

California

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-yellow color with tons of bubbling carbonation and a half finger of crisp white head. The head fades fairly quickly down to a tin layer leaving some nice lacing behind.

S - Aroma is a mix of some light sweet caramel malts and a bit of floral hops as well. There is also some light citrus and honey as well.

T - Starts off with some light sweet caramel malt and lemon flavors. Through the middle some floral hops and honey sweetness come through. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel and citrus that lingers nicely.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Very light and crisp without being watery. The sweetness and citrus flavor that lingers is really crisp.

D - Very drinkable. There is enough flavor and complexity to keep the beer interesting without every feeling watery or empty. The beer is super crisp and smooth and a nice balance of flavors. The light hop addition is really nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 01:02:23 | More by ngeunit1
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therica

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Flannery's, Mercersburg PA

For a true Kolsch I think this misses the mark by being too bold in flavor but on its own it has a lot of merits as a beer.

A= golden, with modest head.

S= some light malts, hops florals and hints of honey.

T= much bolder on the hops bitters than I'd expected, far beyond a true Koln Kolsch. Thick bready malts, again much more so than a true Koln Kolsch. But enjoyable.

M= lingering hops bitters and thick malts.

O= very decent beer but a far stretch to call it a Kolsch.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2011 23:42:30 | More by therica
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has everything a good pilsner has to offer; pilsner malts and Czech hops, except this beer has some mild Kolsch yeast esters. The taste is much the same. It's a little more bitter than most Kolschs' I've had in the past. It seems like it's modeled after a traditional Czech pilsner, but substituting the yeast strains. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an easy drinking beer. It would be a hit with both ale and lager drinkers alike.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 12:23:06 | More by WesWes
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JednoPivoProsim

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by 7/26/11?

Appearance: Pours a yellow body with a thin white head. Decent carbonation activity.

Smell: Smells of grassy light citrus. Slightly metallic.

Taste: Slight citrus flavor. Overall, very dry and bitter, almost to the point of being sour. Representative of the style as far as I can tell.

Mouthfeel: A light and refreshing beer with a lot of carbonation.

Overall: Overall a decent offering and you have to applaud Stoudts for producing a style that is relatively rare among American craft brewers.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 21:08:17 | More by JednoPivoProsim
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CJfromPhilly

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the 12 oz. bottle a macro-like pale straw yellow with a foamy one finger head that settles into a collar of medium thickness. Carbonation is very active...there's a ton of bubbles rising. Aroma is slightly citrusy...there's a hint of lemon going on. 1st sip is light, crisp, and tart with more of the lemon peel thing going on. There is a bitterness on the background which comes more from the lemon than any hops notes. Mouthfeel is light & lager-like. Overall, this is an OK beer, but nothing that rocks my world. Would go nice with something off the grill on a hot summer weekend afternoon, but not something i'd put on my "must have" list.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 23:18:07 | More by CJfromPhilly
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Casey's, Newtown Square, PA

Poured a clear, light golden color, with a frothy white head that dissipated rather quickly to a thin layer. Aroma of light malts and hay. Similar taste, with lightly toasted malts, hay, grass, earth, just a hint of hops, and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Very light profile, crisp, refreshing, and quite drinkable for a summer beer. I'm not a big fan of the style, but this was okay.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 18:51:35 | More by Rifugium
Karnival Kolsch from Stoudts Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.