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Karnival Kolsch - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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333 Ratings
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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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Photo of bum732
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

bum732, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of OldTime
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

OldTime, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of ummswimmin
3.45/5  rDev -9%

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.

ummswimmin, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

JeffTheJuice, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

TimoP, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of DIPAFAN
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

DIPAFAN, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of bacher468
3/5  rDev -20.8%

bacher468, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of generallee
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass glass. The bottle has no mention of its abv% but it does have a "best by" date of 9/3/10.

Appearance: It has a bright clear yellow color with a tall bright white head on top. The body has some streams of visible carbonation rising up to the head which is creamy and hangs on well. It also makes some cool slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a light pale biscuity malt undertone with a nice grassy/floral hop character with a twist of lemon zest on top.

Taste/Palate: Its flavor mirrors the aroma with light, mildly sweet malt balanced by mildly bitter grassy/floral hops. The palate is light with a soft yet still lively carbonated texture.

Notes: This is a style that is growing on me and this is one more beer that reminds me how good this styles simple yet well craft drinkability can be.

generallee, May 24, 2010
Photo of Lehighace06
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Lehighace06, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of stephenjmoore
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%

A- Pale yellow straw colored body with very good transparency. Big frothy bone-white head that lingers around for awhile and leaves a lot of lacing.

S- Lemony citrus, dried grass, a light malt that smells similar to pilsner malt, some bready grains.

T- Has an almost lager-like bready flavor with a surprisingly strong noble hop presence. Lemony citrus shows up briefly, but does not linger.

M- Light bodied, very drinkable, medium carbonation.

O- Have not had many of this style, but this beer is not bad. Has similarities to a pilsner, but lots of ale qualities.

stephenjmoore, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

paulish, May 29, 2014
Photo of mpalestino
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

mpalestino, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of schoolboy
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

I think I could drink about 20 of these. They taste good and they are extremely drinkable. I rated it as if the old drinkability were in place of "overall." This shines in drinkability as this style should.

It is perhaps a bit too light, as the style should be. The smell is good - again, a bit lighter than my preference. But it's a well made beer and one you could drink again and again.

schoolboy, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of GeoffreyM
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

GeoffreyM, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of rangerred
2.85/5  rDev -24.8%

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 babaracas
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

babaracas, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of JTomczak
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

JTomczak, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of dunix
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

dunix, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

(on tap at Sidecar Bar - served in a shaker pint)

Is it just me, or does this taste an awful lot like their Stoudts Gold?

I can't see how this would be considered a Kölsch - has far too much body and earthy, grainy malt flavor compared to the true examples I've had from Köln (Gaffel, Reissdorf, Früh, Sünner... I think that's all).... The magnificent foam stand doesn't seem to match those beers either - I'd swear that if I never put the glass to my lips, the foam would still be resting an inch high upon it...

So then, what could you call this? To me, it tastes like a fine Helles - or any fuller-flavored, pale, all-malt lager - just with a more fulfilling, silky-grainier texture. That's about it.

Looking at what I said about their Gold - could use a "lil bit more malt richness" - I feel like they pretty much met that desire in this, and then some - liquid bread.... but that slightly yeasty aroma hiding below the lightly-toasty malt and green-leafy (chlorophyll) notes just does not fit

The taste and texture of this beer does not match the style's requisite characteristics. Having had the German imports countless times, one should find a unique crispness, mild mineral-ity, and those subtle apple and/or white grape esters. None of that here. That said, this is still a mighty fine drink. <shrug>

Bouleboubier, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Jimmys
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

A: bright gold with a white head. reasonable retention. brilliant clarity.

S: all aromas are mild and difficult to identify. low pilsner maltiness. faint aroma from a german hop varietal. sulfur characteristics are obviously present as well.

T: sweet maltiness is pleasantly balanced by a noble hop varietal that makes itself much more present on the palate than in the nose. a delicate fruit is notable as well. strawberry and pear.

M: very smooth, very rounded. light body with a medium carbonation.

D: refreshingly light. some subtle hop, and fruit flavors. overall a tasty nice summer beer.

Jimmys, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of Thedrizzle
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Thedrizzle, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of HRamz3
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

HRamz3, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of erosier
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.

erosier, May 08, 2010
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%

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 Duhast500
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is a clear gold with a finger of foamy white head and some nice thin lacing.

The smell is a little floral hoppy flavor. Some citrus flavor and a slight sweet malt flavor.

The taste is light but has a a bit of a bitter background. No real malt flavor stays for very long. Some slight fruit flavoris present and then passes.

The feel of this beer is light for the most part. The bitterness is there but not too strong and there is a bit of a crisp feel. IS a bit refreshing.

Duhast500, Jun 25, 2010
Karnival Kolsch from Stoudts Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.