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Karnival Kolsch - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

162 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 162
Hads: 346
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 22
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: bbeane on 02-27-2010

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Reviews: 162 | Hads: 346
Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a bold, clear gold with no head or lace. It's aroma is of lemons, bread, and honey. The flavor has notes of lemon, honey, and cake with a hop bitterness in the finish that mellows as it warms. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Stoudts Karnival Kolsch is a good beer, recommended. (300 characters)

Photo of Buggies
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow. Crystal clear too. Quite pretty to look at. Aroma is quite nice also. Sweet malt aroma with citrus. Little bit of corn and straw there too.

Tastes great. Citrus mostly. Slight sweetness in the background. Nice crispness from the carbonation. Bitterness is spot on I think. It rides through the finish cutting away some of the sweet citrus notes.

I'm a big fan of Stoudts. So, to me this is another example of a good beer from a great brewery. (466 characters)

Photo of JWU
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (625 characters)

Photo of sinistrsam
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at MaHafffey's. Poured a hazy straw colow, a bit darker than what I expect from a Kolsch. Medium white head.
The aroma was bread dough and grain, but not roasted agressively. Mild hop presence, not very floral, not a lot of fruit notes.
The taste was dominated by very lightly roasted malt and sweet fruits, with a minor citrus and floral hop presence.
This was a light-bodied beer but slightly heavier than most Kolsch beers I've had. Smooth and crisp with a nice clean and sweet finish.
Overlal very drinkable, refreshing and another good one from Stoudt's. Hats off. (587 characters)

Photo of ZeroSignal
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A - Pours a pale, golden straw color with a half finger of foamy white head. Lacing is minimal.

S - Grape is predominant, and a light malt and alcohol presence is detectable as well.

T&M - Grapes again; it almost has a white wine-like quality. This is lighter bodied and feels dry on the pallet after swallowing. There is very little hop bitterness, and some lightly toasted malt flavor and some residual sweetness

D - This is a lot better then I was expecting. I think it's a very nice representation of the style, and one you don't see too often at that. I found myself thoroughly enjoying this brew. (633 characters)

Photo of techdiver
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Head dependant upon diameter of glass and aggression of pour, thus a kolsch glass can easily reward you with a 3 finger head. Great carbonation & just a great summertime beer, crisp, clean & refreshing. (202 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
3.01/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (631 characters)

Photo of Franz4
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle best by 8/9/11

A-Light golden, nearly yellow, translucent with a decent white bubbly head that settled relatively quickly.

S- subdued lemon followed by straw, and then an even more subtle spiciness to it.

T- straw and white grapefruit flavor, spiciness continues to be there but I'm not able to identify it

M- initial blast of residual carbonation balances out nicely. Very dry and clean, very little aftertaste.

O- I'm enjoying this beer and it could be a good one for the summer months when you want something refreshing. (541 characters)

Photo of BeefyMee
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Decent color but not very good head. Could do better in the looks department. Intriguing aroma of muted orange and heather. Light bready taste with some of that faint citrus coming through in the background. A nice level of sweetness pervades, and a slightly acrid but not unpleasant characteristic begins to develop in the aftertaste. Goes down like a dream and begs you to pop another top. A great kolsch. (407 characters)

Photo of CurtFromHershey
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw color with good clarity and strong effervescence

Smell starts as a bready pilsner and then comes through with some sort of vague citrusy sourness

Taste is a big improvement on the smell. A sharp sweetness and clean biscuity malts. Nice.

Mouthfeel is prickly with carbonation yet extremely quaffable

Overall it's very solid yet leave some more to be desired. (381 characters)

Photo of foogerd
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Kolsch!

A- Pale yellow with a slightly hazy body, some white head that left over some lacing.

S- Sweet honeyed malts, some spicy hops.

T- Malty metal like breads, odd but the metal doesnt seem to bother me at all. Nice bitter oily hoppy finish.

M- Highly carbonated.

D- Perfect full flavored beer to session, real solid brew to quaff. (349 characters)

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of JunkYardJake
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to pilsner glass.
Pours a crystal clear pale straw color. White fluffy head lasts a long time and laced well. Smell is grainy and yeasty with a a bit of lemon. Palate is clean and balanced. Cracker malts and bready yeast are balanced with a touch of floral hops. Mild bitterness with a spot-on dry mouthfeel. Very easy drinking and true to form kolsch. (364 characters)

Photo of bob3701
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bass pint. Pours a clear light straw color with a big foamy white head that laced OK. Citrusy aroma. Tangy crisp sour taste. High carbination. Would be refeshing on a hot day. Not a bad interpitation of the kolsch style. Very easy to drink. (254 characters)

Photo of irishking1977
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear gold with a minimal head and less than moderate lacing. Looks like a pilsner. Pretty run-of-the-mill.

S: Grassy, herbal, and floral/hoppy aroma. Kind of all over the place and somewhat pungent in a negative way.

T: Fresh cut grass and an unusual hop finish with virtually no malt background. Again, this is a kolsch? Reminds me of a pilsner or an euro pale lager. (lookin' at you, Stella) That's not a positive thing.

M: Really carbonated, which makes this disappointment of a beer easier to drink; If this goes flat, I can bet it would be undrinkable to me.

D: Not a session beer purely because I am not liking the combination of grass and funky hops aftertaste. I've had a better kolsch beer by Saranac. In general, not my favorite style (pilsners also in that mix of styles I am not a big fan of) But both the kolsch style and pilsner style are normally considered highly sessionable brews. For me, this one doesn't fit in there. (945 characters)

Photo of smokeypeat
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Light golden color with relatively small head, and a small amount of lace. Aroma has some lemon, touch of honey, light pepper. Nice smooth easy drinking beer. Light hop presence up front, but it's absolutely dominated by a clean crisp finish. One of my new go-to beers on grass cutting day. (304 characters)

Photo of OnThenIn
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger of white head on top of a light straw body.

S: smells clean with a floral hop and a bit of other hop aroma.

T: surprisingly similar to the aroma but with a bitter backing and a nice dry finish. Just a tiny bit of madly flavor loners on the palette.

M: thin body with slightly lower carbonation than desired.

D: rather drinkable but could use a tiny bit more carbonation. A pretty solid beer over all. (419 characters)

Photo of pvsob
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Crystal clear, pale gold color with a one inch head that fades slowly and leaves average lacing.

S- Noble hops, dry grass, lemon zest, malt, crackers, and hints of fruit (melon/green grapes).

T- Spicy hops and light maltiness upfront. Finishes crisp with touches of lemon. Well balanced and extremely "chuggable".

M- Light to medium feel with a medium level of carbonation. I really like the way this beer feels in my mouth.

D/O- Morning to night drinkability with this one. Flavorful enough to please a beer geek, but still easily approachable to craft beer neophytes. Just another great German style churned out by the brewers at Stoudts. Highly recommended. Prost! (674 characters)

Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of jwjon1
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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! (382 characters)

Photo of travduke
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pale golden body with a great two finger white pillowy head with good retention. Really high carbonation.

Smell: Bready, faint citrus. Really nothing stands out. Grainy.

Taste: The malty, bready mix stands out the most. Hops are there but you really got to be looking for them. This isn't an offensive beer at all.

Mouth/Drink: Mouth is thin but this is a great session brew. (384 characters)

Photo of Philabeerphia
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 12oz bottle with a well done label (fun and fitting). Poured into an 8oz stange glass (okay, it's a 'rigged' stange if you will).

A beautiful clarity allows light to pass freely through the beer. No hues, no differentiation in coloring - this beer is a brilliant gold (slightly darker maybe than German variations?). The 2 finger head, bone in color and large in bubbling, has settled into a small foamy cap that sits put until the beer is gone.

The nose is dry - hints of earth & wheat and a light floral hoppiness give this a pleasing, subtle spread. I dig deeper and pick up some clean green grapes, or maybe even berries. A nice finish. Still very much on the 'refreshing' side of things.

In the mouth this is definitely true. Carbonation makes it's presence felt immediately, producing a soft roll on the tongue. Some lemon tartness emerges and zips quickly into high notes of bready malt and lower notes of sweet berries. It arcs then finishes with a quick turn, allowing a floral, piny hop to emerge. The finish is still full and not as dry as some other examples I've tried (unfortunately), but IMO it is a solid representation of the style and a great addition to the local beer scene this Spring. Overall the beer moves soft and quickly while still hitting high and low notes - telling a nice refreshing story for the drinker to imbibe. (1,361 characters)

Photo of Finn
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (389 characters)

Photo of StaEva
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of NardiByNature
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Sparse and small bubbles drift lazily up a super clear pale gold ale. Thin lace follows a small and pearly white head. Lemon, hay and yeast are prominent in the nose and, as an extra sessionable brew, the make a grassy, bitter impression on the tongue but it's not overpowering. This beer is extra refreshing and disappeared from my glass before I knew it. Perfect beer with my sushi, and probably and excellent choice to pair with Indian, Thai etc. Good beer from a great brewery! (481 characters)

Karnival Kolsch from Stoudts Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.