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Karnival Kolsch - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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85
very good

338 Ratings
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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 20
Gots: 11 | 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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Ratings: 338 | Reviews: 160
Photo of generallee
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of rangerred
2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

Photo of GeoffreyM
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(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>

Photo of yergermeister
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of JTomczak
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of dunix
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of Jimmys
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Phigg1102
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice straw color with hints of light amber. Thin head that disappears rather quickly leaving no lacing patterns. Aroma of dried grass and apples with a touch of bannana and plum (possibly vanilla). More apple and grass with the taste and something along the lines of tomato and herbs. Fairly heavy body with medium carbonation that fades quickly. This is the first Kolsch I've had in awhile and it makes me want to go after a few more.

Photo of Duhast500
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of HRamz3
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of victory4me
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard shaker.

Pours a clear straw yellow with a two finger head which dissipates quickly. Floral aroma of noble hops, hints of lemon and a slightly metallic characteristic. Very typical of the style.

Washes over the tastebuds very nicely. A subtle, hop presence that is just strong enough to make itself known. Citrusy and light. Extremely refreshing and easy to drink. A nice prickly mouthfeel from the carbonation and the hops. I could drink many of these in a sitting and wouldn't have to think very hard about it.

A really nice surprise from Stoudts. A great intro beer for your BMC friends. Very refreshing and enjoyable. A perfect representation of the style.

Photo of erosier
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of RobertColianni
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Proclarush
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of drtth
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a bright clear golden yellow color with a ½" fluffy white head that recedes to lave a ring, some sheets of foam on the glass and a thin layer of foam on the surface. Sipping leaves foam sticking to the glass and lots of fine speckles of lacing, some of which cling and some of which slide back into the liquid. Throughout most of the beer there is still a very thin layer of foam and sipping leaves scattered patterns of speckles with rings and patches of foam clinging to the glass.

Smell: The aroma is filled with bisquity malt combined with floral grassy hops.

Taste: The flavor is clean and fresh and a nicely balanced combination of the bisquity malt, the floral grassy hops, and a touch of citrus. The sweetness and bitterness balance each other nicely so that neither dominates the flavor but both are present.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with just enough prickly carbonation to give it a smooth silky feeling. The finish is medium to long in length and begins in the malt and floral grassy character of the beer but then fades into a clean dry slightly citric slightly bittered ending.

Drinkability: This is a definite plus for drinkability. Not only does each sip follow naturally after then other, but even before finishing the beer I'm thinking about opening a second and I'd have no trouble at all spending an entire evening with multiple bottles of this beer. No question I'll be having this one again.

Photo of Jason1337
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of KajII
3/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Photo of briandaube
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of seanchai
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of SpasmWaiter
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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Karnival Kolsch from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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