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Karnival Kolsch - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Karnival KolschKarnival Kolsch

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very good

327 Ratings
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Ratings: 327
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 drtth


4.26/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

05-02-2010 17:59:35 | More by drtth
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -20.8%

[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.

06-18-2011 01:11:12 | More by KajII
Photo of touchmeimsac


5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-18-2011 20:55:24 | More by touchmeimsac
Photo of u2carew


3.43/5  rDev -9.5%

12 oz. Longneck
A) Pours with a big head then settles leaving big bubbled lacing at the edge of the glass. Slight chill haze. Gold in color.
S) The aroma is faint but there are notes of heather, grain and caramel.
T) fruity tones up front - apple, orange. Light caramel maltyness. Finishes with a noticeable hop bite.
M) Creamy. Light bodied.
D) A decent brew. I might considered drinking two in a row.

08-25-2010 00:18:23 | More by u2carew
Photo of scottbrew4u


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-22-2014 03:48:51 | More by scottbrew4u
Photo of PaBeerLover


4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-30-2011 14:27:52 | More by PaBeerLover
Photo of joepais


4.4/5  rDev +16.1%

Thanks to Dim for this one.
Bottle poured into a pint glass produced a nice white head that lasted and had a great lacing. The body was a clear straw colored yellow.

The aroma was nice and bready in my nose . The flavor was light and crisp with a light feel in my mouth.

This was a perfect Kolsch
Easy to drink light in the mouth. This is a perfect brew to drink mass quantities of great job guys

05-29-2010 00:06:54 | More by joepais
Photo of Proclarush


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

11-29-2012 22:47:41 | More by Proclarush
Photo of victory4me


4.16/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

03-11-2011 02:21:51 | More by victory4me
Photo of OriolesFan1008


3/5  rDev -20.8%

06-07-2012 18:57:49 | More by OriolesFan1008
Photo of RobertColianni


3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

04-29-2013 02:29:41 | More by RobertColianni
Photo of Pahn

New York

3.98/5  rDev +5%

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Best by 8/15/12 printed on the bottle (consumed 5/4/12).

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1 inch fluffy white head that dissipates a bit slowly and leaves some bubbly lacing near the surface. Pours a crystal clear pale yellow. Leaves a few small splotches of lacing.

Smell: At first, lemony, with a faint sulfury aroma. Mild. With warmth some nice noble hop aroma builds up. Never really takes off though.

Taste: Bready malt, with lemony and fruity highlights (more lemony). Dry, mineraly finish. Hop flavor is present, but barely.

As the beer warms, it develops a small lagery tang through the middle into the finish. I'd love the almost berry-like fruitiness suggested at first to return. It does not, but the lemon builds up, along with some very pleasant herbal hops.

Perfect mild bitterness to balance the malt sweetness. Yeast could stand to be cleaner. Ultimately, enough going on to hold my interest, and very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Like the appearance, really spot on. Light side of medium bodied. Slightly prickly carbonation. Subtle creaminess while still remaining refreshing. Solidly dry finish, but not bone dry. Very good.

Overall: Good beer. Could easily have a lot of these in the summer. There's things I'd like to be done a bit differently (more hops in the flavor and aroma, less yeast presence in flavor), but it's still a well done beer, and a good value.

05-05-2012 03:32:54 | More by Pahn
Photo of seanchai


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

06-24-2014 19:15:24 | More by seanchai
Photo of therica


3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

05-31-2011 23:42:30 | More by therica
Photo of deereless


3.58/5  rDev -5.5%

A: Thin layer of head which dropped quickly to some speckled spots on top of the beer, golden straw in color, quite effervescent, extremely clear - 4.00, S: Dry and grainy on the nose, there also seems to be a earthy and/or herbal hop aroma - 3.00, T: Crisp, lots of grain husks, quite earthy and spicy, slight hop bite, hint of a dry malty sweetness - 3.50, M: Smooth and crisp - 3.75, D: Based on my knowledge of Kolsch, this is a solid interpretation of the style - 4.00

04-18-2010 22:45:29 | More by deereless
Photo of neenerzig


4.15/5  rDev +9.5%

A 12 oz bottle poured into my stange glass, this beer is a clear, medium golden color. White head was about 1/2 inch thick when poured before settling to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass and a nice surface film coating. Good lacing here too. Has a good floral malt and hop aroma, nothing great, but it is pleasant Mildly sweet malt flavor upfront followed by a nice hop presence with noticeable bitterness on the back end. Also a bit of a grassy citrus flavor. Very enjoyable. Has a crisp, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. Spot on for the style. Very good beer in this hot weather 75 degrees plus we are having here in Cleveland tonight.


04-07-2010 01:42:49 | More by neenerzig
Photo of Horbar

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

09-07-2012 01:10:32 | More by Horbar
Photo of Giantspace


3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

05-27-2013 04:53:55 | More by Giantspace
Photo of MikeWard


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-06-2014 13:00:50 | More by MikeWard
Photo of ramrod666


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

04-26-2014 19:11:44 | More by ramrod666
Photo of DNICE555


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

On tap at the B

A - Looks very clean. Very clear golden body with a small white head. Not much lacing.

S - Grains, minor hop presence.

T- Beady grains, some hops, very light tasty beer.

M - Very light clean spring beer. Nice carbonation.

D - Very solid spring beer out on the deck on a warm spring day. Love this take on the style.

04-02-2010 23:13:06 | More by DNICE555
Photo of DSlim71

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-12-2012 21:41:01 | More by DSlim71
Photo of csmartin6

New York

3/5  rDev -20.8%

06-28-2013 01:02:28 | More by csmartin6
Photo of ColdPoncho


4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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!

06-12-2011 23:40:31 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of billshmeinke


4.3/5  rDev +13.5%

Poured into a pint glass.

Hard pour yields a finger and a half white pillowy head. Extremely clear with lots of bubbles rushing to the top. Straw yellow in color. Head has good retention and nice lacing left behind.

Smells of perfume-y floral hop scent. Grainy bread.

Taste is light with subtle sweet malts. Grain and bread. Floral hops, some resin bitterness.

Mouthfeel is soft and creamy, light bodied with a crisp hop bite at the end.

Such a perfect session beer. Light and subtle. Easy to drink.

05-02-2010 22:36:14 | More by billshmeinke
Karnival Kolsch from Stoudts Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.