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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 Brenden
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (986 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean golden yellow, with a white head. In the aroma, a faint small malt and a hint of tart earthiness. In the taste, small faint tartness, earthy, and a dry malt. A small bite and light bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry to clean aftertaste. Nice earthy presence, clean and light. (289 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance- The beer is served a light golden color with a one finger fizzy white head. The head has a decent level of retention fading to leave only a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is light overall consisting mostly of a bready smell with a moderate showing of lemon and a bit of graininess. Along with these aromas are smells of grass and a bit of yeast.

Taste- The taste begins with a malty flavor mixed with a lemon taste. These flavors are relatively constant throughout the taste creating a base for the brew. More toward the middle and the end a little bit of a grassy flavor as well as some flavors of a light fruitiness come to the tongue. In the end a nice smooth and lightly hopped flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is thin and crisp with a carbonation level that is average to slightly above average. Both are fantastic for the style and make for a very easy drinking brew.

Overall- Refreshing and very easy drinking. It is a rather flavorful beer for the more light-summer like genera. (1,107 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a clear bright gold with some white head. It smelled like earthy wheat and floral and lemon hops, with some bready yeast. It tasted like floral hops with sour grassy and lemony hops, and some bready yeast and earthy malt. It was watery with some carbonation, and had a sour aftertaste. Overall this was a decent beer that seemed like a good example of the style, but was too sour for my tastes. If I want a sour beer, I prefer a wild ale that's more bold. Regardless, this brew was a bit dirty, but otherwise easy to drink. (535 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #88 (May 2014):

Bready, Dry, Clean, Yeast

Not surprising, Stoudts stays true to style. Brilliantly pale color, delicate but intensely flavorful maltiness and just enough hops to keep things even. This is a beautiful emulation of this lesser known German Ale style, one glass was not enough.

STYLE: Kölsch | ABV: 4.8% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round (374 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear straw color with a wispy white head that left some clingy lacing on the glass. The aroma is light. I pick up some grains and that is about it. The taste is sweet from the malt, some cereal flavors. Kind of has a pilsner malt flavor. There is a very light peppery and grassy hop bitterness in the end to balance out the brew. The feel is light with tingly carbonation; lightly sweet on the palate. An easy drinking brew for sure. Nice and refreshing and not very bitter. Good alternative for those who don't like pilsners or adjunct lagers. (551 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a style that does not get enough respect. Amongst all the barrel aged imperial stouts, it's hard for the subtle refreshing flavor of a nice Kolsch to shine through. Despite the fact that each beer is supposed to be scored based on the style, there is certainly a bias towards bigger/more bold beers. As much as I enjoy each of those bold styles, I do love a crisp and refreshing Kolsch. I saw this on the shelf and had to grab one to see if I enjoyed this version. Not only did this not disappoint, I think I am going to make this my spring beer of choice. This is the type that I keep a six pack in the fridge for neighbors and the wife.

The beer poured with a fluffy/light white head that showed nice retention. Copious amounts of lacing cling to the inside of the glass. The beer is a nice bright straw color with some gold tones. Some light visible carbonation.

Aroma is nice and reveals a higher hop presence than I imagined. Plenty of bread dough aroma along with some light grain and a whiff of floral hops.

Excellent balance here and a great combination of fresh bready flavor along with a nice hop bitterness. Continue to taste some bread dough and a light biscuity malt. The subtle sweetness is balanced perfectly with a nice hop bitterness. Great session beer in the making.

Carbonation is light and mouth feel is very smooth. Crisp finish due to the nice hop bitterness and the wonderful bread like flavor.

This is a very nice beer and one the fits the style spot on, in my opinion. As mentioned above, I'll have a six pack in the fridge for the next several months. (1,591 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 4/22/2010. Bottle. Pours a clear yellow with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet fruits, cereal grain, honey, sweet malt. Flavor is sweet upfront with a malty, bready finish. Easy drinking, tasty Kolsch. Slightly on the sweet side but that's it's only flaw. (268 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a stange-type glass.

L - clear golden yellow color with a fluffy white head that left good lacing.
S - grassy hops smell is very much like a German pilsner.
T - very good balance of bitter hops and sweet malt with a slightly sweet yet dry finish.
F - lighter bodied, crisp and refreshing.
D - goes down very easy. (336 characters)

Photo of david18
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

They had this on draft at the Amsterdam Ale house in Manhattan yesterday when it was sweltering and hot. What a perfect beer for a hot day. Refreshing and light while having some interesting ale-like character that allows you enjoy the yeast as well. Light orange color and very cloudy in look. Very enjoyable and I look forward to having one today, and tomorrow, and... (370 characters)

Photo of Morey
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This hard to find and somewhat rare style of an ale poured pale yellow in color with brilliant clarity with lots of bubbles floating up towards a fairly thin white head. Some lace is sticking to the glass, but it's minimal.

Smell is clean crisp and fresh. Nothing in your face, but nice.

Taste...this has to be one of the most refreshing beers that I've ever had. There's a nice bitey hop-carbonation combo that greets you at the door which mellows quickly for a clean smooth finish.

Mouthfeel is thin and slick with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is top notch. I can't think of many better session/summer brews than this one right here.

Morey's Bottom Line: A great beer from a great brewery. Perfect for summer BBQ'S. (729 characters)

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

A-Brilliant golden yellow with a medium bright white head. Head reduces to a thin cap that never disappears and leaves a surprising amount of lace behind.

S-Nice zip of floral hops with a touch of herbal perfume and some zesty lemon rind. Very light biscuit malt in the background..

T-Surprisingly flavourful with a nice pop of floral and lemon rind hops A lightly sweet underlying biscuit malt base does a very nice job in balancing things out.

M-Medium-light bodied rather sharp and crisp, quite pilsner like. Nice zing of carbonation and good lingering lemon rind bitterness.

D-Wow! I certainly was not expecting much from this one and turn out to be very pleasantly surprised! A near perfect summer session beer. Plenty of flavour without an heavy feel makes it easy to drink. A really good beer to have in your frig for the summer to have when you want "a beer" or to offer that knuckle dragging BMC drinking neighbor or brother-in-law when they ask you for a beer! Well done Stoudts thanks for doing such a nice job with this old world classic! (1,055 characters)

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

Crystal clear golden-yellow topped with a small, pure white head. Light, pleasant aroma of fruit, earthy-floral hops, and sweet dough. Pale malt flavor upfront...bitter, sweet fruity hoppiness, dry grass and other mild noble-hop flavors. Dry and crisp in the finish. Light bodied and fairly well carbonated as well, making for a very drinkable beer on a warm day. They maybe should have saved this one for a summer seasonal, but if we keep getting 90 degree weather all spring, I could see myself drinking this one regularly. (525 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2012-07-06 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear, straw-yellow with a pillowy 3-finger white head and mild lacing.

S - Bready malt, a touch of grass and not much else.

T - Bready malt then some citrus, grass and a nice bittering finish that sticks around. Not very complex but pleasant.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. A bit thin/watery but refreshing.

O - A nice summer refresher with enough flavors to be interesting. (438 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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 (471 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stoudts Karnival Kolsch has a very thick, white head and a clear, bubbly, straw appearance, with a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sugary sweetness, grass, and lightly toasted barley malt. Taste is of sweet, light barley and pale cracker, with a nice hop bitterness in the middle-to-end of the sip. Mouthfeel is light, watery, and lager-like, and Stoudts Karnival Kolsch finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, dry, and highly drinkable. I rate this one excellent. Get some!

RJT (500 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (930 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. Another mix a six pickup.

Pours a very clear golden color. See through. German pils-y smell. Firm. Taste is clean, flavorful, delicious. Mild hop runs throughout. Light lemony touch. Not much to describe, but perfect for the style.

Great summer beer. (306 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$1.89 for a 12oz bottle at BevCo. 22 IBU, 4.8% ABV, Bittering and aroma hops=Hallertauer. Includes Red Wheat...interesting.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear pale straw golden, forming a tall bone white beautiful and creamy head. Excellent retention and lacing. Appears filtered. Medium crisp carbonation, ~2.5 carbs. The aroma is as a Kolsch should be...clean Kolsch yeast profile with a hint of sulfur, freshly mown hay, delicate hops and no flaws. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a light body. The taste is wonderful...delicate pilsner malt, freshly mown hay, with a hint of saltine cracker. Pleasantly firm well balanced bitterness. No off-flavors. Dry clean finish.

A perfectly brewed Kolsch. One of the very best I've had. An exceptional beer. I will be going back to the store and getting a few 6'ers of this for sure. Highly recommended. (847 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pouring a cellar temp bottle into a mug the beer pours a bright clear gold hue with bleached white fluffy head of about 3 cm. The beer has a grainy malt aroma and some spicy hops. Very mild nose.
The first sip reveals a light crispy body with very fine and tingly carbonation. The beer is extremely easy to drink.
Flavor is a bit of sweet malt and some sugars. This moves to a spicy and slightly bitter hop finish that dries out my palate after each sip. This is an enjoyable beer and I am glad to have tried it. Would probably be very good on a warm summer day or with a picnic. Easily sessionable, alas I only have one. (621 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up some of these because it is currently #7 on BA for the style. Here goes...

A: Poured a fizzy yellow color, with tons of bubbles shooting up from the bottom. After a very assertive pour, I managed to summon up a pretty substantial 1 - 1.5 finger cloud white head. Tons of lacing stuck to the side of the glass, even as I siphoned down the brew.

S: Faint, yet still present scent of sweet bread and German malt... alongside a nice fruity, hop presence.

T: Remarkably sweet, crisp, malty taste, with a mild bitter hop character that I totally wasn't expecting. The dry finish doesn't linger. Satisfying and refreshing!

M: Medium bodied, with prickly carbonation that I felt was perfect and allowed me to experience more of the complex sweetness. I was pleasantly surprised that this didn't turn out to be the bubble fest that I thought it might have been upon first pour.

O: Highly drinkable for sure. I could see myself popping a few of these around the pool in the summertime. Hey, that's what this was created for right? (1,037 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great bellowing head was produced as I poured. Inside the light straw colored beer was a massive storm of carbonation,working hard to keep the tall head afloat. The body had just a slight haze to ir's clarity.
Aroma was dry bready malts and sutle spicy hops.
Taste was good malty and hoppy with hops having a nice spicy assertiveness.
Finishes dry and lightly bitter. Drinks refreshingly smooth and prickly over the palate. It's clean in flavor and finishes semi bitter.
A good well made beer perfect for summer activities. (526 characters)

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

a: This was a bright, clear golden straw color. It poured with a large, rocky head that faded to clumpy lace.

s: Lots of bready, biscuity malts, a hint of grape, and some faint floral hops.

t: Not as sweet as the Brewmaster's Select version as I recall. Dry overall, I tasted bready grains and biscuits, light grape flavors and a touch of lemon rind.

m: Crisply carbonated and refreshing.

d: A very good offering from Stoudt's, but I prefer their pils for something sessionable. Still, I'll definitely mix things up with a six pack every now and then. (555 characters)

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

Karnival Kolsch has a bright, clear, yellow body with a lot of carbonation bubbles. The head is soapy yet sturdy looking, and both lacing and retention are quite good.

The aroma has earthy, grassy, and lemon flavors from the hops, along with a lightly toasted, slightly sweet, grainy pale malt character.

I love a good Kolsch, and this one is no exception. Although Karnival Kolsch is on the hoppy side, the malt profile is much more complex. Lots of hops bring earthy, grassy bitterness with a touch of citrus. A hint of fruity yeast pokes its head up in the middle of the beer, but only for a second, then its gone. The malt has flavors of lightly toasted pale malt, crackers, light sweetness, and grainy cereal. The finish has a bit more bitterness from the hops.

Really light body with a ton of carbonation. Good feel.

This Kolsch was just what I was looking for from the style. A really easy drinker that manages a good deal of complexity and enough hops to satisfy a hophead. (985 characters)

Photo of nickd717
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle thanks to dashirey.

Nice appearance for the style - clear yellowish-golden with a well-formed white head sitting on top.

Aroma is decent. I'm not a huge fan of this style, but it's good for what it is. Bready pale malt and grain, subtle hops, and lemon peel.

Flavor is surprisingly enjoyable. Graininess and pale malt along with some spicy hop notes and tangy lemon/citrus.

Medium-light bodied and fairly clean and crisp. Mouthfeel about standard for the style.

As many have said, this is a good "lawnmower beer." It's light and refreshing without being too bland and flavorless. I don't mow lawns since I don't have a yard, but if I did, I'd imagine this would be enjoyable as I drunkenly careened around the yard, haphazardly plowing through hedges and fences as angry neighbors yelled at me. (811 characters)

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