Karnival Kolsch | Stoudts Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
86
very good
359 Ratings
Karnival KolschKarnival Kolsch
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
stoudtsbeer.com

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by bbeane on 02-27-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
359
Reviews:
167
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.79%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
18
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 359 |  Reviews: 167
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a fine draft pint here, nothing particularly remarkable about it, but true enough to style and one of those beers that when its ice cold and fresh, its a four or five sip pint, max. for me, this is a big gulp, drink now, think never, kind of beer, refreshing and it tastes like beer, without a lot of body, a crisp lagered characteristic that i like in the style, just a little bit of crackery dry malt to let me know its a real beer, and a zippy carbonation despite it not having much of a head. an easy drinker, hot weather refresher that warrants little additional consideration. beers like this are great in the middle of a session of more bold and complex beers, not quite a palate cleanser, it does have some merit on its own, but just a simple and light beer that works in a number of contexts and is more or less agreeable to anyone who likes beer. i have not had much from these guys, and dont hear much about them out in colorado, but it was cool to taste this one while back east in PA. seems like a fairly common offering there. this is good enough to have me wanting to try their more ambitious offerings...

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Photo of SAmori
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding! Pale and gentle of hops as you would expect. I am a fan of the style and this one is one I will stick in the fridge more often. Pennsylvania proud!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the brewery bar as part of a mixed six pack, probably $ 1.90 (Including tax) $ 0.158/oz
Bottle marked 12021634B21105 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried Sam Adams “Perfect Pint”
Aroma – wet grain, a hint of hops
Head – large (Maximum seven cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to a two mm ring and layer
Lacing - none
Body – straw, clear, initially loads of effervescence
Flavor – no malt flavor, just a hint of hops; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – light, watery, slightly dry

Initially though I detected DMS in the first pour, but that was gone almost immediately. Overall, this is drinkable beer which I will neither seek out nor avoid.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.5

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Photo of madelf66
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of zekeman17
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of epyon396
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BigMike
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of krome
2.96/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I hesitated to rate this one because I suspected that it may have started to go bad (maybe it was stored badly or something).. It had a vaguely skunky smell, although the taste wasn't obviously so.

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Photo of jgunther71
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BrokenEdge
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery. Pours a bright straw color with a bigger, fluffier head than expected. Smell is faint but complex: hay, honey, yeast, spices, some bright citrusy notes. Taste is equally subdued. Lots of clean, crisp flavors of lemon, grass, and sweet malt flavors. Nothing really overwhelming or mind blowing on the palette. Feel is light with high carbonation, giving it a pleasantly prickly feeling. Finishes very dry and refreshing, with a little herbal aftertaste.

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Photo of therealJAYZ
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ajilllau
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of techdiver
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Fcip78
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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Photo of Lambdon
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MikeMcCl
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Not my favorite style but very drinkable

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Photo of Swift989
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stobin
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of njbusa
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ssato27
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of thgreatrandini
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chcfan
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of pwdiamond
3/5  rDev -21.7%

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Karnival Kolsch from Stoudts Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 359 ratings.
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