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Karnival Kolsch | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Karnival KolschKarnival Kolsch

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 166 | Ratings: 358
Photo of smokeypeat
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of u2carew
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of redzone3120
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear golden yellow with a slight shade of amber. Very clear with a good amount of carbonation visible. Has a white head, about 1 finger high that dissipates to a light ring around the edge.

S - Great smell, I cannot put my finger on the aromas but its not too bitter and not fruity like other summer styles. Glad it kept the Kolsch style!

T - Great taste, just like it smells. Not bitter at all and doesn't have any odd extras like lemon and stuff. Just a true to form, great tasting beer.

M - Good mounthfeel, the bubble dissipate quickly but it washes down with little aftertaste.

D - Totally drinkable, could have more than one in a sitting. Would go great with a lot of foods and isn't too heavy. Great summer time brew.

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Photo of Morey
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my Rochefort glass...Pours a light cloudy straw with about one finger of decent head, not much retention, ok lacing....Medium aroma for a kolsch, light hops a little skunk to them, but tons of generic corn which is not good...Tatse is light but mostly skunk hops from start to finish, nothing too exciting here.

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Photo of Kendo
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mowed the lawn tonight, so here we are -- drinking a light, summery, "lawnmower beer" from Stoudts.

A: Poured into a pilsner glass, the body is clear light golden with bubbles rising throughout. White head, 1-finger in size, leaves behind loads and loads of lace. Nice looking summery-type beer.

S: Nose isn't terribly strong, but there's cereal grain and some floral and grassy hops.

T: Starts out a bit like sourdough bread. Grassy, slightly minerally hop bitterness at the finish provides a nice drying feel. After a few sips and an adjustment to the bitterness I notice some generic fruity sweetness -- at times I do think white wine-like grapes (more Pinot Grigio than Chardonnay), but bitterness and crispness is still there at the finish.

M: Light bodied. Good crispness, finishes clean.

D: Very good. Goes down easy. I could drink a few on a hot summer day/night.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light malts, grain and some hops.

T: The taste is starts out bready with flavors of grain and a light but hearty malt character. Then a mild but notable hops presence comes in along with a touch of lemony citrus sweetness. Overall, it's pretty well-balanced. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is one of those good summer beers (a.k.a. "lawnmower beers") that is worth pounding down several of throughout a warm/hot day or evening.

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Photo of BeefyMee
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of pvsob
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

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Photo of Onenote81
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Glad to see some of this at City Bev today. 12oz bottle poured into a stange glass. Pours a pale good with a slight chill haze to it. A big billowy white head rests atop. Scents of noble hops, garden veggies, cut grass, and just the faintest of skunk.

The mouth is carbonated well, but this beer carries a smooth quality that is absent in most of this style. I kind of like that. Great crisp lemon zest at the front, some creamy butter, fresh hop bite, and a little herbal finish. Very nice. This really hit the spot on this scorcher of an afternoon.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.6/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of david18
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
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...

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Photo of philbe311
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers worth of tightly packed, crisp, slightly rocky pure white head... Excellent retention... The head turns slighter creamier as it settles... Loaded with gratuitous amounts of super fast carbonation rising throughout... A very pale yellow gold color... Completely translucent... Some foam clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Biscuity with an ever so slight spicy kick... Grassy and floral aromas intertwined... A touch of lemon zest...

T - As expected the bready biscuity malts dominate... A very modest touch of pepper... A modest European hop presence... A kiss of lemon on the finish that lingers...

M - The lush head touches the lips first... Medium bodied... Slight carbonation... A tad on the chewy slide... Sleek... Crisp... Clean... Refreshing... Slightly dry finish...

D - Insanely quaffable.... Insanely sessionable... Loaded with character and personality... Slightly assertive for the style... This Kolsch really delivers and doesn't pull any punches... Shouldn't be a huge surprise coming from Stoudt's but this is a truly outstanding beer... Wonderful balance... Nicely done...

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Photo of joepais
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a single of this yesterday, the first time I'd seen it.

Pouring a light straw yellow with a dense, frothy, white head that lasts forever, leaving sheets of lace, this is near perfection for a Kolsch. The nose is excellent as well. Light and bready with a little cracker-like malt character, there's also a gentle, suffuse, hop character,lightly lemony. Not as grassy the way a pilsner is, this is a subtle classic. There's a touch of fruitiness as well. Ridiculously clean, this is a great lager.
The palate opens light with a little pils malt character and a very delicate hop character. Beautifully balanced, the light fruitiness marries perfectly with the hop and the malt character. Moderate lemon hop character is present, this beer dries out on the finish with an astounding finish, light, delicate and lingering. The last beer that impressed me this much was the Aktien Hell, this is a fabulously crafted beer

**Edit 23 April 2012**
I finally found this again. Best by July 2012. I only have to add that there's a faint sulfur note on the nose, and the lemon hop character on the nose comes into the palate as well. Excellent stuff, though I'm dropping my overall from 5 (I'd given it a 5 for drinkability) to 4.5

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Photo of generallee
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of nickd717
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served at 53 degrees in a stange. No freshness dating indicated. Poured a pale, translucent yellow with a loose, frothy, two inch bright white head that settles into a solid half inch cap. A thick band of lacing was revealed during the session. Excellent nose - Lemon zest upfront with a faint suggestion of wheat towards the back. Taste consistent with nose with a Noble hops presence coming out towards the back and expressing itself as a light, lingering earthy bitterness between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-bodied with a slightly prickly carbonation. I'm not a huge kolsch fan, but this is probably one of the better, style-consistent domestic offerings out there.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a stange.

Pours a clear gold, with 3 fingers of foamy bright-white head. This retains with rich cap of froth, which leaves behind a spotty cascade of lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma is fresh in the nose, with a bright smelling pop of lemon zest, citrus peel, light spice, grassy hops, and some toasted malt sweetness underneath. Fruit and hops really push to the front of the nose here.

The taste is equal parts sweet grains and fruit, with some bitter citrus and lightly spicy hops giving this some zip on the tongue. Finishes bitter and dry with some lingering spiciness. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, with a mellow and soft creaminess to the carbonation, which keeps this very easygoing on the palate and very quaffable.

This was very good for the style, and while it maybe lacked some of the vinous and yeasty fruit character that I normally like in the nose, it more than made up for it with a surprisingly complex flavor profile and super easy drinkibility. Just really quaffable and tasty stuff here, just in time for the summer season.

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Photo of david131
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- An absolutely clear yellow liquid with a thin white head that leaves some decent lacing.

S- White bread, lemon peel, and just an overall nice malt presence. Smells pretty nice.

T- Light malts with a bit of lemon twist. Clean and smooth with some tasty ingredients.

M- A surprisingly creamy mouthfeel with a pretty clean aftertaste.

D- A very nice beer that is definitely worth trying. It is nice to see a well made kolsch once in awhile.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, yellow-hued body with a goodly-sized, fluffy, white head.

Smell: Subtle, refined scent of light pale malts along with notes of everything from flowers to wheat dough to lemon peels to wine.

Taste: Mild taste of pale German malts with a faint sweetness. The thin hint of a single, solitary Wheat Thins cracker. Fresh floral, grassy hop character with sufficient bitterness. Little gulp of white wine with a lemon twist. Dry on the back half with a subtle spiciness gliding into the crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation, keeping things brisk and active.

Drinkability: Crisp, refreshing and light without being entirely devoid of flavor. Recommended for good ole Summertime drinking.

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Photo of Gmann
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Kraftwork.

Pours a golden yellowish ripe banana color with lighter golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy white head with good retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves sheets of soapy lacing behind.

Pedestrian aroma with subtle hops and hints of peppery spice, light fruit and bready yeast.

Surprisingly chewy, full body with a nice crisp earthy hop presence up front along with some peppery spice that flows into a creamy mid palate with hints of grass, straw, light fruit notes and bready yeast. The dry hops linger throughout over the bready yeast, subtle malt and apple, banana and pear fruit notes into a dry finish. Much more complex and flavorful than expected. Quite a nice surprise. Recommended!

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Photo of JRed
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transparent golden in color with alpine white frothy head that stays sudsy throughout the drink. A pleasant scent of that is floral, grassy, a bit of soap, clean, spicy hop aroma. Light and clean yet flavorful: slight hops, grassy, wheat, grains, a hint of lemon, slight hop spice toward the finish. Light in body, crisp taste, refreshing to drink, a sudsy mouthfeel that is just right. This is an enjoyable beer for an enjoyable weekend. Bring the kids.

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Photo of erosier
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Karnival Kolsch from Stoudts Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 358 ratings.
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