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Karnival Kolsch | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good
166 Reviews
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
Reviews:
166
Ratings:
358
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
18.8%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
18
For Trade:
0
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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 gordavidson
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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Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light lemon zest and a subtle grassy hop.

The taste was well balanced with a soft malt and moderate noble hop.
The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a good kolsch.

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Photo of Deuane
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of drtth
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 ounce bottle picked up at Abe's. Poured into my nonic pint glass. Appears a clear golden yellow color with about an inch of pillowy white foam. Nose and flavors are of white grapes, green apples, peach, lightly toasted bread, grassy, a touch of lemon. Light to medium bodied with quite lively carbonation. Finish is prickly and spicy on the tongue. Very clean and drinkable, worth a shot.

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Photo of Gavage
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: clear golden yellow in color with a thick and fluffy 3" head. Moderate lacing paints the glass.

Smell: light malt sweetness and a bit of lemon zest create a faint but nice aroma.

Taste: mild malt base is nicely muted with lemon zest, dry grass, green grapes, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Crisp and dry throughout. Refreshingly clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: this is a clear session beer for me. For the style this one hits the mark.

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Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Minor head that leaves some streaky lace. Mild milky haze to an otherwise straw colored beer.

Malty with a touch of sourdough to the nose. Very light hop.

Light and refreshing, but not crisp like a lager. Stays true to its ale roots. There's light sourness that is similar to the smell. The aftertaste is tart. Full bodied for the style.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear gold with a minimal head and less than moderate lacing. Looks like a pilsner. Pretty run-of-the-mill.

S: Grassy, herbal, and floral/hoppy aroma. Kind of all over the place and somewhat pungent in a negative way.

T: Fresh cut grass and an unusual hop finish with virtually no malt background. Again, this is a kolsch? Reminds me of a pilsner or an euro pale lager. (lookin' at you, Stella) That's not a positive thing.

M: Really carbonated, which makes this disappointment of a beer easier to drink; If this goes flat, I can bet it would be undrinkable to me.

D: Not a session beer purely because I am not liking the combination of grass and funky hops aftertaste. I've had a better kolsch beer by Saranac. In general, not my favorite style (pilsners also in that mix of styles I am not a big fan of) But both the kolsch style and pilsner style are normally considered highly sessionable brews. For me, this one doesn't fit in there.

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Photo of Sammy
2.67/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Cole's. Light colour, with carbonation bubbles. Neutral aroma, minimal head. This is a thirst quencher but the taste was rather minimal.Only the faintest drop of lemon or hops was I getting. Unoffensive but fairly plain, and so not that drinkable.

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- yellow golden, might as well be white gold, with a tight bright white head about a inch tall leaving shattered lace here and there. Not much retention, a small cap.

S- A grassy scent backed with sweet malt and a little citrus. It's a simple style and a simple smell.

T- Sweet malts in small bursts with a small toast backed by light grassy hops, and a touch of lemon. Some spiciness in spots from the yeast and wheat.

M- Dry and with a slight hop taste left on the tounge. The malts are light enough to call this thin bodied. A very lively carbed Kolsch.

D- Karnival has a good taste while not being overly huge. This beer is refreshing, i could drink alot of this just to quench my thrist. Easy dranking.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Closed for Business in Charleston, SC.

Pours a clear golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of equal parts robust light malts and grassy/leafy hops. As the beer warms the malt aromas gain hints of bread.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth light malt flavors that have just the right levels of sweetness kick things off. Midway through the sip leafy hop flavors make an appearance and carry through to a crisp and mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall this was a very well done example of the style, all the elements are there and in good working order. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 12oz bottle with a well done label (fun and fitting). Poured into an 8oz stange glass (okay, it's a 'rigged' stange if you will).

A beautiful clarity allows light to pass freely through the beer. No hues, no differentiation in coloring - this beer is a brilliant gold (slightly darker maybe than German variations?). The 2 finger head, bone in color and large in bubbling, has settled into a small foamy cap that sits put until the beer is gone.

The nose is dry - hints of earth & wheat and a light floral hoppiness give this a pleasing, subtle spread. I dig deeper and pick up some clean green grapes, or maybe even berries. A nice finish. Still very much on the 'refreshing' side of things.

In the mouth this is definitely true. Carbonation makes it's presence felt immediately, producing a soft roll on the tongue. Some lemon tartness emerges and zips quickly into high notes of bready malt and lower notes of sweet berries. It arcs then finishes with a quick turn, allowing a floral, piny hop to emerge. The finish is still full and not as dry as some other examples I've tried (unfortunately), but IMO it is a solid representation of the style and a great addition to the local beer scene this Spring. Overall the beer moves soft and quickly while still hitting high and low notes - telling a nice refreshing story for the drinker to imbibe.

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Photo of deereless
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a creamy white head that leaves small sheets of lacing down the glass.

The smell is floral/grassy with grainy, slightly almondy notes.

The taste is sweet grain, almond, a touch of lemon, with a dry, grassy finish.

It has a crisp, light body. Smooth.

This is a great Kolsch! Nicely balanced...a great "sessionable" brew!

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Photo of Pencible
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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