Karnival Kolsch | Stoudts Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
86
very good
360 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:
360
Reviews:
167
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.79%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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Photo of NardiByNature
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Sparse and small bubbles drift lazily up a super clear pale gold ale. Thin lace follows a small and pearly white head. Lemon, hay and yeast are prominent in the nose and, as an extra sessionable brew, the make a grassy, bitter impression on the tongue but it's not overpowering. This beer is extra refreshing and disappeared from my glass before I knew it. Perfect beer with my sushi, and probably and excellent choice to pair with Indian, Thai etc. Good beer from a great brewery!

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -41.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of tdm168
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bright yellow with a thin cap of pure white, foamy head that has decent retention

S - lemony, grassy, faint bread, some yeast

T - very bready, biscuity, doughy, lemon, faint apple, a hint of caramel, mild grass, very faint bitterness in the finish

M - light to medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated

This is a really nice beer. The taste may in fact deserve higher than 3.5. The initial taste is very bready and malty, but as the drink progresses it becomes more Kolsch-like with some lemony, grassy notes. This is a beer that I could sit down with and really work my way through. I wouldn't mind having some of these on hand for those high-volume nights.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of rangerred
2.83/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up in the bargain bin. Only later did I realize the best by date is 7/17/11. Oops.
Taking that into consideration:

Pours a clear straw yellow with a thin soapy half finger head. A little cap on top of the beer but nothing in the way of lacing.

Aroma is very faint with bready malt, hay, and grass. A little bit of lemon zest as well.

Bread on the taste with a little bit of biscuit. Some grassy hops but a quick, somewhat harsh, shot of bitterness. All of the flavor fade extremely quickly which I attribute to the age. Nonetheless there is nothing really offensive and it seemed to hold up pretty well.

Overall, I would really like to try this fresh. While I still don't believe it would really stand out, it could be an enjoyable, refreshing summer beer.

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 8/15/2012. Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice 1-2 finger dense bright white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, herbal, earth, grass, wheat, biscuit, and nuttiness. Very nice aromas with nice balance and complexity. Taste of lemon zest, herbal, wheat, grass, biscuit, and peppery spiciness. Lingering notes of citrus rind, pepper, grass, wheat, and biscuit on the finish for a bit. Nice balance for flavors; with no cloying at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very crisp and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Almost zero alcohol presence after the finish as expected for 4.8%. Overall this is a very nice kolsch style. Nice amount of flavor with good balance and complexity; very smooth and crisp to drink. Really enjoyable stuff.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Karnival Kolsch from Stoudts Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 360 ratings.
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