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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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Added by bbeane on 02-27-2010

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Reviews: 166 | Ratings: 358
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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Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a vividly clear consistency. There was a half inch of white, foamy/creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very underplayed aroma of bready malts and citrus.

T: Tasted of malts, with a hint of lemon. Not the most dynamic or powerful of kolsch flavors I've ever tried.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: Drinkable, in spite of its deficencies.

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Photo of oberon
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trying back to back kolsch beers today,poured into a standard pint glass a light clear golden with a large fluffy white head that never fully settles,another spritzy lookin klosch,this head a great head to hit as well.Aromas are muted,only some light toasty grain,this is a crisp dry kolsch,spicy/herbal hop and toasted grain flavors mainly,I like the crispness of this beer.Now this a perfect warm weather brew that again isnt a throw back beer,I like this alot.

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

A- Pale yellow with a small head and lost of bubbles.
S- Smells like a wheat beer with lemon.
T- Dull hoppy koelsch taste, refreshing.
MD- This is a very good Koelsch style beer. Extremely easy drinking. Makes you want to take a trip to Cologne and get the real thing. Thanks to DonH for the sample.

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Photo of Brad007
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a two-finger head that fades easily, leaving some lacing on the glass. Nice presentation.

Aroma is full of lemon zest and bready malt. Two dominant aromas here. Slight hint of hops as well.

Taste is crisp and full of bready malt with a slight hint of butter. Hops add a bit more flavor in the form of a slight grassiness.

Carbonation is a bit high here and affects the mouthfeel. Goes down a bit rough at first. Otherwise, nothing offensive.

Very nice for the style. Not the best I've had but it's nailed the drinkability part and would make a good substitute for a cheap macro for a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of bob3701
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bass pint. Pours a clear light straw color with a big foamy white head that laced OK. Citrusy aroma. Tangy crisp sour taste. High carbination. Would be refeshing on a hot day. Not a bad interpitation of the kolsch style. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of matty
2.91/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is bready malts.Taste is biscuity and grape.Very bland and boring although not horrible.I doubt I would recommend this to anyone and as for myself this was my first and last.Definetly a snoozer!!

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Photo of FatSean
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a nice golden-yellow into a shaker pint. The brew was quite clear with about 1/2" white head.

Smells of biscuity malts and a note of sweet fruit.

Tastes of those lovely Stoudts malts with just a touch of hoppiness throughout.

Great mouthfeel, perhaps a bit too carbonated for the style? The text on the bottle seems to insinuate that they weren't going for a perfect copy.

Exceptionally drinkable. The only problem is that my local store wants $11.99 for a six pact when the lager and pils are $9.99. Still, you should definitely try this one.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A - Pours a pale, golden straw color with a half finger of foamy white head. Lacing is minimal.

S - Grape is predominant, and a light malt and alcohol presence is detectable as well.

T&M - Grapes again; it almost has a white wine-like quality. This is lighter bodied and feels dry on the pallet after swallowing. There is very little hop bitterness, and some lightly toasted malt flavor and some residual sweetness

D - This is a lot better then I was expecting. I think it's a very nice representation of the style, and one you don't see too often at that. I found myself thoroughly enjoying this brew.

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

A 12 oz bottle poured into my stange glass, this beer is a clear, medium golden color. White head was about 1/2 inch thick when poured before settling to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass and a nice surface film coating. Good lacing here too. Has a good floral malt and hop aroma, nothing great, but it is pleasant Mildly sweet malt flavor upfront followed by a nice hop presence with noticeable bitterness on the back end. Also a bit of a grassy citrus flavor. Very enjoyable. Has a crisp, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. Spot on for the style. Very good beer in this hot weather 75 degrees plus we are having here in Cleveland tonight.


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

Thanks to mughugger for this bottle -12os poured fridge temp into my stange.

A - A clear golden straw w/ 2 fingers of soapy cap, confetti-like lace clings and the retention is good. The Kölsch has visible carbonation streaming upward steadily

S - A very malty nose w/ mild chalky note and slight hint of hops w/ mild german yeast which adds a light sulfur note to the aroma

M - The feel is light w/ high carbonation and slightly creamy malt texture as a result w/ a nice hop presence. The yeast gives a hint of spice to the fell in the finish w/ mineral-like effect but it doesn't usurp the malt and the sweetness is very mild throughout

T - A very toasty malt entry with a spicy yeast accent and nice mineral like flavors in the peripheral. The flavor has a mild creamy cereal-like maltiness. The taste is crisp like a pils w/ mild hopping which is more herbal and malt keeps pace w/ subtle nutty tinges and hints of sweetness. The hops give the Kölsch a spicy finish augmented by the mild sulfur note of the yeast

D - I was really impressed with this - what a quenching German Style ale -- crisp and refreshing, flavorful - a well brewed Kölsch
Kudos to Stoudts!

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