Karnival Kolsch | Stoudts Brewing Co.

very good
360 Ratings
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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Ratings: 360 |  Reviews: 167
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 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 hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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

Karnival Kolsch has a bright, clear, yellow body with a lot of carbonation bubbles. The head is soapy yet sturdy looking, and both lacing and retention are quite good.

The aroma has earthy, grassy, and lemon flavors from the hops, along with a lightly toasted, slightly sweet, grainy pale malt character.

I love a good Kolsch, and this one is no exception. Although Karnival Kolsch is on the hoppy side, the malt profile is much more complex. Lots of hops bring earthy, grassy bitterness with a touch of citrus. A hint of fruity yeast pokes its head up in the middle of the beer, but only for a second, then its gone. The malt has flavors of lightly toasted pale malt, crackers, light sweetness, and grainy cereal. The finish has a bit more bitterness from the hops.

Really light body with a ton of carbonation. Good feel.

This Kolsch was just what I was looking for from the style. A really easy drinker that manages a good deal of complexity and enough hops to satisfy a hophead.

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Photo of curlybird
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thedrizzle
3/5  rDev -21.7%

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 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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Photo of brez8791
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of babaracas
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

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

Pale yellow body, touch of haze, a few bits of carbonation streams, topped by a big snow white densely headxm of micro-micro-bubbles.

Light but enticing aroma of lemon and fresh hay.

Sweet but nowhere near cloying. Lemon follows. Then a crisp hop nip at the swallow. Light lemon/hop mix carries through a short aftertaste.

Good firm mouthfeel for a beer this light.

A nice tasty hot day beer, better than a lot of other summer kolschs out there.

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Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of duff247
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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 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 JeffTheJuice
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of bigfnjoe
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of OldTime
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Durandal_777
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of seanchai
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Phigg1102
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice straw color with hints of light amber. Thin head that disappears rather quickly leaving no lacing patterns. Aroma of dried grass and apples with a touch of bannana and plum (possibly vanilla). More apple and grass with the taste and something along the lines of tomato and herbs. Fairly heavy body with medium carbonation that fades quickly. This is the first Kolsch I've had in awhile and it makes me want to go after a few more.

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