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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Ratings: 360 |  Reviews: 167
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a Sebago pint glass at MiKro in Hamden, Conn.

A: Very pale, yellow color with a chilled haze and a thin, creamy head of stark white foam. Carbonation is ample and there is minimal lacing left on the glass.

S: Bright, zesty hop and grain aroma with hints of butter, marmalade and rolling metal.

T: Light, dry cracker up front followed by a white wine skin and herbal hop flavor. Some metallic, milled grains roll through mid palate before washing down assertively bitter and dry.

M: Light, crisp, bracing even, and refreshing for the most part. Very dry finish.

D: I don't know why I keep trying Kolsch despite disliking it as a style in general. Not a lot here for me, but if you like a very dry, light malt and grainy hop style of German brewing, this Stoudts offering isn't a bad choice. One and done for me though.

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Photo of mpalestino
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(on tap at Sidecar Bar - served in a shaker pint)

Is it just me, or does this taste an awful lot like their Stoudts Gold?

I can't see how this would be considered a Kölsch - has far too much body and earthy, grainy malt flavor compared to the true examples I've had from Köln (Gaffel, Reissdorf, Früh, Sünner... I think that's all).... The magnificent foam stand doesn't seem to match those beers either - I'd swear that if I never put the glass to my lips, the foam would still be resting an inch high upon it...

So then, what could you call this? To me, it tastes like a fine Helles - or any fuller-flavored, pale, all-malt lager - just with a more fulfilling, silky-grainier texture. That's about it.

Looking at what I said about their Gold - could use a "lil bit more malt richness" - I feel like they pretty much met that desire in this, and then some - liquid bread.... but that slightly yeasty aroma hiding below the lightly-toasty malt and green-leafy (chlorophyll) notes just does not fit

The taste and texture of this beer does not match the style's requisite characteristics. Having had the German imports countless times, one should find a unique crispness, mild mineral-ity, and those subtle apple and/or white grape esters. None of that here. That said, this is still a mighty fine drink. <shrug>

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Photo of bum732
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S: Spicy hops, slightly fruity with some apple cider notes. Just a touch of sulfur, very minor.

L: Crystal clear straw yellow, dusting of foam with some retention.

T: Pils malt sweetness with a firm spicy hoppiness. Medium spicy bitterness leads to a fairly clean finish. A nice noble hop bitterness persists throughout.

M: Medium light body, medium carbonation.

More pilsner than kolsch because of the excessive hoppiness, definitely an American interpretation. That said, i really enjoyed this beer, still had that recognizable Kolsch fruitiness.

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Photo of RoryOMoore
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Phelps
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle received from hopead101 in the Blind Beers BIF. This one was poured into a tulip.

It's a beautiful bright dandelion yellow with the slightest hint haziness amidst moderate effervescence. A bubbly one-finger head of pure white fizzles away rapidly, leaving a small ring.

Subtle aroma. Saltines, a tiny bit of sourdough, some apples and a hint of spicy German hops.

The flavor mimics the aroma: cracker-like malt balanced by a very mild fruit sweetness and spicy hops. The finish is crisp, dry and refreshing. The absence of flavor between sips encourages me to go back for another.

Light-bodied, yet full of perky carbonation that prickles the tongue and causes the beer to foam up as it moves about.

This was a refreshing change of pace from the heavier stuff I've been drinking lately. A solid, drinkable kolsch, perfect for knocking back several of during a day at the course.

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Photo of yergermeister
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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 scottbrew4u
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of GeoffreyM
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Blaze5445
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Proclarush
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of chefhatt
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draft at paradise by the slice. It had a nice clear golden color body with a nice 2"foamy head that hung around a while. The smell was of lemony, grassy hops. The taste was nice and crisp, sweet grain and some bitter hops to finish it off. The mouth feel was great, nice and smooth and very tasty, good one to drink when it is warm out.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: bright gold with a white head. reasonable retention. brilliant clarity.

S: all aromas are mild and difficult to identify. low pilsner maltiness. faint aroma from a german hop varietal. sulfur characteristics are obviously present as well.

T: sweet maltiness is pleasantly balanced by a noble hop varietal that makes itself much more present on the palate than in the nose. a delicate fruit is notable as well. strawberry and pear.

M: very smooth, very rounded. light body with a medium carbonation.

D: refreshingly light. some subtle hop, and fruit flavors. overall a tasty nice summer beer.

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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.

Eric

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Photo of MikeWard
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of briandaube
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jrfehon33
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of DNICE555
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the B

A - Looks very clean. Very clear golden body with a small white head. Not much lacing.

S - Grains, minor hop presence.

T- Beady grains, some hops, very light tasty beer.

M - Very light clean spring beer. Nice carbonation.

D - Very solid spring beer out on the deck on a warm spring day. Love this take on the style.

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Photo of JTomczak
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of RobertColianni
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Horbar
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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 PaulSlazinger
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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