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RATINGS: 224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Our new spring seasonal beer, Karnival Kolsch is arriving just in time for our Fasching Karneval . We are very excited about the release of this beer. For the first time in Stoudt’s history, we are releasing a brand new beer that has already received a medal at the Great American Beer Festival. This refreshing German-style ale was brewed using 2-row malt, a small amount of red wheat malt, and all German hops for bittering and aroma. This straw colored ale is smooth like a lager due to the colder fermentation temperature and extended cellaring time. It is dry and crisp with a slight fruitiness which compliments the mild hop bitterness and aroma. This light ale is a fresh complement to most foods, but in particular fish, chicken, and salads. Karneval Kolsch will be available at your local distributor soon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4851) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2010
Clear golden coloured body with a very thick white head that leaves a nice lace. Aroma of strong lemons, nice malt, coriander seed and a bit of fresh floral hops. Light-bodied; Nice fresh, malt flavours with a lemony, citrus freshness, some mild spicey flavours and a good dry finish. Aftertaste shows some good complexity, with the malt and dry spiceyness most noticeable. Overall, a decent kolsch - showing good complexity, some good citrus flavours and just missing perhaps a bit of body and maltiness. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 15-April-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 20-April-2010.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 20, 2010
The bright golden pour is clear like water and quickly develops a fine inch thick cover. Grainy, softly mineral, borderline sulphury (in a good way) ale with a fine herbal/grassy hop profile. Very refined, polished aroma. In mouth, the entrance touches the tip of the tongue with a delicious bready, pie crust, meringue sweetness that grows into lemony refreshment as it reaches the sides and becomes spot-on cleansing bitterness towards the back of the tongue, with more salty, grassy, peppery hints and minute floweriness, all in dryness as it closes out. While the description may sound basic, this is one of very few beers that make me rediscover the basic tastes all anew. An eminence of drinkability, its palate is crisp with an engaging bite. One of the very best American Koelsch I’ve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (6214) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 19, 2010
draft at Coles, Buffalo, NY. pale straw colored pour. Aromas of light citrus & juicy fruit gum. Taste is perfumy, dry, fruity, with some German floral hop bitterness. Clean & crisp . Nice summer brew

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chalsk (1085) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2010
On tap at Cloverleaf. Pours a pale yellow lager like color with a white foam head. Has an aroma of malt and fruit. A bitter beer that lingers after the finish. Tasty for its style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2010
(Sample Date: 3/23/2010 Source:Capital Ale House - Downtown) Slightly skunk grainy with earthy hop profile. Very clear medium golden with small white head. Grainy with a light malt sweetness. Very little fruitiness. Finish is dry with medium body and carbonation. Dry lightly bitter residual.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
cheap (4207) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2010
Ok, now I see why this rates so high; that big bitter personality bite that hits you on the tongue like a slap in the face. This beer starts out rather well behaved in the bottle, lager pale look and a nice friendly lager aroma. Then you taste it ....and whap. Decent amount of carbonation. Has some over the top inklings during the session. It says mild hops in the description but there is more than mild here i tell ya. Each slug is certainly an awareness of big sharp wide pilsner, light, eh? heheh. Has a much bigger impact than the 4.8% listed here.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
obguthr (4081) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2010
Skunked grass aroma. Clear yellow with a greenish hue, medium head. Bitter grass, a bit of malt at midpalate, returning to bitter grass. The bitterness just seems excessive. Pilsnerish. Light bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
zach8270 (3585) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 14, 2010
(draft @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) Clear gold color with a fluffy white head. Sweet malts and a lot of grass in the aroma. Rather earthy. Flavor is sweet, corny, grassy and damp all at the same time. A bit thin-bodied with a light sweetness on the aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2010
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Total Wine Sterling. It pours a very pale, crystal clear gold color. A very stable, pillowy, bone white head sits on top. The nose has notes of noble hops, stale cracker, a slight vegetal note, and a hint of fruitiness. That same fruitiness comes through in the taste. Light cracker and floral notes are paired with a mild back bitterness. A light bordering on watery body blends with mild carbonation and leads to a slightly sweet but short finish. A decent session beer and not a bad Kolsch but nothing that will blow you away. Rather forgettable I am afraid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2301) - New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2010
hop spicy and a bit mineral like with sparkly carbonation and a chalky tang. golden brew with bright white cap. light and busy with flavor of grass it is crisp with a short finish.

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