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RATINGS: 230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mariano42 (7) - St. Johnsbury, Vermont, USA - JUL 20, 2010 does not count
This is a trip to Koln!! No other American brewer has ever made a beer this well in this style. Period. For hop head fans who do not get this style you won’t agree with me but this is a hoppy Kolsch with a wonderful bite of flavor and bittering hops and a gorgeous delicate aroma of hops on the nose. This beer deserves some savoring. Find it on tap, too late this year?? Next year gobble up all you can, it is silly good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
egajdzis (6130) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2008
[Draft @ Ortinos Northside] Poured a lightly hazy golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of toasted malts, grains, honey, citrus, grass, and light floral hops. Taste of honey, toasted dough, citrus, grains, light toffee, white pepper, and a medium bitterness, finishing quite dry. Hands down the best Kölsch ever... and shit, it’s organic, that makes this the best organic beer i’ve had too!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
obxdude10 (2270) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2009
The Kolsch style can be pretty bland and dreary, but this offering is really outstanding. It poured a dark golden color, but with only a minimal white head. The head didn’t leave much lacing around the glass, either. But the color was appearling, clear and easy on the eyes. The body was pretty light, but very refreshing and crisp. The flavors contained quite a bit of hoppiness with a nice malty character. The balance was really enjoyableable and refreshing. This was absoutely an outstanding Kolsch-style beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2012
My Bottom Line:
Whispering peppery hops ride this spot-on Kölsch recreation’s tickling prickling of carbonation, as light cereals share nearly nutty accents.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A healthy head of foam laces around the clear golden. This certainly looks the part!
-The body is lean and superbly drinkable.
-Mild floral touches add depth to the hop profile. This may be a tad hoppier than most Cologne examples.
-A vegetal nudge is felt once the pint gets warm.
-There are very few North American Kölsches of this caliber. Dieu du Ciel’s Basse Messe would be one too.

On tap at BlackBack Pub, Waterbury, VT.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2011
12oz bottle, Best By 08/09/11 from Whole Foods Bowery. Clear golden straw with a pillowy two finger white head, nice lacing and pretty good retention. Floral and grassy hops atop an oyster cracker malt base, light fruity yeast. Flavor follows with some bittering hops jumping in and keeping the fruity sweetness at bay, though it still has the floral grassiness. Very well balanced into the crisp dry earthy finish, bitterness at a 2-3, but slowly crept up and lingered at a 4 for a while. Low to moderate prickly carbonation with light body. Damn fine beer, as well as pretty sessionable. Need to pick up more of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lachrymalisis (441) - Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Crystal clear pale yellow color, two fingers of meringue-looking head. slight lacing leaving rings on the way down. Smelled of creamy yeast, slightly peach-like grains, and clean grassy hops. Taste is very close to the nose, but less peach, good crisp hop finish, and incredible drinkability. Slightly sweeter malt profile than most traditional Kolsches I’ve had. Full carbonation made the mouth feel incredibly clean and well refreshed. Light, delicious, and beautiful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - JUN 30, 2014
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. The aroma has a light pale biscuity malt undertone with a nice grassy/floral hop character with a twist of lemon zest on top. 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Draft at Capone’s, this one is hazy golden with off-white head. Nose is hops, pale malt, apricotty fruit. Tastes pale malty with hops, citrus, fruit, and slight white pepper, and the fruit stays throughout the mouth and throughout the life cycle of the beer itself. This is one of the best, if not the best, kolsches I have ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4808) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 15, 2010
12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Appearance: Pours out a clear, yellow-hued body with a goodly-sized, fluffy, white head. Smell: Subtle, refined scent of light pale malts along with notes of everything from flowers to wheat dough to lemon peels to wine. Taste: Mild taste of pale German malts with a faint sweetness. The thin hint of a single, solitary Wheat Thins cracker. Fresh floral, grassy hop character with sufficient bitterness. Little gulp of white wine with a lemon twist. Dry on the back half with a subtle spiciness gliding into the crisp finish. Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation, keeping things brisk and active. Drinkability: Crisp, refreshing and light without being entirely devoid of flavor. Recommended for good ole Summertime drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Capa (2758) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Clear golden with a white head. Crisp and super clean palate. Light grains, cereal grains, and medium hops that really add a razors edge to this one. Super refreshing and perfect during this East Coast heat wave. Great brew to pound the night away.

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