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Schlafly 1904 American Lager - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly 1904 American LagerSchlafly 1904 American Lager

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BA SCORE
80
good

20 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 04-25-2004)
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Reviews by GreenWBush:
Photo of GreenWBush
4.28/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Its always a quandry, do you review beers as they are or as they conform to some sort of stylistic guideline? Were I to do the latter on this beer, it would be a straight 5. I'm still going to sing the praises of this beer as it stands alone, knowing that it beats the living bejesus out of similar - but markedly inferior - brethren.

Light gold with large, hyper active bubbles. Pretty, bleached white head that forms caves and crevasses atop the light body. Remarkable lace cling. Great presentation.

Nose is primarily corn, but a great rich maltiness exists here in harmony with that flavor. Actual, detectable hops to boot! Saaz, or along that line.

Taste features a distinctive corn twinge, continues with a grainy malt/corn interplay that keeps going and going. Lawnmower beer that has a great flavor, Eureka!

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style, but unlike the style I could drink this in gallon jugs.

If macros tasted like this, I would have never sought out "good beer".

GreenWBush, Feb 20, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. amber bottle courtesy of TwelveVoltMan.

Clear dull yellow in color with minimal head. No lacing of the glass. Lots of fizzies come up from the bottom of the glass. Aromas are some sweetness and corny/grainy notes. Flavor starts sweet, middle sees some bitterness come in, and fnishes with a mouth-puckering corn-like aftertaste. Low creamy-smooth factor. Thin and almost watery. Tolerable drinkability. I'll pass from now on.

OldFrothingSlosh, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of brewQ
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Jan 20 05

A bright white head with lovely lacing over a vibrant yellow slightly hazed body. A light floral/spring aroma subtle in keeping with the style.

They clearly state Corn on the neck label and the taste has a touch of sweetness. Fortunately, I don't find any grassy flavors.

This is a smooth and refreshing "appetizer" beer. I need to get some of the "main course" beers Schlafly offers.

Would be a decent hot weather St. Louis beer choice.

brewQ, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of bditty187
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sparkling gold in hue, the color has a little life in it. Steady animation fed the white head. At the apex the foam was a solid one finger in height. Head retention was excellent; the bubbles remained compact for a long while. I’m impressed thus far. The subsequent lacing was webby, spotty, and unorganized. So far, so good! The nose has sweetness, lightly bready with hints of corn. If BMC smelled like this I’d be happy. The hops are very weak; found at the back, they are slightly herbal. The nose is nondescript but friendly for what it is. I can’t say it is inviting and it is not offensive either, it’s not reasonable to call it apathetic. What is it then? It smells like “beer.” Classic. American Pale Lager minus the “macro” twang. The palate is neutral, lightly grainy, hints of toasted bread, some herbal hops, and zippy spice at the finish. Clean. The corn influences are minimal. Let me think here, this beer is a pale lager with corn. So is Busch. Both are from St. Louis. What would I drink? Yeah, there are no questions here. Even though it is listed on BA as an Adjunct Lager that is not fair, this is a Classic American Lager. The corn is minimally used (or used very intelligently). This is a solid beer ant it is something for both the masses and BAs alike. This is something to quaff at a party or with fish or salads. Medium in body, albeit on the lighter side of things, it is very fitting for the flavor profile. The carbonation is moderate and quite pleasant. The mouthfeel is ideal for this beer. Wonderfully drinkable, it is a shame I only have one bottle. The minimal sweet aftertaste is comforting. This was purchased at the Tap Room as part of a mixed six-pack.

Bottled with love on Sep 23 2004

bditty187, Mar 11, 2005
Photo of Backer2004
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one came right from the Brewer's tap at the St. Louis Brewery. Almost as good as a light lager could be. Pale, straw colored with average head and carbonation. Goes not smooth enough to be a session beer. Probably my fourth favorite from their flight of six.

Backer2004, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The limited edition 1904 American Lager available in bottles, grab em' while ya can. Pours a bright golden hue, some wheat accents and corn on the nose. A slick, smooth lager; initially rather sweet, as on the label, a corn presence, but not overpowering or offensive as in some macros. A decent creamy malt-based body, and although light, somewhat refreshing. Not too shabby.

GeoffRizzo, Apr 25, 2004
Photo of amicar
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, clear yellow from the bottle, with a clean, white head into a pilsner glass. Head is gone fairly quickly, but left a little lacing on the way down the glass. Smell doesn't clue me in on much; it takes some concentration to find the hop aroma. Taste is nice; even though you can certainly tell there's a little corn involved. Has a little sweetness on the tongue that dissapears into a little bitterness bite (but not too much). Dry and crisp on the tongue. Also a clearly very easy to drink beer; a large number of these could vanish while watching the ballgame pretty easily.
Its a little similar to their pilsner, but with a little more heavy mouthfeel (although still be aware its NOT on the heavy end of the spectrum) and fuller taste.

My take on this beer: a very refreshing, clean adjunct lager in the American style. This is what the big boys' beers would taste like if they were any good. Sure, it won't make it on to my top ten list of greatest beers in the world, and it won't get a high rating on this site because it's not a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but it sure as heck could be a common purchase given how easily it goes down.

amicar, Jan 13, 2005
Photo of SAbeerME
3/5  rDev -11.8%

SAbeerME, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of radicalruckus
4/5  rDev +17.6%

radicalruckus, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of bort11
2.25/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a tall hefe glass (the pils glasses were dirty). Light golded yellow color. A nice head jumps up at first, but then quickly recedes to a narrow ring. Smell is very weak. What is there is mostly grain and a tiny bit of hops. Taste is equally weak. Mostly watered down grain, adjuncts, corn, and some lemony hops. Mouthfeel is watery and oily at the same time. I'll be skipping this in the future

bort11, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured out a clear, highly carbonated straw yellow color with a small, fizzy, white head. No lace.

S - It smelled of grains (barley) and some light caramel malt. Mild floral aromas.

T - It tasted fairly sweet with caramel and toffee flavors. Subtle bitterness from mild hop character.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This was a pretty easy-drinking beer. Not a bad lager.

zeff80, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out light gold. Not much of a head but effervescent bubbles were on full throttle.

Aroma not much of one that was detectable to me. Some corn, some hops, both very faint.

Taste of corn, grain, and some malt.

Mouthfeel is bubbly, not overwhelming though. Some tingling in the back of throat. Clean.

Overall this is a nice beer, somehting for the after yard work sitting down for rest beer. One note to make this is some what old bottle, even though I just got it. Bottled on May 2005.

amatuerbeerguy, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of Vancer
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ol’ lager is a style I usually stay away from, since I’m burnt out on BMCs, but this one could pull me back in.

Of course, a nice lite straw yellow, firm white head, nice laces. Besides the corn backbone, noticed some citrus and pine in there, albeit VERY lite.

The quaff was much superior to the run of the mill BMCs – rich and malty. A simple lager, but well crafted and enjoyable. A perfect cross-over for macro only luvers.

I’d drink this again under the right circumstances, but I prefer the bigger styles nowadays.

Vancer, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz longneck bottle.

This lager poured a clear, yellow color with creamy, white foam that settled but clung to the inside of the glass a bit. The smell was lightly malty with mild hops and a touch of grain and citrus. The taste was lightly malty with a hint of sweetness, some light citrus, and light hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and crisp with medium-light body and low carbonation. It was relatively clean though the light hoppiness lingered a while. This was an OK lager: light and fairly refreshing.

Thanks to winomark for this beer.

UncleJimbo, Aug 28, 2004
Photo of budgood1
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a slightly hazy lemon yellow colour with a thin, medium dense head. lots of clingy lace as i sip. lemon, grass and corn are present on the nose. non-descript flavour...quite neutral with a noticeable adjunct note...a bit grainy and grassy...bitterness follows for a semi-crisp finish. quenching and satisfying. a rather smooth mouthfeel for a bigger bodied lager...not too bad. aftertaste is seemingly dry...the corn sweetness never carries farther than it should. this beer either blurs the line between pure pilsner and american adjunct lager, or is a great example of a melding of the two styles. what helps this out the above average hopping for bitterness. not too bad as a thirst quencher or a beverage for washing down some food. simple, yet above average.

thanks to my brother for bringing this back from st. louis and giving it to me as a x-mas gift.

budgood1, Dec 28, 2004
Photo of chilidog
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A lighter lager, only in body and mouthfeel, though not marketed as one, but a darn good one at that.

Mine poured a golden straw color with a slight cloudy haze
not real thick but not clear either. Carbonation was busy with large bubbles, good lace with no fizz.

The aroma was not bold, but mostly malts and corn.

The taste was a nice sweet corn and grain with a malt for-front and a slight hop backdrop.

The beer is very smooth and easy to drink.

chilidog, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of sutcliff
2.35/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six-pack of this brew when it became available at local grocery stores. Having tried everything Schlafly, I was curious. My curiosity was not rewarded. For Schlafly I expect something unique. This is nothing more than an example of a simple lager that another big brewery in town makes every hour of everyday. Decent, yes. Special, no. A good bridge beer and it will appeal to people at the Bottleworks that are scared by hefeweizen and IPAs.

sutcliff, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of drewbage
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a package courtesy of MJR.

Drunk while hard at work writing a 40 page report on the brew club.

Amazingly pale yellow with just a dunking of gold placed in the heart of the beer with a slight haze and a pale crisp white head that holds for a small bit.

Aroma is CO2 powered with a spicy grainy feel that recalls the aroma of other Adjunct lagers that lends a crispness to the final touch.

Flavor starts with a grainy sweetness that holds until the CO2 rises and pushes a strong grassy flowery hop bite that closes the beer and provides a nice spicy after taste.

Yes, admittedly this beer is an adjunct lager, but its well done and more flavorful than its big Saint Louis bother.

drewbage, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of maxpower
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled less than two weeks ago, pours a clear pale yellow with a decent head that leaves a thin lacing in my glass. Flowery and light bready aroma, not much on the flavor, I didn't really expect much either. Some grainy and grassy flavors that get a bit sweet as it warms, light bodied with a crisp mouthfeel, finishes with a lingering sweetness. For the style this is not bad.

maxpower, Feb 05, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, bright yellow coloration, able, if thin, bubby head.
Nose is clean, and slightly sweet, corn-y, typical lager aroma.
Clean, zippy taste, good carbonation, nice little chorus of hops on the tongue.
Creamy flavor, light in body, with a soft, lingering, hoppy finish, this is a nice, refreshing lager that slides down with ease.
Great for parties or picnics, celebrations of any kind or just when all you need is a beer.
Quite nice.

feloniousmonk, Feb 27, 2005
Schlafly 1904 American Lager from The Schlafly Tap Room
80 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.