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Schlafly Kölsch - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 206
Hads: 676
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 21.72%
Wants: 19
Gots: 99 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Thrasher on 07-09-2002

Our Kölsch is a classic golden ale that uses a centuries old yeast strain sourced from a famous Kölsch brewer in Köln, Germany. Fermented at 62 degrees, then cold conditioned, it has the delicate fruity aroma of an ale with the crisp, clean finish of a lager. It is brewed with lightly roasted malt and 100% German Noble Hops: Perle for bitterness and Hallertau Traditional for flavor and aroma.

In 1918, the term Kölsch was used to describe the ale brewed in Köln, a city on the Rhine River in western Germany. The style began to rise in popularity in the 1960s and now, many American craft brewers brew variations of the style, labeling it a golden ale. Our Kölsch is unique to the Schlafly brewery because Ulrike, a native of Köln and wife of brewery co-founder Tom Schlafly, connected Schlafly Beer with the Gaffel Brewery of Köln. Schlafly Beer won the Gold Medal for Best German-style Kölsch in the World Beer Cup in 2010.

25 IBU
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Photo of schwansmantr
4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time ever for a Kolsch style ale! Lots of smoke popping the top with a nice 2 inch head and a golden yellow transparent slightly filtered appearance. A fruity but frothy creamy taste on the tongue light in body but well rehearsed in flavor. This is a good quality beer with a slight bitterness at the end just making you all the more thirsty. I'm giving it a B.

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Photo of stlfatguy
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this in a mixed schlafly 12 pack. Wouldn't have picked this otherwise, but it's starting to grow on me. Clean, clear look is bright yellow leaning towards Orange. White thin head but carbonation kept up. not much to the smell, but light with a whiff of yeast. Crisp taste starts with light carbonation then smooth with some sweetness and yeast. Almost like a light lager with some sweetness and fresh bread thrown in. This isn't a style I'd seek out, but this one is a nice beer.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks great. Billowing white fluffy head. Smells very good. Yeasty, fruity aroma. Light cracker malts. The hops are very reminiscent of a Marzen, but lend some green cut grass flavor. Very crisp. A little too sweet though, and a very dry finish

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a short lived head. Body is pale and golden. Not too much carbonation. Smoot beer that goes down easy. One of schlafly's best beers in my opinion

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

12 oz. bottle, bottled with love on 04/07/2015 printed on the front label. A new one to me from Schlafly, this one their Kölsch style ale.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a crisp golden body with one finger of short lived white foam head. Some okay wispy strands of lacing left behind. Appears adequately carbonated. Looks nice per the style.

S - Bready, malty, & yeasty. Lager yeast is apparent, mildly wheaty / husky, with some subtle fruity elements (subtle grape & berry flavors).

T - Taste follows the nose: crisp & clean. Yeasty, lightly grainy, with subtle fruity elements of grape & berry. Simple, but it hits it's mark.

M - The feel is crisp, clean, fluid, & easy-drinking. Light-bodied with excellent carbonation.

Overall, a nice example of the style from Schlafly. Goes down easy, excellent summer drinking beer.

Schlafly Kölsch -----4/5.

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as a gift. Bottled 06/09/2015. I like the fact that the bottling date is clearly legible and on the front of the paper label so it won't rub off. Thank you, Schlafly! Poured a medium golden color into my Anchor shaker with a single finger of short lived snappy foam. Hardly any lace to speak of. Aromas of lemon/lime and grape, light bread, and grassy floral hops are all in there. Flavor backs that up with the addition of some mild snappy bittering hops. The light body and sparkling carbonation are just what I want in a beer of this style. Overall, this is winner. Perfect Summer beer for me. Probably the best of the style I've come across to date. There is a reason why they won a gold medal for the style in the World Beer Cup. Drink good beer.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a stange.
The appearance was a hazy golden color with a nice billowy foamy white head that mushroom capped and dissipated in a messy sort of entertaining way. Lacing was all over the place. I didn't mind, I guess, but like I said, was somewhat entertained.
The smell had a nice light sweet fruit reminiscent of lemon, a little bit of lime and grassy sweet hops. Light wheaty/grainy tones balance nicely.
The taste was sweet through the fruity parts and allowed the grassiness to balance. Wheaty/graininess helps to balance and smooth things out a bit in the flavor. There's not aftertaste but it has a nice sweet finish.
The mouthfeel had the wheaty/grainy part balance yet add a little bit of body to it. Carbonation felt right as a kolsch. Delicate harshness allows the IBU's to be fairly low, I'll check after the review to see how much.
Overall, now this is a kolsch by an American brewer. Those looking for them in the U.S., this is one I recommend. Also, this is a definite food beer.

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Photo of matjack85
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. No freshness date.

The beer poured a hazy golden color with a nice 3-finger white head. Unfortunately, the head only lasted about 45 seconds and left very little lacing.

The beer had a wheaty smell to it along with some fruit and grassy hops.

Sweet wheat taste made even sweeter with some honey flavro as well. Fruit is noticeable as is a touch of spiciness. Bitterness is mild at just 25 IBUs.

Light bodied with low carbonation.

A good example of the style.

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Photo of TH28
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: golden, hazy, with a light white head that dissipate quickly. Aroma: bready malt with kolsch yeast esters of pear and light pepper. Taste: light malt sweetness that leads into a sharp, floral hop bitterness. Bitterness sharper than typical kolsch examples. Mouthfeel: Light to moderate body with crisp carbonation. Finish: Dry, with bitterness lingering on the tongue. Faint bready malt. Overall: A bit heavier malt character and bitterness than a traditional kolsch. Yeast character spot on. Very drinkable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i think this beer is substantially under appreciated here, its one of the best american made examples of this style i have had, and im surprised it doesnt get more love. great as a summer beer, light and flavorful and really refreshing, but also with four season versatility and some unique features. as good as any of the basic beers these guys do in my opinion. crystal clear blonde in color with an inch of white head on top and a great aroma of grassy hops, clean ale yeast, and a malt base not quite as simple as others. i like the hint of honey sweetness in the middle of this, even a flash of vanilla in there out of nowhere, before a fresh cereal malt complexion takes over with subtle summery hop nuances. reminds me of vacation, and i like that a lot. super easy drinking with an abv this low, but its got some structure. more flavorful than so many other american takes on the style, and just a beer i could drink forever. very well done on the whole, im surprised this doesnt have higher ratings on here.

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4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Has a nice mellow citrus aroma, with a hint of smoked almonds. very little lacing. half a finger head even with a medium aggressive pour. good even carbonation. I get a nice bright citrus on the palate, but not overwhelming, a slight sweetness from the malts, slightly nutty on the after, good fairly clean mouth feel. Finishes similar to a lager.

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Photo of Lahoi
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very solid Kolsch. I would drink this all sumer long. Probably not in the dead of winter, though. But that's not a knock on this beer; it's more a matter of personal seasonal preference.

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Photo of DevAJ
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've only had one other Kölsch aside from this (Reissdorf) and this is pretty similar. I'm not sure I would make this an everyday beer, but it is pretty good and given that it uses ingredients and a recipe straight from the source, this is probably about as close as you can get to the German style without buying a German brand.

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Photo of Maxbier
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft. Yellow with thin white head.Aroma of ale yeast spiciness and hay. Slightly sour yeasty ale with a lemony heavy finish. True to the style and paired nicely with a brat.

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Photo of Suds
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet smelling of fruit, with a very floral hop scent. The flavor has soft undertones of malt, a tilt to sweetness, and a little spicy hops in the finish. Rounded and soft, the beer feels bigger than it is. Excellent.

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Photo of PReust
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was never crazy about lagers or pale ale, and this is sort of a combination of both. It's actually pretty good....I don't know if it's exemplary of the style specifically, but, I like it.

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Photo of steveh
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New to our area, another small brewery from the shadow of A-B -- and another that's garnered a good rep.

Bottled on 12/30/14 -- not the freshest, but not over-the-hill.

A -- Clear, bright gold with a dense, off-white head that settles slowly.

S -- Delicate breadiness, fruit esters, and DMS in good balance.

T -- Grainy malts and lightly spicy and bitter hops in a good balance up front. The spiciness lingers with some light, crisp citrus in the middle, blending into a spicy hop finish and aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light body.

O -- A good beer to have around with Goose Island's Summertime relegated only to the mixed 12 pack these days. Another good beer for the patio this summer.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.19/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

3/15/15 (Bottle) - Slightly Dark Golden light pour, mild carbonation, minimal white head. Nice fruity yeast and lemon aroma and taste. Beer felt light both in texture and is a light ABV, and it felt smooth and refreshing going down. Nice light beer.

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was definitely interesting. A great alternative to your standard mainstream lagers and light lagers. This had a light, fruity flavor with a slight bubbly and effervescent quality.

Will absolutely seek out and purchase again.

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Photo of barczar
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Typical kolsch yeast aroma, with a fairly sweet, doughy malt character at the base.

Flavor is crisp and refreshing initially, with a fruity touch,a lightly sweet, bready backbone, and a slightly bitter finish. It's a bit more malty than most, and diacetyl becomes evident as it warms.

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Photo of JayQue
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly average beer from a style that is not that dramatic. Pours a slightly hazy dark gold color with a big, somewhat frothy white head. Head retention is pretty good and there is patchy lacing on the glass.
Aroma is fairly faint, grainy malt and a little grassy hops. Flavor is a bit more robust. The maltiness is smoother and a little sweet with some balancing grassy hops. Not a big flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is light, carbonation is ok. Nothing that spectacular with this one. Would make an OK session beer with some food.

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Photo of leantom
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as good as how the Germans do it, but still good nonetheless. Here goes:

A: Best thing about the beer. Crisp, well-carbonated yellow with a large head.

S: Very yeasty. Lots of lemon and white pepper mixed with some banana bread and estery fruit. However, the beer is a little too grainy.

T: Follows the nose. However, there's a little too much grainy malt in the aftertaste. Kind of hampers the beer's flavor profile somewhat.

F: Nice and crisp - well carbonated.

O: Good, but I like Fruh a lot better.

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Photo of KevChiTown
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This version of an American-Kolsch which is simple, straightforward and very mild, pretty sure that's what they were going for. It's a fine beer for what it is and I would have no problems drinking this again. Simple in a good way.

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Photo of kegnation
2.7/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Skunky, overly fruity. I understand this is an American version of the German classic but what I think Kolsch this isn't what I expect. Took this a BJCP class to havae them judge and it got thrashed.
People compared it to Sam Adams Summer Ale.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I swear I've had this before. Weird. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger or so of dirty white foam. The nose comprises sweet bread, mild stonefruit, a hint of sweetgrass, light hard water, and an unfortunate kiss of skunk, which luckily doesn't hold too much sway here. The taste cuts out the skunk and ramps up the fruit, but beyond that maintains the smell's characteristics. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly slick feel. Overall, not a bad American kolsch by any means, but it's not something I'll likely revisit any time soon.

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Schlafly Kölsch from The Schlafly Tap Room
84 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.