Schlafly Kölsch - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 198
Hads: 649
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 5.31%
Wants: 19
Gots: 85 | FT: 0
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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 TH28
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (1,016 characters)

Photo of MOFALLINGLEAF
4.11/5  rDev +9%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of Lahoi
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (188 characters)

Photo of DevAJ
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of Maxbier
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (175 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (220 characters)

Photo of PReust
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (190 characters)

Photo of steveh
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of dukeandduke
3.19/5  rDev -15.4%
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. (249 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (230 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of leantom
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of KevChiTown
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (231 characters)

Photo of kegnation
2.7/5  rDev -28.4%
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. (244 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of onansalad
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is the best American-made Kölsch-style beers I've tried so far, and I try Kölsches whenever I can. The body just a hair heavy for the style, but the malt/hop balance is almost perfect. I dabble in - and brew - many beers and styles, but this is one of the few beers that I buy regularly. (296 characters)

Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev +6.1%

A: Pale straw in color, looks almost washed-out. Deceptive. Nice head to start, but quick dissipation.

S: Spicy and fruity in character, with wheat grain and lemon on the nose. Call me crazy, but: savory yellow cake. Lemon chiffon cake, to be exact. A hint of corn bread.

T: MMmm. I use that blissful onomatopoeia with discretion, but it's warranted here. This is a beer that tastes like beer should taste. Lots of grain and a very mild roast to it. Bready, with some notes of cracker. Fruitiness abound, almost reminds me of a German Hefe. But, there's some hop bitterness at the end that really rounds this brew out. The fruitiness is not banana, but more mild lemon, with possibly a hint of peach, and even a bit of pumpkin. I get spiciness, like soft cloves, a trace of cinnamon, maybe even the faintest suggestion of dried ginger. A bit of an apple pie kind of character, not bad considering that I do get a teeny bit of baked apple or pear.

M: Nice body, medium, but on the lighter side. Soft, and round on the pallet.

O As I drink, I'm staring at an "83" for the BA Score. WTF. Are y'all mad?! This is at least an 87-90. Delicious. I know, there's no glossy "500 IBU!" sticker on the bottle and no boast of 20 different kinds of hops, grown by elves in the forests of Middle Earth, using only organic growing techniques, but this is a nice brew nonetheless. For those that appreciate the style, I think this is a good choice. (1,438 characters)

Photo of Murphious
4/5  rDev +6.1%

From a bottled and poured into a stemmed pilsner glass. Nice fine white foam head of 1 1/4 inch or so with pale amber/medium yellow color and slight bubbles in the carbonation. Aroma of very faint citrus hop, some yeast. Also smells like it would be sweet so that might be some maltness too, but faint. Tastes crisp and light, slight citrus tang and finish; very refreshing! Some hop bitterness but blends very well with the yeast and overall smoothness is excellent. I need to get one of my faves, Reissdorf, to compare. (521 characters)

Photo of gabrielsyme
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pale, hazy golden color. Lingering white head.

Aroma: Slightly crisp, nothing strong.

Taste: Bitter, slightly metallic, zesty.

Mouthfeel: Medium light, and refreshing.

Overall: I'm not sure how it compares to a canonical kolsch but it is drinkable. (294 characters)

Photo of myelo
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass sitting on my front porch on a cool Saturday spring afternoon.

Pale yellow gold with 2 finger creamy white head that settles to persistent 1 finger head with very prominent lacing. Slightly hazy with lots of tiny bubbles.

Light aroma of mild malt with grassy hops, hint of citrus and yeast.

Taste is soft, clean grainy malt, low bitterness, mild spicy hops.

Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation. Smooth.

A very drinkable, smooth, crisp spring/summer brew with plenty of flavor. (531 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retrntion and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront grassy hop and clean grainy pilsner malt.

The taste consisted of vibrant grassy hops and a clean pilsner graininess.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and quaffable kolsch. (375 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.58/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of buttery notes with light cereal notes also discernible. Taste is also dominated by unrefined grainy notes with light buttery aftertaste. Body is about average with medium carbonation. Definitely not as good as most example of the style. (366 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
The beer pours a a light foamy and white head. The beer itself is a clear and orange like amber.

Smell:
Sweet malt smell and a slightly bread like yeast smell coming from the beer. The hop smell is also there but not as present.

Taste:
Balance sweet pale malt backbone and a light hop taste. Nothing mind blowing or unique but good.

Mouthfeel:
Biting carbonation and a smooth medium bodied feel. However, the body feels fairly light for something medium bodied.

Overall:
A decent Kolsch and worth getting every once and while. The fact that it's commercially available year round is a good thing. The beer is nothing really super special but more of a casual session beer for a warm day. (703 characters)

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