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Schlafly Kölsch - The Schlafly Tap Room

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471 Ratings
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Ratings: 471
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 13
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: carln26 on 07-31-2005)
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CHSLBrew

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Very clear golden brew. Fluffy, characteristic head grew nicely, pristine white in color. Head showed strong retention.

S-Slightly bready-sweet, slightly spicy.

T-The first sip brings on a nicely-balanced kolsch flavor, consisting of a spicy, herbal, slightly bitter hoppiness, countering a bready, at times fruity, foundation. Finishes quite clean, exhibiting the lager-like charcteristics apparent in this style.

M-Moderately lighter body, proving to be quite refreshing. Carbonation is spot-on, lively but controlled.

D-This brew is refreshing, yet appetizingly complex, while also allowing itself to be well-representative of the style. A delight!

Picked up while St. Louis for a wedding as part of a mixed 12 pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 19:06:35 | More by CHSLBrew
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Aussietravla

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

02-15-2014 07:27:50 | More by Aussietravla
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tfsimpkins

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

02-10-2012 18:25:32 | More by tfsimpkins
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ericwilson54

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

12-21-2011 15:02:31 | More by ericwilson54
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DubbelTrubbel

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

01-07-2013 00:44:02 | More by DubbelTrubbel
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jharris0624

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

11-13-2012 06:54:28 | More by jharris0624
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rxthree

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

12-29-2011 02:30:50 | More by rxthree
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grahamboudreaux

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

03-21-2013 03:38:32 | More by grahamboudreaux
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eph1291

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

09-19-2012 23:14:39 | More by eph1291
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Stoshua

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

01-16-2013 23:06:06 | More by Stoshua
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a mostly clear gold color with a dense off-white head. Nice retention and sticky lacing. Nice stream of bubbles trickling to the top is pretty.

Nose has a yeasty influence for the style and has notes of pickling spice, bubblegum and maybe even some cloves! Sharp grains round out the aroma with very little contributions from the cones or alcohol.

Very smooth while still offering plenty of flavor...very nice kolsch here, one of the best I've ever had. I like the yeasty presence and light grains that dry out nicely on the finish. Kiss of noble hops to give it some grassy sharpness at the end. Very drinkable, although I could enjoy this in cold weather as well as warm. Stellar beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 23:48:28 | More by twiggamortis420
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chchchchia

Arkansas

4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time favorites from Schlafly.

A-Pours a crystal clear pale yellow, almost amber. A 1 finger head occurs from the pour that fades to a slim line. Beautiful lacing and bubbles, the latter owing to the clarity.

S - Fruity esters, similar to a pilsner. Wheat play a prominent role here.

T- Wheat hits you up front, followed by a fruity taste. Almost a biscuit like taste follows (think english pale/2 row). The beer finishes clean and slightly bitter.

M - Medium to light in body, and moderate in carbonation. No diacetyl to speak of.

D - Oh so very high. This is a very clean and light beer that craft and non craft drinkers alike could enjoy. It's a great beer to take to your hammock and relax on a summer or early autumn afternoon. If only Schlafly was carried down south.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 20:42:32 | More by chchchchia
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Samalamahamdam

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has a light refreshing flavor that makes it a great summer beer. The bottle I had was made in December, so I wonder what it is doing in winter. I only think that it is popular enough to brew year round, but it is better to wait till summer. Clarity and color are good. It is one of my favorite in the Kolsh category.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 00:06:09 | More by Samalamahamdam
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight hazy straw with a small white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is heavy in summer smells. Some lemon, herbal and grass qualities and slightly spicy.

Starts off with a lemon and subtle fruit flavor. A bit of a cracker and light pilsner malt, finishing spicy, herbal and dry.

Mouthfeel and carb and good for the style.

One of my favorite summer beers and usually go through a six pack at minimum every summer.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 21:53:19 | More by jmarsh123
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had 8/12/09 on tap at Schlafly Bottle Works in St. Louis
This beer pours a clear light yellow with a thin white bubbly head. Head receded rapidly on this beer leaving spotty lacing behind. Nose is grainy, some malts and a hint of lemon. Taste is grains and grassiness up front, moving in to a light but definitive malt bodied, in the finish there is a touch of lemon and pepper. Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, there is a clean crisp taste to this beer. If only Schalfy distributed to MA, this would FOR SURE be my summertime beer!

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2009 16:26:38 | More by Jayli
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FanofHefe

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Schlafly Taproom in a pint glass. Crystal clear, light yellow body with a two-finger white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a little lacing.

Light aroma overall, with only a little grainy biscuit and a little lemon.

Very nice flavor. Light, sweet malt, lemongrass, a minor note of hops, and a very crisp clean finish. Excellent flavor mix.

Very drinkable; will be my new go-to Kolsch from now on.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2011 16:48:17 | More by FanofHefe
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MTNboy

Germany

4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a gold body with lots carbonation. It has an off white creamy head that has a lot of staying power. Not much lace. The body is transparent around the sides but hazy towards the middle. It has crisp hoppy aroma with a hint of malt. It has a very clean well balanced taste more bitter than sweet but in a good way. The feel is light with some carbonation bite. All in all I thought this was a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 16:31:12 | More by MTNboy
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was seriously one of the best kölsch beers I've ever had, no exaggeration.

Served on draft in a Schlafly Kölsch glass, kind of cool. Beer is yellow and completely clear. Forms a thick white head of medium and large bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is steady and made up of large bubbles that rise quickly through the beer but fail ultimately to prop the head up. Looks pretty good.

The aroma is a bit weak, slightly grainy, slightly sweet, nothing much to say about it.

The cleanliness of this beer is wonderful. There is no aftertaste that I usually associate with this style. Its nice and mildly sweet up front, some bitterness in the back from the grains, but overall its well connected and nice feel in the mouth from the carbonation. I could session this thing all night long.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2010 16:43:07 | More by drabmuh
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to n8dietz for this pick-up....again!

Golden hay and sunshine color. No head really, just a simple foam of flat white. Nice bubbling.

A very faint fruit aroma mixed with some less than crisp toasted malt and grass hop aromas. Very happy and easy going smell to this beer. Makes me think of Summer on the porch.

Very light fruit upfront that gets pushed out by toasted pilsner malts and some crisping hops that round the flavor out at the finish.

The palate is simple, a little dry up front, wets in the middle, and finishes crisp and resfreshing. This makes for a superbly drinkable Summer ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 02:21:45 | More by scruffwhor
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jjboesen

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This review is based on a draft enjoyed (in a pilsner glass) at Rustico Ballston, which is outside of Washington, DC (See Review).

Sitting so pretty in its sleek pilsner glass, this beer can be enjoyed through sight alone - but, I would not suggest this. The body is a cheerful amber color that sits contently beneath a thick marhmellow head; look inside to view a school of carbonation bubbles racing one another to the top.

The nose has tones of butternut; the taste gives one sweet hits of grass and lemon; this noted, there is little to no finish. However, there is a clean crispiness at work here, a wonderfully light bodied beer with substance that can warm you when the weather is cool or refresh when the day is hot and stale.

As we all know, this style originates from the ancient German city of Cologne (or Koln); it is a complex hybrid that can only be brewed by a talented brewer - many try, many fail. Schlafly succeeds. This is one exemplary renditions of the style - at least as far as any American brewery is concerned. Auf Weidersehen!

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 06:29:05 | More by jjboesen
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mcsquint

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Beautiful golden color. Little to no head and zero lacing. Nice, lightly fruity flavor with semi-dry finish. Perfect amount of carbonation. Very drinkable; especially on a hot summer day. This is an excellent American version of this style.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 19:41:58 | More by mcsquint
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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brez8791

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

06-16-2014 15:25:15 | More by clearloops
Schlafly Kölsch from The Schlafly Tap Room
83 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.