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Schlafly Kölsch - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
83
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507 Ratings
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Ratings: 507
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 13
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
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The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
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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Cresant

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

Received a 20 oz. por at Rich O's. Rich golden, clear body that left a modest sheet of lace down the glass.

Smell was subdued and malty. Fresh, grainy.

Taste was rich yet easy to drink. Vegetal. Light, in a good way. Solid.

Mouthfeel was smooth with some finishing bite. Dry and palate cleansing. Very enjoyable. Highly drinkable.

05-26-2007 01:04:07 | More by Cresant
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fropones

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

A nice clear straw yellow with about 1 finger of white head on top. Smell is of muscat grapes and some citrus. A nice crisp flavor to it with more of that muscat taste. Some bread malt and lemon zest. A nice light mouthfeel that is quite refreshing. Not as dry in the finish as I would have liked, however. Drinkability is good. Goes down smooth and is real easy to drink.

11-13-2009 04:35:11 | More by fropones
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Realale

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

Had to confirm that my recollection of the draft version was correct, after having a disappointing bottle experience. This is about ten times better than the bottle! Color is touch lighter than the bottle, with a nice third-inch head that stuck it out through the whole pint. Soaring candied-citrus nose with an underlying malty crunchiness. Light and tingly on the palate with the citrus outshining the malt. Goes down really easily. Loses some points in my book for being a bit out of style, with too much citrus, and slightly higher carbonation than I'd expect in a Kolsch, but a damn tasty summer beer.

08-16-2002 07:56:35 | More by Realale
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

A- Slightly pale golden with a thick white head and lots of thin bubbles.
S- Smells of citric and earthy hops. Slight grainyness to it.
T- Bready with some grassy and lemony hops, particularly in the finish.
M- Slightly under carbed, but otherwise balanced and well bodied.
D- Overall a good beer that I enjoyed. Drinkable and well made.

11-16-2010 04:02:10 | More by jsprain1
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argock

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass stange. Bottled on 030211 on front of label. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.70.

A: Very clear straw gold withshort 1/2-finger cap of ivory head with good retention and several half-rings of lace.

S: Fruity with crackery slightly grainy pale maltiness with grassy, herbal hopping

T: Clean and refreshing with slightly grainy pale maltiness which shows more light pear and white grape fruit flavor. The hops are a little grassy and herbal with light stinging bitterness.

M: I think this brew captures the creaminess of a kolsch very well and still maintains a good crisp edge. The body is light but it still carries the smooth coating ale quality nicely.

O: Schlafly Kolsch is one of the best kolsch-style brews I've had in a while. They manage to balance crispness and creaminess expertly and provide a really satisfying, low-ABV brew that is great for summer.

07-02-2011 01:51:41 | More by argock
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Citadel82

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

From the tap at the brewery, served in a straight sided UK style bar pint glass.

Poured a clear golden with a nice white head, good retention, slowly settled into a thin sudsy sticky lace.

Aroma of bready malts and a light citrus and pronounced floral hop notes.

Abundant carbonation made for a crisp, light bodied mouthfeel.

Great tasting, and refreshing, malty with a lemon citrus, a subtle spiciness and a dryish finish, very drinkable.

10-28-2006 20:26:26 | More by Citadel82
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RickS95

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

Very clear, dark golden straw color. Like an American macro, only a bit darker. The head is very thick and sticks around a while. It looks like a cloud, and as it falls, a nice lace remains.

Again, very reminiscent of an American lager, but with more character. Has a floral, buttery, grape-like smell.

Much better than I expected. Floral and fruit notes, mostly grape, with a faint hop check in the swallow.

Both a sweetness and a yeasty feel up front. Just enough of a dry, hoppy bitterness in the finish to leave you with a clean feel.

I'm still not sold on the style, but I liked this beer. Very drinkable and with the low alcohol, almost a sessionable beer that you can throw back several of during a game.

08-03-2012 02:15:59 | More by RickS95
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hooliganlife

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

This is the perfect summer beer. It is very light and refeshing but has a great malt flavor that is hits your mouth as you swallow. typically i prefer lagers and pilsners when out in the sun however they feel more bland. easily one of my favorite summers brews.

07-24-2008 17:59:44 | More by hooliganlife
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bbkd3b

California

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

Bought at the Tap Room during their anniversary celebration! Presented to me in a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear, golden/copper with a nice, 1/2 finger head. Retention was decent, and there's a couple of rows of lacing down the side of the glass.

S - Bready and grassy, with some hints of fruity hops. Interesting, earthy scent.

T - Earthy tones, biscuits, fruits... All of these kind of rotate. It's an interesting, ever-changing flavor. Sometimes I thought it was hoppier, sometimes the breads were stronger and sometimes the lemony taste was the base of the brew. Very interesting.

M - Light body with a crisp, living carbonation. Refreshing, with a clean, easy finish.

D - Pretty much designed to be a beer for anyone at anytime. My friends drank quite a few, I drank a couple... We all enjoyed this.

Overall/notes - One of the multiple beers I had that night. I started here and worked my way through the list. Good way to start the evening. Fun night overall, and with good beer to boot! Worth trying if you find yourself at the Tap Room.

12-29-2010 02:40:45 | More by bbkd3b
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

light amber, bordering on a golden color. A nice sized head of white foam then rose up over the top to take a hold on the glass, reaching a height of around two inches and then settled back down to leave a bare top with minimal lacing. No real side glass presence was noticed, though there was some nice carbonation.

The aroma was rather light, touches of caramel malts, light bready tones and a hint of banana were all that were readily noticeable, not bad really, would have liked a bit more of a pop in it though if I am being honest. The flavor was very nice though. Rich notes of biscuit and bready malts, layered on top of a light fruity spike of flavor. Some nice touches of grain coming through mid palate before dropping back into a smooth, and subtle feel. Crisp and clean finish

09-25-2011 17:01:39 | More by mikesgroove
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured this Kolsch from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. it pours a crystal clear pale gold color, it produces a nice thick white, creamy head. Head retention is excellent and lacing is average. The aroma has a nice base of grain and there is some slight citrus notes and suggestions of butternut squash. The taste of this ale brings to mind fresh baked bread, lemon and a slightly dry finish. The body is medium. Decent example of the style, excellent session beer. Outstanding gateway beer. Something a Bud Light drinker would enjoy.

08-18-2011 02:26:50 | More by GossageBrewery
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bort11

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

12 oz bottle made with love on June 20 2006, poured into a tall hefe glass. Tall fluffy head with good retention Quality lacing clings to the glass. Color is a golden straw. Active carbonation, but not overly fizzy.
Smell is a sweet grass with citrusy notes. Flavor is mild malt up front and finishes with a mild bitter hops. Very dry and vinous mouthfeel.
This is a very relaxing beer, one that you can drink and enjoy without having to give much thought to it. This sample is about six months old and it hasn't lost anything. Still tastes fresh

12-17-2006 20:11:28 | More by bort11
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

Bottled with love on 3/2/2011. Pale, but bright yellow in color with a slight haze. Impressive, dense head of foam with excellent staying power. Light malty aroma with hints of grass and hay. On the lighter side of medium bodied with assertuve carbonation. Llight malty/bicuity flavor throughout with a brief prickly spice in the middle. Finishes very clean and refreshing. A great summer ale.

05-16-2011 02:40:37 | More by IronLover
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Bottle from MJR. Thanx for the hookup!

I am drinking a chilled sample from a pint glass. Brew pours bright gold in color with an energized bleached white head foaming up about 1 inch easily.
Aroma is clean and malty with some graininess, I also detect a faint grassy hop scent.

First sip, light bodied brew with almost no carbonation, little watery texture but very crisp, and refreshing on this humid summer eve.
Flavor is great! Much more fun than I was expecting, due to the style more than the brewery. Very light and fruity flavors bounce around my mouth. slightly citrusy mixed with a bit of a candy sweet presence. Finishes a little bitter with the same grassy hop flavor I found on the nose.
This is a nice brew, and surprisingly tasty as this style normally is not exciting for me. If in St. Louis in summer definitely check this out!

08-13-2004 01:05:24 | More by sulldaddy
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benteach

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Light golden yellow color with a thinish line of foam, left quickly. Carbonation throughout the drink.
Smell of grain, just a hint of hops. Tastes great. Malt is a distinct flavor.
Tastes like a good German beer should.
A great addition to a hot summer day.

07-10-2009 23:05:47 | More by benteach
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bamadog

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Received this as an extra in a trade a couple of months ago, and just got around to drinking it. Review is from notes taken on 7/8/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a light coppery/lemony yellow color; starts with a scant 1/4 finger white head that fades to a ring and thin island in the center; body is just a touch hazy and shows moderately strong carbonation; only a couple of spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Very dry and cracked graininess with a very faint lemony citric aspect; nose is nice and strong as it wafts out of the glass; smell is very simple and straightforward.

Taste: Actually, while I'm not much of a fan of this style, this one is actually alright; nice toasty graininess with a slightly citric lemony and bitter hoppy flavor; there is a corn-like sweet maltiness as well; aftertaste is mostly grain and a little bit of hop, much like the nose, simple and straightforward.

Mouthfeel: Body is pretty light, and the carbonation is quite strong and prickly/crisp; finish is fairly dry; certainly would not weigh you down at all.

Drinkability: While it received pretty good scores and I stated that it was really quite alright, I'm still not a huge fan of the style and that does hurt the drinkability a little bit -- I would definitely take it over a macro any day and this is a fine summer beer.

07-10-2010 20:11:44 | More by bamadog
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thain709

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

A - Poured a straw yellow body with a lot of carbonation...a one finger, creamy, white head formed...it showed great staying power as it held its one finger height...nice lacing

S - A lot of sweetness going on with loads of caramel and fruit...a light biscuit aroma as well

T - The flavors start off sweet again with caramel and toffee leading the way...some lighter fruity notes are underlying and adding to the sweetness...the middle presents a buttery biscuit and grain flavor...grassy hops start to emerge once the beer has the chance to warm

M - Medium bodied...sometimes showing that it's light...creamy with soft carbonation

O - This was my first offering from Schlafly and it was a nice relief to have this hot summer...a creamy, light, refreshing Kolsch

09-03-2011 11:55:24 | More by thain709
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gford217

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

12oz bottle from bitchstick.

Pours a really light golden yellow with a small creamy white head that recedes to s thin collar and stream of bubbles feeding a pack of bubbles in the middle.

Light sweet grains and bready malts in the background. But the real dominant force is the grassy hops, really crisp.

The taste is the German hops up front, crisp and grassy, maybe a hint of lemon zest. The toasted grains are the backbone here as well as a bit of toasty malts.

The mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp and lively with carbonation.

Overall, this is really nice for a kolsch, certainly drinkable. Well done.

04-24-2011 04:05:50 | More by gford217
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jkrich

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with a "Bottled with live on..." date. This was very attractive in the glass with a bright and clear golden with a creamy, sustained white-head.
The aroma was fresh and sweet with some spicy overtones of European hops.
For a hot day this was an excellent thirst quencher with a consistent soft and creamy mouthfeel with a a crisp and refreshing hop profile complemented by sweet cracker-like malt flavor. The hints of lemon only add to the thirst quenching quality. The carbonation was rather subtle for the style. There was very little lingering aftertaste, but this is not intended as a complex ale.
This is a fine, light-bodied quaffable ale in the kolsch tradition. I have yet to be disappointed with Schlafly.

07-07-2012 22:57:07 | More by jkrich
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glid02

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Had on-tap at the Tap Room.

Pours a perfectly clear golden-straw color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of slighlty grassy aromas with good amounts of floral hops.

Tastes good. Grassy flavors are joined by solid malt flavors that are just sweet enough to keep the hop bitterness balanced. There's also a light spiciness that comes out right before the bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I could have a few of these on a warm day.

Overall this beer is pretty solid and one I would have again - worth a shot.

06-01-2009 21:28:37 | More by glid02
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

Look: Hazy golden body, white head that recedes to a film. Light lacing.

Aroma: Faint sweet grains and malts with a layer of banana fruitiness on top.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with a clean dry finish.

Overall: I like it as a refreshing spring beer. Low ABV is good too.

03-21-2013 20:48:27 | More by JuicesFlowing
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thirdeye11

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Thanks to jfeger for this beer in our trade!

Presentation: Poured from 12oz brown glass bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: This beer pours about 1 finger of head, dissipates more slowly than soda but not too much slower. A pale yellow this is true to the style, but the lacing on the glass makes it more special and raises its score.

S: Pretty straightforward, some slightly sour apple maybe, some sweet malt, spices, and light.

T: Quite good actuallly. Very crisp like a lager, but lacks the bad bitterness I associate with that style of beer. Some good spices, very refreshing, maybe a light citrus, slightly bittering hops which are welcome.

M: Carbonation and weight are really just average. Nothing special, but not bad.

D: Extremely high I could drink this all night. No aspect lingers in a bad way, and it's a well balanced beer. Nice kolsch!

A highly recommended summer beer. I'm not sure this beer does anything exceptionally well, but then for a summer thirst quencher it's superb. Since most lighter beers do falter I consider this to be a very fine example indeed! Seek this out in the hot months if you can get it.

06-10-2009 02:22:32 | More by thirdeye11
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Bobo77

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Hello, this is my first review and I consider myself to be an acolyte as my profile indicates so bear with me.

Picked this up at the local Dierbergs on a steamy July afternoon. Lately I had been getting a little bit burned out with Porters and Doublebocks and since my buddies were coming over to drink their Natural Light nastiness I decided to go with something light yet flavorful. Enter Schlafly Kolsch. In the style of wheat ales from Cologne, this beer provides ample refreshment on a hot summer day.

The bottle - Has a bottled (with love I might add) on date of May 5th, 2008.

The pour - A solid pour down the middle of my beer mug releasing the effervescent glory and thick head that is common in wheat beers. The head was about 3/4" thick and lumpy.

The body - Hazy golden color, held up to the light it was cloudy but not quite as much as most other wheat beers that I have tried.

Nose - Lemony, I like to think almost like iced tea. One could surmise from the smell alone that this is going to be quite refreshing.

Taste - Very bready, yeasty, and what I would consider a somewhat dry flavor with some floral notes, again lemon zest is there. Unlike Witbiers, this doesn't have the soapy flavor, and I do not miss it. The bananna flavor (which I like ) that is common in Hefeweizens is also missing. Hops are restrained but enough to keep the beer balanced. I found the hops mild at best, but then again I'm fond of Sam Adams and IPAs so I am a little more used to hop bombs. However, the bitterness might be a little too much for some of my average Bud Light drinking brethren. With that said it goes down smooth and finishes quite clean for a non-macro product.

For me this is a great sessions beer to kick back and enjoy on a hot summer day while having a barbecue with friends. Boca Brats with mustard and kraut are in order.

It is also great to offer to your BMC drinking friends as a sort of stepping stone to expanding their horizons, perhaps better than Blue Moon or many of these American "Hefeweizens" that seem so popular these days. And yes, I have to explain to my friends that we need a bottle opener for good beer and no it does not come in a can so you cannot "shotgun" it.

Oh and one last note. For those of my fellow St. Louisans who are upset by the takeover of AB by InBev, do yourself a favor and check out Schalfly, go to their taphouse or their bottleworks and sample their offerings. They have special events at these places too, such as live local music and even movie nights...they showed the Texas Chainsaw Massacre one night a few years back for god's sake. Support a local St. Louis institution.

08-02-2008 19:44:46 | More by Bobo77
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Tinfoilrcr

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

A- Star gold, and hazy. Very little head and no lcaing.

N- Lemongrass and crisp bitterness.

T- Lemongrass, hint of sweet malts, and lots of citrus and earthy hops.

M- Light and refreshing, with lots of carbonation.

D- very easy. Definitely a session beer.

03-14-2010 23:51:18 | More by Tinfoilrcr
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davidaubrey

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

I had this in a 22oz glass on tap at a bar while watching the Bears game. The mouthfeel was light and slightly sweet. The color was pale and the taste hoppy. Having lived in France and traveled in Germany, I can say that this attempt at a Kölsch beer is spot on.

08-16-2010 02:35:12 | More by davidaubrey
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