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Schlafly Kölsch - The Schlafly Tap Room

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533 Ratings
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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 15
Gots: 48 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Photo of soju6
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Schlafly Bottle Works.

The beer is a light golden color with a decent head that fades. The smell is lemony and herbal. The taste is slightly lemony and crisp. It has a light body with a dry finish and is very refreshing. The beer was much better than I expected. It goes down easy and is very satisfying. This looks like a good summer brew or anytime actually.

soju6, May 01, 2010
Photo of Naugros
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a big kolsch snob. I rate every kolsch against Reissdorf and have yet to find any American-brewed kolsch worthy of consideration. So far, this is the closest I've found. The color is right, just a shade above straw, and the head is good with a high, dense structure, but it's not crystal clear. And this isn't chill haze. Bummer.

Light malts and noble hops dominate the nose but not oppressively so like many beers advertised on television bragging about the buttload of noble hops they use.

The taste and body is nice and light, crisp and dry with just a small bit of aftertaste. Again, the malt is light and the hops aren't overdone but remain minimally fragrant.

I'd prefer it a little lighter and a cleaner finish, but this isn't too damn bad.

Naugros, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of mdcrouser
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty standard for a kolsch - clearly golden, with faint white head.

Crisp and bready - smells like spent grains.

To me, that's much like what a kolsch should be. Malty, nutty, crisp to close. Nothing over the top. A good German style from a city with its roots in Germany.

The carbonation is like little pin pricks on the tongue.

Enjoyable, easy to drink - great for the summer.

mdcrouser, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of Gehrig
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium to dark golden with a finger of white foam that splits in a snap. Little lacing to indicate its presence. The smell and taste are better. The hop content is quite good, providing a decent bitter aftertaste after nicely coating the tongue. It's modestly citrusy, with some grapefruit and orange peel most notably present.

This is quite good. Schlafly's standard offerings are usually hit and miss with me. This is a hit--not one to knock off the socks, but certainly a good, flavorful, but still somewhat light, Summer Kolsch. Recommended.

Gehrig, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of RAC81
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%

RAC81, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of EagleTalon
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Used the closest thing to a cylindrical Stage glass I could find for this tasting. Pours to a generous white foamy head and golden yellow color. Lacing is moderate. Aroma is grainy, biscuity and has a nice touch of noble hops and white grape. Flavor starts with a rush of sweet grains with a following balance of spicy hops and a sweet white wine finish. Mouthfeel is light but sticky, good CO2. I like this Kolsch, it has the ale nose and the lager finish and the vinous quality that is the signature of the style. If the flavor or the nose does not have that white grape note, it isn't a Kolsch.

EagleTalon, May 24, 2013
Photo of Cresant
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Cresant, May 26, 2007
Photo of fropones
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

fropones, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of Realale
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Realale, Aug 16, 2002
Photo of jsprain1
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

jsprain1, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of argock
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

argock, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of Citadel82
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Citadel82, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of RickS95
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

RickS95, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of hooliganlife
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

hooliganlife, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of bbkd3b
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

bbkd3b, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

mikesgroove, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of GossageBrewery
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

GossageBrewery, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of bort11
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

bort11, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of IronLover
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

IronLover, May 16, 2011
Photo of sulldaddy
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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!

sulldaddy, Aug 13, 2004
Photo of benteach
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

benteach, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of bamadog
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

bamadog, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of thain709
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

thain709, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of gford217
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

gford217, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of jkrich
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jkrich, Jul 07, 2012
Schlafly Kölsch from The Schlafly Tap Room
83 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.