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Schlafly Kölsch - The Schlafly Tap Room

Schlafly KölschSchlafly Kölsch

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BA SCORE
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419 Ratings
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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.47%


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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Jacobob10

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellowish-orange pour with a fizzy white head. Lively carbonation and great head retention all the way thru the duration of beer. Aroma was nothing great, hints of lemon and other citrus fruits but nothing more to speak of. Taste was along the same lines. Nothing stands out, but it wasn't bad. Light to medium bodied and easy on the palate. This beer could use some more "oomph" in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2005 12:38:02 | More by Jacobob10
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zeff80

Missouri

3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden color with a white, two-finger head. It was highly carbonated and left no lace.

S - It smelld of grains and clove.

T - It tasted very sweetand of grains and corn. It did have a slight bitter kick.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay kolsch. It just doesn't have a lot of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 23:43:29 | More by zeff80
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours a clear 24 karat gold with a thin white head that barely hangs on while drinking. The nose is relatively neutral, non-distinct flavors, drinkable fizzy lager-like beer. There is a mild honey aftertaste, but it may just be my imagination. The mouhfeel is light bodied, semi-sweet and drinkable. This is not a beer I'd try again in the future, unless only bud products were available on tap (basically the case @ the St. Louis airport, although I got a $5 shot of woodford reserve with my beer purchase!)

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2013 02:41:32 | More by ThePorterSorter
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light yellow beer with a bit of amber in the color. Head bubbled up very high--over in fact, and hung in nicely with a bit of lace. Nose is good--light spice over light malt, and the taste is smooth, unoffensive with just a hint of apple-ish malt and spice. Body is light, but not too light for the style. Overall, a pretty good kolsch and a refreshing beer. Not my favorite style but a good interpretation, and an excellent beer to start someone new on.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 00:56:34 | More by FightingEntropy
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Zadok

Kansas

3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another part of the bottle bucket for 2 bucks at Waldo's.

Poured a light yellow with a thin head and no lacing.

Mild citrus aroma, very mild.

Has a very distinct citrus lime flavor, really quite refreshing. Has a club soda type quality.

Spritzy mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Overall a pretty tasty refeshing beer. Can't say that I would ever buy for home but worth 2 bucks from a diner.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 22:24:58 | More by Zadok
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beerphilosopher

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice, crisp light golden yellow color with a fluffy white head. Good lacing in the pint glass. Nose is predominantly malty with some detectable hop presence. Notes of sweet malt, straw, and some flowery elements are here. Palate is of bready malts, wild flowery hop presence. Unchallenging, simple, and clean. The body is light, clean, and silky smooth. Finish leavs some residual hop notes. Good carbonation. A very drinkable, refreshing Kolsch from Schlafly ... this is a good beer to have on hand when you just want something straightforward and unencumbered. Also a good ale to introduce those macro lager drinkers to a wider world of beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 21:21:11 | More by beerphilosopher
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abrand

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into pint glass

A- pours a hazy golden color with 1 finger frothy head and no visible lacing.

S- aromas of citrus lemons and noticeable hop characteristics.

T- Quite refreshing with lots of citrus

M- Light bodied

D- Drinkability is moderate, not the best tasting brew but quite refreshing on a hot afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 15:11:58 | More by abrand
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mmva321

Missouri

3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stange.

A: The pour and lingering appearance makes this beer come across as a vibrant and interesting lager. Clear, pale yellow body is crystal clear but full of carbonation. It leads up to a foamy and thick white head, that is slow to dissipate and leaves an intricate lacing. It's egalitarian in a way.

S: Overly ripe grapes and a bit of funk really hit the nose. It's not overwhelming, but it's just this side of unpleasant. Notes of yeast are subtle. Unfortunately, the grape malts and funk overpower any hop aroma I was hoping for.

T: A very dry taste with characteristics of orange, grass and lemon highlighting it. Grapes and funk also make their presence known. Slightly hoppy but still less so than I think is needed.

M: A very dry feel lingers at your throat the entire drink. The body is thin, carbonated and vibrant. This is very necessary for these tastes as it really enhances a mediocre beer into one that is very pleasant to drink.

O: A nice, egalitarian German style beer, but one that is too characterized by its funk and grape notes and not enough by its hops. The mouthfeel makes it worth the drink, making the Schlafly Kölsch a nice beer for a summer or fall afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 22:24:06 | More by mmva321
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Soulard Ale House, St. Louis. Arrives in my hand with thin head atop some golden malt. A slightly sticky maltiness gives it more of an Oktoberfest feel. But there’s a flavorful hop profile that gives it a nice peppery note atop a trace of citrus. Very refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2005 14:45:41 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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1fastz28

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this is an interesting brew, it says ale, but thats the only ale characteristic that i see, it looks and tastes like a lager, but whatever semantics right?

anyway like before it looks like a lager, has a really nice golden hue to it with a big white head and laces a little too

smell is kinda funky, has a pungent stinky skunky aroma, really odd but not necessarily bad

taste is like the smell, but not as pungent, the skunkiness comes through but it is a very easy drinking beer.

not a bad brew, probably my first kolsch but who knows

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 21:40:48 | More by 1fastz28
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bum732

Maryland

3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

S: Pils malt sweetness, quite floral, some honey notes, touch of peppery hoppiness, raw grain.

L: Slight hazy golden yellow, white head that dissipates.

T: Clean pils maltiness with a fairly firm herbal hoppiness. Medium low bitterness leads to some grainy dryness along with some herbal bitterness.

M: Medium light bodied, medium carbonation. Clean overall.

Smells good, flavor a little flat. Hops a little too dominant for the style, doesn't allow the malt to shine through.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 01:55:32 | More by bum732
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 12/15/2010

Appearance -- Pours a golden straw hue with a finger of fizzy white head.

Smell -- Lemon, dry grasses, white pepper, sliced plum, and husky grain.

Taste -- Hopping is assertive with grassy, spicy, noble hop character as well as some lemon zest. Malting is adequate with dry cereal, husky grain, and plum sweetness. Lingering flavors of lemon pith and dry pale malt.

Mouthfeel -- Light in body with fizzy carbonation. Finish is chalky and dry.

Drinkability -- Not bad, but not among my favorite of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 21:16:55 | More by yeahnatenelson
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OldIronLungs

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours fingers of fluffy whipped eggwhite foam and a pale straw color into a pint glass before settling to a quarter finger of unwavering head.

Not too much nose, sweet breadyness mostly - A taste is light and grassy and sweet with light carbonation almost reminiscent of a pilsner.

A fine beer one could have a few of - not my preferred style, but not upset.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 23:57:58 | More by OldIronLungs
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw gold, with superb white head and nice lace. Good showing in appearance.

Nose is sweet and malty, not much going on there.

Taste is mild, but with a little hoppy zing. Overall, this is a light and enjoyable session kolsch. Not outstanding, but solid enough.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 20:50:23 | More by secondtooth
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yankeeheel

Maine

3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear yellow with a large snow white head. Teeny tinu bubbles hang around to make a nice sheet of lace. Smells quite grassy with a little pine in there for good measure. Taste wise it's a lively little kolsch. Nice citrus foreground with a moderate resin tang to it. Mouthfeel is moderately watery, but that's the style. Very drinkable while sitting out back enjoying the early autumn sun,

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2004 21:19:57 | More by yankeeheel
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beerhobo22

Nebraska

3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty aroma with very little hops. Brilliantly clear pale gold color. No head present. Good malt with biscuit like quality. Light mouthfeel with mild, earthy, hop bitterness. Finishes clean with some residual malt flavor. Very light and tasty; a good summer session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2009 20:05:20 | More by beerhobo22
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Urbancaver

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Nice light pour with a tiny bit of head. The colour is not the most appealing.

Aroma- Smells sweet and almost a bit orangy.

Taste- Light and well balanced. The hops compliment the citrus nicely. A bit watered down but fairly well balanced

Mouthfeel- Thinner then I would like but leaves a sweet taste on my tongue

Drinkability- Very enjoyable. Light and mildly carbonated making it an easy drink

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 17:51:07 | More by Urbancaver
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BlueMoon10

Mississippi

3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Schlafly's Taproom. A decent Kolsch.

A: a bright straw-yellow/gold, with medium white head
S: wheat/yeast - standard Kolsh aroma
T: Grainy, dry, crisp, slight bitterness. Decently clean finish
M: Light body, good carbonation

O: Enjoyable beer, but nothing that makes it too different.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2013 23:14:11 | More by BlueMoon10
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Naters333

Illinois

3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my New Glarus pilsner glass. Has a bottle date of 11/29/12.

A. Poured a great golden color. More of a straw or deep yellow. Very clear. Great carbonation. Nice finger and a half head. Leaves a little lacing as I drink.

S-Not very pungent. Get a few bread notes.

T-Smooth, refreshing, bread, lemon, easy drinking, wheat. A little sweat at first, but finishes with heavy wheat and bread notes.

M- Nice mouthful. Medium bodied beer. Heavy on the bread aftertaste. Does not leave the dry taste in your mouth that many kolschs are known for. Does not bother me though.

O- A nice session beer. Nothing overwhelming here in any area. I could see my self buying these on a nice summer day.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 20:24:31 | More by Naters333
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Thrasher

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Schlafly Tap Room at the St. Louis Airport. Light gold, fine sticky head. Decent Kolsch flavor with a crackery malt, very similar to Sam Adams' Spring Ale. The hops lack attack and could be emphasized better, but they lend a very clean taste. There is a tangy lingering aftertaste, but the beer was initially served very cold and was at its best at this temperature. As it warmed, it became metallic. Certainly ok all in all, but not fantastic.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2002 12:00:38 | More by Thrasher
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scoobybrew

Indiana

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass from the bottle.

A - clear, golden color with a foamy had that settles into a chunky lacing

S - very faint malt with a touch of sulfur initially

T - fairly clean malt taste with a crisp hop bitterness on the finish; some yeast fruitiness present

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a decent enough Kolsch. Having visited Cologne though, I'm ruined on this style as very little I've had in the States matches up to what I remember.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 23:44:16 | More by scoobybrew
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a mildly hazy straw color. The head is a three finger white shade. Fluffy in texture, it lasts a decent duration and leaves behind streaks of lacing on the glass.

S: About what I expected: grassy hops are at the forefront. I could use some more fruity esters on the nose. However, this one's all about showcasing the noble hops, and that's not exactly a bad thing.

T: The fruity qualities I was looking for on the aroma are thankfully more prevalent here. Some light notes of cherry, apple, and lemon lead to a nicely crisp, grassy finish. Nothing here rewrites the book, it's just enjoyable and very easy to drink.

M: Appropriately light and crisp. It's not entirely bone dry, however; but the light fizziness to the carbonation makes it one that could conceivably be chugged.

O: I like this one as simple refreshment on a hot day. It even has a modicum of substance to it - allowing it to escape the pratfall of mindlessness many brews of its ilk fall prey to.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 21:54:23 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Groomsy

Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Samuel Adams glass. Bottled on 05/08/2013.

Pouring a slightly hazy yellow, this Kolsch is topped by a bone-white head of foam about a finger high. Nice, sudsy lacing left behind on the walls of the glass. A pretty nice-looking kolsch,.

Most noticeable on the nose is the whiff of citrus and lemon. Hop aromas come in the form of grassy/floral scents, and the malt presence, barely detectable shows up with a dry grainy aroma of barley. It smells nice, but for a kolsch, I expected a little more balance between the malt and the hops. I like that this is more driven by the hops, but it's a little drier than I would expect for the style.

The front of the palate is greeted with a taste of grainy malt with a bit of caramel as it goes into the middle of the tongue. There's a hint of bread as well as the beer transitions into a dry, bitter finish with flavors of lemon and grass. The yeast contributes a slight apple/banana quality. Quite pleasing and refreshing on the tongue, and very drinkable.

Pleasantly carbonated and light body with a dry finish make this a definite thirst-quencher and easy to put down a few. Finish isn't as clean as I would like it, but it's still very pleasant.

I was let down by Schlafly's hefeweizen, so I didn't have great expectations for this, but I was pleasantly surprised by the refreshment and good flavor of this. Great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 23:48:03 | More by Groomsy
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Spidey13

Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Schlafly's Kolsch pours a clear, light yellow/gold with a fluffy white head which dies down quickly and leaves just a hint of lacing. Notes of lemon, corn, and sourness show up on the nose. The taste is very light, with hints of caramel followed by a hint of bittness and noble hop characters. The mouthfeel is nice and medium with medium/high carbonation.

Like most of the Schlafly beers I've had, this one is nice and solid though it won't knock your socks off.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 11:03:14 | More by Spidey13
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JDV

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light medium gold pour with lasting bright white head. Smell is a light grassy, grainy, corn, and honey smell. Taste is like a hearty corn, honey, grain sweetness with a good crisp carbonation. A tad watery in the middle, but finishes nicely with a good short staying pale malty and honey like sweetness. Very tasty, refreshing, and easy drinking like most kolsches, but also quite simple. Scored it high, because it definitely left me wanting another one.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 21:37:54 | More by JDV
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