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Schlafly Kölsch - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 206
Hads: 673
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 21.66%
Wants: 19
Gots: 92 | 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.

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Reviews: 206 | Hads: 673
Photo of beagle75
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, medium golden color with over one finger of white foam head that diminishes to a persistent pad. Moderate lacing remains on the glass and a few streams of bubbles rise lazily in the column.

S: Faint fermented grain and crisp herbaceous hops are present in restrained balance. A slightly skunky sulfurous thread is also detectable, weighing a bit more than the sum of the other components, yet not derailing the nose.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with refined malt that is slightly crackery and buzzing with carbonic acidity. Nuanced tartness extends deep into the otherwise seltzery middle, then recedes in the face of swelling sweetness, late grassy hop flavors, and huskier pale malt. Bitterness is brief and very mild during the finish; vacant tartness lingers on the palate.

M: Thin viscosity, wet yet lifeless on the palate and showing relatively little felt acidity compared to the flavor, with low carbonation.

D/O: This golden ale strives to faithfully represent the kolsch style, with scattered successes. The malt bill is metered and appropriate, yet flavors become confused early on as tasted acidity runs amok. Still, the tart qualities are not wildly out-of-place in such a light beer, actually helping it to be more refreshing than the textures alone would accomplish.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice beer with a light, sweet character, and fairly clean. However, a Kolsch-style beer is more demanding. The beer's attempt to measure up falls a bit short. The color is a medium straw color with brilliant clarity. A somewhat-fizzy carbonation settles into a trace of bleach-white head retention. Aromas of sweet pilsner malts with a rich, earthy note and a moderate grain scent remains clean, but not Kolsch-clean. Tastes sweeter than expected with light vegetal flavors (corn and cereal grains), and moderate pilsner maltiness. Hop flavor is light with a bitterness that struggles to balance the sweetness. Light fruitiness shakes the vegetal flavors late into the finish and takes on pear, apple, and a light cider flavor. The texture is quite round and full for the style, but may sacrifice cleanliness and crispness. A light dryness and a slick texture wraps up the tail-end of the experience. Nice, but may fare better as a Blonde Ale.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of Zadok
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
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!)

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of mmva321
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
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

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of abrand
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of bum732
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
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,

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Photo of KevChiTown
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of beerhobo22
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of BlueMoon10
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
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

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Photo of Naters333
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of Groomsy
3.44/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Schlafly Kölsch from The Schlafly Tap Room
84 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.