Schlafly Kölsch - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 198
Hads: 649
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 5.31%
Wants: 19
Gots: 85 | 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.

25 IBU
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Reviews: 198 | Hads: 649
Photo of mcsquint
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of gpogo
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy pale golden straw color with large white head. Sparse white lacing.

A- Very faint smell, slight apple aroma. Slight bitterness

T- Light grainy malt with slight fruity taste. Dryness helps bring out the hoppy bitterness.

M- Smooth crisp medium-light body with low carbonation. The low carbonation seemed a bit odd, perhaps just an off bottle.

D- A wonderfully refreshing brew, great on a hot day. This is a beer a BMC drinker would enjoy as well. (466 characters)

Photo of MDekker
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden orange color with a constant stream of bubbles that helps maintain the nice white head. Looks good in my Kolsch glass.

S: A lemony straw aroma, with yeasty hints as well.

T: A grainy yeast flavor, very crisp, clean, and dry, with a finish that vanishes from the palate quite quickly.

M: Nice carbonation. Just plain good.

D: Goes down super easy. A pleasing brew overall. (393 characters)

Photo of ndekke39
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this from a bottle that my brother gave me. Decanted into a pint glass. Pours a clear pale yellow with a thin white head. Good retention.

Smells and tastes of a nice soft grain - is there wheat in this? Hints of white wine or champagne. Little bit of hops in the finish, providing some good balance.

Medium-bodied - not too watery.

This is a very drinkable summer beer. I actually liked it more as it warmed up a tad. Would gladly try this again. (455 characters)

Photo of Bobo77
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (2,645 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (261 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poored hurriedly into a tall glass yet still there is no real sign of a head. Hmm... Dark yellow and perfectly clear. Like looking through the translucent plastic handle of a screwdriver.

Smells more like what I'm used to finding in a Kolsch. Big nodes of sunshine, grass, weeds, and hay. Just a little bit of european hops balance things out really well.

Tastes quite crisp and refreshing. The yeast that Schlafly uses is remarkably smooth. Big nodes of weedy malt, like walking through a field at dusk in the summer. Nice, sweet aftertaste with light hints of lemongrass.

Just about everything I look for in a Kolsch. (622 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this brew in a trade with STLStoutAddict, Thanks Steve!

12oz bottle, 'BWL on Mar 26 2008', served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear, golden color with a fluffy white head that left good lacing.

S - sweet and earthy aroma.

T - nicely balanced with a bitter finish.

F - light and crisp.

D - at 4.5% abv this is an excellent drinking and refreshing summer beer. (366 characters)

Photo of Goliath
3.04/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with one finger of frothy white head. Decent retention and a bit of lacing all down the glass.

The aroma holds a gentle fruity note with some pale toasted malt and a hint of hop spice.

The taste has a large pale malt profile that is reminiscent of a German pils.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly high as the alcohol is low, flavor is decent. (425 characters)

Photo of Spidey13
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled with love on March 27, 2008.

This poured a very pale yellow, with a nice head, looking very refreshing. Smells yeasty, with a touch of malts and hops. Schalfly's Kolsch tastes a little bland, with malt and yeast being the predominant flavors and a small hint of bitterness at the end.

This is very easy to drink and goes down like water...could drink a lot of these on a hot day playing horse shoes. I'll have to wait until it warms up a bit more to drink the rest of these... (487 characters)

Photo of JDV
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haystack yellow with fine, steady carbonation interspersed with larger, faster bubbles. The bone white crown looks to be of quality construction, looks even better as it melts, and leaves wide bands of pocked lace. This is a classic kolsch in the looks department.

The nose is dominated by musky, grassy, slightly citric German hops. Saaz is almost certainly one member of the hop bill, if not the whole thing. If you're big on beer of this style, then you'll probably like the way this one smells.

Kolsch Summer Ale, as my neck label reads, is a good, balanced version with no shortage of flavor. It doesn't feel right to be drinking a light, refreshing beer (that was obviously meant to be consumed in hot weather) during a freezing rain in early December, but it works because the hops don't appear to have faded much at all. If they have, then they were impressively abundant back in July.

The flavor profile consists of an untoasted, sugar-crusted cereal grain bottom end, along with the previously noted, grassy, lightly lemony, noble hoppy top end. This isn't 'blow you away with its magnificence' beer, but then show me a kolsch that is. Again, it has enough flavor (and enough hoppiness) to be a warm weather sessioner that you actually want to pay attention to each time it contacts your taste buds.

Other than a wee lack of carbonation, the mouthfeel is perfectly suited to the task at hand. The (slight) bubble shortage doesn't allow the liquid to deliver that sparkly, lightly creamy expansiveness that all good kolsches tend to have. It also keeps the beer from feeling as crisp as it should on the finish.

Saint Louis Brewery has done a good job with Schlafly Kolsch. Maybe I'm making too much of it, but I'm doubly impressed given the intended season of consumption and the actual season of consumption. If these guys distributed to Iowa (why the hell not?), I could go for a sixer or two every summer. (1,923 characters)

Photo of KI9A
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bright, slightly hazy yellow, large, thick head. Lasts a long time, and nice lace.

Smells of lemon, apples, and spice.

Tastes of cirtus, and malt. Very nice.

Finshed very crisp, and smooth. Nice beer.

Glad I picked up a 6-er, even though it is October, and time for me to hit more dopples, and dunkels, will for sure re-visit this in the summer. Might be the perfect lawn beer for me. Tasty, smooth, and refreshing. (429 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (thanks to jpm30) to a pint glass. Label imprinted" Bottled With love on: Mar 28 2007". From Schlafly website:

"This light-colored, refreshing ale is THE beer of Cologne. Well-balanced and mild-mannered, this beer is great for summer. Also available in bottles. Also available at Bottleworks.

ABV:4.8%
OG: 11.75
IBU: 25
CAL (12 oz.): 160"

A: Golden and lightly hazed, with little head; what there is stays low and creamy, barely a 1/4" high. Visible carbonation rises steadily.

S: Malty and bready with just the slightest of lemony/citrusy aromas. Smells perfectly of 'summer', clean grainy pale malt and lightly sweet/tart hops.

T: A squeeze of lemony hops on top of more bready malts. Dry and cracker-y until the juicier hops hit. Finishes dry in the back but with traces of sugar on the front.

M: Pretty ho-hum until a dose of carbonation and spicy lemon kicks in and lasts quite a while. Despite almost 6 months of age, still fresh, clean and smooth. Medium carbonation.

D: Tasty, clean and satisfying. A perfectly 'summery' lager that is a pleasure to drink. Nothing outstanding, but one I'd certainly have again. (1,158 characters)

Photo of Riggo
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

golden yellow with a sturdy white head and good lacing.

smells a little musty, some honey, lemon, perhaps melon. but subtle.

taste is refreshing, bitter and tangy, lemony, then honeyish-sweet with some yeasty notes and crisp, clean subtley fruity finish.

mouthfeel is crisp without being overly carbonated. smooth and very drinkable.

don't have a lot of experience with german kolsch but this seems pretty good for an american approximation. fresh-tasting and lively, dry and refreshing though not particularly hoppy. nice. (527 characters)

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pours into my glass a sunny yellow hue with a small tight bubbly head atop the brew. Aromas begin with cooked cereal grains and a herbal, grassy backbone. Light citrus tones come and go with mellow yeast spiciness. Crisp and nice.

First sip brings a smooth cereal grain malt upfront. It's met by a touch of lemon zest along with a mild grassy, herbal hop profile that carries itself on the way down. A touch of bitterness plays clean up on the finish along with a light bready yeast afterthought. An easy drinking, pretty tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight creaminess. Good steady carbonation. This is an easy drinking summer beer that I could enjoy in larger quantities. Overall, I found this an enjoyable brew and I'd have it again if the chance arises. (791 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (945 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (342 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a foamy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing

Smell: Grainy aroma with undertones of lemony citrus; slight vegetal aspect

Taste: Starts with a bready flavor that grows into a lemony citrus direction that only builds further after the swallow; a bit of banana appears at the finish

Mouthfeel: Light and spritzy

Drinkability: Not a bad example of the style but I would like a bit of rounder citrus fruit flavor

Thanks, Vancer, for the opportunity (522 characters)

Photo of hckyfn9999
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Schlafly Summer Kolsch is a golden colored, medium-bodied crisp and refreshing ale. This style, which originated in Cologne, is well balanced, mild mannered, and a perfect companion for the lazy days of summer. Bottled with love on April 26, 2007. ABV is 4.8%, OG is 11.75, IBU 25, and 160 calories, per the Schlafly website.

Poured out of a bottle a clear golden color, with a big foamy white head that leaves nice lacing and has good retention. Aroma is of lemony citrus, fresh grain, a bit of spice, and floral hops.

Taste is initially of fresh grain quickly giving way to some lemon flavor along with a bit of fruitiness and then some sweet malt. The hops are spicy. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a bit dry in the finish. An easy drinker for the warm months. Picked this up in a Schlalfy sampler 12 pack on sale for just under ten bucks along with the Hefe and Pale Ale, a good value and some more summer drinking beers. Overall a solid Kolsch that I like to pick up a couple times in the summer. (1,016 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of bort11
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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 (548 characters)

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