Schlafly Kölsch - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 642
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 19
Gots: 82 | 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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Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewpub in St Louis, reviews from notes.

A: half finger head with excellent lacing on bright gold clear body

S: simple with mosty honey and grains

T: wet sock hops, musty grains, peppercorn.

M: fairly dry, light with light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: nice basic kolsch. A little drier than I would like. A nice start to the flight.

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of fruity yeast are present in the nose—grapes stand out in particular—along with some hints of grassy hops.
T: The taste follows the smell and has fruity flavors of yeast along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and I found it to be a good representation of the style.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a relatively clear straw color with a nice white head. The nose is really quite faint with a bit of citrus and fruit, but mostly dry grain. The taste is some light straw and grain along with mild stone fruits and some light citrus. Mouthfeel is thin but well carbonated, leading to a nice, easy drinkability factor.

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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

Photo of BEERchitect
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i think this beer is substantially under appreciated here, its one of the best american made examples of this style i have had, and im surprised it doesnt get more love. great as a summer beer, light and flavorful and really refreshing, but also with four season versatility and some unique features. as good as any of the basic beers these guys do in my opinion. crystal clear blonde in color with an inch of white head on top and a great aroma of grassy hops, clean ale yeast, and a malt base not quite as simple as others. i like the hint of honey sweetness in the middle of this, even a flash of vanilla in there out of nowhere, before a fresh cereal malt complexion takes over with subtle summery hop nuances. reminds me of vacation, and i like that a lot. super easy drinking with an abv this low, but its got some structure. more flavorful than so many other american takes on the style, and just a beer i could drink forever. very well done on the whole, im surprised this doesnt have higher ratings on here.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of buttery notes with light cereal notes also discernible. Taste is also dominated by unrefined grainy notes with light buttery aftertaste. Body is about average with medium carbonation. Definitely not as good as most example of the style.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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

Photo of emerge077
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy pale gold, persistent tiny champagne carbonation. Lasting white foam, creamy surface texture.

Bready cracker, dry and lightly sweet.

Faint sweetness, light white grape note when first opened, slips away quickly. Minerals, wheat and simple grains. Light bodied with a simple lager feel, slight ale yeast complexity. A good refreshing simple beer, though I prefer local favorite Krankshaft.

Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent straw/gold with 1 inch of pearl colored head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Bready with grassy hops

T: Lemony & grassy hops, breadyness/crackery dryness up front. Slight green apple skins as this warms, plus more lemony hops. Finishes dry with more lemon & some grainyness

MF: Light bodied, effervescent & good balance

Pretty drinkable, could knock back 3 or 4 before moving on to heavier brews. Not the best shot at this style, could use more fruittyness. One to consider on a hot Summer's day or while watching the game...

Photo of drabmuh
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was seriously one of the best kölsch beers I've ever had, no exaggeration.

Served on draft in a Schlafly Kölsch glass, kind of cool. Beer is yellow and completely clear. Forms a thick white head of medium and large bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is steady and made up of large bubbles that rise quickly through the beer but fail ultimately to prop the head up. Looks pretty good.

The aroma is a bit weak, slightly grainy, slightly sweet, nothing much to say about it.

The cleanliness of this beer is wonderful. There is no aftertaste that I usually associate with this style. Its nice and mildly sweet up front, some bitterness in the back from the grains, but overall its well connected and nice feel in the mouth from the carbonation. I could session this thing all night long.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Big Bear Café in D.C.

The beer is golden yellow and clear with a small white head. The aroma offers lager yeast, fruity esters, grain. Light and refreshing. Malty, with some subtle earthy notes. A tad sweet initially, with some sweet notes mid to late palate. Mild hop presence. Refreshing. This is a solid beer and hit the spot.

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Gaffel stange glass.

An off white very large head is produced that is very soapy. It sits on a pale amber body with pin head sized carbonation from the bottom. Head falls slowly but is very pock marked. Some sticky lacing while drinking.

Smells very clean, airy grass and malt whisps of small grain and something distinct I can't pinpoint (but I like it!). Kind of smells like sunflower seeds (that gray pulp ya know). Small but delightful nose.

Taste is malty thick body for this style, and kind of empty BUT the finish is giant slow rising bread. It creeps up on the finish and after a few seconds there is a wonderful baked bread taste!

Overall this is a great solid Kolsch, kind of ambushes you a bit I like that!

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retrntion and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront grassy hop and clean grainy pilsner malt.

The taste consisted of vibrant grassy hops and a clean pilsner graininess.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and quaffable kolsch.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted from a 12 ounce bottle on May 23, 2015.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to n8dietz for this pick-up....again!

Golden hay and sunshine color. No head really, just a simple foam of flat white. Nice bubbling.

A very faint fruit aroma mixed with some less than crisp toasted malt and grass hop aromas. Very happy and easy going smell to this beer. Makes me think of Summer on the porch.

Very light fruit upfront that gets pushed out by toasted pilsner malts and some crisping hops that round the flavor out at the finish.

The palate is simple, a little dry up front, wets in the middle, and finishes crisp and resfreshing. This makes for a superbly drinkable Summer ale.

Photo of glid02
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from Sean9689 as part of a DLD trade. The beer is pale yellow color, very clear, with a thick slab of rocky foam that laces onto the glass. The aroma is subdued but spot on, unassuming malt with some grass or musky funk. The taste is classic kolsch, balanced between lightly toasted malt and grassy hops. Very well done, this is my style for "sessioning", the highest possible standard of drinkability.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with about a half inch white head. Head retention is decent, lacing is good. Aroma is grain, grapes, green apples, lemon and some floral hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the grainy and lemon flavors being the strongest. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's crisp and clean with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy. I think this is a decent overall brew, and not a bad choice as a session beer.

Photo of spinrsx
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle - thanks to frenchy for this one

Appearance - slightly hazy amber/goldr colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Lemons, hops, grains, bread

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some hops. There is also some lemon and a breadiness. It ends with a grainy citrus aftertaste with a touch of hops.

Overall - A tasty refreshing beer that would be well suited for the warmer weather. It reminded me a bit of a toned down bottle of victory's prima pils.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - A decent level of carbonation just a 1/4 inch that settles to a mild lace ring. Color is a nice bright yellow with a hint of orange. Semi hazy.
S - Smells nice sweet grains, some corn and lemon grass. Mild hop presence.
T - Kind of hoppy and grains a bit harsh at first but it really grows on you. Some wheat and somewhat dry. Tasty summer brew.
M - Light to medium drinks a touch heavy than other takes on the style I have had.

Overall far from perfect I still like Dundee's and Samuel Adams version better. It's still very delicious.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a mostly clear gold color with a dense off-white head. Nice retention and sticky lacing. Nice stream of bubbles trickling to the top is pretty.

Nose has a yeasty influence for the style and has notes of pickling spice, bubblegum and maybe even some cloves! Sharp grains round out the aroma with very little contributions from the cones or alcohol.

Very smooth while still offering plenty of flavor...very nice kolsch here, one of the best I've ever had. I like the yeasty presence and light grains that dry out nicely on the finish. Kiss of noble hops to give it some grassy sharpness at the end. Very drinkable, although I could enjoy this in cold weather as well as warm. Stellar beer!

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