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Schlafly Kölsch - The Schlafly Tap Room

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83
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518 Ratings
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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 14
Gots: 43 | 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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4/5  rDev +9%

t0rin0, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

djrn2, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

zestar, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

metter98, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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

brentk56, May 25, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.56/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

Phyl21ca, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

BEERchitect, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
3.93/5  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

mikesgroove, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

kylehay2004, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

jaydoc, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  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.

emerge077, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

zeff80, May 01, 2007
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

SocalKicks, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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...

russpowell, Apr 30, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Slatetank, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of drabmuh
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

drabmuh, May 06, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

mendvicdog, Jul 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

MarkyMOD, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

oriolesfan4, May 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

imperialking, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.74/5  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.

Huhzubendah, May 10, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +9%
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!

smakawhat, Apr 17, 2011
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Schlafly Kölsch from The Schlafly Tap Room
83 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.